Georgia Trend Daily – July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

John Lewis funeral, a call to uphold legacy of ‘good trouble’

Riley Bunch reports, at 11 a.m. Thursday, church bells across Atlanta rang out for Congressman John Lewis. Including the bells of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where — 52 years after similar services were held there for Martin Luther King Jr.  — a funeral celebrated and commemorated the life of Lewis.


July 31, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Fundamentally Strong

Anna Bentley reports, by most measures, 2020 was shaping up to be a banner year for international trade in Georgia. The state was coming off another record-breaking year in trade and exports, celebrating an all-time high of $41.2 billion in exports and $143.3 billion in total trade in 2019.


July 31, 2020 Athens Banner-Herald, USA Today

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain dies after battle with COVID-19

Nicholas Wu and Jeanine Santucci report that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died after a battle with COVID-19, according to posts on his Twitter account and on his website. “Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away,” wrote Dan Calabrese, the editor of Cain’s website.


July 31, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia unemployment claims fall as federal unemployment assistance set to expire

Dave Williams reports that initial unemployment claims filed in Georgia declined last week to 84,984, down 37,329 from the previous week, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.


July 31, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS reports $1.8B quarterly profit as home deliveries surge

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that sales at Sandy Springs-based UPS surged in the second quarter, a rarity in an economy battered by the coronavirus and stay-at-home orders. The global shipping giant said Thursday its volume of business-to-consumer shipments soared 65% in the three months ended June 30 from a year earlier.


July 31, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Coca-Cola to launch alcoholic Topo Chico Hard Seltzer

David Allison reports that the Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday it will launch an alcoholic Topo Chico Hard Seltzer later this year. Topo Chico Hard Seltzer will be offered in select cities in Latin America later this year.


July 31, 2020

Georgia Ranked No. 1 in Film Production by Business Facilities Magazine

Staff reports, on the heels of the news that multiple Georgia-lensed productions have received nearly 50 total 2020 Emmy Award nominations, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Georgia has been ranked the No. 1 Film Production Leader by Business Facilities Magazine and prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic, was on pace for another record-setting year.


July 31, 2020 Georgia Dept. of Education

GaDOE awarded $18.5 million for virtual and personalized learning

Meghan Frick reports that Georgia Department of Education will receive an $18.5 million federal grant to expand virtual and personalized learning in the state. Georgia was one of 11 states to be awarded a Rethink K-12 Education Models (REM) grant, the U.S. Department of Education announced yesterday, and will receive $18,594,304 in total.


July 31, 2020 Brunswick News, Capitol Beat News

Georgia schools poised for $6 million to boost internet access amid pandemic

Beau Evans reports that state officials are sending $6 million in federal funds to help Georgia schools boost internet connectivity in areas where access to the web is poor. The funds come as schools across the state hustle to prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year in the coming weeks, with many districts opting to start classes all online amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


July 31, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Support grows to replace U.S. Capitol Confederate statue with John Lewis

Stanley Dunlap reports that a call to remove a statue of the vice president of the Confederacy from the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a statue of Rep. John Lewis gained momentum Thursday as a majority of Georgia’s congressional delegation threw support behind a push by top state officials.


July 31, 2020 The Center Square

Coronavirus oversight panel demands documents from Georgia, GOP congressman calls it harassment

Nyamekye Daniel reports that as Gov. Brian Kemp’s current executive order on COVID-19 restrictions nears its end, the chairman of a Congressional coronavirus oversight committee has demanded that Kemp produce information about the state’s compliance with White House recommendations. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., chairman of the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, sent a letter to Kemp Wednesday asking him to comply with protective measures in a private report prepared by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.


July 31, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Capitol Recap: Georgia hospitals financially hurting from COVID-19

Jim Denery reports that Atlanta-area hospitals say they need more help from the federal government to stay financially healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Emory Healthcare CEO Jonathan Lewin, speaking at a roundtable, said his system has totaled $15 million in charges for uninsured COVID-19 care while seeing only “a little bit” of reimbursement.


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