Georgia Trend Daily – June 5, 2019

June 5, 2019 CNN

Georgia’s Fort Benning eyed as possible site for temporary migrant shelter

Priscilla Alvarez reports that the Department of Health and Human Services will review the possibility of sending unaccompanied migrant children to Fort Benning in Georgia, amid an uptick in families and children crossing the southern border, an agency spokesperson told CNN. HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement is tasked with caring for migrant children who come to the United States unaccompanied and placing them with a sponsor in the country.


June 5, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia’s hidden world of poverty

Susan Percy reports that Dr. Karen Kinsell, who practices medicine in rural Southwest Georgia, confronts what she calls the “hidden world” of poverty daily in her Clay County office: patients who are uninsured and have a hard time coming up with $10 for an office visit; others who are chronically ill with treatable diseases like diabetes and hypertension; still others who lack transportation or gas money to drive 30 miles to the nearest pharmacy to get a prescription filled.


June 5, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia studio leaders seek meeting with Kemp over ‘sea change’ in film biz

Rodney Ho and Greg Bluestein report that some of Georgia’s leading entertainment businesses sought to meet with Gov. Brian Kemp after he signed the anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill into law, but the Republican has not responded to the May 22 request. About 15 companies sent Kemp the letter requesting a meeting at EUE/Screen Gems.


June 5, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

SunTrust to invest $300 million in Atlanta community over next three years

Maria Saporta reports, as it prepares to merge with BB&T, Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks Inc. will double its investment in the Atlanta community each year over the next three years. “It has been $50 million for the last three years,” said Bill Rogers, SunTrust’s (NYSE: STI) chairman and CEO, in an extensive interview on Tuesday. “We are going to double that amount. It will be $100 million a year for next three years for a total of $300 million.”


June 5, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Sitel to add 400 jobs at Augusta Center

Damon Cline reports that outsource service provider Sitel Group announced Tuesday it will hire 400 new employees at its Augusta call center starting this month. Sitel spokeswoman Amy Hinson said the new positions are being created because the company is serving a new client at the Augusta center, which is located in the Colony Plaza shopping center at the corner of Windsor Spring and Peach Orchard roads.


June 5, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia-Pacific won’t rebuild Thompson plant

Damon Cline reports that Georgia-Pacific said Tuesday it will not rebuild the particleboard plant in Thomson that was destroyed by fire last week. “We understand that this greatly affects our employees and the community and we will work with all of our employees affected by this decision to help them in whatever transition they must make,” company spokeswoman Karen Cole said.


June 5, 2019 WABE 90.1

Morris Brown Asks For $100,000 To Repair Fire Damage

Martha Dalton reports, just as Morris Brown College seemed to be charting a new course, a weekend fire may have interrupted the school’s momentum. According to a video posted on Facebook, interim president Kevin James says he was notified about the fire early Saturday morning.


June 5, 2019 Georgia State University

School of Public Health Receives $3.15 Million Grant to Enhance Mindfulness-based Smoking Cessation Treatment Using mHealth

Homma Rafi reports that researchers in Georgia State University’s School of Public Health have been awarded a five-year, $3.15 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s National Cancer Institute to further develop and evaluate a text messaging program to help people quit smoking. The program, iQuit Mindfully, combines mobile health technology (mHealth) with mindfulness training to provide round-the-clock smoking cessation support for low-income smokers.


June 5, 2019 Georgia Health News

Gainesville-based system warns of potential break with Anthem

Andy Miller reports that Northeast Georgia Health System has sent letters to 40,000 patients, warning them that its contract with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield may end Sept. 30 without a new agreement. The Gainesville-based system said that Anthem is seeking “drastic cuts’’ in payments for medical services.


June 5, 2019 Brunswick News

Walking Dead shambles back onto Jekyll

Wes Wolfe reports, guess who’s back, back again? Zombies back. Tell a friend. Excitement about the AMC drama The Walking Dead filming on Jekyll Island in 2016 could’ve resurrected a corpse or two. Three years later, the show principally based out of Senoia, Ga., is coming back to Glynn County as the writers return to the community of Oceanside.


June 5, 2019 Washington Post

Stacey Abrams urges Hollywood to ‘#StayandFight’ in Georgia instead of boycotting over abortion law

Hemza Shaban reports that Stacey Abrams, the Democrat from Georgia who earned national attention after narrowly losing her bid for governor last year, is urging Hollywood not to abandon the state over its new and more restrictive abortion law. Some of the biggest names in film and television — including Walt Disney and WarnerMedia — have suggested they might boycott Georgia if the legislation survives court challenges.


June 5, 2019 GPB

Georgia Abortion Bill Redefines ‘Personhood’ — And Raises Confusion

Virginia Prescott, Emilia Brock, Stephen Fowler and Jake Troyer report that the state of Georgia — and the country — is divided over so-called “heartbeat” bills and other new state laws restricting abortion. Many are confused about who could be prosecuted and what, exactly, constitutes a violation of the law.


June 5, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Unterman to enter Georgia 7th race, heightening ‘heartbeat’ law debate

Greg Bluestein reports that State Sen. Renee Unterman is set to join the race for Georgia’s 7th District on Thursday, intensifying a polarizing race for one of the nation’s most competitive U.S. House seats and sharpening a debate over abortion rights. The Republican will announce her candidacy at a rally Thursday in her hometown of Buford, in an attempt to contrast with lesser-known rivals who entered the race with splashy TV ads and polished websites but no public events.


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