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Johnny Kauffman

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Johnny joined WABE in March, 2015. Before joining the station, he was a producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting, and NPR in Washington D.C.

At NPR, Johnny worked as a producer for "Morning Edition," "Weekend Edition," and "Tell Me More."

Johnny got his start in radio as host and station manager at WECI in Richmond, Indiana, where he went to Earlham College and graduated with a degree in English.

Johnny is a native of Goshen, Indiana, a small town in the northern part of the state.

Richard Drew / associated press file

Tuesday was a celebration of sorts for state officials and business people who came together at one of the tech headquarters that's already in Atlanta: Honeywell corporation’s software division.

Many in the crowd were those who help bring new businesses to Georgia. They’d love to celebrate Amazon next, but the companies they’ve won for the state look almost microscopic in comparison.   

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A political crowdfunding website wants to convince Georgians to run against members of Congress who faced no competition in last year's general election, putting billboards on Peachtree Road and Cobb Parkway featuring the image of Rep. Tom Graves.

“Your congressman has no opponent. Fix that,” the billboards read.

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LM Otero / Associated Press file

Georgia's agriculture industry is assessing damage done by Irma, but leaders said pecan and cotton crops were the most vulnerable as the storm passed through because they’re nearing harvest.

Both were hit hard.

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Fifty percent of Georgia's pecan crop might be lost, according to state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

"If we lose half this pecan crop, fruitcakes will be more expensive at Christmastime, one would think,” Black said.

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

As tropical storm Irma moved through Atlanta Monday, many evacuees from Florida and South Georgia filling up the city’s hotels were ready to return home, but emergency officials told them to wait.

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Richard Anthony felt cooped up, so as Irma dumped rain, he stepped just outside the entrance of the Comfort Inn he was staying at near Turner Field.

Staff said nearly all of the hotel’s 90 rooms were filled with evacuees.

Kaitlin Kolarik / WABE

While communities grapple with how to handle monuments to Confederate leaders, a sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled on the grounds of the Georgia state Capitol Monday. 

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King’s family, activists and some of the state’s top Democrat and Republican lawmakers said the 8-foot-tall, bronze image of the civil rights icon in mid-stride should be an example to the country.

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