Georgia Trend Daily – April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019 Georgia Health News

Atlanta still struggling with air pollution, report says

Andy Miller reports that Metro Atlanta shows mixed results on air pollution in the American Lung Association’s latest report, released Wednesday. The area had fewer days of bad ozone pollution – the main factor in smog – but still ranked 25th among cities for the worst ozone, according to the Lung Association’s 2019 State of the Air report.


April 24, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sports Desk: Georgia Masters

Loran Smith reports, while they may not be the most revered, three Georgia natives have won the Masters in that floral splendor: Claude Harmon of Savannah, Tommy Aaron of Gainesville and Larry Mize (born and raised in Augusta, making him the homegrown champion, now a resident of Columbus).


April 24, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jackson pitches SunTrust on plan for bank fines to aid consumers

J. Scott Trubey reports that the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tuesday pushed Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks to back his call for billions of dollars in bank fines to help support people and communities still reeling from the Great Recession. Jackson, who spoke during SunTrust’s annual shareholders meeting, said taxpayers bailed out the nation’s biggest banks to save the global economy and those same banks are now flush with profits.


April 24, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Shaw Industries Group Inc. to cease operations at Murray County plant, affecting 260 people

Jessica Saunders reports that Georgia-based Shaw Industries Group Inc. is ending yarn production at one of its seven plants in Chatsworth in Murray County, affecting 260 workers. Shaw Industries filed a federally required notice of the action, which said it is effective May 12, with the Georgia Department of Labor.


April 24, 2019

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Aims to Lure Georgia Trade Office Amid New Era of Growth

Trevor Williams reports, in the map of Georgia’s trade offices around the world, Jamaica’s prime minister has noticed a glaring omission: the Caribbean. During a visit to Atlanta and North Georgia over Easter weekend, Prime Minister Andrew Holness laid the groundwork for conversations he hopes to change that calculation for the state.


April 24, 2019 Saporta Report

If Georgia’s budget were $1, health care and education would get quarters. Most other things would get pennies

Maggie Lee reports, the figures in Georgia’s budget this year are big — about $48.6 billion in state and federal money in a 259-page document.  But a couple of charts will make it easy to understand. First, the revenue in Georgia’s budget, counting state and federal money, is bigger than football, but smaller than Home Depot.


April 24, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Chamber promotes innovation

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce recently held its first annual Georgia InVenture Prize competition in partnership with the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Public Broadcasting. During the two-day competition student entrepreneur teams from 19 colleges presented their unique business solutions to judges.


April 24, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal, Catoosa News

Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield to make announcement concerning Erlanger debt Wednesday at 12:05 p.m.

Tamara Wolk reports that Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield posted on the county’s Facebook page that he will make an important announcement at 12:05 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, “concerning the county’s debt to Erlanger Health System that will impact every property owner in Walker County.”


April 24, 2019 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Wallace named to state prosecutors’ council

Staff reports that Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace has been appointed as newest member of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. Wallace was selected to fill the position previously held by former Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds, who was recently appointed to serve as director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.


April 24, 2019 University of Georgia

Postharvest diseases a concern for onion producers

Clint Thompson reports that Georgia’s Vidalia onion harvest approaching, growers must prepare to protect their crops from diseases during storage, according to Tim Coolong, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist.


April 24, 2019 Georgia State University

Georgia State Student Entrepreneurs Take Top Prizes at National Pitch Competition

Jeremy Craig reports that a team of Georgia State University student entrepreneurs took top prizes in the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge, winning during the live competition finals and championship round of e-Fest 2019 held April 11-13 in Minneapolis. Georgia State students Chanté Knox and Dia Davis of DelivHer won the grand prize in the pitch competition against 25 other finalists.


April 24, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump to headline summit on opioid crisis in Atlanta on Wednesday

Greg Bluestein reports that President Donald Trump will travel to Atlanta on Wednesday to headline a summit on the opioid crisis. The president and first lady Melania Trump will address the Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta.


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