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Today the panel looks at a number of important state news stories.

Governor Deal has just three days left to announce whether he will sign or veto the controversial “campus carry” bill. The panel tries to read the tea leaves to determine what Deal is thinking as he approaches the deadline.

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Last year, the Department of Justice came down hard on the Georgia school system after they learned about the segregation and isolation of disabled students into special "psycho-educational programs." But now, another investigation into these special programs has revealed that a disproportionate amount of black students are sent to these facilities. New reporting reveals that students are offered little or no psychiatric help and spend much of the day either playing games or sitting in isolation.

Judge Horace Ward of Georgia died on Saturday, April 23 at the age of 88. 

Ward graduated with honors from Morehouse College and then got a master's degree from Atlanta University. Those are both historically black institutions. When he applied to the School of Law at the University of Georgia in 1950, he was refused because of his race.  The Board of Regents offered to help him go to school in another state. But Ward insisted he wanted to study at UGA. Ward's case was thrown out seven years later and he went to Northwestern University in Illinois where he earned his law degree. 

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We’re joined by our Friday panel in The Breakroom to discuss and debate the week’s news. We talk about the University of Georgia paying Ludacris a huge amount of cash, liquor and condoms for a 15 minute performance, Beyonce’s new visual album called “Lemonade”, and how the FBI fabricated evidence that sent dozens of people to death row.  

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A string of small arsons and racist graffiti at Mercer University in Macon are distracting students at the end of the semester when they would otherwise be worried about finals.

The graffiti was both written and removed Wednesday night on doors in Sherwood Hall, a co-ed freshman dormitory.  Freshman finance and accounting major Kenny Olaganju didn’t see the graffiti before it was removed, but he heard about it.

“All that I heard is that someone went through on the first floor and wrote the N-word with a hard R on peoples’ doors,” he said

Please join us Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater. I'll be sitting down with research scholar Meg Jacobs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. We'll discuss her compelling new book, "Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s."

An Atlanta artist is trying to get beyond the statistics about sexual abuse. All month long, Jessica Caldas has marked an “X” on the ground in chalk every 107 seconds. That’s how often someone is sexually abused in the U.S., according to federal data. We talk with her about the message she hopes people will take away from her art. 

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Consider this Atlanta. Are you willing to pay a half-penny sales tax to expand MARTA?

That question will be answered when voters go to the polls in November.

MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe calls the upcoming vote “the most significant thing to happen to MARTA in its history.”

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Clinton Edminster, executive director of Art Rise Savannah, and Megan White, marketing projects manager of Visit Savannah, offer up some ways to have fun in the Savannah area this weekend.

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Family members of the victims joined hundreds of friends, students, and staff at a Thursday evening ceremony on the University of Georgia campus in Athens honoring the four UGA students killed in a collision Wednesday night.

Donald Trump’s political rallies have been anything but dull over the past few months. Supporters and protestors have attended the gatherings in large numbers and their interactions have often turned ugly. Violence at Trump-sponsored events has been frequent, including several instances of protestors being assaulted by Trump supporters. Because these events are considered private events that are hosted by Trump’s campaign, the rules inside his rallies are much stricter than many people realize.

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On today’s show, we look at the massive victories that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump scored in the five primary elections that were held yesterday.

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Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill Wednesday to amend criminal justice procedures in Georgia.

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One of the first signs of autism in infants is the delay of what's known as babbling. Babbling is exactly what it sounds like: indiscernible words of jumbled consonants and vowels strung together. It's adorable when babies do it, but it’s also an important stage of language development. Gordon Ramsay, a doctor at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, has collected the largest database of baby babbles.

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Donald Trump’s political rallies have been anything but dull over the past few months. Supporters and protestors have attended the gatherings in large numbers and their interactions have often turned ugly. Violence at Trump-sponsored events has been frequent, including several instances of protestors being assaulted by Trump supporters. Because these gatherings are considered private events that are hosted by Trump’s campaign, the rules inside his rallies are much stricter than many people realize.

The names James Brown and Apollo Theater have practically become synonymous; it's hard to think of one without the other. Beginning in 1963, Brown released three albums recorded there. But there was a fourth — recordings from Sept. 13 and 14, 1972 — that has been buried ever since. Now, Get Down with James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4 is finally out on vinyl, with a CD to follow this summer.

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The recovery continues following this month's devastating earthquake in Ecuador. Global relief organizations have crews on the ground to provide assistance. We talk with a relief workers from Georgia-based MAP International about how they are helping and what more there is to be done.

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The growing need for teachers in Georgia has led the Savannah-Chatham school district to rely on an often overlooked education program.  Alternative Pathways to Teaching allows anyone with a bachelor’s degree to earn a teaching certificate while serving as an interim teacher. The program has ushered in hundreds of new teachers to the Savannah school system.

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Chatham County is voting a lot this year. Between special elections, primaries, and the general there will be at least five elections - and runoffs could bring the total to eight. Members of the elections board say the county could spend $1 million on elections this year. Now, they’re looking for changes.

Board chair Tom Mahoney told GPB’s Emily Jones all these elections are an opportunity for voters - but tough on officials.

The runoff in the special election to finish the House dist. 162 seat of the late Bob Bryant is Tuesday, Apr. 26. That term ends this year.

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Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill mandating the timely processing of rape kits for sexual assault victims. 

The law, signed Tuesday, requires law enforcement officials to collect forensic evidence from sexual assaults within 96 hours of being notified and to send that evidence to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation within 30 days.

A Macon Program To Revitalize a Neighborhood Expands

Apr 26, 2016

A program in Macon-Bibb County that pays the down payment for Macon homes is going to expand. The target is the Bealls Hill neighborhood, a place that used to be downtrodden but is now revitalized. Twenty-thousand dollar down payments are provided as Mercer matches Knight Foundation money. So far since 2007, about a third of the project has been bought with this assistance. Now, Historic Macon wants to expand to other businesses who might match that Knight money. GPB's Michael Caputo talked with Ethiel Garlington of Historic Macon about the effort. 

In this episode of Just Off The Radar, Joe Silva takes time to remember Ross Shapiro, one of the founding members of Athens band The Glands. Also, new music from Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann and a trip to the rhythmic otherworld of Flying Lotus. 

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It's been a long day at Stone Mountain Park, where hundreds of protestors showed up to counter a Confederate rally being held there. 

The conflict started mid-morning as groups like Rise Up Georgia surrounded the park, leaving their cars blocking the main entrance. 

A long line of stopped vehicles kept park-goers from getting anywhere near the entrance, as Rise Up protestors demonstrated with chants and signs by the ticket counters. After about an hour, they returned to their cars to enter the park.

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Republican political consultant Todd Rehm is just back from the Republican National Committee’s Spring Meeting in Florida. He shared with us just what went on: Ted Cruz and John Kasich were there courting delegates; Donald Trump’s new campaign chief Paul Manifort was there, too, telling everyone who would listen that a new more thoughtful and less controversial Trump is about to emerge; efforts to change the convention rules to allow the emergence of a new last minute candidate were debated and more.

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In front of the retired ticket box at the Fox Theatre, a memorial of flowers, candles and balloons lies in solemn respect. Since the news yesterday of Prince’s death, fans have flocked here to express their devotion for the beloved musical icon.

Prince performed his last official concerts at the Fox on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. That fact makes the Atlanta venue a particularly sentimental location, being what some might see as his final musical resting place.

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After opening his first Broadway show “In the Heights” to great acclaim, composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda took a vacation to Mexico. At the airport, he picked up a book to read while he was gone. It wasn’t exactly a beach read. Miranda bought Ron Chernow’s 800-page biography of Alexander Hamilton; and as he read it, it occurred to him that Hamilton’s life would make a great musical. 

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We’re are joined by our Friday panel in The Breakroom to dissect the week’s news, including the benefits of listening to live music and the issue of corporal punishment in the Georgia school system. The Breakroom gang also discusses the  infamous pepper spray incident at UC Davis and why satirical news outlet The Onion has become so successful over the years.

Joining us in the Breakroom this week are:

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High-stakes tests are by now a familiar part of  our educational system. Their aim is usually clear: making sure students are learning what they need to know to compete with their peers around the country, or even the world. But what isn't so clear is what these tests cost once they are done.

You could see a little of what Georgia's high-stakes test has cost teachers on a Wednesday morning  at Heritage Elementary School in Macon. 

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This Saturday, several white power groups will descend on Stone Mountain, Georgia to hold a joint rally. The event has garnered attention from anti-white power groups, who will also be attending the rally in protest. And in Rome,  The National Nazi Party will hold their annual meeting on the same night. The groups then plan to meet up in Paulding County where a cross burning has been advertised.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution watchdog reporter Chris Joyner joins us to discuss the two different events and whether Georgia has become a hot-bed for white nationalist groups. 

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