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Atlanta is welcoming Hurricane Dorian evacuees with open arms, camping spaces and America’s favorite pastime.

News outlets say Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Atlanta Braves are offering free services to residents from mandatory evacuation areas throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Two candidates will participate in a runoff to serve as the next representative of state House District 71.
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Two Republicans vying for a Coweta County-based seat in the Georgia House are advancing to a runoff.

Philip Singleton and Marcy Westmorland Sakrison beat out fellow Republican Nina Blackwelder and Democrat Jill Prouty in the four-way race for state House District 71 Tuesday.

Singleton and Sakrison will face each other in an Oct. 1 runoff after no candidate received over 50% of votes as required by Georgia law.

The winner will replace Republican Rep. David Stover of Newnan, who was first elected in 2013 and resigned in June to spend more time with his family.


The city of Smyrna voted unanimously on Tuesday to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.


The ordinance, introduced by Councilman Tim Gould,  prohibits people under the age of 21 from buying or possessing tobacco products and electronic smoking devices.




Gov. Brian Kemp has expanded the state of emergency to nine more counties ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival near the Georgia coast.

A state of emergency now exists in Appling, Bacon, Bulloch, Clinch, Echols, Evans, Screven, Tattnall and Ware counties.

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Washington D.C. is a long way from White County, Georgia. Sometimes, that distance means the needs of constituents can get lost amid partisan squabbles on Capitol Hill.

During the summer recess, 9th District Republican Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) went back to his roots – and his district – to hear firsthand what north Georgia farmers say Congress can do to make their lives better.

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Hurricane Dorian is already affecting the state of Georgia, and its effects will be felt whether or not the storm makes landfall.

Hundreds of coastal residents have evacuated their homes and have been relocated to wait out the storm. GPB’s Emily Jones joined Rickey Bevington to talk about what the scene looks like on the Georgia coast.

Grant Blankenship / GPB News

The pace of mandatory evacuation from the Georgia coast ahead of Hurricane Dorian Tuesday was steady even if it wasn’t a torrent.  


By midmorning Tuesday, the eastbound lanes of I-16 were empty despite having been open to westbound traffic since 8 a.m. Tommy Veal works out of the Georgia Department of Transportation office in Dublin, about 120 miles from the coast. He said whether it was packed or sparse, the contraflow was doing what it was supposed to. 

Stephen Fowler / GPB News

Gov. Brian Kemp and state emergency officials continue to urge coastal resident's east of Interstate 95 to evacuate inland, warning of strong winds, storm surge and flooding as Hurricane Dorian picks up speed and nears Georgia.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp discusses evacuations and emergency plans for Hurricane Dorian during a news conference Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Savannah, Ga.  Kemp ordered a mandatory evacuation affecting all of Georgia's six coastal counties.
Russ Bynum / AP

On this edition of Political Rewind, Hurricane Dorian is disrupting life along Georgia's sea coast. Even as it appears the storm may skirt by the state, Gov. Brian Kemp is experiencing a major test in weather emergency. How is he responding? Saving lives comes first, but politics always follows. As we look into the storm response, our panel weighs in on how weather has played a key role in politics over the decades.

Emily Jones / GPB News

As Hurricane Dorian — a Category 2 storm as of Tuesday afternoon — continues to approach the coast, Savannah is sending evacuees without transportation to shelters in Augusta on buses.

Two candidates will participate in a runoff to serve as the next representative of state House District 71.
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Voters in Coweta County and a small part of Fayette County head to polls Tuesday to vote for the next representative of state House District 71.

The contest to replace Rep. David Stover features four candidates: three Republicans and one Democrat.

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Kyanna Simone Simpson shows no signs of stopping.

The Decatur native and University of Georgia student's first Netflix series, Chambers, was released earlier this year. Her new film Ma, with Octavia Spencer, hit theaters this summer. And Oprah Winfrey told Vanity Fair she'd pick Simpson to portray her in a biopic. 

Simpson's previous credits include The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in which she acted alongside Winfrey as the younger version of Winfrey's character, Deborah Lacks. She's also appeared as Keisha in the CW's Black Lightning.

On Second Thought For Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019

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Helen Ellis's new collection of essays Southern Lady Code has been called "a cross between David Sedaris & Reese Witherspoon."

It covers everything from marriage to thank-you notes. On Second Thought reads between the lines with her ahead of her book tour stops in Atlanta and Athens.   

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Dorian has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains almost at a standstill.

At 2 a.m. Tuesday, the ferocious storm's center was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It has barely budged from that position since Monday afternoon.

Gov. Brian Kemp discusses evacuations and emergency plans for Hurricane Dorian during a news conference Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Savannah.
Russ Bynum / AP

While the exact path Hurricane Dorian will take up the Atlantic coastline is uncertain, the message from Gov. Brian Kemp and other state officials remains the same: if you live on the coast, evacuate.

About 400,000 Georgians who live east of I-95 are under mandatory evacuation orders as the storm looming off the Florida coast continues its slow churn.

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After ordering a mandatory evacuation of parts of six Georgia coastal counties, Gov. Brian Kemp and local officials are urging caution as Hurricane Dorian — now a Category 4 storm  — approaches the coast of Florida.

Those living east of I-95 in Glynn, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Bryan and Camden counties are ordered to evacuate effective noon Monday, according to the governor's office. Officials will also start contraflow of traffic on I-16 starting 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Ramon Espinosa / AP

Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered mandatory evacuations ahead of Hurricane Dorian for those living east of I-95 in Glynn, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Bryan and Camden counties effective at noon Monday, according to the governor's office. Officials will also start contraflow of traffic on I-16 starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Emily Jones / GPB News

Schools along the Georgia coast have begun to announce closures as Hurricane Dorian approaches. The storm is expected to move north along the coast, and Georgia could begin experiencing tropical storm-force winds Tuesday.

Gerald Herbert / AP

About 5 a.m. Sunday, Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 5 storm. By 2 p.m., Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas. Dorian is moving slowly and timing for when and whether landfall will happen in the United States is not known.

A live hurricane tracker is provided at the bottom of this post.

Wilfredo Lee / AP

Hurricane Dorian bore down on the northwestern Bahamas as a fierce Category 4 storm Saturday, as new projections curved upward enough to potentially spare Florida a direct hit while still threatening it with powerful winds and storm surge.

In this Feb. 14, 2019, photo, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., leads a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

As Johnny Isakson prepares to step down from the U.S. Senate after four decades in public office, a panel of political leaders from both sides of the aisle join us to talk about the impact Isakson has had on Georgia and the nation, as well as on their own lives and careers.

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Squidbillies is one of the longest running shows on Atlanta-based Adult Swim. The animated series follows a family of “anthropomorphic mud squids” in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia.

Ahead of its 12th season premiere, Chuck Reece of The Bitter Southerner podcast spoke with Nashville-based singer, Elizabeth Cook, and co-creators, Jim Fortier and Dave Willis, at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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Emily Jones / GPB News

The mayor of Tybee Island and the Army Corps of Engineers signed an agreement Thursday to pump more sand onto the Tybee beach.


Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Following his resignation announcement citing health issues, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson shared insights into what led him to his decision to step down and speaks about the impact of naming his successor. 

Drew Dawson / GPB-Augusta

Thanks to $1 million in Special-purpose Local-option Sales Tax money, Augusta will commission three large-scale sculptures to be installed at three gateways into the city. The first will be installed by the beginning of next summer at the intersection of Riverwatch Parkway and Alexander Drive, which leads from I-20 to Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament.