Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 8, 2019

Nov. 8, 2019 Georgia Dept. of Education

Recommendation approved to address double-testing of AP, IB students

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Education is making changes to ensure students who take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are not double-tested. The State Board of Education, with support from Governor Brian Kemp, today approved State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation to eliminate Georgia Milestones End of Course (EOC) tests for students in many AP and IB courses, provided those students receive a passing grade in the course.


Nov. 8, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes

Susan Percy writes, In Memoriam: Veteran public servant and businessman George Berry, 82, has died. He served as head of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, forerunner of the Department of Economic Development, and worked for four different Atlanta mayors, serving as chief administrative officer for Sam Massell and the late Maynard Jackson.


Nov. 8, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS launches holiday rewards program for use of Access Point delivery locations

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS is launching a holiday rewards program to encourage customers to pick up packages at alternate locations through its Access Point network, which include Michaels stores, UPS Stores and local businesses like delis, dry cleaners and flower shops.


Nov. 8, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Delta, United, American likely facing slide in international travel, report says

Lewis Lazare reports that the United States Travel Association (USTA) had some worrisome news for the the principal United States-based carriers that operate globally, including United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. The association’s Leading Travel Index (LTI), a predictive travel metric generated by the USTA, shows inbound travel volume to the United States declining 0.6 percent over the next six months.


Nov. 8, 2019 Georgia Health News

Fewer Georgia hospitals earn ‘A’ safety rating in new Leapfrog report

Andy Miller reports that one in in four Georgia hospitals earned an “A’’ grade in the latest safety ratings by the Leapfrog Group, released Thursday. That percentage is lower than the one-third of Georgia hospitals scoring an A in the spring 2019 Leapfrog report.


Nov. 8 2019 Albany Herald

Bronwood awarded $148,000 loan for water system infrastructure

Staff reports that the city of Bronwood was awarded a $148,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority board of directors. The loan will finance installing water main and valves. The city is experiencing excess water loss due to an aging and leaking water main. This project will reduce water loss and recapture lost revenue.


Nov. 8, 2019 Brunswick News

Cold-weather shrimping regulations under scrutiny

Wes Wolfe reports that when the state shuts down shrimping in its waters because of cold weather, lack of abundance or both, that has an effect in federal waters, as well. How shrimpers move through the 25 miles of federal ocean closest to state waters is, believe it or not, a specially regulated matter, and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is looking at ways the regulations can better accomplish their goal without being unduly burdensome to shrimpers.


Nov. 8, 2019 WABE 90.1

MARTA Rings In 40 Years Of Service, Looks To Future

Lauren Booker reports, it’s been 40 years since the first MARTA trains and buses linked together to provide transportation through the city. The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority celebrated this milestone by holding a “Ride Back in Time”-themed festival and concert near Avondale Station last Sunday.


Nov. 8, 2019 GPB

Political Rewind: Georgia’s House Speaker David Ralston Talks Budget, Election Results

Bill Nigut reports on an exclusive interview with Georgia’s Speaker of the House David Ralston. One year from today we will know the results of the 2020 elections. We will know whether Donald Trump has been re-elected president and won Georgia in the process.


Nov. 8, 2019 The Center Square

Senate study committee looks at revamp of school funding in Georgia

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia’s Department of Education (GaDOE) wants lawmakers to eliminate the current formula for school funding. The Senate Study Committee on the Financial Efficiency Star Rating met Wednesday to discuss gaps in the state’s school rating program. The metric is used to determine each districts’ needs.


Nov. 8, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

David Ralston on Trump, sports betting and the ‘obsession’ of his critics 

Greg Bluestein reports that House Speaker David Ralston warned Republicans can’t turn a “blind eye” toward the party’s worsening struggles in the suburbs. He noted how Georgia lagged behind Tennessee, which recently legalized online sports betting. And he said GOP candidates must acknowledge a truth in 2020.



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