Georgia Trend Daily – June 7, 2019

June 7, 2019 WSB TV

President Trump signs bill approving disaster aid for farmers in south Georgia

Aaron Diamant reports that President Donald Trump has signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires. Trump tweeted a photo of himself holding the signed bill in what appeared to be his office aboard Air Force One.


June 7, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs, and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports, former Douglas County Chief Assistant District Attorney David Emadi, a Republican who once served as an aide to House Speaker David Ralston, is the new head of the state ethics commission. He replaces Stefan Ritter, who resigned after being accused of improper use of state computers and was given a $45,000 settlement.


June 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Former Delta exec up for FAA job faces scrutiny over pilot’s mental health case

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that a former Delta Air Lines executive’s bid to lead the Federal Aviation Administration is on hold as a U.S. Senate committee investigates how the Atlanta-based carrier treated a pilot who raised safety concerns. The pilot, Karlene Petitt, filed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration complaint against Delta in 2016.


June 7, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Invesco CEO details big Atlanta expansion: Midtown is ‘booming’

Douglas Sams reports, as Invesco Ltd. finalized its highly publicized $5.7 billion acquisition of Oppenheimer Funds Inc. last month, the Atlanta-based global asset management giant was quietly working on another important deal. Invesco was talking with fellow financial giant MetLife about a new home for Invesco’s rapidly growing headquarters in Atlanta.


June 7, 2019 WABE 90.1

University System Names Georgia Tech’s Next President

Martha Dalton reports that the University System of Georgia has named Ángel Cabrera as its sole finalist for the Georgia Tech presidency. Cabrera has served as president of George Mason University in Virginia since 2012. “Dr. Ángel Cabrera has the academic background, leadership skills and community ties necessary to lead a premier research institution like Georgia Tech,” University System Chancellor Steve Wrigley said in a statement.


June 7, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

11 things to know about Vidalia onions

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that Summer’s here, and we all know what that means – mosquitos, heat, humidity and Vidalia onions. It’s the time of year when the mild, sweet, yellow onions that only grow in Georgia are fresh, tasty and available at your local grocery store. But there is so much more to Vidalia onions than onion rings, burger toppings or salad dressing.


June 7, 2019 Metro Atlanta CEO

Active Adult Company CEO Announces $1B Development Plans for Metro Atlanta and Southeast

Staff reports that Holbrook Chairman and Visionary Al Holbrook recently announced the company’s $1 billion development plans to open and expand its footprint throughout the Southeast. Currently, Holbrook has two communities slated to open later this summer in Decatur and Acworth with another in Woodstock scheduled to open in 2020.


June 7, 2019 Daily Report

House Speaker David Ralston Claims Anonymous ‘Cabal’ Is Behind 2 Bar Complaints Against Him

Robin McDonald reports that Georgia House Speaker David Ralston has responded to two professional complaints lodged against him with the State Bar of Georgia by contending the grievances are “completely without merit.” Ralston’s attorney James Balli—a member of the state Judicial Qualifications Commission—claims in a June 3 response to the complaints that “a small, disingenuous cabal” is attempting to exploit two women who filed the complaints and use bar disciplinary rules as a “procedural weapon” when “they really only care about attempting to cause political harm” to Ralston.


June 7, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia is cutting off Medicaid for 17,000 patients

Arielle Hart reports that the state is terminating Medicaid assistance for about 17,000 poor elderly or disabled Georgians, it says, as lawyers for some of them call the move a giant mistake. The state Department of Community Health said the 17,000 had simply not responded to renewal notices informing them how to continue their coverage.


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