Georgia Trend Daily – June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

Gov. Kemp Extends COVID-19 Executive Orders

Staff reports that on Monday, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed two executive orders extending the Public Health State of Emergency and existing COVID-19 safety measures. “As we continue our fight against COVID-19 in Georgia, it is vital that Georgians continue to heed public health guidance by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and practicing social distancing,” said Governor Kemp.


June 30, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Making Connections

Haisten Willis reports that while leaders of most Georgia businesses know what the letters CID mean, the acronym might not exactly be a household word. However, practically everyone in the state has benefited from the work done by these business-boosting entities.


June 30, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta to require health acknowledgment by customers at check-in

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines will soon require customers to answer questions about whether they’ve experienced symptoms of COVID-19, or been in contact with someone who has, as part of the check-in process.


June 30, 2020 11 Alive

WarnerMedia to sell CNN Center, relocate to other Atlanta campus

Christopher Buchanan reports that the company that owns Atlanta-based CNN will be moving the famed 24-hour news company’s headquarters from its longtime location downtown. A spokesperson confirmed to 11Alive on Monday afternoon that CNN will be moving its operations over to the newly redesigned Techwood campus.


June 30, 2020 Saporta Report

Court hands big win to city, would-be developer in Atlanta’s Gulch

Maggie Lee reports that the Supreme Court of Georgia says it would indeed be “sound, feasible and reasonable” for a city development authority to issue up to $1.25 billion in bonds and forego tax money to finance the construction of a private, mixed-use development downtown.


June 30, 2020 WABE 90.1

How Shelter-In-Place Orders Affected Atlanta’s Air Pollution

Molly Samuel reports that in Atlanta, it’s getting hot and traffic is coming back, which means air quality will go downhill. Still, if it seemed like this spring the air was better while so many people were sheltering in place, that’s because it was, at least in some respects.


June 30, 2020

Quebec Firm Grows Medical Mask Factory in Georgia Even as It Expands Globally

Trevor Williams reports that a medical mask manufacturer continues to ramp up in Georgia to serve the North American market, despite its Canadian owner’s plans to build a large factory at home and diversify worldwide. Medicom Group said the new factory near its home base in Montreal would not syphon off demand from its United Medical Enterprises plant in Augusta, which has already grown staff by more than 10 percent to nearly 90 workers and will continue to increase production and hire more people as new machines come on line.


June 30, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

New Ga. early care slot to focus on babies’ mental health

Diane Wagner reports that a position funded in the state budget marks a giant step forward for plans to address trauma in the youngest Georgians. Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, said that — despite major cuts due to the coronavirus-driven economic downturn — there’s a new specialized slot in the Department of Early Care and Learning.


June 30, 2020 GPB

Protesters Urge Georgia Governor to Veto ‘Flawed’ Bill Protecting Police

Donna Lowry reports that civil rights groups want Gov. Brian Kemp to veto a bill that establishes penalties for anyone who commits a crime against first responders, including police officers. A protest is planned in front of the governor’s mansion on Monday night.


June 30, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Supreme Court Louisiana abortion ruling, could affect Georgia’s law

Ross Williams reports that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to shoot down Louisiana abortion restrictions could affect the future of Georgia’s strict 2019 anti-abortion law. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal wing to make a 5 – 4 majority opinion announced Monday that overturns a Louisiana law, which would have required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.


June 30, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia changes course with school ‘turnaround’

Ty Tagami reports, it was so important in 2017 that the legislation creating an independent school turnaround office was named the “First Priority Act,” but three years later it is no longer a priority. On the last day of the legislative session Friday, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 68, eliminating the independent Chief Turnaround Officer position.

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