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Athens Today: Special election set for March

At an agenda setting meeting on September 21, District 9 Commissioner Ovita Thornton was skeptical of a plan to change the county's charter.
At an agenda setting meeting on September 21, District 9 Commissioner Ovita Thornton was skeptical of a plan to change the county's charter.

After sometimes-heated public comment, the Clarke County Board of Elections voted narrowly to hold a special election in ACC's District 2 in March, rather than on November 8.

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Commissioners quarrel over quorum rule

A proposal advanced by Mayor Kelly Girtz would reduce the number of commissioners necessary to conduct some business from 7 to 6. Some commissioners remain skeptical and say the move won't address a perceived absenteeism problem at executive sessions.

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Ossoff committee finds underreporting of prison deaths

A US Senate Subcommittee chaired by Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff held a hearing Tuesday to discuss what they are calling an undercount of prison and jail deaths by the federal Department of Justice.

A ten-month investigation by the Senate’s bipartisan Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found the DOJ undercounted nearly 1,000 prison deaths in a single year. The study also found deaths in the nation’s county jails were likely as poorly counted.

Belinda Maley’s 32 year-old son Matthew Loflin died in the Chatham County Detention Center while detained on drug charges, as she explained to the Senate subcommittee in testimony.

"One of his jailers called his pain and anguish, "fussy," she told senators. "Matthew knew he was dying."

Maley Concluded her testimony by saying enforcing DOJ compliance with the 2013 Death in Custody Reporting Act is basic to holding jails accountable to the public.

Braves swat Nats, still lag Mets

The Atlanta Braves took care of the Washington Nationals in Cobb County last night with a 3-2 win. The Braves are 6 and 4 in their last ten games, and sit one game behind the Mets in the NL East.

UGA Volleyball is in Starkville, Mississippi tonight for a conference game against Mississippi State.

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!
Grant came to public media after a career spent in newspaper photojournalism. As an all platform journalist he seeks to wed the values of public radio storytelling and the best of photojournalism online.
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