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In the Breakroom this week we talk about tuna salad, blocking people on Twitter, and the science of manspreading. Plus, we say our goodbyes to The Mooch. Joining us this week: Tomika DePriest, Greg Williams, Hector Fernandez, and Soumaya Khalifa.

First, the average cost of college tuition has jumped by 77 percent over the last 10 years. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is collaborating with The Hechinger Report in New York to determine the consequences of rising student debt. The first in a series of investigative articles will roll out this Sunday. We talk to Meredith Kolodner, Staff Writer for The Hechinger Report.

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A week ago, President Donald Trump went to Twitter to announce a ban on transgender troops serving in the U.S. military. Nothing changes yet with U.S. policy, since the Pentagon hasn’t received formal instructions from the White House.

R. Kelly's upcoming tour is quickly becoming shorter than he expected.

The Office of the County Attorney for Fulton County, Ga., issued a letter to Live Nation on Thursday requesting an upcoming performance by the Grammy-winning singer at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater be canceled. Fulton County owns the 5,420-seat outdoor venue in College Park, Ga.

A court ordered Roswell Mayor Jere Wood to step down today, after ruling that he broke a term limits law he himself passed back in 2010.

The law says that no mayor in Roswell is permitted to serve more than three terms. Yet Wood passed the law during his fourth term in office, and is currently in his fifth term -- he’s served as mayor for two full decades since he first ran in 1997.

Wood said today that he’d appeal the decision, which delays the effect of the court order. However, he won’t be seeking re-election in November.

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This week on “Two Way Street,” Lawrence Wright joined us in front of a live audience at the Atlanta History Center to discuss his new book, ”The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.”

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Wayne Kramer co-founded the Detroit band Motor City Five back in 1967. The group, better known as MC5, ultimately disbanded in 1973. But Wayne continued playing and has remained a politically vocal artist. He’ll be in Georgia this weekend performing at CBGB Athens, a benefit for homeless veterans in the state. All proceeds from that show will also go to homeless veterans.

First, as natural predators of insects, bats are extremely important to agriculture. Researchers estimate their value to farmers in the U.S. is roughly $23 billion per year, but these are tough times for bats. A malignant fungus known as "white-nose syndrome" has killed a lot of bats over the past 10 years. We talk about this menace with wildlife pathologist Heather Fenton of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study and Georgia State University microbiologist Chris Cornelison.

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Savannah's got plenty to do this first weekend of August. Mahogany Bowers of Blessings in a Bookbag and Joshua Peacock of Do Savannah have some tips.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump signs the Russian sanctions bill, but gripes that parts of it are "clearly unconstitutional." What are his reservations?

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Painted rocks are popping up all around Macon. They’re part of a community scavenger hunt. Over 2,000 Maconites are participating, including Julia Chambless and her twin boys.

They went to Central City Park last week so the twins could find the perfect hiding spot for their freshly painted rocks.

“They love to paint rocks, mix colors, the rocks end up being all types of colors,” Julia said. “They like to hide them all the time.  Every time we go somewhere...[they ask] ‘can we go hide rocks?’”

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Five rural hospitals closed their doors between 2013 and 2016, and many more face potential financial collapse. One effort to help curb the problem of rural health care access is the Two Georgias initiative. That program is a collaboration between healthcare providers across the state, designed to expand access to quality health care in rural parts of Georgia.

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Our producers are fed up with bad drivers. Senior Producer Emily Cureton and Producer Ryan McFadin take two-wheeled alternatives to work, and they’ve got some beef to share with motorists on the road. It’s time to open up the Gripe Bag.

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Georgia led the nation with the highest increase in personal auto insurance rates in 2016, according to a new analysis from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Though Georgia has held a top spot in insurance rate boosts over the years, outgoing Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has said he does not plan to take action.

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Sweetwater Mission is Atlanta’s largest food pantry, and it focuses on the city’s undocumented workers. Managers at the mission say they recently turned down $35,000 of funding because it came with the stipulation that it should only be used to serve people who are in the country legally. Joining us is the Director of Operations for Sweetwater Mission, Mark Zangari.

First, Sweetwater Mission is Atlanta’s largest food pantry, and it focuses on the city’s undocumented workers. Managers at the mission say they recently turned down $35,000 of funding because it came with the stipulation that it should only be used to serve people who are in the country legally. Joining us is the Director of Operations for Sweetwater Mission, Mark Zangari, and Solveig Cunningham professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

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When students don’t come to open house, why not take open house on the road?

That’s what teachers at Hartley Elementary in Macon did the day before the first day of school this week when they piled onto a bus and toured the Hartley school zone.

Why do this? Principal Carmalita Dillard said, sure, a lot of kids missed open house, but there were other reasons.

“I want the teachers to be able to experience where our kids come from,” Dillard said.

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Today’s Music Minute features singer Edward Patten, who was born on this day in Atlanta in 1939.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says respect for law enforcement is the key to safer communities.

 

He delivered that message to the annual gathering of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in Atlanta Tuesday.

“We can all agree that you’re safer on your rounds when everyone respects law enforcement. The communities you serve are safer if people respect law enforcement,” Sessions said.

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A burglary at a popular music venue in Georgia has rallied prominent musicians to provide a reward.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Sgt. Jim Schultz says the 40 Watt Club in Athens was burglarized in the early hours of Friday. A talent buyer for the club, Velena Vego, says more than $20,000 worth of house equipment was stolen. Vego says the electronic equipment has the club's information engraved.

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The number of high-poverty neighborhoods in the metro Atlanta area tripled between 2000 and 2015. That’s according to a new Harvard study, which finds poverty is largely moving to the suburbs surrounding the city. We talk about this with Kim Addie, Senior Director of Health for United Way of Atlanta.

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Savannah’s First African Baptist Church was recently honored by the Georgia Historical Society for its role in the civil rights movement -- from housing escaped slaves under their floorboards, to being the place where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his first public speech. GPB’s Ryan McFadin recently went to the church service and brought back this audio postcard.

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"Wonder Woman" became the highest grossing box office film this summer. And the movie "Girls Trip," which features an all-female cast, was second at the box office the weekend before last. Finally, women are taking the leads in films and in television.

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"Atlanta Noir," a new collection of short stories comes out today. The book depicts neighborhoods in the city using grim and moody devices typical of the noir genre. Joining us to talk about the dark sides of Atlanta is Tayari Jones, editor and contributing author of the new book.

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You’re listening to "Chicken Fried," the first number #1 radio single by country music star Zac Brown.

 

 

Brown was born in Atlanta on this day in 1978.

The prolific musician and his band have racked up many awards since their start in 2002.

But off-stage, one of Brown’s passion projects is a camp for children to overcome academic, social and emotional obstacles: Southern Ground Camp in Peachtree City.

 

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Today on “Political Rewind,” it's not over ‘til it's over. President Trump indicates he's not ready to let go of the health care issue and sends his OMB Director Mick Mulvaney out to say that Congress shouldn't even think about going home until they get something done. What happens next?

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Georgia's Civil War legacy has been hotly debated over the years by everyone from historians to lawmakers to civil rights debaters. The Atlanta History Center developed online tools to help put Confederate monuments in historical perspective. Atlanta History Center president and CEO Sheffield Hale explains why he thinks there is a need for additional interpretation of these monuments.

 

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A few months ago after much debate, a Civil War monument of Robert E. Lee was removed from downtown New Orleans.

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The Georgia House of Representatives had more uncontested seats in the last election cycle than any legislative chamber in the nation. Nearly all incumbents retained their seats. Only 31 of the 180 House seats featured candidates from both parties—leaving 83 percent of all seats uncontested. Andra Gillespie weighs in on why incumbents rule in Georgia. She’s a Political Science Professor at Emory University.

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