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Forecasters now say we could be in for a more active hurricane season than they originally predicted. 

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the El Niño weather pattern, which suppresses hurricane activity, has ended. That means it's more likely this hurricane season will be above normal.

 

Forecasters are now predicting 10 to 17 named storms this season. An average season has 12.

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Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue says he has concerns about “red flag” gun laws that would give judges authority to temporarily remove a person’s guns if they are considered dangerous to themselves or others.

Speaking to a group of reporters in his Atlanta office during a wide-ranging interview, he said he could not comment on any specifics until a bill has been drafted.

Rock Music, Comedy, More Coastal Events August 9-11

Aug 8, 2019
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This weekend in Savannah, there's lots to do from buying beer for a good cause to enjoying a cup of coffee with some comedy. Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune has your guide. 


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A report by financial news and content company, 24-7 Wall Street, identifies the 25 most-segregated cities in America. Four are in Georgia, and one of those is in the top five.

The area covering Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is number 22. Columbus comes in at 19. Macon is number 11. Albany, Georgia, comes in at No. 3.


  • More Ga. Communities Join Lawsuits Targeting Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors
  • Calls Grow For Fulton Co. To Deal With Jail Overcrowding
  • Sen. Perdue Weighs In On Potential Gun Legislation Following Mass Shootings


On this edition of Political Rewind, the shockwaves reverberating from the massacres in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio dominate the news headlines across the country and here in Georgia.

 


 

Washington Post

Several Georgia communities are involved in one of the largest civil trials in U.S. history. The consolidated case is unfolding in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio, with local governments as the plaintiffs and opioid manufacturers and distributors as defendants.

The case is so complicated a special master proposed grouping the participants into an unprecedented “negotiation class” to try to settle, and participants debated the idea at a hearing Tuesday.  U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who’s pushed for a settlement in general, showed interest in the novel idea.


  • Kemp Calls For State Agency Budget Cuts
  • Augusta City Government Under Federal Investigation
  • Atlanta United Move To Finals Of U.S. Open Cup

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President Donald Trump is headed to both Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Wednesday in response to the recent mass shootings in the two cities.

Along with the previous week's shooting in Gilroy, California, there were 34 people killed and dozens injured in a single week.

Rick Rojas is also in El Paso. He's the new national correspondent for the South at The New York Times. He joined On Second Thought to give us an update on the situation — and the sentiment — in the aftermath of the El Paso shooting.


On Second Thought For Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019

Aug 7, 2019

About two dozen Georgia counties and cities are involved in one of the largest civil trials in U.S. history.  They’re some of about 2,000 local governments suing opioid manufacturers and distributors. 

Learn about a proposal floated Tuesday to group participants into an unprecedented “negotiation class.”  University of Georgia Law Professor Elizabeth Burch joins On Second Thought.

Also, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steven Rich from the Washington Post joins On Second Thought to outline how court proceedings are used to get documents and data that show where massive amounts of the drugs have gone in Georgia -- and the deadly results.


Spc. Tori Miller / U.S. Army National Guard

Gov. Brian Kemp is telling agencies around the state to prepare for spending cuts.

In a letter on Tuesday, Kemp directed government agencies to develop budget proposals with a 4% spending reduction this fiscal year, ending in June of 2020, and a 6% cut in fiscal year 2021, beginning July of next year.


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Among the races for U.S. House of Representatives around the country, few are as closely watched and contested as Georgia's 7th Congressional District. After five-term Republican Rob Woodall declared he would not seek re-election, several have considered entering the race. Challengers include Woodall's 2018 opponent, Georgia Legislators, a former NFL star, business executives and a number of first-time politicians. 

Hear from the candidates who hope to represent Georgia's 7th Congressional District. Each candidate was given two minutes to explain the top issue that has driven them to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. 

David Goldman / AP

As federal money pours into Georgia to end new HIV infections, hundreds of people living with HIV and AIDS are being threatened with eviction. Nonprofit providers accuse the city of being chronically late with a total of $41 million in federal HIV funds — money reserved to provide HIV and AIDS clients a place to live. 

On Monday, the Atlanta City Council voted to appropriate $1.5 million in emergency funding to pay for housing and other services that clients of The Living Room depend on. A lawsuit filed by that organization in July accuses the city of withholding funds.


Ron Harris / AP

The first death from Legionnaires' disease related to an outbreak of Legionella at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Atlanta was confirmed Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

There are now 12 lab-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, including one death, and 61 probable cases, DPH spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said Tuesday. That's up from 55 suspected cases and 11 confirmed.

The Sheraton voluntarily closed July 15. The first set of environmental samples were collected four days later and additional samples were collected July 29, Nydam said.

In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, a worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital, in Atlanta. In two years, federal payments to hospitals treating a large share of the nation's poor will begin to evapor
David Goldman / AP Photo

On this Special Edition of Political Rewind, an in-depth look at rural health care in Georgia.

  • Atlanta City Council Allocates $1.5m For HIV/AIDS Housing
  • Atlanta's Dept. Of Transportation To Oversee Dockless Scooter Permits
  • Atlanta United Plays U.S. Open Cup Semi-Finals Game Today

Wes Browning

Mining below the surface of ordinary lives has made Joshilyn Jackson a multiple New York Times best-selling novelist.

Her newest book, Never Have I Ever, ratchets things up to thriller level when a new neighbor knocks at Amy’s door. The sultry and charming stranger, Roux, hijacks the agenda at book club, and soon moves onto Amy’s life with a blackmail scheme to expose a long buried secret.


About 250 Atlanta citizens with HIV or AIDS could face eviction. Willoughby Mariano, a reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Patrick Saunders, editor of Project Q Atlanta, join On Second Thought to discuss why a dispute between contractors and the city of Atlanta is making it harder for the clients of the nonprofit group Living Room to pay the bills.


  • Georgia Supreme Court Finds Prosecutor Caused Mistrial Intentionally
  • Atlanta Department Of Transportation Could Take Over E-Scooter Regulation
  • Report: Toxic Coal Ash Is Submerged In Georgia Groundwater


Grant Blankenship / GPB

A report from leading environmental advocates in Georgia describes how the toxins left over from burning coal for power are being stored by Georgia Power in direct contact with groundwater.  

  

The report from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, The Altamaha Riverkeeper and the Coosa River Basin Initiative, and based on analysis of Georgia Power data, came one day before the only chance for Georgians to tell the federal Environmental Protection Agency what they think about plans to handle the management of those toxins, called coal ash, to Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division.   

 

 

Rene Aguilar and Jackie Flores pray at a makeshift memorial for the victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.
(AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

On this edition of Political Rewind, President Trump speaks out about the gun massacres in El Paso and Dayton. What did he say about solutions to an ongoing crisis of deadly shootings?


Georgia's 6th Congressional District includes Cobb County, Northern Fulton County and parts of Dekalb County.
Federal Election Commission

With every U.S. House seat on the ballot in 2020, candidates across Georgia are fine-tuning their messaging to court voters. Hear from the candidates who hope to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District north of Atlanta.

Each candidate was given two minutes to explain the top issue that has driven them to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Eleven confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been linked to the Sheraton Atlanta, with another 55 cases considered “probable” according to the Georgia Department of Health.

The hotel voluntarily closed its doors for testing on July 15, with a proposed reopening on Aug. 11 at the earliest. That places the reopening very close to Dragon Con scheduled for Labor Day weekend.


  • School Safety Top Of Mind As Students Return To Class
  • Higher Than Usual Tides Test New Road Connecting Tybee Island
  • Two With Georgia Ties Enter NFL Hall Of Fame

Chris Pizzel / Associated Press

It’s where The Walking Dead roam the earth.  It’s Black Panther’s home away from Wakanda, and it’s the only spot where Donald Glover’s Atlanta rightfully could be made.  It’s Y’allywood!

After an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at an Atlanta hotel, health officials have identified 11 confirmed cases and dozens of other people who are potentially affected.  Dr. Allison Chamberlain of Emory University and Amy Wenk of the Atlanta Business Chronicle visit On Second Thought to explore the health and economic ramifications.

GPB’s Kalena Boller returns to On Second Thought to catch us up on current Hollywood productions for when the What’s Filming in Georgia series returns.


Richard Spencer

A system of cameras is being set up in north Georgia in hopes of capturing images of coyotes and learning more about them.

Researchers with the Atlanta Coyote Project are working with partners across the nation to study the effects of coyotes and urban wildlife in metro Atlanta, according to the Associated Press.

Larry Hobbs / The Brunswick News

A handmade flag that pranksters stole from Jekyll Island more than 40 years ago has been returned to the state park.

The Brunswick News reports the flag featuring a crest of a seashell and a cotton ball was handed over to its executive editor and president, Buff Leavy, recently along with a handwritten note explaining that it had been swiped by Georgia Tech fraternity pledges in 1975. Leavy returned it to the Jekyll Island Authority.

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Two former NFL players with ties to Georgia were inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend in Canton, Ohio.

  • Atlanta Officials Ask Residents To Use E-Scooters Less Following Third Death
  • Vice President Praises Georgia's Abortion Law At Atlanta Event
  • Judge Rules Confederate Battle Flag Cannot Fly During Alpharetta Veterans' Parade


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