Alexia Ridley

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Democrat Jonathan Wallace was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in a 2017 special election, but lost to a Republican a year later. Now, he’s running for his old seat. 

Athens was at the epicenter of what authorities are calling the largest officer-involved takedown in Clarke County Police Department history. Hear our report on the major federal law enforcement operation.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an assault of a Georgia State Trooper. According to a media release form the agency, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol requested the probe regarding a shooting incident involving the trooper.

The GBI reports that around 10:10 pm on Tuesday, January 21, the trooper attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by 24-year old Tim Carruth of Colbert.

This week on Athens News Matters, hear Mokah Jasmine Johnson and Shannon Foley Martinez discuss race relations in Athens. Also hear Mayor Kellly Girtz talk about his first year in office, UGA professor John Hund talk about his opioid financing research and R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe talk about his new single. Finally, WUGA's Jimmy Sanders takes us back to Folsom Prison, in honor of the 52nd anniversary of Johnny Cash's famous live album.

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe feels creatively liberated these days, and he recently put out a new single — with proceeds going to fight climate change.