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On this edition of Political Rewind, in the wake of Johnny Isakson’s surprise decision to retire, two U.S. Senate seats are now on the ballot in Georgia in 2020. As Republicans and Democrats engage in complex maneuvering to benefit in the aftermath of Isakson’s announcement, we’ll take a behind the scenes look at the races for each seat.


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On Friday, Sterigenics medical facility in Cobb County said it will suspend operations while updates to reduce emissions of the toxic gas ethylene oxide are being installed. 

“At the request of Governor Kemp and the EPD, Sterigenics has been working to expedite the installation of technology enhancements to our Atlanta facility and, as previously announced, has been operating under a reduced production schedule," the company said in a statement. 

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Hurricane Dorian is moving north after lashing the coast and outer banks of the Carolinas. In the meantime, Georgians are moving back to their homes. In the end, hurricane-force winds only edged along the state’s coast, causing less flooding and havoc than predicted.

Still, the impact on the economies – and lives – of the areas east of I-95 that were under mandatory evacuation remains, along with plenty of evidence that those orders were ignored.


  • Schools Reopening After Hurricane
  • Air Testing Underway Around Cobb County Sterigenics Facility
  • Atlanta Dream Score Upset Victory

On Second Thought For Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

Sep 6, 2019

Even though Hurricane Dorian spared the Georgia coast, economic impacts of the evacuation linger on. On Second Thought gets an overview of the storm’s aftermath with Emily Jones, Georgia Public Broadcasting's Morning Edition host and reporter.

Additionally, classical music is moving into the ICU. GPB’s Grant Blankenship reports on music as medicine in one Macon hospital.


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Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Football Fridays are back. The television broadcasts of high school games resume Sept. 20. and the Football Friday podcast recently began a new season.


Reverb Nation

This week, the rap community is mourning the loss of Cutty Cartel, who made up one-third of the Atlanta hip-hop group Jim Crow.

 

Cartel, born Ricardo Lewis, died at the age of 44 last Friday in Atlanta after suffering cardiac arrest. 

 

 


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NPR correspondant Sam Sanders is bringing his show 'It's Been A Minute' To GPB's Saturday afternoon lineup. 


  • Evacuation Order Lifted In Coastal Georgia After Hurricane Dorian
  • Coastal Georgians Survey Minimal Damage From Storm
  • Evacuees Face Unexpected Costs 


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The dog area of an Athens, Georgia, animal shelter is under quarantine after three puppies tested positive for the highly contagious canine parvovirus.

News outlets report Athens-Clarke County Animal Shelter announced Wednesday that the area will be quarantined until Sept. 16.

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Hurricane evacuees from Georgia’s coast are returning home now that the mandatory order has been lifted.

 

Meanwhile, the effects of the third evacuation in four years raised questions about how the next evacuation might go.

 

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The rapper Future, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburnhas, promised to give a $2,000 scholarship and pair of concert tickets to a fan at each stop on his Legendary Nights tour.

  • Mandatory Evacuation Order Lifted For Coastal Counties
  • Coastal Counties Prepare For Re-Entry
  • Another Former Atlanta Official Pleads Guilty In Corruption Probe

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The evacuation order for Georgia’s coast has been lifted. Evacuees can now return home. The state largely escaped damage from the storm.

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2019 is a big year for Atlanta hip-hop duo EarthGang. Earlier this year, their label, Dreamville — that's rapper J. Cole's Interscope Records imprint — released a multi-artist album called Revenge of the Dreamers 3. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.

And Friday, they drop their own Dreamville project into the world: the highly anticipated album Mirrorland


U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class R.J. Lannom Jr.

Hurricane Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 3 storm overnight, began raking the Southeast U.S. seaboard early Thursday and left tens of thousands without power as it threatened to inundate low-lying coasts from Georgia to Virginia with a life-threatening storm surge after its deadly mauling of the Bahamas.

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As Hurricane Dorian moves toward the Carolinas and away from the Georgia coast, it seems the state was spared the worst of the storm.

Emily Jones / GPB News

Some people who stayed in the Savannah area during Hurricane Dorian took shelter at the Savannah Civic Center Wednesday night. About 50 people were staying there as of 6 p.m.

Evacuees boarding a bus
Emily Jones

As of noon Wednesday, 5,600 people were staying in shelters set up by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency due to Hurricane Dorian.


Georgia Army National Guardsmen are preparing at Ft. Stewart to bring relief to coastal communities recovering from Hurricane Dorian.
Georgia National Guard

Thousands of Georgians were in wait-and-see mode Wednesday evening as the eye of Hurricane Dorian approached the southeastern shoreline.

Two hundred members of the Georgia National Guard were placed on active duty ahead of the storm.  

Up to 2,000 guardsmen could be activated to help with recovery efforts.


  • Coastal Georgians Watch Weather Brought By Dorian Roll In
  • Hurricane Dorian Arrives At Georgia's Coast
  • Evacuees Fleeing Storm Stay In Shelters Across State


Glynn County Animal Control

Several animal shelters across Georgia have opened their doors to pets of Hurricane Dorian evacuees, which is poised to hit coastal Georgia as a Category 2 hurricane Thursday. Additionally, the Georgia Department of Agriculture has temporarily suspended animal health requirements in lieu of the storm. 

Stephen B. Morton / AP

Effects of Hurricane Dorian are poised to reach coastal Georgia as a Category 2 hurricane Thursday. Meteorologists are expecting heavy rain bands, powerful gusts of wind and the threat of storm surge.  

Congressman Buddy Carter, who represents all coastal Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, urges residents to heed the warnings from Georgia Emergency Management officials and to take evacuation orders seriously. Carter says he is worried people along the coast have become “complacent.”

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

As rain began to fall on Georgia’s coast from Hurricane Dorian, Gov. Brian Kemp implored those who did not evacuate to stay vigilant and safe as state officials were making final preparations for the recovery phase of the storm.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Kemp orders state agency heads to ignore requests by legislative leaders to attend fall budget hearings and send his mandated 4% cuts directly to him. Why is Kemp cutting legislators out of the process and what does it say about support under the “Gold Dome” for his dramatic cuts across the board? We’ll ask our panel for answers.

 


On Second Thought For Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

Sep 4, 2019

Hip-hop is often singled out for not having a great track record when it comes to the objectification of women, but research seeks to shine a new light on the genre. As we kick off Music Month on Georgia Public Broadcasting, hear from Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey and Nadia Brown, two researchers examining political rap’s influence on feminist attitudes.

Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers

Laurel Snyder has made a career of picture books and middle-grade novels that don't shy away from the facts of life. Her newest novel, My Jasper June, follows Jasper and Leah as they embark on a summer of urban adventures and navigate the messy path between childhood fantasy and grown-up realities.


  • Coastal Roads And Bridges Closed As Hurricane Dorian Approaches
  • Pace Of Mandatory Evacuations Slower Than In Recent Hurricanes
  • Smyrna Raises Smoking Age to 21

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Atlanta is welcoming Hurricane Dorian evacuees with open arms, camping spaces and America’s favorite pastime.

News outlets say Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Atlanta Braves are offering free services to residents from mandatory evacuation areas throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Two candidates will participate in a runoff to serve as the next representative of state House District 71.
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Two Republicans vying for a Coweta County-based seat in the Georgia House are advancing to a runoff.

Philip Singleton and Marcy Westmorland Sakrison beat out fellow Republican Nina Blackwelder and Democrat Jill Prouty in the four-way race for state House District 71 Tuesday.

Singleton and Sakrison will face each other in an Oct. 1 runoff after no candidate received over 50% of votes as required by Georgia law.

The winner will replace Republican Rep. David Stover of Newnan, who was first elected in 2013 and resigned in June to spend more time with his family.

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