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On an early Saturday morning, Nadia Mwangachuchu headed over to the Tucker Recreation Center to cast her early ballot. She brought her two toddler daughters along to see their mother vote for the first time in her life.

Mwangachuchu, 30, came to the Atlanta area as a refugee more than a decade ago, but became a citizen two years ago. She said she’s been waiting for years to cast her first ever ballot.

“It’s a good experience,” she said. “I’m loving it – because I get to vote here for the first time in my life – voted for anything.”

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Georgia's demographics have been changing. Since the 1990s, the state's Latino population has grown nearly tenfold to nearing a million people. 

One indicator of those demographics changing is the candidacy of Brenda Lopez.  The immigration attorney is set to become the first Latina to enter the Georgia Legislature. Lopez, a Democrat, won May's primary elections and is running unopposed in November for House District 99. Her hope, she says, is to help connect Georgia’s growing immigrant communities to the people in power in her state. 

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Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that he thought he had just a few weeks to live during his battle with cancer a year ago.

Carter and his wife Rosalynn spoke at a news conference at a Habitat for Humanity construction project in Memphis. The 91-year-old Carter, a worldwide ambassador for the charity, is being joined by about 1,500 volunteers during a weeklong effort to build 19 homes in a low-income neighborhood near the city's downtown.

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The race is on to win President Barack Obama's attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy.

Conservation groups, American Indian tribes and federal lawmakers are urging his administration to preserve millions of acres as national monuments. Such a designation often prevents new drilling and mining on public lands, or the construction of new roads and utility lines.

The flurry of activity is creating enthusiasm — and tensions — in several parts of the country.

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In December, Dora Hernandez was waiting for her son to come home, having prepared him food – eggs and refried beans.

Her son, Jaime Arceno Hernandez, had gone to the immigration court office in Atlanta that morning, like he had done several times since he crossed the border illegally two years ago when he was 16, she said. He, like many unaccompanied minors who were stopped at the border, were given court hearings to try to contest deportation.

As it got later in the day, she kept texting him about why he hadn’t come back yet. Jaime didn’t respond.