Georgia Trend Daily – March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Gov. Kemp: 2 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Fulton County

Staff reports that Gov. Brian Kemp confirmed on Monday that Georgia has two confirmed cases of coronavirus. Kemp announced the news in a 10 p.m. press conference on Monday, adding that a Atlanta-area man returned from Milan, Italy.

 

March 3, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

40 Under 40 nominations open today

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that each year Georgia Trend honors 40 of the state’s best and brightest under the age of 40. Whether you know someone who’s making a difference on the national stage or is a mover and shaker in his or her corner of the state, if they are under 40 years old as of Oct. 1, 2019, we want to hear about them.

 

March 3, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Developers plan 290 residential units, offices and retail on Westside

Michael E. Kanell reports that a Dallas-based real estate firm said Friday that it will start construction of a mixed-use development this summer on 18 acres in Atlanta Westside. The project will include 290 residential units, as well as a series of interconnected offices, workshops and businesses at the intersection of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Northside Drive, said officials of Lincoln Property Co.

 

March 3, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Dealbook: Gold Kist site sells for $42 million — a bargain by today’s standards

Douglas Sams reports that the new owners of the old Gold Kist Foods headquarters in Dunwoody paid almost $42 million for the property, a bargain price that should allow the developer to transform the site.

 

March 3, 2020 WSB Radio

Atlanta-based Delta joins other airlines in waiving change fees amid coronavirus concerns

Staff reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is waiving change fees for international travel due to coronavirus concerns, the airline announced Monday. The waivers will apply to any flights between March 1 – 31 to any international destination the airline serves.

 

March 3, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Septic tanks threaten water quality on Georgia’s coast as sea levels rise

Mary Landers and Emily Jones report that  Wanda and David Scott fell in love with their Whitemarsh Island property separately more than three decades ago, each finding the charming 1938 marsh-front home on their own and rushing to tell the other of their discovery. They bought the house and moved here from Liberty County.

 

March 3, 2020 Brunswick News

Mining opposition crosses state line

Gordon Jackson reports that a congressman in Florida wants to make sure any proposal submitted for mining swampland his state shares with Georgia receive proper review. U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers asking it for an environmental impact statement that evaluates projects with the potential to “significantly affect the quality of the human environment.”

 

March 3, 2020 GPB

Coronavirus Steers New Workers To Georgia Medical Mask Maker

Sarah Rose reports that a local medical mask manufacturer and distributor has stepped up production due to the coronavirus outbreak around the world. Montreal-based medical supply company Medicom’s Augusta factory has nearly doubled its number of employees since early cases of COVID-19 were reported in China.

 

March 3, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

UGA School of Law’s M.S.L. program offers world-class legal education for non-lawyers

Julia Roberts reports, in today’s highly regulated, legislated and litigated work environments, having a strong knowledge of the law is a sound career investment. To that end, the University of Georgia School of Law offers a Master in the Study of Law – a 30-credit hour program that offers world-class legal education for non-lawyers, with classes in both Athens and Atlanta.

 

March 3, 2020 Cherokee Tribune Ledger-News, Capitol Beat News

State Senate budget writers OK their version of mid-year spending plan

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Senate Appropriations Committee put its stamp on Gov. Brian Kemp’s $27.4 billion mid-year budget plan Monday, agreeing with the House on restoring some spending reductions in the governor’s recommendations, while putting back other cuts on their own.

 

March 3, 2020 Dalton Daily Citizen News, CNHI

Politicians flock to state capitol to qualify for elections

Riley Bunch reports that candidates flocked to the state Capitol on Monday to complete paperwork to qualify for the 2020 elections. All 236 seats in the state House and Senate are up for election, as well as 14 U.S. House of Representative seats and the state’s two U.S. Senate seats.

 

March 3, 2020 Gainesville Times

Collins, Loeffler qualify in special election for Senate seat

Megan Reed reports that U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, qualified for the U.S. Senate race Monday morning. Qualifying for the race began Monday in the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building across from the Capitol in Atlanta.

 

March 3, 2020 Georgia Health News

Debate on ethylene oxide bill adds to furor over toxic gas

Andy Miller reports that the controversy over the toxic gas ethylene oxide spilled over into the Georgia General Assembly on Monday. A House panel approved legislation to require companies to notify state regulators of any “unpermitted release” or leak of the chemical, which is used to sterilize medical equipment.

 

March 3, 2020 Georgia Recorder

State Senate set to consider legalizing online college and pro sports betting

Maggie Lee reports that Georgians break the law all the time when they bet on sports online, taking a gamble on football, baseball and just about any contest played on a field or in an arena. Some Georgia lawmakers say it’s time for the state’s education programs to get a piece of that action by making it legal.

 

March 3, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Tighter rules for title pawns in Georgia take another step

Beau Evans reports that Georgia lawmakers advanced legislation Monday to cap interest rates charged by the state’s auto-title pawn industry that consumer advocates claim trap low-income families with unfair lending practices. Title pawns proliferated in the state following a crackdown more than a decade ago on traditional payday lending, in which cash-strapped individuals with poor credit take out small loans at high interest rates.

 

March 3, 2020 The Center Square

Senate bill would open Medicaid to all Georgia residents

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow residents to apply for Medicaid. Senate Bill 339 instructs the Georgia Department of Community Health to create a new program that will allow any resident, regardless of income level or insurance status, to purchase a Medicaid plan at the same cost as the state.

 

March 3, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge rules Gwinnett doesn’t have to open early-voting locations sooner

Amanda C. Coyne reports that Gwinnett County will not have to open its satellite early-voting locations a week early, after a federal judge ruled Monday afternoon in a suit filed by several civil rights groups.

 

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