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Molly Samuel


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.

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Georgia regulators will decide next February whether or not to continue with a troubled nuclear plant expansion project. The future of two new nuclear reactors has been up in the air since the lead contractor went bankrupt earlier this year.

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On Tuesday, the Georgia Public Service Commission voted to approve the schedule for a round of hearings on spending at Plant Vogtle. This is routine, every six months the utility presents its costs to the regulators.

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Irma damaged nearly 1,500 utility poles and knocked down more than 2,000 trees, according to Georgia Power. So why not bury more power lines, so the lights don't go out when a tree falls nearby?

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In short: It’s really expensive, and it’s not necessarily the best solution.

“The common thought is that if we bury the lines, then when we have storms like this, then we won't have outages,” said Craig Bell, a spokesman for Georgia Power.

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Atlanta’s Donald Glover is the first black director to win an Emmy for a comedy series. He won Sunday night for his show, "Atlanta." Glover also writes and stars in the show.

“First I want to thank the great algorithm that put us all here. I want to thank my parents that are in the audience, this is nuts,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Later in the night, Glover won another Emmy, for best actor in a comedy. In that speech, he thanked the city of Atlanta.

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Historically, Atlanta has struggled with managing all the rain from big storms. The water rushes into the sewers, overwhelming the system and causing flooding.

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In the past few years, one solution the city has emphasized is an approach known as green infrastructure.

So how’d that solution perform during Irma? It did well, according to the Department of Watershed Management.

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Georgia Power says it wants to keep building two nuclear reactors, even as the cost to complete them has doubled since the project was proposed.

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The future of the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle has been up in the air since Westinghouse, the lead construction contractor, went bankrupt earlier this year. A similar project in South Carolina was scrapped this summer after utilities decided it didn’t make economic sense to continue with it.