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    TODAY Hat’s Off to the TN citizen who held GA convicts at pay with his gun until authorities arrived to arrest them.  Some controversy this morning over what kind of gun (the AJC said “AR-16” but I can’t find such a thing.)  Suffice it to say it was intimidating enough that he got no argument from the suspected killers. That suggestion was to use the GA LOTTERY BOARDS in convenience stores thnroughout the state to publicize the lookout for dangerous suspects like the convicts wanted for murder... that came from WSB Radio news sleuth Jon Lewis who received a Morgan County honorary deputy award for his idea. Final day of in person early voting for the 6th dist runoff for congress, already the most expensive race ever for a U.S. House of Representatives seat.  Runoff election day is Tuesday June 20 and we could see  a record turnout once it’s done.  300K votes possible total.  President Trump heads to Miami today for an announcement on redrawing the US policy toward Cuba.  Jamie Dupree says he’s heading back to Washington DC instead of weekending in FLA. CBS Evening News Anchor Scott Pelley will deliver his final newscast tonight, instead turning more of his focus to coverage for CBS News' 60 Minutes. I CANNOT FIND WHO IS REPLACING PELLEY on the CBS Evening News...there have been some petitions to make it a woman... who should it be? Nora O’Donnell maybe? Sad to hear former 11Alive ATL Helicopter pilot/news reporter BRUCE ERION has passed away.  71. Cancer. West Point grad, Vietnam Vet, in his day, one of the best.  And one of the few who flew and reported at the same time.  I shared the sky with Bruce often during my traffic reporting days.  Sticker on his airport locker:  “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”  SECRECY IS SURROUNDING the Senate Bill to overhaul Obamacare, raising alarm in both parties. Senate leaders are writing the legislation without a single hearing and without an open drafting session. Republican leaders including Sen. Mitch McConnell are defending their approach to come up with a healthcare bill behind closed doors.  Jamie Dupree says the clock is ticking for the GOP on this one; without CBO review quickly (and that can’t happen until the bill language is known), you may not see a Senate ote before July 4. Talk to you Monday on AMN.
  • While we wait on the crime lab to come up with what exactly is causing OD’s and even deaths in Middle Georgia from fake Percocet tablets, this really hit me between the eyes this morning:  a national newspaper tally suggests 59,000 people died from the opioid epidemic in America last year.  59,000. In one year.  We only had around 40,000 die in vehicle accidents in 2016.  Why are so many people willing to put their very lives in the hands of pushers who don’t give a whit about their wellbeing (beyond their ability to pay for the drugs) is beyond me.  We aren’t going to arrest our way out of it says one criminal justice expert.  We’ve got to do better getting to the root cause of why so many people are willing to walk off a cliff just to get numb.  Relief for knee pain without surgery.  This is great stuff.  A new procedure that freezes nerve endings in and around arthritic knees can give months of relief without injections or major surgery.  It costs around $4000 and has just received FDA approval.  I don’t know if any doc’s are performing “Coolief” around Atlanta, but let me know if you find one.  www.mycoolief.com  Maybe they’ll have a decent spinal option. Meanwhile, a good place to start looking in to it is this NBC story from Monday evening:  http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cool-new-knee-procedure-eases-arthritis-pain-without-surgery-n771221 Tomorrow breaking down Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s testimony to his former Senate colleagues, the biggest rain chance day before the weekend, and the common gift card Clark Howard calls a ripoff.  And who the harry know what will happen next in Atlanta traffic. Stay tuned. 
  • Scott Slade

    Scott Slade is host of Atlanta’s Morning News, consistently one of the top-rated radio programs in metro Atlanta for over twenty years, and among the top-rated news-talk programs in the USA. The show airs weekdays, 4:30-9:00 AM, on 95.5 FM and AM750, WSB.

    Scott is a rare two-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award as Best Radio Personality in America in both major and large markets. Atlanta’s Morning News with Scott Slade has won numerous awards since its inception in 1991, including the national Edward R. Murrow Award as Best Radio Newscast in the nation. Scott inititiated the WSB Radio Care-a-Thon for the AFLAC Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in 2000, raising millions of dollars to fight children’s cancer and blood disorders.

    Scott has been with WSB Radio since 1984 as a producer, show host, and helicopter traffic reporter. His career includes all facets of media since 1970. He was won numerous news, programming and advertising awards since his broadcasting career began at the age of 15. In fact, his first award was an Associated Press award in 1971 for “News Interpretation” for a weekly program where he and other teenage journalists interviewed news makers on a local radio station. He is an Atlanta native.

    He is a graduate of Georgia State University, a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot, and enjoys hiking, playing jazz saxophone, and horseback riding among his hobbies.

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  • Authorities have declined to press criminal charges against anyone in the 2016 overdose death of musical icon Prince, saying Thursday that investigators were unable to determine where the artist got the fentanyl that killed him. >> Read more trending news >> READ MORE: Charges could be announced in Prince opioid investigation two years after his death | Prince died of fentanyl overdose, autopsy report released | Search warrants unsealed in Prince death investigation | Photos: Prince through the years | MORE
  • Atlanta police are working to identify a woman found dead near Interstate 75/85 and Langford Parkway in southeast Atlanta. Channel 2 Action News there as police tried to figure out how the woman got there. We're talking to investigators as they try to figure out what happened for Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m. A family will receive some tough news today when the medical examiner finally identifies a woman found dead on the side of an interstate at 2am. I'll have the lates at Noon on Ch2 pic.twitter.com/JY3wgM4ZIi — Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 19, 2018 Atlanta police said officers responded to a report of a person down call just before 2 a.m. Thursday.  When officers got there, they met with two drivers who said they had seen someone having trouble walking in the road and pulled over to help them. They said the woman then collapsed. Police said Grady EMS arrived and said she was dead. TRENDING STORIES: Guilty or Not? Tex McIver jury deliberations continue Man charged with arson in stable fire that killed 24 horses 'Armed and dangerous man' on the loose after killing wife, sheriff says Her injuries were consistent with being struck by a vehicle, Atlanta police Capt. Andrew Senzer said. Police said they believe the woman is between the ages of 25 and 35 years old. Police on scene said they noticed that there are no apartments or homes nearby, so they said they do not know why she was in the road. “You have 75/85 that splits with Langford Parkway and that loops around, it’s a lot of twists and turns over here, very dark, but we don’t know why the pedestrian was on the roadway,” Senzer said. If the woman was hit by a car, police will then start searching for the hit-and-run driver.
  • Security plans are being overhauled at the downtown Atlanta library after police say a woman was sexually assaulted. Police say a woman who works as a contract security guard had scissors held to her throat while a man hiding in the building tried to make her perform oral sex on him late Sunday night after the library had closed. Authorities are still searching for the suspect after he got away. Hear from the Fulton County board chairman about the new plans to keep you safe, on Channel 2 Action News at 5.  TRENDING STORIES: Guilty or Not? Tex McIver jury deliberations continue Authorities find body of teacher missing for 3 years Student drop-offs could be delayed 60-90 minutes after DeKalb bus drivers call out
  • NASA's latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's choice of a tea party congressman to run the space agency in an unprecedented party-line vote. In a 50-49 vote Thursday, Oklahoma Rep. James Bridenstine, a Navy Reserve pilot, was confirmed as NASA's 13th administrator, an agency that usually is kept away from partisanship. His three predecessors — two nominated by Republicans — were all approved unanimously. Before that, one NASA chief served under three presidents, two Republicans and a Democrat. The two days of voting were as tense as a launch countdown. A procedural vote Wednesday initially ended in a 49-49 tie — Vice President Mike Pence, who normally breaks a tie, was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — before Arizona Republican Jeff Flake switched from opposition to support, using his vote as leverage to address an unrelated issue. Thursday's vote included the drama of another delayed but approving vote by Flake, a last-minute no vote by Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth — who wheeled onto the floor with her 10-day-old baby in tow — and the possibility of a tie-breaker by Pence, who was back in town. NASA is a couple years away from launching a new giant rocket and crew capsule to replace the space shuttle fleet that was retired in 2011. 'I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NASA to achieve the president's vision for American leadership in space,' Bridenstine said in a NASA release after the vote. Democrats opposing Bridenstine said his outspoken divisiveness, earlier rejection of mainstream climate change science and lack of space experience made him unqualified. Republicans praised him as a qualified war hero. 'His record of behavior in the Congress is as divisive as any in Washington, including his attacks on members of this body from his own party,' Florida Democrat Bill Nelson said. 'It's hard to see how that record will endear, and by extension NASA, him to Congress, and most importantly, endear him to the American people. ' Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, cited past Bridenstine comments that rejected mainstream climate science, invoking the movie 'Apollo 13.' 'Houston, we have a problem,' Markey said. 'NASA's science, NASA's mission and American leadership will be in jeopardy under Congressman Bridenstine's leadership.' During his confirmation hearing, Bridenstine said he acknowledges that global warming is real and man-made, but wouldn't say that it was mostly human-caused, as the overwhelming majority of scientists and scientific literature do. And Bridenstine told Nelson, 'I want to make sure that NASA remains, as you said, apolitical.' Texas Republican Ted Cruz praised the NASA nominee as 'a war hero.' 'NASA needs a strong leader and it will have that strong leader in Jim Bridenstine,' Cruz said. Sean O'Keefe, who was NASA chief under President George W. Bush and was confirmed unanimously, said the close vote 'is a consequence of an erosion of comity in the Congress, particularly in the Senate. Political fights will always break out, but now most policy choices are more likely to emerge based on the party with the majority than the power of the idea.' Alan Ladwig, a top NASA political appointee under Democrats, said this was a case of both party politics and a divisive nominee who doesn't accept science. __ Associated Press writers Mary Claire Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report. ___ Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears . His work can be found here .
  • Kirby Smart has called for fans to fill Sanford Stadium on Sunday for the annual G-day game.
  • The Justice Department has agreed to provide Congress with copies of several memos written by former FBI Director James Comey. That's according to a person familiar with the agreement. The person declined to be named because the documents had not yet been sent to Congress. The move comes as House Republicans threatened to subpoena the documents and criticized department officials. Comey revealed last year that he had written the memos after conversations with President Donald Trump, who later fired him. Justice officials had allowed some lawmakers to view the memos, but had never provided copies to Congress. Last week, three House chairmen demanded the memos by Monday. The Justice Department asked for more time, and the lawmakers agreed.