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There’s a city inside the City of Macon.

It’s made of tents strung along the banks of the Ocmulgee River downtown. Homeless people have been bedding down here, largely hidden from view, for years.

But this year, with the movement of people back to the nation’s downtown centers happening alongside the first increase in the nation’s homeless population in seven years, Macon-Bibb government says the tent city has to be pushed back, at least from inside Macon’s Central City Park.

In GPB-Atlanta news:

  • Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms selects her transition team 
  • Georgia politicians react to Doug Jones' win over Roy Moore in Alabama senate race
  • Support for medical marijuana legislation grows, even among Georgia Republicans

Last month, Moody’s Investors Service issued a stern warning to states: address climate change or risk a credit downgrade. That report says Georgia is one of a handful of coastal states facing the highest risk from climate change. We talk with climate change reporter Christopher Flavelle of Bloomberg News and Jennette Gayer of Environment Georgia.

  • Mayor Reed Legal Action Against Mary Norwood
  • PeachCare Runs Out Of Money Next Month
  • Plant Vogtle Decision Due Next Week

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Last month, Moody’s Investors Service issued a stern warning to states: address climate change or risk a credit downgrade. That report says Georgia is one of a handful of coastal states facing the highest risk from climate change.

Georgia Commission May Vote Next Week On Vogtle Reactors

Dec 12, 2017
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The state agency that regulates utilities could decide next week whether to complete two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle or cancel the project that's been plagued by delays and escalating costs.

Georgia Power estimates the reactors will cost $12.2 billion and won't be finished until 2021 and 2022. The new reactors on the Savannah River near Waynesboro were initially expected to cost the company about $6 billion and be completed this year.

New CDC Director Questioned About Financial Conflicts

Dec 12, 2017
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A U.S. Senator is criticizing the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an apparent financial conflict of interest that the senator says may prevent the director from doing her job.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald became director of the Atlanta-based CDC in July, and was required to sell a range of stocks she owned, including beer and soda companies, the tobacco company Philip Morris International, and a number of health care companies such as vaccine manufacturers and health-care companies.

Official Atlanta Mayoral Runoff Results Retain Thin Margin

Dec 12, 2017
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The vote tallies for the runoff election in the Atlanta mayoral race are official, but with a razor-thin margin remaining, the trailing candidate said Monday that she plans to ask for a recount.

Election officials in Fulton and DeKalb counties, which both include parts of Atlanta, certified their votes, which still have Keisha Lance Bottoms winning the race.

Bottoms' lead grew from 759 votes in unofficial tallies released last week to 832 votes in the certified results. That still amounts to less than 1 percent of the votes.

Every year, the online magazine The Bitter Southerner picks its favorite Southern albums of the year. We listened to some of the featured tracks with Chuck Reece, the magazine’s editor-in-chief and co-founder. He recently compiled his list for the magazine.

  • Mayor Reed Legal Action Against Mary Norwood
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms Victory Margin Larger
  • Plant Vogtle Decision Coming Next Week

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What started off as an extra credit biology assignment for Morehouse student Julien Turner has now become a world of opportunity.

 

Last month, the college sophomore filmed a music video of a song he wrote inspired by Lil Uzi Vert’s hit single “XO Tour Llif3.”

 

Turner’s remix is called “XY Cell Llif3.” It breaks down the differences between mitosis and meiosis:

In today's news:

  • Keisha Lance Bottom increases her lead on Mary Norwood ahead of mayoral recount
  • Kasim Reed alleges that Norwood defamed him, could seek legal action
  • Atlanta students return to school after weekend snow storm

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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the Alabama Senate race heads to the finish line, President Trump rallies voters to turn out for Roy Moore, while former President Obama, along with other key African-American leaders, rally in support of Doug Jones. Meanwhile, Alabama business leaders worry the election results could be yet another setback for the state’s efforts to compete with Georgia.

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The Supreme Court is leaving in place a lower court ruling that a federal employment discrimination law doesn't protect a person against discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

The court on Monday declined to take up the question of whether a law that bars workplace discrimination "because of...sex" covers discrimination against someone because of their sexual orientation.

Power Still Out For Thousands After Deep South Snow Storm

Dec 11, 2017
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Thousands remain without electricity across the Deep South days after a winter snow storm snapped power lines across the region.

At least 24,900 homes and businesses in Georgia were still in the dark Monday according to Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership corporation. Metro Atlanta got several inches of snow Friday and Saturday, while some areas farther north saw up to a foot of snowfall.

Atlanta Will Soon Know Official Vote Tally In Mayoral Runoff

Dec 11, 2017
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Atlanta is a step closer to having an official record of how close its mayoral election runoff was.

Fulton County election officials on Monday morning certified the county's vote totals from the Dec. 5 runoff. Election officials in DeKalb County, which also includes part of Atlanta, planned to certify their results later Monday.

The official Fulton County results show Keisha Lance Bottoms with 42,887 votes, or 51.33 percent, and Mary Norwood with 40,668, or 48.67 percent.

  • Atlanta Mayoral Results Certified
  • Lake Lanier Water Quality Study
  • High School Championships Rescheduled

Commentary: Cutesy Terms Don't Cut It

Dec 11, 2017
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Two U.S. Congressmen resigned last week: one Democrat, one Republican. They are the latest men to face consequences for alleged sexual misconduct. Sarah Cook is a Georgia State University psychology professor. She offers this commentary. 

I’ve studied violence against women for more than 20 years. I’ve watched as public outrage over harassment and assault wax and wane. Now, my question is: Could this time be different?

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"Squidbillies" is Atlanta-based Adult Swim’s third longest-running animated series. It’s based on the show creators’ experiences here in Georgia – and features a cast of anthropomorphic redneck squids. The 11th season of "Squidbillies" comes to close this Sunday on Adult Swim. Co-creators Dave Willis and Jim Fortier recently joined us. 

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The Trump administration’s immigration crackdown has led to an uptick in arrests nationwide. New federal data show arrests in Georgia and the Carolinas are also up from the last fiscal year. The president’s push to be tough on illegal immigration also includes policies to build a massive wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Historian Kenneth C.

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This month, doctors in China were scheduled to perform the first-ever head transplant. Due to pressure from the medical community, the procedure has been pushed back to 2018, citing ethical concerns. The Neuroethics Program at Emory University is leading the international debate about the surgery. We talk about the issues with Paul Wolpe, Director of Center for Ethics at Emory.

In today's news:

  • Atlanta's mayoral election results will be finalized today
  • Georgia recovers from the past weekend's unexpected snowstorm
  • Actress Jane Fonda raised $1 million dollars for charity on her 80th birthday

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Election officials in DeKalb and Fulton counties have scheduled meetings on Monday to certify their vote tallies from last week’s runoff election.

In the mayor’s race, Keisha Lance Bottom’s bested Mary Norwood by 759 votes.

After the results are certified, Norwood says she will formally request a recount.

Snow Slows Or Shuts Down Much Of Normally Sunny Deep South

Dec 9, 2017
Mike Stewart / AP Photo

Snowfall shrouding much of the Deep South began tapering off early Saturday, but freezing temperatures kept roads slick throughout the region and airplanes grounded at the world's busiest airport.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, two prominent Georgians push back against President Trump: FBI Director Chris Wray defends the honor of his agency in response to Trump's Twitter attacks, and Congressman John Lewis says he won't attend the opening of a Mississippi civil rights museum if Donald Trump shows up. Plus, will Al Franken's resignation from the U.S. Senate put more pressure on Republicans to speak out against those in their own party accused of sexual harassment? Georgia's own Newt Gingrich says no way.

Southern Snowfall Isn't Deep, But Many Fear Overnight Freeze

Dec 8, 2017
Ezra Morris / GPB News

Snowfall blanketed parts of the Deep South on Friday, delighting schoolchildren with an unexpected holiday but also reviving panicky memories for many adults of past storms that trapped commuters on interstates for hours.

50 Years Of Georgia Tech Radio With WREK

Dec 8, 2017
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WREK Atlanta is Georgia Tech’s student-staffed radio station. Soon, they’ll celebrate 50 years on the air. GPB intern Zoe Wangstrom visited the station to discuss the culture and history of college radio with the people who work there.

Behind The Scenes Of The Walking Dead

Dec 8, 2017
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The mid-season finale of AMC’s "The Walking Dead" airs this Sunday. For eight seasons, Rick Grimes and his team of zombie hunters have been trying to protect humanity from those ravenous, undead monsters. The show is filmed here in Georgia, and the characters are only one part of the show’s success. Another big part: the props.

Zoe Wangstrom / GPB

The Breakroom overcomes the snowpocalypse to discuss a juicy week of news. We’ll weigh "House of Cards" minus Kevin Spacey, Atlanta’s abysmal voter turnout, and TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. We’ll also dig into the truth of Jack Daniels and think about the best way to tip waiters. Joining us in the Breakroom are Howard Franklin, Natalie Pawelski, Greg Williams, and Kalena Boller. 

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