Georgia Trend Daily – May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Merck to License Emory Antiviral Drug to Combat India’s COVID-19 Surge

Trevor Williams reports that antiviral drug discovered at Emory University could soon be put to use combating the COVID-19 surge in India through a partnership with Merck & Co. The pharmaceutical giant will license molnupiravir, developed at Emory’s nonprofit drug commercialization initiative, DRIVE (Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory), for use worldwide after Phase III clinical trials are completed.


May 4, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-Betweens

Susan Percy writes, one of the earliest bills from this year’s legislative session to be signed into law by Gov. Kemp is HB 539, the Tax Relief Act of 2021. It will raise the state income tax standard deduction for individual filers by $800, to $5400, and for couples filing jointly by $1,100, to $7,100.


May 4, 2021 GPB

Atlanta Ranked One Of Top Cities For Starting Business

Sarah Rose reports, in a new survey, Atlanta ranked 11th in a list of top cities in which to start a new business. The study looked at factors including the five-year business-survival rate, COVID-19 cases and office-space affordability.


May 4, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Things aren’t peachy for working moms in Georgia, ranking finds

Nancy Clanton reports, are you a working mom struggling to find a work-life balance? The reason could be because you live in the country’s worst state for such a thing. For its annual ranking, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: child care, professional opportunities and work-life balance.


May 4, 2021 Georgia Health News

Piedmont buying 4 HCA hospitals in Macon, Cartersville, Snellville

Andy Miller reports that Piedmont Healthcare is adding four HCA hospitals to its network in a deal valued at close to $1 billion. The purchases from HCA, announced Monday, would make Atlanta-based Piedmont the leading system in Georgia in number of hospitals, at 15. The Emory and Wellstar systems are next, at 11.


May 4, 2021 Saporta Report

The Coca-Cola Foundation names Saadia Madsbjerg as president

Maria Saporta reports, in what is one of the most important corporate civic roles in Atlanta, Saadia Madsbjerg has been named as the new president of the Coca-Cola Foundation, beginning June 1. Madsbjerg will also serve as the company’s vice president of Global Community Affairs.


May 4, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia tourism officials working to help industry rebound from pandemic

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development launched a multi-pronged campaign Monday to help the state’s tourism industry recover from losses suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. During a virtual event at the Georgia Aquarium, the agency’s tourism division kicked off the new marketing campaign “Ready. Set. Georgia.”


May 4, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Ga. House members could be on hot seat in Congressional redistricting

Laura Olson and Ross Williams report that Georgia is likely one of the states Republicans will be banking on to win back the U.S. House in 2022, according to an initial analysis of U.S. Census data released last week, and this year’s redrawing of Congressional lines could be the key. The findings suggest a boost for Republicans nationwide, albeit a small one.


May 4, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Democrat Nguyen launches campaign for Georgia’s top election official

Greg Bluestein reports that Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen launched a campaign Tuesday to become Georgia’s next top election official, promising to expand voting rights in a state where a brutal and ongoing battle over ballot access has only intensified with recent Republican defeats.


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