First, August 7th marks 50 years since Jackson County DA Floyd Hoard was murdered. He was one of the first government prosecutors murdered in the line of the duty in the United States. The event changed the course of law enforcement and politics in Jackson County and led to then-Governor Maddox giving the Georgia Bureau of Investigation jurisdiction in Jackson County. Floyd Hoard's son, Richard Hoard, wrote a book about his father's murder a few years ago. The book is “Alone Among the Living,” and recounts the impact of his father's murder on a 13 year old boy and how it lead him to becoming a minister. Richard Hoard released his fourth book, “The Missing Boys,” last month. We talk with Richard Hoard about the murder of his father and the politics of rural Georgia.
Then, Blue Cross Blue Shield is currently the only insurer on Georgia’s statewide exchange, and its premiums are set to go up as much as 40 percent by 2018. The insurer just announced a new policy limiting consumer coverage when it comes to emergency room visits. We talk with Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health, and Beth Stephens Senior Director of Public Policy, Georgia Watch.
Finally, last week, the U.S. Senate approved Christopher Wray’s nomination to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The former Atlanta attorney replaces former F.B.I director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May. We learn more about Wray’s background from Kent Alexander, a former U.S. Attorney for the North District of Georgia. Then we talk with retired F.B.I Special Agent John Iannarelli and Atlanta Journal Constitution Reporter Rhonda Cook.