Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 30, 2020

Jan. 30, 2020 GPB

How One Town’s Life With Coal Ash Inspired A Georgia Bill

Grant Blankenship reports that Gloria Hammond remembers the day the man from Georgia Power came to talk about buying the home she shared with her husband Cason.  They were just back from the hospital.


Jan. 30, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Making Georgia Better

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Georgia Trend held its annual luncheon this week recognizing individuals who have made a positive impact on our state. More than 350 honorees and their guests gathered at the Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom for the event. (Check out the photos from photographer Jennifer Stalcup here.)


Jan. 30, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS orders 10,000 electric delivery vehicles

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that UPS has ordered 10,000 electric delivery vehicles from electric vehicle maker Arrival, in what it calls a move to accelerate fleet electrification. Sandy Springs-based UPS is also making a minority investment in Arrival through its venture capital arm UPS Ventures.


Jan. 30, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Metro Atlanta psychiatric facility closes, resulting in more than 150 layoffs

Eric Mandel reports that Southern Crescent Behavioral Health closed its psychiatric facility in Stockbridge, resulting in 167 permanent layoffs. Crescent Pines Hospital, 1000 Eagles Landing Parkway, closed on Jan. 25, causing the layoffs, according to a WARN notice to the Georgia Department of Labor.


Jan. 30, 2020

First Lady Marty Kemp Participates in USDOT’s “100 Pledges in 100 Days”

Staff reports that recently First Lady Marty Kemp traveled to Washington, D.C. to deliver remarks and participate in a panel during the the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) 100 Pledges in 100 Days, a human trafficking awareness event.


Jan. 30, 2020 Savannah Morning News

General Dynamics reports strong fourth quarter, 2019

Katie Nussbaum reports that General Dynamics, the parent company of Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, reported a fourth quarter revenue of $10.77 billion, up 3.8% compared to the same period last year. “We enjoyed a very solid fourth quarter and a strong 2019. We achieved most of our operational and financial goals and added meaningfully to our backlog, sometimes rather dramatically,” General Dynamics Chairman and CEO Phoebe Novakovic said during the quarterly call Wednesday morning.


Jan. 30, 2020 Brunswick News

Opposition growing against proposed mine near Okefenokee

Gordon Jackson reports that opposition is mounting against the proposed titanium mine by Twin Pines Minerals near the south end of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. State Sen. William Ligon, R-White Oak, has joined more than 25 regional, state and national organizations to express concerns about the proposed mining project.


Jan. 30, 2020 WABE 90.1

Across An Ideological Divide, Georgia Conservatives Push Kemp To Stand For Refugees

Lily Oppenheimer and Lisa Rayam report that earlier this month, a federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that would have given state and local governments the ability to say no to refugee resettlement in their communities. As the Trump administration’s order stalls over legal battles with immigration advocates, Georgia lawmakers are pushing Gov. Brian Kemp to take a stance.


Jan. 30, 2020 Gainesville Times

John Wilkinson announces run for 9th District seat in U.S. House

Megan Reed reports that state Sen. John Wilkinson, R-Toccoa, announced Wednesday, Jan. 29, that he would run for the 9th District U.S. House seat. “This is a critical time for our country, and we need an experienced, conservative voice willing to stand up for the values that residents of North Georgia hold dear,” Wilkinson said in a statement.


Jan. 30, 2020 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Jill Biden scheduled to speak in Columbus. Here’s what you need to know.

Mark Rice reports that Jill Biden, wife of presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, is scheduled to speak in Columbus next month. She will be the keynote speaker at the 35th annual Black History Month Observance Breakfast in the Columbus Convention and Trade Center on Feb. 17, starting at 7 a.m.


Jan. 30, 2020 Capitol Beat

Horse racing bill draws criticism from religious groups

Dave Williams reports that religious organizations and other opponents of legalized gambling dominated a Georgia Senate committee hearing Wednesday on legislation to let voters decide whether to bring pari-mutuel betting on horse racing to the state. For seven years, Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, has been the  driving force behind a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing horse racing.


Jan. 30, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Revised ‘Right to Farm’ bill back, environmentalists still raise a stink

Jill Nolin reports that a revamped version of a controversial bill framed last year as a protection for the state’s top industry – agriculture – is running into the same private property concerns that caused the measure to stall. The so-called “Right to Farm” bill would add new limitations for when nuisance complaints can be filed against farmers.


Jan. 30, 2020 The Center Square

Report: Kemp’s ACA waiver is incomplete, unlawful

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia’s Affordable Care Act waivers are receiving more backlash. In a report released Wednesday, University of Southern California-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy researchers said one of the waivers cannot be legally approved.


Jan. 30, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Raphael Warnock, pastor of famed church, enters Georgia Senate race

Greg Bluestin reports that the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic church, entered the race for the U.S. Senate on Thursday with hopes of unifying Georgia Democrats in one of the nation’s premier 2020 contests. Warnock launched his campaign against U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler with a video that detailed his path from public housing in Savannah to the pulpit of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church and a pledge to turn his progressive preaching into policy.


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