Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 27, 2019

Dec. 27, 2019 Capitol Beat

New year to ring in new state laws

Dave Williams reports that the “heartbeat” anti-abortion bill Gov. Brian Kemp pushed through the General Assembly this year will not take effect Jan. 1 as intended, blocked by a federal judge. But more than a dozen less controversial measures Georgia lawmakers enacted during the 2019 legislative session will become law with the coming of the new year.


Dec. 27, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Southwest Georgia: Patience Pays Off

K.K. Snyder reports that while all new and expanding industry announcements, as well as a continued boom in retail, restaurants and hotels, are met with applause, Southwest Georgia is celebrating some extra-big wins. From metal stamping and handguns to glassmaking and blockchain technology, hundreds of millions in investments and hundreds of jobs have landed in the region in the past year.


Dec. 27, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgians’ holiday spending helps buoy retailers, especially online

Tamar Hallerman and Ernie Suggs report that Pat Darden was in her element Thursday afternoon as she weaved her way through the throngs of customers at Perimeter Mall. Though post-holiday bargains were plentiful online, she wanted to peruse the merchandise in-person.


Dec. 27, 2019 WABE 90.1

Access To Child Care Remains A Hurdle For Ga. Parents Working On A College Degree

Martha Dalton reports that almost one-fourth of Georgia college students are parents. These students tend to have better grades, but lower graduation rates, than other students. However, the cost of child care is often more than the cost of college.


Dec. 27, 2019 Athens Banner-Herald, University of Georgia

New research from UGA evaluates design of startup accelerators

Carolyn Crist reports that new research from the University of Georgia links startup accelerator success with a few key program elements, such as mentorship and open discussion among participating startup founders. Papers co-authored by Susan Cohen examined the variation among several accelerators.


Dec. 27, 2019 GPB

2019 A Record Year For Average Temps In Georgia And The South

Grant Blankenship reports, you may have enjoyed a warm Christmas around much of Georgia. Between 2 and 4 degrees warmer than average, in fact. That caps off a record year for climate for Georgia and the South.


Dec. 27, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

6 Surprising Facts About Heart Disease

Veerappan Subramaniyam, MD, FACC, reports, while you may be familiar with these statistics, there are some lesser-known facts about heart disease that you can use to reduce your risk of heart disease and cardiac events and to promote overall heart health. Below are six important facts about heart disease you should know.


Dec. 27, 2019 Albany Herald

State submits Georgia Access, Georgia Pathways for approval

Staff reports that Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp’s office and the Georgia Department of Community Health officially submitted Georgia Pathways and Georgia Access to the Trump administration for approval. “Since the passage of the Patients First Act, we have worked with subject matter experts, health care professionals, and stakeholders to craft Georgia-centric solutions to our state’s most pressing health care challenges,” Kemp said in a news release.


Dec. 27, 2019 Brunswick News

$1.6 million going to reduce right whale entanglements

Wes Wolfe reports that over the past three years, 30 North Atlantic right whales — around 7-8 percent of the entire species — have died through human-related causes, meaning commercial fishing entanglements and ship strikes. And those are just the ones of which scientists are aware.


Dec. 27, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

District attorney, state senator look to close loophole in sex offender registry

Charles Oliver reports that people on the sex offender registry in the state should have to obey all reporting requirements, says state Sen. Chuck Payne. Payne, a Republican from Dalton, said he was surprised when Conasauga District Attorney Bert Poston (Whitfield and Murray counties) brought it to his attention that in some circumstances there are lower legal penalties for an individual on the registry who fails to update his or her information as required.


Dec. 27, 2019 Georgia Recorder

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected ahead of 2020 election

Robin Bravender reports that the Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an effort to bolster those rules against a possible Democratic administration that may seek to unravel Trump’s policies.


Dec. 27, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johnny Isakson, Georgia’s power broker in U.S. Senate, heads to exit

Tamar Hallerman reports that congressional leaders were racing to avert a government shutdown in December 2015 when a member of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s staff spotted something troublesome. The final spending agreement passed by the House included language that possibly could have tipped the balance unfavorably for Georgia in its long-running water wars with Alabama and Florida.


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