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A UGA researcher is part of a team that has created a new, safer part for hydrogen cars.

Hydrogen-powered cars can generally go farther without refueling than battery-powered electric cars. But, one bump in the road to developing hydrogen-powered cars for the consumer market is the risk of fire. Sensors that detect hydrogen leaks can also spark, causing a fire when the flammable hydrogen gas is ignited.

Today on Athens News Matters, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mariah Parker on the city’s budget and the fight for equity in the wake of the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Also today, coping with Black trauma and anxiety in America in 2021. We’ll talk to Dr. LaKeisha Gantt.

Those stories, our panel on the week in news, and more … coming up on Athens News Matters.

UGA Today

The University of Georgia is some 2 million dollars richer, following the conclusion of the institution’s annual giving week, which wrapped up on Saturday.

Gifts came from more than 4,000 individual donors, from 120 of the state’s 159 counties, all 50 states, and nine different countries.

Three UGA faculty members - J. Marshall Shepherd, Mary Ann Moran and Gregory H. Robinson - have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences
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J. Marshall Shepherd, Mary Ann Moran and Gregory H. Robinson elected by peers for contributions to research

Today on Athens News Matters, even after a year that saw many sectors of the local economy hit hard – especially the vulnerable service industry – Athens Clarke County officials are cautiously optimistic about the county’s financial position.

We’ll talk to Mayor Kelly Girtz about how that optimism might inform the city’s budget.

Also today, fewer people are in jail since the pandemic began, but some defendants might also be waiting longer for their day in court. We’ll talk about the changes COVID-19 has forced on to the local criminal justice system.