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Mining company Twin Pines has withdrawn its application to mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and plans to resubmit an amended version. Environmental groups said they will watch the changes closely.


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The Georgia secretary of state’s office is launching an expanded partnership with The King Center to bring demonstrations of the state’s new $104 million voting system to more than 100 congregations across the state this year.

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Madison Moore, the Mercer University student who was called a "lying dog-faced pony soldier" by former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden, spoke to GPB News about the national response from her interaction with him on Sunday.

Biden said the reference is a John Wayne line from the 1953 movie Hondo, but sources don't agree on the term's meaning.

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Monday on Political Rewind, formal meetings in the legislature were put on hold last week as agency heads and legislative leaders discussed Gov. Brian Kemp's proposed budget cuts. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ariel Hart discussed the impacts on Georgia health issues.

And, in other health news, the federal government is signaling it is likely to approve the governor's waiver designed to lower insurance premiums through government subsidies. The proposal would assist insurance companies in paying for medical bills for Georgians with insurance plans from the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. 


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Racial terrorism was shockingly common in the years between Reconstruction and the civil rights movement. Researchers count some 4,400 African-Americans brutally killed in those years. 

 

The film Always in Season explores that historical context, while following the investigation of a young black man’s death in 2014.


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"Heart/Beat: Gospel, Brubeck and Rhythms of the City" is currently running at the Atlanta Ballet until Feb. 15.

The performance is in three movements. The first, "Elemental Brubeck," is choreographed by Lar Lubovitch, to music by Dave Brubeck. Then, "Tuplet" is the jazz-inflected bustle of the city, with choreography by Alexander Ekman.


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The Oscars nominations were announced this year with no women nominated for Best Director, the hashtag #OscarsSoMale began trending online. In the past 92 years, only five women have ever been nominated in the category.

For some, this outrage is nothing new. In a TED Talk that went viral, Atlanta-based actress, writer and producer Naomi McDougall Jones proposed that nothing short of a revolution would break the predominantly male hold on power in the film industry.


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The spread of a deadly new coronavirus is being closely followed by global health officials and the public, with over 31,000 confirmed cases worldwide, over 600 deaths, and 12 cases in the United States so far. 

But along with headlines of quarantines, canceled flights and travel bans comes another threat: misinformation going viral. 

 


With news of the new coronavirus circulating around the world, there’s also been another viral threat: misinformation. TIME reporter Jasmine Aguilera and Dr. Marybeth Sexton, an assistant professor at the Division for Infectious Diseases at Emory University, discuss the rumors and misconceptions behind this new health epidemic.

 


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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a cozy new restaurant is coming to north Macon.

Miramar Raw Bar & Tapas will open its doors Feb. 13 in the Vineville Crossing shopping center near one of its sister restaurants, Brasserie Circa at 4420 Forsyth Road.

“This place is very sexy to me, it’s very sleek,” said bar manager Josh Howard. “In my opinion, this place will be the best to bring a date to.”

Howard was unloading bottles of liquor Friday at the bar where he will be serving up specialty Spherification cocktails with tiny beads of flavor mixed into the concoctions.

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On June 12, 1963, President John Kennedy delivered his report to the American people on civil rights. Hours after his nationally televised speech, NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was shot in the driveway of his Jackson, Mississippi home. He was pronounced dead an hour later.

Accused killer Byron De La Beckwith was twice tried by all-white juries, which deadlocked. Nearly 30 years later, a reporter for Jackson's Clarion-Ledger newspaper unearthed documents and holes in the defense that led to re-trying and convicting the white supremacist behind Evers' killing.


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Friday on Political Rewind, President Donald Trump hinted that he is looking for a compromise to end the showdown between U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins. The two Georgia Republicans are running for the same U.S. Senate seat.

Trump did not make it clear he will step into the contest or how he thinks he could resolve the head-to-head battle.


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Krog Street Tunnel in Atlanta was flooded and closed to traffic on Friday morning following Thursday’s severe weather.

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Severe weather has delayed flights, flooded roadways and caused damage across the state Thursday.

A tornado watch has been issued through 8 p.m. for several cities in Georgia including Athens, Augusta, Macon, Albany and Valdosta.

Tornadoes are possible with isolated hail and wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour.

Keith Stellman is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City. He said while it may seem a little early in the season for tornadoes and severe weather, it's actually not. 

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Thursday on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp has offered a sharp rebuke to lawmakers who have called a halt to the legislative session to try and resolve an escalating budget fight. Without using his name, Kemp attacked Speaker David Ralston, who called for the seven-day suspension of the session.


Downed Pecan trees after Hurricane Michael
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Georgia’s pecan crop is still recovering following Hurricane Michael in 2018.

Crop estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Georgia’s pecan harvest was cut nearly  in half last year.


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When Ben Thompson was a kid, he was like a lot of other kids in that he liked watching the nature shows on public television.

“And they would show specials every once in a while about the wildebeest migration in Africa or, you know, Caribou or reindeer in Alaska, and those were great migrations,” Thompson said. “You know, I may never go to those places I can see the great migration in my backyard.”

For a kid growing up in Perry, Georgia, the backyard meant a patchwork of cotton and peanut fields, wetlands and patchy woods that characterize middle Georgia farmland. As for his great migration, he meant the Sandhill Crane. 

 


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  • Michael Bloomberg Opens Campaign Offices In Georgia


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As most Presidential candidates focus on New Hampshire, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's campaign opened offices across Georgia Wednesday.


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There is now a plan in place to remove the capsized cargo ship that has been in St. Simon’s Sound since September.

 

The Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday issued permits for the construction of an Environmental Protection Barrier around the ship, the Golden Ray. It’s designed to contain pollution and debris. Then, a floating crane will cut through the hull and remove the ship piece by piece.

 

Petty Officer First Class Nate Littlejohn said they hope to remove the entire ship before hurricane season in June.

David Ralston in 2016
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Georgia lawmakers have been in session for only 12 days, but they're taking another break to examine the budget.

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On Wednesday's Political Rewind, we discuss the impending U.S. Senate vote on the impeachment of President Trump. Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are set to cast votes to acquit. It is likely they will join all their Republican colleagues in rejecting the two articles of impeachment.

The state’s congressional delegation, as expected, split along party lines in their response to the president’s State of the Union address.  Meanwhile, the event itself seemed, as one of our guests put it, a combination of a raucus session of Britain's Parliament and a Trump campaign rally.


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The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections has begun testing components of Georgia’s new $104 million ballot-marking device voting system that will be used in less than a month for the presidential primary election.

Logic and accuracy testing began Tuesday morning for the system that includes BMDs, printers, polling place scanners and a central scanner that will process absentee ballots cast prior to Election Day.

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Precinct captain Carl Voss of Des Moines displays the Iowa Democratic Party caucus reporting app on his phone outside of the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, it's our second live show of the day as we await the results of Monday night's Iowa caucuses.  At least some results are expected later in the day, but will we learn the winner?  A big question for all candidates: how much will the delay impact fundraising and their performance in New Hampshire?


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John Monds, a 2010 Georgia gubernatorial candidate, has announced that he will seek the Libertarian nomination for president.

Monds was also the first Libertarian candidate to receive more than 1 million votes at the state level during his 2008 campaign for Georgia public service commissioner.

“John Monds has been an incredible voice for Libertarians in Georgia," said Ryan Graham, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Georgia. "I look forward to seeing him extend that influence to a national scale, energizing supporters of libertarian principles.”

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The Oakhurst neighborhood’s first black-owned bookstore is celebrating its first year of business and it all started with owner Bunnie Hillard’s children. 

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