Georgia Trend Daily – April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019 GPB

More Than 750,000 Could Lose Food Stamps Under Trump Administration Proposal And Many Are Georgians

Pam Fessler reports that three-quarters of a million people would likely lose their food stamps later this year under a new proposal by the Trump administration. The goal is to encourage able-bodied adults to go to work and get off government aid. But opponents predict people would go hungry instead, if the rule goes into effect.


April 2, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

When Memory Fails

Mary Anne Dunkin reports that an estimated 140,000 Georgians are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and that number is growing, says Victoria Helmly, coordinator of the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan at the Georgia Department of Human Resources’ Division of Aging Services.


April 2, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Technical issue that impacted Delta, Southwest flights resolved, officials say

Chelsea Prince and Kelly Yamanouchi report that a technical issue that led to nationwide delays on six major airlines Monday morning has been resolved, officials said. Frustrated customers at Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines, the two largest carriers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as well as United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines and American Airlines flooded social media during the pre-dawn hours with complaints about delayed connections and other issues.


April 2, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Caterpillar dealer Yancey Bros. plans big new Forsyth County facility

David Allison reports that Atlanta-based Yancey Bros. Co., which says it’s “The Nation’s Oldest Caterpillar Dealer,” is planning a 32-acre large equipment sales and service dealership in Forsyth County that will “be developed over the coming years as an anchor facility in the growing metro Atlanta market.”


April 2, 2019

Spanx Tests Chinese Market Through Streaming App As Part of E-Commerce Upgrade

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta-based women’s underwear brand Spanx has decided not to dive into the Chinese market, but it’s dipping a toe into the world’s second largest economy using new digital platforms while overhauling its broader e-commerce outreach.


April 2, 2019 Georgia Health News

State asking feds to end oversight of mental health services

Andy Miller reports that early this year, in the waning days of his tenure as Georgia governor, Nathan Deal wrote the U.S. Department of Justice a four-page letter, asking for an end to federal oversight of the state’s mental health and developmental disabilities system.


April 2, 2019 Saporta Report

Delta CEO Ed Bastian: Don’t politicize the operations of the Atlanta airport

Maria Saporta and Alex Gailey report that the Georgia House legislators seeking to create an oversight committeerather than a full takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have failed to convince a key player – Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian. Bastian, who spoke before the Rotary Club of Atlanta Monday, gave a brief interview with the Atlanta Business Chronicle after his talk.


April 2, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Engineer talks issues in lock, dam dispute

Tom Corwin reports that engineer Tom Robertson sees technical and political problems to finding a solution that works for fish passage in the Savannah River at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Tom Robertson sees both technical and political obstacles to finding a workable solution to creating a fish passage in the Savannah River at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.


April 2, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Surprise medical bill ban is alive and kicking as Georgia lawmakers begin final day

Diane Wagner reports that Senate Bill 56 is aimed at limiting so-called surprise medical bills, but the measure is stalled in a House committee. But its sponsor, Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, said he hasn’t given up on getting the provisions enacted this year.


April 2, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal

Lawmakers to convene for final day of 2019 session on Tuesday

Ricky Leroux reports that the Georgia Legislature’s 2019 session concludes Tuesday, and though lawmakers are expected to work late into the evening, many big issues have already been wrapped up. The state’s budget has been approved, lawmakers have given Gov. Brian Kemp the go-ahead to seek federal Medicaid waivers and a controversial anti-abortion bill passed with a slim margin.


April 2, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Donald Trump urges disaster relief for ‘great farmers’ – but not Puerto Rico

Jim Galloway reports that President Donald Trump on Monday plugged a disaster relief bill aimed at Georgia and many other areas of the country that’s become mired in the U.S. Senate: Democrats should stop fighting Sen. David Perdue’s disaster relief bill. They are blocking funding and relief for our great farmers and rural America!



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