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Today on Athens News Matters, lawmakers and the Governor are starting work on the state’s budget. Also today, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement expands its operations with a new Justice Center. Plus, a historical look at the Trump presidency, an appreciation of poet Robert Burns, and our panel on this week's news.

The one thing the Georgia General Assembly is required to do every year is to pass a balanced state budget. Sometimes, that’s an easy process; other times it’s laborious and contentious. We’ll find out what to expect this year.

Athens News Matters: Robert Burns

20 minutes ago

Monday marks the 262nd anniversary of the birth of poet Robert Burns. We talk to Burns superfan Ian Hardin about the poet’s life and work, and what’s special about a Burns Supper (besides the haggis).

Today on Athens News Matters, Athens Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz joins us to review the last year and talk about what he’d like to see local policymakers tackle in 2021.

Plus, an update from the UGA Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, and the University celebrates the 60th anniversary of desegregation.

Those stories, our critic at large on notable local albums of 2020, and more in the full newscast below:

Athens News Matters: Kelly Girtz

Jan 15, 2021
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Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz joins us to talk about the craziness that was the year 2020 and the year ahead in local policymaking.