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podcasts: WSB Traffic Podcast with Doug "Fireball" Turnbull and Smilin' Mark McKay

Doug Turnbull and Mark McKay talk Metro Atlanta traffic issues with the rest of the members of WSB Triple Team Traffic, local transportation officials, and YOU the listener.

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Former NASCAR driver Patrick Carpentier on distracted driving

Topics: Carpentier chats with WSB's Doug Turnbull about his new passion to educate teens about distracted driving and why, even with strict laws, it's still an epidemic. He also reflects on his short NASCAR career and how he takes in the sport these days.
Posted: July 09, 2018

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WSB Rapid Fire Round Table on the new Hands-Free law

Topics: Triple Team Traffic's Doug "Fireball" Turnbull, Smilin' Mark McKay, and Ashley Frasca, along with Atlanta Journal-Constitution's transportation writer David Wickert and WSB legal analyst Phil Holloway take more questions on the new distracted driving rules in Georgia and how officials will enforce them.

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Georgia's New Hands-Free Law: The Do's and Don't's of Distracted Driving

Topics: This WSB Radio, Ch. 2 Action News, and AJC roundtable is hosted by WSB Radio & Ch. 2's Mark Arum and Ch. 2's Richard Elliot, featuring Triple Team Traffic's Doug "Fireball" Turnbull and Smilin' Mark McKay and AJC transportation reporter David Wickert. The panel takes audience and social media questions and interviews guests about the July 1st Hands-Free Law.

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The low-down on the Hands-Free Georgia Act 5/23/2018

Topics: Fireball and Smilin' fill-in on The Mark Arum show, talking about and answering questions the July 1st hands-free law. Bill lead sponsor Rep. John Carson joins, along with Steelhorse Law's George Stein on how it will be enforced.

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Three months full! 4/20/2018

Topics: Smilin' and Fireball yak for quite a long time about many subjects, including a terrible I-285 wreck, car maintenance, the importance of AAA, and the I-75 Express Lanes. They also share memories of Jon Lewis and Captain Herb Emory.

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WSB Traffic Podcast 1/26/2018

Topics: In the first episode of the year, Turnbull and McKay discuss the awful crashes in Tuesday's morning drive, the recent winter weather, the underlying reason for truck bottlenecks, and driverless cars.

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The Year in Review for Atlanta Traffic 12/14/17

Topics: Fireball and Smilin' break down the recent snow storm and the nutty year on the Atlanta roads. They also look ahead on what to expect in 2018.

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10/20/2017: The airborne account of the fatal GA-400 tire crash

Topics: Turnbull and McKay are back to talk about the awful traffic in the beautiful weather. McKay gives his airborne account of the terrible death on GA-400 Thursday morning, when a tire from a northbound truck came loose and hit a southbound car.

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Riding in a self-driving with Bryan Mulligan on the North Ave. smart corridor

Topics: WSB's Doug Turnbull interviews Applied Information President Bryan Mulligan about how traffic signals can talk to apps and autonomous cars and how this technology on North Ave. is some of the first in the nation. Mulligan also discusses how his autonomous Tesla interacts with other cars and adjusts for traffic conditions.

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Child safety seat advocate Jenny Harty

Topics: A weekend trip to a friend's lake house nearly turned tragic for Jenny Harty and her family in July of 2002. An oncoming car smashed the left side of their minivan and spun them into a ditch. Harty's daughter, Madison, sustained serious injuries. Safety crews said her booster seat saved her life. Harty's mission then became to increase the odds of survival for kids all over Georgia. She shares her family's harrowing story, the struggle to pass Madison's Law, and her current advocacy for safe driving with WSB's Doug Turnbull.

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News

  • It was Hank Aaron who convinced the Braves to draft Chipper Jones. What led him to believe, at a young age, that Chipper was going to be a Hall of Famer? WSB Radio’s Jay Black and Chris Camp sat down with the baseball legend to discuss his answer to that question, and many more on topics including the Braves’ success during the first half of the season and his take on the crop of young players having success this year: LISTEN TO WSB’S FULL INTERVIEW WITH HANK AARON HERE.
  • Divers will continue searching tomorrow for a woman who fell from a boat on Lake Lanier on Sunday. Channel 2 Action News has learned Hall County Sheriff’s Deputies and Hall County Fire Services were called to Lake Lanier between Port Royale and Old Federal Park regarding a possible drowning just before 4 p.m. RELATED STORIES: Man accused of groping woman at Roswell park turns himself in Man found malnourished, children unsupervised in southwest Atlanta home, police say Boaters' window shot out while cruising on Lake Lanier Authorities told Channel 2 Action News a 31 year-old woman had jumped off of a sailboat to go for a swim and the boat drifted away from her. A man, who was still on the boat, told authorities the victim was trying to swim back to the boat but became tired and efforts to throw a line to her were unsuccessful. He told authorities he went into the water in an attempt to rescue the victim, but was didn't find her after she went under and did not resurface. Dive teams spent an hour looking for her but had to suspend their search due to inclement weather.   
  • A man shot and injured two people at a Nevada church during service Sunday afternoon, officials said.  >> Read more trending news One of the victims was taken to a hospital Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford told KOLO. The identities and conditions are unknown.  The gunman is in custody, Tedford told KOLO.  The shooting happened in front of other parishioners at Fallon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, KOLO reported. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) shared his condolences on Twitter.  This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
  • Police arrested the mother and stepfather of three unsupervised children and a disabled adult who appeared to be malnourished after officers found them in a southwest Atlanta residence. Officers arrived to the house on Saturday at about 5:30 p.m., police spokesman John Chafee said in a statement. >> Read more trending news The people who called police had moved out of the house about three weeks ago, Chafee said. “They returned to the home today to retrieve some of their property when they located the children and 21-year-old in the home,” Chafee said.  This family apparently had moved into the home after the people who called police moved out, police said. The mother and stepfather returned to the scene and were taken into custody and charged with violating state law on protection of disabled adults and elder persons. The children appeared to be in good health, police said. Their ages were not released.  Chafee said it is his understanding that the woman is the mother to the disabled man and the three children. “The children have been placed in the care of a family member, and (the division of family and children services) is following up with them,” Chafee said. The disabled man, who is 21, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. No identities were released, and police are still investigating.
  • The 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank in a Missouri lake were remembered Sunday during a service attended by around 200 people in the tourism community of Branson. A church bell at Williams Chapel at College of the Ozarks chimed 17 times for those who died Thursday at Table Rock Lake, the Joplin Globe reported. 'Today we honor the 17 lives that were lost,' said Branson Mayor Karen Best. 'We honor the 14 survivors. And we honor the many heroes who did everything in their power to save lives.' The service was held at the college near the site of the accident, which happened as winds approached hurricane strength. The city and college hosted the remembrance for the victims. Nine of the people who died were part of one Indiana family. Online fundraisers had raised more than $400,000 for their funeral expenses by Sunday afternoon. Two GoFundMe campaigns are underway for the Coleman family, who lost three generations in the duck boat accident. GoFundMe spokeswoman Katherine Cichy says it's verified one campaign that's raising money. Ingrid Coleman Douglas tells The Indianapolis Star a second campaign is also legitimate. Others killed were from Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.
  • Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tried to minimize the damage to his race for governor after President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival. The White House tried to make sure that didn’t happen. And Secretary of State Brian Kemp shifted his focus beyond Tuesday’s vote. It was a weekend of furious campaigning across the state, as the two Republicans hurtling toward the runoff tried to mobilize their supporters and sway undecided voters. In what’s expected to be a low-turnout race, a few thousand ballots could swing the election. Trump’s surprise tweet endorsing Kemp transformed him from an underdog into a front-runner, and at campaign stops around the state he acted like it. The full-scale attacks on Cagle, long a staple of his campaign, were replaced with pledges that he’ll defeat Democrat Stacey Abrams in November. He had plenty of backup from his newest supporters. He appeared Saturday with Vice President Mike Pence, who said Kemp would bring Trump-like leadership to Georgia’s top office. And Trump sent a second tweet offering his “full endorsement” to a candidate who is “very strong on crime and borders.” RELATED STORIES: Man accused of groping woman at Roswell park turns himself in Man found malnourished, children unsupervised in southwest Atlanta home, police say Boaters' window shot out while cruising on Lake Lanier Cagle countered by relentlessly tying himself to Gov. Nathan Deal, who endorsed him last week. At a Sunday event in Auburn, he tried to downplay the president’s snub, saying that Georgians don’t “need someone else deciding who our governor’s going to be.” “There are two gold-star endorsements in the race,” he told a crowd of about 50 supporters gathered in a sweltering park. “One, of course, is President Trump. But the other is Governor Deal.” Meanwhile, Abrams prepared for the spotlight to refocus on the general election once the GOP nominee is settled. Her campaign sent a note to supporters Sunday warning that the GOP “will be all-in here in Georgia, pouring millions of dollars into their nominee’s campaign” to stop her. ‘Help’ For Kemp, the final days of the race gave him a last chance to remind Republicans of Trump’s support – and cast Cagle as an also-ran. At his rally with Pence in Macon on Saturday, he didn’t mention the lieutenant governor’s name, a stark shift after weeks of assailing Cagle over a secretly made recording that captured him acknowledging he supported “bad public policy” for political reasons. Instead, Kemp framed himself as the only candidate who can energize Republican voters in November to defeat Abrams, who has staked her campaign on mobilizing Democrats who rarely cast ballots by campaigning on left-leaning policies. And Kemp’s supporters echoed his approach. Barbara Bryant, a Lizella retiree, was already supporting Kemp before Trump’s endorsement. But now, she said, voting for the secretary of state takes on more significance. “We want to stand behind Trump, and that’s a way to do it,” she said. “I see this as a way to show our support for the president – he needs all the help he can get.” Ditto for Mike Fuller, a Macon retiree who said he’s unimpressed with talk that the race has become a proxy battle between Trump and Deal. Though the governor endorsed Cagle after an unrelated speech last week, he hasn’t headlined any rallies or events for the lieutenant governor. “So Cagle gets the governor who is going out of office. And Kemp gets the president and vice president,” said Fuller. “Shall I say it? Cagle got trumped. He’s been running scared for a while, and there’s enough Republican support to put (Kemp) over the top.” ‘Real deal’ It’s still unclear why Trump sided with Kemp, but analysts point to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a former Georgia governor who appointed Kemp to the state’s top elections post in 2010. His aides and his first-cousin, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, have denied any involvement. Even so, Pence may have stirred the pot – knowingly or unknowingly – as he revved up the crowd in Macon. He called Kemp the “real deal,” borrowing Deal’s campaign slogan, while touting Kemp as the best GOP choice for governor. Cagle’s supporters took notice, though the lieutenant governor has refrained from taking any shots at Trump since he waded into the race. He’s walked a delicate line trying to energize the GOP base without alienating backers of Trump, who is highly popular among the conservatives who will decide the race. Cagle’s closing message on the trail Sunday reflected the bind he was in. He said he wouldn’t predict why the president picked sides, but he added: “I will be a bulldog for the people of Georgia and not a lapdog for Washington.” Cagle’s campaign is counting on fervent supporters who won’t leave the fold. Among them is Phil Dacosta, a Barrow County Republican who said he’s unshaken by poll numbers that show the lieutenant governor trailing Kemp. “People who care about experienced leadership with a steady hand, those people will turn up at the polls and Casey’s going to win by a mile,” said Dacosta, who attended Cagle’s Auburn rally. “I don’t think Trump’s endorsement matters – most people can make their own decision.” Kemp’s campaign is betting that he’s wrong, and quickly launched a final campaign ad focused on Trump’s support. And interviews with more than a dozen voters over the weekend revealed a handful who had switched their loyalties to Kemp in the last few days, or were seriously considering doing so. That’s the fraught situation David Alexander is in. The Lawrenceville resident voted for Kemp in the May primary, largely because he wanted to see a runoff between him and Cagle. At the beginning of last week, he was leaning toward Cagle. But now, with Trump’s decision, he’s up in the air. “The endorsements do sway me,” said Alexander. “There’s going to be lots of prayer in the next few days.”