Georgia Trend Daily – Dec. 3, 2021

Dec. 3, 2021 Capitol Beat News

Plant Vogtle nuclear projects hits another delay

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power’s nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle has suffered another scheduling delay, an independent expert wrote this week in testimony filed with the state Public Service Commission (PSC). Recently discovered “construction quality” issues mean the first of two new nuclear reactors being built at the plant south of Augusta may not be completed before February 2023, according to Don Grace, vice president of engineering for the Vogtle Monitoring Group (VMG), hired by the commission’s staff to evaluate Georgia Power sister company Southern Nuclear’s ability to manage the project.



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Dec. 3, 2021 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Maintaining the Mission

Mark Thompson reports, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pummel healthcare organizations with staffing shortages, delivery disruptions, appointment cancellations and revenue loss, these same organizations and their providers and administrators continue to strive to provide efficient, quality care. In addition, they are looking to the future and innovations that will improve care in the days to come.

Dec. 3, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Norfolk Southern will promote marketing executive to CEO

Andy Peters reports that Norfolk Southern just opened a new headquarters in Midtown. Soon, it also will have a new CEO. Alan Shaw on May 1 will succeed Jim Squires as CEO of the fifth-largest North American railroad, according to a Thursday news release.

Dec. 3, 2021 Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta Intown

Meta grants $5.6 million to Georgia Black-owned small businesses

Collin Kelley reports that the State of Georgia is the largest grant recipient from tech conglomerate Meta’s investment of $100 million in Black-owned small businesses, creators, and nonprofits serving the Black community. Meta’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced during a round of virtual events that more than 1,400 Black-owned small businesses in Georgia each received $4,000 grants.

Dec. 3, 2021 University of Georgia

Red and Black and … Orange?

Eric Rangus reports, like many south Georgians, Wayne Hanna’s yard includes a citrus tree. For years, he’s picked fruit from it for breakfast or an afternoon snack, but the convenience of homegrown fruit carries with it a drawback. Usually a whole bunch of them. Seeds.

Dec. 3, 2021 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Skip Henderson will seek 2nd mayoral term. Here’s who will challenge him for office

Nick Wooten reports that Columbus residents will head to the polls in 2022 to elect the city’s mayor. The election will be held May 24. Runoff races would happen June 21 if needed.

Dec. 3, 2021 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett Commissioner Kirkland Carden pushing $15/hour minimum wage for library workers; wants residents to demand it at public hearing

Curt Yeomans reports that a Gwinnett County commissioner is calling on residents to attend a county budget public hearing next week and demand his colleagues raise the minimum wage paid to library workers to at least $15 per hour. Commissioner Kirkland Carden issued that call for public backing of the higher pay on Thursday.

Dec. 3, 2021 Valdosta Daily Times, Ga. Fla. News

Warnock: Stalled military funds must be approved

Bryce Ethridge reports that Sen. Raphael Warnock is promoting an act that would bring millions of dollars to military bases in Georgia, including Moody Air Force Base. The National Defense Authorization Act would bring at least $12.5 million to Moody Air Force Base and $320 million overall to “revitalize” Georgia’s military installations.

Dec. 3, 2021 New York Times

Two Election Workers Targeted by Pro-Trump Media Sue for Defamation

Reid J. Epstein reports that Georgia election workers who were the targets of a right-wing campaign that falsely claimed they manipulated ballots filed a defamation lawsuit on Thursday against one of the nation’s leading sources of pro-Trump misinformation.


Dec. 3, 2021 WABE 90.1

Democrats make gains in municipal elections across Georgia

Stephen Fowler reports that local elections are typically nonpartisan and lower turnout, but that doesn’t make them immune to Georgia’s battleground status. In the November general elections and runoffs, Democrats picked up 48 seats in mayoral and city council elections across the state while Republicans flipped six.

Dec. 3, 2021 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia U.S. Senate candidates ready for new fight over abortion

Greg Bluestein reports that Georgia Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate are preparing for a new fight over abortion as the Supreme Court weighs whether to weaken the landmark Roe v. Wade decision with a ruling that could land in the teeth of the 2022 election cycle. The leading Republicans competing to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock have each readied for the political clash, praising efforts to restrict abortion.



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