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Athens News Matters for December 14, 2018

Dec 17, 2018

On this edition of Athens News Matters, panelists Blake Aued, Gwen O' Looney and Lee Shearer weigh in on topics covered at the 31st Carl Vinson Institute's Biennial for state legislators, a visit by Governor-Elect Brian Kemp, and how the incoming Clarke County Board of Commissioner may differ from the previous board.  

GA nursing homes hit with Medicare penalties

Dec 14, 2018
Georgia Health News/WABE

This month, three in four Georgia nursing homes were penalized for avoidable hospital readmissions. The penalties are part of a new Medicare program that aims to incentivize convalescence and rehabilitation facilities to improve quality of care. Read more.

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss what these penalties mean for nursing homes and resident care.

A Clarke County student is in custody after taking a gun to school. ACC Police received a report from the Clarke County School District around 2 o’ clock Wednesday afternoon regarding a student with a weapon at Cedar Shoals High School. Geof Gilland is Public Information Aide with the ACCPD.

“We worked the Clarke County School District administration and our School Resource Officer located the 15-year old and apprehended him at the school,” according to Gilland. “He had a loaded firearm in his backpack so he was taken into custody.”

2018 Holiday Budgets by City

Dec 13, 2018
WalletHub

If you’re still searching for the perfect Christmas gifts, you might want to head out to stores. Today is the best day to go Christmas shopping. According to Business Insider, December 13th is the least-crowed day for stores during the holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation predicts the average per-person tab will be just over $1,000.

The personal finance website WalletHub has created a budget for residents of various cities across the country. Analyst Jill Gonzalez tells us how much Athenians should dole out for gifts.

University of Georgia

It’s a public health concern we don’t often discuss, but loneliness touches countless Americans, with nearly one in three older adults affected. While everyone and every personality type is susceptible to loneliness, older adults tend to have more risk factors. Dr. Kerstin Emerson is a professor of gerontology at the University of Georgia.

“Loneliness has a stigma attached to it, we don’t like to admit that we’re lonely, even the way we as researchers find out if someone’s lonely, we never use the word lonely because people don’t to admit to it.”

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Award Winning Content: WUGA Top Station at 2018 GABBYS

WUGA FM GABBY Award For Community Service

Mar 2, 2018

The Mission Statement of WUGA: Making a difference in quality of life by delivering programs that inspire curiosity about and engagement in the world, the arts, and the human condition. WUGA is operated by the University of Georgia in a partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting. WUGA is committed to serving its service area with broadcast and digital program content and reaching out to the community through meaningful and relevant events.

The following content received a Merit Award at the 2018 GABBY Awards, for Best Feature Story.

So in honor of National Fast Food Day, I decided to venture out and indulge in one of my favorite guilty pleasures, an old fashioned milk shake. In doing so, I discovered a local connection to one of my favorite milk shake options!

Just an Old Scoreboard?

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The following content received a Merit Award at the 2018 Gabby Awards, for Best Sports Feature Story.

Money & Relationships

Jul 7, 2017

Nothing Funny About Money received a Merit Award for the Best Locally Produced Program at the 2018 Gabby Awards.

This month, hosts Matt Goren and Michael Thomas get into the often uncomfortable topic of managing money issues with your significant other.

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The incoming chairman of the congressional committee that oversees workplace regulations said Tuesday he will hold hearings next year in response to an NPR and Frontline investigation that revealed the failure of government regulators to identify and prevent a fatal disease outbreak among coal miners.

A bipartisan bill aimed at overhauling federal prisons and reducing recidivism crossed a major hurdle on Tuesday when it was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate.

With the Senate's approval and the backing of President Trump, the legislation is now on the verge of becoming law.

The House, which passed a more modest version of the legislation earlier this year, is expected to take up the bill in the coming days.

More than a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called for an independent investigation into the death last week of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl in U.S. custody, saying the absence of medically trained agents and a series of "disturbing systematic failures" prevented government officials from providing adequate care for the child.

A specially appointed federal panel of judges has dismissed all 83 ethics complaints brought against Justice Brett Kavanaugh regarding his conduct at his confirmation hearings.

The judges concluded that while the complaints "are serious," there is no existing authority that allows lower court judges to investigate or discipline Supreme Court justices.

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