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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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UPDATED: Monday 11/18/19 at 11:30 a.m.

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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A crowd of several hundred gathered in Augusta Wednesday evening to ask representatives from The Army Corps of Engineers how they came to the decision to demolish The New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, in spite of overwhelming objections from local residents on both sides of the Savannah River in Georgia and South Carolina.

Removing the structure was one of several options under consideration as part of the environmental remediation connected to The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.    


A new poll of registered voters in Georgia suggests President Donald Trump has challenges ahead as he works to win the state in 2020. The results give us a snapshot of which Democratic candidates might be most successful in beating the president in Georgia. Our panel looks at the data.


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The Georgia Water Coalition’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list was released Thursday. It highlights serious pollution threats to waterways across the state.


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State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) is ending his campaign to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District. 

In an email to supporters, the transportation committee chairman said he felt he would better serve Georgians staying in the Senate.

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There are lots of ways to celebrate the first taste of winter in Savannah this weekend. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag has your guide.


Air Show Returns To Georgia City After 3 Decades

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For the first time in more than 30 years, an air show will be held in the city of Dalton.

The Inaugural Wings Over Dalton air show is scheduled May 9 and 10, 2020, at the Dalton Municipal Airport.

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In her new memoir, Samantha Power writes about the “X test.” As she describes it, “in trying for Y, the most I accomplish is X.” In other words, even if “Y” is likely to fail, what “X” can be learned along the way?

Power has experienced some of those failures and made some bold moves in her life. Some weren’t up to her, like moving from Ireland to the U.S. at the age of 9. As a young adult, she jumped into the fray as a reporter during The Balkan Wars, later writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning book that took the American government to task for failing to stop genocides around the world. She would later become Ambassador to the U.N. under President Obama.


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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is ready to leave the hospital where he is recovering from brain surgery.

That's what Rev. Tony Lowden, the pastor of Carter's home church of Maranatha Baptist, said from Emory University Hospital Wednesday.

"He told me he was up walking today and he’s talking," Lowden said. "I think he’s just excited about the fact that he’s hopefully getting out of here soon."

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Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response.

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million passengers and airline crew members between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2. That would be a 4% increase over last year.

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Georgia will receive from the U.S. Department of Justice $153 million in grant money for what Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Claire Murray described Tuesday as "public safety" initiatives, nearly $4.3 million of which will go toward human trafficking survivors in the state. 

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Mo Rocca follows the world of the living as correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, panelist for Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, and host of The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation.

His other beat is the departed. He is host of the Mobituaries podcast, now in its second season. In it, Rocca tells stories of people and things that have passed through this earthly plain with too little notice, and uncovers little known facets of iconic figures who did get a lot of ink.


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Prison officials in Georgia are preparing to execute a man Wednesday for the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk 25 years ago.

 

Ray Jefferson Cromartie, 52, is scheduled for a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted of malice murder and sentenced to death for the April 1994 killing of 50-year-old Richard Slysz in Thomasville, just inside Georgia’s southern border.

 

The state says Cromartie also shot and gravely injured another convenience store clerk a few days earlier.

In this Monday, April 17, 2017 photo, various cannabis oil products are displayed in the office of Georgia State Rep. Allen Peake in Macon, Ga.
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Georgia officials have made appointments to the state medical marijuana commission, a key step toward implementing a law designed to increase patient access.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston announced seven appointments Tuesday. They include several doctors, a professor, a police chief and a small business owner.

Audra Melton / New York Times

Language for a lynching memorial to be erected in DeKalb County was approved Tuesday by county commissioners.

In January, commissioners voted to place a marker in front of the county’s courthouse in Decatur.


Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) drops back to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, if you are wagering that sports betting may soon be legal in Georgia, your odds of being correct have just gotten better.

The Atlanta Hawks, the Braves, Atlanta United and the Falcons have joined forces to push the legislature to make it legal. Our panel weighs in on how the battle is likely to unfold in the upcoming session.

 


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