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Athens-Clarke County Commissioners are considering a program aimed at keeping people facing eviction in their homes, as well as providing financial assistance to landlords. Commissioner Tim Denson is pushing for the creation of Project Reset. 


Duncan says no to re-election bid

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Georgia's Lieutenant Governor is not running for re-election.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Geoff Duncan confirmed what a number of political insiders had suspected for several months, that he would not be a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in next year's election.

Athens News Matters: 5/14/21

May 15, 2021

This week on Athens News Matters:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Years of underfunding of public health programs delayed the COVID-19 pandemic response in the United States and made its impact worse, according to a report by Trust for America’s Health. ANM's Alexia Ridley spoke with Dara Lieberman, Director of Government Relations at Trust for America’s Health about their findings, why public health programs matter, and more. 

New research from the University of Georgia suggests that beefed-up contact tracing and testing could be a viable alternative to lockdowns and quarantines.
UGA Today

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., the reaction was sweeping -- schools closed, restaurants were shuttered, many descended into self-quarantine, and mask wearing and social distancing were touted as ways to prevent the spread of the disease. But those measures came at a massive societal and economic cost.

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The problem with doing a story about butterflies, as opposed to, say, birds or bees is that - well, you can’t really hear butterflies. But trust me when I say that butterflies are more abundant. At least in the South. At least for now. But, as University of Georgia agricultural ecology professor Bill Snyder says, it’s not quite that simple.


Earlier this week District 5 Commissioner Tim Denson sat down with Chris Shupe to discuss Project RESET, a potential eviction avoidance program for Athens. This is their conversation.  The full Commission meeting from Tuesday can be found here

Today on Athens News Matters, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Carol Myers joins us to talk about the county’s budget, and her experiences as a first-term commissioner.

Plus, a wind power report, and a look into how local Athens weather is reported.

Also, the second part of the Colorism and Hairism story.

Those stories, and more, on Athens News Matters.


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Roughly 39 million American families are eligible for monthly payments of up to $300 through the newly expanded child tax credit starting on July 15, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department announced on Monday.

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MONTREAL — With just over 3% of Canadians fully inoculated against COVID-19, a growing number of America's northern border states and communities have stepped up to offer excess vaccines to Canadians.

Truck driver John Harrower was on the road last month when he heard on the radio that North Dakota had agreed to vaccinate truckers from his home province of Manitoba.

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