Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 29, 2020

Jan. 29, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Port of Savannah sets calendar year record

Katie Nussbaum reports that the year proved to be another record year for the Port of Savannah with 4.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) moving through the port during the Calendar Year 2019, which was an increase of nearly 250,000 TEUs or 5.6% compared to the previous year.


Jan. 29, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Fare: Hai Times

Krista Reece writes, January in Georgia: Depending on where you live, you could be experiencing ice storms and wintry blasts, or just low light, early sundown and general post-holiday blahs. Whether you’re suffering from cold, cabin fever or seasonal affective disorder (SAD!), I’ve got a suggestion: Get Hai.


Jan. 29, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta home prices outpace all but three other Sun Belt metros

Michael E. Kanell reports that Metro Atlanta home prices outpaced all but three other Sun Belt cities during the past year, according to a high-profile national survey. Atlanta’s prices rose 4.2%, behind only Phoenix, Charlotte and Tampa, in the monthly rankings of the Case-Shiller housing index released Tuesday by S&P Dow Jones Indices.


Jan. 29, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta one of two choices for $5B cloud tech company headquarters

Carrie Ghose reports that Swiss-based Veeam Software Corp. has narrowed its choice for a new headquarters to its two largest U.S. offices in Columbus, Ohio, and metro Atlanta, its CEO said. Each office has more than 300 employees, making up about half Veeam’s U.S. workforce.


Jan. 29, 2020 Augusta Chronicle

Depot project likely dead as city rejects developer’s requests

Susan McCord reports that the city-sponsored $94 million Riverfront at the Depot project is likely dead. Augusta Commission members agreed behind closed doors Tuesday that they oppose developer Bloc Global’s request for a refund of $50,000 in earnest money as well as its request for a 180-day extension to close on the property.


Jan. 29, 2020 GPB

Addiction Recovery Community Reminds Kemp ‘We’re Everywhere’

Ellen Eldridge reports that Gov. Brian Kemp made an appearance Tuesday morning at the Georgia Freight Depot, where hundreds of people in longterm recovery from addiction gathered to celebrate Addiction Recovery Awareness Day. The message from the community to Kemp is that people in recovery come from across the state.


Jan. 29, 2020 Capitol Beat News, Covington News

Most 17-year-olds offenders in Georgia would not face adult court per House bill

Beau Evans reports that youth offenders in Georgia would need to be at least 18-years old to be tried in adult court for all except the most serious violent crimes under a bill filed in the 2020 legislative session. Georgia is one of three states that try 17-year-olds as adults for felony charges in criminal court.


Jan. 29, 2020 Brunswick News

Senate looks to limit suits against ag operations

Wes Wolfe reports that a bill backed by agribusiness groups that seeks to limit lawsuits against agriculture operations received new life Tuesday in the state Senate, as the Senate Agriculture and Consumer Services Committee debated a substitute to House Bill 545. H.B. 545 appeared destined for late-session passage in the General Assembly last year, but it ran into a brick wall in the Senate Rules Committee.


Jan. 29, 2020 Milledgeville Union-Recorder, CNHI

AG: election litigation costing state

Riley Bunch reports that Attorney General Chris Carr said the climbing number of election lawsuits against the state is wracking up a “significant” bill. During the first day of House Public Safety Subcommittee of Appropriations meetings, Carr told lawmakers election litigation is putting a strain on government dollars and staff.


Jan. 29, 2020 WABE 90.1

Will Ga. Lawmakers Consider School Vouchers In A Tight Budget Year?

Martha Dalton reports that it’s National School Choice Week when some education advocates across the country will promote expanding school options for families. School choice covers a variety of programs, including charter and magnet schools, traditional public schools, online academies, home schooling, private schools and school vouchers or scholarships.


Jan. 29, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia lawmakers propose ‘right-to-shop’ options for patients

Myamekye Daniel reports that Georgia senators have filed a bill that could give patients the chance to price hunt for non-emergency services. Senate Bill 303, dubbed the Georgia Right to Shop Act, is aimed at promoting transparency in health-care billing.


Jan. 29, 2020 Access WDUN

Miller, Zoller said they’re not likely to seek Collins’ post

Mitch Clarke reports that that reports indicate U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville will run for the U.S. Senate this fall, the question turns to who replaces him in Georgia’s Ninth District in Congress. Two of the names most frequently mentioned as possible candidates – state Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, and WDUN host Martha Zoller – indicated Tuesday they won’t be throwing their hats into the race.


Jan. 29, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Doug Collins announces US Senate bid, setting up GOP divide in Georgia

Greg Bluestein reports that Congressman Doug Collins launched a bid for U.S. Senate on Wednesday on Fox News, saying he’d center his campaign on support for President Donald Trump as he dismissed concerns about opening a bitter Republican rift in Georgia. “We’re in for the Georgia Senate race. I’ve still got a lot of work left to do to help this president,” he said.


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