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Environmental advocates on the coast are calling for more information about a proposed settlement around a polluted superfund site in Glynn County. 

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Atlanta's soccer team gathered Monday for the first training session of 2020.

Atlanta United is preparing for the upcoming season without defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who was transferred to Club Tijuana last week.

Leaders in Houston County have formed a complete count committee to encourage participation in the 2020 census.
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With just under 100 days until Census Day, communities across Georgia are working to get the word out about the population count that happens every 10 years.

Billboards and digital advertisements hoping to encourage people to respond to the questionnaire will begin appearing throughout the state. A coalition of local government leaders in Middle Georgia are working together in hopes of increasing participation.

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Every 10 years, the Census gets distributed to every household around the United States. The constitutionally-mandated questionnaire tells a story about who we are as a country, along with some more practical implications.

Thousands of people, from door-to-door census takers to state governments, prepare years in advance to execute the massive push behind the Census. The results determine how much power individuals across the country have in their local and national political process, as well as how resources are allocated in communities across the country.

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GPB is hosting on Wednesday a film screening of Black 47, an action-adventure drama that takes place during the Irish potato famine of the late 1840s.

Shane Stevens, consul general of the Irish Consulate, will be in Atlanta for the screening of the film alongside GPB CEO Teya Ryan and the film’s star, James Frecheville.

Some 800,000 Georgians claim Irish heritage. The first shipload of immigrants from Ireland docked on the coast of what became the colony of Georgia and 1734. Thousands were escaping the potato famine of 1845 to 1849, when nearly 1 million Irish nationals died. Black 47 examines the horrors of the famine and the resilience of the Irish people.

GPB Evening Headlines For Jan. 13, 2020

Jan 13, 2020

  • 2020 Legislative Session Begins As Budget Battle Looms
  • Parts Of Grady Hospital To Be Closed For Nearly A Year During Repairs
  • Lawyers Ask Georgia Panel To Spare Condemned Man's Life

Robert Jimison of GPB breaks down the processes and benefits of the 2020 Census, and why local and state governments want you to participate.

National Book Award nominee Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s latest novel, The Revisioners, crosses differences in race, wealth and time itself.  It came out Nov. 5, and we revisit our conversation with the author.

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The Georgia General Assembly gaveled in for Day One of the 2020 legislative session Monday. The day began with a pair of remembrances for lawmakers who recently passed away, and started the clock on a contentious few months of debate over funding the state budget as revenues lag.

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On Monday's Political Rewind, the General Assembly has begun its 2020 session. Major themes are likely to include significant budget cuts and the legalization of gambling.

In addition, legislators will be keeping the upcoming election in mind throughout the session's deliberations.

Government and community leaders are working to avoid an undercount of rural and minority communities in the 2020 census.
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Of the more than 10 million people who live in Georgia, about 1.6 million residents live in areas of the state that do not have broadband internet. This creates a problem for these communities as the U.S. Census Bureau prepares for the 2020 census that will primarily be conducted online.

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Onlookers are placing bets on whether Georgia will make a push to expand gambling in the state this year. But the odds for such a wager remain unclear.


Several organizations have come together to wipe out nearly all of the school lunch debt for two school districts in metro Atlanta.

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

For more than a decade, the primetime reality series Shark Tank has given entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of wealthy business titans. These “sharks” then decide whether to invest in the idea or company. 

Last year, Atlanta’s First Presbyterian Church started their own “shark tank.”  It’s a social entrepreneurship venture called Epiphany.  Much like the show, the church’s Epiphany program puts out a call for budding business ideas and offers support to select entrepreneurs through business development “navigator” groups, which then help them refine their final pitch to be selected for a grant from Epiphany’s pool of money.

  • 5 Georgians Died From Flu-Associated Illness During The First Week Of The Year
  • Another Democrat Plans To Jump In The Race To Challenge Sen. Loeffler
  • Rep. Collins Apologizes For Claiming Democrats Were 'In Love With Terrorists'

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The aerial arts are a thing across the country helped no doubt by the popularity of Cirque De Soleil or movies like The Greatest Showman.

Georgia’s aerial community has grown as well. Challenge Aerial recently opened in Atlanta. It’s a studio housed in a former masonic lodge, with 20-foot-high ceilings, and lots of room for pursuing dreams of soaring high on silks, trapezes, and hoops.

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You no doubt took part in, or at least heard about last year's battle between Popeyes and Chick-Fil-A during the so-called "chicken sandwich wars." Well, at the end of 2019, Popeyes dropped some new weapons into its arsenal: The Offset, The Quavo, The Takeoff and the Tour Rider.

These were new meal options for people ordering from the Lousiana-based fast food restaurant on Uber Eats. The first three are named for the members of the Atlanta hip-hop group Migos. And The Tour Rider? That's apparently real. When Migos is on tour, their actual tour rider — or the list of things they require — includes a whole mess of Popeyes.

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Atlanta United FC has been a huge success in major league soccer competition and in cultivating a rabid fan base that makes matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium feel like a party.

Eumir Gutierrez or "DJ EU" is essential to the raucous vibe. On Second Thought invited him to the studio to learn more about his path from spinning records at Atlanta clubs to house DJ for Atlanta's beloved soccer club.

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When U.S. Senator for Georgia Johnny Isakson announced last year that he would be stepping down, months passed before Governor Brian Kemp announced that Kelly Loeffler would be his temporary replacement.

She was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, speaking with the press ahead of the 2020 Georgia General Assembly.
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The top Republican in Georgia’s House of Representatives is anticipating a lengthy 2020 legislative session as state lawmakers grapple with tax and budgeting rules.

During his annual pre-session press conference House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, laid out his expectations and offered a preview of the upcoming General Assembly.

Chris Veal

Chris Veal recently made news headlines for his Atlanta BeltLine mural of Baby Yoda, a character from the new Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

But his work is no stranger to the city.

Veal said he painted the Baby Yoda for fun because he's a fan of the show.

“It was nice to have something new with Star Wars that I could enjoy again," he said. "Plus, I really love painting stuff from pop culture.”

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence swore in Georgia’s new U.S. senator, Kelly Loeffler. While she may be co-owner of Atlanta’s professional women’s basketball team, The Dream, and a successful finance executive, many Georgia voters don’t know much about their new senator. Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution joins On Second Thought to tell us what we know, what we don’t know, and what to pay attention to in the coming months.

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Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” is returning with new episodes, but not for another year.

FX Networks Chairman John Landgraf said Thursday that star and creator Glover is making a total of 18 new episodes.

  • Georgia State House Speaker Predicts Lengthy Legislative Session
  • 4th Right Whale Calf Spotted Off Georgia Coast, Though Possibly Injured
  • 'Second Wave' Of Flu Infections Possible In Georgia, Health Officials Say

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Conservationists say a newborn right whale has been spotted off the coast of Georgia with serious wounds to its head.

Barb Zoodsma of the National Marine Fisheries Service says humans may be helpless to do anything to treat the injured calf.

MORE: On Georgia’s Coast, Right Whales On Edge Of Extinction

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales migrate each winter to shallow waters off Georgia and Florida to give birth.

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On Thursday's Political Rewind, we take a deeper look at issues driving national headlines. How has the United States emerged from the showdown with Iran in the aftermath of the targeting of Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani?

Are we safer? Did the Trump administration have clear evidence of an imminent threat that made it necessary to target Soleimani?


The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute published a new poll of registered Georgia voters on their feelings about the state budget.

According to the poll, 78.3% of Georgians oppose or strongly oppose budget cuts if they affect public safety, health care or education. 68.1% would oppose cuts that would lead to layoffs. 

A Georgia man has been released from prison after spending more than a third of his life incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit.

News outlets report 44-year-old Kerry Robinson walked out of a South Georgia prison Wednesday after 17 years and hugged his relatives.

His attorneys at the Atlanta-based Georgia Innocence Project say he was convicted in 2002 of breaking into a woman’s home nine years prior and sexually assaulting her.


Health officials are warning that flu season isn’t over yet, and this year’s illness is tracking closely to the 2017-18 season, which had some of the highest numbers of hospitalizations and deaths in 40 years.

Influenza and flu-like illness have already killed 15 Georgians. Six of those deaths happened in the last week of 2019.

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A judge refused Wednesday to order DNA tests on a gun used to kill a convenience store cashier more than 30 years ago, rejecting arguments from defense attorneys who said the results could spare a Georgia inmate from execution next week.

Jimmy Fletcher Meders, 58, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Jan. 16 for the 1987 slaying in coastal Glynn County.

  • Rep. Hice Calls On House Speaker To Send Articles Of Impeachment To Senate
  • Coast Guard Selects Company To Remove Capsized Ship Off Georgia Coast
  • UGA Quarterback Announces He'll Enter NFL Draft