Georgia Trend Daily – March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020 The Center Square

Kemp says Georgia remains vigilant in fight against COVID-19

Jason Schaumburg reports that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, but Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday announced a coronavirus task force to assess the state’s preparations and procedures for preventing, identifying and addressing any future cases. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a member of the coronavirus family.


March 2, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Q&A with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Susan Percy reports that Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a former state representative and business owner from Johns Creek, faced a daunting task soon after he took office in January of 2019: Implementing a new statewide voting system mandated by the General Assembly during that year’s legislative session.


March 2, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta, UPS, other Georgia company stock prices slammed by coronavirus

Kelly Yamanouchi and Matt Kempner reports that U.S. stock prices this week took their worst pummeling since the 2008 financial crisis, battered by coronavirus fears. But shares of some big Georgia companies were hit even harder.


March 2, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Thyssenkrupp selling elevator business now building Atlanta tower, campus

David Allison reports that European technology and manufacturing conglomerate Thyssenkrupp is selling its elevator business which is now building a big new Atlanta campus and test tower. Thyssenkrupp said Feb. 27 it will sell its elevator business for $18.9 billion to a consortium led by Advent, Cinven and RAG Foundation.


March 2, 2020 WABE 90.1

Metro Atlanta Is Ninth-Largest Region In The U.S.

Jim Burress and Maria White Tillman report that at about 6 million people, the Atlanta metro is the ninth-largest metro region in the U.S. But experts predict a lot of people will migrate to Atlanta in the coming decades.


March 2, 2020 Cartersville Daily Tribune-News

Records reveal City of Cartersville paid ransom ware attackers $380K

James Swift reports that on May 6, 2019, the City of Cartersville alerted residents that the local government had fallen prey to a ransomware attack. Yet since then, details on the size, scope and severity of the cybersecurity breach have remained scarce.


March 2, 2020 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Millions of travelers could see these unique pieces from a Columbus museum

Nick Wooten reports that travelers from across the United States and abroad could see pieces from a unique Columbus museum at one of the world’s busiest airports until November 2020. More than 80 lunchboxes and nearly 30 accompanying thermoses from Columbus’ Lunch Box museum are being displayed at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.


March 2, 2020 Washington Post

Georgia’s Sea Islands: A destination worth the paddle

David Brown reports, we’d just finished the second day of a five-day, four-night kayak excursion exploring a half-dozen of the hundred Sea Islands that stretch from Cape Hatteras to the northern end of Florida. That’s how we had gotten to Sapelo.


March 2, 2020 Access WDUN

Winder, Forsyth Co. getting grants for conservation, outdoor recreation projects

Staff reports that Forsyth County and the city of Winder are among recipients of more than $19 million in “Conserve Georgia” grants from the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program. The state Department of Natural Resources announced the grant recipients earlier this week.


March 2, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Ready for broadband

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Claxton became the state’s first city to have an official Broadband Ready certification within a county – Evans County – that also earned the designation. It’s the first multi-jurisdictional broadband recognition from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which is leading the Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative to provide high-speed internet service to rural areas of the state.


March 2, 2020 Newnan Times-Herald

Falcon Aviation ends Chinese program; domestic training to resume Monday

Sarah Fay Campbell reports that Falcon Aviation Academy shut down most of its operations at the Newnan-Coweta County Airport on Wednesday. The Peachtree City and Athens programs also ceased operations, according to staff at both airports.


March 2, 2020 GPB, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump To Visit CDC In Atlanta To Highlight U.S. Response To Coronavirus

Staff reports that President Donald Trump is set to visit the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday as he tries to calm growing fears about the coronavirus outbreak, a senior White House official told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


March 2, 2020 Augusta Chronicle, Capitol Beat News

Bills pushed to give Georgians with criminal histories a second chance

Beau Evans reports that criminal justice advocates are pushing for Georgia to pass legislation this year aimed at restricting public access to certain criminal convictions when seeking jobs or housing. More than 4.4 million people have a criminal record of at least an arrest in Georgia, totaling nearly half the state’s population, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.


March 2, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Collins ranked second-most liberal GOP member of Georgia House delegation

Allison Stevens reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins is the second-most liberal Republican in Georgia’s House delegation, according to new rankings by a nonpartisan organization that tracks government data and statistics. That puts him to the right of all but one of the state’s other House Republicans (Rep. Rob Woodall) and to the left of the seven others.


March 2, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Buttigieg drops out of presidential race, met with Carter earlier in day

Greg Bluestein reports that White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race for president Sunday after a disappointing finish in South Carolina left him without a path to victory in the coast-to-coast Super Tuesday contest. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced the decision on the same day he had breakfast with former President Jimmy Carter in Plains, his second pilgrimage to meet with the Georgia Democrat.


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