Georgia Trend Daily – May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

Huali Floors to Create 315 Jobs, Invest More than $27 Million in Murray County

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp announced on Wednesday that Huali Floors, a leading manufacturer of resilient flooring, will establish its first U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Murray County. Huali Floors will create at least 315 new jobs and invest more than $27 million in an existing facility.


May 28, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Bad Ads

Kerwin Swint reports that the Club for Growth, a small-government, anti-tax advocacy group, has spent literally millions of dollars on attack ads targeting Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins since February. They are largely wasting their money, not because current Sen. Kelly Loeffler is particularly vulnerable or that Congressman Collins is a sure thing.


May 28, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia peach growers tout the biggest crop in years

Christopher Quinn reports that Georgia’s peach crop survived temperature swings in the winter and spring, oriental fruit moths and the threat that the coronavirus would slow the arrival of migrant workers. Now comes the payoff for growers: “This is probably the biggest peach crop we’ve had in five years,” said Lee Dickey of Dickey Farms in Crawford County.


May 28, 2020 WABE 90.1

Atlanta-Based Southern Company Commits To Net Zero Carbon Emissions

Molly Samuels reports that Atlanta-based Southern Company has a new climate change goal: To achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. That means Southern Company’s subsidiaries like Georgia Power could still be releasing greenhouse gases from their power plants, but the company will do things to offset that pollution.


May 28, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Several farmers markets across Georgia could close in budget crunch

Jill Nolin reports that five of the state’s farmers markets would close under a proposal to cut costs after the COVID-19 outbreak caused state revenues to plummet. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black told state senators Tuesday that he intended to close the markets as part of his plan to curtail his agency’s spending by $5.6 million.


May 28, 2020 Brunswick News, Capitol Beat News

FAA announces new timetable for Spaceport Camden

Dave Williams reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revised its review schedule for a planned commercial spaceport in southeastern Georgia that will take the process into the fall of next year. The delayed timetable for Spaceport Camden is to allow additional time to revise an environmental impact study (EIS) to take into account a significant change in the design of the project.


May 28, 2020 The Center Square

Census count delay will push back Georgia redistricting process

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia’s 2022 elections will stay on track despite delays in 2020 census data, the Senate Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee chairman said. The U.S. Census Bureau was scheduled to deliver local counts to each state for legislative redistricting proceedings by April 1, 2021.


May 28, 2020 Albany Herald, CNHI

Corrections closes facilities, troopers lose manpower to offset budget cuts

Riley Bunch reports that budget cuts in the criminal justice system and public safety may lead to corrections facilities closures and more people behind bars. To offset the ordered 14% cuts in Fiscal Year 2021 budgets, criminal justice and public safety agencies presented proposals to budget writers littered with furloughs, facility closures, program delays and scaled back services.


May 28, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Deal-led group urges federal prison reform, releases report

Beau Evans reports that a criminal justice group led by former Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released several recommendations Wednesday on sentencing and quality-of-life reforms for federal prison inmates. Outlined in a report from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Council on Criminal Justice, the recommendations call for broad changes to the U.S. judicial and penitentiary system.


May 28, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp faces a choice over whether to allow bars, nightclubs to reopen

Greg Bluestein and Ligaya Figueras report that Gov. Brian Kemp has indicated he’ll extend coronavirus restrictions on businesses and restaurants that are set to soon expire, and he could also outline new guidelines that allow bars, nightclubs and live performance venues to reopen.


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