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Ten Democratic presidential candidates will take to the debate stage at Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta Wednesday night. The candidates will answer questions from a panel of four women journalists. 

While that may sound historic, it’s the third time in U.S. history where the moderators are all women, but it is the first time in this election cycle.


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Top Democratic presidential candidates are campaigning in Atlanta ahead of Wednesday's debate.

After this week, they're going to have to raise more money and get more polling support to qualify for next month's debate, so the pressure is on for the candidates.

GPB's Rickey Bevington was joined by NPR's senior political editor, Domenico Montanaro, from Washington D.C. to break down the debate candidates. 


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A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race.

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a predominantly black congregation, Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said in a Tuesday statement.

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The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has opened an investigation into allegations that three vocal critics of Georgia’s new ballot-marking device voting machines potentially violated election law while observing voting at a Paulding County polling place this past Election Day.  

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After months of buildup, the next Democratic presidential primary debate is set to begin Wednesday night at 9 p.m. in Georgia. Ten presidential candidates are set to take the stage at Tyler Perrys Studios in Atlanta for the next round of debates on the road to the 2020 Presidential Election.

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The pastor of a Unitarian Universalist church in Augusta would like to meet the vandals who graffitied the church recently in what he calls an act of terrorism.  

“We’ve even offered to the people who have done it, you can come talk to us. You can come to a service and see who we are,” said Don Cameron, interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta.  

Over the weekend, church members found the words “God will not be mocked” spray painted twice on the church building, along with two Stars of David crossed out with a black stripe.  

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The Atlanta Democrat began her remarks with a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer: “My name is Stacey Abrams and I am not the governor of Georgia.” 

 

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Democratic presidential hopeful and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg told a room of about 250 people at Morehouse College Monday that he has what it takes to earn the support of black voters, while outlining his plans for lowering the cost of higher education.

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Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., opened the Greenbuild Conference Tuesday in Atlanta, with a discussion on nonviolent resilience.

The purpose of Greenbuild is to discuss how to go green to improve sustainability and quality of life.

“While there’s much excitement around building greener and with renewable power and ensuring resilience in the face of chronic stresses we have left our vulnerable populations,” King told the audience at the Georgia World Congress Center.

But she said too often that happens while forgetting about the vulnerable populations living in cities, like homeless, low-income and senior citizens.


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The state health department said Monday that the recent outbreak of measles in Cobb County traces back to one family who contracted the disease earlier this fall.

"Five previously unreported cases of measles in one family in Cobb County occurred in early October," the Georgia Department of Public Health said in a statement.

Officials believe the measles cases are connected to out-of-state travel. All family members are out of the infectious stage, but two more cases of measles have been confirmed.

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Chick-Fil-A announced on Monday that it would stop donating to The Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, two organizations with a history of anti-LGBTQ policies. 

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Dorothy Butler Gilliam was the first African American woman reporter hired at The Washington Post in 1961. She was only 23 years old and her work was cut out for her as she lived through and wrote about the civil rights and women's movements — two pivotal moments in American history. 

Gilliam has since worked to make newsrooms across the country more diverse. 


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Karen Head is executive director of the communication center at Georgia Institute of Technology. She's also the Waffle House Poet Laureate. The designation came after a Waffle House fouondation-funded poetry tour project for under-served Georgia high school students.

Head's newest collection of poem is called Lost on Purpose. She stopped by On Second Thought to share her recommendations for the "Southern Reading List." For the series, we invite authors and readers to talk about books that define and reflect the South. 


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Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and warming seas.

The $29 million in grants announced Monday are being matched by nearly $60 million from government agencies and nonprofits in 20 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cigarette smoking hit an all-time low in 2018, but vaping is on the rise, particularly among teens.

About 16% of adults in Georgia smoke cigarettes, which is higher than the national average, according to the American Lung Association.  Around 8% of high school students here  smoke cigarettes, according to the state health department, but vaping rates – and related lung illness — are up across the board.


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Today on Political Rewind, it is debate week in Georgia. Democratic candidates for president and other party leaders are already arriving in Atlanta to promote their key issues and energize voters for the 2020 election cycle. We will look at how the days leading up to the debate are unfolding.

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Of Georgia’s 159 counties, just over two dozen voted Democrat in last year’s gubernatorial election.

All of them are clustered around the major cities of Savannah, Athens, Macon, Albany, Augusta and Atlanta.

But rural Georgia has more Democrats than you’d think, says Laura Register.


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The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moved into a new phase last week as the House Intelligence Committee held its first open hearings.

As the witnesses were sworn-in that morning, the president’s supporters in Georgia’s Congressional delegation had already begun to voice their opposition to the inquiry.

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The Alpha Monocerotids meteor shower will be visible for Georgia residents late Thursday night, weather permitting.

Fernbank Science Center astronomer April Whitt said those who want to see the shower should set their sights left of Sirius, the dog star, which is the brightest star in the night sky.


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Historically Black Colleges and Universities are struggling right now. Five have been shuttered since 1989, while others are just barely holding on.

Enrollment, which has down been for all colleges, has been a bigger problem at HBCUs.


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A building in Marietta could be used to house immigrant children under a plan by a local nonprofit group.

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After much anticipation, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick worked out in Atlanta on Saturday, but not on the NFL's terms.

The former San Francisco 49ers passer, who remains unsigned since kneeling in protest of police brutality during the national anthem in 2016, had been scheduled by the NFL for a private workout at the Falcons facility in Flowery Branch.

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Atlanta's newly created department of transportation unveiled its strategic plan this week.

One of its goals is to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in the next three years.

Josh Rowan, who currently oversees the cities T-SPLOST program, was also chosen as the department’s first commissioner.

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Metro Atlanta's transit authority approved on Thursday a $646 million contract to buy 254 rail cars.

The agreement with Stadler Rail also has an option for MARTA to buy an additional 100 cars.

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Georgia Tech’s men's basketball program filed an appeal Friday against sanctions imposed by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

The Yellow Jackets were banned from post-season play this year, placed on four-year probation, and fined $5,000 and 2% of their budget. This came after the NCAA accused the school of allowing boosters to interact with student athletes and later committing violations.

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For the second time in three months, a scooter company is pulling out of Atlanta. By Nov. 22, the rideshare company Lyft will end its scooter operations in the city.


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Today on Political Rewind, Gov. Brian Kemp sets Monday as the deadline to apply for Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat. More than 500 people have offered themselves for the job, including some prominent GOP leaders and well-known Georgians. We ask our panel if they expect more big names to come forward in the final days of the process.


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Three members of a Cobb County family, at least two of whom were unvaccinated, have come down with measles after a middle school student was diagnosed, health officials said Friday.

Testing of a possible fourth case yielded negative results, the Georgia Department of Public Health said.

These individuals may have exposed other people to measles between Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 13. The third person's vaccine history is unclear.

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State elections officials say issues that arose during last Tuesday’s pilot of the new ballot-marking device voting system can be easily fixed before the first statewide election in March.

The secretary of state’s office also says the delivery of the new voting system should be complete by the end of January, about two months before the March 24 presidential preference primary election.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

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