January 17, 2020 – Georgia Trend Daily

Jan. 17, 2020 WABE 90.1

Kemp Pledges Teacher Raises, Adoption and Healthcare Changes In State Of The State Address

Emma Hurt, Martha Dalton and Emil Moffat report that his second State of the State address and proposed state budget, Gov. Brian Kemp has pledged a $2,000 pay raise for public school teachers, after having demanded budget cuts of most state agencies amid a revenue shortfall and looming economic recession.



Jan. 17, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Economic Development Around the State

Christy Simo reports on economic developments in the state, including Telfair Stones: Brazil-based Guidoni Group will open its first U.S. engineered stone manufacturing facility in McRae-Helena. The $96-million investment will create 455 jobs.


Jan. 17, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coke trade secrets case highlights U.S.-China tension, trade challenge

Matt Kempner and J. Scott Trubey report that after nearly five years with Coca-Cola, engineer Xiaorong “Shannon” You was getting downsized. Prosecutors allege that two days before her final shift in Atlanta, You gave herself a lucrative parting gift.


Jan. 17, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Chick-fil-A at center of chicken farmers’ court battle with Pilgrim’s Pride

Chris Fuhrmeister reports that a group of Georgia poultry farmers is suing a major producer of fast-food chicken. At the crux of the dispute is Chick-fil-A Inc.’s move to cut all antibiotics out of its supply chain.


Jan. 17, 2020 Georgia Southern University

Two Georgia Southern faculty contribute to Technology Association of Georgia report

Staff reports that Jerry Burke, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Marc Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of logistics and supply chain management and director of the Southern Center for Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, contributed to the Georgia Supply Chain and Logistics technology ecosystem report by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).


Jan. 17, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Gov. Kemp recommends state funding for Savannah Convention Center expansion

Katie Nussbaum reports that Governor Brian Kemp is recommending $70 million in bond funding to keep the planned expansion of the Savannah Convention Center on Hutchinson Island on track in his Amended Fiscal Year 2020 and Fiscal Year 2021 Governor’s Budget Report, which was released Thursday, Jan. 16.


Jan. 17, 2020 Rome News-Tribune, Summerville News

Mount Vernon Mills in Trion announces layoffs, changes affect 100 employees

Staff reports that Mount Vernon Mills announced Thursday that it will restructure some of its operations in Trion that will affect up to 100 employees. Some workers will be laid off and others will be relocated to other departments within the mill, according to Denim Mill Manager Randy Henderson.


Jan. 17, 2020 Brunswick News

Bullish economy predicted for state, Golden Isles

Gordon Jackson reports that the economic outlook for 2020 is a “good news forecast,” according to the state forecast by Ben Ayers, dean of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Ayers was the keynote speaker Thursday at the Georgia Economic Outlook luncheon at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.


Jan. 17, 2020 Marietta Daily Journal, CNHI

Bill would relieve teacher debt

Riley Bunch reports that a new bill in the House of Representatives would give teachers a financial incentive to work at under-performing schools. The measure, known as House Bill 736, would provide student loan relief to teachers who teach in the state’s “turnaround-eligible” schools — schools that made Georgia’s worst performing list released in December.


Jan. 17, 2020 Capitol Beat

Gov. Kemp submits record $28.1B state budget plan

Dave Williams reports that Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled a $28.1 billion budget proposal Thursday that would set a new record for state spending in fiscal 2021 despite the air of fiscal uncertainty surrounding this year’s General Assembly session. While the spending plan would surpass the then-record $27.5 billion fiscal 2020 budget lawmakers passed last spring, the increase would be far less than the $1.3 billion spending hike the legislature adopted a year ago.


Jan. 17, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Lawmaker aims to require plants to disclose toxic gas release

Stanley Dunlap reports that a Georgia lawmaker introduced legislation this week that he says is the first step in better regulating plants that produce a gas that can put residents at a higher risk of developing cancer. Rep. Erick Allen’s House Bill 774 proposes to require companies to publicly report the amount ethylene oxide gas they release into the air that exceeds state regulations.


Jan. 17, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In debut ad, Loeffler declares impeachment ‘has to stop’ in Senate

Greg Bluestein reports that Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler released a debut ad Friday touting her support for President Donald Trump and opposition to impeachment as she tried to quickly boost her name recognition less than two weeks after she was sworn into office.


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