Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 31, 2019

Dec. 31, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia Lifts Drought Response

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia officials are lifting drought rules across the state. After a late summer heatwave, more than 100 Georgia counties — including all of metro Atlanta — had been under a state-mandated drought response.


Dec. 31, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Sports Desk: Life After Football

Loran Smith reports that the money a football player can earn in the National Football League (NFL) today is head turning if not mind-boggling. That often depends, of course, on the position one plays.


Dec. 31, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Revised North America trade deal could help Georgia poultry, textiles

Tamar Hallerman reports, when Marty Moran looks at the reworked U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, he sees sewing thread and Transportation Security Administration uniforms. That’s because the tentative pact would make it tougher for suppliers outside of North America to skirt import duties – and includes a provision tightening “Buy American” rules for the TSA and its nearly 50,000 employees.


Dec. 31, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Historic Georgia State Capitol steps set for $1.5 million renovation

David Allison reports that the historic limestone and granite steps outside the Georgia State Capitol are set for a $1.5 million renovation. The state of Georgia is seeking to hire a contractor to repair and restore the steps at the Capitol’s north and south entries.


Dec. 31, 2019 GPB

Georgia Ramps Up New Voting Machine Delivery As Election Deadline Looms

Stephen Fowler reports, standing at the edge of a DeKalb County loading dock, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger joined several reporters and elections staff as a nondescript white truck slowly backed up to unload its cargo. The truck was loaded with battery backups that will help power 2,839 ballot-marking devices used by DeKalb voters in future elections. It was the first of many shipments arriving that day.


Dec. 31, 2019 Georgia Recorder

Blind vendors find independence at state Capitol, rest stops and military bases

Beau Evans reports that the drop in sales that comes with the holiday season is always tough for Dale King, the blind cafe manager of the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building across from the Georgia Capitol. But it’s far better than the days when no one would hire him due to his blindness, so he relied on odd jobs to supplement his $750-a-month Social Security check.


Dec. 31, 2019 Augusta Chronicle

Columbia County hospital license faces another hurdle

Tom Corwin reports that the license to build the first hospital in Columbia County was pushed back again after the Georgia Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court for a new ruling. In a decision last week, the Supreme Court vacated the decision of the Georgia Court of Appeals denying Doctors’ appeal and sent the case back to that court for a new ruling.


Dec. 31, 2019 Georgia Health News

Piedmont affiliate expands its reach in urgent care field

Andy Miller reports that Piedmont Healthcare joint venture has acquired nine more urgent care centers, expanding its network to 26, with another set to open this week. Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet has purchased Summit Urgent Care, a move that is just one sign of the explosive growth of urgent care as a convenient, walk-in choice for patients with non-life-threatening conditions.


Dec. 31, 2019 Capitol Beat

Georgia Capitol steps slated for renovation

Dave Williams reports that the historic limestone and granite steps at the north and south entrances of the Georgia Capitol will get a makeover next year. The Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission has released a request for qualifications seeking a contractor for the $1.5 million project.


Dec. 31, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A 2019 dash for political cash in Georgia ends as a new money push begins

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia candidates racing for top public offices face a fresh fundraising deadline on Tuesday as they try to end 2019 on a high note. The Democrats competing to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue are scrambling to emerge from a jumbled field, while the Republican incumbent aims to distance himself from the pack.



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