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Today on “Political Rewind,” call it Trumpcare, call it the AHCA, call it controversial!

In this second episode of "Nothing Funny About Money," hosts Matt Goren and Michael Thomas get a bit philosophical about the supposed corelation between money and happiness, the discussion might just surprise you.

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There’s mixed reaction on college campuses after Governor Nathan Deal’s signing of a bill allowing concealed weapons on some parts of public college and university campuses.

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The number of  African Americans who own guns is on the rise.

 

According to a 2014 Pew survey, 19 percent of African Americans said they owned a gun, up from 15 percent in 2013.

 

 

 

The National African American Gun Association is a nationwide group based in Atlanta made up of black gun supporters. The organization has seen membership climb to 20,000 members in just two years.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill legalizing the concealed carry of firearms in some areas of public college and university campuses.

Last year, many against the bill celebrated strong language in Governor Deal's veto of a similar bill.

In that veto, Deal's office said it was "highly questionable" that the bill would make students safer.

Judge Orders Georgia To Extend Voter Registration For 6th District Runoff

May 4, 2017
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A federal judge has ordered Georgia officials to reopen voter registration in a suburban Atlanta congressional district ahead of a runoff in a heated special election.

Georgia set the registration deadline for March 20, which was 30 days before special election in April.

Army Photographer From Augusta Captures Her Own Death In Mortar Explosion

May 4, 2017
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The U.S. Army has published the final photo of a combat photographer who captured on camera the blast that killed her in an accidental mortar explosion in Afghanistan nearly four years ago. The Army's professional journal says the image illustrates how women are increasingly exposed to dangerous situations in the military.

Deal Signs Limits On Drug Treatment Centers

May 4, 2017
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Georgia is increasing regulation of addiction treatment centers, prompted by complaints from northwest Georgia lawmakers and residents that a cluster of programs there largely treat people traveling from other states.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the legislation on Thursday.

Dangerous Opioid Combo 'Gray Death' Is Latest Mixing Trend

May 4, 2017
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It's being called "gray death" — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis.

Investigators who nicknamed the mixture have detected it or recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” a flashback to America's 37th president, Richard Milhous Nixon, one of the most fascinating characters to ever take the Oval Office.

Georgia Losing Patience With Drug Treatment Tourists

May 3, 2017
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In the northwest corner of Georgia, where cows and crops vastly outnumber people, a small cluster of privately owned treatment centers has sprung up in recent years for heroin and prescription painkiller addicts.

And most of the patients aren't even from the state.

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On this day in 1933, James Brown, who lived much of his life in Augusta, was born.

The funk legend recorded sixteen singles that topped the Billboard R&B Charts, including this song in 1966, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man's World.”

Brown’s signature voice and provocative dance moves inspired a generation of future artists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.   

Colonel Bruce Hampton, guitarist and respected elder statesman of the jam-band community, died Monday night after collapsing on stage during the encore of his own birthday celebration. He was 70 years old.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we’ve once again assembled our panel of listeners to ask them to give us their assessments of how President Trump has performed during his first 100 days in office.

Georgia Lawmaker Deals Cannabis Oil In Shadows Of The Law

May 1, 2017
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Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law.

There are few artists in the music business that have had the kind of career Bill Anderson has had. He wrote his first number one hit at age 19 while working as a disc jockey in Commerce, Georgia back in 1957; and since then he has placed 80 singles on the country music charts, 37 of them in the top ten. He’s been voted BMI Country Songwriter of the Year six times. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for five decades.

Trump Comes To Town

Apr 28, 2017
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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump comes to town. He’s here to lend support to the National Rifle Association at the group’s annual meeting but 6th District congressional candidate Karen Handel had Trump’s attention too. He’s hosting a fundraiser on her behalf while he’s in town. What does our panel have to say about all of it?

Waffle House Co-Founder Dies Weeks After Partner's Death

Apr 28, 2017
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Thomas Francis Forkner Sr., who jumped from selling real estate to the restaurant business when he co-founded Waffle House in the 1950s, has died less than two months after the death of his business partner who recruited him to help launch the famous Southern diner chain.

Waffle House said in a statement that Forkner died Wednesday at age 98. He grew up in DeKalb County just outside Atlanta, the company said, and returned there to sell real estate after serving as an Army intelligence officer during World War II.

Georgia Sets Execution For Man Convicted Of Killing Doctor

Apr 27, 2017
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A Georgia death-row inmate convicted of killing a 73-year-old doctor 25 years ago is set for execution next month, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. He would be the first inmate executed in the state this year.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the NRA flies in a big gun. Donald Trump is the first sitting president since Reagan to address the annual NRA convention, which is being held for the next few days in Atlanta. While he's here, Trump will host a fundraiser for Republican Karen Handel. Is that a plus for her camp in the 6th District showdown with Democrat Jon Ossoff?

Growing Wildfire In Okefenokee Refuge Exceeds 90 Sq. Miles

Apr 26, 2017
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Officials say a wildfire on public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line has burned more than 90 square miles (233 sq. kilometers) as winds spread the flames through dry areas of the Okefenokee Swamp.

A news release by the firefighting command team said the overall area of the blaze grew more than 22 percent between Monday and Tuesday. So far, nearly all of the burned acreage has been confined to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia and the neighboring Osceola National Forest and John M. Bethea State Forest in Florida.

Can we reverse climate change? Environmentalist and author Paul Hawken thinks so. He’s created a coalition of scientists and entrepreneurs. Project Drawdown aims to create 100 solutions to global warming. He talks about the effort in advance of an appearance at the Carter Center in Atlanta today, April 25.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” we're closing in on the first 100 days of the Trump administration. What's your assessment? 

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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.

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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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