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The city of Atlanta has launched a new transparency tool as the federal bribery probe into City Hall spending grows wider.

Atlanta’s Open Checkbook shows how more than $2 billion was spent during fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says the website allows users to see more than 104,000 transactions, broken down by department, vendor and type of expense.

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The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender histories of New York and San Francisco are well known. But what about the South?

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Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week in hopes of becoming the next justice to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Chaos and pandemonium marked the start of Kavanaugh’s hearing as democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee moved to delay the hearings.

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Georgia's new supreme court chief justice was sworn in Tuesday at the state capitol.

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Beth Macy

On this edition of Political Rewind, for six years, Roanoke-based journalist Beth Macy watched the opioid crisis unfold in struggling Appalachian communities all around her. And so she began documenting the roles that a pharmaceutical industry hungry for profit, medical practitioners intent on easing pain and government agencies slow to recognize the crisis all played in allowing a devastating plague of addiction to grip the entire region.

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In an age when we all seem to be talking at each other, Virginia Prescott thinks we need to do a better job listening.

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Sue Lanigan Fajardo

This year, more than 1,400 people in Georgia are expected to die from drug overdoses. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many will be in their 20s. They will still be thought of as kids by their grieving parents.

Some of the victims of addiction were represented Tuesday night in a room on the University of North Georgia's campus in Cumming. While the maximum occupancy was only 268 people, nearly 350 souls were honored by candles in teacups.

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Iconic American author Armistead Maupin is making two appearances at this weekend's AJC Decatur Book Festival.

The North Carolina native who gave us the “Tales of the City” is also marking the publication of a new memoir and a documentary film about his life.

Maupin joined GPB's Rickey Bevington via Facetime from his home in San Francisco.

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Georgia lawmakers held their first joint study committee meeting on Low THC Medical Oil Access, also referred to as medical marijuana, Wednesday afternoon at the state capitol. THC is the active chemical in cannabis.

Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club

Philips Arena, located in downtown Atlanta and home to the NBA's Hawks, has a new name. It’s now State Farm Arena.

The Hawks announced Wednesday they agreed to a 20-year naming rights deal with the insurance agency which currently has a regional hub in Dunwoody. 

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Republican nominee for governor Brian Kemp unveiled new policies aimed at Georgia’s military veterans on Wednesday.

The first pillar would eliminate state income tax for military retirement income, and he estimated it would cost the state about $60 million.

What's In A Name? | Atlanta

Aug 29, 2018

The story of Atlanta begins at the end. 

Or rather at its terminus. 

Brian Kemp speaks during a campaign event outlining policy intiatives for veterans in Georgia.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, with just over two months until voters decide this year’s election campaigns on both sides of the aisle are busy.

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Things got heated in the race for Georgia's lieutenant governor Wednesday morning when Republican candidate Geoff Duncan and Democratic candidate Sarah Riggs Amico traded barbs.

In an interview with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Duncan campaign spokesperson Dan McLagan attacked Amico, a Marietta businesswoman, for attending a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California, last week.

Emerson Mnangagwa, 75, was inaugurated Sunday as president of Zimbabwe.

The ceremony took place after nearly a month of post-election turmoil — a failed legal challenge by the opposition party that claimed discrepancies in the voting, and a deadly crackdown on opposition protestors by the military.

Elections monitors from the Atlanta-based Carter Center have been in Zimbabwe to assess whether Zimbabwe's election was legitimate.

Sarah Johnson leads elections monitoring for the Carter Center and joined Rickey Bevington in the studio.

Afua Richardson is an artist, musician, and performer who will be attending DragonCon in Atlanta this week.

She's one of the artists behind the World of Wakanda comic book series.


Afua is also working on a graphic novel that details the early life and work of civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis of Atlanta, titled 'RUN.'



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What's In A Name? | Willeo Creek

Aug 28, 2018
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Today’s “What’s In A Name?” is about a small but important creek and was submitted by listener Mitch Payton.

Willeo Creek near Roswell forms a large portion of Fulton County's border with Cobb County.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, in a powerful rebuke on the Senate floor, Georgia’s Johnny Isakson takes aim at anyone who might treat the memory of John McCain with disrespect. Although President Donald Trump was not mentioned by name, the intention seemed clear.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

From the sound of the closing minutes of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s state convention, you’d almost forget that Republicans control the governor’s mansion, both chambers of the state legislature and all 12 statewide elected offices.

In fact, you’d almost forget there were Republicans at all. While some speeches did mention President Donald Trump or specific Republican opponents, many nominees took a subtler approach by touting specific issues they wanted to address –  or that the Republican party had not.

What's In A Name? | College Park

Aug 27, 2018
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In this "What's In A Name," we answer a question from a listener "Djam" who wrote on our website. 

Djam was curious about the origins of College Park's name.