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Moviegoers who watch Prey, the newest film in the Predator sci-fi horror action series, may see a Georgia native on the ...
08/16/2022
Coco the Dog is Georgia's breakout rags-to-riches canine star — with aliens involved!

Moviegoers who watch Prey, the newest film in the Predator sci-fi horror action series, may see a Georgia native on the screen — in particular, one with four legs.

"Fulton County Animal Services was thrilled to find out that one of our former residents has hit the bigtime," the agency wrote in a press release. "Coco, who came into our care at the beginning of 2021, is the breakout star of one of this summer's biggest movie hits, Prey."

Moviegoers who watch Prey, the newest film in the Predator sci-fi horror action series, may see a Georgia native on the screen — in particular, one with four legs.

Coastal Georgia's Chatham County has been chosen to join a group of six cities and counties across the country tasked wi...
08/16/2022
Coastal Georgia's Chatham County joins other localities focused on ‘fines and fees justice’

Coastal Georgia's Chatham County has been chosen to join a group of six cities and counties across the country tasked with criminal justice reform, specifically as it relates to fines and fees such as speeding tickets, court costs, and probation fees.

GPB's Benjamin Payne reports.

The Savannah area could serve as a model for reform across Georgia, a state which relies heavily on fines and fees for local revenues.

08/16/2022
Lots of things drive violence in prison. Add heat to the list

To keep our cool in this record hot summer, most of us are probably choosing to spend more time in air conditioned spaces. But many people in prison, especially across the South, don’t have that option.

The Department of Justice is still investigating Georgia prisons, trying to get to the root of persistent violence there. They might take a look at the heat.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3K1VZXE

Over the course of the next year, lawmakers on the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture committees will draft a new federal...
08/16/2022
Farm bill season arrives: What’s the outlook for 2023?

Over the course of the next year, lawmakers on the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture committees will draft a new federal farm bill that will shape food, farm, conservation and nutrition programs across the country for the next five years.

The omnibus law that began 90 years ago as crop supports now has an impact far beyond the farm, with programs to create wildlife habitat, address climate change and run the nation’s largest federal nutrition program.

The omnibus law that began 90 years ago as crop supports now has an impact far beyond the farm, with programs to create wildlife habitat, address climate change and run the nation’s largest federal nutrition program.

Millions of students are heading back to college for their third full academic year since the COVID pandemic hit. But as...
08/16/2022
Colleges ease COVID-19 restrictions as fall semester begins for millions of students

Millions of students are heading back to college for their third full academic year since the COVID pandemic hit.

But as students move into their dorms and sign up for classes this year, things are different.

Requirements to test and mask and be vaccinated are becoming less common as colleges shift away from treating COVID-19 as an emergency.

Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday he will spend up to $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 aid on payments of $350 apiece to more ...
08/16/2022
Kemp will hand out up to $1.2B in cash to poorer Georgians

Gov. Brian Kemp said Monday he will spend up to $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 aid on payments of $350 apiece to more than 3 million Georgians who benefit from Medicaid, subsidized child health insurance, food stamps or cash welfare assistance.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he will spend up to $1.2 billion on payments of $350 apiece to poorer Georgians. More than 3 million people who were benefitting from Medicaid, subsidized child health insurance, food stamps or cash welfare assistance as of July 31 will get the money.

08/16/2022
8.16 Political Rewind

Tuesday on Political Rewind: Yesterday, Rudy Giuliani was informed that he was a target of the Fulton County special grand jury. This comes ahead of his scheduled Wednesday testimony.
Plus, state GOP legislators look to expand Medicaid, a frequent state Democrat talking point.

The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve vaccine boosters designed to target the omicron variant of CO...
08/16/2022
The U.K. approved omicron-specific booster shots. They're coming to the U.S. soon

The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve vaccine boosters designed to target the omicron variant of COVID-19, paving the way for Brits to receive their shots in early fall.

In the U.S., officials have asked vaccine makers to target BA.5, rather than the original omicron strain.

That has delayed the boosters' development — but officials hope they will be more effective.

In the U.S., officials have asked vaccine makers to target BA.5, rather than the original omicron strain. That has delayed the boosters' development — but officials hope they will be more effective.

Lots of home cooks would be excited to get a book deal. In the case of one home chef, she got that opportunity at the ag...
08/16/2022
For this 89-year-old Gullah Geechee chef, cooking is about heart

Lots of home cooks would be excited to get a book deal. In the case of one home chef, she got that opportunity at the age of 89 years old.

Emily Meggett is from the low country of South Carolina, and NPR traveled to her home on Edisto Island to appreciate some of her cooking.

Emily Meggett has spent decades caring for her community and family with her delicious, traditional Gullah Geechee food from South Carolina. Now, she's sharing that cuisine with the world.

After thousands of suggestions from across the world, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has named its baby hippo Fri...
08/16/2022
Fiona the hippo's little brother has a name after a worldwide contest

After thousands of suggestions from across the world, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has named its baby hippo Fritz.

He's the sister to a famous hippo who was born prematurely.

The Cincinnati Zoo named the calf Fritz after receiving over 90,000 name suggestions from every U.S. state and more than 60 countries. He's the sister to a famous hippo who was born prematurely.

Soon after giving birth to a daughter two months premature, Terri Logan, a high school math teacher in Georgia, received...
08/15/2022
This group's wiped out $6.7 billion in medical debt, and it's just getting started

Soon after giving birth to a daughter two months premature, Terri Logan, a high school math teacher in Georgia, received a bill from the hospital.

"I avoided it like the plague," she says. She was a single mom who knew she had no way to pay.

Then, nearly 13 years after her daughter's birth, Logan received some bright yellow envelopes in the mail. They were from a nonprofit group telling her it had bought and then forgiven all those past medical bills.

Nonprofit RIP Medical Debt buys up unpaid hospital bills plaguing low-income patients and frees them from having to pay.

A state judge refused Monday to immediately stop enforcement of Georgia's restrictive abortion law, which took effect la...
08/15/2022
Judge refuses to immediately block Georgia abortion ban

A state judge refused Monday to immediately stop enforcement of Georgia's restrictive abortion law, which took effect last month and bans most abortions once fetal cardiac activity is present.

A state judge has refused to immediately stop enforcement of Georgia's restrictive abortion law. The law took effect last month, weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Prosecutors in Atlanta have told lawyers for Rudy Giuliani he's a target of their criminal investigation into possible i...
08/15/2022
Giuliani's lawyers told he's a target of Ga. election probe

Prosecutors in Atlanta have told lawyers for Rudy Giuliani he's a target of their criminal investigation into possible illegal attempts by then-President Donald Trump and others to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia, his lawyer said Monday.

Rudy Giuliani's lawyer says prosecutors in Atlanta have said Giuliani is a target of their criminal investigation into possible illegal attempts by then-President Donald Trump and others to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia.

A number of historically Black colleges and universities are seeing an increase in Black students applying and enrolling...
08/15/2022
After the rise of BLM, Black students and their families are heading back to HBCUs

A number of historically Black colleges and universities are seeing an increase in Black students applying and enrolling after years of decline.

HBCUs such as Morehouse College in Atlanta have seen an increase in applications. At that school, the number went up over 60% in 2020 from the previous year.

Some historically Black colleges and universities have seen increases in application and enrollment numbers after years of decline.

Mental illness should not be a death sentence.But Black mental health advocates say Black families cannot depend on poli...
08/15/2022
Could calling 988 instead of 911 have saved Brianna Grier?

Mental illness should not be a death sentence.

But Black mental health advocates say Black families cannot depend on police to protect and help their mentally ill loved ones; 988 is the best hope to save lives.

GPB's Leah Fleming reports.

Black mental health advocates say Black families cannot depend on police to protect and help their mentally ill loved ones. 988 is the best hope to save Black lives.

08/15/2022
8.15 Political Rewind

Monday on Political Rewind: Barring another delay, Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to appear before the Fulton Co. special grand jury this week. A federal court is expected to rule in Lindsey Graham's appeal as well.
Plus, Abrams proposes legalizing gambling to fund education.

Pennsylvania state police say a man upset about an argument with his mother drove into a crowd of people at a fundraiser...
08/15/2022
One person died and 17 others were injured when a car struck a crowd at a fundraiser

Pennsylvania state police say a man upset about an argument with his mother drove into a crowd of people at a fundraiser for victims of a recent deadly house fire, killing one person at the event and injuring 17 others, then returned home and beat his mother to death.

Police identified the driver, who was arraigned early Sunday on two counts of criminal homicide.

Independent bookstores are growing in number and diversity. In Georgia, at least 10 new bookstores have opened up in the...
08/15/2022
Meet some of Georgia's newest booksellers. They're thriving in spite of challenges

Independent bookstores are growing in number and diversity. In Georgia, at least 10 new bookstores have opened up in the past 18 months.

Their owners come from different backgrounds but face challenges familiar to many businesses today.

Here’s a look at who some of them are and their stories.

They come from different backgrounds but share the challenges and joys of a resilient industry.

Each time a person dies on Macon highways, cries for road improvements resound, but the issues are complicated. Solution...
08/14/2022
Road safety concerns, frustrations prompt Macon-Bibb summit with GDOT

Each time a person dies on Macon highways, cries for road improvements resound, but the issues are complicated. Solutions are never immediate, often elusive and expensive.

The quest for pedestrian safety measures on deadly stretches of Gray Highway reached new levels of exasperation recently, prompting high-level talks this month between Macon-Bibb County and Georgia Department of Transportation representatives.

Macon Mayor Lester Miller leads local delegation to meet with state transportation officials over pedestrian safety issues.

Georgia cotton farmers are feeling the pinch of a massive drop in prices for the crop over the past few months.Experts b...
08/14/2022
Georgia cotton farmers endure roller coaster prices

Georgia cotton farmers are feeling the pinch of a massive drop in prices for the crop over the past few months.

Experts blame recent market volatility on recessionary pressures, a drop in clothing demand and the U.S. dollar’s rise in value.

Volatility in the price of cotton is causing worry among many Georgia cotton growers.

08/14/2022
Why 'y'all' is the perfect pronoun for all of y'all

For many years now, Georgia has attracted new residents from all over the country. And sometimes, these newcomers raise their eyebrows at us Southerners when we use the word "y’all."

In this week's commentary, Salvation South Editor Chuck Reece explains why it is actually the perfect pronoun.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3PoCrOa

Far-right extremists escalated their violent rhetoric after an FBI search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate....
08/14/2022
An attempted attack on an FBI office raises concerns about violent far-right rhetoric

Far-right extremists escalated their violent rhetoric after an FBI search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate.

An attempted breach of an Ohio FBI office has those tracking extremism worried.

Far-right extremists escalated their violent rhetoric after an FBI search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. An attempted breach of an Ohio FBI office has those tracking extremism worried.

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: The Voyeurs, ...
08/14/2022
What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy.

This week: The Voyeurs, FBoy Island, and more.

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: The Voyeurs, FBoy Island, and more.

In the summer, from dusk until the moon rises, photographer Pete Mauney finds his photos' subjects along quiet stretches...
08/14/2022

In the summer, from dusk until the moon rises, photographer Pete Mauney finds his photos' subjects along quiet stretches of highway, in hidden pockets of woods and under power lines.

Mauney photographs fireflies — and although he is artist and not a scientist, it's not lost on him that his photographs shed new light on how his favorite subjects coexist with us.

More photos, here: https://bit.ly/3zQ9KE8

Macon-Bibb County is hoping to find people to accept 166 sets of human ashes that remain unclaimed in county archives ah...
08/13/2022
Macon is looking for loved ones to claim boxes of human ashes

Macon-Bibb County is hoping to find people to accept 166 sets of human ashes that remain unclaimed in county archives ahead of a ceremony to disperse them later this year.

Anyone who wants to file a claim for a specific box of ashes will be able to do so until Sept. 19. After that date, the ashes will be scattered during a memorial ceremony at the new scatter garden at the historic Rose Hill Cemetery.

Macon-Bibb County is hoping to find people to accept 166 sets of human ashes that remain unclaimed in county archives ahead of a ceremony to disperse them later this year.

What questions do you have about participating in the upcoming midterm elections here in Georgia? 🗳️Ask your question he...
08/13/2022

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Ask your question here and we’ll try to answer it. ⤵️
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There are many things in life that an insurance policy can cover (including life itself). But what about the environment...
08/13/2022
An insurance policy for coastal Georgia's salt marshes? Conservationists are considering it

There are many things in life that an insurance policy can cover (including life itself).

But what about the environment — specifically, coastal Georgia's salt marshes?

GPB's Benjamin Payne reports on a new study that looks at how insurance might help save them.

The Nature Conservancy and the University of Georgia are examining whether insurance could shore up threatened salt marshes.

Partners across behavioral health systems in Georgia say they want to build on the recently passed Mental Health and Par...
08/13/2022
Mental health advocates in Georgia say a lack of access to care is what leads to crises

Partners across behavioral health systems in Georgia say they want to build on the recently passed Mental Health and Parity Act.

GPB’s Ellen Eldridge reports.

The 2022 unified vision for transforming mental health and substance use care in Georgia is part of a multiyear legislative process. Last year, they called for better access to mental health care as the state tackled effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the group is asking for more funding...

#ICYMI: The search warrant and property receipt from Monday's FBI search of former President Trump's Florida home have b...
08/13/2022
FBI collected multiple sets of classified documents from Trump's Mar-a-Lago home

#ICYMI: The search warrant and property receipt from Monday's FBI search of former President Trump's Florida home have been unsealed by a federal judge.

Trump said Thursday he encouraged the release.

The search warrant and property receipt from Monday's FBI search of former President Trump's Florida home have been unsealed by a federal judge. Trump said Thursday he encouraged the release.

Two robots are patrolling the sea off Georgia this month. Their mission: collect and transmit real time data to help sci...
08/12/2022
Drones patrol off Georgia for hurricane data

Two robots are patrolling the sea off Georgia this month.

Their mission: collect and transmit real time data to help scientists better predict hurricane activity.

UGA Skidaway Institute scientists improve hurricane forecasts with autonomous vehicles above and below the sea surface.

Donald Trump has hired a prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney known for defending famous rappers to represent him...
08/12/2022
Trump hires prominent Atlanta attorney for election probe

Donald Trump has hired a prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney known for defending famous rappers to represent him in matters related to the special grand jury that's investigating whether the former president illegally tried to interfere with the 2020 election in Georgia.

Drew Findling's clients have included Cardi B, Migos and Gucci Mane, as well as comedian Katt Williams.

Donald Trump has hired a prominent Atlanta criminal defense attorney known for defending famous rappers to represent him in matters related to the special grand jury that's investigating whether the former president illegally tried to interfere with the 2020 election in Georgia. Drew Findling's clie...

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In today's morning headlines, GPB News shares how the principal chief of the Lower #Muscogee Creek Tribe wants to stop the proposed titanium mine near the #OkefenokeeSwamp.
Imagine one-third of the global population tuning into a TV broadcast at the same time. That’s what happened on July 13, 1985, when 1.9 billion people watched musicians perform in London and Philadelphia to raise money for famine-stricken Ethiopians. (From GPB News)
Republican U.S. Senate nominee Herschel Walker’s viral comments about polluted “bad air” floating to China is the latest misstep for a campaign seeking to overcome an avalanche of negative stories and his penchant for controversial statements. (Via GPB News)
Fantastic episode of GPB News' View Finders all about the Okefenokee Swamp!
National parks give America more than just beauty and inspiration. They also contribute to local economies nationwide, including in Georgia. (From GPB News)
Wednesday, with GPB News on Political Rewind, Georgia Equality's Executive Director, Jeff Graham, and Gender Policy Manager, Chanel Haley, accompanied by other community leaders, sit down to discuss the future of LGBTQ+ Georgians. Click here to listen in.
We welcome Peter Biello as he joins the GPB News team as the host of "All Things Considered!" He makes his debut today but before he goes live, he spoke with "Morning Edition" host Leah Fleming about the fresh challenge.
On today's edition of GPB News "Political Rewind," the panel discusses the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade that led to a weekend full of uncertainty. Will abortion rights motivate voters to turn out in November? Listen now:
The decision will upend abortion policies across the country, including Georgia, where the state’s strict six-week abortion ban is pending in court. (From GPB News)
The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, reversing Roe v. Wade. Follow our GPB News staff as they report on reactions from officials, organizations and citizens from across Georgia. (From GPB News)
The U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed Roe v. Wade on Friday, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion upheld for nearly a half century, no longer exists. (From GPB News) Additionally, "Political Rewind" will air a live episode in reaction to the Supreme Court ruling today at 2 p.m.
The former Atlanta-based federal prosecutor who found no evidence to support false claims of voter fraud in Georgia and resigned under pressure from former President Donald Trump testified Monday in front of a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. (From GPB News)
U.S. House lawmakers passed a bill that would implement federal “red flag” laws under mounting pressure to respond to the country’s seemingly never-ending string of mass shootings. (From GPB News)
It was established long ago: Fox is a propaganda network for the Republican Party -- no airing of Trump's violent attempt to overthrow democracy.
Georgia's top election officials could testify publicly in front of the U.S. House committee investigating the 2021 Capitol insurrection this month, as failed Trump-led efforts to reverse the state's election results remain in the national spotlight. (From GPB News)
With the surplus in Georgia's treasury, WHY CAN'T the legislature support public radio and tv more??? WHO do we write besides our local legislators??? Go directly to the Guv?