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Georgia’s decision not to expand Medicaid in 2012 has left rural and urban hospitals in a fragile position. Five rural hospitals have already closed their doors since 2013, and many more face potential financial collapse once federal reimbursements – known as Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments – are phased out by January 2018.

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State-funded road and airport construction projects in Georgia could soon be subject to a less rigorous environmental review process.

 

SB 346, a bill from Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) and Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), would make that happen. It passed in the state Senate and currently awaits consideration in the House.

 

Street Clothes

Ahead of this week’s Stopover Music Festival in Savannah, we talk to one of the event’s featured artists for the Georgia Playlist. 

    

Andy Sutphen of the Savannah group Street Clothes tells us about two of his favorite songs by Georgia artists.

The Savannah Bananas

This is the first year since 1996 that the Sand Gnats baseball team will not play in Savannah. The team moved to South Carolina last year and changed their name to the Columbia Fireflies. But Savannah has a new baseball team to play inside Grayson Stadium, and that team finally has a name: The Bananas.

Do you like the team name? Or is it ridiculous? What's your favorite wacky sports team name?

We kick off our week of coverage of Savannah’s Stopover Music Festival with a Georgia Playlist from one of the artists performing. 

Anna Chandler of the Savannah-based band COEDS picks two songs from Atlanta’s Cat Power and The Gerbils of Athens.

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Funeral services for author Pat Conroy are expected to draw thousands of people in South Carolina's Lowcountry Monday and Tuesday.
 

    

 The best-selling author of "The Prince of Tides" and "The Great Santini" died Friday, just weeks after announcing he'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Funeral director Carla Anderson-Smith tells the Beaufort Gazette she's expecting 1,500 to 2,000 people to turn out to pay their respects to the beloved author.

Georgia College

A new survey examines Georgians' attitudes on the economy, education, and a number of other issues.

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Anthony Ponder has been cutting hair for most of his life. He has also spent a lot of time in prison. Ponder lost his equipment the last time he was incarcerated. A pair of Macon churches have set him up with gear again. In return he is cutting hair on Sunday mornings for other men who like him are getting back on their feet.

"I was told that my father was a barber. My father got killed when I was seven years old but I often heard that he was a barber. Maybe that stuck in my head that I wanted to be like my father.”

Mike Mantione, frontman of Five Eight, stops by for an acoustic set featuring music off their new album, Weirdo Reborn.  

Track List“Comin On Too Strong” – Stupid Cupids“Time Tells Me” – Pony Time“For The Week” – Lily & Madeline“For Someone” – Flora Cash“What A Beautiful Place” – Catherine Howe“Drummer Divorce” – Five Eight“Hurt You” – Five Eight“Smoke” – Five Eight“L.A. Freeway” – Five Eight“Full Moon Hungry Sun” – Kane Strang“Juicy” – Radiation City“Ritual Spirit” – Massive Attack“L (Dusty Brown Remix)” – Tycho

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I’ve never tried playing the game of imagining the guests I’d most like to invite to a dinner party at my house. But I do know that one of the seats would be saved for Cokie Roberts. I’ve interviewed her a number of times over the years, and in each case she displays great skills as a completely engaging conversationalist. She’s warm and funny, always enthusiastic about the topic at hand, and oh so smart. Cokie always makes me feel that she’s glad I asked each question I’ve thrown her way, and I’m sure she does the same for the others who talk to her, too.

Breaking Down the GOP Debate

Mar 4, 2016
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Well, the eleventh Republican presidential debate is in the books and what did we learn? Probably that a smaller, seemingly more manageable field of candidates does not necessarily lead to grand discussions of ideas and a spirited debate on policy differences. This debate might well be most remembered as the debate in which the front runner for a major party’s nomination for the most powerful elected office in the world declared that there was no problem with his “manhood.”

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AMC Entertainment is buying Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas for $1.1 billion. The deal would create the world's largest multiplex chain, with more 660 cinemas and nearly 8,400 screens. 

Carter No Longer Needs Cancer Treatment

Mar 3, 2016
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A spokeswoman for Jimmy Carter says the former president does not need further treatment for cancer.

Carter apparently shared the good news on Sunday with those attending one of his regular Sunday school lessons at Maranatha Baptist Church in Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia.

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If you begin to see an a growing unfamiliar faces in your neighborhood, US Attorney Edward Tarver says don’t ignore it. You could be a witness to sex trafficking.

 

The Center for Public policy studies calls Georgia a major human trafficking destination.

 

Two years ago 12 victims were rescued from a sex trafficking that spanned from Mexico to Savannah.

 

 

In this session, Col. Bruce Hampton recorded at Capricorn Studio.

Col. Bruce is a legend of Georgia music who has been unafraid to wave his freak flag high since the 1960s. In this interview with Chris Nylund and Jared Wright of the Field Note Stenographers music collective, Col. Bruce introduces us to the numerology of Southern humidity and gives us a glimpse of the weird heyday of a late 60s music boomtown called Macon. A note, in this first story, Gregg is none other than Gregg Allman.

Davenport House Museum

Marcia Banes, events editor for South Magazine, and Molly Swagler, vice president of the Tourism Leadership Council, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.

Molly's picks: 

-In the market for a boat, or just a fan? Check out the Savannah Boat Show at the convention center. The event features Capt. Paul Herbert of National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna." Friday, 12-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children, military, seniors.

A northwest Georgia police chief and an officer are accused of arresting people on fake charges, and then reducing those charges to collect fines.

Chief David King and Officer Blake Scheff worked at the police department in the town of White, in Bartow County. Both were arrested Wednesday and are free on bond.

Dozens of bills in the Georgia State House and Senate made it over the Crossover Day hurdle, a hallmark of the annual General Assembly session, and a requirement for a piece of legislation to remain viable with a chance at becoming law.

A measure that would place restrictions on when and where fireworks can be set off in Georgia was one of them and is now heading to the Senate for review.

Rep. Paul Battles, (R-Cartersville), sponsored HB 727, which passed the House on a vote of 165 to 8.

The Georgia Spaceflight Act made it through Crossover Day and is now on a trajectory that could see it enacted into law, if it wins Senate approval, too.

The House passed HB 734 Monday by a wide margin of 164 to 8.

The legislation by Woodbine Republican Jason Spencer would begin laying the legal foundation for a space industry in Georgia and is ultimately part of Rep. Spencer’s, and other supporters’, effort s at building a spaceport in Camden County along the Georgia Coast.

Dissecting the Georgia Primary

Mar 2, 2016
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The 2016 SEC/Super Primaries are now history. On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump won 7 of the 11 contested elections on March 1, including southern states Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia and Tennessee. The south was once thought to be a Sen. Ted Cruz stronghold. Trump also won Massachusetts and Vermont. Brandon Phillips of the Trump campaign joins the panel to talk about Trump’s strategy in Georgia. Cruz, meanwhile, won his home state of Texas, its neighboring state Oklahoma and Alaska. Florida Senator Marco Rubio won in Minnesota.

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Waffle House restaurants are noisy when they’re busy. Waiters call orders over burbling conversation. Frying food spits and sizzles. Dishes rattle in the sink.

Sometimes, a jukebox joins that chorus playing music you won’t hear on the radio.

"There are Raisins in My Toast" is one of about 40 songs that Waffle House has released since the mid-1980’s on its own record label, called Waffle Records, of course.

“So, it’s not Waffle House, Waffle House, Waffle House over and over again in a song,” said Shelby White, Senior Marketing Manager at Waffle House.

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Donald Trump is the winner of Georgia's Republican presidential primary, while Democratic voters turned out overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.

Courtesy of the Artist

In this episode, music from Oh Rose!, Ty Segall Tiny Ruins and more.

 

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.

Super Tuesday Primary in Georgia!

Mar 1, 2016
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The SEC/Super Tuesday Primary day is finally here, as is the special Primary edition of GPB’s Political Rewind. With both major party front-runners appearing poised for big nights, their closest challengers just hoping to stay in the game.

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Gordon Smith  is one of the few African American players on the J.V. baseball team at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Ga. 

On a recent, Spring like afternoon the baby-faced shortstop and the other players took some serious batting practice. What was clear is that Smith loves baseball.

Join host Joe Silva for new music from Neko, Massenger, Camper Van Beethoven, and more…

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St. Simons Island could become Georgia’s next city. It attracts a lot of development. And some residents think only a local city government can make sure developers preserve the island’s character. But as GPB’s Emily Jones reports, not everyone is sold.

 

 

 

  When you drive around St. Simon’s Island, it’s easy to see why people love it. Old live oaks twist and spread their limbs over the roads, with tiny cottages tucked between them.

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Lobo Marino is Jameson Price on percussion and Laney Sullivan on harmonium and voice. Together they make atmospheric music that echoes the sounds they've experienced on their global travels. It's world music that asks you to slow down and just be. Produced with the Field Note Stenographers and students from the Mercer University Center for Collaborative Journalism

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Crowd-sourcing isn’t a common way to curate a history exhibit but that's how the Atlanta History Center opted to put together a new show about Atlanta.

After all, Atlantans are the best experts on what represents their city.

Among the 300 public submissions were Coca Cola, WSB, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN, the Peachtree Road Race and, to the surprise of curators, “trees."

Below, you can hear my recent tour with curator Amy Wilson:

 

SOUND EFFECT: Woman's voice" "Welcome aboard the Plane Train." 

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