Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 5, 2020

Oct. 5, 2020 GPB

Appeals Court Reinstates Georgia’s Election Day Absentee Deadline

Stephen Fowler reports, a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court ruled against a change in Georgia’s absentee ballot deadline because of the coronavirus pandemic Friday. In a 2-1 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to stay a district court ruling that would have required any ballot postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3, and received by Nov. 6 to be counted.


Oct. 5, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Trend’s 2020 40 Under 40

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that this is the 24th year Georgia Trend has honored its 40 Under 40 and each year Georgia’s best and brightest continue to amaze and inspire. The outstanding individuals selected from readers’ nominations come from every corner of the state.


Oct. 5, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Home Depot names Edward Decker president, chief operating officer

Michael E. Kanell reports that Home Depot named Edward “Ted” Decker president and chief operating officer, one of several management changes at the giant retailer. Decker, who has been with the company for two decades, has been executive vice president of merchandising since 2014 and will assume his new role Monday.


Oct. 5, 2020 Savannah Morning News

Offshore oil exploration with seismic testing halted off Georgia coast

Mary Landers reports that seismic testing appears to be dead in the water for now as companies involved in litigation about the controversial oil and gas exploration method said they won’t pursue it this year off the Atlantic coast, including off Georgia. South Carolina Coastal Conservation LeagueOne Hundred Miles and other nonprofit groups sued NOAA Fisheries over its issuance of incidental harassment authorizations, which are needed for seismic testing permits.


Oct. 5, 2020 WABE 90.1

Diversity Is Lacking Within Atlanta’s Fintech Industry: A Conversation With Two Company Founders

Grace Walker reports that the fintech industry is big business — especially in Atlanta. According to the Metro Atlanta Chamber, more than 160 fintech companies operate across Georgia, including NCR, Bitpay and Paymetric, to name a few.


Oct. 5, 2020 Brunswick News

Glynn airports boast nearly $200 million economic impact

Taylor Cooper reports that in a world without COVID-19, airports managed by the Glynn County Airport Commission would have an estimated $198.2 million economic impact in the Golden Isles. That’s according to a series of reports by the Georgia Department of Transportation using data collected before the outbreak led to a nationwide drop in air travel.


Oct. 5, 2020 Saporta Report

Atlanta overspent tree money on salaries instead of canopy, say auditors

Maggie Lee reports that when someone lawfully chops down a healthy Atlanta tree, they pay some cash into a city trust fund for planting more trees. But auditors say that over 11 years, some $2.5 million of that money wrongfully went to benefits, overhead and salaries instead of saplings and land.


Oct. 5, 2020 The Center Square

Long-term care facilities, nursing homes in Georgia to get $113M to fight COVID-19

Nyamekye Daniel reports that long-term care facilities and nursing homes in Georgia will receive $113 million from the state’s allocation of federal coronavirus relief funds to increase staffing and testing, Gov. Brian Kemp said Friday. Georgia was among the first states to deploy its National Guard to conduct infection control missions in the facilities.


Oct. 5, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Two constitutional amendments, one statute on statewide ballot

Dave Williams reports that Georgians heading to the polls next month will decide the fate of two amendments to the state Constitution supporters have been pushing for years. A third ballot question is being pitched as a way to increase Georgia’s stock of affordable housing.


Oct. 5, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ad spending on Georgia’s two US Senate races to top $150M

Greg Bluestein reports that the last competitive U.S. Senate race in Georgia shattered state records with more than $74 million spent on the contest. The twin Senate seats up for grabs this year are set to far exceed that benchmark.


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