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An inmate at Valdosta State Prison has died.

The Georgia Department of Corrections says about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, guards found Astair Holmes Jr. unresponsive in his cell. Officials say paramedics were called but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The department, in a statement Tuesday, said Holmes was pronounced dead by the prison's doctor at about 12:10 p.m.

U.S. Rep. John Lewis will deliver the commencement address at Emory University's Oxford College.
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As spring comes to an end, graduation ceremonies quickly approach and commencement speakers are tasked with inspiring graduates as they enter the workforce. This year, Georgia’s colleges and universities will host notable speakers from across the nation, including Daymond John, Sally Yates, John Lewis, Andrew Young and Deborah Roberts.

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Many people will pay for Beyoncé concert tickets, but what about paying for a Beyoncé class for credit?

A group of college students at Valdosta State University is studying the work of "Queen Bey" this semester. The focus is on "Lemonade," the mega-star's sixth studio album accompanied by a visual album on HBO.

Caterina Orr is adjunct instructor of African-American studies at Valdosta State. She spoke with "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about the course that kicked off this semester.


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Tonja Khabir and Katie Powers both work in the world of non-profit philanthropy. In this Macon Conversation, Khabir and Powers talk about the need for educational equity that crosses boundaries of race and economy as well as how race affects the autonomy you have over your own body.

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As the government shutdown stretches on, federal workers in rural Georgia are starting to feel the bite of hunger.

The asphalt behind the loading dock of the Second Harvest of South Georgia food bank in Valdosta rattled the wheels of a shopping cart loaded with food for three transportation safety administration employees from the local airport Thursday morning.


With 33,000 employees statewide, Delta is Georgia’s No. 1 private employer, directly responsible for $43.5 billion in economic impact a year.
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Location can be instrumental to the success of a business, and for companies looking to expand or make a big move choosing the right state to can have a large impact on their profitability. 


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A decade ago, StoryCorps launched the "National Day of Listening." The day after Thanksgiving, it's a time to share stories — to ask your grandma about meeting your grandpa or find the story behind a nickname or whatever makes you curious. 

 

We asked two storytellers, Dame Wilburn and Kay Powell, to share their Thanksgiving memories with us. Wilburn, from Macon, is an author, spoken word performer and Moth mainstage host. Powell, from Valdosta, is a writer and obituarist who has written legacies for moonshiners, the planet Pluto and Flannery O'Connor's peacock. 


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We spoke by phone to people from McRae, Plains and Valdosta about how Hurricanes may be the new normal for South Georgia. 


The deadline to register to vote in Georgia is Tuesday, Oct. 9.
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The midterm elections are 42 days away and Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day, serves as a timely reminder to submit your registration information to be eligible to participate in the November contest. 

If you haven't registered to vote yet, you still have two weeks before the Tuesday, October 9 deadline. 

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The Georgia Department of Public Health says flu is still widespread across Georgia. Their latest report shows 671 people have been hospitalized and 25 people have died from influenza, and the number of people being treated for the flu at home is six times above average.

Coastal District public health director, Dr. Lawton Davis says that’s why they’re offering free flu shots next Friday.