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Migrants watch clashes with U.S. border agents, seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, the immigration community takes a sigh of relief after President Donald Trump temporarily delayed plans to round up millions of undocumented immigrants across the country. What is next for Georgia’s immigrant community?

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Incoming Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds said taking down criminal gangs throughout the state is a priority.

The Cobb County District Attorney was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp, who also sees gang activity as a major problem.

Vic Reynolds Named New GBI Director

Feb 1, 2019
Vic Reynolds was named director of the GBI on Friday, February 1, 2019.
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Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday that Vic Reynolds will be the new director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Kemp and Reynolds are allies in targeting gang violence in the state of Georgia. Kemp has been searching for a new director since Vernon Keenan, GBI head for 15 years, announced his plans to retire in mid-December.

Reynolds is a former police officer, chief magistrate judge, prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He was elected as Cobb’s District Attorney in 2012.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is now caught up on processing a backlog of sexual assault kits. These so-called "rape kits" preserve evidence that can be critical to prosecuting rapists. In 2016, the Georgia legislature passed a bill requiring faster submission of kits to the state crime lab.

That law followed the discovery of more than 1,300 untested kits at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and subsequent revelations of nearly 10,000 untested kits statewide. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations finished testing those kits last month. Ann Burdges from End Violence Against Women Inernational joined "On Second Thought" to speak about the investigation and the latest developments. 


Last month, investigators in Atlanta recovered about 500 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside Disney figurines. That's worth about $2 million. Drug Enforcement Administration officials not only say that Atlanta is a hub for crystal meth distribution; according to the DEA, meth also the "No. 1 threat" in the metro area.

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Slaying That Haunted Family For Decades Now Linked To Racism

Nov 6, 2017
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When 23-year-old Timothy Coggins was found dead and disfigured beside a Georgia highway in 1983, the young black man's family and neighbors whispered that his killing may be linked to racism.