Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 7, 2021

Oct. 7, 2021 Emory University

‘Tractor beam’ to treat pediatric cancer earns NIH Transformative Research Award

Rajee Suri reports that Emory University provost and biomedical scientist Ravi Bellamkonda has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Transformative Research Award for his crosscutting work using electrical fields to treat a particularly aggressive pediatric cancer.


Oct. 7, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Unique mixed-use venture coming to Alpharetta

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that the city of Alpharetta continues to grow, attracting businesses, residents and visitors with unique amenities. One that’s on the drawing board and recently approved by the city council is The Bailey, billed as a tech-centric luxury metroplex.

Oct. 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Changes to federal student loan program will help thousands of Georgia borrowers

Eric Stirgus reports that several thousand Georgians serving in the military or working in public service jobs such as teachers, firefighters and nurses will soon get relief on their student loans. U.S. Department of Education officials announced Wednesday they are making several temporary changes to the federal government’s Public Service Forgiveness Loan (PSFL) program, which forgives the remaining student loan balance for borrowers in these types of jobs after they’ve made 10 years of payments.

Oct. 7, 2021

Trade Leads From Brazil, Colombia Include Bioscience, Aerospace and Defense Products

Trevor Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s trade and investment offices in Latin America have sourced a diverse array of trade leads, ginning up demand for Georgia products in bioscience, defense and food industries, among others. In Brazil, customers are in search of biosensors for microRNA detection on blood samples, firearms, refinery bleach for sugar mills and retail wine.

Oct. 7, 2021 Savannah Morning News

Savannah Morning News names Jill Nevels-Haun as executive editor

Staff reports that veteran news organization leader Jill Nevels-Haun will join the Savannah Morning News as executive editor on Nov. 1, parent company Gannett announced Wednesday. Nevels-Haun will also serve as Georgia state news director for the USA TODAY Network’s two other Georgia news organizations, the Augusta Chronicle and Athens Banner-Herald.

Oct. 7, 2021 Augusta Chronicle

Brick company in Augusta sold to building-materials giant

Joe Hotchkiss reports that an Augusta brick factory operating since the 19th century has become part of the world’s largest building-materials supplier. With the completed acquisition of Meridian Brick from multinational Boral Ltd. and an affiliate of Lone Star Funds, the company with a local plant on Arthern Road is now part of General Shale, which signed the purchase agreement to acquire Meridian last December.

Oct. 7, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett commissioners postpone decision on decriminalizing marijuana for one month

Curt Yeomans reports that Gwinnett County commissioners put the brakes — for now — on a proposal to eliminate jail time as a punishment for violating a county ordinance barring the use of small amounts of marijuana on Tuesday. The county commission voted to table a proposal to “decriminalize” possession of an ounce or less of marijuana under a county ordinance until its Nov. 2 meeting.

Oct. 7, 2021 Georgia Recorder

Georgia faith leaders appeal to officials to spare ‘sacred’ Okefenokee from mine

Jill Nolin reports that a group of more than 100 faith leaders in Georgia have come out in opposition to a proposal to mine near the Okefenokee Swamp and are calling on religious-minded state and local decision makers to reject any plans to mine close to the swamp. Dozens of faith leaders, including Christian ministers, rabbis and imams, added their name to a letter on its way to the governor, the state’s U.S. senators and local county commissioners.

Oct. 7, 2021 GPB

More than 1 in 3 rural Black southerners lack home internet access, a new study finds

Deepa Shivaram reports that Black residents in the rural South are nearly twice as likely as their white counterparts to lack home internet access, according to a new study from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The study, published Wednesday, examined 152 counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia where at least 35% of residents are Black.

Oct. 7, 2021 Clayton News-Daily

Q&A with Kimberly Reuter, candidate for 10th Congressional District

Staff reports that Kimberly Clark Reuter is running in the Democrat Primary for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District.

Oct. 7, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Bourdeaux backing bill to support supply chains

Dave Williams reports that U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux and two House colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at improving the flow of goods and materials through supply chains. The bill would create a federal Office of Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response within the Department of Commerce, with $500 million in funding authorized for each of the next five years.

Oct. 7, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Capitol lobbyists make sure redistricting lawmakers are well-fed

James Salzer reports that Georgia lawmakers traveled the state this summer to get public feedback on redistricting — the once-every-decade reworking of legislative and congressional voting lines following the census. Statehouse lobbyists made sure they didn’t have to do so on an empty stomach.


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