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  • Opera Diva Jessye Norman, An Augusta Native, Dead At 74
  • PSC Holds Hearings On Georgia Power Rate Increase 
  • UGA Secures Grant To Develop Universal Flu Vaccine

Opera fans are mourning one of the world's most revered voices.

Soprano Jessye Norman died Monday morning at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in New York. Her death was confirmed to NPR by a spokesperson for her family, Gwendolyn Quinn, as well as a representative from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. The official cause of death was septic shock and multi-organ failure, secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015. She was 74.

  • Cobb County Commissioner Who Championed SunTrust Park Project Dies
  • State Economist Says Georgia Has 50 - 50 Chance Of Recession In 2020
  • Savannah Considers New Archeology Ordinances

Augusta University

The Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University has been awarded a six-year, $6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for a program that will improve access to innovative clinical trials in rural and minority communities across the state.


On this special edition of Political Rewind, we monitor the reaction from Georgia representatives on Capitol Hill as events continue to unfold surrounding a whistleblower complaint on a call held between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. 

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Six historically black colleges and universities are adding a new sport during the 2020 – 2021 school year.  Morehouse College in Atlanta, Paine College in Augusta and Ft. Valley State University, as well as Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, and Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky, are all adding men’s volleyball programs. The teams will play a regular season, with a year-end tournament in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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This month, GPB is bringing you stories of Georgia music, a lot of them about music history. Now, we turn to the future.

Every musician has to start somewhere, whether it’s a piano recital or singing in church. Guitarist Oz Yakabovits, 8, is fond of playing outside in Savannah’s parks. And he recently landed a higher-profile gig: a gallery show by artist Scott Stanton, or Panhandle Slim.

A police officer responding to a call of a naked man behaving erratically at an Atlanta-area apartment complex arrived on the scene, exited his vehicle and shot the man almost immediately.

Now a jury must decide if he's guilty of murder.


Today on Political Rewind, we sit down with Jackie Gingrich Cushman to discuss her new book, Our Broken America. As former Congressman Newt Gingrich’s daughter, Cushman is no stranger to the complexities of politics. This experience has given her insight to the importance of local politics. 

Terrapin Beer

The Georgia Water Coalition is celebrating individuals and groups that are working to keep the state’s waterways clean with its annual “Clean 13” list. 

In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., leads a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Gov. Brian Kemp has announced he is accepting applications from those looking to fill Isakson's seat when he steps down at the end of 2019.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp takes an interesting approach to replacing Sen. Johnny Isakson by inviting all who are interested to apply for the job. Meanwhile, are we getting closer to learning which Democrats will compete for the seat?

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Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn't believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old.

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An official has been put on leave and others reassigned following a report of a cancer patient bitten more than 100 times by ants at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs living center in Georgia.

Cokie Roberts speaks during the opening ceremony for Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Roberts, a longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR has died, ABC announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. She was 75.
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Editor's Note: This interview with Cokie Roberts originally aired on Two Way Street with Bill Nigut on May 9, 2015.  

Democratic presidential candidates at a Democratic presidential primary debate in Houston. The DNC announced Georgia will host a debate on Nov. 20.

Which Democratic candidates for president are getting the most endorsements from Georgia elected officials and politicians?  

Editor’s Note: This story will be updated throughout the campaign. 

Joe Biden

Dec. 13, 2019

Georgia State Capitol

On this edition of Political Rewind, Georgia legislative panels will meet this week to examine two major health concerns: improving mental and developmental outcomes for young children and addressing the high maternal death rate in Georgia. Our panel discusses how we can expect the legislature to deal with these issues.

Democratic presidential candidates resume their debate Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, after a break during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, for the first time in this election cycle, the top three candidates in the Democratic presidential race appear on stage together. It was also an opportunity for lower-tier candidates to try and make some headway against poll leaders. Our panel gives their insights about how they think the debate unfolded.


  • Gov. Kemp Launches Rural Strike Team
  • Port Of Brunswick Reopens
  • Midtown Music At Piedmont Park This Weekend

US Civil Rights Advocate Juanita Abernathy Dies At 88

Sep 13, 2019
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Juanita Abernathy, who wrote the business plan for the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and took other influential steps in helping to build the American civil rights movement, died Thursday. She was 88.

Georgia Ports Authority

The Georgia Ports Authority has announced plans to double the capacity of the Port of Savannah. 


Ports Executive Director Griff Lynch said at the State of the Ports event Thursday that the authority plans to establish a new container port on Hutchinson Island, which sits across the river from Savannah.

  • Abrams Releases Democratic Strategy Playbook
  • Today Is Final Day For Public Comment On Okefenokee Mining Proposal
  • Braves Reliever Pitches Immaculate Inning

Four Democratic primary candidates have emerged in the race to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue.

On this edition of Political Rewind, our panelists discuss the increasingly competitive Democratic race in Georgia for U.S. Senate. So far, the four Democrats who have officially launched their campaigns are aiming for Sen. David Perdue’s seat. When will Democrats begin lining up for a shot at the seat that Sen. Johnny Isakson is giving up? Why has no African American candidate come forward to run?

  • State Universities Request Budget Increase For Next Fiscal Year
  • Removing Capsized Cargo Ship Could Take Months
  • Poverty Rate Down, Uninsured Rate Up In Georgia

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Today’s music minute features one of the original dirty south rappers, Atlanta's own Ludacris.


Born Christopher Bridges on this day in 1977, Ludacris has carved out a storied career that includes multiple hit songs, Grammys, and acting roles.



Jon Ossoff announces his candidacy for U.S. Sen. seat currently held by David Perdue

On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp has moved to revitalize the task force assigned to maximize participation among all Georgians in the 2020 census. We ask his press secretary, can immigrant communities be reassured they have no reason to fear being counted?


  • Ossoff Joins Senate Race
  • Environmental Concerns With Capsized Cargo Ship
  • GA Farmers Get $3-Billion Aid Package

In this file photo, chairs sit empty in a classroom of Hunt Elementary School in Fort Valley, Ga., on Monday, May 17, 2010.
(AP Photo/Peter Prengaman)

On this edition of Political Rewind, we’re focusing on the state of public education in Georgia.



  • Search Continues For Missing Sailors From Overturned Cargo Ship
  • Lawmakers Look Again At Gambling To Fund HOPE Scholarships
  • Falcons Lose Season Opener

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UPDATE 6:22 p.m.: The fourth crew member has been rescued from the capsized vessel in St. Simons Sound, meaning all the crew members are accounted for.


The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers are still searching for the remaining four crew members of a cargo ship that overturned near St. Simons Island Sunday.

Twenty people have already been rescued.