Georgia Trend Daily – April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Initial unemployment claims in Georgia continue to fall

Dave Williams reports that first-time unemployment claims in Georgia fell last week, mirroring a nationwide trend as more Americans thrown out of work by the coronavirus pandemic get back on the job. Jobless Georgians filed 28,764 initial unemployment claims last week, down 3,617 from the week before, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

 

Georgia Trend April 2021 Legal Elite Web Square

April 30, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Legal Elite nominations open

Karen Kirkpatrick writes, who do you think is the state’s most effective lawyer? Now through Friday, July 9, 2021, you can tell us. Georgia Trend magazine’s annual Legal Elite listing will highlight the state’s most effective lawyers in 16 different practice areas.

 

April 30, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Southern Co. predicts delays for Georgia Power’s Vogtle nuclear unit

Matt Kempner reports that Georgia Power’s latest plans now bake in expectations that the multi-billion-dollar nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle will bust another deadline before it goes into operation. The first of two new reactors now won’t be in operation until late December, and any further delays could push it into the first three months of next year, according to Tom Fanning, the chief executive officer of Georgia Power’s parent, Atlanta-based Southern Company.

 

April 30, 2021 Macon Telegraph

Geico will hire 500 or more ‘as soon as possible’ at Macon office

Becky Purser reports that Geico announced Thursday plans to hire more than 500 associates “as soon as possible” at its Macon regional office. Most of the job openings are emergency roadside service representatives and customer service – title processing specialists (salvage), according to a press release.

 

April 30, 2021 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Airline adding new nonstop flight routes at Columbus Airport. What you need to know

Sydney Sims reports that American Airlines will return to the Columbus Airport this summer with nonstop service to two cities. The two new routes to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dallas, Texas, will be available daily starting August 17, according to a news release from the airport (CSG).

 

April 30, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Return to the office or stay at home? Panel predicts future of the Augusta workplace

Joe Hotchkiss reports that the The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t sounded a death knell for traditional office environments, but it has helped usher in changes that employers should help enable. That was a chief takeaway Wednesday from a panel of experts weighing in on the consequences of a greater number of Americans opting to work from home.

 

April 30, 2021 Union-Recorder

Redistricting showdown looms on horizon

Riley Bunch reports that on the heels of a bitter election cycle, lawmakers are prepping for another heated battle that will determine political control for the next decade: redistricting. A process that takes place once every 10 years, state lawmakers are tasked with redrawing legislative districts using the 2020 U.S. Census population data.

 

April 30, 2021 WABE 90.1

Warnock And Ossoff Weigh In On Mine Proposal Near Okefenokee

Molly Samuel reports that Georgia’s two U.S. senators are asking the federal government to get involved in reviewing a controversial proposed mine near the Okefenokee Swamp. Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff sent a letter this week to Martha Williams, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who is a Biden administration appointee. Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., also signed the letter.

 

April 30, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Mickey Stephens hasn’t retired, but District 165 candidates are lining up. Here’s what we know

Will Peebles reports that in the last few weeks, multiple candidates have said they would be interested in running for Georgia House District 165, which encompasses much of the east side of Savannah. For years, the seat has been held by Mickey Stephens, who has been sidelined by illness since 2019.

 

April 30, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgetown study suggests Georgia should take Medicaid expansion deal

Jill Nolin reports that the cashier checking you out at the local grocery store, the person cleaning your home or the server taking your order at your favorite restaurant – they are all likely toiling without health insurance, according to a new report. A new analysis from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families used U.S. Census data to paint a picture of the state’s uninsured workforce as the federal government dangles new incentives for holdout states like Georgia to fully expand Medicaid.

 

April 30, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Biden visits Plains, pitches his $4T program in Gwinnett

Greg Bluestein reports that President Joe Biden is traveling to Georgia on Thursday to commemorate his first 100 days in office in a state that where U.S. Senate runoff victories put his expansive legislative agenda in reach. The Democrat met with former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn for about 45 minutes earlier Thursday before headlining a 6 p.m. drive-in rally outside the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth.

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