Georgia Trend Daily – Nov. 15, 2019
Nov. 15, 2019 Savannah Morning News
Katie Nussbaum reports that October turned out another record for the Georgia Ports Authority, with the GPA moving 428,400 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) during the month, an increase of 14,600 TEUs or 3.5%. The month gave the Port of Savannah a fiscal year-to-date total of 1.6 million TEUs, up 90,600, or 6%.
Nov. 15, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Susan Percy writes, for me, there are two official harbingers of the oh-so-welcome, what-took-you-so-long? fall season: the first UGA football game and the scent of cinnamon brooms in my local supermarket. The first of these is welcome, promising the yin of eventual cool weather, colorful leaf displays, the emergence of sweaters from plastic storage bags and renewed energy
Nov. 15, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tamar Hallerman reports that Georgia officials cheered news Thursday that China would allow imports of U.S. poultry for the first time in nearly five years. Agriculture is Georgia’s largest industry, and poultry the state’s chief agricultural export. The state exported some $856 million worth of it in 2018, the latest estimate available from the Census Bureau.
Nov. 15, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle
Jeff Blumenthal reports that two of Philadelphia’s oldest and largest law firms are engaged in separate negotiations to complete mergers of equals with peers outside the region. Pepper Hamilton is close to a merger of equals with Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders, while Drinker Biddle & Reath is seeking to do the same with Minneapolis-based Faegre Baker Daniels, the law firms confirmed.
Nov. 15, 2019 WABE 90.1
Staff reports that the city of Atlanta is doing better at keeping its residents healthy and enjoying a higher quality of life, according to CityHealth’s just-released annual report card of the nation’s top 40 cities. The latest analysis has Atlanta moving up from last year’s “bronze” status to “silver” this year.
Nov. 15, 2019 Augusta Chronicle
Damon Cline reports that Resolute Forest Products said Thursday it is “indefinitely idling” its Augusta newsprint plant effective immediately, leaving 160 employees without work. Company spokeswoman Debbie Johnston said the likelihood the plant would be restarted anytime soon is slim, given the newsprint sector’s “continued, challenging market conditions.”
Nov. 15, 2019 Saporta Report
Maria Saporta reports that the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is giving a three-year, $6.8 million grant to Atlanta-based CARE, signaling a new international partnership to foster economic development, influence policy change and provide humanitarian aid for people affected by natural and man-made disasters. It is the Blank Foundation’s first strategic international philanthropic expansion to promote positive change in people’s lives.
Nov. 15, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald
Bob Sechler reports that the two biggest newspaper chains in the country are on the verge of combining, after shareholders of both gave green lights to the $1.13 billion deal Thursday. New Media Investment Group, which operates under its GateHouse Media subsidiary, is expected to close on its acquisition of USA Today parent Gannett Co. in the next several days, now that the last remaining hurdles have been cleared.
Nov. 15, 2019 GPB
Drew Dawson reports that a crowd of several hundred gathered in Augusta Wednesday evening to ask representatives from The Army Corps of Engineers how they came to the decision to demolish The New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, in spite of overwhelming objections from local residents on both sides of the Savannah River in Georgia and South Carolina.
Nov. 15, 2019 Georgia Health News
Andy Miller reports that Johnecia Mason’s pregnancy was going along fine until at six months, she developed preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure. Soon afterward, her son was born prematurely, at 26 weeks, weighing just 1 pound, 8 ounces. He died in the hospital 12 days later.
Nov. 15, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal
Rosie Manins reports that State Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, is stepping down as a candidate in the race to represent Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. Congress. Beach announced his decision with a news release Thursday, stating he will now seek reelection in the state Senate instead.
Nov. 15, 2019 The Center Square
Nyamekye Daniel reports that lawmakers, business owners and policy experts convene in Atlanta Friday to plan ahead for the 2020 legislative session and dissect the regulatory environment of Georgia. The Georgia Legislative Policy Forum is a platform to discuss limited-government proposals and innovative legislation approaches, according to the coordinators.
Nov. 15, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Maya T. Prabhu reports that environmentalists continue to monitor the fallout from a capsized cargo ship near Saint Simons Island and express concerns about toxins from coal ash seeping into Georgia’s waterways in this year’s list of “Dirty Dozen” pollution problems. The Georgia Water Coalition on Wednesday named what the group called some of the worst threats to the state’s waters — with seven of the 12 concerns being “repeat offenders.”