Georgia Trend Daily – Jan. 5, 2020

Jan. 5, 2020 Gainesville Times

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in water wars case Feb. 22

Jeff Gill reports that Georgia and Florida are set for Feb. 22 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in another “water wars” showdown. The issue at stake is water sharing between Georgia and Florida in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which includes Lake Lanier in the headwaters.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Georgia Trend 2021 Hall of Fame: Ann Cramer & James Cox Kennedy

Kenna Simmons and Patty Rasmussen report that Ann Cramer’s phone rings a lot. That’s not surprising – her nickname could be the Great Connector.

           

Jan. 5, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Grocer Lidl boosts its metro Atlanta starting pay to $15 an hour

Matt Kempner reports that Lidl, a grocery chain with a growing presence in Georgia and the eastern United States, said Monday that it plans to boost its minimum pay in metro Atlanta to $15 an hour next month. Even as politicians continue to debate upping the federal minimum wage, which has remained unchanged for more than a decade, some employers are raising pay on their own accord.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Microsoft buys another 20 acres for new Westside campus, could employ thousands

Douglas Sams reports that Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) purchased another 20 acres near Atlanta’s Bellwood Quarry as it continues assembling land for a new campus that could bring thousands of jobs and unprecedented investment to the city’s Westside. Microsoft bought undeveloped land just northeast of the Bankhead MARTA transit station near the Proctor Creek Trail and CSX railway.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 Savannah Morning News

GPA retirees have combined 517 years of service

Staff reports, as the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2020, many recent retirees are reflecting on the growth and change they’ve witnessed over the years. Betty Ann Rappe started her career at GPA in 1967, just two years after the first container moved across the docks in Savannah.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 Cherokee Tribune

Cherokee grant program for small businesses opens second round of funding

Staff reports that applications for a second round of grants to assist small businesses hurt by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has opened, officials said Monday. The first round of grants helped 19 local firms.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 The Center Square

Audit finds shortcomings in Georgia medical board review process

Nyamekye Daniel reports that the Georgia agency responsible for enforcing health care requirements and screening medical professionals is not doing enough to address public complaints, a recent state report found. The Georgia Department of Audits and Account has found deficiencies in the Georgia Composite Medical Board’s (GCMB) handling of complaints and discipline of physicians.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Commission: Public and private funds needed to meet Georgia’s freight and logistics needs

Dave Williams reports that the state must pursue new sources of public and private funding to make the improvements needed to move an exploding volume of freight through Georgia efficiently, a state commission is recommending. A report released last week by the Georgia Freight & Logistics Commission proposed that the General Assembly commit $1 billion to $1.5 billion a year to a dedicated fund for freight projects across the state.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 GPB

GSU, KSU Professors Weigh In On Legal, Political Ramifications Of Trump Phone Call

Sarah Rose reports that President Donald Trump’s extraordinary phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which he attempts to persuade the secretary to “find 11,780 votes” in the state — has left pundits and legal analysts from across the political spectrum stunned and worried about what could happen next.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 Politico

Georgia fights latest Trump suit to overturn November election

Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein report that attorneys for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday lit into a “thirteenth hour” effort by President Donald Trump to decertify the results of the state’s Nov. 3 election, calling it a belated bid to nullify the ballots of millions of voters.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 Georgia Recorder

Georgia election officials again defend result against presidential do-over

Stanley Dunlap reports that the fallout of President Donald Trump’s released recording with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger continued Monday with calls for investigations and tensions flaring heading into today’s intense U.S. Senate election runoffs. Raffensperger said Monday that the hour-long phone conversation with the president over the weekend shines more light on the persistent false allegations that rampant  fraud caused Trump to lose the Nov. 3 presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden by fewer than 12,000 votes.

 

Jan. 5, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: White House called Brad Raffensperger 18 times before he took Donald Trump’s call

Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein, Tia Mitchell and Patricia Murphy report that NBC News reports that before the pair hooked up on Saturday, the White House switchboard had made 18 previous attempts to have President Donald Trump speak with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger since the Nov. 3 election.

 

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