Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 14, 2021

Sept. 14, 2021 WABE 90.1

As Georgia’s Airports Age, State Funding For Repairs Lags Behind Neighbors

Emil Moffat reports, with its status as one of the world’s busiest airports, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport gets a lot of attention. But there are more than 100 public-use airports in the state – and many of them are in need of an upgrade.


Georgia Trend Higher Education Directory

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2021 Georgia Higher Education Directory

Karen Kirkpatrick, Mary Ann DeMuth and Christy Simo report on Georgia’s more than 80 institutions of higher learning, along with the agencies that oversee them and other resources.


Sept. 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta’s Mailchimp agrees to $12 billion sale

Andy Peters reports that a Silicon Valley company has agreed to buy Atlanta’s Mailchimp for $12 billion in stock and cash. Intuit, which makes TurboTax and QuickBooks accounting software, will issue $200 million of restricted stock to Mailchimp employees after the deal closes.


Sept. 14, 2021 Georgia Health News

Hospitals unsure of vaccine mandate’s effects, but it may curb nurse job-jumping

Andy Miller reports that Georgia hospital officials were scrambling Friday to gauge the impact of President Biden’s order for health care workers to get vaccinated for Covid-19. The mandate would apply to health care facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients – virtually all hospitals – as well as dialysis centers, surgery centers and home care operations.


Sept. 14, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Augusta employers take ‘wait and see’ approach to President Biden’s vaccine mandate

Jozsef Papp, Amanda King and Sea Stachura report, last week, President Joe Biden announced a mandate that will require employers with 100 or more workers to ensure their workforce is vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly COVID testing. The order will be issued by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration as an “emergency temporary standard” in the coming weeks.


Sept. 14, 2021 Valdosta Daily News, Ga Fl News

Georgia surpasses 10 million vaccinated

Bryce Ethridge reports that Georgia’s vaccinated population surpassed 10 million on Sept. 10 — which includes people with at least one dose and fully administered — approximately  counting 10,001,117 million, according to the GDPH. About 5.45 million have had at least one shot and 4.66 million are fully vaccinated.


Sept. 14, 2021 Brunswick News

Brunswick earns Sustainable Futures Award

Gordon Jackson reports that Brunswick is among five Georgia cities recognized with the Sustainable Futures Award for the way the city is approaching housing issues. Katherine Moore, president of the Georgia Conservancy, said if the state’s population is going to continue to grow, there has to be a plan for the impacts.


Sept. 14, 2021 11 Alive

‘Feasibility study’ marks important step in Buckhead’s road to cityhood

Jessica Brown reports that a new study finds that it would be financially feasible for Buckhead to become its own city. The study, paid for by supporters of the Buckhead City movement, was conducted by the Valdosta State University Center for South Georgia Regional Impact.


Sept. 14, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Sabrina Greene-Kent takes aim at minimum wage, trafficking in Georgia House run

Will Peebles reports that Sabrina Greene-Kent is mounting her third run for elected office, and this time she’s feeling calm about it. Greene-Kent qualified Sept.10 for the Georgia House District 165 post left vacant following the death of Mickey Stephens.


Sept. 14, 2021 The Center Square

Georgia lawmakers tackle medical marijuana testing

Nyamekye Daniel reports that Georgia’s Medical Cannabis Commission Oversight Committee must decide how the state would conduct required testing of cannabis oil before the rollout of the state’s medical marijuana program. The committee was supposed to recommend a process and plan for providing accredited lab testing and labeling of the medical cannabis oil by Aug. 1, according to law, but the program launch has faced delays.


Sept. 14, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Georgia needs to update lead standards, health official says

Tim Darnell reports that a top state public health official told a House of Representatives study committee on Monday that Georgia should require a full clearance inspection after a lead abatement inspection. Currently, according to Christy Kuriatnyk, director of the Georgia Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, all that’s required is a visual inspection.


Sept. 14, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Billions in federal rental aid remains stalled in Georgia, other slow-moving states

Laura Olson reports, make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those are among the proposals that U.S. House members are weighing to better help states and local governments that have moved far too slowly in getting federal emergency rental assistance money to tenants who need that aid.


Sept. 14, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Bad blood boiling inside the state Senate GOP

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that a special session later this year was already set to be a fraught struggle to redraw political maps. But an internal GOP email over the weekend showed that the friction inside the state Senate GOP caucus might be even sharper than expected. The message came after state Senate GOP Leader Butch Miller knocked state Sen. Burt Jones, his rival in the lieutenant governor’s race over an ethics complaint in a disparaging tweet.


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