Georgia Trend Daily – July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019 WABE 90.1
Martha Dalton reports that the U.S. Education Department has approved two testing pilot programs some Georgia school districts will use. The department OK’d the Georgia MAP Partnership and the Putnam County Consortium. They each include 10 school districts. The idea is to give smaller tests throughout the year as opposed to one big high-stakes assessment at the end of a year or course.
July 19, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Candice Dyer reports that Evelyn Asher needed a ride to the hospital. She turned to the Independent Transportation Network, or ITNLanier, a nonprofit that provides an affordable, dignified, customized shuttle service for seniors and the visually impaired in Hall County.
July 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines plans to stock its on-board emergency medical kits with Narcan, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose, starting this fall. Spokesman Michael Thomas said the Atlanta-based airline made the decision earlier this year.
July 19, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Douglas Sams reports that the Boeing Co. is looking at south metro Atlanta for a warehouse and distribution center that could approach 1 million square feet — the latest mega project for the region’s booming logistics sector. The aerospace giant (NYSE: BA) is working with third-party logistics provider XPO Logistics Inc. (NYSE: XPO), which has been touring south metro industrial properties this year and may be focused on Clayton and Henry counties.
July 19, 2019 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Georgia has a high rate of people without health insurance, and it’s statistically below average in quality of health care. Those shortcomings, state officials say, underscore a clear need to make changes to Georgia’s health insurance systems.
July 19, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald
University of Georgia’s string of record fundraising years ended in 2019, but the $224 million UGA fundraisers reported is still the third-highest in the university’s history. UGA’s all-time record was last year’s $242 million, more than double what it was five years earlier and the fifth straight year – every year Jere Morehead had been president – fundraisers set a new record.
July 19, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal
Jon Gargis reports that although Georgia Power’s Plant McDonough-Atkinson in south Cobb retired its coal-fired technology nearly a decade ago, officials with several environmental groups Thursday said the waste created remains a problem that must be addressed. It’s a heavy problem that, in Cobb, totals some 6.3 million tons of coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal in power plants, but also one that could threaten the health of many across the state living near 29 unlined ponds storing 92.2 million tons of coal ash.
July 19, 2019 GPB
Stephen Fowler reports that a newly-released survey detailing Georgia’s health care landscape is the latest step in Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to expand access to some of the estimated 1.5 million residents who don’t have health insurance. The Georgia Environment Scan Report combines demographic, business, employment and health-related data to help inform consultants hired under the Patients First Act craft potential waivers to the state’s Medicaid and Affordable Care Act plans.
July 19, 2019 Georgia.org
Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division (GDEcD) today announced the release of the 2019-2020 Explore Georgia Official State Culinary Guide. The fifth annual digest-sized guide features the wildly popular nomination-based “Georgia’s 100 Plates” list; a feature on five noteworthy female chefs; a guide to the best places to sample peaches, barbecue, craft beer, international cuisine and Southern dishes; as well as an exceptional selection of the state’s best food and drink festivals.
July 19, 2019 Brunswick News
Lauren McDonald reports, with a touch of creativity, farmers across the state have an opportunity to take advantage of the growing agritourism industry. Georgia’s farmers have found many ways to bring visitors onto their land to see agriculture operations up close, from farmer’s markets to on-site restaurants.
July 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman report that the Morning Consult is out today with a massive poll that ranks the popularity of the nation’s governors and senators. It shows both Brian Kemp and David Perdue in tolerably good shape.