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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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.

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The fight over religious liberty legislation is far from over.

Today a coalition of nine religious groups spoke out at the State Capitol against Governor Nathan Deal’s decision to veto a ‘religious freedom’ bill. The groups called on conservative Georgians to join the fight for religious liberty.

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Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed the so-called Religious Freedom bill, saying that he wants to keep Georgia "a welcoming state."

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Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it will do its best to accommodate customers traveling to Brussels in the wake of Tuesday's terror attacks. 

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Chris Nylund writes the blog "Field Note Stenographers" from Macon, Georgia. He contributes his nominations for our Georgia Playlist with songs by Macon and Johnny Jenkins.

 

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A coalition of religious leaders is protesting against campus carry legislation in Georgia. The anti-gun violence group Outcry held a rally on the steps of Atlanta’s Central Presbyterian Church on Monday.

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Once the bill passed in the House Wednesday, the Senate picked up the measure and passed it with a vote of 37-18. The bill now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal for approval. 

With a vote of 104-65 late Wednesday afternoon, state House members approved the “Free Exercise Protection Act," a bill offering a number of protections to members of religious groups.

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Some members of the Georgia business community are reacting to the expanded “religious liberty” bill that made it through the state legislature Wednesday. The “Free Exercise Protection Act,” HB 757, would allow faith-based organizations to deny services to same-sex couples.

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Indie Musician Kishi Bashi announced the winners of his nationwide competition last Friday. Grady High School Orchestra was one of four finalists who made the cut.

Best known for his work with groups Of Montreal and Jupiter One, Bashi blends tradition and technology with a songwriting style centered around the violin. 

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Drew Kirby of the Athens-based band Mothers contributes his nominations for our Georgia Playlist. He chooses songs by "The Olivia Tremor Control" from Athens and Atlanta-based "OutKast."

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The Department of Health and Human Services awarded Georgia $731,250 Friday to help treat the growth of prescription opioid abuse.

The federal funding will help support two health centers in Georgia which are working to improve substance abuse services. Their focus is on opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Dawn Randolph is with the Georgia Substance Abuse Council. She says Georgia is in a state of emergency.

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, is getting a $6 billion facelift. 

The details were outlined by airport General Manager Miguel Southwell on Thursday. The announcements came as part of the inaugural State of the Airport address at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Southwell said the project will not only "be transformational for the airport, but they will enable the needed expansion to accommodate the growing demand we have at Hartsfield-Jackson." 

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A bill allowing more patients to use Medical Marijuana easily passed the Georgia House today. The legislation was stripped of major provisions last week after intense debate.

The bill originally sought to allow in-state cultivation of Medical Marijuana in Georgia, but it was gutted by legislators who said it wasn’t practical. Representative Allen Peake, the bill’s sponsor, says he’s disappointed the bill didn’t do more.

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Hillary Clinton campaigned at City Hall today in one final push before Georgia’s presidential primary on Tuesday. Mayor Kasim Reed, an ardent Clinton supporter, introduced her to the crowd.

Mayor Reed said Clinton is the only presidential candidate looking out for African-Americans. He also defended her reputation, saying her career has never been about money.

“I’ve been thinking about Secretary Clinton. Her life has been about helping other people, so I don’t know how anybody has gotten it confused," said Reed.

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