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Rene Aguilar and Jackie Flores pray at a makeshift memorial for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, President Trump speaks out about the gun massacres in El Paso and Dayton. What did he say about solutions to an ongoing crisis of deadly shootings?


Georgia's 6th Congressional District includes Cobb County, Northern Fulton County and parts of Dekalb County.
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With every U.S. House seat on the ballot in 2020, candidates across Georgia are fine-tuning their messaging to court voters. Hear from the candidates who hope to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District north of Atlanta.

Each candidate was given two minutes to explain the top issue that has driven them to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Eleven confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been linked to the Sheraton Atlanta, with another 55 cases considered “probable” according to the Georgia Department of Health.

The hotel voluntarily closed its doors for testing on July 15, with a proposed reopening on Aug. 11 at the earliest. That places the reopening very close to Dragon Con scheduled for Labor Day weekend.


  • School Safety Top Of Mind As Students Return To Class
  • Higher Than Usual Tides Test New Road Connecting Tybee Island
  • Two With Georgia Ties Enter NFL Hall Of Fame

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It’s where The Walking Dead roam the earth.  It’s Black Panther’s home away from Wakanda, and it’s the only spot where Donald Glover’s Atlanta rightfully could be made.  It’s Y’allywood!

After an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at an Atlanta hotel, health officials have identified 11 confirmed cases and dozens of other people who are potentially affected.  Dr. Allison Chamberlain of Emory University and Amy Wenk of the Atlanta Business Chronicle visit On Second Thought to explore the health and economic ramifications.

GPB’s Kalena Boller returns to On Second Thought to catch us up on current Hollywood productions for when the What’s Filming in Georgia series returns.


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A system of cameras is being set up in north Georgia in hopes of capturing images of coyotes and learning more about them.

Researchers with the Atlanta Coyote Project are working with partners across the nation to study the effects of coyotes and urban wildlife in metro Atlanta, according to the Associated Press.

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Two former NFL players with ties to Georgia were inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend in Canton, Ohio.

  • Atlanta Officials Ask Residents To Use E-Scooters Less Following Third Death
  • Vice President Praises Georgia's Abortion Law At Atlanta Event
  • Judge Rules Confederate Battle Flag Cannot Fly During Alpharetta Veterans' Parade


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Saturday morning, 44 baseball prospects from around the country will take the field at SunTrust Park as part of the first ever Hank Aaron Invitational showcase game. 

 

The event is part of a week long celebration of the Braves’ legend, known as Hank Aaron Week.

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On Monday of last week, Andy Miller shared breaking news discovered by Georgia Health News and WebMD. Their investigation revealed that two facilities, one in Smyrna and one in Covington, have been releasing high levels of ethylene oxide, a gas that causes cancer. These facilities have been releasing airborne toxins in Cobb County for decades.


  • State Hosts Transparency Workshop
  • Another E-Scooter Death In Atlanta
  • Synagogue Vandalized In Columbus

Jeff Hagerman

Jeff Hagerman is into ruins. The Atlanta-based photographer is an urban explorer who squeezes through cracked windows or unhinged doors to access what remains after natural disasters, economic shifts and the churn of urban development.


Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration is investigating after a Georgia Health News and WebMD report alleged airborne toxins are in Cobb County. Local officials and the company are also responding. Get an update from GPB’s Ross Terrell.

An Alabama company wants to mine for heavy minerals in southeast Georgia about four miles from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The proposal from Twin Pines Minerals promises 150 to 200 jobs, but it’s also raised serious environmental concerns. On Second Thought hears about the issue.


a man parks his rented dockless scooter outside of a restaurant in Atlanta
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Another electric scooter rider has been fatally hit by a vehicle in Atlanta, the third such death since the e-scooters arrived in the city last year.

News outlets report Atlanta police say 34-year-old Amber Ford died Thursday after being hit by a car over the weekend. A witness told police the driver fled the scene.

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Just above the Florida border, there’s a vast — and famous — swamp: the Okefenokee. It’s more than 400,000 acres of wilderness, with black water, pine and cypress trees, endangered woodpeckers and more.


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In today’s music minute, we’re looking back to 1979, when Charlie Daniel's hit song “The Devil Came Down To Georgia” was playing on car radios and at family barbecues around the country.  

 

 


  • Rescue Crews Still Searching For Worker Who Fell Into Georgia Port
  • Atlanta To Place Historical Markers On Confederate Monuments
  • Police Investigate Vandalism At Columbus Synagogue 


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Rescue crews continue to search for one of two construction workers who fell off a boat after it struck a barge Wednesday at a Georgia port on the Savannah River.

One of the workers made it back to the boat, but the other remains missing.

  • Georgia Moves Forward With Partial Medicaid Expansion
  • Historic Monuments To  Get Context Markers
  • Atlanta Gets Grant To Attract Investment In Distressed Areas

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Has America become more racist? Earlier this year, The Pew Research Center attempted to answer that question and found that roughly two thirds of adults do think it is more common for people to express racist views since Donald Trump became president. Other long-term trends, however, suggest an overall decline in both racist views and racist acts.


Phil Jones / Augusta University

When people get hurt or are victims of violence, they often get not only medical attention, but counseling, too. That is to help with mental trauma. 

Often overlooked is the trauma felt by those who help victims. So, where do emergency response personnel turn for help? 


Kara Durrette / Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons will play Thursday night in the first matchup of the NFL preseason, known as the 'Hall of Fame’ game.

 

After Atlanta played host to Super Bowl 53 in February, the Falcons will kick off the 2019 preseason in Canton, Ohio, against the Denver Broncos.

 


Astronaut Ricky Arnold, from aboard the International Space Station, shared this image of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, taken as the orbiting laboratory flew over the massive storm.
Ricky Arnold / NASA

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center monitor storm systems in the ocean long before they threaten land, and often identify tropical cyclones long before they become hurricanes.

Storms like this only get names once they reach the level of a tropical storm, which have sustained wind speeds of 39 to 73 miles per hour.

  • Georgia Drafts Waivers For Partial Medicaid Expansion
  • West Georgia Library Eliminates Fees To Become More Accessible
  • Cobb County Officials Call For Further Testing Of Air Quality


Courtesy of Yacht Rock Revue

What started as a tribute to the greats, has taken on a life all of its own.

Yacht Rock Revue harnesses the nostalgic soft rock vibes of the ‘70s and ‘80s, taking the term “tribute band” to a whole new level. Whether on the road, or at their own venue Venkman’s in Atlanta, Yacht Rock Revue take their audiences on a voyage to sounds of the past.

Singer Nick Niespodziani joined On Second Thought to add a couple of songs to the Georgia Playlist, our tribute to songs written and performed by Georgians.

Niespodziani chose “Moonlight Feels Right” by Starbuck and Washed Out’s “Eyes Be Closed.”


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On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott has been a judge at three of the semi-annual singer-songwriter shoot-outs at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur.  (Full disclosure: her partner hosts the weekly open mic contests there.)

At the 48th bi-annual shoot-out, then 10-year-old Ansley Oakley stepped up to the mic – all of 4-foot-8 and wearing a vintage maxi dress – and started to sing.  The resulting performance was so jaw-dropping that Virginia invited her to sing at Grocery on Home, an occasional, bring-your-own-everything listening room that she and her partner run out of the old grocery store where they live in Grant Park.   


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The median home price in Georgia is on track to nearly double from 2012 prices in the coming years, and wages haven’t kept up. Georgia cities can be especially expensive. Atlanta rents have spiked in the past decade at the same time the number of units classified as affordable have been dropping.

GPB’s Ross Terrell recently discussed housing costs with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson when Carson was in Atlanta for a conference on emerging strategies to address affordable housing.

There’s a new report from the federal government that has some surprising data about last fall’s election.

According to the latest Election Administration and Voting Survey, Georgia led the nation in automated voter registration and accepted a higher percentage of absentee and provisional ballots than previous years.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office says that’s proof that voter suppression does not exist in Georgia, but those numbers are only part of the story.

Political reporter Stephen Fowler joined GPB’s Rickey Bevington in the studio to explain.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, warning signs emerge that Gov. Brian Kemp’s plans for a partial expansion of Medicaid in Georgia may not win full support from the federal government and could cost far more than the state may be able to pay.

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