WABE's Week In Review: The heat effect on Georgians and election races focus on different issues

Peaches growing in the orchard owned and operated by Al Pearson's family. The first trees in the orchard were planted by his great-grandfather some 140 years ago. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

Republicans in Georgia hope inflation and high gas prices will give them an edge in the November election. Democrats, meanwhile, hope the new six-week abortion ban will energize voters.

“You’re going to bring up things that people are not concerned about,” said Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker in response to questions about Georgia’s ban on abortions after six weeks. “People are concerned about gas. They are concerned about food. They’re not even talking about that.”

WABE’s Rahul Bali reported this week that Democrats know inflation is a big issue. Still, Georgia’s six-week abortion ban has given them a new argument.

“The economy can change, but this law becomes the law of the land,” said gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at a campaign event in Atlanta last week. “And I would say to balance whether your immediate concerns about money outweigh your concerns about your constitutional protected rights.”

Substitute shortage…

As Atlanta students and teachers prepare to head back to class in the upcoming weeks, many districts are still dealing with a shortage of substitute teachers. WABE’s Martha Dalton reported this week that some systems are trying new tactics to fill those positions.

The Heat Effect…

Mobile technology is playing an important role in helping scientists measure what parts of Atlanta are seeing the most extreme heat. WABE Tech Cast host Emil Moffatt looks at how the data is collected and used.