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Over the past few weeks, states have slowly begun lifting some restrictions imposed by the spread of COVID-19. They are following the lead set by Georgia, which re-opened last month. 



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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.

Explaining a pandemic to kids can be tough. A new children’s book called Together: Living Life During COVID-19 aims to help. The story received an honorable mention in a children’s book competition put on by Emory University’s Global Health Institute.

GPB's Virginia Prescott talks with author Kevin Poplawski and illustrator Michael Rausch.

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, critics said Gov. Brian Kemp took a big risk in beginning to open the state’s economy earlier than was safe. As the lessening of restrictions has begun, is his decision paying-off? Or could it simply be too early to tell?

We took a look at the impact of the governor’s decision with our panel of political insiders.

Georgia Secretary of State's Office

The McDuffie County elections office will be short-staffed for the next several days as they process a record number of absentee ballots after two staffers tested positive for COVID-19. No poll workers or voters have reportedly been affected.

Phyllis Wheeler, elections supervisor in McDuffie County outside Augusta, said her absentee ballot clerk and front desk clerk have the virus, and said in a phone interview that she herself was tested Wednesday morning.

Explore Georgia

Some businesses may have reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic, but strict policies and social distancing is still in effect for Georgians. That’s why the Explore Georgia from Home campaign created opportunities for families to explore the peach state from home.

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U.S. Rep Henry “Hank” Johnson walked away from all drugs and alcohol more than 25 years ago, he shared for the first time with GPB News in an exclusive interview.

“I don't drink, I don't smoke. I don't do anything that hurts my body,” Johnson said. “And that has not always been the case.”


As state health officials report the lowest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Georgia since April 8, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions against gathering in large groups because of the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

A gathering of 92 people in a small church led to 35 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths, the CDC said Tuesday, and a church in northeast Georgia that returned to in-person services at the end of April closed again last week for "the foreseeable future" after several families contracted the virus, church representative Joan Lewis told The Christian Post on Monday.

Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft is opening a new facility next year that will create 1,500 new high-tech jobs in Atlanta, the governor's office said in a statement.

The $75 million investment would strengthen both Georgia's and Microsoft's roles in the innovation of new technology, Gov. Brian Kemp said.

"I am confident that our top-notch tech talent and education pipeline will continue to be an asset to Microsoft," Kemp said. "We are laser-focused on providing high-quality jobs for hardworking Georgians, and I thank Microsoft for our growing partnership."

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Morehouse College will furlough employees, cut jobs and slash salaries to offset the impacts of COVID-19, officials said Monday.

In the first phase of the reduction, the historically black college or university will furlough 54 part-time and full-time employees for two months. Also, the college will terminate 13 full-time employees and cut pay for 194 full-time employees.

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A representative for entertainer Ryan Seacrest has said the host did not have a stroke on Sunday night's American Idol.

Rumors and worries mounted that Seacrest, a native of Dunwoody, was experiencing some kind of medical emergency at the end of the singing competition program. The host can be seen slurring his words and squinting with one eye. 

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At various points throughout Georgia’s COVID-19 response, you may have seen vanishing case numbers, confusing graphs and Thursday come before Wednesday on the state’s data website. 

While several notable errors and head-scratching graphical representations have dominated national headlines about Georgia’s reopening strategy, there are useful data points that can help inform residents and onlookers alike about the state of the virus in our state. 


Glynn County police confronted Ahmaud Arbery, searched and tried to stun him in 2017, according to a police report and police body camera video obtained by The Guardian.

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Atlanta-based Cox Automotive is planning to furlough more than 12,500 full-time and part-time employees.

The move comes after the company has been hit hard by the economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, politics does not stop in the midst of a nationwide pandemic response. Early voting started this week in the statewide June 9 primary.

Crowded races for Georgia’s congressional seats are drawing nationwide attention as Democrats and Republicans size up their chances in 2020’s elections.

We discussed the latest with our panel of Georgia political insiders.

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In the parking lot of La Flor de Jalisco #2 supermarket in the heart of Gainesville’s Spanish-speaking community, hundreds of people drove up or walked up Friday to a COVID-19 testing site put together by a local task force.

Volunteers wearing shirts reading “No Mascara! No servicio!” worked to disinfect taxis between customers and handed out masks and stickers for Latino businesses that remind customers, “No mask, no service.”

Atlanta Police Department

The Atlanta Police Department took a big step forward in their efforts to stop street racing and reckless driving in Atlanta. The department, with help from several state and local law enforcement agencies, completed a weekend-long operation that resulted in the arrest of 44 people for activities related to street racing.

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On the first day of early voting for the June 9 primary, Georgia voters were met with masked poll workers, increased sanitation and socially-distanced lines as part of an array of coronavirus prevention efforts at the polls.

Turnout was reportedly light, but in polling places across the state, a steady stream of voters were spaced in 6-foot intervals as they waited. 

Christian Rincon

Christian Rincon had always been inspired by the power of street art and the messages it carried. 

"They're the ones to kind of rise above the noise," he said. "They say the things that sometimes more corporate mediums don't or other people are just not maybe allowed to."

Eastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia

An outside judge has been appointed to oversee the cases of a Georgia father and son charged in the fatal shooting of Ahmad Arbery.

Court records filed in Glynn County show that trial proceedings for defendants Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael will be handled by Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley.

The new judge is based in Savannah, about 70 miles from the coastal community where Arbery was slain Feb. 23.


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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s new series What You Need To Know: Coronavirus provides succinct, fact-based information to help you get through the coronavirus pandemic with your health and sanity intact.

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Some doctors believe a new health condition appearing in children is related to COVID-19, but the connection is not yet fully understood.

The condition — known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children or MIS-C — has appeared in the United Kingdom, New York, Michigan and Washington.

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The wait is over for peach lovers across Georgia because the 2020 season is officially here. The hopes are high for peach growers, sellers and consumers who are expecting this year’s harvest to produce one of the best crops in years. 

Chase McGee

From cookbooks to constitutional rights, On Second Thought is proud to present another five stories from our archive to motivate you this Monday.

1) Historian Jill Lepore Explores 'These Truths' Of United States History

Atlanta United’s Franco Escobar is no stranger to winning trophies. Since joining the Five Stripes in early 2018, Escobar won the MLS Cup Championship and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. But Sunday night was probably a first for the Argentinian defender.

In front of a televised national audience, the soccer star won Atlanta United a trophy from his living room. 

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Monday on Political Rewind, in-person early voting begins but there will be fewer polling places open than usual. Measures are being taken at many locations to keep both voters, and poll workers, safe.

But will it be enough to make voters feel safe enough to participate? 

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Kroger has announced they will give full and part-time employees a $400 bonus following criticism from the country's largest grocery union.  The move comes after the chain ended their "hero pay" bonus program.