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Primary election day is May 22 and all of the state's top elected officials are on the ballot. There will be a new governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state. Every U.S. House seat is up as well.  GPB’s Stephen Fowler has been following these races. He joined Rickey Bevington in the studio to talk about some of the challenges these offices will face, regardless of the election's outcome. 

City of Savannah

Savannah residents and business owners will see their first fire fee later this year when Property Tax notices are issued. Jim Morekis is editor of Connect Savannah. He says though people have known it was coming for months, it's in the news again this week.

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Baby Boomers are six times more likely to have hepatitis C than any other age group, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Viral hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer in the United States and hepatitis C is the most common type of viral hepatitis.

Seventy-five percent of the 3.5 million Americans already living with hepatitis C are baby boomers born from 1945 to 1965. Baby boomers are at much greater risk for death from the virus.

Less than a week before the Republican gubernatorial primary, one topic reigned supreme in the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young debate: immigration, and how to stop unauthorized people from entering the country.

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In its first season, Atlanta United FC broke records for attendance at U.S. soccer matches. In its second season, fans are still packing the stands.

Atlanta has a rich history of sports that has been historically dominated by college and professional football. But now that Atlanta has a professional soccer team, the sports culture in the city is shifting, said John Nelson, a senior correspondent and host for sports at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Nelson also co-hosts the podcast “Soccer Down Here.”

“When it comes to Atlanta United, what you’re looking at is the expectation of success and all of the trappings that come with it,” he said.

In the past few years, Atlanta sports teams have struggled. The Hawks had a terrible NBA season, the Falcons had a devastating Super Bowl meltdown last year, and the Braves have not been doing well in baseball either.

Soccer fans don’t think Atlanta United has that kind of baggage.

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Students with visual impairments generally don’t look forward to getting an annual class yearbook. But thanks to an engineering professor at Mercer University, this staple of the high school experience is available at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon.

Professor Sinjae Hyun last Wednesday presented seven graduating seniors with the first 3D yearbook ever created. The project is the first of its kind in the world, Hyun said.

“I searched, I Googled it — touch 3D, touchable yearbook, yearbook for blind — There’s nothing there,” Hyun said.

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Savannah-Chatham School Board elections are less than two weeks away, on May 22, 2018. Several candidates are running for the first time. We spoke with The Savannah Morning News executive editor Susan Catron, who says this is the first time some incumbents are facing challengers.

Click the link below to hear more of my conversation with Catron including talk of the budget City Council passed yesterday, this week’s gang bust and a preview of a story from this weekend’s paper.

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Governor Nathan Deal is ending his final year in office by vetoing a record-high 21 bills.

Yesterday marked the close of a 40-day window in which the Governor could veto a bill, sign it, or let it go into law without a signature.

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a panelist on GPB’s Political Rewind. He joined me in the studio to talk about yesterday’s signings, and the legacy Governor Deal leaves behind.

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In a predominantly Latino immigrant neighborhood outside of Warner Robins, a woman got up and headed to work.

She has asked not to be identified, so that coming forward about what happened next on that recent morning won’t be used against her, as she fights to stay in the country she’s called home for 15 years.

As she drove away, the woman said, she saw a Houston County sheriff’s deputy parked at a house near hers.

“He was waiting,” she said in Spanish.

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With the help of a nonprofit group, Fulton County families are fighting custody battles where “parental alienation syndrome,” a form of emotional abuse inflicted on the child or children of divorcing parents by one parent, is used to deny one parent custody.

Robyn Rowles lost full custody to an ex-husband accused of alcoholism and abusing their children. Her crime in the custody battle was parental alienation, according to the court custody evaluator and appointed guardian ad litem.

“Utility conductor” isn’t his real title, but it might as well be. Officially, Stephen Mulligan is assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. That means he conducts educational and other community performances, leads the ASYO, studies all the ASO’s main concert repertoire, attends all rehearsals, and stands ready to jump onstage at a moment’s notice if a scheduled conductor falls ill.

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A National Guard C-130 transport plane that crashed and killed nine people on Wednesday was being retired, officials said Thursday.

The flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Vice Wing Commander for the 165th Air Lift Wing of the Air National Guard Col. Pete Boone said.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are using DNA technology to try and prevent future E. coli outbreaks.

 

The method is called genome sequencing and it could eliminate the guessing game when it comes to finding the source of E. coli outbreaks. With it, scientists can determine the exact food and location in which the contaminated produce originated.

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The Atlanta BeltLine is the city’s ambitious urban redevelopment project that, when finished, will encompass more than 22 miles of trails in a ring around Atlanta.

On parts of the BeltLine that are already opened, developers have brought more than four billion dollars of private investment in shopping, dining, office and living spaces.  

Dwayne Vaughn is the BeltLine’s new Vice President of Housing Policy and Development. It’s his job to make sure it stays accessible to Atlantans of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

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