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Athens News Matters for June 10, 2022

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This week on Athens News Matters, ACC Commissioners passed the county's budget this week. Newly re-elected Mayor Kelly Girtz stopped by the station this week to discuss the budget, a police youth cadet corps, and his priorities for the next four years. There is at least one confirmed case in Georgia, how big of a problem could monkeypox be? Growing evidence suggests Ketamine can be used to help people with depression, and it is becoming more widely available in Georgia. UGA's Institute of Gerontology has been hosting DeATH Cafés to help destigmatize talk about death - death does not have to be a scary subject. Our panel breaks down this 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!