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Chelsea Clinton will be in Athens Wednesday evening. She’s making an appearance the Avid Book Shop’s Prince Avenue location. Clinton will sign copies of her newest book, “Don’t Let Them Disappear.” The book is about the animals that share our planet and what we can do to help them survive.

“My fifth one for kids and young readers, Don’t Let Them Disappear focuses on 12 endangered species and why they’re endangered and what we all can do, including kids, to try to ensure that they don’t disappear.”

Clinton added a personal touch to the book.

Recall: Nearly 57 Tons of Ground Beef for Possible E coli

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The federal government says a meat company in Georgia has recalled tons of ground beef for possible contamination with E. coli bacteria.

The bacteria is an unusual strain that has sickened 156 people in 10 states , hospitalizing 20 of them. Ground beef had been described as the likely source. However, officials say they're still testing to see whether the recalled beef is related to the outbreak.

Clemency Hearing Set for Man Facing Execution in Georgia

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Georgia's parole board plans to hold a hearing to consider whether to grant clemency to a man facing execution for killing two women nearly 25 years ago.

Scotty Garnell Morrow is schedule to be put to death May 2. He was convicted of murder in the fatal shootings of his ex-girlfriend Barbara Ann Young and her friend Tonya Woods at Young's Gainesville home in December 1994.

Authorities say Morrow shot the two women and another woman when they turned him away when he tried to get Young to take him back. The third woman survived.

Georgia Department of Labor

Georgia is setting records again when it comes to employment numbers according to the most recent figures from the State Department of Labor.

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says those numbers, released today, show Georgia set another record in March for total jobs in the state.

“We did see a growth yet again in jobs, bringing our total jobs number to an all-time high,” Butler said.

Butler says the number that stand out to him the most would be the amount of available jobs.

Act Now for Healthy Kids

April 22 to April 26 is Every Kid Healthy Week and recent research shows Georgia near the bottom of the list of the 50 states and Washington D.C.

Children’s health care costs are getting increasingly more expensive and the personal finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2019’s Best and Worst States for Children’s Health care. Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Georgia came in at number 44.

Vermont was number one on the list, while Mississippi was dead last.

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