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Georgia native and crime writer Karin Slaughter is the author of several international best-sellers. Her latest book "Pretty Girls" is about two women whose teenage sister vanished without a trace. The paperback edition of the book came out last week. 

  

We speak with Slaughter about the inspiration for the book, what makes a good thriller, and the reason why she sets her novels in Georgia.

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Today the panel looks at a number of important state news stories.

Governor Deal has just three days left to announce whether he will sign or veto the controversial “campus carry” bill. The panel tries to read the tea leaves to determine what Deal is thinking as he approaches the deadline.

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

The names James Brown and Apollo Theater have practically become synonymous; it's hard to think of one without the other. Beginning in 1963, Brown released three albums recorded there. But there was a fourth — recordings from Sept. 13 and 14, 1972 — that has been buried ever since. Now, Get Down with James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4 is finally out on vinyl, with a CD to follow this summer.

Governor Deal Signs Rape Kit Bill Into Law

Apr 26, 2016
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Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill mandating the timely processing of rape kits for sexual assault victims. 

The law, signed Tuesday, requires law enforcement officials to collect forensic evidence from sexual assaults within 96 hours of being notified and to send that evidence to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation within 30 days.

Five delegate-rich states on the East Coast will vote Tuesday: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Call it the "Acela Primary" for the train that runs through those states.

There's a lot at stake. Here are four things we're watching:

National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Monday that he is looking at "several options" to make public the number of U.S. citizens caught up in online surveillance of foreign targets by the U.S. government.

Tor Peery grew up in a farming community in upstate New York, baling hay in the summers. He never thought he'd want to go back to that life.

Three deployments with the U.S. Marine Corps — including a tough tour in Helmand, Afghanistan — changed his mind.

"So many years I've been in the world of destruction," he says. "Being infantry and in the Marine Corps, I've destroyed so many things. I just want to create now."

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Georgia Tech Research Scientist Charlene Bayer is pioneering a new method for early cancer detection. No radiation, no fancy machines, just an inexpensive breathalyzer that can detect carcinogens caused by both lung and breast cancer.

Bayer explains how to use the technology and how it can be applied on a larger scale. 

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Last year, Atlanta was named the “Nerdiest City in the Country” by Movoto, a real estate blog.  Marietta was named “Nerdiest Small City.” When did being a nerd become cool? And are nerds experiencing a golden age in Georgia?

Nerd culture tastemakers including Jess Merrimon, co-founder of the popular fan convention MomoCon, and “Archer” animator and artist Kevin Mellon talk about The Peach State as a nerd capital of the world. 

Zika's arrival in the U.S. this summer seems almost inevitable, health officials keep saying.

The virus has already touched down in northern Mexico and Puerto Rico. And just this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of states with virus-carrying mosquitoes was larger than previously thought.

So the looming question is: Once Zika is here, how big will the outbreak be?

Milledgeville Residents Still Waiting for Water

Apr 12, 2016
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On Tuesday afternoon, Milledgeville resident James Rayford made his first trip for free water.

Standing behind a stainless steel, 18,000-gallon tanker, waiting for Milledgeville Fire Fighter Patrick McCulley to help fill his two plastic containers, Rayford said he’s actually here on behalf of a friend.

“I’m getting this for someone who is sick and unable to get out [of their house],” he said.

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A new biography about the Godfather of Soul reveals what James Brown sought for so long to hide - his roots.  Author James McBride writes that the facts of Brown's life have become "twisted like a pretzel beyond recognition." McBride tries to set the record straight with "Kill 'Em And Leave: Searching For James Brown And The American Soul." 

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Fatter paychecks, slimmer health insurance.

A recent survey found 1 in 5 people with employer-based coverage prefer fewer health benefits if it would mean a bump up for wages. That's double the proportion who said they'd make that choice in 2012.

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There’s been a tremendous backlash in the conservative faith community after Governor Deal announced he will veto the “religious liberty” bill. Our panel of insiders discusses how the governor came to his decision and what supporters of the bill plan to do next to give the measure new life.

Gov. Deal Vetoes 'Religious Freedom' Bill HB 757

Mar 28, 2016
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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."

Brussels Attacks Heighten Airline Security

Mar 23, 2016

Airlines and airports are on heightened alert following yesterday’s terrorist attack at the airport in Brussels.

While security has gotten increasingly tight for airline passengers over the past 15 years, the attacks occurred in the publicly accessible departure hall, well before security checkpoints.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with CNN’s Maggie Lake about what yesterday’s attacks means for the airline industry and for travelers.

Will he sign it or will he veto it?

Gov. Nathan Deal is going to the get that question a lot in the coming days, after the legislature quickly passed a bill that grants religious exemptions to opponents of same-sex marriage.

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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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Imam Mohamad Jamal Daoudi has seen Muslims targeted based on biases and stereotypes in an effort to detect radicalization in the general population. He is the Imam of the Islamic Society of Augusta and spearheading an outreach to educate the public and increase dialogue about Islam.  

 

For more than a decade, The Morris Museum of Art's Budweiser True Music Southern Soul & Song Concert Series has featured icons and rising stars in bluegrass, country, americana, gospel, roots and jazz...everyone from Doc Watson and Del McCoury to Pam Tillis and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. For the first time, GPB Augusta is partnering with The Morris to archive these performances, recorded live at The Historic Imperial Theatre.  This recording features performances by the husband and wife duo, Rob & Linda Williams, as well as Suzy Burges.

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