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Investigators say early tests show a mixture of two synthetic opioids could be responsible for a rash of drug overdoses and up to four deaths in Georgia.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that preliminary testing found that one of the drugs in the mixture is consistent with "a new fentanyl analogue."

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It's a packed summer weekend in Savannah. Paprika Southern's Siobhan Egan has some tips.

-It's time for Savannah's own "Dancing with the Stars" - Dancing Stars of Coastal Georgia. Local celebrities compete in a ballroom dance competition at the convention center, and audience members pay $1 per vote to support their favorites. Funds go to the Alzheimer's Association. Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight; $150.

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Reality Winner, a 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor accused of leaking classified information to a news outlet, has pleaded not guilty at a hearing in Augusta, Ga. The judge denied her bail after prosecutors suggested she may possess more secret documents.

US Army Colonel, Others Charged In Alleged Bribery Scheme

Jun 8, 2017

A U.S. Army colonel, his wife and a former defense contractor are accused of participating in what federal prosecutors call a bribery and kickback scheme connected to a Georgia military base.

Prosecutors said in a statement Thursday that Col. Anthony Roper conspired with his wife and others to seek and accept bribes in exchange for rigging more than $20 million in Army contracts to individuals and companies.

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The Atlantic is rising. Georgia’s sea level is expected to be six feet higher by the end of the century. The drastic change puts Savannah at risk of losing nearly 60,000 residents. It is predicted that many of those displaced will relocate to Atlanta. We talk with UGA Demographer Matt Hauer about the findings of a recent study, and Todd Holloway, a Savannah-based planning consultant.

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Austin-based guitarist Eric Johnson is a legend in the music world. His 1990 hit “Cliffs of Dover” put him on the map. He’s performed with the likes of Cat Stevens, Mike Stern, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. We catch up with Eric Johnson ahead of a performance at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta tonight, June 8.

Grand Jury Indicts Augusta Woman In Leaked Secrets Case, Parents Fear She Will Be Made An Example

Jun 8, 2017
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A federal grand jury has indicted a woman accused of leaking classified documents to a news organization.

The indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges 25-year-old Reality Winner with a single count of illegally retaining and transmitting national defense information. It's the same charge Winner was accused of when the FBI arrested her Saturday at her home in Augusta, Georgia.

The FBI says Winner was working as a government contractor last month when she copied a classified intelligence report containing top-secret information and mailed it to a reporter.

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On this day in 1977, Kanye West was born in Atlanta.

 

Although the artist made his name in Chicago, his family has deep roots in Atlanta.

 

 

His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and one of the first black photojournalists to work at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the 6th District contenders face off in their first debate ahead of the June 20 election. Who scored the most points? Our panelists pick apart the candidates’ performances and handicap the race as of today.

Who Should Be Watching Our Elected Officials?

Jun 7, 2017
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Bad behavior by government officials is investigated by ethics boards. In Georgia the members of such boards are usually chosen by private organizations. But a DeKalb County judge recently ruled against that practice, saying it’s unconstitutional for people who weren’t elected to choose local government watchdogs.

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Public art is a booming cultural phenomenon in Atlanta. But many local artists are fighting to protect their art from being removed. The City of Atlanta has told muralists they must register work, or it will be painted over.

Georgia's 6th Congressional District in the suburbs north of Atlanta was once held by former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Its most recent occupant, HHS Secretary Tom Price, resigned to join President Trump's Cabinet.

Both Republicans and Democrats see the June 20 special election to replace Price as a possible bellwether of what's to come in 2018.

And they are spending.

Nearly $30 million has been raised by the candidates and outside groups in a race that now comes down to two finalists: 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel, 55.

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Opera singer Jamie Barton of Rome, Georgia adds two more songs to our essential Georgia Playlist, a collection of songs by the state’s most beloved musical artists. She chose works by Michael Daves and Roland Hayes.

 

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Georgia law officers say two people have died and dozens of others have been injured in the central part of the state after overdosing on some type of street drug.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that reports of overdoses were still coming in Tuesday.

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A Georgia lawsuit alleges the Boy Scouts of America covered up sexual abuse for years. The plaintiffs are two former Boy Scouts, each allegedly abused by the same scoutmaster. The Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council, two Athens churches, and the estate of the former scoutmaster are also named in the suit.

Viking Economics

Jun 6, 2017
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In his new book, “Viking Economics,” author George Lakey examines why countries like Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark have some of the happiest and most highly-paid workers and how we can apply their policies to our own economy. We spoke with George Lakey from the WNCU studios in Durham, NC.

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Over the last two days hospitals in Central Georgia have seen a sharp increase in suspected opiate overdoses. At least 12 people have been brought in for treatment and four have died.

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As the name implies, Funk You draws a lot of inspiration from the great funk masters. The band hails from Augusta, Georgia, hometown of the funk legend, James Brown. 

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Last month, the Atlanta City Council approved an ambitious goal: to rely solely on renewable energy by 2035. Another city that’s taken the lead with renewables is Las Vegas. The city recently met its goal for all city services to completely rely on renewable energy like wind and solar.

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There’s a water crisis going on in DeKalb County. It’s not a problem of what’s in the water, but what it's costing residents.

 

 

Citizens of DeKalb County have been dealing with exorbitant and incorrect water bills for years.

 

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Russia's military intelligence agency launched an attack days before Election Day on a U.S. company that provides election services and systems, including voter registration, according to a top-secret report posted Monday by The Intercept.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” a debatable debate schedule! Announcements that Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel would meet for a total of FOUR debates were apparently premature.

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According to a new study, more couples are feuding over politics — especially President Trump — with many of them breaking up and even heading to divorce court. We talk with study authors Nathan Richter and Lisa Kiefer. Also joining us is Dr. David Ryback. He’s a couples therapist in Atlanta and the author of several books about relationships.

 

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The High Museum of Art recently received 54 works made by contemporary African-American artists from the South as part of a gift/purchase from Souls Grown Deep Foundation. This gift will debut in 2018 as part of the museum’s permanent collection reinstallation. We talk with curator Katherine Jentleson about one incoming piece by artist Thornton Dial.

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A government contractor in Georgia has been charged in federal court with leaking a classified report containing top-secret information to a news organization.

The Department of Justice announced Monday prosecutors charged 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner of Augusta with mailing copies of classified documents to a reporter.

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A new investigative report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution finds about 12 percent of cops in Georgia schools were forced out of a previous job. The officers were terminated or investigated for a wide range of reasons, including chronically poor performance, lying to superiors, sexual misconduct and inappropriate use of force. But for some, a job in the school system means a second chance. We talk with Brad Schrade, Reporter for the AJC.

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The Georgia Peach might well be the most iconic symbol of Georgia, but this year’s crop is suffering with losses in the range of 80 percent after a late spring freeze. It turns out the peach started out as a rarity, and is not native to our agricultural climate. We revisited a conversation with Kennesaw State University professor Tom Okie, entomologist Dan Horton, and Georgia peach farmer Al Pearson.

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On this edition of “Two Way Street” our guest is author Mark Pendergrast. We’ll discuss his book “City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future,” in which he documents the ongoing transformation of the city of Atlanta.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump decides the Paris Climate Accord is out and the political temperature gets red hot! His critics are annoyed to put it mildly (check Twitter), but Trump supporters are annoyed at the annoyance (again, check Twitter!). What does the whole thing mean?

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At Lake Lanier on Tuesday, crews will remove a houseboat that sank years ago. Nicknamed “The Titanic,” it’s one of about 20 abandoned boats and docks on Georgia’s largest lake. Not only are they eyesores, they’re harmful to people and the environment. And, there’s no easy way to get rid of them.  

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