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GPB News Round-up - Join Rickey Bevington for All Things Considered Live at the Gulch

Rickey will broadcast from the The Faction Atlanta United FC fan tailgate ahead of the evening's match against Minnesota United FC on May 29.
Join Rickey Bevington Live at the Gulch

Join GPB Radio in downtown Atlanta's the Gulch Wednesday, May 29th from 4 to 7 p.m. for a special live broadcast of NPR All Things Considered with Rickey Bevington.

Rickey will broadcast from the The Faction Atlanta United FC fan tailgate ahead of the evening's match against Minnesota United FC at nearby Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Live guests include Atlanta United Academy, women soccer players, Tormenta FC and Soccer in the Streets. Plus, Atlanta United FC Fans tailgating ahead of their team's home match! The event is free and open to the public. No ticket required!

Visit the Facebook event page for more information and follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ATLUTD. 

 

#QuestionsForKeisha: Atlanta Mayor Talks Gentrification, Atlanta Child Murders, Potholes

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined GPB's Rickey Bevington live on 88.5 FM GPB at 10 a.m. Tuesday to answer your questions and discuss Atlanta's most pressing issues.

This will be a monthly conversation so submit your questions for the mayor on Twitter with the hashtag #QuestionsForKeisha or by email at allATL@gpb.org.

You can watch the interview and read highlights now on GPBNews.org.

 

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2019. MICHAEL AINSWORTH / AP PHOTO
Bernie Sanders Campaigns in Augusta

Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders holds a campaign rally in Augusta during his weekend sweep through southeastern states. 

The event was originally scheduled to be a town hall style meeting at the 400-seat Kroc Center theatre but was relocated to the Jessye Norman Amphitheater with a capacity for 1,800 spectators. 

Before his trip to Augusta, Sanders made stops in Asheville, NC and Denmark, SC. On Sunday he will hold a rally in Birmingham, AL. 

Watch the rally here.

 

Philanthropist Robert F. Smith speaking at the Morehouse College 2019 commencement ceremony in Atlanta, Ga. MOREHOUSE COLLEGE
Billionaire To Pay Off Student Loan Debt For 2019 Morehouse Graduates

Graduating seniors at Morehouse College received a surprise gift from billionaire philanthropist Robert Smith who announced he would provide a grant to pay off the sum of student loan debt for the class of 2019. 

During commencement ceremonies Sunday at the historically black college, the tech investor told graduates, "You are surrounded by a community of people who have helped you arrive at this sacred place and on this sacred day." 
 
 

 

Atlanta City council approved legislation Monday to create a task force to decide how to repurpose the city jail. MELTWATER / FLICKR
Atlanta City Council Moves A Step Closer To Closing City Jail

The Atlanta City Council approved a resolution Monday aimed at closing and repurposing the city jail.  

The legislation, introduced by Councilman Andre Dickens, creates a task force which would then decide what to do with the building and inmates.

It would be made up of advocates, city of Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb County officials, but it could also feature current and former incarcerated people. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms could also select up to 25 people to join the task force.

Read the full story from GPB's Ross Terrell here.

 

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