Georgia Trend Daily – June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Savannah a finalist for pro basketball tournament

Nathan Dominitz reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is supporting Savannah’s bid to host an event rare in the past two-and-a-half months: a live sports competition. The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million, winner-take-all event also known at TBT, is seeking a site for its seventh annual championship this summer.


June 8, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

New Hope for Cancer patients

Jennifer Hafer reports: Cancer. It’s perhaps one of the most feared words in the English language. A cancer diagnosis can be devastating to patients and their families, but in Georgia there is new hope in the fight against the state’s second leading cause of death.


June 8, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cox will donate $1 million to social justice and civil rights groups

Johnny Edwards reports that Cox Enterprises announced Friday that it will donate $1 million to nonprofits involved in social justice programs, part of the company’s response to the ongoing national reckoning on racial inequality and the fear pervading African-American communities.


June 8, 20202 Georgia Southern University

Sales students in Parker College of Business compete virtually in global competition

Staff reports, when Samuel Pearson signed up to compete in the RNMKRS Virtual Sales Competition, where he would interact with an artificially intelligent (AI) animated customer bot to sell a product, he expected it to be similar to a video game.  “At first, I thought the AI would react like a video game character and as soon as I learned how to beat it, I could win every time,” said Pearson, the top-performing Parker College of Business student in the competition. “That wasn’t the case.”


June 8, 2020 Saporta Report

MARTA, Portman deal at North Avenue may usher in new era of transit oriented development

David Pendered reports that MARTA’s potential partnership with Portman Holdings to develop the North Avenue Station could be the first in a new era of promoting transit oriented development around its rail stations. The potential deal has two firsts – MARTA’s first public private partnership, which in this case means Portman would pay $13.1 to rebuild the 1981 station; and MARTA’s first use of a new business model to tap into the value of air rights above a transit station.


June 8, 2020 Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Canton native plays key role in GIPHY, recently acquired by Facebook for $400 million

Ethan Johnson reports that Canton native Nick Hasty is a part of the popular research database and website known as GIPHY, which is now a part of Facebook thanks to a $400 million buyout on May 15. Hasty, who is one of GIPHY’s engineers, has been a part of the company since 2013.


June 8, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Legal Elite nominations continue

Karen Kirkpatrick reports, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 10, 2020, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas.


June 8, 2020 WABE 90.1

Georgia GOP Fears Changing Demographics Could End Party’s Long Dominance

Emma Hurt reports that Georgia’s primary elections on Tuesday are pulling attention back to what’s expected to be a highly challenging set of races for Republicans there, who have dominated statewide politics for nearly two decades. Buoyed by an electorate that is growing younger and more diverse, Democrats have been narrowing margins in Georgia in recent years.


June 8, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post

State Rep. Chuck Efstration says additional delay on hate crimes bill in Senate would be an effort to defeat it

Curtis Yeomans reports that State Rep. Chuck Efstration had strong words for the Georgia Senate’s Judiciary Committee concerning the stalled hate crimes bill that he filed last year. The Dacula Republican is calling on the committee to give House Bill 426 a hearing and forward it on to the full Senate once the Georgia General Assembly reconvenes June 15.


June 8, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Coal ash, ethylene oxide bills mulled in Georgia House

Beau Evans reports that Georgia House lawmakers took up several environmental bills Friday, marking the first foray back into bill-wrangling since the General Assembly suspended the 2020 legislative session in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.


June 8, 2020 Georgia Recorder

State’s biggest money state House race takes new form during pandemic

Ross Williams reports that a five-way primary contest to represent a north Atlanta state House district is fueled by nearly a quarter of million dollars as two veteran politicians face off against newcomers for the chance to replace a longtime lawmaker who is stepping aside. Many races on Georgia primary election ballots Tuesday are uncontested, to be decided in November when members of both political parties can face off.


June 8, 2020 The Center Square

Seven Democrats vie in Tuesday’s U.S. Senate primary to face Perdue

Nyamekye Daniel reports that seven Democratic candidates will be on the primary ballot in Georgia on Tuesday, seeking a chance to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue in November’s general election. Perdue is running for his second six-year term.


June 8, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

School budget cuts coming; the impact will vary by community

Ty Tagami reports that with Georgia’s economy thawing from a COVID-19 freeze, Gov. Brian Kemp had good news last week for schools and other government entities that are thirsty for state revenues: The money will flow a little better than he thought.

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