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The Georgia House of Representatives passed an updated budget for the rest of this fiscal year that rejects many reductions Gov. Brian Kemp proposed as part of an overall plan to cut back on government spending.

HB 792, which covers the budget through June 30, passed 126 to 46 and now heads to the state Senate, which will craft its own version.

GPB Lawmakers Host Donna Lowry interviews (L to R) Dr. Patrice Harris, Dr. Sally Goza and Dr. Jacqueline Fincher
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Three of the country’s leading medical organizations are run by Georgian women who say they hope to focus efforts — at national levels — around improving healthcare in rural communities, which is a leading healthcare concern in Georgia.

President of the American College of Physicians Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, President American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Sally Goza and President American Medical Association Dr. Patrice Harris spoke to GPB Lawmakers’ Host Donna Lowry, breaking down how the impact the lack of access to healthcare can affect communities.

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Lake Lanier is at its highest water level since 1964 and Atlanta has experienced the most rainfall since 2017.

Lake Lanier Association President John Barker said the conditions are unusual.

“I live on the very north end of the lake and its as high I've ever seen,” Barker said. “It's also probably as dirty as I've ever seen it because of the speed with which the rain came down and the intensity of it.”

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Wednesday on Political Rewind, legislators in the Georgia House are set to vote on a mid-year budget rejecting many previously proposed cuts to health services, accountability courts and more.

What could this mean for the relationship between the governor and legislative leaders? 

Voter casts ballot in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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This fall, millions of Georgians will make their choices for president, U.S. House and Senate and their state lawmakers – and millions more will stay home.

A new study from the Knight Foundation sought to answer why, and found that non-voters are less likely to trust the electoral process, less likely to engage with the news and less likely to have strong partisan opinions on political issues. The average non-voter is also more likely to have lower income and education levels than people who do vote.

A new exhibit coming to the High Museum in late April encourages patrons to explore art using brain science.

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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the legislature is back in session after a week-long break. They have been studying deep cuts Gov. Brian Kemp has proposed to the mid-year budget.

Republican House leaders want to restore funds for what they say are essential services, including state food safety inspectors.

Senior Mai Brown has already taken some of the general college classes required to graduate from a university, even before starting college. The 17-year-old film enthusiast enrolled at the Central Educational Center because she hopes to be a director one day and wants to focus on the classes that will matter to her craft.

“I took a lot of classes over the summer to make my senior year a lot easier and so that I could focus on my career,” she said.

Old man walking outdoors with a cane in his left hand.

Influenza and related illnesses continue to be widespread across Georgia. So far this season, 47 Georgians have died from the flu, and more than half of those deaths were people over the age of 65.


 A dead body was found inside the bathroom of a Walmart store in Georgia. Police were trying to determine Monday what happened. News outlets reported Walmart employees made the grisly discovery early Monday morning.

Investigators believe the body could have been in the store's bathroom all night. The cause of death wasn't immediately known, and the person's identity wasn't released Monday. Maj. Alexander Daniels with the Forsyth Police Department says the person isn't a Walmart employee, and officials don't know if a crime was involved.

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Forecasters say heavy rains are again expected in parts of the flood-ravaged South, prolonging the misery in neighborhoods surrounded by water. Hard-hit central Mississippi was under a flash flood watch Tuesday.

The National Weather Service said rainfall of up to 2 inches — with higher amounts possible in some spots — were expected to fall in a short amount of time in central Mississippi on Tuesday. Forecasters say that could cause flash flooding and worsen ongoing river flooding in the region.

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The U.N. secretary general has told The Associated Press that the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world but “is not out of control.”


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Joy Harjo says it’s not just that the South sometimes glosses over its Native history; it also misses its place in the Native American present.


That’s a major theme of the U.S. Poet Laureate’s new book, from which she will read this month in both Macon and Columbus. 

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A former contractor working to remove a capsized ship from the St. Simons Sound is suing the Coast Guard, alleging violations of federal law and predicting a possible "environmental disaster."

Monday on Political Rewind, new figures reveal how much Georgia donors are contributing to Democratic presidential campaigns, and the numbers show former Mayor Pete Buttigieg out front with $800,000 and Joe Biden following close behind.

While in 5th place, Sen. Amy Klobuchar nonetheless gained a big boost in donations in the last quarter of 2019. Those final three months of the year saw her receive roughly triple the donations than in the previous three months.

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Student complaints of being served moldy bread and finding bugs in mac and cheese at a campus food court led Savannah State University to close its student center.

The university said in a statement to news outlets that its student union, closed since Jan. 30, “is in the final stages of cleaning and maintenance” and could reopen within the week.

The Savannah Morning News reported that university officials decided to close the building the day before inspectors from the Georgia Department of Public Health arrived.

Gov. Brian Kemp
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Members of the Georgia House of Representatives are rejecting some midyear budget cuts proposed by Gov. Brian Kemp.

They say the Republican governor wanted to cut too deeply on some items.

Kemp is proposing more than $200 million in midyear reductions in state spending, citing a shortfall in state revenues. House subcommittees on Thursday recommended putting back more than $2.8 million of Kemp's proposed reductions. 

The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on amendments to the current spending plan.

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Four months after the state shut down Macon-Bibb County’s animal shelter, doors are open again but this time under the sheriff’s control.

An inspection Thursday led the Georgia Department of Agriculture to release the stop order, according to Julie McPeake, chief communication officer for the state regulatory agency.

Sheriff David Davis now has charge of the county’s entire Animal Welfare Department in addition to the Animal Control operation he took over in the Fiscal 2018 budget.

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 75th anniversary with special events throughout the season. Next week, Thomas Søndergård returns to Atlanta to conduct music by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Violinist Blake Pouliot will make his debut with the ASO, performing the "Violin Concerto." Sibelius' sixth and seventh symphonies are also on the program. And listeners can expect to hear his most famous piece: a tone poem called "Finlandia."

For one couple living in Alpharetta, Valentine's Day roughly coincides with their wedding anniversary — and a marriage arranged by their parents. Some might hear a story of arranged marriage and assume that love plays a secondary role, but Anitha and Subbu would disagree.

The couple agreed to pull back the curtain on their union and share what their contemporary arranged marriage looks like for On Second Thought.

Visiting a cemetery on Valentine’s Day may seem like an unconventional way to share your love with your sweetheart. But with over 70,000 residents at Oakland Cemetery, there are a lot of love tales to unearth — which are the subject of a walking tour this weekend. Education Manager Marcy Breffle shared some of the most heartwarming love tales. 

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One place where love is truly eternal: a cemetery. And this Valentine’s Day weekend, the Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta is hosting walking tours for people who want to dig up some love stories from the past.


And with over 70,000 residents in this landmark cemetery, there is a plethora of romantic historical tales.


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Maybe it's your aunt's gooey chocolate chip cookines, your dad's special wing sauce, or your grandmother's post-Thanksgiving turkey tetrazzini — family recipes often get handed down from generation to generation like cherished heirlooms.

One family has been updating (and sharing) its recipe book for nearly 90 years. Ever since Irma Rombauer first published Joy of Cooking in 1931, it has become the most popular cookbook in America, and a staple of home kitchens.

The human rights organization founded in 1982 by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, announced Friday it appointed a new chief executive.

The Carter Center Board of Trustees chose Paige Alexander to replace former Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, who is retiring from her post with the Carter Center. Alexander's appointment comes following a wide-ranging global search that reached over 500 potential candidates and referral sources in over 20 countries. 

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival began on Feb. 10 and runs through Feb. 27. Now in its 20th year, it’s the largest film festival in not just Atlanta, but all of Georgia. In 2015, it attracted more moviegoers than any other Jewish film festival in the world, with over 38,000 attendees. 

Jason Evans is an Atlanta-based film critic and the co-chair of the Film Evaluation Committee for the festival. He joined On Second Thought to talk through some of his favorite films at this year’s event, as well as share goals and visions for the festival.

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Friday on Political Rewind, what is the role of Georgia in election year politics? National attention turns to the Peach State in 2020.

Earlier this week, Lucy McBath announced her support for Bloomberg. The endorsements come as the former New York City mayor tries to recover from the leaked remarks he made in a 2015 speech defending the “stop and frisk” policing policy.

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At the state’s election warehouse northwest of Atlanta Friday morning, a buzzing hive of workers loaded trucks with boxes of voting equipment, some of the final shipments to Georgia counties ahead of the March presidential primary.

Since December, the secretary of state’s office has delivered more than 200,000 pieces of equipment to the state’s 159 counties, ranging from touchscreen ballot-marking devices to printers used to create paper ballots to the scanners that will tabulate the voter’s choices.


Gov. Brian Kemp says he foresees a “great budget” when the second round of budget discussions end this week.

Just 12 days into the 2020 session under the Gold Dome, lawmakers decided to take a second break — after having discussed at length already in January concerns they had with the governor’s proposed 4% cuts to the budget this year and 6% cuts next year.

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Gov. Brian Kemp asked the state's public safety commissioner to resign after a rocky few months for the agency that oversees the Georgia State Patrol and Capitol Police Division. 

The Board of Public Safety accepted the resignation of Mark McDonough Thursday. McDonough was appointed to this role by then-Gov. Nathan Deal in 2011 and had been with the department since 1995. 

Last month, McDonough announced the Department of Public Safety fired an entire class of Georgia State Patrol Troopers wrapped up in a cheating scandal on an important exam.

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Thursday on Political Rewind, Lucy McBath’s endorsement of Michael Bloomberg has come at a crucial time for the Democratic presidential candidate as controversial unfolds over past remarks.

The former mayor of New York City is under increased scrutiny after a leaked tape exposed Bloomberg talking in 2015 about minorities in harsh terms as he defended the controversial “stop and frisk” policing program.