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Trauma Cases Increase Since the Pandemic Began

Oct 23, 2020

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss how several major Georgia hospitals report an increase in trauma cases -- from car accidents to gunshot wounds to bicycle crashes -- since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

A New Supreme Court Justice and the ACA

Oct 23, 2020

This week on the Georgia Health Report, host Lauren Baggett and Andy Miller of Georgia Health News discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case challenging the Affordable Care Act. Will key elements of the program be declared unconstitutional? And will the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice influence the outcome?

Voting numbers continue to surge in the second week of advanced voting, with 7,688 people that have waited in lines to cast their ballots early and about 12,400 that have sent theirs as absentee through the mail, according to Charlotte Sosebee, the Director of Elections and Voter Registration in Athens Clarke County. Just last week, nearly 2,589 people had early voted and 9,095 absentee ballots had been received.

Four years ago, during the 2016 Presidential Elections, Sosebee says the Board of Elections had 2,744 absentee ballots and 23,423 people vote in advance.

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Athens Clarke County Commissioners have authorized negotiations with a company that was the lowest bidder to build a trail bridge over the creek at the R.E.M. Murmur Trestle. 

 

Astra Group was one of two companies bidding on the project, coming in at 5.76 million dollars, nearly two million dollars over a pre-bid estimate driven up by the skyrocketing price of timber in the wake of recent hurricanes and the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

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Democratic candidate Mokah Jasmine Johnson is reaching out to the Athens community after a virtual public forum earlier this week was interrupted by a racist attack. The offender used a racial slur and other hateful language directed toward Johnson. She spoke with us about the incident. 

 

++A warning, strong language follows.

 

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