Georgia Trend Daily – June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Georgia Gov. Kemp visits Savannah; addresses COVID-19, protests, and possibly hosting GOP convention

Nick Robertson reports, while touring a Savannah food bank on Wednesday, June 3, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp spoke about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, recent protest demonstrations statewide, and the possibility of the state hosting this summer’s Republican convention after President Donald Trump demanded it be moved from the originally planned site in North Carolina.


June 4, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Disturbing Trend

Ben Young writes, it is my hope that current conditions related to the spread of the coronavirus will help us appreciate the important role public health departments play in our lives. As of April 15, the Georgia Department of Public Health revised its testing criteria for COVID-19 to allow all symptomatic individuals to be eligible for testing and to allow referrals from their local health department.


June 4, 2020

Delta Hit on Both Sides as U.S. Blocks Passenger Flights From China

Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. is now being hit on both sides of a U.S.-China dispute over the resumption of air service cut off during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday moved to block Chinese airlines’ passenger flights to U.S., alleging that the Chinese government is violating their bilateral aviation agreement by effectively keeping American airlines from restarting service to China.


June 4, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chick-fil-A CEO Cathy: Businesses must push to end racial inequality

Tamar Hallerman reports that Chick-fil-A Chairman Dan Cathy vowed to use his status as one of Atlanta’s wealthiest and most powerful business leaders to address the stubborn racial inequalities that have fueled recent protests across the nation.


June 4, 2020 Augusta Chronicle

Electrolux to hire 100 at Augusta customer service center

Damon Cline reports that Electrolux is planning to hire 100 workers at its Washington Road call center, with the positions eligible for work-from-home status after 30 days. Augusta based recruiting firm Loop announced Tuesday it will oversee the hiring of what customer service representatives – which Electrolux calls “Eluxperts” – who support the company’s line of home appliances.


June 4, 2020 Brunswick News

COVID’s impact on local real estate looks to be short-term

Taylor Cooper reports that the local residential real estate market bounced back quickly from any damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdowns, but commercial properties are still suffering the after-effects. Allison Van der Veer, brokerage manager and Realtor with Roland Daniel Properties, said her firm lost a lot of business during the state-mandated shelter-in-place order for Georgia residents that lasted most of the month of April, but business since has wiped away concerns about long-term impacts.


June 4, 2020 All On Georgia

Federal grants will provide major boost to law enforcement agencies in the Southern District of Georgia

Staff reports that the Department of Justice announced Wednesday that nearly $400 million in grant funding through the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) COPS Hiring Program (CHP), with more than $4.5 million going to agencies in the Southern District of Georgia.


June 4, 2020 Georgia Recorder

PSC gives utilities OK to once again cut service to delinquent customers

Jill Nolin reports that utility customers who have fallen behind on their electricity and natural gas bills during the COVID-19 crisis could have their service cut off starting next month, even as advocates caution state regulators that many Georgians are still hurting financially during an economic crisis of historic proportions.


June 4, 2020 The Center Square

Kemp: Georgia state agencies can roll back cuts to 11 percent

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia state agencies will have to reduce their fiscal year 2021 budgets by 11 percent in response to revenue shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of the 14 percent previously requested by budget officials, Gov. Brian Kemp said.


June 4, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia labor chief asks lawmakers to spare his agency from budget ax

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler asked state lawmakers Wednesday to spare an agency hit with an unprecedented wave of unemployment claims from budget cuts looming over the rest of state government.


June 4, 2020 Gainesville Times

Georgia police chiefs’ association backs hate crime legislation

Nick Watson reports that the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police adopted a resolution late last month in support of legislation that “enhances and mandates the criminal sentence” in cases involving hate crimes.


June 4, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WSB poll: Ossoff leads Democrats in Senate race; many still undecided

Greg Bluestein reports that Jon Ossoff has a commanding lead in the Democratic primary to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue, though he’s still short of the majority-vote he needs to avoid a runoff, a WSB-TV poll released Wednesday shows. The poll pegs Ossoff, an investigative journalist, at 42% of the vote with less than a week before the Tuesday election.


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