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Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced Georgia has tested 59.7% of all nursing home residents, in addition to reporting a new low in COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized.

There are 887 Georgians currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Georgia has seen a 40% drop in this statistic since May 1, 2020.

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UGA President Jere W. Morehead

“Thanks to the tremendous leadership of our Commissioner, Greg Sankey, the 14 SEC Presidents were able reach a unanimous decision and select June 8 as the appropriate date to begin allowing football players access to athletic facilities under very controlled and monitored conditions. The great work of the SEC Medical Guidance Task Force, which included Ron Courson, provided the Presidents with thoughtful analysis which helped inform our decision.”

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Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring football and basketball players back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university.

The SEC’s announcement is the latest sign that a college football season in some form will go ahead this fall. The move comes two days after the NCAA Division I Council voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus by football and basketball players at the end of the month.

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Vice President Mike Pence praised Georgia’s decision to quickly reopen businesses during the coronavirus outbreak during a visit to the state that included lunch with the governor at an Atlanta café that had resumed dine-in service. He said Friday that Georgia was “leading the way” in reopening and called Gov. Brian Kemp’s leadership “clear and courageous and principled.”

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The official in charge said Georgia’s state investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery should be finished soon. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds told a news conference Friday that he anticipates his agency will wrap up its investigation in a “relatively short period of time.

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Some Athens-area parks reopened, albeit in a limited way, this week. We talk to Kent Kilpatrick, the city’s Leisure Services director, about the reopening and the status of the parks, as well as popular summer programs for kids. 

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Even in a typical year, Memorial Day in the U.S. can be a confusing mixture of joy and sadness — at once a hearty welcome to summertime, brimming with picnics and parties, and a somber remembrance of the service members who died in wars.

But this has been no typical year.

As Americans observe a subdued Memorial Day, President Trump visited Fort McHenry in Baltimore to remember those soldiers who have fallen in service of the country.

"I stand before you at this noble fortress of American liberty to pay tribute to the immortal souls who fought and died to keep us free," Trump told the crowd, which included the several members of his Cabinet. "We pledge in their cherished memories that this majestic flag will proudly fly forever."

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In The Splendid And The Vile, author Erik Larson details the British prime minister's first year in office, during which England endured a Nazi bombing campaign. Originally broadcast March 30, 2020.

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