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Athens News Matters for June 14th, 2023

In a decision that heartened voting rights advocates, the US Supreme Court upheld section 2 of the Voting Rights Act last week. That decision concerned redistricting in Alabama, but it could have implications in Georgia.

Despite efforts to diversify the STEM field, new research suggests that women are still underrepresented. But, there are pathways to change that.

Sex trafficking encompasses everything from small-town street prostitution to international smuggling rings, and it’s on the rise, both in Georgia and across the nation. But there’s also a lot of misinformation circulating about sex trafficking.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' 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 WUGA and GPB Classical. 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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