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The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia announced a potential plan that would include staffing reductions and furloughs. The plan is a result from the expected loss of state funds caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board made the announcement Thursday as all 26 colleges and universities in the state develop a new spending plan for fiscal year 2021 — which will include a 14% reduction from the 2020 fiscal year.

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Georgia’s lieutenant governor says he’s giving up some of his pay in light of impending state budget cuts.

Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced Wednesday that he would voluntarily forgo 14% of his $91,609 salary in the budget year beginning July 1. Duncan would give up $12,825 leaving him with a salary of $78,784.

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Two men who shot and killed an unarmed black jogger in Coastal Georgia said they did so in accordance with Georgia's citizen's arrest law.

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Thursday on Political Rewind, a metric that gives fresh perspective on how to view Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to reopen the state: the number of new people infected by each person infected by COVID-19. 

That number went down during shelter-in-place orders in Georgia.

How do the experts expect this rate to change now that restrictions have been partially lifted?


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In February, a 25-year-old black man went for a run near his family's home outside of Brunswick, Georgia, when he was shot to death by two white men who said they thought he was a robber.

Now, the case of Ahmaud Arbery is making international news headlines after video reported to be of the shooting went viral.

A leaked viral video showing the final moments of a Brunswick man’s life has many people in Georgia and the rest of the country outraged and in sorrow. 

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As Atlanta-area rapper Michael "Killer Mike" Render stood in a face mask in front of Bankhead Seafood Market, he spoke of his passion for the Grove Park community.

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Georgia's tax collections for the month of April were down more than $1 billion from last year, signaling a budgetary shortfall that could force state agencies to slash already lean budgets by more than 10% for the next fiscal year.

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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.

Gyms and fitness centers in Georgia are allowed to re-open, but many are not. So, when is it the right time to reopen, and how should people be handling their own physical health during the pandemic? GPB's Taylor Gantt checks in with Dr. Jonathan Kim, the chief of sports cardiology at Emory University. He’s also the team cardiologist for the Atlanta Braves, Hawks, Falcons and the Atlanta Dream.

  • DA Tom Durden Requests GBI Investigate Shooting Death Of Ahmaud Arbery In Brunswick
  • Georgia's April Tax Revenue Down 36%, $1.3 Billion
  • Absentee Ballot Applications Set Record In Georgia, Only Expected To Grow
  • Atlanta United Players Hit Practice Field Again, With Strict Social Distancing
  • Atlanta Welcomes New Catholic Archbishop Via Livestream


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Wednesday on Political Rewind, the coronavirus pandemic is complicating an already arduous budget in Georgia.

The continuing cost of the state response, in addition to a loss of revenue and economic activity, has led Gov. Brian Kemp to last week call for significant cuts to all state agencies. 


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Tyler Perry Studios is set to reopen in a limited capacity. A studio spokesperson says the changes will include temporary housing on-site for production crews and staff.

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Now with Georgia in its first full week of relaxed coronavirus restrictions, data experts predict a sharp rise in deaths in the state.

The predictions mirror national models against which President Trump is pushing back.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday evening that District Attorney Tom Durden has formally requested that the agency investigate the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. Two men shot and killed Arbery while he was jogging through a mostly-white Brunswick neighborhood Feb. 23.

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As the world’s attention was fixated on the horrors in Italy and New York City, the per capita death rates in counties in the southwest corner of Georgia quietly climbed to among the worst in the nation.

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As Georgia continues to ramp up coronavirus testing, it has hit a roadblock: the pace of testing has outrun state lab capacity.

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Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta is canceling all 2020 summer camp programs until Aug. 9 in response to the coronavirus, the organization announced Monday on its blog.

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A Coastal Georgia District Attorney said Tuesday that he will take the February killing of an unarmed black man before a grand jury. The man’s family and many in the community have been demanding action.


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Nearly two-thirds of Georgia’s 159 counties have approved more absentee ballot requests for the June 9 primary than the total number of votes cast in those counties during the 2018 primary election.

With just over a month until the election, local officials have processed more than 1 million vote-by-mail requests. This unprecedented shift to absentee voting comes after the secretary of state’s office sent absentee ballot applications to all 6.9 million active registered voters last month.


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The Kia plant in West Point, Georgia, opened for limited production Monday.

While the plant usually operates with three shifts over 24 hours, only the day shift — from 6:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. — will manufacture cars until further notice.


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Georgia could see coronavirus cases and deaths skyrocket now that restrictions have relaxed, according to new projections.

Two leading coronavirus prediction models are accounting for the re-opening of businesses and lifting of Gov. Brian Kemp's shelter-in-place order, and the outlook is dire.


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Taking a walk around Lenox Square, it doesn't look like a mall that has just reopened after weeks of keeping its doors closed.

  • Georgia Grand Jury Heard Prosecution Arguments On Fatal Shooting Of Ahmaud Arbery
  • Georgia's Coronavirus Testing Capacity Hits Roadblock With Lab Capacity
  • Governor Kemp Says Mobile Hospital Is Being Sent To COVID-19 Cluster In Gainesville
  • Air Force Jet Flys Over Macon Hospitals To Honor Medical Staff
  • Low-grade Fever And Night Terrors: One Georgia 12-year-old Grapples With COVID-19
  • Atlanta United Season Ticket Holders Will Get Credits For Impacted Games


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A government scientist was ousted after the Trump administration ignored his dire warnings about COVID-19 and a malaria drug President Donald Trump was pushing for the 

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While children have died from the coronavirus disease in the United States, less than 1 % of Georgia’s overall COVID-19 cases have happened in people under age 12.

Though children are usually spared harsh symptoms of the disease, 15 children in New York City are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 associated multi-system inflammatory syndrome. One of the reported symptoms is prolonged fever, which a Georgia girl is also complaining about.

Jeannie Johnson says her 9-year-old daughter, Kira, is on her 52nd consecutive day of fever as of Tuesday, May 5.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, though the next meeting of the state legislature is still a topic of debate, the main topic representatives will be discussing is almost certain; the budget.

Gov. Brian Kemp and legislative leaders told state agencies last week to plan on a 14% cut in their budgets. And politics does not stop amidst pandemic.


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Public health and data experts have raised concerns about the clarity of some COVID-19 data published by the Georgia Department of Public Health less than a week after Gov. Brian Kemp decided not to extend the shelter in place order for most state residents.

Following the update of its website last week, some experts say the changes represent a better attempt by officials to show coronavirus trends a little more than two months after the state confirmed its first cases.

However, some of the new material has caused confusion. One trouble spot? As reported in the Macon Telegraph, a graph which if read improperly suggests infections in the state have been in steep decline, something the data do not support.

Ann Watson / Emory University

An Emory University professor and poet is now the recipient of literature's highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize.

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Businesses in Georgia are slowly reopening since Gov. Brian Kemp's restrictions have been lifted, and modifications such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing are still being strongly encouraged.

Summer camps around the state — in which many founded themselves on communal campfire activities and a lot of hand holding —  are struggling to figure out how to open and follow Kemp's social distancing guidelines.

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