Georgia Trend Daily – April 15, 2020

April 15, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia airports land piece of coronavirus economic stimulus package

Dave Williams reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $410.8 million in economic stimulus funding to 97 airports across Georgia to help offset the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will get by far the largest share of the money.


April 15, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

More resources available to help

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that with businesses finding new ways to work remotely and workers trying to adjust to relative isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create massive challenges. Fortunately, a can-do spirit is on display daily as more organizations, businesses and individuals come up with resources to help.


April 15, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta Air reaches deal for $5.4 billion in federal relief funding

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has reached an agreement for $5.4 billion in federal relief funding. It’s among several deals Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Tuesday as part of $25 billion in rescue financing for passenger airlines amid plunging traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic.


April 15, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

State resources available for businesses affected by coronavirus pandemic

Eric Mandel reports that the state of Georgia launched a resources page to help small businesses navigate COVID-19 support programs. Here’s a compilation of Georgia government resources and links for small and midsized businesses, from emergency financial relief and grants to supports for economic development.


April 15, 2020 Georgia Wildlife Resources

Georgia DNR Announces 12 Grants Through Recreational Trails Program

Staff reports that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced the selection of the Georgia Recreational Trails Program grants recipients for construction and rehabilitation of trails. Selected applicants will be invited to submit final applications for their proposals, which would result in almost $2.5 million of funding to support outdoor access in Georgia.


April 15, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Okefenokee named among ‘most endangered’ rivers

Mary Landers reports that the advocacy group American Rivers has named the Okefenokee Swamp and the nearby St. Marys River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2020, citing the threat titanium mining would pose to the waterways’ clean water, wetlands and wildlife habitat. Alabama-based Twin Pines Minerals last year proposed mining a 1,450-acre area near the Okefenokee but revoked that permit application earlier this year.


April 15, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald

Georgia public colleges could take $350 million hit from virus

Lee Shearer reports that University System of Georgia faces revenue losses of $340 million to $350 million through this summer because of coronavirus impacts, according to University System Chancellor Steve Wrigley. The system’s per-student funding from the state is already down 35 percent over the past 20 years, he reminded members of the state Board of Regents in a telephonic meeting Tuesday.


April 15, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

South Metro Atlanta

Haisten Willis reports, the word “opportunity” should come to mind when one thinks of South Metro Atlanta. With more than 60,000 employees commuting to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, expanding logistics facilities and thousands of acres of undeveloped land available, growth and expansion will continue coming to the counties on Atlanta’s south side.


April 15, 2020 University of Georgia

Regents OK Isakson Chair for Parkinson’s Research

Staff reports that the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Tuesday approved the establishment of the John H. “Johnny” Isakson Chair for Parkinson’s Research at the University of Georgia. The chair honors the former U.S. senator by emphasizing research that analyzes and develops treatments for Parkinson’s, the disease with which Isakson was diagnosed in 2015.


April 15, 2020 The Center Square

Georgia officials continue to deliberate inmate releases because of COVID-19

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles said Tuesday it still is considering releasing nonviolent offenders who are within six months of completing their sentences in response to COVID-19. Three inmates have died from COVID-19 and more than 100 staff members and prisoners have tested positive in Georgia’s correctional facilities, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC).


April 15, 2020 Georgia Recorder

More COVID-19 testing, new hospital beds coming to prepare for surge

Stanley Dunlap reports that Georgia is adding more hospital beds, new access to COVID-19 testing and expanding its watch over senior care facilities as state officials warn a crush of hospital patients is coming when expected peak health care demand hits near the end of April. Gov. Brian Kemp Monday announced plans to open hundreds of new hospital beds as the state, its universities and health care industry work to contain the spread of the disease.


April 15, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb Democrats explore punishing Vernon Jones for endorsing Trump

Greg Bluestein reports that State Rep. Vernon Jones faced swift blowback after he became the first state Democratic official to endorse President Donald Trump: His colleagues called him a traitor, the party chair cast him as an “embarrassment” and House leaders endorsed his primary challenger.

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