Georgia Trend Daily – July 3, 2019

July 3, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Ga. Power proposes $10 a month rate hike

Mary Landers reports that Georgia Power is seeking to increase customer rates by approximately 7% in 2020. As outlined in the company’s filing with the Georgia Public Service Commission late last week, the typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month would see an increase of almost $10 per month or $120 per year on their bill. A final decision by the five-member elected PSC is expected in December.


July 3, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Valuing Libraries

Ben Young writes, it’s that time of year where we spend a lot of afternoons in public libraries. You have to get the kids out of the house somehow and it’s too hot to do anything outside, so libraries are a great way to kill some time in the summer.


July 3, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Airlines host weddings at airport, on flights, at Delta museum

Kelly Yamanouchi reports, while some people dread the thought of heading to the airport and sitting on a crowded flight, others love it so much they get married on an airplane. Or they exchange vows at the airport … or host a wedding reception at an airline-themed museum.


July 3, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Spaceport Camden clears administrative hurdle

Dave Williams reports that a plan to build a commercial spaceport in southeastern Georgia is a step closer to reality. The Federal Aviation Administration has completed its initial review of Camden County’s license application for the proposed Spaceport Camden and found it complete enough to begin a 180-day evaluation expected to lead to a final decision by the agency in December, the county announced Monday.


July 3, 2019 Saporta Report

UnitedHealth Group, Atlanta HBCU’s launching data science initiative

Maria Saporta reports that the Atlanta University Center Consortium has received an $8.25 million investment from UnitedHealth Group Inc. to strengthen the offerings of the colleges in the fields of data science. The AUC Consortium brings together the four major historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) clustered on the westside of Atlanta – Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University and the Morehouse School of Medicine – to work on areas of common interests.


July 3, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia State Professor Tapped To Develop New Vaccine To Fight STD

Sascha Cordner reports that a professor and lead researcher at Georgia State University has been tapped to develop a new vaccine for a sexually-transmitted disease. National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, has awarded Dr. Cynthia Cornelissen a five-year grant for $9.25 million.


July 3, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Celebrating Independence

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, the staff of Georgia Trend wish you and yours a safe and happy Independence Day. Our office will be closed Thursday, July 4, and will reopen on the 5th.


July 3, 2019 GPB

HHS Looking To Atlanta For New Child Migrant Shelter

Grant Blankenship reports that as the controversy over how unaccompanied migrant children are being housed continues,  the Department of Health and Human Services is looking for real estate in five American cities for new shelters, including Atlanta. The request for bids from the federal General Services Administration looks at an area southwest of Atlanta taking in cities like Carrollton, Fayetteville, Union City and  Griffin.


July 3, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

Gerrymandering a hot topic in Georgia following Supreme Court decision

Diane Wagner reports that the U.S. Supreme Court decision that politically-based gerrymandering is a state issue sends a signal to Georgia that it will be “open season” on the party that fails to win control in the 2020 elections. That appeared to be the consensus of a panel of experts — including Wendy Davis of Rome — on Monday’s episode of Bill Nigut’s “Political Rewind.”


July 3, 2019 Macon Telegraph, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

In case you missed it, these 4 new Georgia state laws are now in effect

Kenneth LeMoine reports that more than 100 new state laws signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp went into effect Monday. Here are four of them that could have some of the most impact in the state. HB 324: This bill allows marijuana to be grown and sold in low-potency THC oil for medical purposes. Nearly 10,000 Georgians are registered medical marijuana patients.


July 3, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cost of Georgia’s water wars fight, storm cleanup is rising 

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia’s tab for the legal fight over water rights with Alabama and Florida has now soared past $50 million. And the state’s bill for emergency storm cleanup is rising, too.


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