Show Notes, July 13, 2013

Augusta, Georgia, 2013
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The topics for today’s show are

Midwives in Augusta?

Last year, I attended a meeting of local midwives and other alternative birth advocates. They claimed that modern medicine’s birth practices increased some health risks and caused psychological trauma to newborns. I’ve watched a documentary discussing alternative birthing’s benefits. Of course, what we call today alternative birthing was the dominant practice for most of the history of humanity.

I can’t say I was sold on alternative birthing, but that’s not really relevant for me, is it?

In today’s paper, advocates of midwifery rallied outside the Richmond County Health Department to call attention to Augusta’s high rate of maternal mortality. In the period of study, 6 mothers in the 13-county East Central Health District died during pregnancy or the first year of the child’s life. This rate is the highest in Georgia, and Georgia’s maternal mortality rate is the highest in the nation. Public health officials suspect cardiovascular disease and domestic violence are the likely cause.

Changes to Georgia’s federal elections calendar are coming. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones “has ordered permanent changes to Georgia’s federal election calendar, including one that will make next year’s primary elections much earlier than planned.” Primary elections, by federal law, must be held at least 45 days prior to the general election so that absentee ballots can be mailed to military and other overseas residents at least 45 days in advance.

The big question here is whether Georgia’s state legislature will change the dates of local and state elections to coincide with the federal ones. Some legislators, including my representative Barbara Sims, seem to want to separate out election dates, despite the great cost involved. Some suspect that these legislators hope to decrease voter turnout by increasing the number of elections.

Augusta Commission Special Called Legal Meeting, Tue, Jul 16, 4:30 pm

Mayor Deke Copenhaver talks about industrial growth  in Augusta, GA and importance of Georgia Regents University with Governor Nathan Deal

Henry H Brigham Swim Center at Golden Camp Rd is reopening July 17, 2013

I mentioned yesterday that Mayor Copenhaver and Sean Frantom of the Young Professionals of Augusta were attending the Georgia Forward Conference. State Senator Hardie Davis, Jr (District 22) was also in attendance.

The weekend of August 3-4, Augusta is scheduled to hear from internationally known peace activist Medea Benjamin.

You are cordially invited to attend our Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, July 16th at 10am inside of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Lobby. We hope to see you there!

Brendan I. Koerner, author of The Skies Belong to Us, is speaking at The Book Tavern at 936 Broad St (The White Building) on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 2 pm – 4 pm. This book is the story of Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow, who hijacked a Western Airlines flight, fled the country with a half-million dollars and spent decades in hiding afterwards.

Thank you for listening.

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