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Athens News Matters for January 6, 2023

In 2021, the Athens-Clarke County Government was awarded over six million dollars by the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA, to be spent on workforce development and the reduction of homelessness. On January 2nd, the Commission voted on a proposal for how some of this money will be spent. Commissioner Dexter Fisher, who represents District 5, sat down with us earlier this week to discuss the ARPA funding and its allocation.

The Georgia General Assembly reconvenes on Monday, January 8th, 2024. From bills on behavioral health to elections, it promises to be another busy year under the Gold Dome. Doctor Charles Bullock, professor of political science at UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs, sat down with us to preview the legislative landscape of 2024.

Increased contamination of illicit drugs is leading to more and more overdose deaths. And those deaths disproportionately affect people of color. The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, in partnership with Shatterproof and the Ad Council has launched a new campaign to bring resources and stories of hope to people with substance use disorder. WUGA’s Alexia Ridley spoke to Courtney Lovell from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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