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Elly Yu

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Elly Yu is a reporter at WABE, where she first got her start in public radio as an graduate student intern in 2013. Since then, she’s reported for WNYC, NPR, and Marketplace among others.  In 2014, Elly was awarded with an immigration reporting fellowship from the Institute for Justice and Journalism.

Elly holds a bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she co-hosted a podcast. 

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To help stem the opioid epidemic, all Georgia doctors will be required to get training on prescribing opioids under a new rule the state medical board approved last week.

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"The medical board felt that it was a situation where it was time that we needed to take some affirmative act in trying to assist with stemming the problem that we're currently facing," said Dr. Dan DeLoach, chairman of the Georgia Composite Medical Board and a plastic surgeon in Savannah.

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Bill Brim is a farmer who says he loves his vegetables. He points to dozens of varieties he’s grown as he walks through rows of plants at his farm, Lewis Taylor Farms, in Tifton, Georgia.

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“I can be a vegetarian real easily,” he says. “I do like my bacon every once in a while though,” he adds after a pause, laughing.

The produce Brim grows on his 5,000-acre farm is picked by hand. Every year, he hires about 500 people through a temporary guest worker program, called H-2A. 

2015 had the highest reported youth suicides in the past five years.
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The state has changed the way it helps students pay for Advanced Placement exams. Instead of paying for one exam for low-income students, the state will now pay for an exam for any student, regardless of income, if the tests are related to the STEM field – subjects in science, technology, engineering or math.

The change has drawn criticism from some teachers groups and educators.

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Leon Vuong manages a store inside a Vietnamese supermarket on Buford Highway. He came to the United States more than 30 years ago with his family from Vietnam. He was 10 years old at the time.

“We were refugees, we were boat people,” he said. “We lived on a refugee camp, we went through all of that, and we made it here, and we have lived here, and we assimilated to the culture.”

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Immigrant and refugee groups are raising concerns about a proposal put forth by Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, along with Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, to reduce legal immigration. The proposal got the backing of President Trump Wednesday in a joint press conference with the senators.

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