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A federal judge has blocked a Georgia sheriff from posting signs in front of the homes of three registered sex offenders warning people not to trick-or-treat there.


Judge Marc Treadwell in Macon ruled Tuesday that the sex offenders were likely to win their argument that Butts County Sheriff Gary Long’s signs violate their free speech rights.

St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command Joint Information Center

The capsized cargo ship Golden Ray is still trapped in St. Simons Sound. And, while trapped, it has repeatedly leaked oil. Teams of scientists are working to trace the oil and limit its impact on the delicate marsh ecosystem. But there could be disagreement about just how far the oil is spreading.


  • Atlanta Mayor Shares New Details About Atlanta Child Murders Memorial
  • Lawyers For The State Concede That Execution Order Is Void
  • CDC Confirms Third Death Tied To Vaping Illness In Georgia

More than half of all homeless youth in Atlanta have experienced some form of human trafficking. The ‘Atlanta Youth Count’ – a Georgia State University study – surveyed over 500 young people who are homeless on everything from personal demographic information to childhood trauma to their relationships with their peers. 

The new study paints a harrowing – and, at times, hopeful – picture of the young people living on Atlanta’s streets.

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Today on Political Rewind, the secretary of state has announced plans to strike more than 300,000 Georgians from the voter rolls. Similar to the 2018 election, voting rights groups are calling the move an attempt to surpress votes, while the secretary of state’s office says it is an effort to ensure honest elections. Our panel looks at the arguments on both sides.

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The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has released a list of Georgia voters that will be removed from the rolls later this year if they do not vote or respond to official election mail.

In all, 313,243 names of registered voters, or 4% of the state’s voter roll, are on the spreadsheet published Wednesday. A new state law means that in addition to this public list, those inactive voters set to be purged from the rolls will be notified by mail before being removed.

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The Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed this week the third death in the state due to vaping-associated lung illness or EVALI. More than 1,600 people have been sickened nationwide and the Atlanta-based Centers For Disease Control and Prevention continues to investigate both legal and illegal vaping products.

But vaping advocates such as Amy Mohon of Marietta believe it's not the flavors in the e-juice making people sick. She and her husband, Tony Spivey, gave up traditional cigarettes more than two years ago in favor of vapor.

  • GA. Supreme Court Issues Stay Of Execution For Ray Jefferson Cromartie
  • Plane Crashes Into DeKalb County Building
  • Army Corps Of Engineers Makes Recommendations For New Savannah Bluff Lock And Dam
  • Atlanta United Plays For MLS Conference Championship Tonight

Halloween week might be a time for imaging run-down, decrepit buildings, but they don’t scare photographer Jeff Hagerman. Having ventured inside these abandonded beauties with a camera, a flashlight and some gloves – Herman's resulting images now comprise his second book. Find out what he sees behind the closed doors you may pass on your daily commute.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a memorial for victims of the Atlanta Child Murders will be placed outside of Atlanta City Hall.

During her Ask: The Mayor monthly conversation with GPB’s Rickey Bevington, Bottoms said the memorial will be in a green space on the Mitchell Street side of City Hall and there will also be an exhibit at Atlanta’s airport.

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DeKalb County officials say two men were killed Wednesday when a plane crashed into a townhome near I-85 & Clairmont Road.

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The unemployment rate for metro Atlanta dropped to 2.9% in the month of September, according to a report published last week by the Georgia Department of Labor.

The rate is a decrease from 3.5% in August and the lowest the metropolitan area has seen since September 2000, when President Bill Clinton held office.

  • Army Corps Of Engineers Recommends Replacement For Savannah Bluff Lock And Dam
  • Morehouse College Walks Back On Planned Faculty Furlough Days
  • NCAA Creates Path For Students Athletes To Be Compensated

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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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The Atlanta Falcons have had a rough first half to the season. After a loss of 27 to 20 against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, speculation has been flying around whether Falcons owner Arthur Blank will fire coach Dan Quinn during the bye week.

Georgia sports fans are used to dashed hopes, but not all franchises based in Atlanta are suffering like the Falcons. The Atlanta Hawks have had a strong start to their season, and Atlanta United is looking hopeful for a chance to take the MLS Cup for the second year in a row.


On this edition of Political Rewind, Democratic presidential candidates are dueling over a variety of proposals for improving delivery. We’ve heard them tout their various plans for Medicare for All or a public option to Obamacare, all while promoting “universal health care.”

What do these terms really mean and how would they be paid for? Our panel explores the health care debate’s terms and explains the proposals.


In this April 19, 2019 photo an athlete stands near a NCAA logo in Beaumont, Texas. The NCAA voted to allow college athletes to earn money without violating amateurism rules.
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The Latest on the NCAA task force’s report on the feasibility of allowing athletes to profit from their names and images (all times local):

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The chairman of the NCAA board of governors says the association hopes to avoid a court battle against states that are attempting to pass laws aimed at dismantling the NCAA’s rules.

The NCAA board voted on Tuesday to allow athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses, but much work still needs to be done to determine how that will work within NCAA rules.

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When Luma Mufleh moved from Jordan to the United States in 1994 to attend Smith College, she didn’t imagine she’d ever be running a full-fledged school for refugees. But today, she’s founder of Fugees Academy in Clarkston, a school specifically tailored for the refugee population that uses soccer and a unique curriculum to help students adjust to life in the United States.

It has a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, and it was recently named the “Nicest Place in Georgia” for 2019 by Reader’s Digest. Mufleh joined On Second Thought to discuss her journey building educational opportunities for refugee children.

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Community members and activists came together Monday night in Atlanta to speak out against Georgia Power’s proposed rate hike. The increase, set for 2020, would raise rates by about $10 for a typical residence.

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Halloween 2019 is expected to be a scary time not only for children but also for adult motorists as well.

A notorious day for traffic, highways are expected to be overcrowded with commuters leaving their jobs early during the day to prepare for a night of trick-or-treating with their children, said Director of Strategic Communications with the Georgia Department of Transportation Scott Higley.

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Former President Jimmy Carter's church says he plans to teach Sunday school less than two weeks after falling and breaking his pelvis.

As speculation spreads over the potential mid-season replacement of Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn, we get an update on all things happening in Atlanta Sports. On Second Thought speaks with Jon Nelson, host and correspondent for GPB’s Football Friday, and Taylor Gantt, GPB’s Morning Edition producer to hear about the Atlanta Falcons, Hawks and Atlanta United.

  • Fish Killed After Chemicals Spill In Milledgeville Creek
  • Georgia Plant Agrees To Close In Fight Over Carcinogenic Gas Emissions
  • More 300,000 People Could Be Purged From State Voter Rolls

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It’s been an eventful month, with the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump becoming a font of high-profile depositions, bombshells, attacks and counter attacks.

Further action on impeachment may well hang on four words in the U.S. Constitution: high crimes and misdemeanors.

Dr. Buckner F. Melton Jr. is a professor of history and political science at Middle Georgia State and author of The First Impeachment. He joined On Second Thought to help explain what “high crimes and misdemeanors” means, and how the phrase ended up in the Constitution in the first place.

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For now, you should think twice about eating the fish from Fishing Creek in Milledgeville.

That’s the recommendation from Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division following a release last week of industrial chemicals from the Zschimmer and Schwarz chemical factory into the stream that flows into the Oconee River in Milledgeville.

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Today on Political Rewind, Democrats play to their strengths while choosing a site for the upcoming Georgia presidential debate. They selected a stage near Atlanta, foregoing a chance to expand their base in the metro suburbs.

But does the location matter at all? We ask our panel.

Many studies have shown how childhood experiences can have profound effects on physical and mental health later in life. Now, a new study from Georgia State University, is showing how racism affects children over time.

Dr. Sierra Carter is assistant professor of psychology at GSU and co-author of a study finding that African American children who experience early life stress from racial discrimination are at elevated risk for accelerated aging and depression later in life.

  • Covington Sterilization Plant Agrees To Temporary Shut Down
  • Stacey Abrams Says Tyler Perry Studios Will Host Democratic Debate
  • Falcons Lose Again; Dan Quinn's Future In Question

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"There is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion."

That's a line from Edgar Allan Poe, the king of the dark and eerie, the strange and surreal. It could also describe the appeal of an exhibition currently on view at the High Museum of Art, called "Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin."

Ángel Cabrera
Georgia Tech

The Georgia Institute of Technology has a new president. Ángel Cabrera has been on the job for just under two months.

He formally steps into the role in a ceremony Monday.