Alexia Ridley

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It was a full house at WUGA’s mayoral debate held at the Athens Regional Library Tuesday night.

 

Candidates Richie Knight, Harry Sims, and Kelly Girtz answered questions from WUGA listeners and well as a panel of local journalists consisting of Blake Aued from Flagpole, Lee Shearer from the Athens Banner-Herald and Ashley Soriano from The Red and Black.

 

Retired educator William Breeding attended the event.

 

Leapfrog Group

The state’s hospitals have improved in safety ratings.

 

Fifteen Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ grade on patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group report.

 

The ratings, released Tuesday, showed that 21 percent of hospitals evaluated in the state got a top grade. That’s a slightly higher percentage for Georgia hospitals than in the Leapfrog rankings issued last fall, but it trails the national average of 30 percent getting “A” grades.

Online Athens

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department says there may be more victims of a man accused of sexual assault while posing as an Uber driver.

 

 

56-year old Emerson Redd is charged with rape after a UGA student says she was assaulted while riding in a vehicle with Redd, who she thought was her Uber driver. Police spokesperson Epifanio Rodriguez is asking potential victims to come forward.

 

Georgia.gov

Today is the last day to register to be eligible vote in the May 22nd election. It’s also the last chance for a voter to chance the address shown on the voter’s registration card.

 

Department of Labor

Georgia’s unemployment rate for March remained unchanged at 4.4 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia continued to set records in March, even though the number of jobs dipped slightly. It’s the first time the number of jobs decreased since September of 2017.

 

"When you take a look at those over the month numbers just for jobs, I wouldn't put a lot of stock in it. Quite frankly they're going to fluctuate up and down, any given month of the year," said Butler.  

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