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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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On Skidaway Island today, you’ll find a state park, a marine science institute, and a private golf community. But 150 years ago, right after the Civil War, it was home to a monastery and a school for former slaves. An Armstrong State University professor and a team of student archaeologists are digging up the hidden history on the site of the former school.

 

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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.

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A new bill to keep the federal government funded through September does not include cuts to Planned Parenthood.

Shealah Craighead / The White House

President Trump has signed more than 20 executive orders since his January inauguration. Still, many news organizations don’t always seem clear on what an executive order really is, or how it’s different from other documents a president signs. We break down what an executive order means.

 

We then chatted with University of Houston lecture Michelle Belco, who studies the history of executive orders.

AP / David Goldman

The National Rifle Association held its annual meeting in Atlanta over the weekend. President Donald Trump headlined the event with a speech. Senior producer Emily Cureton was in the crowd, and she brings us this audio postcard.

Lucas Theatre for the Arts

All five employees at the historic Lucas Theatre in Savannah were recently fired by the theater's board. There are now questions about the future of the Lucas. The Savannah College of Art and Design acquired the theater in 2002. We talked with Connect Savannah editor-in-chief Jim Morekis, who has been following the story.

Georgia Lawmaker Deals Cannabis Oil In Shadows Of The Law

May 1, 2017
David Goldman / AP Photo

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
Mike Stewart / AP Photo

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?

R. Andrew Lepley

Christian McBride is a master of jazz bass. The four-time Grammy Award winner has performed with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and many others. We talk with him ahead of a performance at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on Saturday, April 29.

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The Breakroom gang is back. We’ll take aim at the controversy over Confederate monuments in New Orleans and discuss whether parents should be bringing their kids to work. Plus, we talk about a ban on saggy pants and decide whether or not the White House Correspondent’s Dinner is still relevant.

Christian McBride is a master of jazz bass. The four-time Grammy Award winner has performed with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and many others. We talk with him ahead of a performance at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on Saturday, April 29.

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

Apr 28, 2017
Ric Feld / AP

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.

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET.

President Trump spoke to the National Rifle Association's annual leadership forum on Friday, the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to do so.

"We have news that you've been waiting for ... a long time," Trump told the crowd in Atlanta. "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end."

Much of his speech echoed the rhetoric he used on the campaign, and has continued at rallies during his first 100 days in office.

Wildfire On US Refuge Doubles In Size In Less Than A Week

Apr 27, 2017
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

A wildfire on public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line has blackened 115 square miles after doubling in size within a few days, officials said Wednesday.

Sustained winds up to 8 mph were expected to keep pushing flames Thursday into areas of swamp parched by drought inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, where a lightning strike sparked the blaze April 6.

Georgia Sets Execution For Man Convicted Of Killing Doctor

Apr 27, 2017
Georgia Department of Corrections via AP

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.

Gwinnett Officers Charged; Police Say Video Showed Assault

Apr 27, 2017
Gwinnett County Police Department

Police on Wednesday filed charges against two fired Georgia police officers who authorities say were captured on video kicking and hitting a man during a traffic stop. On Thursday morning, Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni had turned himself, with Master Officer Robert McDonald expected to follow sometime later in the day.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

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?

Georgia Department of Transportation

State officials have announced that rebuilding the collapsed section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta will cost up to $16.6 million.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation has set a June 15 deadline for the completion of the new I-85 bridge, although no official timetable was announced.

GDOT construction director Marc Mastronardi said at a news conference Tuesday that the federal government is expected to pay 90 percent of the costs.

Atlanta Stadium Official Says New Facility Ready In 3 Months

Apr 26, 2017
Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Workers are racing to complete Atlanta's new $1.5 billion stadium project in the next three months after ongoing roof issues have delayed the facility's opening.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the building is 90 percent done, and "is looking great."

The biggest holdup has been construction of the roof. Jenkins said the challenge with the roof has been installing the eight steel petals that would enable it to retract and open like a camera lens.

Growing Wildfire In Okefenokee Refuge Exceeds 90 Sq. Miles

Apr 26, 2017
OKEFENOKEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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.

Rab's Da / Foter

A recent study by WalletHub found Georgia ranks eighth in the country for the “most stressed out states.” And after all our highway issues in Atlanta, some of us are feeling even more frayed. We asked our co-workers here at GPB what’s stressing them out. It’s time to open the Gripe Bag. 

Santa Elena History Center

Last summer, archaeologists discovered a 440-year-old Spanish fort buried underground at Parris Island, South Carolina. When Fort San Marcos was built, it was near the Spanish settlement of Santa Elena. Victor Thompson is half of the team that discovered the fort. He’s Director of the Center for Archaeological Sciences at the University of Georgia in Athens, and our guest. 

Major League Baseball

On Friday April 14, GPB Atlanta broadcasted “All Things Considered” live from SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves' new baseball stadium in Cobb County.

It was the first home game of the season for the Braves and the first time fans would experience the new $1.1 billion stadium complex.

In the show we’ll take a look at important moments in Braves history, at the mixed-use development around SunTrust Park called “The Battery” and, of course - talk about traffic.

Courtesy William Wegman / © William Wegman

You may not have heard William Wegman’s name, but you’ve probably seen his dogs. He loves to photograph those Weimaraners, and they’ve become icons in their own right. A new exhibit called "William Wegman: Improved Photographs" opens at the Telfair Museum in Savannah on May 12. We talk with the artist and ask him what's new.

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.

Dozens of Democrats joined Republicans in the Senate to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as the next secretary of agriculture.

The vote was 87-11. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., voted "present" and presided over the vote.

Sonny Perdue grew up on a farm in central Georgia and has owned several agriculture companies. He is not associated with the food company Perdue or the poultry producer Perdue Farms.

NPR's Geoff Bennett reports for our Newscast unit:

Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

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

The political battle over Georgia’s 6th District could become the most expensive House race in history.

Last week, Democrat Jon Ossoff just missed an outright win in a special election to replace now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. He faces Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff that’s drawn the money and attention of both national parties, and has been called an electoral test for President Trump.

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