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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.

Piedmont Park and Midtown Atlanta during the winter storm on Jan. 28, 2014.
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Last month was the fourth coldest November in Georgia on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But there were also some unusually warm temperatures. Nov. 24 was the hottest on record in Atlanta, at 76 degrees.

“Anything is fair game for November,” said Bill Murphey, the state climatologist for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Though there had been predictions for this to be a bad winter, a cold November isn’t a sign of things to come.

Lambda Legal says Georgia doesn't have strong laws protecting transgender rights.
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Because grand jury proceedings are conducted secretly, they usually aren’t in the news much. That is, until grand juries decided not to prosecute the police officers who killed Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Georgia uses grand juries too, though not all states do. Here, prosecutors have to get an indictment for serious crimes like murder or rape or kidnapping. The only way to get an indictment is to go to a grand jury.  

Drought conditions exposed Lake Lanier's lake bed in 2007.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

The state of Florida is suing Georgia over water, including over how much water metro Atlanta can take from Lake Lanier. When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, officials expected it to take more than five years to be decided, but now, the case is expected to move much faster. 

States don’t sue other states that often. When they do, the case goes straight to the Supreme Court. So the process is different.

NASA's spacecraft Orion is intended to eventually help ferry people to Mars.
NASA

NASA is planning to launch a new spacecraft tomorrow morning. It will be the first test flight for Orion, a vehicle that will eventually help humans get to Mars. That’s exciting for Georgia Tech aerospace engineering students, some of whom could be among the first to set foot on the red planet.

Jimmy Williams, a senior at Tech, says he has a “crazy dream” to ride on Orion someday.

“I would love to be Jimmy Williams, first man on Mars,” he says. “That would be a great honor.”

The trees around the White House will be lit up for Christmas soon. Each state is represented by a tree, and this year, girls from around the country are invited to create patterns for their state’s Christmas tree lights. It’s part of an initiative to get more girls interested in computer coding.

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