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Today on Athens News Matters, virtual learning – while necessary – is also a cause for growing concern among parents, educators, and also – mental health professionals. Also today, we talk to Athens Clarke County Commissioner Russell Edwards on his priorities as we move into a new year. Plus, the care gap and special needs kids. Those stories, our panel on the week in news, and more on Athens News Matters.

Athens News Matters: Care Gap & Special Needs Kids

Jan 29, 2021
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Despite the advantages of patient-centered care models, kids with special health care needs still face challenges in finding the full range of support they need, according to new research from the University of Georgia.

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

Jan 22, 2021

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).