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Molly Samuel

Reporter

Molly Samuel joined WABE as a reporter in November 2014. Before coming on board, she was a science producer and reporter at KQED in San Francisco, where she won awards for her reporting on hydropower and on crude oil.

Molly was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.

She’s from Atlanta, has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

An Atlanta home violating the state's water restrictions in Piedmont Heights. Outdoor watering is only allowed 4 pm to 10 am two days a week: on Wednesdays and Saturdays for even-numbered addresses, and Thursdays and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

We've gotten a lot of rain this summer, but there are still rules about using water in Atlanta because of the drought that -- until recently -- was pretty bad. So some water agencies are experimenting with new ways to let people know what's going on.

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Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted a Facebook Live event on the water level at Lake Lanier.

Courtesy of Georgia Power

Georgia is now the only state in the country with a nuclear power plant under construction. A project in South Carolina was suspended Monday, leaving only Georgia Power's expansion at Plant Vogtle.

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The same company, Westinghouse, was building the nuclear reactors at power plants in South Carolina and Georgia. The projects had been touted as leading a "nuclear renaissance" in the U.S.

John Bazemore / Associated Press

There is progress this week on sorting out the future of a major nuclear power expansion in Georgia.

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A subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company will now oversee construction of two new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle. The U.S. Department of Energy has signed off on Southern Nuclear taking over as lead contractor. 

Ian Palmer / WABE

Fights over water. We’ve heard them: droughts causing concern about shortages. Cities versus farmers, versus environmental groups. 

This is a different kind of story: about a water supplier that’s trying to share more.

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The Fayette County Water System operates a handful of reservoirs in suburban Atlanta and supplies water to about 120,000 people, says Lee Pope, the director of the agency. It might seem strange that he really wants his customers to buy less water.

Romeo Durscher / NASA

On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will slide across the United States, visible in a strip of land from Oregon to South Carolina, including in a corner of northeast Georgia.

There will be a partial eclipse in a much broader area, but in the path of totality, including in Rabun County, the moon will completely block out the sun, the stars will come out, and the temperature will drop.

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