Trevor Young

On Second Thought Producer

Trevor Young currently works as a Producer for "On Second Thought" with Celeste Headlee at Georgia Public Broadcasting. 

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On a recent a sunny afternoon, the Atlanta Beltline was packed with joggers, dog-walkers, cyclists and...Beltline volunteers.

Why? It’s all part of an etiquette campaign aimed at keeping everyone on the trail safe. Jessica Davis is one of the volunteers.

“I think a lot of people have a lot to learn when walking the trail since it is fairly new," said Davis. "I think that the campaigns make sure that people know and are aware of the rules and how to stay safe.”

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Congressman John Lewis is back in Atlanta after staging a sit-in on the U.S. House floor last week to address gun control. He hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday at Ebenezer Baptist Church to continue the discussion on gun violence.

Hundreds of people turned out to hear Lewis speak. He said his actions last week hark back to methods of protest popular during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s.

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A major Atlanta-based investment management company is seeing steep declines in stock prices following last week’s Brexit vote.

Invesco’s shares dropped 9 percent Monday -- a fallout analysts say is due to the company’s large holdings in the U.K.

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The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law Monday which would have made it more difficult for women to receive abortions in that state. While the decision is a victory for pro-choice advocates, various challenges still exist for women seeking abortions. 

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Out-of-state payday lenders are appealing to the Georgia Supreme Court to legally issue small loans in the state.

Western Sky Financial is challenging a Fulton County judge's 2013 ruling that such lenders are barred from dispersing loans less than $3000. The primarily online company has already written more than $15 million in loans to Georgians through the Internet.

University of Georgia Law Professor Kent Barnett says Georgia considers all payday lending in the state illegal.

Five Arrested At Fox Theatre Trump Event

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Atlanta police arrested five people today at the Donald Trump event at the Fox Theatre. They say one was inside and four were outside, where protestors gathered holding signs saying “Trump Hates Grits” and “Build Bridges, Not Walls.”  The presumptive Republican presidential nominee renewed his call for tighter restrictions on immigration and Muslims. He called for more security measures following Sunday’s shooting in Orlando.

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Tim Sweetwood has been a staple of Atlanta's music scene for more than a decade. He started out as a music promoter.  Now he's a major player as the founder of the annual Atlanta music festivals known as Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats.

Producer Trevor Young caught up with Sweetwood during the Shaky Knees festival last month. We asked him to nominate two songs to our Georgia Playlist, our ever-growing, essential list of songs written or performed by Georgians. Press play to hear his picks.

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For the seventh time in the last nine days, a Code Orange smog alert has been issued today for metro Atlanta.  

The Environmental Protection Agency has new standards for what the alert means, potentially leading to an increase in Code Orange alerts throughout summer months.

At the beginning of the year, in an effort to alert people to unsafe air conditions sooner, the EPA lowered the threshold for unhealthy ozone levels.

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Atlanta has launched a studio for urban planners to design the future of the city, dubbed the "Atlanta City Studio."

As part of the Atlanta City Design Project, the studio is open at Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward, but will change to a new location every six months.

Tim Keane, Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, said the studio is unique in that it encourages the community to get involved with urban planning ideas.


Cathedral Henderson was responsible for the scheduling of nearly 2,700 patients at the Charlie Norwood VA Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. 

The 50-count indictment against Henderson alleges he canceled patients’ medical appointments, falsely stated that services had been completed or that patients refused services.

This trial is the next development in a series of issues at Charlie Norwood. In 2011, scheduling problems at the Augusta VA led to three deaths. Norwood became one of more than 100 Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide to be investigated in 2014.

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The 2016 Shaky Knees Music Festival brought big names in music to Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Headliners included Jane's Addiction, Florence + The Machine, and My Morning Jacket as well as acts with strong Georgia connections like Baroness and Phosphorescent. 

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The first Sunday musician was easily the most emotionally dense. Julien Baker, who we interviewed with "On Second Thought," gave an utterly gut-wrenching performance. Given the somber nature of her writing style and character, it was to be expected. But man, when you hear her voice in full force, it is something else entirely.

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I feel really terrible for the Silversun Pickups. Once upon a time, they were the second coming of alt-rock groups like The Smashing Pumpkins. They’ve been out of the fray for too long it seems, based on their weak and unsure turnout Saturday evening.

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Saturday has begun, and as I had predicted yesterday, it is packed. While it was easy to navigate without bumping elbows every ten seconds yesterday, today is a different story. If you’re coming out today, be sure to bring your sidling skills.

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Shaky Knees is officially underway, and the Friday lineup is killing it. Sure, it’s hot and there’s a lot to see, but you tend to forget about the overwhelming nature of music festivals a few bands in.

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One of the featured performers at this weekend’s Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta is 20-year-old singer-songwriter Julien Baker. The Tennessee native’s melodies are admittedly melancholy, but Baker says there is joy to be found in her music as well.  She talks about the stardom that’s been creeping up on her and how her Southern roots influence her style.  

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Baroness is a heavy metal band from Savannah. They'll play the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta this Friday. Lead singer John Dyer Baizley picks two songs that best represent the Peach State for our essential Georgia Playlist. He chooses tracks from Kylesa and Neutral Milk Hotel. 

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Students have been speaking out for and against the bill that would have allowed guns on public college campuses. The bill was vetoed by Governor Deal on Tuesday, but not everyone is finished talking about it.

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First-graders at The Lovett School in Atlanta are learning geometry a bit differently than usual. They’re building three-dimensional cubes, using any materials they choose.

This approach follows a method The Lovett School calls “exploration based” learning. That is exactly the kind of method that State Superintendent Richard Woods looks for in educational programs.

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Governor Nathan Deal is poised to make a decision on "campus carry" legislation on Tuesday. At a state budget signing this morning, Governor Deal assured reporters that his decision on campus carry will come.

“I don’t walk away from bills, I either sign ‘em or veto ‘em," said Deal.

The Governor has yet to give any indication of his leanings, but has clearly indicated that he will announce whether or not to sign the legislation tomorrow. 

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Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Wednesday to amend criminal justice procedures in Georgia.

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It's been a long day at Stone Mountain Park, where hundreds of protestors showed up to counter a Confederate rally being held there. 

The conflict started mid-morning as groups like Rise Up Georgia surrounded the park, leaving their cars blocking the main entrance. 

A long line of stopped vehicles kept park-goers from getting anywhere near the entrance, as Rise Up protestors demonstrated with chants and signs by the ticket counters. After about an hour, they returned to their cars to enter the park.

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In front of the retired ticket box at the Fox Theatre, a memorial of flowers, candles and balloons lies in solemn respect. Since the news yesterday of Prince’s death, fans have flocked here to express their devotion for the beloved musical icon.

Prince performed his last official concerts at the Fox on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. That fact makes the Atlanta venue a particularly sentimental location, being what some might see as his final musical resting place.

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The Atlanta Board of Education votes tonight on the 2017 Fiscal Year budget, which also operates as the budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

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The Georgia Public Service Commission has unanimously approved Southern Company's purchase of AGL Resources, parent company of Atlanta Gas Light.

Commissioners met Thursday morning to express their support for the ongoing transaction.

The deal is worth nearly $12 billion. Approval has been granted from associated utility companies in Maryland, Virginia and California. The merger still needs the approval of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Georgia’s insurance commissioner has issued a rare "consumer alert" after Allstate Insurance filed for a 25 percent auto insurance rate hike for customers. The increase is set to take effect on May 22.

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The man known as the "Phantom of the Fox" has died.  The beloved icon Joe Patten served as technical director of the Fox Theater in Atlanta for more than 35 years.

In the 1970s, Patten formed Atlanta Landmarks, which helped save the Fox Theater from demolition.

He was also responsible for restoring the theater’s organ, and even lived in an apartment inside the venue.

“Most any show is worth seeing, or I’m not in there," said Patten.

Family members say Joe Patten passed away after a stroke at age 89.

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The city of Clarkston, known for its diversity and progressive politics, could become the first city in Georgia to decriminalize marijuana. The city is moving forward on a new policy that would allow police to issue fines rather than arrest those in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. 

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LGBT rights groups rallied near the State Capitol Tuesday to celebrate Governor Nathan Deal’s veto of a ‘religious liberty’ bill last week. 

More than 300 people turned out for the rally, including Jeff Graham of LGBT rights group Georgia Equality. He wants laws that protect minorities as well as the faith community.

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President Obama is in Atlanta today to speak at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. Although the rise of opioid abuse is a national problem, opioid addiction is especially critical in this state, where drug-related deaths increased by 10 percent from 2013 to 2014.