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  • Study: Georgia's Uninsured, Lack Of Health Care Access Rank State 42nd Nationwide
  • 21 Savage Donates $25K To Legal Aid For Detained Immigrants
  • Georgia Sees Increase In Mosquitos After Week Of Rain


  • Study: Georgia's Uninsured, Lack Of Health Care Access Rank State 42nd Nationwide
  • 21 Savage Donates $25K To Legal Aid For Detained Immigrants
  • Georgia Sees Increase In Mosquitos After Week Of Rain


Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the official end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the American Civil War to the last group of enslaved people in the country.

The day itself is June 19, but celebrations kick off across Georgia this weekend, from big festivals to more intimate evening conversations.

 


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Today on Political Rewind, with two recent appointments Gov. Brian Kemp looks to broaden and diversify Republican leadership in the state. 

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Georgia ranks 42nd for state health care system performance, according to a recent study by the Commonwealth fund, a private U.S. foundation that supports independent research on healthcare issues.

 

The state’s biggest downfall is the affordability and accessibility of its healthcare, which is measured through factors like the number of adults who are uninsured or go without care.

Credit: George Fadil Muhammad

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the official end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the American Civil War to the last group of enslaved people in the country.

The day itself is June 19, but celebrations kick off across Georgia this weekend, from big festivals to more intimate evening conversations.


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The Atlanta-based rapper held in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention earlier this year has donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

21 Savage, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, spent nine days in custody in February after ICE said the U.K. national overstayed a visa when he was a minor. He was released on bond and attorneys now say he is working with immigrations officials to secure legal residency.

  • Atlanta Mayor Launches 'My Brother's Keeper' Mentorship Program
  • Atlanta Police Begin Enforcing E-Scooter Regulations
  • Kemp Talks Jobs, Disaster Relief At White House Roundtable


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Gov. Brian Kemp took part in a bipartisan roundtable of governors, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, President Donald J. Trump and other administration officials Thursday.

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  • Kemp Appoints New Insurance Commissioner
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Gov. Brian Kemp announces his first international trade mission to South Korea.
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Gov. Brian Kemp will be taking his first international trade mission to South Korea at the end of the month.

The trip will include visits to companies that currently have a presence in Georgia, in addition to courting potential new investors.

  • SunTrust, BB&T Banks Announce Post-Merger Name
  • Kemp Heads To South Korea For First International Trade Mission
  • Kemp Names New Insurance Commisioner During Beck's Suspension


The 2016 film Hidden Figures highlights black female mathematicians who battled racial and gender discrimination to help the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA launch its Apollo missions to the moon. 

An Atlanta native, single mom and Georgia State University doctoral student will follow in their footsteps this summer.

 


SunTrust and BB&T

SunTrust and BB&T announced their new name Wednesday: Truist. The two banks revealed the name more than four months after announcing their merger.


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From waiting rooms across the country to the floor of the U.S. Capitol, healthcare is one of the biggest issues for American voters.

One of the main challenges in Georgia is access to doctors and pharmacies alike, especially in rural parts of the state. And then there's cost of care. According to the Commonwealth Fund, a quarter of Americans report not filling prescriptions they cannot afford.

 


Gov. Brian Kemp announces John King will serve as the Georgia Insurance Commissioner during the suspension of Jim Beck who faces charges of federal fraud.
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Gov. Brian Kemp has named a new insurance commissioner to take over during the suspension of Jim Beck. John King will take over at the Georgia Department of Insurance while Beck faces an indictment on federal charges of fraud and money laundering.

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From Columbus to the metro Atlanta area and east to Athens, the state has been saturated by rain.

The precipitation combined with warm weather means an increased threat of mosquitos. Some 4 inches of rain fell in Atlanta last Saturday alone, and so far this year about 26 inches have poured on the area.


Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with DeKalb County CEO and Georgia historian, Michael Thurmond. In his book Thurmond brings to light lesser known stories of African-American men and women in Athens, GA.


If you grumble about paying taxes, you might have another reason to complain.  A new investigation shows Georgia county tax commissioners are allowed to profit personally from the collection of city taxes. 

 


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  • Kemp Annouces Trade Mission To South Korea
  • Former Augusta EEO Chief Files Federal Lawsuit Against The City
  • Kasim Reed's Former Chief Financial Officer Subpoenaed In Corruption Case

Becky Stein

Father's Day is just around the corner. It's a time to celebrate and reflect on how your dad or dads shaped your life — for better or for worse. But, have you thought about how you affected your father? 


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The 2016 film Hidden Figures highlights black female mathematicians who battled racial and gender discrimination to help the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA launch its Apollo missions to the moon. 

An Atlanta native, single mom and Georgia State University doctoral student will follow in their footsteps this summer.


courtesy of Dr. Vernard Hodges

Later this year, two Georgia veterinarians will star in a reality TV show on National Geographic.

The Critter Fixers will follow the lives of doctors Vernard Hodges and Terrence Ferguson. Hodges and Ferguson both run and operate Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals in Byron and Bonaire. 


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The University of Georgia continues to grapple with a difficult chapter of its history. It’s been under fire for how it handled the discovery of human remains under a school building during renovations. They appear to belong to people who were enslaved.

The growing tension recently erupted in protests. Demonstrators want reparations for descendants of slaves who built the university, including financial support for university staff and students as well as acknowledgment of the school’s history publicly and within the classroom.

GPB reporter Grant Blankenship went to Athens to witness the protests, and he talks with On Second Thought about what he found.


Brian Kemp waves after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is working on building a new healthcare waiver system. The governor has hired a firm to draw up plans in hopes of expanding Medicaid and giving a financial boost to private insurance buyers. How broad will the expansion program be and will there be a role for outside input before plans are finalized? 


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  • Charges Dropped Against State Senator Nikema Williams
  • Fair Fight Action Donates Thousands To Abortion Rights Groups
  • Civil Rights Claims Against Former DeKalb Police Officer Dismissed

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Jet-set conductor Donald Runnicles is all over the map, literally. In Berlin, he’s music director of the German Opera. In Wyoming, he heads the Grand Teton Music Festival. And he often visits Georgia as principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

It all began in Scotland, where Runnicles grew up the son of a church choirmaster and an amateur pianist. In May, between weekends of Debussy and Beethoven with the ASO, he sat down with GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw. She asked about his earliest musical experience.


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  • Georgia Pecan Farmers Still Recovering From Hurricane Michael
  • State Senator Nikema Williams Cleared Of Charges After Arrest At The Capitol Building
  • City Of Dunwoody Could Switch EMS Providers To Boost Slow 911 Response Times 


  • Georgia Pecan Growers Invest In New Trees After Hurricane Michael
  • Georgia Supreme Court Clears Tara Grinstead Murder Trial To Continue
  • Driver Charged In Atlanta's First Electric Scooter Death


uprooted pecan tree
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Georgia pecan farmers are figuring out the next steps in the recovery from Hurricane Michael after losing $250 million in trees.


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