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Greetings, Georgia.

It's Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.

Today, Gov. Brian Kemp will deliver the annual State of the State address. GPB will carry it live beginning at 11 a.m.  Click here to watch.

GPB will also stream state Sen. Elena Parent's Democratic response to Kemp's address at 2:30 p.m.. Click here to watch.

Also in the news: Educators say helping homeless students find a stable address is incredibly important. But before that can happen, there has to be agreement that kids are even homeless in the first place

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✭ A Georgia judge weighs release of a grand jury report into 2020 election interference

 Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney (AP/File)

A Georgia judge was tasked with deciding what, if any, parts of a special grand jury report will be made public following an eight-month investigation into efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the state's 2020 election results.

The special purpose grand jury, which was dissolved earlier this month after completing its work, did not have indictment powers but could use gathered evidence and testimony to recommend that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis seek charges. Several people, ranging from Trump's onetime personal attorney to Republicans who falsely claimed to be presidential electors, were informed they were targets of the investigation.

Jurors voted to release their report to the public, but Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said Tuesday that the final report will remain under wraps for now.

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New bill addressing antisemitism filed in Georgia Legislature on Day 5

Inside the Georgia Capitol a wall displays remembrances of the Holocaust. (Sarah Kallis)

A new bill would create a state definition of antisemitism in Georgia and potentially aid in hate crime prosecutions.

House Bill 30 will align Georgia’s definition of antisemitism with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition.

The expansive definition includes harming Jewish people, negative stereotypes, denying the Holocaust, and more. It also includes scapegoating Jewish people and targeting Israel. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance notes that criticism of Israel that's similar to criticism of any other country is not antisemitism.

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A person prepares heroin, placing a fentanyl test strip into the mixing container to check for contamination, Wednesday Aug. 22, 2018, in New York. If the strip registers a "pinkish" to red marker then the heroin is positive for contaminants. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

  • The Fulton County Board of Health partnered with local organizations StopHIVATL and the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition to give out fentanyl test strips to save lives from drug overdose, which continues to fuel a decrease in life expectancy nationwide.
  • Just like teens, members of Congress are setting up TikTok accounts — even as the popular app is increasingly barred from government devices and heads of federal intelligence agencies raise concerns about data collection and surveillance obtained by the Chinese-owned company.


 StoryCorps Atlanta: Remembering NASA's Space Shuttle Challenger

Georgia StoryCorps has returned, telling stories brought to the public by the Atlanta History Center.

Thirty-seven years ago this week, NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. The disaster occurred when an O-ring seal on one of the booster engines failed to function properly. In this conversation, Barbara Ann Creamer talks with her grandfather, Pat Patterson, about his work on the space shuttle.

  • Barbara Ann Creamer: Were you nervous?

    Pat Patterson: No. But you could see the flash. Then the external tank blew up. They had seals on the boosters that were rubber O-rings. If the weather was warm, the O-rings that sealed it would swell as the booster expanded as intended. And it was cold weather. NASA thought that it would expand enough, but it didn't. And when it let the first leak of gas come by the O-ring, it just burned a hole. I had never been told and I hadn't thought about the O-ring, so I called Huntsville and they told me what the problem was and I said, okay, but what?

    Barbara Ann Creamer: So then you knew it was on the boosters.

    Pat Patterson: Yes
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Tune into GPB Radio and at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Political Rewind

Today's show: Georgia State University's Anthony Michael Kreis, Emory University's Alan Abramowitz and Andra Gillespie break down the State of the State address and the Fulton County election probe.

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See and discuss the film Accepted with us on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.  

TM Landry Prep received national attention for sending its graduates to elite universities. But when an explosive New York Times exposé questions the school's legitimacy, the student's fates are left hanging in the balance. GBP’s Donna Lowry will be joined by Atlanta Journal-Constitution Education Reporter Vanessa McCray for a discussion after the film.  

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Georgia Today is written by Sarah Rose and Kristi York Wooten and edited by Khari Sampson.
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