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Jackson EMC crews are heading to help storm-stricken residents in Alabama. Heavy rain and strong winds resulted in widespread power outages in Summerdale, Alabama. According to a release from the company, 11 Jackson EMC employees are going to assist Baldwin EMC to help restore power to approximately 77,000 members. Sally also affected Jackson EMC members and linemen who worked through Thursday morning to restore power locally.  

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An Athens nonprofit dedicated to helping area youth is receiving some assistance from a local artist. AthFest Educates is getting a new mural downtown.

Time and the elements have taken a toll on the Washington Street mural which is in the process of being replaced. Artist, David Hale is revamping his original panels, “20 Georgia Songbirds”, and will create a new work of art for the nonprofit.

UGA Hosts Early Voting at Stegeman Coliseum

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The University of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum will be used as an early voting site for the general election in November. 

UGA offered the coliseum as an advanced voting site on Thursday morning, and state and local officials approved the location shortly after. 

UGA’s decision was made in response to criticism from a previous statement, which said the university would not hold an early voting site on campus due to lack of space in the Tate Student Center, which served as a voting site in previous elections.  

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Companies are struggling to recruit diverse volunteers in final U.S. tests of possible COVID-19 vaccines.

Minority enrollment in studies of two shots has inched up in recent weeks, but even more is needed this fall as additional vaccine testing gets underway over the next two months. New recruitment efforts are gearing up, with the help of trusted voices in hard-hit communities of color, such as Spanish-speaking “health promoters” and Black pastors. The outreach is getting a late start. But it's critical to prove if the vaccines work in all the populations who will need them.

Child Hunger in the Pandemic

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This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss the increased demand on food banks statewide as the pandemic continues on, and why advocates are especially concerned about child hunger.

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Local music venues – the backbone of Athens’ arts and entertainment scene – have been hit hard by the pandemic. Bipartisan legislation introduced in Congress could help them weather the economic storm.

Athens News Matters: Hurricane Season

Sep 11, 2020

The 2020 hurricane season has already been a busy one, with nine named storms in the Atlantic, so far. We talk to Dr. Pam Knox to find out what’s causing all this activity and how Georgia might be affected.

2020 hasn’t been the most joyful year for most of us. To help relieve some of the tension of a stressful year, our team has put together a playlist of feel-good favorites from local artists.



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Perhaps you're an avid reader — or you're just stuck at home and suddenly have more time to read. Either way, if you're looking for reading recommendations, why not start with one of the 50 works contending for a National Book Award?

The National Book Foundation released its annual book award longlists on Friday featuring work from seasoned and debut writers alike, as well as a collection of short stories from an author who died last month.

The Government Accountability Office is investigating the Pentagon's interest in deploying a "heat ray" to control crowds around the White House, part of a broader review of the tactics and use of nonlethal weapons that have been leveled against social justice protesters this summer, NPR has learned.

Cartoons On The Radio

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Keith Knight knows cartoons better than anybody, and where better to have a quiz about a strictly visual medium than on the radio? Keith and his sister Tracy have to guess what comic strip a line of dialogue is from.

Heard on RZA & Busy Philipps & 'Woke' Creator Keith Knight & A Lizard.

Bug Me Do

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Jonathan Coulton performs Beatles songs re-written to be about bugs, and Busy Philipps and Shantira Jackson have to figure out what he's singing about. And before you write in, "A Day in the Lice" and "Let It Bee" didn't make the cut.

Heard on RZA & Busy Philipps & 'Woke' Creator Keith Knight & A Lizard.

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