Georgia Trend Daily – June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Georgia job losses ease, ranks of idled workers still at historic high

Ross Williams reports that fewer Georgians filed new unemployment claims during the last full week in May than in recent weeks, but joblessness remains historically high as workers laid off during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic struggle to claim benefits or find new employment.


June 5, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

At Issue: Vote By Mail

Kerwin Swint writes, the coronavirus is impacting every nook and cranny of our society, sometimes in very fundamental ways. One concern is over the safety of voting in person and having to interact with others in long lines at the polling place.


June 5, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta to test all employees for coronavirus

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines plans to test all of its employees for COVID-19 as it prepares to add back more flights at its Atlanta hub in July as travel gradually recovers. CEO Ed Bastian said the company will soon announce a partnership with the Mayo Clinic and Quest Diagnostics to test all Delta employees for the coronavirus or antibodies.


June 5, 2020 Savannah Morning News

American Airlines to increase Savannah flights next month

Katie Nussbaum reports, in anticipation of summer travel, American Airlines will be increasing its weekly and weekend flights to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport starting in July, the airline announced Thursday, June 4. Starting next month the airline will have 17 flights Monday through Friday and 16 flights during the weekend to Savannah.


June 5, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta’s 5th largest engineering firm acquires California data center-communication firm

Jessica Saunders reports that Atlanta’s 5th largest engineering firm has acquired a California company with expertise in serving data centers and communications centers. Terms of the deal between Kennesaw-based Enercon Services Inc. and Critical Engineering Group Inc. of Lafayette, Calif., were not disclosed in an announcement.


June 5, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Calling all Georgia mixologists

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that Atlanta’s Scofflaw Brewing Co. and Flippin’ Bird Brands distilled spirits are hosting a competition for out-of-work bartenders residing in Georgia. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and become Flippin’ Bird Brands’ chief mixologist.


June 5, 2020 Brunswick News

County police department receives $1.4M in federal grants

Staff reports that the Glynn County Police Department will share $4.5 million in federal grants with five other police departments in the Southern District of Georgia. Glynn County’s share of the funds will be $1.4 million.


June 5, 2020 WABE 90.1

Georgia’s 7th Congressional District: A Long-Time GOP Seat Now Could Be In Play For Democrats

Lisa Rayam reports that Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, made up of parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, was home to one of the narrowest races in America in November 2018. Since then, long-term Republican Congressman Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville has announced he will not be seeking reelection this year.


June 5, 2020 Capitol Beat News

June 9 primary draws 1 million mail-in, early votes

Beau Evans reports that more than 1 million Georgia voters have already cast ballots in the upcoming June 9 primary election via mail-in and early in-person voting, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office said Thursday. The overwhelming majority of votes cast so far have come via absentee ballots amid a surge in mail-in voting spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.


June 5, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Jimmy Carter repeats himself, nearly 50 years later

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, late Wednesday, his namesake center in Atlanta posted a statement from former President Jimmy Carter on its website that included these lines: “As a white male of the South, I know all too well the impact of segregation and injustice to African Americans. As a politician, I felt a responsibility to bring equity to my state and our country.”


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