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Johnny Kauffman

Reporter

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.

Stephen Morton / AP Photo/Georgia Port Authority

The U.S. trade deficit jumped sharply in August as exports fell to the lowest level in nearly three years while imports increased.

This jump possibly stunted efforts from Mayor Kasim Reed and the Metro Atlanta Chamber to get area businesses to sell more of their products abroad. The deficit grew 15.6 percent to $48.3 billion, the biggest deficit since March, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Exports of goods and services dropped 2 percent to $185.1 billion, the lowest level since October 2012, while imports rose 1.2 percent to $233.4 billion.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, says he will not run for U.S. Senate, leaving Georgia Democrats without a candidate to oppose Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson. 

Warnock had been considering a run for months, and just last week spoke at a major Democratic fundraiser. 

In a statement Warnock said, "As much as I would have been honored to run and to serve, I have decided that, given my current pastoral and personal commitments, this is not a good time." 

Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation wants to expand.

It's made a last minute bid to take over Southern Regional Medical Center, which is in bankruptcy.

Grady will be competing against California-based Prime Healthcare in an auction scheduled for next week.

Prime’s bid is valued at $18 million, compared to $20 million from Grady.

John Haupert, CEO of Grady Health Systems, says the organization has the money to make the move, even though it was struggling itself just a few years ago.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.,  July 23, 2013.
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Republicans in Congress announced Wednesday that the U.S. House of Representatives will hold leadership elections Oct. 8.  

Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price of Roswell is competing to be the majority leader, the No. 2 spot in the House.  

Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his resignation last week, and that has House Republicans jockeying for leadership positions.  

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks to supporters in Buckhead.
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Rep. Geoff Duncan, R-Cumming, took the stage before Rubio. 

He said, "There's nobody I trust more in this campaign to handle this nation's security."

Rubio gave a stump speech that addressed North Korea, Russia and reached its climax with harsh criticism of the Iran nuclear deal.

"The Iranians run by a radical Shia cleric will also develop a nuclear weapon because of this recent deal the president is ramming down our throats," Rubio said.

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