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National Hurricane Center

UPDATE 9 p.m.: Dorian is a Category 4 hurricane with increasingly uncertain tracks. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center report Dorian is now moving west and will continue a slower westward motion into next week. 

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If you’re headed out on the road this holiday weekend, you might be in luck when you get to the gas pump.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority, long respected for providing good jobs and cheap electricity, is facing a growing backlash over its handling of a massive coal ash spill a decade ago, with potentially serious consequences for an industry often opposed to environmental regulation.

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Bookworks are welcome to attend the 14th annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival this Labor Day weekend, which will be held in downtown Decatur. Several of the authors appearing at the festival recently visited On Second Thought.

A full schedule and the complete list of presenters can be found on the festival’s website. 

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National Hurricane Center

UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: Gov. Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency for 12 Georgia counties — Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce and Wayne — as Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida’s coastline.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is headed to Atlanta this weekend to talk about her new children’s book Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You at Agnes Scott College as a part of the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

On this special edition of On Second Thought, we hear a rare, personal conversation with the justice recorded live for Writers on a New England Stage, a collaboration between New Hampshire Public Radio and The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Dragon Con

Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture convention returns Thursday.

Dragon Con will bring 85,000 people to the city.

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On a late July day, a crowd of people were trying to find the right spot on a two-lane road outside the town of Monroe to watch a crime.  


With the same megaphone he’s carried all day, civil rights activist and former Georgia legislator Tyrone Brooks got people where they need to be.  


“If you all make your way up the hill you can see the first scene,” Brooks announced. 


Savannah Pilots Association

The Environmental Protection Agency could give Savannah's harbor pilots more time to comply with stricter pollution controls. 


The pilot boats that go out to meet container ships coming into the Port of Savannah have to be relatively small, under 65 feet. Otherwise they would face speed restrictions designed to protect right whales.

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The news that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) will resign his seat at the end of 2019 sent shockwaves through the political landscape in Georgia, as leaders on both sides of the aisle reflect on his decades-long legacy and look ahead to how his absence will shift electoral politics in the coming years.

His current term will not end until 2022, but the 74-year-old Republican said Wednesday that because of growing health concerns he has “concluded that [he] will not be able to do the job over the long term in the manner the citizens of Georgia deserve.”

U.S. Senator Johnny Iskason, who announced his intent to resign at the end of 2019, appearing on Political Rewind in February, 2018.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson stuns Georgia’s political community by announcing his retirement, citing his health challenges.  He will step down at the end of this year, ending a four-decade career in elective office. 

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s surprise resignation has led to praise and thanks from people and groups on both sides of the aisle.   

Isakson made the announcement Wednesday morning citing health problems.   

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National Hurricane Center

UPDATE Thursday, 5:00 p.m.: Gov. Kemp declared a state of emergency in a dozen coastal Georgia counties ahead as Hurricane Dorian approaches the Southeast.

The affected counties are Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, Pierce and Wayne.  Kemp says for now the major danger for southeast Georgia is the potential for flooding from Dorian which looks to become a massive but very slow moving storm. State laws preventing price gouging at the gas pump are also in effect.

UPDATE Thursday, 3:00 p.m: Gov. Brian Kemp reiterated that Dorian's path was still too uncertain to make big moves in emergency preparedness in Georgia. However, he did say that heavy rain and unusually high tides will make flooding in some parts of the state almost a certainty. Kemp advised preparing for flooding now.

UPDATE 6:18 p.m.: Governor Brian Kemp said in a briefing Wednesday evening that state officials are monitoring Hurricane Dorian closely and preparing for potential evacuations, although it was too soon to tell the exact track of the storm or predict its impact on Georgia.

University of Georgia

As students get back into the swing of classes, we remember women's educational opportunities in the 19th Century were few and far between. Finishing schools focused on women's socialization and skills like art, music and French, rather than a rigorous academic curriculum.


On Second Thought For Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019

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It’s back-to-school time, which looks a lot different for women now than in decades past.  For female students, getting an education used to mean attending finishing school courses on being a “proper” wife and hostess.  The Lucy Cobb Institute helped change that. 

University of Georgia Professor Fran Teague and WUGA student Kristen Gragg visit On Second Thought to explore how this Georgia facility expanded what women could learn and do.

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
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Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson will be resigning at the end of 2019.

Library of Congress



It's been 64 years since 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi.


Till was kidnapped by a gang of white men and killed after he whistled at a white woman in a grocery store.


The two men behind the crime were eventually acquitted by an all-white jury.


But the pictures of Emmett Till’s body during his open-casket funeral sparked outrage across the country and fueled the civil rights movement in the 1960s.


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An emergency response team was dispatched Tuesday to the Sterigenics plant in Cobb County to investigate reports of a toxic gas leak that forced employees to evacuate the facility last month.


The gas leak occurred in the early morning of July 31, just hours after a community meeting was held to address emissions concerns in Smyrna, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health released numbers last week showing the number of prescriptions for opioids written in the state has fallen. But a recent study shows the state has one of the lowest rates of painkiller misuse in the country at 3.7%.

Atlanta United players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Minnesota United 2-1 the U.S. Open Cup soccer final Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Pity Martinez scored a goal and set up an own-goal by Minnesota with a nifty pass, leading short-handed Atlanta United to another trophy with a 2-1 victory in the final of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday night. 


Atlanta finished the game with 10 players after Leandro Gonzalez Pirez received a red card, holding off Minnesota United’s relentless pressure in the closing minutes. Michael Boxall had a chance to tie it but sent the ball over the crossbar with a shot from right in front.

Jill Biden campaigns on behalf of her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Great Falls, S.C.
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Speaking at a private event in Atlanta on Tuesday, former second lady Jill Biden celebrated recent endorsements for her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, from prominent Atlanta politicians and shared a glimpse into her life on the campaign trail.

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About 6,000 AT&T workers across Georgia moved into day five of their strike Tuesday. It’s a part of a larger strike across the southeast that involves more than 20,000 employees across nine states: Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 

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Former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Sarah Riggs Amico, has formally announced her run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. David Perdue
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a new entry in the Democratic race for U.S. Senate. 

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For generations, Forsyth County, which is north of Atlanta, was a predominantly white area that actively sought to keep other races away. 


One of the most infamous incidents in 1912, when over 1,000 black residents were driven out of the county after an unsolved crime was blamed on a black man named Rob Edwards, who was lynched. 


But, these days, Forsyth is growing more diverse.



Zoo Atlanta

All four giant pandas located at Zoo Atlanta celebrate birthdays in August and September. Adult female Lun Lun turned 22 on Aug. 25, adult male Yang Yang turns 22 on Sept. 9 and their offspring, twin females Ya Lun and Xi Lun, turn 3 on Sept. 3. 

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This undated product image provided by KFC shows plant-based chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken plans to test plant-based chicken nuggets and boneless wings on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at one of its restaurants in Atlanta.
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It’s finger lickin’ fake chicken.

Kentucky Fried Chicken plans to test plant-based chicken nuggets and boneless wings Tuesday at one of its restaurants in Atlanta. Depending on customer feedback, the chain could expand the test to other markets.