Georgia Trend Daily – July 9, 2021
July 9, 2021 Georgia Recorder
State OKs Spaceport Camden, few ways now for opponents to defuse it
Stanley Dunlap reports that the reality of rockets one day launching off coastal Georgia got a big boost Thursday after the state agency charged with protecting the coast said it doesn’t plan to stand in the way of a federal license for Spaceport Camden. The Coastal Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resource issued a letter Thursday saying it collaborated with Camden County officials and the Federal Aviation Administration to develop ways to minimize the potential hazards of a new facility where rockets are launched into orbit.
July 9, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Protecting Georgia forests and rivers
Marry Ann DeMuth reports that the Conservation Fund, a Virginia-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving land and water resources, recently purchased more than 6,000 acres along the Altamaha River in Long County. The goals of the Southeast Georgia purchase from Rayonier Inc. are to enhance protection of the state’s largest river, manage the forest sustainably and restore its longleaf pine ecosystem as a potential habitat for orphaned gopher tortoises and other species.
July 9, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nuclear cost overrun could mean billions in extra Georgia Power profit
Matt Kempner reports that consumers may end up paying for billions of dollars in cost overruns on the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion. But for Georgia Power and its parent Southern Co., the extra costs could represent a huge financial windfall: billions of dollars in extra profit.
July 9, 2021 GlobalAtlanta.com
Delta’s Africa Flights Return as Continent Sees COVID ‘Third Wave’
Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc. will soon have restarted all Africa flights suspended during the pandemic, including a nearly 17-hour nonstop to Johannesburg from Atlanta that will be renewed Aug. 1. Delta, which claims to be the leading U.S.-based carrier to the continent, also serves the Nigerian commercial center of Lagos from Atlanta and flies there as well as to Accra, Ghana, and Dakar, Senegal, from New York.
July 9, 2021 WABE 90.1
Fulton County Puts Millions Of Federal Relief Dollars In Minority-Owned Banks
Emil Moffat reports, after years of planning, Loyal Trust Bank opened in Johns Creek in January of 2020. Just a few weeks later, the pandemic hit. Chairwoman Rose Jarboe says things were slow as COVID-19 began to close things down. But then businesses started turning to Loyal Trust for PPP loans.
July 9, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post
Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office becomes first law enforcement agency in U.S. to offer health insurance assistance program to newly released inmates
Curt Yeomans reports that the Gwinnett County Sheriff Office is launching a new, first of its kind effort to help people released from jail and prison get health insurance. The office announced the establishment of the Re-Entry Health Insurance Program on Thursday with the opening of an access kiosk at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.
July 9, 2021 Capitol Beat News
High concentration of Georgia jobless claims not involving layoffs slowing benefits processing
Dave Williams reports that the processing of first-time unemployment claims in Georgia is being slowed down because the vast majority do not involve layoffs, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday. Only 10% of May’s 74,783 initial jobless claims resulted from Georgians being laid off from their jobs, according to labor department data.
July 9, 2021 GPB
Meteorologist: Georgia Needs To Be Prepared For Rising Global Temperatures
Sarah Rose reports that the United States is in the middle of an unprecedented heat wave. While the West Coast has been feeling the worst of it in the past several days, climate scientists say Georgians shouldn’t relax yet.
July 9, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Jolt: Brian Kemp’s first ad focus: “Stacey Abrams and the liberal mob”
Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, even though Stacey Abrams has not announced what her plans are for a 2022 rematch against Gov. Brian Kemp, you get the strong sense that Republicans can’t wait to run against her. Look no further than Gov. Brian Kemp’s debut reelection campaign ad, which features a shadowy picture of Abrams and blames her specifically for the decision of Major League Baseball to move the All Star game — previously set to be staged in metro Atlanta next week.