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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering changes to the rules governing shark fishing.

Two deepwater species of sharks, the Ocean Whitetip and the Shortfin Mako, would receive greater protections under the proposal. Fishing for the Whitetip would be banned entirely while Makos that are harvested would need to be larger.

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Through injuries and slumps, demotions and disappointments, Dansby Swanson and Adam Duvall got ready for the big moment.


When it arrived, they were ready.


Swanson hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Duvall delivered a two-run single as the Atlanta Braves rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.



Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez celebrates a goal by midfielder Julian Gressel in the second half of an MLS match against New England, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Atlanta.
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Josef Martinez and Julian Gressel scored second-half goals and Atlanta United beat the New England Revolution 3-1 on Sunday in a playoff preview.

Defending champion Atlanta (18-12-4) finished second in the Eastern Conference to set a first-round game against New England. The Revolution (11-11-12) finished seventh, clinching their first playoff berth in four years with a victory over New York City FC a week ago.

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Former President Jimmy Carter fell Sunday at his home in Georgia and needed some stitches above his brow, but "feels fine," his spokeswoman said.

Deanna Congileo said in an email that the 39th president fell Sunday in Plains, Georgia, and received stitches. Carter turned 95 on Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone.

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WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot a fleeing, unarmed black man was acquitted Saturday of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter.

The jury, however, found Zechariah Presley guilty of violating his oath of office in the 2018 shooting of Tony Green, 33, in coastal Camden County near the Georgia-Florida state line.

Presley was ordered to be jailed pending sentencing Oct. 18. He faces a prison term of one to five years.


Police in Savannah are offering a big reward for tips that lead to a break in slaying that remains unsolved after 17 years.

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Record-breaking heat is being experienced across the state despite being 12 days since fall officially began.

Friday temperatures are expected to reach up to 97 degrees in Atlanta, marking the 91st day of temperatures higher than 90 degrees in one year, setting a record that was last met in 2011.

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Starting this week, state agencies have a little less money to get things done.   

Gov. Brian Kemp ordered budget cuts last month, encouraging departments to cut redundant spending and warning of a potential future economic downturn.     

But the lawmakers who craft the budget aren’t so sure. They met last week to hear more about the Georgia economy. 

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Today on Political Rewind, several intriguing candidates for Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat have emerged, including a prominent GOP figure's daughter and the son of a former Democratic candidate for vice president. Our panel looks at the latest developments in the Peach State's two U.S. Senate races.

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While headlines fill with international tensions, a group of artists from around the world aim to garner some cultural diplomacy through the power of music.

OneBeat brings 25 emerging musicians together to collaborate on writing, producing and performing original music, in the hopes of using the universal language of music to encourage cultural exchange.


Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins Tatum died earlier this week. She was 80 years old. 

Her name might not ring a bell, which is probably why a magazine writer once called her "the greatest living blues guitar artist no one has ever heard of." 

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Drag has gone mainstream. Drag queen story hours are popping up in libraries across the country, RuPaul’s Drag Race just won an Emmy, and so did actor Billy Porter for his role in the drag-drama, Pose.

But one group from Atlanta aims to keep drag’s edge. Their most recent event, SUCKAPUNCH! Drag Wrestling, involed performers dressing up in drag and facing off in well-choreographed smackdowns.

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Frank Reiss and Emmy Carmichael from A Cappella Books in Atlanta stopped by On Second Thought to share their recommendations for our Southern Reading List. It's our series of authors and readers sharing books that define and reflect the South.


Boudleaux and Felice Bryant had a deep impact in Nashville, with notable hits like "Bye Bye Love" and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” Their music has been recorded by artists like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton and Simon & Garfunkel.

The hit-making couple is the subject of a new exhibit at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.

If music is a universal language, then OneBeat has diplomacy down. It’s a group of 25 emerging musicians from around the world who collaborate on writing, producing and performing original music. They also tour select cities. A few of the members, Farid Ghannam, a singer, Ming Qi, a synthesist, Rodney Barretto, a percussionist and Free Feral, a string player and composer, stopped by the studio to talk to On Second Thought.

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As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health organizations around the nation continue to investigate illnesses related to vaping, Phillip Morris International is introducing a new way to use tobacco.

The company chose Atlanta for its Friday launch months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized IQOS for sale in the United States.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and attorney general’s office issued arrest warrants Thursday for a former Georgia Board of Regents member.

Clarence Dean Alford was accused of racketeering and attempt to commit theft. Alford resigned from the board, effective immediately.

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Hispanic Heritage Month is a federally designated event that runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. It’s a time to celebrate how people with roots in Spanish-speaking countries add to the complex narrative of the American story.  

Hispanic food, fashion, architecture and art – as well as the Spanish language itself – have become essential elements in the American mix. Sometimes those contributions make a pop-culture splash. The song "Despacito" tied Billboard’s record for most weeks at the top spot after Justin Bieber remixed Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s reggaeton hit. Other contributions come  from teachers, doctors and families whose contributions grab less attention than athletes and movie stars.

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Democrat Matt Lieberman, son of former U.S Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), is the first candidate to enter the race to fill retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson's (R-Ga.) seat in 2020. 

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Illegal marijuana users shouldn’t get comfortable in Lawrenceville just yet.

Gwinnett County police announced in August that they wouldn’t jail people for small amounts of pot, for now, because hemp production was legalized in May by the Georgia Hemp Farming Act, and authorities don’t have field equipment to determine between hemp and marijuana.

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The Metro Atlanta Chamber is marking its 160th anniversary. 

For average Georgians who don't own a business, a chamber of commerce may not seem to impact our everyday lives.

In fact, the Metro Atlanta Chamber has a lot of influence over life in Georgia, ranging from our transportation options to attracting a Super Bowl to the design of our state flag.

Atlanta Braves bullpen pitchers celebrate after clinching the NL East baseball title with a victory over the San Francisco Giants, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Atlanta.
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The Atlanta Braves are making back to back postseason trips for the first time since the 2012-13 seasons. First pitch of this year’s run for the World Series is at 5:02 p.m. in the friendly confines of SunTrust Park.  

Atlanta finished with 97 wins this season, its most since winning 101 in 2003. The team will try to exorcise its postseason demons.

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The Sterigenics plant in Cobb County has been ordered to shut down.

County leaders on Tuesday ordered the sterilization facility near Smyrna to stop all construction and activity.

The company, which uses the carcinogenic gas ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment, had voluntarily closed last month to install air scrubbers to reduce emissions.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff joins us live in studio as the latest guest in our series of conversations with David Perdue’s challengers. Will he be able to capitalize on the energy and campaign funds that animated his race for Congress two years ago or will the loss of the most expensive race in congressional history hold him back?

Through her work as a rural physician, Dr. Keisha Callins addresses the bigger picture of maternal mortality in Georgia. 

Serving as the only OB-GYN for the 16 health clinics in the community heath care systems in Georgia, Callins believes in taking an holistic approach to women’s health. She says that maternal health care is often too narrowly focused on pregnancy and needs a broader scope on overall health.