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  • Georgia Set To Execute Second Death Row Inmate Of The Year This Month
  • Federal Officials Tour Fort Benning As Possible Site To Hold Migrant Children
  • Democratic Presidential Candidates Gather In Atlanta For Several Events


  • Fort Benning Could House Detained Migrant Children
  • Date Set For Second Execution Of 2019 In Georgia
  • Macon Job Fair Draws Larger-Than-Expected Crowds


Finding a doctor can be especially difficult in many Georgia counties. For LGBTQ patients, it can be even worse. A first of its kind clinic in Savannah is working to ease that difficulty. As a part of LGBTQ Pride Month, On Second Thought checked in with the Starland Family Practice, a routine family medical office with a focus on LGBTQ patients, celebrating its one-year anniversary.

 

Brandon Earehart is the clinic’s owner and physician assistant and Dr. Raymond Martins, the clinic’s physician, joined us from our studio in Savannah to talk about the unique medical issues facing the LGBTQ community and how clinics work with insurance companies to get patients the medicines they need.


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A Georgia government agency tasked with enforcing campaign finance laws is drawing scrutiny for how it is investigating former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Lawyers for Abrams say the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission didn’t follow its own rules in its investigation, including when it issued subpoenas in April to the campaign and a number of independent advocacy groups that supported Abrams.

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When Jared Yates Sexton’s grandma researched their family tree, she discovered a long line of “scofflaws, debtors, drunkards and out-and-out criminals.”

The working class men he grew up with in Linton, Indiana, could never quite get ahead, especially as industrial jobs dried up.

But at home, their power was absolute. Often maintained by violence, intimidation and a rigid masculinity that was toxic to their families, communities and selves.   


President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, is greeted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and his wife Marty, as they arrive on Air Force One at Lawson Army Airfield, Fort Benning, Ga., Friday, March 8, 2019.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, federal officials visit Fort Benning to explore whether the massive military base would be a suitable location for housing immigrant children apprehended without parents at the Southern border. Could Georgia become a focal point for the controversy over how the administration cares for immigrant children?


Starland Family Practice

Finding a doctor can be especially difficult in many Georgia counties. For LGBTQ patients, it can be even worse. A first-of-its-kind clinic in Savannah is working to ease that difficulty.

As a part of LGBTQ Pride Month, On Second Thought checked in with the Starland Family Practice, a routine family medical office with a focus on LGBTQ patients, celebrating its one-year anniversary.


In the era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” the focus on language in politics is high. What a bill is or campaign is called can be just as important as the actual contents. With the recent string of “heartbeat” and related bills in several states, we took a look at the role language plays into how we debate issues in public. 

Dr Fern Johnson, professor emerita in English at Clark University, joined us to talk about the power of connotation and the tools legislators use. Her research centers on the discourse surrounding ethnicity, race and gender.

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A man accused of killing an off-duty prison guard who had agreed to give him and another man a ride outside a Georgia Walmart store is scheduled to be executed later this month.

Marion Wilson Jr., 42, is set to die June 20 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr said in a news release Wednesday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks in Milledgeville, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta.

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It's sea turtle nesting season, when turtles crawl up on Georgia beaches at night to lay their eggs. Every morning, volunteers walk the beach to look for new nests and block them off so people don't disturb them.

GPB's Emily Jones tagged along for a nest survey on Tybee Island and produced this audio postcard.


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  • Candidate In 7th District Congressional Race Drops Out
  • Georgia's Forestry Association Praises Passage Of Disaster Relief Bill
  • Fort Benning Being Considered As A Site To Hold Migrant Children


  • Federal Appeals Court To Revisit Unsolved Lynching Case
  • Over 100 Military Grave Markers Found At Abandoned Augusta Funeral Home
  • Georgia Forestry Industry To Receive Federal Aid After Hurricane Michael


The state of Georgia — and the country — is divided over so-called "heartbeat" bills and other new state laws restricting abortion. Many are confused about who could be prosecuted and what, exactly, constitutes a violation of the law.

On Second Thought leaves the flashpoints of politics behind and attempts to get some clarity on the legal questions raised by HB 481.

 


Political Rewind Town Hall in Cartersville, June 3, 2019. (L to R): Kevin Riley, Buddy Darden, Andra Gillespie, Julianne Thompson, Jim Galloway.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, we travel to Cartersville to speak with lawmakers and voters. What are the issues that matter most to the people in the northwest corner of the state? And how have they reacted to recently passed laws?


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The state of Georgia — and the country — is divided over so-called "heartbeat" bills and other new state laws restricting abortion. Many are confused about who could be prosecuted and what, exactly, constitutes a violation of the law.

On Second Thought leaves the flashpoints of politics behind and attempts to get some clarity on the legal questions raised by HB 481.


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After Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp postponed a trip to Hollywood amid fallout over the abortion ban he signed into law, his Democratic rival Stacey Abrams is planning to go instead.

  • House To Vote On Disaster Relief Aid Package
  • 'The Walking Dead' Network Threatens To Leave State Due To Abortion Law
  • Amazon Offering 500 Jobs At Middle Georgia Job Fair


Farmers caught up in the trade war recently got another bailout from Washington. Meanwhile, hurricane relief funds remain stalled in congress. We get an update on the outlook and mindset of Georgia farmers, and learn how they feel about being shuffled around the political game board.   

Mark Peele is a cotton grower and president of the South Central Georgia Gin Company. He joined On Second Thought on the line from Berrien County, Georgia to talk about the outlook — and mindset — of Georgia farmers. Jeffrey Harvey, director of the Georgia Farm Bureau's Public Policy Department, also joined the conversation from GPB's studio in Macon.


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From the devastation of Hurricane Michael to trade tariffs, Georgia farmers have faced months of uncertainty. After stalled disaster and tariff aid packages, American farmers are still struggling while being shuffled around the political gameboard. 

 

Mark Peele is a cotton grower and president of the South Central Georgia Gin Company. He joined On Second Thought on the line from Berrien County to talk about the outlook — and mindset — of Georgia farmers. Jeffrey Harvey, director of the Georgia Farm Bureau's Public Policy Department, also joined the conversation from GPB's studio in Macon.

 

 

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Summer is officially weeks away, but there have already been tragedies reported in lakes, rivers and pools. Georgia officials are investigating two separate drownings at Lake Lanier that occured in less than 24 hours. Bibb County authorities say a man drowned in a Macon pool. Police confirm a teen drowned at a Buckhead Memorial Day pool party.

Drowning is one of the top three causes of unintentional deaths for people under 29.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that African American children between ages 5 and 14 are three times as likely to die from drowning than white children.


Author and New York Times Columnist David Brooks speaking with Bill Nigut about his new book 'The Second Mountain.'
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On this edition of Political Rewind, David Brooks is one of The New York Times most widely read and respected opinion writers. He’s a familiar presence on public television and radio and his books routinely become best sellers. So why did he wake up one morning and realize something vital was missing in his life? He decided he lacked purpose and connection and that we as a society were similarly afflicted.


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Georgia election officials are warning voters who recently moved to update their voter registration information.

The mailed notices they're sending are the first step toward canceling outdated registrations.

In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses a hormone that’s being studied as a possible cause or treatment for Alzheimer’s.

The Medical Minute airs at 8:18 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 5:18 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday on the 17 GPB radio stations across Georgia. For more Medical Minute episodes, visit the GPB Augusta SoundCloud page.

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This month, GPB launched its "Full Plates" series, looking at hunger in Georgia. One in six Georgians is food insecure, meaning they don't always know where their next meal will come from. Food insecurity is often linked to access — in rural communities, as well as neighborhoods in and around metro Atlanta.

More than a third of metro Atlanta is considered a food desert. Ross Terrell met one Atlanta resident who's working to overcome a lack of reliable transportation, which is one barrier for some residents to access fresh, healthy food. Terrell visited On Second Thought to discuss the problems and solutions surrounding food deserts in Georgia's largest city.


President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing on Marine One for the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Washington.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, President Trump is stepping up his battle to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants across the southern border. The president said he will enact tariffs against Mexico until officials there begin turning back migrants headed to the United States.


The Goat Farm, an arts community and compound in Atlanta, recently announced a $250 million transformation. Anthony Harper, founder and co-owner of The Goat Farm, joined On Second Thought to share what the expansion will entail, and what it means for the Georgia arts scene.


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Rose Hotel is not a hotel at all. It's a band. But that doesn't mean that their tunes won't make you dream, with their lo-fi, bedroom indie-pop sound. It's the music project of Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Jordan Reynolds. 

Rose Hotel's debut LP, called I Will Only Come When It's A Yes, is out today. There is an album release concert Friday at 529 in East Atlanta Village. First, Reynolds joined On Second Thought to add to our Georgia Playlist of songs written or performed by a Georgian. She selected "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" by Outkast and "Keep the Change" by Mattiel.


  • Disney Weighs In On Georgia Abortion Law
  • MARTA Board Committee Approves Timeline For Multi-Billion Dollar Expansion
  • Invesco To Almost Double Workforce In Atlanta


Another federal judge is allowing a second lawsuit alleging problems with Georgia's current voting system to continue.

Judge Steve Jones Thursday denied the state's request to dismiss the case, filed by Stacey Abrams-affiliated Fair Fight Action, Care in Action and a slew of local churches. 

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A flood of major entertainment companies have issued cautious statements about future filming in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect, amidst national calls for a boycott and local concern over the state's booming film and television industry.

CBS, Sony, AMC, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, Disney and Netflix will monitor what could be a lengthy legal fight over the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act, which would effectively ban abortions in the state except for cases of rape and incest with a police report, when the health of the mother is in jeopardy or the pregnancy is declared "medically futile."

The law also gives personhood rights to an embryo once cardiac activity is detected.


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