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On this edition of "Political Rewind," the Public Service Commission is about to make a momentous decision that will hit Georgia Power customers in the pocketbook and influence the future of nuclear power across the country. Will the PSC uphold Georgia Power’s plan to continue construction of the troubled Plant Vogtle? Will the commission approve a power company proposal to increase the surcharge customers are already paying for building the nuclear plant? Plus, we’ll look at the fallout from the blackout at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

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  • UPS Buying Tesla Trucks
  • Renovations At Sanford Stadium

For the first time, Atlanta has a police officer dedicated to cases of animal cruelty. The position was created in October. And the first cop to fill the post is Senior Patrol Officer Amy Soelder. She’s a 22 year veteran of the force, and joins us in the studio.

  • Delta Wants Compensation For Blackout Losses
  • Washington County Deputies Indicted
  • Kendrick Lamar Halftime Entertainment at College Football Championship Game

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For the first time, Atlanta has a police officer dedicated to cases of animal cruelty. The position was created in October. And the first cop to fill the post is Senior Patrol Officer Amy Soelder. She’s a 22 year veteran of the force, and joins us in the studio.

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Millions of American Christians are preparing to celebrate Christmas, but what about those who don’t celebrate? It’s a federal holiday, and most businesses are closed. What is Christmas like for the non-Christian?

Imperial War Museum

During December 1914, something remarkable happened. For a week before Christmas Day, French, British and German soldiers laid down their arms. They talked, sang carols, and wished each other Merry Christmas. This was known as the Christmas Truce, and did not happen again. We learned more about this piece of holiday history from Emory University professor Patrick Allitt.

 

 

Charles Schulz

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is a beloved seasonal staple, but the Peanuts gang’s TV special wouldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. Lee Mendelson was the executive producer of that special. He told us that after it first aired in 1965, he didn’t expect to ever see it on TV again.

In today's news: 

  • The remains of the Georgia Dome were imploded early this morning
  • Delta is looking to recoup losses after the Atlanta airport blackout on Sunday
  • South Fulton will not become "Renaissance" after a mayoral veto

  • Airport Operations Update
  • Georgia Dome Implosion, Take 2
  • Student Protest At Dunwoody High School

Airport Outage Blocks KSU Team's Shot In Puerto Rico

Dec 19, 2017
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The Latest on the power outage at Atlanta's airport:

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School officials say the power outage that struck Atlanta's airport has caused a Georgia college basketball team to miss a tournament now underway in Puerto Rico.

Kennesaw State University says Sunday's blackout caused its women's team to miss its flight to the island. The school said in a statement that as a result, it's not competing in the Puerto Rico Classic. The tournament began Monday and ends Wednesday.

  • Hartsfield Jackson Operations Update
  • S. Fulton Mayor Vetoes Name Change
  • Falcons Closer To Playoff Berth

Georgia educators are filing a class-action lawsuit against the state over retirement benefits. The state Department of Community Health changed a law in 2012, effectively reducing the subsidies of any retirees who were in the school system for less than five years. We talk about the controversy with James Salzer, reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Dust To Digital

Gospel musician Washington Phillips has been shrouded in mystery for decades. The Texas-based artist recorded only 18 songs in the 1920s, which were lost to obscurity until recently. Atlanta-based Dust-to-Digital revived his music into a new collection called “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams.” That release was nominated for a Grammy Award. 

Teachers Rally Against Georgia Insurance Changes (T.R.A.G.I.C.)

Georgia educators are filing a class-action lawsuit against the state over retirement benefits. The state Department of Community Health changed a policy in 2012, effectively reducing the subsidies of any retirees who were in the school system for less than five years. We talk about the controversy with James Salzer, reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In today's headlines:

  • Atlanta's airport tries to get back to normal after an 11 hour outage
  • Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers apologizes for the fire that caused the blackout
  • Falcons top the Buccaneers, closing in on return to playoffs

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Operations are getting back to normal at the world's busiest airport after a massive power outage Sunday completely shut down Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Georgia Power officials say a fire in a substation below the airport knocked out both the main power and the backup power for several hours on Sunday.

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  • ATL Mayor's Race Finalized
  • Plant Vogtle Decision Implications

  • ATL Airport Power Outage Update
  • Economic Impact of Plant Vogtle Decision
  • Falcons Fly Into Tampa Bay

Pexels

#MeToo is not only a movement about sexual harassment. As Rebecca Traister put it in The Cut, it’s a reckoning for the way we work, and a call to change the power dynamics leading to sexual abuse.

#MeToo is not only a movement about sexual harassment. It’s a reckoning for the way we work, and a call to change the power dynamics leading to sexual abuse. We talk with people who dedicate, in different ways, their professional lives to understanding toxic work environments and how to dismantle them. Erica Clemmons is the Georgia State Director for 9 to 5; Marie Mitchell is a professor of management at the University of Georgia’s business school; and Joey Price is the CEO of Jumpstart HR, a human resources consulting firm based in Baltimore.

Christmas is the one holiday of the year that has the most music associated with it. Sometimes that’s a good thing. And sometimes it’s a bad thing. We wanted to get a good list of the best songs and the songs to avoid over the holidays, so we talked Chester Phillips, the director of athletic bands at Georgia State University.

In today's news:

  • Power has been restored to the Atlanta airport after an 11 hour outage
  • Results have been certified in the Atlanta mayoral race
  • REPORT: CDC officials are not allowed to use certain words on official documents, including "transgender, fetus and science-based." 

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People traveling through Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport struggled to get home Sunday after a power outage there forced hundreds of flight cancellations.

Officials announced that power had been fully restored to the airport shortly after midnight.

The power went out early Sunday afternoon and hundreds of flights at the world's busiest airport ended up canceled. Many travelers were stuck in grounded planes for hours.

The Latest: Operations Recovering At Atlanta Airport

Dec 17, 2017
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The latest on the power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport:

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On this edition of Political Rewind: Georgia political leaders are examining the results of the Alabama senate race to determine whether there are lessons for how to run in 2018 races here. Our panel will look at what Alabama may teach us about elections next year.

November 2017
Georgia Power

A new report by Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions Education Fund says climate change poses new threats to the security of Plant Vogtle, the Savannah River Site and nuclear facilities around the Southeast.

Georgia WAND Executive Director Becky Rafter joined Rickey Bevington in the studio to discuss the group’s new findings.

  •   New Senate President Pro Tewmpore
  • Norwood Files Lawsuit
  • Fulton County Transportation Plan

  • Norwood Files Election Suit
  • Toshiba Pays $3.2 Billion For Plant Vogtle
  • Pot Charges Dismissed Against UGA Player

The Breakroom returns to discuss the art of gift giving and the recent special election in Alabama. We also talk about the biggest lies of the year, going to the moon, and bad grammar. Joining us this week are Steve Brown, Ed Sohn, Soumaya Khalifa, and Eric Segall.

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