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Kenny Murray / GPB

On this edition of GPB's Music Minute, we feature an artist who uses his gift of music to not only entertain his fans, but to benefit noble causes.

With four studio albums and an authentic vocal style, Grammy Award-winning artist Anderson .Paak has a music library that is recognized across the country.

However, it was here in Atlanta on Nov. 15 that he took the stage to showcase some of his greatest hits for a few of his biggest fans.

Stephen Fowler | GPB News

After months of speculation, hundreds of resumes submitted and a holiday weekend Twitter war mentioning jellybeans and jorts, Gov. Brian Kemp is set to finally announce who Georgia’s next U.S. Senator will be.


Kemp will be joined by members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation, state lawmakers and party leaders, grassroots activists and his appointee at 10 a.m. Wednesday in his ceremonial office.

Grant Blankenship / GPB

Some of the stalwarts of the ‘70s Southern Rock scene, and younger musicians inspired by their sound, will perform Tuesday in a concert to celebrate the Georgia recording studio where Southern Rock was born.   

The band was soundchecking onstage, but back in the green room of Macon’s City Auditorium Monday, a little after 3 in the afternoon, Tommy Talton and Duane Betts were meeting for the first time to play through the Allman Brothers classic "Little Martha".

“I’ll just play my dad’s part,” Betts said.

Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center this weekend to treat an infection.
John Amis / AP

Former President Jimmy Carter is back in the hospital just days after being released from Emory University Hospital following brain surgery. Over the weekend Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia to treat a urinary tract infection. 

Alex Brandon / AP Photo

Today on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp is locked in a battle with President Donald Trump over his choice to replace Sen. Johnny Isakson in the U.S. Senate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Kemp is set to name Atlanta business executive Kelly Loeffler to the seat. Critics claim Loeffler is not a true Trump conservative and want Rep. Doug Collins for the job.

How will this fierce battle play out in the week ahead? Our panel weighs in.

John Bazemore / Associated Press

A man considered the main suspect in a string of killings of black children and young adults in Atlanta in the 1970s and 1980s has been denied parole.

Hurricane Dorian damage on Tybee
Emily Jones/ GPB News

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has come to an end with minimal damage to Georgia.

There were three major hurricanes this season including Dorian.


One of Georgia’s largest counties has created a special jail unit just for military veterans.

“The Barracks” is aimed at giving veterans behind bars a better chance of success when they’re released, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.


More property owners in coastal Georgia’s largest county will be billed for fire protection after a change by a local fire department.


A state Senate panel has recommended changing Georgia law to require adults riding in the back seat of a vehicle to wear seat belts.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s legally required to remove a dam to improve fish habitat in the Savannah River. Now a Georgia city may join the state of South Carolina in taking the federal government to court to save the dam, and keep the upstream river running high.

Alvaro Barrientos / AP

The South is leading the nation in new HIV infections and Georgia is the epicenter with the highest percentage of people infected and living with AIDS.

That's why activists and healthcare workers are urging Southerners to get tested for the disease.

Franklin's Farms

Think oranges and you probably think Florida. Now Georgia farmers are hoping to make you think again as a disease kills trees next door in the sunshine state and the citrus industry there struggles.


John Amis / AP Photo

Gov. Brian Kemp has a big decision to make: who will be Georgia’s next U.S. Senator?  

The first-term Republican has leaned towards Kelly Loeffler, an Atlanta businesswoman who co-owns the local WNBA team and runs a bitcoin trading and storage company. But President Trump, whose Twitter endorsement helped push Kemp to a gubernatorial primary victory, has called for Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) to be selected.  

Jade Abdul-Malik / GPB News

In Georgia, there’s a lot to be thankful for. From natural wonders like Stone Mountain to the culture and hospitality of the South, people from all over the state say their thanks in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Vaping has been linked to more than 40 deaths and 2,000 illnesses in the U.S.
Oleksandr Zamuruiev /

As concerns over vaping continue to grow, researchers and public health officials are investigating the causes of more than 40 deaths and 2,000 illnesses. It’s confusing even for experts.

Former Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor, Stacey Abrams speaks during an interview ahead of a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta.
John Amis / AP

The campaign for former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams is asking a Fulton County judge to dismiss a motion by the state ethics commission asking for additional documents in an ongoing ethics probe into alleged campaign finance violations.

In a filing Wednesday, lawyers for Abrams' campaign argue that several subpoenas issued by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission are too broad, asking for communications that don't relate to its purview of campaign finance - and that there are no documents that show any sort of illegal coordination between several third-party groups and the campaign.

Sea to Shore Alliance, taken under NOAA research permit 20556

The first right whale of this year’s calving season has been spotted off the coast of Florida. Surveys to spot the endangered mammal have not started yet, but fishermen saw a whale last weekend.


Biologist Barb Zoodsma with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries said boaters who see whales need to back away and leave them alone. Repeated encounters with humans are an added strain on them as they struggle to survive.



Bill Bolling knew from his first experience at the community kitchen at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta that he was destined for a life of service.

"I thought wow, this is it. After three college degrees and being a veteran — I even called my mother up and said, 'Mom! This is what God wants me to do,'" Bolling said. "Make soup!"

We spoke with Bill Bolling about founding the Atlanta Community Food Bank in 1979. The food bank has served over 750,000 people each year in Georgia. Bolling retired in 2015, but still actively works with food organizations like the Foodwell Alliance. He is also involved in collaborative efforts to combat poverty and housing inequality in the state.


Richard Drew / AP Photo

Fire safety experts are warning Georgians to be careful as they cook their Thanksgiving dinner.


Former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center this weekend to treat an infection.
John Amis / AP

Former President Jimmy Carter is out of Emory Hospital following a two week stay for a brain surgery, the Carter Center said in a statement Wednesday.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last Wednesday that it's awarding nearly $1.5 million in funds towards controlling feral swine in Georgia.

Grant Blankenship / GPB

The end of the year outlook for Georgia’s main nut crop is mixed. And you can blame both the weather and Chinese tariffs.

Southwest Georgia pecan growers are harvesting as little as 20% of their average crop this year thanks to Hurricane Michael, the storm that downed thousands of trees in 2018. That’s according to Lenny Wells, pecan expert with the UGA Agricultural Extension Service. And while he says, sure, that sounds bad, he’s says he’s still feeling pretty good about 2020.

Donna Lowry / GPB

The Georgia Department of Education has updated its list of Georgia schools that receive special academic support from the state.

 The federal Every Student Succeeds Act mandates that states keep track of high poverty schools or at-risk groups of students that struggle academically. That way state education departments can target extra aid to those schools or demographics within a school population.

The good news is that this year 47 Georgia schools rolled off the list, including five in Fulton county and two in rural Macon County.

On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson.  His new book, The British Are Coming, tells the story of the early years of the Revolutionary War, a war that took the lives of one in ten Americans.  It’s a stark portrait of the courage and the carnage of battle.



Rick Atkinson, Author, The British Are Coming

Atlanta's own Black Lips is a band that keeps audiences on their toes, literally — which you'd know if you've ever landed in the mosh pit at one of their shows — and figuratively, given that the latest it-bag line from Gucci is named after band member Zumi Rosow. 

For 20 years, founding members Cole Alexander and Jared Swilley have been making unruly garage rock, rockabilly records, and sometimes, they can sound like old country crooners. In fact, they have a new album coming out in early 2020, which they say is a country album. It's called The Black Lips Sing In A World That's Falling Apart.

Georgia House of Representatives

State Rep. Jay Powell (R-Camilla) passed away Monday after collapsing at a House Republican caucus leadership retreat in north Georgia, according to a letter sent to House members from Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) Tuesday morning.

"At this time of heartbreak, we take solace in the fact that our brother is now with our Lord Jesus Christ," Ralston wrote. "We lift up his wife Deidra and his beloved family. We pray for God's mercies and comfort for them."

Taylor Gantt / GPB

Everyone wants to live in a thriving, beautiful neighborhood.

So how do we achieve that?  Many people believe that gentrification, or the process of renovating and improving a neighborhood so that it conforms to middle-class taste, is the way to go.

Government Accountability Office

A new report found most of Georgia’s heavily-contaminated superfund sites are vulnerable to impacts from climate change. 


Three former Washington County sheriff’s deputies will not go on trial for murder next month as planned. That’s because the officers won immunity for killing a man under Georgia’s stand your ground law.

The three white deputies, Henry Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott had been facing murder charges for Tasing to death 58-year-old Eurie Lee Martin, a black  man, on a sweltering day in July 2017, an act caught on cell phone video.