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From the time she was a little girl, Melissa Febos recognized that keeping secrets about her own life gave her a certain power over the people around her. When she was very young the secrets were simple things: she’d take objects from her house, bury them in the yard and then hide the very elaborate maps she drew pinpointing the locations of her treasure.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the 6th District showdown in June means almost 9 more weeks of attack ads. Bradley George fills in today for Bill Nigut as the panel looks at the road ahead for the Ossoff and Handel campaigns. The race is definitely drawing national attention with many insiders viewing it as a referendum on the election of Donald Trump.

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Just up the road from Plant Vogtle, about 30 miles south of Augusta, sits Hawkins Rentals.

Rows of RV campers hunch on sandy lots beneath longleaf pines. About a mile away, large cooling towers from the nuclear power facility belch clouds of steam into the air.

Thousands of scientists plan to march on Washington this weekend. We look at how science is changing the world around us.

 

Before he was elected, President Trump called climate change a hoax. Now, he is rolling back policies meant to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Georges Benjamin says combating climate change is a public health issue. He’s the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. He joined us with Peter Dykstra, the publisher of Environmental Health News.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” and then there were two. Another election is in store on June 20 to determine a winner for the 6th District congressional seat. Democrat Jon Ossoff came extremely close to an outright win, but now faces Republican Karen Handel in a head-to-head challenge that is likely to be even bloodier as the GOP closes ranks. Everyone wants this seat, including President Trump.

Liberty County Sheriff's Office

A Fort Stewart soldier has been charged with cocaine trafficking as part of a drug investigation at the southeast Georgia Army post.

Pvt. 1st Class Mario Figueroa remained jailed Wednesday following his arrest last week. Liberty County sheriff's Maj. Jeff Hein said the arrest followed a three-month investigation by military and civilian authorities.

Actor George Takei rose to fame at warp speed as Sulu in the original "Star Trek" series. He’s since become an active voice in promoting equal rights for LGBT people. “Allegiance” is a play inspired by Takei’s experiences in an American Internment camp during World War II. George Takei visited the studio when the play hit theaters in Atlanta in February.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” T-minus 9 hours and counting until Election Day dawns for the 6th Congressional District.  The campaign attack ads are in heavy rotation on radio and television and President Trump has even weighed in on Twitter with a swipe at Democrat Jon Ossoff – this one's a big deal.

More than 100 Atlanta teachers have joined a federal age discrimination lawsuit. The complaint alleges teachers were forced out of their jobs by an administration that was openly hostile to employees over 40. Cheryl Patterson is one of the plaintiffs. She worked for years in the Atlanta Public School District, before she was laid off. Also with us is Charlotte Alexander. She’s an Assistant Professor specializing in employment law at Georgia State University.

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This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the death and subsequent funeral of President Franklin Roosevelt. He died on April 12, 1945 at the Little White House in Warms Spring, Georgia; the funeral took place on April 15 in Washington D.C.

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Today on “Political Rewind,”  Tick. Tock. Just one more weekend of 6th District attack ads to weather. Unless there's a runoff, then you get to hear them until June 20! Our panel is recapping the latest polling, the latest attack ads, and the latest drama around a race that's drawing national attention. There's a lot to talk about!

The race to fill Tom Price’s congressional seat has attracted A LOT of candidates. Democrats hope all the attention will help flip the Sixth District from red to blue after a special election next Tuesday, April 18. We talk about the significance of the election’s outcome with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Greg Bluestein and University of Georgia professor Audrey Haynes.

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Spring has sprung in Savannah, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate this weekend. Tanya Milton of the Savannah Tribune and Marianne Ganem Poppell of Savannah Master Calendar share some ways to have fun.

Marianne's picks:

A hundred years ago, the United States entered into World War I. To mark the centennial, the Atlanta History Center is taking a closer look at Georgia’s connections to the conflict. Take the red poppy, now a ubiquitous symbol in times of war. Since 1921, the artificial flower has been used to honor those who died, and it rose to prominence thanks to a former University of Georgia professor Moina Michael. She’s featured in the Atlanta History Center’s exhibit. We talk with Sue VerHoef, the center’s director of Oral History and Genealogy.

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Over a quarter of the schools on the Georgia’s Priority Schools List are moving on.

 

In total, 74 out of the 243 schools on the list have worked their way off the list. Most of those schools are in the Atlanta metro area, especially in the Atlanta Public School system and the Dekalb County School System.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” how does a loss in Kansas still seem like good news for Democrats?

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Plans to build two nuclear reactors at a Georgia power plant may be in jeopardy. That’s after the main contractor on the project at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro filed for bankruptcy protection last month. Tim Echols is a Georgia Public Service Commissioner.

A special election is coming up in a week to fill Tom Price’s vacated seat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional district. The race is both contentious and expensive, by-products of the modern democratic process. We talked about our democracy and its health.

Centuries ago, Plato predicted that democracy is always doomed to fail. Was he right? We asked two political science experts: Robert Pirro of Georgia Southern University and Michael Evans of Georgia State University.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” keeping the White House running. We talk with writer and documentary filmmaker Chris Whipple about his new book “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.”

America was founded on principles of religious freedom. But Christianity dominates politics today. How this happened is the subject of a new book by Frances Fitzgerald. It’s called "The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America." In it, Frances Fitzgerald documents the rise and potential fall of America’s largest religious movement. She joins us to talk about the history and influence of evangelicalism.  

I loved talking to Bruce Feiler, our guest on today’s show. He’s a man bursting with original ideas; so many that when you talk to him, sometimes two, three thoughts seem to emerge almost simultaneously and you have to figure out which one to focus on at a given moment. That’s fine with me, because he reinterprets ancient stories in a way that allows us to think more deeply about who we are today.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” President Trump orders a missile strike on Syria and Georgia Senators Isakson and Perdue share their thoughts with us. 

Early last week, a flock of chickens at a Northwest Georgia farm tested positive for bird flu. It’s the first confirmed contamination of commercial poultry in the state. What’s being done to contain the virus? How do farmers and officials prevent future outbreaks? We ask Mike Giles, President of the Georgia Poultry Foundation and Bruce Webster, UGA Professor of Poultry Science.

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With plenty of events on the calendar this weekend, Savannah Magazine's Amy Condon and Visit Savannah's Larissa Allen share some top bets for weekend fun.

NASA announced last month it will recruit a team of Georgia Tech researchers for a new project. The team, called REVEALS, will study radiation on other planets and build radiation proof space suits. What can this technology do for us in space exploration? We ask the team leader, Thomas Orlando, a Director in the Center for Space Technology and Research at Georgia Tech.

Tornadoes And Apparent Twisters, Rain, Hail Across Southeast

Apr 5, 2017
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Severe storms raking the Southeast unleashed one large tornado and more than a half-dozen apparent twisters Wednesday, toppling trees, roughing up South Carolina's "peach capital" and raining out golfers warming up for the Masters.

A powerful tornado toppled trees and downed power lines in rural Georgia and similar scenes played out in spots around Alabama and South Carolina amid drenching rain, high winds and scattered hail — some as big as baseballs.

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Today on “Political Rewind,” the weather isn't the only thing that's stormy! 

Tornado Hits Georgia As Rain, Hail Pelts Southeast

Apr 5, 2017
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A large tornado touched down in rural southwest Georgia on Wednesday, toppling trees and power lines as dangerous storms battered the Deep South with heavy rain and hail as large as baseballs in some spots.

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With severe storms bearing down on Augusta National, the club has been shut down for the second time this week.

Masters officials suspended play at 1:25 p.m. EDT Wednesday, cutting short the final afternoon of practice before the start of the tournament as well as the popular Par 3 Contest.

Fans were ordered to leave the course as line of dangerous storms swept across the Deep South, sparking tornado warnings in Georgia and neighboring South Carolina.

Augusta National was also forced to close Monday because of heavy rains.

I-85 Arson Suspect Could Face Federal Charges

Apr 5, 2017
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Investigators say the man accused of starting the raging fire that caused the collapse of a section of I-85 in Atlanta on March 30 could face federal charges.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assistant special-agent-in-charge James Deir told WSB-TV on Wednesday that Basil Eleby could be charged with federal offenses after the U.S. attorney's office reviews the March 30 incident.

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