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Athens News Matters for May 13, 2022


This week on Athens News Matters, ACC Commissioners are poring over the mayor's proposed budget, we will give a budget overview. A lawsuit against the Georgia State Election Board was filed challenging the "wet signature" rule. A UGA professor at the School of Social Work has found an innovative way to address the challenges faced by the Asian immigrant community coping with domestic violence. As COVID-19 caseloads slow down, rural hospitals are faced with the same obstacles before the pandemic. The Hugh Hodgson School of Music at UGA is presenting the second season of Chamber Music Athens. UGA commencement is Friday, we will hear from a few students as they share their favorite memories. Our panel breaks down an eventful week in news and politics.

Martin Matheny is the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!