Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 14, 2019

Feb. 14, 2019 GPB

Conserving Georgia’s Coast, Protecting Endangered Right Whales

Elena Rivera and Virginia Prescott report that the Georgia coast is a central calving spot for North Atlantic right whales; however, last year, no new calves were spotted there, and that caused great concern about the species. Only about 400 right whales are left in the entire world.

Feb. 14, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Follow your heart

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, at this time of year, many of us have Valentine’s Day gifts and celebrations on our minds. However, along with a time for flowers and candy, February is American Heart Month. The month-long national recognition was established in 1963 to raise awareness and spread information about heart disease.

Feb. 14, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

High-tech fleet management company, Samsara, lands in Midtown

Christopher Quinn reports that Samsara, a high-tech company that uses cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence to track and direct delivery of products and to train drivers in real time, has opened an office in Midtown. Sanjit Biswas, one of the co-founders, said the office is opening with about 25 workers.

Feb. 14, 2019 Atlanta Business

Chronicle GE Power facing $92B backlog

Mark Meltzer reports that a couple of key Atlanta executives are sitting in the middle of one of General Electric’s biggest problem areas. GE’s power business, its oldest business and one of its largest, has a $92 billion backlog of unfilled orders for products and services that is “marred by lousy projects,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

Feb. 14, 2019 University of Georgia

Fanning conference to highlight rural leadership

Charles Bauder reports, creating a pipeline of local leaders is difficult when young adults choose to leave home for opportunities elsewhere. This has been a challenge in Oglethorpe County for many years. With help from the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, county leaders began to tackle the problem last year.

Feb. 14, 2019 Emory University

Rollins Foundation gift to Emory University advances public health

Staff reports that the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation has pledged $65 million to Emory University toward construction of a third Rollins School of Public Health building on the Emory campus. To be named the R. Randall Rollins Building, the new facility will be adjacent to the existing School of Public Health facilities, and groundbreaking is tentatively set for 2020.

Feb. 14, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Miss Georgia Pageant could leave Columbus after 74 years as June date approaches

Tony Adams reports that a prestigious beauty pageant that has called Columbus home for all of its 74 years is now apparently exploring better options elsewhere heading into this summer’s event, although a flurry of meetings aimed at keeping it here are now under way. The Miss Georgia Pageant, first held in Columbus as World War II raged overseas in 1944, hasn’t said if it will or if it won’t have its contestants crossing a local stage in 2019.

Feb. 14, 2019

Governor Kemp Leads on Health Care with Patients First Act

Staff reports that yesterday, the Patients First Act (SB 106) was introduced in the Georgia State Senate by Governor Kemp’s Floor Leader, Senator Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia). “The Patients First Act is a step toward lowering insurance premiums, enhancing access to quality care, and improving health outcomes in every part of our state,” said Governor Kemp. “By working with Lt. Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, and the legislature, we will craft a Georgia-centric healthcare system that ensures a bright and healthy future for all Georgians – no matter their zip code.”

Feb. 14, 2019

Georgia Lawmakers Show Bipartisan Love for the United Kingdom

Trevor Williams reports that a pair of resolutions passed in recent weeks in both houses of Georgia’s legislature shows bipartisan alignment on at least one issue: that a “special relationship” with the United Kingdom holds multifaceted benefits for the state.

Feb. 14, 2019 Macon Telegraph

Vote puts Macon a giant step closer to national park

Wayne Crenshaw reports that supporters of making Ocmulgee National Monument a national park scored a major new victory when the U.S. Senate for the first time approved the designation. Bills that would create the park have twice passed the House only to fall in the Senate, but this time a bill went through the Senate first and passed by a 92-8 vote on Tuesday.

Feb. 14, 2019 Georgia Health News

House panel backs curb on ‘step therapy’ rules for medications

Andy Miller reports, when Brannen Whirledge was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 4, he was put on medications that failed to help him. He suffered continual vomiting and severe stomach cramps. Then they found a medication that worked. Brannen’s symptoms went away. But after six months, says his mother, Melissa Whirledge, the family’s insurer told them that it would no longer cover the effective medication until “he failed on other drugs that he had already failed on.’’

Feb. 14, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

School bus legislation ‘fix’ headed to governor’s desk

Jon Gargis reports that on Friday, Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to sign legislation that will once again require drivers to stop for school buses when a turn lane is present between their vehicle and the bus. Senate Bill 25 passed in the House Wednesday after being approved 55-0 in the Senate last week.

Feb. 14, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

House passes Rep. Cooper’s breast cancer bill

Ross Williams reports that mammograms could change in Georgia if the Senate passes a new bill sponsored by state Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-east Cobb. House Bill 62, also known as Margie’s Law, would mandate that mammogram providers inform women of their breast tissue density. The bill passed the House 166-1 on Monday, with the sole nay vote coming from Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger.

Feb. 14, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Where Brian Kemp stands one month after he took office

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp took office one month ago after an intensely partisan race that ended with a record number of votes – and the slimmest margin of victory for any Georgia governor in decades. He took office on Jan. 14 with a pledge to put aside polarizing acrimony and work to unite Georgia, and has largely steered clear of the base-pleasing social issues he used to fuel his primary win.

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