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Cases of Legionnaire's have quadrupled in Georgia

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Cases of Legionnaire’s disease have seen a dramatic increase in Georgia over the past decade. And experts aren’t sure what’s causing it. This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss what health officials are doing to address the issue. Read more.

Community members are invited to attend the 7th Annual Chess & Community this Saturday. This year’s event features local speakers including Mayor Kelly Girtz, Athens Chamber of Commerce CEO David Bradley and Clarke School Board member LaKeisha Gantt.

Lemuel Life LaRoche, executive director of the organization says there are plenty of activities for those attending.

Georgia Sets Records for Jobs in January and February

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Georgia continues to set records when it comes to employment numbers. The State Labor Department released the numbers for January and February today. During that two-month cycle, Georgia posted gains in jobs, labor force, and employed residents. According to Commissioner Mark Butler, the state is in a strong position.

Medicaid Waiver Proposal Clears Georgia House Panel

Mar 21, 2019
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Legislation authorizing Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue a Medicaid waiver was approved by a state House panel Wednesday, potentially giving Georgia more flexibility to use federal funding but also capping who's covered by an expansion.

Georgia is one of 14 states that haven't fully expanded Medicaid under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It called for Medicaid coverage for those making slightly above the federal poverty level.

Tennessee Valley Authority Plans to Increase Solar Power

Mar 21, 2019

The nation's largest public utility plans to rely more on solar power in the future, according to proposals in a draft long-range power plan.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the Tennessee Valley Authority expects to produce somewhere between 4 and 9 gigawatts of solar power over the next two decades while cutting power generated by burning coal. The amount depends on several factors, but renewable energy is predicted to increase and coal generation to decrease in all 30 approaches analyzed by TVA in its draft Integrated Resource Plan for 2040.

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On Friday, en route to Florida aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that ISIS' "territorial caliphate has been eliminated in Syria."

Sanders showed reporters a before-and-after map of Syria, indicating that ISIS no longer controlled any territory.

She said acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was on board Air Force One and briefed President Trump on the way.

We tried something new this year at the annual SXSW Music Festival. We tracked down a bunch of Latin musicians, put a microphone in front of them wherever we find them and then ask them about their music.

To do this, I needed help so I called in Alt.Latino contributors Marisa Arbona Ruiz and Catalina Maria Johnson.

It's early Friday evening, at a small municipal stadium in Bangkok. The sun is going fast, but the rally for the pro-military Palang Pracharath party is just getting started.

Candidate Watchara Kannika is on the stage, warning would-be voters to keep out the "liars" and vote for "the truth." That truth, he says, is the country's coup-leader-turned prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, who toppled an elected government five years ago.

A version of this story was first posted by member station WBUR.

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