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Metro Atlanta has some of the highest rates of new HIV infection in the country right now, but the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the disease can be eradicated.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. on Monday visited an HIV clinic in DeKalb County, which is one of three counties in the nation chosen as pilot sites to run a federal program aimed at preventing the spread of HIV.

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Some of the stalwarts of the ‘70s Southern Rock scene, and younger musicians inspired by their sound, will perform Tuesday in a concert to celebrate the Georgia recording studio where Southern Rock was born.   

The band was soundchecking onstage, but back in the green room of Macon’s City Auditorium Monday, a little after 3 in the afternoon, Tommy Talton and Duane Betts were meeting for the first time to play through the Allman Brothers classic "Little Martha".

“I’ll just play my dad’s part,” Betts said.

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The end of the year outlook for Georgia’s main nut crop is mixed. And you can blame both the weather and Chinese tariffs.

Southwest Georgia pecan growers are harvesting as little as 20% of their average crop this year thanks to Hurricane Michael, the storm that downed thousands of trees in 2018. That’s according to Lenny Wells, pecan expert with the UGA Agricultural Extension Service. And while he says, sure, that sounds bad, he’s says he’s still feeling pretty good about 2020.

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The Georgia Department of Education has updated its list of Georgia schools that receive special academic support from the state.

 The federal Every Student Succeeds Act mandates that states keep track of high poverty schools or at-risk groups of students that struggle academically. That way state education departments can target extra aid to those schools or demographics within a school population.

The good news is that this year 47 Georgia schools rolled off the list, including five in Fulton county and two in rural Macon County.

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Three former Washington County sheriff’s deputies will not go on trial for murder next month as planned. That’s because the officers won immunity for killing a man under Georgia’s stand your ground law.

The three white deputies, Henry Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott had been facing murder charges for Tasing to death 58-year-old Eurie Lee Martin, a black  man, on a sweltering day in July 2017, an act caught on cell phone video.

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Waterfowl hunting season opened in Georgia over the weekend, bringing with it some changes.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu season is starting to ramp up — and it's not too late to reduce your risk with a vaccine.

But scientists have come to realize that flu vaccines are less effective for people who are overweight or obese.

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The pastor of a Unitarian Universalist church in Augusta would like to meet the vandals who graffitied the church recently in what he calls an act of terrorism.  

“We’ve even offered to the people who have done it, you can come talk to us. You can come to a service and see who we are,” said Don Cameron, interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta.  

Over the weekend, church members found the words “God will not be mocked” spray painted twice on the church building, along with two Stars of David crossed out with a black stripe.  

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After years of contentious debate, The Army Corp of Engineers has made their recommendation on how to replace an Augusta dam with something that will benefit an endangered fish.

The Corps of Engineers wants to replace the Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam with a pair of river width weirs that would allow the endangered shortnose sturgeon to reach spawning grounds it hasn’t used since 1937.

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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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Georgia farmers who have suffered economically from Hurricane Michael or other recent weather events can begin applying for a piece of $3 billion in federal aid.

The money from what is called the WHIP plus program was authorized by President Trump back in June and is available for farmers hurt by weather as far back as Tropical Storm Cindy in 2017.

In this photo provided by U.S.People who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the Trump administration issues new rules designed to further reduce the number of immigrants seeking new lives in the United States.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, we come to you from Augusta.


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A report by financial news and content company, 24-7 Wall Street, identifies the 25 most-segregated cities in America. Four are in Georgia, and one of those is in the top five.

The area covering Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is number 22. Columbus comes in at 19. Macon is number 11. Albany, Georgia, comes in at No. 3.


In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta. In two years, federal payments to hospitals treating a large share of the nation's poor will begin to evapor
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On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, an in-depth look at rural health care in Georgia.

Climate Central

Intense heat is getting worse with climate change as small increases in temperature can magnify extremes, according to a study by Climate Central, an independent organization of scientists and journalists reporting about climate change and its public impact.

Around the globe, it’s been another summer of blistering heat. Just last month, GPB reported that Georgia could see an average of 77 days each year with a heat index over 105 degrees by the end of the century, according to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

That’s compared to an average of four days a year from 1971 to 2000.

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., walks to the elevator for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, in New York. Casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations, President Donald Trump said Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, that Deferred Action for Chi
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Today on Political Rewind, the cash behind the campaigns. What do the fundraising numbers for candidates reveal about their support and how could the races in 2020 play out?

 


Marchers unfurl a huge rainbow flag as they prepare to march in the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as Pride Month continues across the country, we will take a look at the progress made by the LGBTQ Community in the decades long effort to gain equal protections and fair treatment in Georgia and across the nation. 


Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with DeKalb County CEO and Georgia historian, Michael Thurmond. In his book Thurmond brings to light lesser known stories of African-American men and women in Athens, GA.


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The federal government will not be opening a facility to house migrant children in Georgia after initially considering the state.

 

Fort Benning, near Columbus, was one of several potential sites that federal officials toured last week in the search for more space to house unaccompanied migrant children.

 

 


Brian Kemp waves after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is working on building a new healthcare waiver system. The governor has hired a firm to draw up plans in hopes of expanding Medicaid and giving a financial boost to private insurance buyers. How broad will the expansion program be and will there be a role for outside input before plans are finalized? 


President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, is greeted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty, as they arrive on Air Force One at Lawson Army Airfield, Fort Benning, Ga., Friday, March 8, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, federal officials visit Fort Benning to explore whether the massive military base would be a suitable location for housing immigrant children apprehended without parents at the Southern border. Could Georgia become a focal point for the controversy over how the administration cares for immigrant children?


Political Rewind Town Hall in Cartersville, June 3, 2019. (L to R): Kevin Riley, Buddy Darden, Andra Gillespie, Julianne Thompson, Jim Galloway.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we travel to Cartersville to speak with lawmakers and voters. What are the issues that matter most to the people in the northwest corner of the state? And how have they reacted to recently passed laws?


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On this edition of Political Rewind, the new head of the State Ethics Commission has launched a large-scale investigation of organizations led by Stacey Abrams. Ethics Chief, David Emadi says his probe is strictly non-partisan, but Democrats call it a blatant effort to undermine Abrams.


It was a superb Spring day in the mountains of west Georgia, with bluebird skies and a light breeze through the longleaf pines, when a helicopter rained fire from the sky.

In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with Grady Hospital President and CEO John Haupert on the many crises that public health institutions across the country continue to face.


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A wildfire in a small part of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is under control, but the fire points to already dry conditions in the state.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, at their state convention this weekend, Georgia Republicans made it clear they’ll tie their 2020 destinies to President Trump and to the conservative politics Trump has championed.


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Macon-Bibb County held a town hall meeting Tuesday to air opinions on a measure that could make Macon the next Georgia community to punish some marijuana possession with a fine instead of a criminal charge.

There was little opposition during an hour of public comment to the proposed measure which would punish possession of up to an ounce of marijuana (about 40 joints) with a $75 fine.


Jim Beck, the commissioner of the Georgia Insurance Department, has been indicted in fraud case.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal grand jury has issued a 38-count indicitment against Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck. The former lobbyist is accused of commiting fraud. Lawyer's for Beck have said he does not plan to resign. We discuss how these proceedings move forward and what role the governor will play.

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