Closer Look: Georgia PSC Chair Talks Georgia Power Energy Goals; Mercer Medical School Expands Columbus Campus; Keeping Skin Safe During Summertime

Bubba McDonald, chairman of Georgia's Public Service Commission, discusses Georgia Power’s 2019 Integrated Resource plan, which is currently under consideration by the PSC.
Bubba McDonald, chairman of Georgia's Public Service Commission, discusses Georgia Power’s 2019 Integrated Resource plan, which is currently under consideration by the PSC.
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose will give a news brief on a new candidate who has jumped into Georgia’s 6th congressional district race. Nicole Rodden, a military veteran and Republican, recently joined former Georgia Republican Congresswoman Karen Handel, State Senator and Republican Brandon Beach and businessman Kenneth Brown in the race for the seat which is currently held by Democratic U.S. Representative Lucy McBath. The 6th congressional district includes Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek, Roswell and Sandy Springs and a small portion of East Cobb.
  • And in other news, as temperatures rise, some area fires stations will offer relief from the heat. City of South Fulton officials have opened cooling centers at each of their eight fire stations. Cooling centers will offer bottled water, clean bathrooms and air conditioning.
  • And finally, we’ll hear the latest on Netflix’s decision to speak out against Georgia’s newest anti-abortion law.
  • 3:45: The Georgia Public Service Commission is currently considering Georgia Power’s 2019 Integrated Resource plan, which outlines long-range energy goals. Included in the plan is a proposal to close one coal-fired plant and to shut down an additional coal unit at another plan. Bubba McDonald, chairman of Georgia’s Public Service Commission, talks to Rose about the plan and any concerns from the commission.
  • 25:58: Mercer University School of Medicine recently announced the school will expand its two-year Columbus campus to a four-year institution. This step is part of an effort to address a shortage of doctors and medical professionals in rural areas. Dr. Jean Sumner, Dean of the Mercer University School of Medicine, tells Rose more about the curriculum change.
  • 40:56: Memorial Day weekend brought a heat wave through the Southeast with meteorologists predicting record temperatures in states across the region, including in Georgia. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 96,480 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2019. Here in in Georgia, more than 3,050 new cases of malignant melanoma are expected to be diagnosed this year. In light of these statistics, Dr. Ragini Kudchadkar, a melanoma specialist at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, joins us in studio to discuss prevention and ways to keep skin safe in the summer heat.
Dr. Ragini Kudchadkar, a melanoma specialist at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, joins us in studio to discuss ways to keep skin safe in the summer heat Credit: Grace Walker

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.