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Athens News Matters for October 7, 2023

Athens-Clarke County commissioners have unanimously voted to accept a new report with proposals to deal with homelessness. At that same meeting lawmakers moved ahead with plans to shutter the county’s sanctioned homeless encampment and passed a plan to address the affordable housing crunch. WUGA’s Alexia Ridley sat down with Mayor Kelly Girtz.

In April of 2022, the FDA proposed new standards that would ban flavored cigars to lessen their growing appeal among young people, but a final ruling is still in the works.

Alexia Ridley spoke with Dr. Kimberly Sterling, professor of Nicotine and Tobacco Studies at Rutgers University and Dennis Henigan, vice president of legal and regulatory affairs for Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, on the tobacco industry’s strategy to attract young people of color with these products and the importance of a total ban.

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!
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.
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