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Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to hit the Georgia campaign trail next week, making an appearance with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

Abrams' campaign spokeswoman Caitlin Highland confirmed the visit Friday. Highland said Biden would join Abrams for an event Thursday, though the location was not immediately clear.

Biden's visit comes after his old boss, former President Barack Obama, endorsed Abrams in August. He'll be the second vice president to swing through Georgia to stump in the race.

Text neck: A new condition for the smartphone era

Sep 21, 2018

Have you been experiencing a bit of stiffness in your neck and upper back? Do you own a smartphone? If you do, you may be among the growing number of people with ‘text neck.’ Georgia Health News editor Andy Miller decided to take a deeper look after his own experience with this new condition. Read more.

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett gets the scoop from Andy on text neck and how smartphone is affecting our health.

The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is holding the second annual End School to Prison Pipeline Conference this weekend.

The AADM launched the End School to Prison Pipeline in 2017 with a goal of promoting education, reducing juvenile incarceration and cutting dropout rates.

“It’s basically to bring awareness to the school to prison pipeline system and also to help people understand how to avoid, or what to do if your child ends up in a situation where they might be incarcerated. “

That’s according to organization co-founder and president Mokah Jasmine Johnson.

Athens News Matters for September 21, 2018

Sep 21, 2018

On this edition of Athens News Matters, panelists Blake Aued from Flagpole, Gwen O’ Looney from WXAG, and Lee Shearer from the Banner Herald discuss: Boy Scouts sexual abuse cases involving area churches, possible legislation extending the statute of limitations for victims to sue, and changes at the  Athens Community Career Academy.

Rivals for Georgia Governor Clash on 'Religious Freedom' Law

Sep 21, 2018
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The candidates running to become Georgia's next governor are clashing over whether the state should pass a law offering protection for citizens acting on religious belief.

Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp were both asked whether they would sign a so-called "religious freedom" law during separate appearances Friday before an economic development conference in Savannah. Laws passed in other states caused a backlash from business leaders who fear they legalize discrimination.

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Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her when they were in high school, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her attorneys said Saturday.

After many extensions last week, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, gave Ford a deadline of 2:30 p.m. on Saturday to decide whether she would testify before the panel next week. If she did not comply, the committee would go ahead with a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Monday.

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