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Athens News Matters for November 4, 2023

In 2020, Athens-Clarke County voters overwhelmingly approved SPLOST 2020 – a list of more than three dozen projects funded by an extra one-cent sales tax.

One of those projects is something long desired by many on the county’s East Side – a new library to serve their neighborhoods. Planning has been underway, and the project is now at an important stage – site selection.

WUGA’s Martin Matheny spoke to Carol Myers, who represents part of the east side to get an update.

Three of every four Americans who now serve in the military signed up after the September 11 terror attacks. This post 9-11 generation of warriors is twice as likely as their older counterparts to serve in a combat zone.

That means they’re also more likely than older soldiers to carry trauma - in body and in spirit. With Veterans Day a week away, reporter-producer Allison Salerno introduces us to a Georgia combat veteran - who has found an unconventional way to heal.

Increased contamination of illicit drugs is leading to more and more overdose deaths. And those deaths disproportionately affect people of color.

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, in partnership with Shatterproof and the Ad Council has launched a new campaign to bring resources and stories of hope to people with substance use disorder.

To find out more, we spoke to Cortney Lovell from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

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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