Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 20, 2019

Feb. 20, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Senate panel backs waiver bill to insure more Georgians

Curt Yeomans reports that the Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed legislation Tuesday to allow Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue health care waivers from the federal government. The panel’s 9-4 vote came after Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Stone Mountain, sought to open up the bill’s Medicaid waiver request to cover more Georgians.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Par for the Course

Krista Reese reports, when you think about Augusta, the images arrive in all the shades of spring: The Master’s Tournament in April at the impeccably groomed Augusta National Golf Club, awash in azaleas. The champion’s emerald-green jacket. Boaters on the first warm days on the Savannah River and strollers and runners alongside it on the Riverwalk, beneath cherry blossoms and magnolias.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia regulators delay update on status of troubled nuclear project

Matt Kempner reports that Georgia regulators have delayed hearing whether Georgia Power’s troubled and overbudget Vogtle nuclear expansion is falling further behind schedule. The bulk of the multibillion-dollar project’s ultimate costs would likely fall on customers.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta-based drone solution company raises $7M

Madison Hogan reports  that Atlanta-based Pointivo, a software company that utilizes AI and computer vision to provide automated analytics for drone and other aerial platforms, has raised $7 million in a Series A round led by local VC firm BIP Capital.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Gulfstream G650ER sets record

Staff reports that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. this week announced its ultralong-range Gulfstream G650ER again demonstrated its performance prowess in a city-pair record connecting Singapore and San Francisco — a distance of 7,475 nautical miles/13,843 kilometers — faster than any other ultralong-range aircraft.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 GlobalAtlanta.com

Lighting Africa From Atlanta: Solar Contractor Sees Profitable Future in the Developing World 

Trevor Williams reports that a pivot for some companies may mean tweaking a product line or embracing a new marketing plan. In Renewvia Energy Corp.’s case, it landed executives in African fishing villages, by way of South America.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Ivanka Trump to visit Duluth UPS facility as part of ‘workforce development’ initiative

Isabel Hughes reports that Ivanka Trump will be in Duluth Wednesday morning, along with Gov. Brian Kemp and Marty Kemp. Trump, who serves as an advisor to her father, President Donald Trump, will visit and tour UPS Integrad, a driver training facility, according to Jessica Ditto, White House Deputy Director of Communications.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 Saporta Report

Planned spaceport near Brunswick subject of second lawsuit seeking public records

David Pendered reports that Camden County and two private companies leading the effort to build a planned commercial spaceport on Georgia’s coast have kept information secret and are in violation of Georgia’s Open Records Act for failing to release the information, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Camden County Superior Court.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 Brunswick News

Assistance needed for remaining Jekyll bobcats

Wes Wolfe reports that without much in the way of potential mates, Jekyll Island bobcat Bullwinkle said goodbye and good night, and moseyed on down the road. That left two bobcats remaining on the island, with no new bobcats joining them, according to data collected over the past year.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 University of Georgia 

UGA, Georgia Power partner on workforce development guide

Roger Nielsen reports that a new guide from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government will help schools and businesses throughout Georgia connect to provide on-the-job learning experiences for students. The guide, prepared by the Institute of Government’s workforce development faculty with support from the Georgia Power Co., contains case studies and methods for replicating existing training programs in high schools.

Feb. 20, 2019 Emory University

High Museum of Art, Emory University receive $1 million grant from Mellon Foundation

Staff reports that the High Museum of Art, Emory University’s art history department and the Michael C. Carlos Museum have received a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue the Mellon Object-Centered Curatorial Research Fellowship Program for the next five years.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 WABE 90.1

Voting Rights Advocates And Abrams Call For Federal Oversight Of Georgia Elections

Johnny Kauffman reports that advocates for increasing voting access in Georgia told members of Congress on Tuesday that the state’s elections should be placed under federal oversight through the Voting Rights Act. Georgia was one of nine states with a history of discrimination in voting where changes to voting laws or administration were required to be pre-cleared by the U.S Department of Justice.

Feb. 20, 2019 WABE 90.1

Proposed Georgia Bill Would Make Third-Party Candidacy Easier

Emma Hurt reports that Georgia has some of the country’s most restrictive ballot-access policies. Those policies control how third-party candidates can get their names on the ballot. And some lawmakers at the state Capitol want to change that.

 

Feb. 20, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In HB 316, House GOP leaders concede that Stacey Abrams had a point

Jim Galloway reports that Republicans in the state Capitol consider House Bill 316, which would authorize the purchase of a new $150 million touchscreen voting system, to be a very important piece of legislation. Perhaps the most significant of the session.

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