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Athens News Matters for July 15, 2022

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This week on Athens News Matters:

  • ACC Commissioners are set to vote on a resolution that would make investigation of violations of the state's abortion laws the lowest law enforcement priority.
  • Georgia is set to launch its 988 suicide and crisis hotline on Saturday.
  • The panel discusses why the ACC Planning Commission recommends against a 274-unit townhouse development on Olympic Drive as well as what statewide candidates' fundraising tells us about the strength of their campaigns.
  • UGA's Dr. Patricia Yager tells us about her 65-day expedition to western Antarctica.
  • The Community Food Resources Database addresses hunger in our community.
  • Elvis expert and a familiar voice, Chris Shupe, gives us a review on the new Elvis Presley movie.
  • Our new summer reading series kicks off as community members tell us what books they are reading this summer.
Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as 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!
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