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The list of officer-involved deaths is long, and have revived questions about law enforcement reform.  On Second Thought spoke with Civil Rights Attorney, Chris Stewart, and former DeKalb County Director of Public Safety, Cedric Alexander, to discuss why these incidents continue to take place and what efforts are being take to reform the system.

Reel Divas Take The Atlanta Spotlight

Oct 23, 2019
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Twenty minority women of film and television plan to draw attention to Atlanta’s growing entertainment industry. 

The Reel Divas is an initiative created to promote the talents of African American writers, producers and directors within the city of Atlanta.

There are some stories that bear repeating over and over. One of those stories is Harriet Tubman’s. A new movie about the heroic abolitionist, known as the “Moses of her people”, is coming out Nov. 1.

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Kurds are evacuating their traditional homeland in Northeast Syria during a five-day brokered pause in hostility. This pause in military action is set to end today, Oct. 22.

The situation is complicated, violent and unfolding on the other side of the world, but Americans are following the events closely.

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Today on Political Rewind, as Democrats set their sights on Georgia’s November presidential debate, new polling reveals a race in flux. In Iowa, nearly 1 in 3 of the state’s Democrats say they have no idea who they will support even as Pete Buttigieg gains ground against front-runners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.

Local Educator Named National Principal Of The Year

Oct 22, 2019
National Association of Secondary School Principals

This year's National Principal of the Year honor goes to a Gwinnett County educator. 

Suwannee–based Principal Kerensa Wing learned of the award Monday, according to the National  Association of Secondary School Principals. She is currently the principal of Collins Hill High School, a school that she helped to open in 1994 as a history teacher.

  • Former President Carter Suffers Fracture In Fall At His Home
  • Army Released Details On Deadly Ft. Stewart Training Accident
  • GDOT Seeks Public Input On Proposed Atlanta - Charlotte High Speed Rail

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Georgia’s attorney general has asked for a temporary injunction against the Becton Dickinson plant in Covington.

The lawsuit, filed in Newton County Superior Court, alleges BD Bard has violated the state’s Air Quality Act and rules for air quality control. The medical plant uses the carcinogenic gas ethylene oxide as a part of its operations.

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On Second Thought continues its "Main Ingredient" series in which a chef tells us about his or her essential southern ingredient. 

For Chef Deborah VanTrece, it's okra — a key ingredient she's cooked with since she was a teenager. VanTrece invited us into her restaurant kitchen at Twisted Soul Cookhouse and Pours in Atlanta and prepared succotash with okra.

Turkey’s pause in military operations in Syria ends Tuesday. The horrors happening to Kurds are unfolding on the other side of the world. Find out why Georgians are following it closely. Hear from Dr. Heval Kelli, a cardiologist and Syrian-born Georgian, and Timothy Head, the executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized after a fall at his home in Plains, Georgia.

A statement from The Carter Center says Jimmy suffered "a minor pelvic fracture" on Monday, but remains in good spirits and looks forward to recovering at home.

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The Third Infantry Division has released more information about the training accident that killed three soldiers and injured three others early Sunday morning.

At about 3:20 a.m. Sunday, a Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled off of a bridge and was submerged in a stream, according to Major General Antonio Aguto, the commanding general of the division.

Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Jenkins, Cpl. Thomas Walker and Pfc. Antonio Garcia were killed.

  • Names Released Of Soldiers Who Died During Georgia Training Exercise
  • State Officials Unsure What Caused Smoke To Come Out Capsized Ship
  • Atlanta Receives 2-Star Rating For Reproductive Health

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Today on Political Rewind, a Georgia law allowing companies to grow and sell medical marijuana has been in effect for six months. However, implementation has stalled because state leaders have failed to appoint a board tasked with awarding marijuana growing and selling contracts. Our panel will discuss the slowdown.

Mark Richt spent 15 seasons as Georgia's head coach, going 145-51 with two SEC championships and five division titles. He retired following the 2018 season, after compiling a 26-13 record in three seasons at Miami.
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Former Georgia and Miami coach Mark Richt tweeted Monday that he is recovering from a heart attack.

The 59-year-old Richt is working as a studio analyst for the ACC Network.

Marine salvage experts are trying to determine what caused a fire, Sunday, Oct. 20, in the overturned cargo ship lying close to Georgia's seacoast.
Stephen B. Morton / AP

State officials say they may never know what caused smoke to come out of the overturned cargo ship that has been immobilized in the St. Simons Sound for more than a month.

Marine workers noticed clouds of white smoke coming from the Golden Ray vessel Sunday morning.

  • Soldiers Killed In Georgia Training Accident
  • Fire On Board Capsized Cargo Festival Off St. Simons Island
  • Quinn On Hot Seat As Falcons Drop Fifth Straight Game

Christopher Patey

Susan Rice has been called a lot of names. She was nicknamed "Spo" as a child, for her sporting athletic abilities. President Barack Obama labeled her one of three "Furies" on his national security team. One TV commentator called her "the right's favorite chew-toy," following her now infamous round of TV talk shows days after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Just this weekend, President Donald Trump tweeted that Rice was a "disaster" for her role in the Obama administration's Syria policy. And, as we learn in her new autobiography, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For, she has been called worse.

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On its second national reproductive health scorecard, Atlanta received a ranking of two out of five stars. The report card was released Monday by the National Institute for Reproductive Health.


The Atlanta Falcons' losing streak now stands at five games after Sunday's 37-10 defeat against the L.A. Rams.


Quarterback Matt Ryan was injured in the fourth quarter and running back Devonte Freeman was ejected after throwing a punch at an opposing player. 


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Three soldiers were killed at Fort Stewart Sunday morning and three were hospitalized following a training accident at the base near Savannah. The injured soldiers were taken to a military hospital. 

The soldiers were member of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. The accident occurred when they were riding in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.


Valdosta is putting a temporary halt to the opening of new vape shops. 


Nestor rushed into Georgia on Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone after the former tropical storm spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida but spared an area of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year ago by Hurricane Michael.

  • Tropical Storm Nestor To Bring Rain, Wind To Georgia
  • Drought To Continue In Parts Of The State
  • Atlanta Dream To Move To New Facility Next Season

John Amis / AP

Come next WNBA season, the Atlanta Dream will have a new home in College Park.

The team announced Friday, they would play their home games in the 2020 season in Gateway Center Arena.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, state agencies risk cuts to personnel following Gov. Brian Kemp's order for 4% budget cuts now and 6% next fiscal year. The governor's press secretary, Cody Hall, is on our panel and we discuss those cuts.



This past summer, MARTA was considering renaming five train stations in Atlanta. It was an effort to keep up with changes in the city and to reflect surrounding neighborhoods.

Today, MARTA says no decision on renaming stations has been made, but that they are currently refining the process of making those decisions in the future.

One station proposed to be re-christened: Bankhead. The area was named after the highway that ran through it, which was in turn named after an Alabama family. But the Bankhead name is perhaps more closely associated with the torrent of rap and hip hop that grew from Atlanta's Westside and nearby neighborhoods. So, what's in the name "Bankhead"?


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On Second Thought is giving away 10 pairs of tickets to see former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice live at Atlanta’s Ferst Center Wednesday, Oct. 23. 

You can hear On Second Thought’s interview with Rice live at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, on GPB's 18 radio stations, at or wherever you get your podcasts. 

  • Heavy Rain Expected Across Georgia Saturday
  • Train Derailment In Millen, Jenkins County
  • Atlanta United Begins MLS Playoff Run Saturday

Cherise Richardson Photography

Thirty years ago, HIV and AIDS were mysterious diseases with no cure. Now in 2019, people with those diagnoses can not only survive, but they can thrive.

Here in Atlanta, one organization aims to educate communities about HIV. SisterLove Inc. focuses on improving access to HIV and AIDS prevention, self-help and safe sex in underrepresented communities.