Georgia Trend Daily – July 30, 2019

July 30, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia Picks Dominion Voting System To Supply New Voting Machines

Emil Moffat reports that Georgia has chosen a vendor to replace all of the state’s aging voting machines. Dominion Voting Systems won the nearly $107 million contract to provide all 159 Georgia counties with electronic touch screens that produce a paper copy of the ballot. The system will be in place in time for the state’s presidential primary in March.


July 30, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia students excel again

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, at the recent SkillsUSA national competition, which shines a spotlight on the best career and technical education students in the country, in Louisville, Ky., Georgia placed second in the nation for the number of medals awarded. Middle and high school students along with those from the state’s technical colleges racked up a combined total of 72 medals.


July 30, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AT&T employee contracts in Georgia expire Saturday as talks continue

Michael E. Kanell reports, with their four-year contract expiring Saturday, more than 20,000 AT&T workers – including 4,000 in Georgia – are bracing for high-stakes talks on a new pact. The bargaining will be something of a litmus test for a union’s bargaining strength in a time of economic crosswinds.


July 30, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Athens biotech firm treating ALS, strokes raises $13M

Madison Hogan reports that ArunA Bio, a biotech company based in Athens, has raised $13 million from Eshelman Ventures, members of the company’s board of directors and management, and other investors. ArunA Bio will use the funding to support the development of its neural exosome delivery platform and neural exosome therapies for treating neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Huntington’s Disease and stroke, according to a news release.


July 30, 2019

NAFTA Debate Explores Need to Balance Free, Fair Trade for Georgia

Trevor Williams reports that talking trade today — and especially NAFTA — often means maintaining civil discourse or delving into details, but rarely both. Getting too far into the weeds can lead to one side crying foul about specific disadvantages, while tiptoeing to avoid partisan passions can lead to only superficial discussion of real issues.


July 30, 2019 Brunswick News

Spaceport decision scheduled

Gordon Jackson reports that after more than four years of studies and public hearings, the fate of a proposed spaceport in Camden County could be determined by the end of this year. Stacey Zee, an official with the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an email that a decision will be made on a launch site operator’s license by Dec. 16.


July 30, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Innovative parternship launched

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Digital Ignition, a co-working business incubator in Alpharetta, recently formalized a business alliance with Forward Forsyth, a public-private partnership of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County Government, the Development Authority of Forsyth County, Forsyth County Schools and Lanier Technical College. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and members of the state’s technology and business community were on hand to announce Digital Ignition’s official designation as a blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and business innovation partner of Forward Forsyth.


July 30, 2019 Georgia Health News

Georgia outbreak of Legionnaires’ could reach historic level

Andy Miller reports that newly released state figures on Legionnaires’ cases linked to an Atlanta hotel suggest that the outbreak could become among the biggest in U.S. history. The Georgia Department of Public Health said that in addition to the 11 confirmed Legionnaires’ disease cases, there are 55 “probable’’ cases.


July 30, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pence to speak at Erickson’s conservative conference in Atlanta

Greg Bluestein reports that Vice President Mike Pence is set to speak Friday at a conference in Atlanta organized by conservative pundit Erick Erickson. The exact time of the Republican’s event at The Resurgent Gathering is up in the air, but Erickson said in a post that the two are expected to talk on stage about President Donald Trump’s re-election plan.


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