Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 2, 2019

Dec. 2, 2019 Albany Herald

Atlanta new home to E-sports franchise

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced recently that AEV (Atlanta Esports Ventures), a partnership between Cox Enterprises and Nevada-based Province Inc., will locate the headquarters for Atlanta Reign, a professional eSports team, in Atlanta. The facility in Midtown Atlanta will result in the creation of 45 new jobs and an investment of $100 million in the growing eSports ecosystem in Atlanta.


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Dec. 2, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Why Early Reading Matters

Susan Percy reports, the first thing to know about early literacy is that it is critically important; the next, that it connects to a whole lot of other conditions and challenges. But the best thing to know is that there are solutions to the problem of poor reading skills and some smart people working toward them. They could use your help.


Dec. 2, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Warming waters, disease threaten Georgia shrimp

Meris Lutz reports that the fall of 2013 should have been a blessing for Georgia shrimpers. A bacterial infection had wiped out the Asian shrimp farms that drove many Americans out of business.


Dec. 2, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta web site builder Makeswift raises $1.5 million 

David Allison reports that Atlanta’s Makeswift Inc., which claims to be “the fastest drag-and-drop landing page builder on the Internet,” has raised $1.5 million, according to a Nov. 27 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Makeswift, formerly known as Landing Lion, joined the startup incubator Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech last year.


Dec. 2, 2019 Wall Street Journal

UPS to Use Sensors That Can Track Medical Packages at All Times

Sarah Castalanos reports that United Parcel Service Inc. early next year plans to launch a service for health-care customers that uses sensors and data analytics to track medical packages’ exact location in near-real time. The service, UPS Premier, will prioritize the handling of shipments such as personalized medicines, DNA and gene therapies, investigative drugs, laboratory specimens and implantable medical devices.


Dec. 2, 2019 Brunswick News

Whale spotting renews hopes for calving season

Wes Wolfe reports that the arrival of an 18-year-old North Atlantic right whale off the Northeast Florida shore during the past week kicked off hopes for a successful calving season, and a successful season is desperately needed following some of the lowest seasons on record, continuing deaths from fishing entanglements and problems caused by warming seas in traditional feeding areas off New England and the Canadian maritime provinces.


Dec. 2, 2019 Rome News-Tribune

New federal funds could boost Georgia’s mental health care for toddlers

Diane Wagner reports that Federal funds could be available next year to address the mental health needs of very young children, but a House study committee found state Medicaid policies don’t cover assessments. “We’ve got to find a way to pull our agencies together, certainly through conversations with our governor and other state agency heads … There is a desire to make this happen,” said Rep. Katie Dempsey.


Dec. 2, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Gun rights get hearing this week at Supreme Court

Robin Bravender reports that a momentous clash over gun rights is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court is slated to hear oral arguments on Monday in a case over a New York City handgun regulation.


Dec. 2, 2019 Saporta Report

Isakson’s support for right whale conservation part of broadening bipartisan effort

David Pendered reports that when Sen. Johnny Isakson announced he was co-sponsoring federal legislation to provide $50 million, over 10 years, to help conserve endangered right whales, he cited an event during his days the Georgia Legislature in explaining why he picked support of this issue as one of his final acts in public office.


Dec. 2, 2019 The Center Square

Georgia, Ohio, Louisiana among states with highest student loan debt

Staff reports that education has long been considered the path to professional and financial success. It’s true that higher levels of education correspond with lower unemployment and higher earnings. But, a combination of sharp tuition increases and comparatively slow wage growth has created an environment in which many U.S. college graduates struggle to pay off their debt.


Dec. 2, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp aides go nuclear on ‘cowardly’ criticism of Senate favorite

Greg Bluestein reports that an “acid-washed jean shorts” wearing Floridian with “Stacey Abrams syndrome.” An “oddly submissive” outsider telling Georgians what to do. A “cowardly” interloper who stuffs Pokémon cards in his pockets and “can’t cut it in south Georgia.” Facing shots over his planned pick for an open U.S. Senate seat, Gov. Brian Kemp’s inner circle unleashed a special type of vitriol against U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida after he blasted the governor’s plans to select financial executive Kelly Loeffler.


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