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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and his use of a nonprofit to funnel at least $140,000 in city of Atlanta funds to supplement his salary.

"At the request of the Attorney General’s Office, the GBI is conducting a criminal investigation into allegations against DA Paul Howard," GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles told GPB News.

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From pit bulls to political humor and feminist literature to Folsom State Prison, we’ve got five more stories from the On Second Thought archive to help you weather another Monday. 

1) One Man's Mission To Protect 'The Dog America Loves To Hate'

  • Testing For COVID-19 Reaches 1.7% Of Georgia Citizens
  • Georgia Statewide Judicial Emergency Extended Through Mid-June
  • University Board Of Regents Rejects Calls For Pass-Fail Grading For Spring Semester
  • Emory Researchers Enroll Georgians In Vaccine Trial For COVID-19
  • Another Atlanta Contractor Pleads Guilty To Bribing City Officials Under Reed Administration

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The world’s largest hornet, a 2-inch killer dubbed the “Murder Hornet” with an appetite for honey bees, has been found in Washington state, where entomologists were making plans to wipe it out.

The giant Asian insect, with a sting that could be fatal to some humans, is just now starting to emerge from winter hibernation.

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Two tech giants are hoping the phone in your pocket may be the key to fighting back against COVID-19. However, some argue it raises new questions about privacy and data. 

Several weeks ago, Apple and Google announced they were partnering to develop a contact tracing platform. In theory, this development would allow public health officials, and potentially governments, to track the spread of COVID-19 through phone data.

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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.

When it comes to coronavirus, there is a lot of data. Cases change all the time, and that can be very confusing. GPB's Rickey Bevington asks GPB's Grant Blankenship to simplify the numbers.

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Monday on Political Rewind, the challenges of holding elections amidst a public health crisis. We spoke to the current and former secretaries of state who joined us to talk about managing this year's elections amid the dangers of coronavirus.


Brad Raffensperger - Georgia Secretary of State

Cathy Cox - Former Georgia Secretary of State, former candidate for governor, current Dean of the Walter F. Georgia School of Law at Mercer University

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Two of the top Georgia Democrats vying to take on Republican Sen. David Perdue in November took hard swipes at each other during a virtual debate Sunday evening.

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On this day 60 years ago, a black man driving a white woman was pulled over in a traffic stop that would change the course of American history. 

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As the Atlanta Braves wait to return to the baseball field, many of the team’s seasonal employees are also in limbo.

That includes the Braves’ longest tenured game day employee, 80-year-old Walter Banks.

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As May brings in Mental Health Awareness Month, two Atlanta-based siblings are lifting spirits and advocating for mental health with a virtual prom.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says next year’s budget will be “brutal” as state agencies brace for a potential 14% cut to their operations.

In a wide-ranging interview with GPB News, the governor also stood by his decision to lift shelter-in-place restrictions for most Georgians as the coronavirus continues to take its toll, citing “real-world data” and the limited nature of the state's reopening plan.

Kemp also discussed critical media coverage of the state and his decision, including his terse response to an NBC News reporter's questions about the Georgia Department of Public Health data used to justify allowing more activity to take place.

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As the coronavirus continues to spread, it deeply affects those living in senior and retirement communities. While Gov. Brian Kemp urges nursing home residents to continue sheltering in place, an Atlanta agency created an online pirate radio station to connect seniors and their families.

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Jay Patel of Duluth believed vaping was safe when he tried it in 2015. Instead, he wound up comatose in Gwinnett Medical Center with severe lung disease.

With Patel's personal injury lawsuit, Georgia joined 39 states investigating whether Juul Labs, the nation’s largest electronic cigarette company, promoted and sold its nicotine-heavy products as safe when the company should have known otherwise.

  • Georgia Lawmakers Asking State Agencies To Prepare For 14% Cut In Budget
  • Augusta Nurses Joined Nationwide Day Of Protest For More Protective Gear
  • Vistors To Newly Reopened Tybee Island Must Follow Strict Protocols
  • AJC Peachtree Road Race Moved From 4th Of July To Thanksgiving
  • Southern Poverty Law Center Calls For Investigation Into February Killing Of Ahmaud Arbery Near Brunswick

Some dream researchers have seen a 35% uptick in dream recall since the start of the pandemic. And when people process traumatic events — like a terrorist attack, or widespread health crisis — scientists have noticed that people's dreams start to follow similar themes and patterns. 

We want to know: How have your dreams changed since the start of the pandemic?

Call and leave us a voicemail at 404-500-9457 with your wildest, craziest COVID-19 dreams, and share your reflections on how dreaming as a whole may have shifted for you during the pandemic. 

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When Norman Hulme heard Emory was opening its vaccine trial to people age 56 and over, he jumped at the chance.

The 65-year-old grew up in New York, in an atmosphere of science and pharmacology, he said. His father led trial studies at medical centers around the country.

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Billy Bragg is many things: a poet, punk rocker, folk musician, and singer-songwriter. He’s also an activist, music historian, and best-selling author. In the words of another poet, he contains multitudes.

Bragg’s newest work, The Three Dimensions of Freedom, is a slim volume that makes a weighty argument. It’s a pamphlet in the tradition of Thomas Paine, whose influential polemics helped spark the American Revolution, and later got him convicted of sedition.

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Artists and arts organizations were quick to adapt to quarantine and coronavirus. Museum tours, operas, Broadway shows, author talks, home concerts and classes for kids sprung up online shortly after closures were announced.

But as the dust begins to settle on our new normal, many worry about the long-term economic impact and outlook for the artists, performers and independent organizations essential to the cultural ecosystem.

Lost-n-Found Youth

Nasheedah Muhammad, the director of the Atlanta LGBTQ charity Lost-n-Found Youth, knows firsthand what it is like to be without a home.

"This is so important to me, the work that I'm doing," she said. "I've been homeless. I've actually lived on the street for a year myself."

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Friday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp lifts a shelter-in-place order for many Georgians across the state. His press secretary joins us to discuss the decision.

What will the political fallout look like for officials across the country as multiple states begin easing restrictions?

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For nearly 15 years, National Medal of the Arts award-winning poet and author Julia Alvarez has focused on writing picture books and novels for children. But earlier this year, she published her first novel for adults in more than a decade, called Afterlife.

The protagonist, Antonia Vega, is a woman in her late 60s reckoning with isolation and her new identity after her husband’s sudden death. In a world upended by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and wrestling with its own kind of communal grief, the themes of the novel resonate in ways that Alvarez never could have predicted.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels

If you are in the Atlanta area about 1:35 p.m. Saturday, you may want to keep your eyes on the sky.


The U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds and Navy’s Blue Angels will conduct a flyover that will last about 25 minutes to honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers.

Artists and arts organizations were quick to adapt to coronavirus. Museum tours, operas, Broadway shows, author talks, home concerts and classes for kids sprung up online shortly after closures were announced.

But as the dust begins to settle on our new normal, many worry about the long-term economic impact and outlook for the artists, performers and independent organizations essential to the cultural ecosystem.  Doug Shipman, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, joined On Second Thought to talk about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the arts world now – economically, culturally, and artistically – and how that might change as things open back up.

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While most Georgians are no longer ordered to stay in their homes, many businesses, schools and restaurants are choosing to stay closed.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order that extends Georgia’s public health emergency through June 12 and orders older and medically at-risk residents to stay at home.  

An "extinction-level event" is how one news industry expert described the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic on newspapers and other journalism outlets.

As millions of Americans rely on local news sources for coronavirus information, “roughly 36,000 workers at news companies in the U.S. have been laid off, been furloughed or had their pay reduced. Some publications that rely on ads have shut down,” according to the New York Times.

The topic is personal to Atlanta-based journalist Steve Fennessy, whose position as executive editor at Atlanta magazine was eliminated in March.

Fennessy sends this audio postcard to All Things Considered on GPB. This is the latest in our series of personal commentaries by people in quarantine who record themselves on their phones and email the audio to host Rickey Bevington.

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A summer without trips to the beach or Saturdays at the pool might be hard to imagine, but it wouldn’t be the first time an epidemic shut down American communities. In the 1940s and ‘50s, polio outbreaks would regularly scare people into staying home from church, stores, and the movies.

Now, polio survivors say they fear the easing of social distancing guidelines could have severe consequences for the American public.

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The Georgia Department of Labor has paid out more unemployment claims during the COVID-19 outbreak than in the past four years combined, officials said Thursday.

  • Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Lifts Shelter In Place Order Tonight At Midnight
  • Georgia Department Of Labor Sees Unprecedented Jobless Claims Nearing 1.4 Million
  • New CDC Study Finds African-American Georgians Disproportionately Hospitalized by COVID19
  • Food Banks Aim To Extend School Lunch Waivers In Georgia To Allow Pick-up And Delivery
  • Over 1 Million Georgia Voters Request Absentee Ballots For June 9 Primary