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From the time she was a little girl, Melissa Febos recognized that keeping secrets about her own life gave her a certain power over the people around her. When she was very young the secrets were simple things: she’d take objects from her house, bury them in the yard and then hide the very elaborate maps she drew pinpointing the locations of her treasure.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the 6th District showdown in June means almost 9 more weeks of attack ads. Bradley George fills in today for Bill Nigut as the panel looks at the road ahead for the Ossoff and Handel campaigns. The race is definitely drawing national attention with many insiders viewing it as a referendum on the election of Donald Trump.

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Just up the road from Plant Vogtle, about 30 miles south of Augusta, sits Hawkins Rentals.

Rows of RV campers hunch on sandy lots beneath longleaf pines. About a mile away, large cooling towers from the nuclear power facility belch clouds of steam into the air.

Thousands of scientists plan to march on Washington this weekend. We look at how science is changing the world around us.

 

Before he was elected, President Trump called climate change a hoax. Now, he is rolling back policies meant to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Georges Benjamin says combating climate change is a public health issue. He’s the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. He joined us with Peter Dykstra, the publisher of Environmental Health News.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” and then there were two. Another election is in store on June 20 to determine a winner for the 6th District congressional seat. Democrat Jon Ossoff came extremely close to an outright win, but now faces Republican Karen Handel in a head-to-head challenge that is likely to be even bloodier as the GOP closes ranks. Everyone wants this seat, including President Trump.

Liberty County Sheriff's Office

A Fort Stewart soldier has been charged with cocaine trafficking as part of a drug investigation at the southeast Georgia Army post.

Pvt. 1st Class Mario Figueroa remained jailed Wednesday following his arrest last week. Liberty County sheriff's Maj. Jeff Hein said the arrest followed a three-month investigation by military and civilian authorities.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” T-minus 9 hours and counting until Election Day dawns for the 6th Congressional District.  The campaign attack ads are in heavy rotation on radio and television and President Trump has even weighed in on Twitter with a swipe at Democrat Jon Ossoff – this one's a big deal.

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This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the death and subsequent funeral of President Franklin Roosevelt. He died on April 12, 1945 at the Little White House in Warms Spring, Georgia; the funeral took place on April 15 in Washington D.C.

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Today on “Political Rewind,”  Tick. Tock. Just one more weekend of 6th District attack ads to weather. Unless there's a runoff, then you get to hear them until June 20! Our panel is recapping the latest polling, the latest attack ads, and the latest drama around a race that's drawing national attention. There's a lot to talk about!

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Over a quarter of the schools on the Georgia’s Priority Schools List are moving on.

 

In total, 74 out of the 243 schools on the list have worked their way off the list. Most of those schools are in the Atlanta metro area, especially in the Atlanta Public School system and the Dekalb County School System.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” how does a loss in Kansas still seem like good news for Democrats?

A special election is coming up in a week to fill Tom Price’s vacated seat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional district. The race is both contentious and expensive, by-products of the modern democratic process. We talked about our democracy and its health.

Centuries ago, Plato predicted that democracy is always doomed to fail. Was he right? We asked two political science experts: Robert Pirro of Georgia Southern University and Michael Evans of Georgia State University.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” keeping the White House running. We talk with writer and documentary filmmaker Chris Whipple about his new book “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.”

Golfer Sergio García of Spain slipped on the green jacket after a dramatic finish over Englishman Justin Rose at the 81st Masters in Augusta, Ga., on Sunday.

Before the sudden-death playoff, García trailed Rose by two shots with six holes remaining.

The Associated Press reports:

Rose sent his first playoff drive into the trees on 18 and managed to punch out before failing to sink a 15-foot par putt.

That opened the door for García to win the title by two-putting from 12 feet out.

I loved talking to Bruce Feiler, our guest on today’s show. He’s a man bursting with original ideas; so many that when you talk to him, sometimes two, three thoughts seem to emerge almost simultaneously and you have to figure out which one to focus on at a given moment. That’s fine with me, because he reinterprets ancient stories in a way that allows us to think more deeply about who we are today.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump orders a missile strike on Syria and Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue share their thoughts with us. 

Tornadoes And Apparent Twisters, Rain, Hail Across Southeast

Apr 5, 2017
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Severe storms raking the Southeast unleashed one large tornado and more than a half-dozen apparent twisters Wednesday, toppling trees, roughing up South Carolina's "peach capital" and raining out golfers warming up for the Masters.

A powerful tornado toppled trees and downed power lines in rural Georgia and similar scenes played out in spots around Alabama and South Carolina amid drenching rain, high winds and scattered hail — some as big as baseballs.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the weather isn't the only thing that's stormy! 

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With severe storms bearing down on Augusta National, the club has been shut down for the second time this week.

Masters officials suspended play at 1:25 p.m. EDT Wednesday, cutting short the final afternoon of practice before the start of the tournament as well as the popular Par 3 Contest.

Fans were ordered to leave the course as line of dangerous storms swept across the Deep South, sparking tornado warnings in Georgia and neighboring South Carolina.

Augusta National was also forced to close Monday because of heavy rains.

Big Hail, Heavy Rains Pelt Deep South As Storms Move In

Apr 5, 2017
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Big hail and heavy rains pelted the Deep South early Wednesday, and schools and churches shut down as severe storms that forecasters said could spawn powerful tornadoes moved across the region.

Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency because of the threat, resulting in multiple school closings, and schools in South Carolina planned to dismiss classes early.

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We get a new pair of songs for our essential Georgia Playlist. Members of Augusta band Funk You join the show to share two of their favorite Georgia tunes from Dixie Dregs and Otis Redding.

They perform at The Georgia Theatre in Athens Wednesday (April 5) at 9pm, and at Sky City in Augusta Thursday (April 6) at 10pm.

NWS Peachtre City

The latest on severe weather moving across the Southeast.

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Today on “Political Rewind,”  Getting some perspective! We talk to past (and possibly future?) elected Georgian Lynn Westmoreland.

Watkins: Afropunk; Rudnack: DIWANG VALDEZ

On this edition of “Two Way Street” we have portraits of two entirely unique George artists.

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State lawmakers passed new regulations for oil pipelines in Georgia on Thursday, the last day of the 2017 legislative session. Environmental groups and the petroleum industry applauded the legislation.

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Bills that would create some big changes in education in Georgia are headed to Governor Nathan Deal’s desk.

Deal has said he will definitely sign HB 338 which will allow for state takeover of schools which the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has designated as “Chronically Failing.” It also creates a new state level executive position, the Chief Turnaround Officer. Deal said he isn’t sure just how many schools the Chief Turnaround Officer will take on right off the bat.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” TGIF! The session is over and Spring Break is here for lots of Georgians. Good time to get out of Atlanta if you can. 

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Thanks to Georgia lawmakers, you won’t have to pay sales taxes the next time you hail an Uber, buy something from Amazon, or fix up your yacht. And you’ll still be able to play fantasy sports.

The 2017 legislative session ended with a number of changes to Georgia’s tax laws still on the table and a collection of special tax breaks headed to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal.

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Breweries, Distilleries Approved For Direct Sales To Consumers

Soon, customers won’t have to take a tour of a local brewery before grabbing a six pack or case of their favorite beer.

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Georgia lawmakers took action on a number of health bills during the the 2017 session. Governor Nathan Deal has already signed one of them into law.

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