Georgia Trend Daily – May 29, 2019

May 29, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

TSYS announces merger with Atlanta-based Global Payments in $21 billion deal

Nick Wooten reports that TSYS, a Columbus-based electronic payments company, announced Tuesday that it will merge with an Atlanta-based company in a deal valued at roughly $21.5 billion. The agreement between Global Payments and TSYS is being billed as an “all stock merger of equals,” according to a release from TSYS. Under the terms of the agreement, the combined company will be named Global Payments.


May 29, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organizations: Ninth District Opportunity

Candice Dyer reports that the goal at Ninth District Opportunity (NDO) is so basic – and yet essential and very difficult: “To provide opportunities for low-income families to work and live in decency and dignity.” “Our primary purpose is to work with low-income people to promote opportunities for self-development, self-reliance and self-determination,” says Michael Fisher, housing manager and program planner.


May 29, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home sale price gains narrow in Atlanta, but still outpace the country

Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta home prices aren’t climbing as much as in recent years, but are still rising more than in most cities, according to a closely followed report released Tuesday. Atlanta had the fourth-highest increase among 20 U.S. metro areas in March, trailing only Las Vegas, Portland, Ore. and Tampa, based on the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index, which tracks the resale of homes nationally.


May 29, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

CNN moving some London-based jobs to Atlanta

Jessica Saunders reports that Cable News Network is consolidating key parts of its CNN International production model in Atlanta, meaning some London-based jobs will move here. But the workforce won’t change, it said. CNN is part of Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting System, which was absorbed into WarnerMedia, based in California, owned by AT&T, which merged with Time Warner last year.


May 29, 2019 Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Anheuser-Busch sending 150,000 cans of emergency drinking water to Missouri and Oklahoma to aid flood relief efforts

Randy Parker reports that Anheuser-Busch is delivering three truckloads — more than 150,000 cans — of emergency drinking water to support local communities in Missouri and Oklahoma impacted by devastating flooding. The water will be delivered to Anheuser-Busch wholesaler partners, Kinkhorst Brunswick Distributing Co in Brunswick, Missouri, and A&B Distributors Inc. in Muskogee, Oklahoma, who will work alongside the American Red Cross to distribute the water locally to those in need.


May 29, 2019 Brunswick News

Enviro plaintiffs respond to Sea Island in wetlands dispute

Wes Wolfe reports that Glynn Environmental Coalition and the Center for a Sustainable Coast responded Thursday to Sea Island Acquisition’s motion to dismiss regarding whether Sea Island acted in accordance with the law in filling nearly a half-acre of wetlands adjacent to the Inn at Sea Island property on St. Simons Island. A key factor in the federal lawsuit is whether Sea Island had a fixed amount of time to construct a building on the area affected.


May 29, 2019 Macon Telegraph

A new HBO show is returning to Macon to film at a historic venue

Stanley Dunlap reports that HBO’s “Watchmen” is returning for another day of filming in Macon at the Douglass Theatre on Thursday. Crews will begin setting up Wednesday at 10 p.m. at the downtown venue for the new TV show that will premier later this year. Scenes for the pilot were filmed in Macon last year and in April more scenes were shot around downtown.


May 29, 2019 WABE 90.1

Inside The Possible Legal Challenges To Georgia’s Abortion Law

Sam Whitehead reports that a legal fight over Georgia’s restrictive anti-abortion law is coming. Groups were threatening to sue the state over the measure, which bans most abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, even before Governor Brian Kemp signed it into law in early May. Now those organizations, like the ACLU of Georgia, are preparing their lawsuits.


May 29, 2019 Washington Post

Netflix becomes the first major Hollywood studio to speak out against Georgia’s abortion law

Sonia Rao reports, ever since Georgia passed a “heartbeat bill” earlier this month, there has been a growing pressure in Hollywood to speak out, given that the state has become a major production hub for film and television due to generous tax incentives. But it wasn’t until Tuesday that a major Hollywood studio contributed to the conversation. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos declared that while the streaming giant wouldn’t yet refrain from working in Georgia, it would partner with organizations in the legal fight against the law, which is among the most restrictive in the nation.


May 29, 2019 Valdosta Daily Times

Safe Schools: State leaves security decisions to locals

Jill Nolin reports that lockdown drills have become a familiar routine for American students in the age of school shootings, and some, such as this one in Douglasville, are happening with a high-tech twist. It’s the kind of locally picked solution Gov. Brian Kemp says he had in mind when he proposed adding $69 million – or $30,000 per school – to the budget for school security grants. Kemp recently highlighted the Douglas County School System’s security upgrades during a press event.


May 29, 2019 WSB-TV, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Broad Georgia ethics probe targets Abrams — and her backers

Greg Bluestein and James Salzer reports that the head of Georgia’s ethics commission has filed a spate of subpoenas targeting groups led by Stacey Abrams and the chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, prompting criticism that he’s trying to exact political revenge against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s political opponents. The subpoenas obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution were filed on April 26 by new ethics chief David Emadi and seek extensive financial, bank and payroll records from the Abrams’ campaign, which raised roughly $30 million in last year’s race against Kemp.

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