Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 28, 2020

Aug. 28, 2020 The Center Square

Georgians will have to wait 3-4 weeks for extended federal unemployment benefits

Nyamekye Daniel reports that unemployed Georgians may have to wait three to four weeks to receive an additional $300 weekly federal jobless benefits, Georgia labor officials said Thursday. The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) has to change its system to issue the payments, which may take weeks to complete.


Aug. 28, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Going the Extra Mile

Karen Kirkpatrick reports that the word unprecedented has been thrown around a lot lately. But the truth is, nobody has seen challenges like cities around the country are facing these days. Businesses are shuttering or learning new ways to work.


Aug. 28, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson plans to test facial recognition, touchless technology in domestic terminal

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to test facial recognition at check-in counters in the domestic terminal, part of a broader push to introduce more touchless technology in response to the coronavirus. Beyond mask requirements, social distancing markers and Plexiglas barriers, the airport is seeking other ways to reduce contact between the tens of thousands of travelers passing through terminals and concourses on a daily basis.


Aug. 28, 2020 University of North Georgia

REED Summit converts to virtual event with agriculture commissioner as keynote speaker

Clark Leonard reports that organizers of the Regional Education and Economic Development (REED) Summit believe the show must go on despite the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all areas of life. That’s why the third annual REED Summit hosted by the University of North Georgia (UNG) will be held virtually on Sept. 23.


Aug. 28, 2020

Norwegian Software Firm to Continue Growing From Atlanta After Acquisition

Trevor Williams reports that a Norwegian software firm that enables merchants to optimize e-commerce deliveries plans to keep growing from its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta after being acquired for about $167 million. Consignor picked the city — still its only U.S. office — after hearing about its logistics advantages at a bar in Shenzhen, China, founder and CEO Peter Thomsen told Global Atlanta in a 2019 interview.


Aug. 28, 2020 Gwinnett Daily Post

Amazon holding virtual jobs open house for positions at Stone Mountain fulfillment center

Curt Yeomans reports that Amazon is hiring warehouse team members for its new fulfillment center near Stone Mountain in south Gwinnett, with salaries ranging from $15 to $17.50 an hour at the center. The retailer will host a virtual open house from 2 until 3 p.m. on Friday to provide information for anyone who is interested in working at the facility.


Aug. 28, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Flexport joins growing list of companies putting Atlanta office space on the market 

Douglas Sams reports, three years ago, San Francisco-based logistics startup Flexport Inc. started investing $100 million in an Atlanta expansion. The city became its national sales and operations hub for small- and medium-sized business customers.


Aug. 28, 2020 Georgia Health News

Community Health looks ahead to big financial hole to fill next year

Andy Miller reports that Georgia’s main health care agency recently avoided major budget cuts that hit other departments, largely because the federal government increased its share of matching funds for state Medicaid programs. The extra money was aimed at helping states weather the financial devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Aug. 28, 2020 WABE 90.1

State Elections Board Refers Fulton County Absentee Ballot Issues To Attorney General

Emil Moffat reports that the Georgia State Elections Board has voted to turn the findings of an investigation into the handling of absentee ballot applications in Fulton County in June over to the attorney general’s office. The board heard details of the investigation Thursday morning in a virtual meeting, followed by a defense from a Fulton County attorney and members of the county’s elections office.


Aug. 28, 2020

Lt. Governor Duncan Appoints Committee to Study Law Enforcement Reform

Staff reports that Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan announced the appointment of the Senate Law Enforcement Reform Study Committee. The study committee will examine the techniques, patterns, and practices of law enforcement and was established pursuant to SR 1007 – adopted during the 2020 legislative session.


Aug. 28, 2020 GPB

Ga. Supreme Court Chief Justice: ‘There’s This Pent-Up Frustration That’s Now Exploding’

Wayne Drash reports, calls for social justice sweeping the nation, the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday said he understands the frustrations expressed by so many because for too long in the nation’s history the “law has not always been on the side of African Americans.” “In fact, it worked against us intentionally,” said Melton, who is Black.


Aug. 28, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

RNC notebook: Georgia delegates applaud Republican message

Tia Mitchell and Greg Bluestein report that most of Georgia’s Republican delegation wasn’t able to attend in person the party’s national convention, capped by President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech Thursday. But they cheered from afar as they watched on their TV screens and laptops.


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