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GA Research: Spotting Deer In The Roadway

– Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 – Good morning and welcome back to The Current’s public safety newsletter. This week, we’re covering a complaint against Chatham County’s embattled district attorney, a fight over “expert” witnesses in a Camden County police court case and a new study on how to avoid hitting deer when driving in the dark (spoiler alert: slow down, use your high beams, drink coffee). Questions, comments, story ideas? Email me at Let’s dive in. Ethics complaint against Chatham…

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PSC elections back on

– Nov. 29, 2023 – Good morning. As former First Lady Rosalynn Carter is remembered on the week of her funeral, we take a look at an effort she began in her 80s to aid monarch butterflies. We also have an update on a postponed race for Georgia’s utility regulators, and we examine how the true pearl of Georgia’s oyster reefs might be their ability to fight climate change. Utility regulators back on ballot The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on…

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Legislators Start Map Redesign

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 Good morning! This week, Georgia lawmakers go back to the drawing board after a judge faults their voting maps, Coastal Georgia’s congressman endorses Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for president, and Chatham County’s district attorney appeals a judge’s sanctions against her for unprofessional conduct. Have news tips? Pass them on to   A bruising process State lawmakers convene in a special session tomorrow to redraw Georgia’s voting districts, but whether the new maps survive looming legal…

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Ga. shrimpers fear loss of industry

– November 22, 2023 – Good morning! With Thanksgiving so close, we’re thinking of what fills us with gratitude. Topping the list in Coastal Georgia is sea life, including endangered North Atlantic right whales, which, as we’re thankful to report below, have been sighted swimming back to Georgia. And with tomorrow such a food-focused day, we also have a timely look at Georgia’s shrimp industry. To top it off, we have two stories related to gardening and lawn care. Thanks for…

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Political Rhetoric Trends Violent

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving week. We at Soundings and elsewhere at The Current are grateful for many things and topping the list are you, our readers in Coastal Georgia and elsewhere. That sounds a bit cheesy, we know, but it’s true, and we mean it. Thank you. This week we look at the toxic — and dangerous — language that’s poised to dominate our politics in the year ahead, some real estate transactions, and in case…

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University Enrollments Return

Sunday Solutions — Nov. 19, 2023 Here we are: Thanksgiving Week and there’s so much to give thanks for. We’ll catch you up on some stories from the week, point out a few things you may not have seen to consider, and leave you with a table full of reading. Enjoy. We’ll see you after the holiday weekend. University students return to class work After two years of declines, the University System of Georgia reported a record high for the fall…

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Less Driving, More Traffic Deaths?

– Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023 – Good morning. It’s Thursday and this week’s public safety newsletter covers whether a Savannah mayoral candidate was registered to vote, federal authorities’ findings in a Hyundai contractor worker’s death, and a puzzling traffic crash trend. For story ideas, tips, or comments, you can reach me at Mayoral candidate, unregistered voter Tyrisha Davis, the little-known third candidate for Savannah mayor, was not registered to vote at the time she filed to run for office, Chatham…

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Religious support for the swamp

– November 15, 2023 – Good morning. This week in Coast Watch we look at the intersection of religion, big business and the environment at the Okefenokee Swamp. We also have some advice on how being lazy about raking leaves can benefit your yard, plus a story on what a new federal climate report says about Georgia. Let’s go. Shareholders support Okefenokee The Felician Sisters of North America last week filed shareholder proposals at The Chemours Company and Sherwin-Williams aimed at…

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Where are Voters?

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2023 Good morning! This week in Soundings, we look at voter turnout in last week’s municipal elections and a call for a C-SPAN tone for the Savannah City Council. Any comments or news tips? Contact 2023 elections: Voter turnout down With all of Coastal Georgia’s voting data from last week’s municipal elections yet to be examined, it’s too early to draw sweeping conclusions about voter turnout across the region. Still, the numbers from Georgia’s fifth most populous…

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Housing Tax Credit Questions

Sunday Solutions — Nov. 12, 2023 We’re coming off an election week push, and there’s other news to consider that we don’t want you to miss. Many challenges are universal, so even if it’s not your town, today’s questions might sound familiar. In one town, citizens are asking for more information on the city budget to see why they’ll be taxed. In others, state tax credits for affordable housing seem elusive, and groups join to boost small businesses and economic resilience.…

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Re-Entry Program for Georgia Inmates

– Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023 – Good morning. This is Jake and in this week’s public safety newsletter: how being critical, questioning and curious can help citizens make sense of a sea of information and get to the truth. We try to highlight that with stories on a questionable Savannah mayoral candidate, how violent crime is both up and down nationally, and a confusing pitch from Georgia state officials on a jobs program for the formerly incarcerated. Let’s go. How we…

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