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Glenn Jones got his start in the music industry at a young age, signing to gospel label Savoy Records at just 17 years old. Later, his single “Here I Go Again” reached the top of the R&B charts in 1991.

Now, Jones is based in Atlanta and releasing new music under his independent label, Talent Room Entertainment.

On Second Thought invited Glenn Jones into the studio to share his additions to the Georgia Playlist.


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Starting next year, Georgia Power customers will see an average increase of  $6 a month on their power bills.

That’s just one of a couple of increases expected to be phased in over the next three years. State Public Service commissioners approved the rate hikes for Georgia Power on Tuesday.


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Tuesday on Political Rewind, the Public Service Commission approved a rate hike request today from Georgia Power, but it was not as much money as the utility originally asked for. PSC Vice-chair Tim Echols takes us through their decision-making.

 


Ana Grigoriu-Vociu

The Winter Sisters is a historical fiction novel set in Lawrenceville, Georgia in 1822. When a self-righteous doctor arrives in the tiny, backwater town eager to treat what he believes could be an impending rabies epidemic, he’s shocked to discover citizens favoring folk remedies over the methods he believes cures disease – namely bloodletting, amputations, and copious amounts of ether.

Westover’s second novel is a cinematic tale weaving deeply-researched historical facts on early 19th century medicine and language, alongside richly imagined fantasies of Southern folklore come to life.  He joined On Second Thought to talk about how he finds those stories.

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When two people decide to get married, they're probably not thinking about the possibility of divorce. But that's exactly what comes into discussion during a prenuptial agreement or, as it's perhaps more commonly known, a prenup.

A prenup is designed to pre-negotiate terms and protect the division of marital property. That includes money, of course, as well as items of value that may not be worth a lot in terms of finances; say, for example, a family heirloom — or even your pet.


While the holiday season may be a popular time for couples to impulsively “pop the question,” those couples generally do not think about the possibility of divorce. Family law attorney Randy Kessler joins On Second Thought to talk about why couples should consider a prenup. 

One Lawrenceville author turns real folk stories into fictional novels. Hear from author Tim Westover about his new book The Winter Sisters and how he draws upon local Southern folklore to craft his historical fiction stories. 


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Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposal to expand Medicaid with a waiver-application process is being met with backlash.


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A federal judge has ruled that Georgia can move forward with a planned purge of more than 300,000 inactive voter registrations Monday night.

However, U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to determine whether some of those registrations must be reinstated to the inactive voter list.

At issue is a provision of Georgia law that removes voters from the rolls for not voting or having any contact with elections officials, often known as no-contact or “use it or lose it.” 


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Monday on Political Rewind, voting issues are in the news again. An investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution indicates the farther people have to travel to get to their polling place the less likely it is they will vote.

Our panelists look at the pattern and ask if politics are at play in closing numerous precinct locations around the state.

 

Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Marietta, was elected in 2016. Republican Rep. Earl 'Buddy' Carter, R-Pooler, was elected in 2014.
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Despite the partisan rancor overtaking Capitol Hill, two Georgia representatives have reached across the aisle to introduce a bill aimed at bringing sweeping updates to the outdated technology used in most federal and local public health departments.

Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Marietta, has introduced the Public Health Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2019 with Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Pooler, signing on as the bill's cosponsor. The bill targets the technology used in public health departments to collect, track and share health data and information.

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Nearly half of Georgia’s 159 counties are getting more voting machines than allotted in the original request for proposals, according to the latest numbers from the secretary of state’s office.

Georgia has purchased 33,100 Dominion ballot-marking devices as part of the largest single implementation of a new voting system in U.S. history, with 31,826 of them slated to be delivered to counties ahead of the March 24 presidential preference primary.

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Georgia’s health has declined over the last decade, ending 2019 as one of the unhealthiest states, according to a recent report.

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A new report is raising concerns about a Georgia program that provides tax credits for donations to rural hospitals in the state that are struggling financially.

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  • Salvage Crews Drain Oil From Capsized Cargo Ship Off Georgia's Coast


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On Second Thought aired a special broadcast about the story of how Richard Jewell's life changed when The Atlanta-Journal Constitution published his name as the primary suspect in the 1996 bombings at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.

In that audio documentary, we learn about how Jewell's legal team sued The Atlanta-Journal Constitution — along with other news organizations — for defamation. The AJC fought the suit, and eventually won. Now, the paper is disputing how it is being portrayed in the film Richard Jewell, which hit theaters Friday.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, the House Judiciary Committee has now voted for articles of impeachment against President Trump. We’ll look at how Georgia’s representatives on the committee figured into the long debate, and what to expect when the articles move to the House floor in the days ahead.

Plus, one of President’s closest allies on Capitol Hill gives a vote of confidence to FBI Director Chris Wray after Wray incurred the President’s Twitter wrath this week. Why did Sen. David Perdue make his stand with Wray?


Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee listen as the panel considers the investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
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In a vote along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the full House on Friday. Following two days of debate and lengthy televised hearings, the committee process has ended and the House is expected to take up the two articles for a vote next week.

Three representatives from Georgia sit on the influential committee: Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, and Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Marietta.


When Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympics, terror struck. In the rush for justice, the wrong man was presumed guilty. “Mistaken: The Real Story of Richard Jewell” follows Jewell’s descent from hero to villain in the court of public opinion. Hear this On Second Thought special broadcast featuring interviews with Kent Alexander, U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Georgia at the time of the 1996 Olympics, journalist, Kevin Salwen and Tom Johnson, former head of CNN.


Sara Tindall Ghazal

A longtime voting rights advocate and former voter protection director for the Democratic Party of Georgia is challenging a Republican incumbent from Cobb County in the state House.

Sara Tindall Ghazal announced she is running for House District 45, which covers parts of East Cobb and Sandy Springs. The seat has been held by Republican Matt Dollar (R-Marietta), who was first sworn in in 2003.

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The fight for answers involving inmate deaths at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center continues this week as residents and activists call conditions at the facility "inhumane."

Former public defender and American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia staff lawyer Kosha Tucker said the organization is fighting for inmates to have access to medical care, hygiene products and visitation of family members.

Seven inmates have died at the jail so far this year.

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Crews have finished draining the fuel tanks of an overturned cargo ship three months after it capsized off the coast of Georgia.

The salvage team working to remove the South Korean ship Golden Ray said Thursday that more than 320,000 gallons of oil mixed with water were siphoned from 26 fuel tanks on the massive freighter.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Officials Investigate Cause Of Smoke From Capsized Cargo Ship Off Georgia Coast

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On Tuesday, July 30, 1996, Richard Jewell was praised as a hero by Katie Couric on NBC’S TODAY show. The security guard hired for the summer Olympics spoke about spotting a suspicious knapsack amidst some 50,000 revelers in Centennial Olympic Park. Two people died and 111 were injured when a bomb inside the bag exploded.  Jewell’s vigilance and the evacuation that followed likely save hundreds of lives. 

 

Less than 12 hours after chatting with Couric, Jewell was being questioned by the FBI as the primary suspect in the bombing.

 

 


 

 

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Clint Eastwood’s film Richard Jewell is out and, as a piece that is critical of journalists, it generated discussion before the first ticket was even sold. 

Like Eastwood’s film, Mistaken: The Real Story of Richard Jewell follows Jewell’s descent from hero to villain in the court of public opinion. And, while Mistaken diverges from Eastwood’s film in a number of ways, it is also an invitation to think critically about the role of journalism and how we, the public, consume it.

 

 

 

 

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The Atlanta Falcons will be in California on Sunday to take on the San Francisco 49ers.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn will be facing one of his former staff members: Kyle Shanahan.

Shanahan helped Atlanta get to Super Bowl 51 in 2017 as the team’s offensive coordinator.


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A federal judge is recommending that Georgia prevail in a longstanding legal battle with Florida over water use from rivers shared by the states.

U.S. Circuit Judge Paul Kelly Jr. ruled Wednesday that Florida failed to prove harm from Georgia's consumption from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin that flows from north of Atlanta to the Gulf of Mexico.

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For many, the Nutcracker is a staple of the holiday season. And with good reason. It’s a fantasia of color and sound and, of course, dance. But for some, all of that can be a bit much. That’s why one Georgia ballet company has made the Nutcracker accessible to all. 


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As Americans find themselves divided over impeachment, Brits are at odds over Brexit.

That's the nation’s divorce from the European Union.

London’s Big Ben will ring 10 p.m. local time Thursday and polls close in Britain’s historic general election.


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Former Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Evans has announced she will run for a soon-to-be vacated House seat in Atlanta. 

Evans served for seven years in a Cobb County-based House district and lost to Stacey Abrams in the gubernatorial primary. 

She's seeking to replace Rep. Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta), who has held the District 57 seat since 2001.

The largest hospital in Georgia and one of the busiest trauma centers in the country is still diverting emergency calls, which is putting a strain on other hospitals.

Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta is working to repair damage from a broken water pipe that burst on Saturday.

The hospital, which had planned to end diversion earlier this week, says 158 beds will be inaccessible for several months.


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