Georgia

Police aren’t saying why a North Georgia teacher allegedly brought a handgun to school and fired it out a classroom window, but a police representative says apparently the teacher didn’t intend to harm any students. Jesse Randal Davidson teaches social studies at Dalton High, and the principal, Steve Bartoo, describes Davidson as an “excellent teacher.”

He says he’d be surprised “with any of our teachers” if an incident like today’s happens.

“Our teachers care about our kids. They love our kids, they take care of our kids, and it's certainly shocking to any principal if one of their staff members took a gun out in a classroom and fired it.”

The incident is sparking debate about President Trump’s proposal that some teachers start carrying concealed weapons, to defend students against school shooters.

Located at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) offers free advising and information to those who want to enter or continue college and who do not already have a four-year degree.

Brenda Choresi Carter, Director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, joins us to talk about their new Who Runs In Americareport, which examined local, state and national candidates during elections in 2012 and 2014.

When a chicken speaks, it's hard to tell whether it's a happy or sad cluck. That's what a research team at Georgia Tech is trying to decipher by recording more than 1,000 hours of chickens clucking.

Transcript:

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Any preschooler knows what a chicken sounds like.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHICKEN CLUCKING)

SIEGEL: The question is what does all that clucking mean?

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The Confederate battle flag is back in the news in the American South, as civil rights leaders in Georgia decry the state government's approval of a new specialty license plate.

The design is actually an updated version of what has been available for years. The original had one small flag in the corner. This new version adds a background image of the Confederate emblem across the entire width of the plate.

The design was submitted by the Georgia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Spokesman Ray McBerry says they see the flag as a symbol of their roots.

Intensive Family Intervention teams help keep families together in Georgia.  The teams go into homes and work with parents whose children have been diagnosed with mental illness, substance abuse problems or behavioral disorders.  Sometimes these children are on the verge of being sent to a mental health facility, a juvenile detention center or foster care, and IFI teams work to prevent that.

IFI services are funded by Georgia Medicaid, and families must meet specific requirements to qualify.