Georgia Trend Daily – March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019 Saporta Report

Georgia House poised to join cities in opposing offshore oil exploration, drilling

David Pendered reports that the Georgia House is poised to join more than a dozen Georgia cities in going on record against the Trump administration’s decision to allow seismic testing, and oil drilling, off the Georgia coast. A companion bill appears to be stalled in the Senate with about a week remaining the legislative session.


March 22, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Dress for Success Atlanta

Candice Dyer reports that so much depends on a good first, and second, impression. Dress for Success Atlanta has been helping women make a good impression and advance their career goals since 1997. “Our mission is to help unemployed and underemployed women to achieve economic independence by landing a job and retaining that job,” says Executive Director Susan Bonds.


March 22, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia economy last month bucked national weakness

Michael E. Kanell reports that while the national numbers showed an economic hiccup in February, Georgia didn’t seem to notice. The state added about 7,500 jobs during the month on the strength of hiring across a range of sectors, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday. That’s slightly above the average of the previous five Februarys.


March 22, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Black farmers association asks Fed to reject SunTrust/BB&T merger

Mark Meltzer reports that an organization that represents tens of thousands of black farmers is urging the Federal Reserve Board of Governor to reject the proposed merger of SunTrust Banks Inc. and BB&T Corporation. The National Black Farmers Association says it is against the $66 billion merger, which would create the nation’s sixth-largest bank.


March 22, 2019 University of Georgia

Beautiful Briny Sea wins Flavor of Georgia contest

Merritt Melancon reports that Suzi Sheffield and Atlanta’s Beautiful Briny Sea have taken the grand prize at the University of Georgia’s 2019 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest with their Gunpowder Finishing Salt, a tangy mix of Hawaiian volcanic salt, chipotle, black pepper, garlic, onion, and sumac. The annual contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.


March 22, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah: Rep. Carter meets with marine businesses

DeAnn Komanecky reports that offshore drilling, intercoastal waterway dredging and climate change were some of the discussion topics for members of the Georgia Marine Business Association as Congressman Buddy Carter (R-1) was their guest meeting speaker this week. Charlie Waller, president of the group known as GAMBA, welcomed Carter and told guests a bit about the group.


March 22, 2019

With New Agreement, Taipei and Atlanta Seek to Revive Decades-Old Trade Ties

Trevor Williams reports, when the late Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson set up a sister-city relationship with Taipei, Taiwan, in November 1979, he didn’t just envision vibrant cultural exchange.  Trading students, tourists and musicians was a start, but the relationships built that way eventually blossomed into commercial connections.


March 22, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Public hearing on Savannah River lowering prompts lively discussion

Tom Corwin reports that at the beginning of what turned into a lively public hearing Thursday, the cities of Augusta and North Augusta were given a little sticker shock: the option they want to repair New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam will now cost nearly $400 million over the 100-year life of the program, according to new figures from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


March 22, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Mother: Bill would help those helped by cannabis oil to have access to it more easily

Charles Oliver reports that Sheli Gilley’s 12-year-old daughter Zoe has Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and CDKL5, both of which cause frequent and severe seizures. But about four years ago, Zoe began taking cannabis oil to treat her seizures. “She was able to wean off of all four seizure medications and is down to less than 10 seizures a day,” said Gilley.


March 22, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

State database vote set for today, several local lawmakers’ bills clear hurdles this week

Diane Wagner reports that Rep. Katie Dempsey’s bill creating a state database merging reports from an array of agencies is scheduled for a vote in the Senate this morning. HB 197 would create a central warehouse of information — the Georgia Data Analytic Center — under the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.


March 22, 2019 Gainesville Times

Secretary of State will look into lost absentee ballot applications

Megan Reed reports that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has opened an investigation into allegations of lost absentee ballot applications during the 2018 election cycle, according to a Thursday news release.


March 22, 2019 WABE 90.1

School voucher bill gets new life in Georgia Senate

Martha Dalton reports that a bill that would essentially create a school voucher program in Georgia has received new life in the Legislature. The original legislation, Senate Bill 173, would have let families use some state money for private services, including private school tuition and tutors. That bill was hotly debated — and narrowly defeated — in the state Senate.


March 22, 2019 Georgia Health News

Change to surprise billing measure gains ground but draws criticism

Andy Miller reports that the legislative tug-of-war over surprise medical billing continued Thursday as a House panel approved a new version of a Senate bill that aims to curb these unexpected charges to patients. The vote on Senate Bill 56 came as lawmakers were taking action on several health care proposals over the past couple of days.


March 22, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Report says Biden may name Abrams as vice presidential pick — if he jumps into race for president

Curt Yeomans reports that former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams could soon be announced as part of a presidential ticket for 2020 — but as a vice-presidential pick — according to one online report. Former Vice President Joe Biden has not officially announced that he will run for president, but it is widely expected in media reports that he will.


March 22, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia transit bill challenged in Senate committee

David Wickert reports that a bill that would funnel tens of millions of dollars to mass transit in Georgia has become mired in a debate over whether to consolidate the work of various state agencies. House Bill 511 would create new programs to aid low-income rural residents and others who need rides.


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