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House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., gives his opening statement during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington
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Georgia members serving on the House Judiciary Committee aligned with their respective party when approaching how to make a case for or against the impeachment of President Donald Trump. 

On Wednesday, committee members began the two-day process to consider the articles of impeachment against the president.

A vial of MMR vaccine
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The Georgia Department of Public Health says a recent measles outbreak has been contained without any secondary infections.

Eleven people became sick from the measles last month in Cobb County, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. This was the largest outbreak of measles in the state since the disease had been declared eradicated in 2000.


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Today on Political Rewind, Kelly Loeffler’s success in business is an asset Gov. Brian Kemp trumpeted when he named her as Sen. Johnny Isakson’s successor. But do her far flung interests pose ethical questions as she assumes her position in the Senate? Our panel weighs in.

Some 55,000 Georgians face a loss of their food stamps as Sonny Perdue’s USDA sets in motion tougher work requirement rules for SNAP recipients. We’ll look at what’s behind the changes.


Liz Fabian

More than 100 Macon businesses are in jeopardy of losing their alcohol licenses as of Jan. 1 unless the law is changed.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission amended the alcohol code last year and set the license expiration date as Dec. 31 to align with the Georgia Department of Revenue.

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People struggling with treatment-resistant PTSD may soon have a new course of care: MDMA. When used alongside psychotherapy, the synthetic substance in the drug more commonly known as ecstasy or molly is currently in phase three clinical trials. It’s even been given “breakthrough designation” by the FDA, a status reserved for treatments with significant potential to improve patient outcomes.

But MDMA isn’t the only kind of party drug experiencing interest for therapeutic potential. Psilocybin, the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms", is being evaluated for its potential in alleviating depression. Guided ayahuasca trips are a growing trend, especially amongst Brooklyn and Silicon Valley elites.


Atlanta Judge Christopher Portis recently launched a court program to help homeless defendats in Atlanta. Hear how the new initiative aims to help people get off the streets and navigate the court system.


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Nearly 1.6 million Americans will likely spend the holidays in a homeless shelter or some form of transitional housing.

A study by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty found laws criminalizing homeless people have multiplied in the last decade. Other studies find charges and prosecutions of the homeless does nothing to address its root causes. 


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A city in Georgia has voted to stop using taxpayer dollars to fund a veterans parade following a lawsuit by a group of Confederate descendants who were barred from flying the Confederate flag during the event.

The Alpharetta City Council unanimously voted to stop sponsoring the Old Soldiers Day parade, which it has co-hosted to honor war veterans for almost 70 years. In its early years, the parade was a tribute to local Civil War veterans.

“It’s just time for us to get out of this parade business,” Mayor Jim Gilvin said at the Monday meeting.

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The Atlanta City Detention Center Task Force held its fourth public meeting Tuesday night.

The group is coming up with new uses for the detention center after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed legislation to close the jail.

The area will be repurposed as the Center for Equity, which will offer social services to people in need.

Rashad Taylor, who co-chairs the Task Force, said the jail currently houses around 100 low-level offenders.

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Metro Atlanta has some of the highest rates of new HIV infection in the country right now, but the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the disease can be eradicated.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield Jr. on Monday visited an HIV clinic in DeKalb County, which is one of three counties in the nation chosen as pilot sites to run a federal program aimed at preventing the spread of HIV.

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The last full "cold moon" of the decade will light up the Georgia sky Thursday night.

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The Center for Puppetry Arts is spending this week honoring Caroll Spinney, who spent decades puppeteering the iconic characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street.

Spinney died Sunday, Dec. 8, at his home in Connecticut following complications with dystonia, a neurological disorder. He was 85.


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On this edition of Political Rewind, our panel looks at what's in stake in the case after a federal judge ordered Gov. Brian Kemp to submit to two hours of questioning in a lawsuit alleging Georgia election processes have violated voter rights.

And the 6th District Congressional battle appears to be coming into sharper focus as yet another GOP contender signals she may abandon the race. Are we heading to a contest between the Republican who once held the seat and the Democrat who defeated her?


Evacuees board buses outside the Savannah Civic Center heading to Augusta ahead of Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.
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Coastal Georgia's largest county is paying $1.66 million in bills from a hurricane after state government didn't respond to a request for help.

The Savannah Morning News reports Chatham County commissioners on Friday approved paying expenses related to evacuation from Hurricane Dorian in September.

Gov. Brian Kemp ordered a mandatory evacuation for all coastal counties.

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A federal judge says Gov. Brian Kemp must answer some questions about his time as Georgia's top elections official as part of a wide-ranging lawsuit challenging how elections are administered.

U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones ruled last week that the governor will need to answer two hours' worth of questions about comments he made about increasing minority voter turnout and his actions as chair of the State Election Board.


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Thousands of acres of land in Camden County has been set aside for conservation. The purchase of the property is part of a continuing effort to protect the state’s official reptile, the endangered gopher tortoise.

The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute bought the 16,083-acre tract. The so-called “Ceylon” property borders the Satilla River, according to Andrew Schock, the state director for the Conservation Fund.

SUNTRUST AND BB&T

Atlanta-based SunTrust and Winston-Salem-based BB&T completed their planned merger Friday, becoming the sixth-largest bank in the nation. SunTrust was the largest bank in Georgia. The companies previously announced the name of the newly-created company in June of this year.

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Ahead of the release of the film Richard Jewell, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has demanded a public statement from Warner Bros. acknowledging that some events in the film “were imagined for dramatic purposes.”

The movie centers on the titular character who discovered a bomb during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. First heralded for saving lives, Jewell was quickly deemed a suspect by the media before being cleared of any wrongdoing.

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Researchers on the Georgia coast now believe the rise of black gill disease in the state’s shrimp may be linked to climate change. The condition is tied to warmer water temperatures.


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Families in Georgia, Florida and Alabama are mourning the deaths of sailors slain by a gunman at a Navy base in Florida. Cameron Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, had just arrived at Naval Air Station Pensacola after graduating from boot camp Nov. 22.

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A Georgia county has its first all-female firefighting crew.

The Brunswick News reports that three female Glynn County Fire Rescue firefighters have served together in the same engine company for the past several weeks.

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Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast.

Benjamin Nadler / AP

When local election officials shut down a polling site in a predominantly black area of a rural Georgia county, displaced voters couldn’t look to the federal government to intervene as it once did in areas with a history of racial disenfranchisement.

  • Ted Turner Honored With Dedication of WarnerMedia's Atlanta Campus
  • Georgia City Urged To Reject Plan For Migrant Children Shelter
  • UGA To Face Off Against LSU In SEC Championship Game


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Today on Political Rewind, the senior-most Republican in Georgia’s congressional delegation announces he will not seek re-election. Why has Rep. Tom Graves joined the GOP exodus from Congress? 


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The founder of CNN and business mogul Ted Turner was honored Friday at a dedication of WarnerMedia's campus in Atlanta.


Uga the bulldog
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The No. 4-ranked University of Georgia Bulldogs play No. 2 Louisiana State University Saturday in the SEC Championship. 

If the Bulldogs win, they have a shot at playing in the National Championship game next year.


L: Samantha S. Shal / R: Ken Lackner

Like the endearing story presented in 1965's animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas, the music from the feature has endured as a holiday classic. The mellow, jazzy piano tunes were arranged by Vince Guaraldi.

And for the 12th year, you can go hear this delightful soundtrack performed live. A trio of musicians — Jeffrey Bützer on drums, T. T. Mahony on keys and Mike Beshera on bass — will once again perform this 40-minute score for Georgia audiences in Atlanta, Savannah and Woodstock.


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The historic site that previously housed the Masquerade music venue is about to become an office park.

Developers Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty announced this week a new project for the Old DuPre Mill location. The initial plans for the property were to convert it into a mixed restaurant and retail space.

The Masquerade, known for having three differently-sized stages dubbed “Heaven,” “Hell” and “Purgatory,” was located for 28 years at the site. It relocated in 2016 to the former Kenny’s Alley space in Underground following some uncertainty.

Matt Misisco

He is, by his account, "World Champion." Of what? Depends on when you ask. 

It may be easier to pin down Judah Friedlander's resume as an actor and comedian in movies like Wet Hot American Summer, American Splendor, Meet The Parents and The Wrestler. Or maybe you'd recognize him — and his hats — from NBC's 30 Rock, where he played the slumpy and kind of sleazy Frank Rossitano.


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