Gwinnett County

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Hispanic Heritage Month is a federally designated event that runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. It’s a time to celebrate how people with roots in Spanish-speaking countries add to the complex narrative of the American story.  

Hispanic food, fashion, architecture and art – as well as the Spanish language itself – have become essential elements in the American mix. Sometimes those contributions make a pop-culture splash. The song "Despacito" tied Billboard’s record for most weeks at the top spot after Justin Bieber remixed Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s reggaeton hit. Other contributions come  from teachers, doctors and families whose contributions grab less attention than athletes and movie stars.


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Gwinnett County police announced Monday they will no longer arrest people or issue citations for misdemeanor marijuana cases.

The decision comes after the county’s Solicitor General Brian Whiteside said his office would no longer prosecute marijuana cases that occurred after May 10.

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Most weekdays, Ana wraps up cleaning houses around 4 and gets in her car. That’s when she starts her second job: cruising the streets of Houston County on the lookout for law enforcement officers.

Ana, who asks we only use her first name, cruises the four-lane arteries in the county south of Macon with eyes peeled for the police. Why? So she can warn undocumented immigrants about where not to drive.

 

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Most Americans say they know at least some of their neighbors, but admit they tend to interact less with neighbors who don't belong to the same class, race or political party, according to the Pew Research Center. So, when Tania del Valle and her husband Pablo move into the fixer-upper next door to Frank and Virginia Butley's historic home, a saga of microaggressions ensues.

Those racial, generational and economic tensions play out in Native Gardens, on stage this month at Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre. Costars Fedra Ramirez-Olivares and Carolyn Cook, who portray Tania del Valle and Virginia Butley, respectively, joined On Second Thought in studio to share more about their production and the play's real-life parallels in Gwinnett County. 


Gwinnett County citizens voted against joining Metro Atlanta’s Transit Authority Tuesday night.

Nearly 92,000 voters turned up at the polls for the special election and 54 percent of them voted no on the referendum.

It would’ve allowed the county to create a 1 percent sales tax for the next 30 years to fund public transit expansion and join into the MARTA system. County officials said that could've created $5.4 billion in funding. 

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Voters in Gwinnett will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on whether they want to join MARTA. The vote is required after Gov. Nathan Deal signed House Bill 930 into law last year, allowing the 13 metro-Atlanta counties to decide on buying into the system.

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Georgia native Dulcé Sloan is a comedian, actress and correspondent on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." Sloan started her stage career at Meadowcreek High School in Gwinnett County. After earning her degree in theater from Brenau University in Gainesville, Sloan was convinced to try her hand at comedy in Atlanta's stand-up circuit. In 2016, she made her big break: a late-night debut on "Conan."

Sloan joined "On Second Thought" from NPR in New York for a conversation about "The Daily Show," MARTA expansion, Waffle House and Georgia politics.


A MARTA rapid transit train traveling through Atlanta, Georgia.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a crucial vote that will give us clues about the appetite for transit in metro Atlanta starts today. Will voters approve a measure to expand MARTA to Gwinnett County? We’ll talk with the county’s chairwoman Charlotte Nash, who is leading the effort to bring MARTA to Gwinnett.


Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at an organizing event Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Lawrenceville, GA.
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With more than 600 days until the 2020 presidential elections, and still no date set for Georgian’s to vote in the presidential primary, the state has already seen its first campaign stop.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) held a rally in Gwinnett County Saturday laying out her plan in front of roughly 1,100 supporters.

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Whether you root for the Dawgs on Saturdays, the Falcons on Sundays or catch Friday night fever pulling for your local high school, football is a part of life in the South.


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Georgia Democrats are hoping 2018 is the year Gwinnett County finally turns blue.  Five Republican lawmakers are either retiring or running for other offices. Democrats are working hard to mobilize voters ahead of the May 22 primary and keep them energized into November.

We continued our look at Historically Black Colleges and Universities with Atlanta Journal Constitution reporters Eric Stirgus and Ernie Suggs. They recently rolled out a Re:Race series called “HBCUs: A Threatened Heritage.” The project looks at the enrollment numbers, finances, and the overall future of HBCUs in America. We also heard from some alumni and current HBCU students in Atlanta.

On March 1st, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources will open its second annual Coyote Challenge.

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The Atlanta Regional Commission predicts Gwinnett County will become Georgia’s most populous county by the year 2040, outpacing Fulton county with nearly 1.4 million residents. The county is launching a study to create a comprehensive transportation plan for the area.

Gwinnett Officers Charged; Police Say Video Showed Assault

Apr 27, 2017
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Police on Wednesday filed charges against two fired Georgia police officers who authorities say were captured on video kicking and hitting a man during a traffic stop. On Thursday morning, Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni had turned himself, with Master Officer Robert McDonald expected to follow sometime later in the day.

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On March 18, a pair of Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies allegedly stole items from a storage area without permission.

Corporal Ronnie Rodriguez and Deputy Jason Cowburn were arrested by Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office investigators on March 22 and charged with theft of county property. Investigators did not specify what was taken, but arrest warrants valued the property between $1,500 and $5,000.

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Democrat Brenda Lopez is poised to become the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly. An attorney and immigrant, she’s running unopposed in Tuesday’s election to represent House District 99, which includes the Norcross area of Gwinnett County. 

We talk with Lopez about her groundbreaking candidacy and her vision for the district and Georgia as a whole.