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How the “America First” Budget Could Affect Athens

Athens, Ga.– Federal funds used for everything from affordable housing to free job training are up for elimination in President Trump’s proposed “America First” budget. The federal government provides a portion of these funds to Athens each year through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The $3 billion program is up for elimination because it “is not well targeted” and “has not demonstrated results” according to the budget presented to Congress. This year, the federal government allocated $275,000 to the Athens Land Trust (ALT) to fund various local initiatives through…

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First a Dawg, Now an American Citizen

Dreams can take a month to achieve, a year, a decade or never happen. UGA student Rafael Paz Abromson, from Brazil, achieved what he’s been dreaming of for 12 years. He finally became a U.S. citizen two weeks ago. Abromson has wanted to be a U.S. citizen since he was seven. He was turned down for a green card from the United States Citizenship Immigration Services the first time he applied. “The conditions weren’t right for me for them to accept me,” Abromson said. “They knew if I probably came…

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Watkinsville’s La Parilla participates in “A Day Without Immigrants”

Local restaurant employees who intended to make a statement found themselves the victims of racist remarks last Friday.  La Parilla, a mexican restaurant in Watkinsville decided to close for the day last Thursday after many of their employees took the day to recognize a national protest called “A Day Without Immigrants.” They posted a sign explaining the closure and returned Friday to find the sign covered in racist remarks, including a swastika and messages saying “Trump Train,” “Build The Wall,” and “You Just Got Your Last Peso From My Family.”…

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UGA students join the conversation on Trump immigration ban

ATHENS, Ga.—Students at the University of Georgia participated in a ‘March For Immigrants’ last Friday to protest against the ban on immigration posed by President Trump. The event was created by the Muslim Student Association in partnership with the UGA chapter for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Ali Marmel, a Public Health and Psychology double major from Augusta, Georgia, is head vice president of the Muslim Student Association and says this protest will not be the end of the fight. “Going forward it’s continued resistance… that is…

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Post Election Stress

While some UGA students are joining other groups across the country in protest, there’s one thing they aren’t doing. They aren’t seeking university counseling like students at some other schools. Kristine Groft, a Public Relations Coordinator for the the University of Georgia Health Center, said Thursday that the Center has yet to have students request counseling after the election. Some students  on campus shared how they think UGA students are processing their feelings differently. Brittany Sears, a junior at UGA, says many of the people she knows don’t seek out…

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Campaign Signs Vandalized in Athens

It’s only one day until election day and the national election polls are getting closer. Here in Athens supporters of both candidates are becoming frustrated because their signs have either been stolen or vandalized. Andrew Clyde, the Owner and CEO of Clyde’s Armory, has had 28 of the 50 Trump-Pence signs he purchased either stolen or vandalized. The Navy Commander says it’s frustrating that he fought for others’ rights and now they are impeding his. Warren Blackmon, an Independent, who put up signs on his property next to Mama’s Boy…

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The Peach State Could Now be a Purple State

Recent polls have proved the state of Georgia to bleed purple instead of the traditional GOP red. This is just a fancy way of saying Georgia is a battleground, or swing state. Polls ran by multiple news outlets show that the Presidential Candidates, Donald Trump(GOP) and Hillary Clinton(D) are neck and neck in the Peach State. Although we won’t know the exact results of the election until tomorrow night, a local expert says that we can expect to see changes on the federal level if Georgia does swing to the…

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Georgia Ballot Amendments Explained

Below is a sample ballot as it will appear in Athens-Clarke County during early voting and on November 8th. While the races might vary from county to county in Georgia, the four proposed amendments will remain the same. To check out all of our GradyNewsource coverage on each proposed constitutional amendment click the proposed amendment (either -1-,-2-,-3-, or -4-) on the ballot below. By: Molly Swindall This content is under revision. Please refresh page for updates, and follow Grady Newsource on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Early Voting Lines Continue in Athens

As of 10:15 Thursday morning, the wait time in line at the Athens Board of Elections was about 20 minutes – but the line keeps growing as the morning goes on. Some of the people in line watched the Wednesday Presidential debate, but most of them already had their minds made up to vote early. Their presidential decisions are already made. The decisions being made this morning are on the state and local ballots. Bill and Peggy Jackson were reading over the four proposed Georgia amendments that are on the…

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The FINAL debate: Is it worth watching?

More than 20 people are in line at the Athens Board of Elections office for early voting– and the lines have been just as long since Monday, October 17. Athens Resident Jobeth Allen is voting early and will not be watching the final debate. Allen says she “can’t stand to watch Donald Trump for one more minute than [she has] to.” Debate experts are wondering how many people will even tune into the final debate with the early voting turnout being so extensive. Not everyone is able to take part in…

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