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Paulette Rakestraw was arguably the most powerful legislator to lose her seat to a member of the same party, serving on the Appropriations Committee and as vice-chair of the Special Rules and Science and Technology Committees. She became the ninth state legislator to lose their seat in a 2018 primary after Tuesday night’s runoff elections.


Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts awards what it bills as “the highest honor in jazz” – the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships. WUGA's Martin Matheny presents this appreciation of this year’s honorees.

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Amid worries about trade tensions between the US and other countries, the US Census Bureau reports that new orders for manufactured goods increased by $1.8 billion dollars, or four-tenths of one percent during the month of May.

That number coincides with similarly optimistic May numbers from the Port of Savannah, which reports that last month was the second-busiest month in the port’s history. Total cargo moved at the Port of Savannah topped 3 million tons, an 8.9 percent increase from May of last year.

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Two area Electricity Management Cooperatives are getting a share of $13.1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to mitigate costs of recovery from Hurricane Irma, which struck Georgia last September.

Walton EMC will receive about $1.2 million to reimburse the company for materials like transformers and poles. Jackson EMC, which serves over 200,000 customers in the area will receive about $3.1 million to repair damage to its system caused by the hurricane.

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Five new faces will be joining the University of Georgia Foundation Trustees. During its annual meeting in St. Simons Island, the board voted unanimously to elect Mitchell J. Green, Nancy C. Juneau, Seth L. Knight III, Charles E. Knox and Richard H. Pennell Jr. to the board. The new members will join current trustees to make a 39-member board.