Georgia Trend Daily – April 12, 2022

April 12, 2022

Gov. Kemp: Norma Precision Ammunition Relocates its U.S. Headquarters, Manufacturing, Distribution Operations to Georgia

Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp yesterday announced that Norma Precision Ammunition, a subsidiary of the leading European ammunition manufacturer RUAG Ammotec, has established its U.S. headquarters, manufacturing site, and warehousing and distribution operations in Chatham County. The company is currently hiring.

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Susan Percy reports, just days after Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice David Nahmias announced he is stepping down in July, after 12 years on the court, Gov. Kemp named Appeals Court Judge Andrew Pinson to replace him. Nahmias, once a U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, was appointed to the bench by former Gov. Perdue.

April 12, 2022 CNN, Clayton News-Daily

This US airport has reclaimed its title as the world’s busiest

Marnie Hunter reports that Georgia’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is once again the world’s busiest airport. The US airport was knocked off its No. 1 perch to the No. 2 slot in passenger volume in 2020 by Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China, breaking the Atlanta airport’s 22-year streak in the top slot.

April 12, 2022 GPB

Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority ends talks on plastics recycling plant

Liz Fabian reports that a proposal to build a $680 million dollar plastics renewal plant, largely funded by $500 million in government bonds, is dead. The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority and Brightmark Plastics Renewal Georgia agreed to drop plans for the facility near the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

April 12, 2022 University of Georgia CAES

32 finalists to compete in Flavor of Georgia food product contest

Jordan Powers reports that judges have selected 32 finalists to compete in the second and final round of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ annual Flavor of Georgia food product contest. Narrowed from a field of 148 products, the finalists will compete on April 21 at The Classic Center in Athens with an award ceremony to follow.

April 12, 2022 Georgia Recorder

New fight emerges over Golden Ray shipwreck damages off Georgia coast

Stanley Dunlap reports, five months after crews removed the final section of the Golden Ray car carrier from St. Simons Sound, the owner of a fishing charter company that operates off Georgia’s coast says he is concerned about the long-term fallout following a “nightmare” two years. Scott Owens, co-owner of The Georgia Fishing Company, said the most expensive shipwreck in U.S. history continues to impact the types of fish swimming in the channel.

April 12, 2022 Brunswick News

House sends message about mining proposal

Gordon Jackson reports that the Georgia House of Representatives has sent a message to Twin Pines Minerals, the Alabama-based company seeking a permit to mine near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The House’s message to Twin Pines with House Resolution 1158 indicates elected officials are concerned about the potential impacts mining could have on the world-famous swamp.

April 12, 2022 Newnan Times-Herald

Rep. Lynn Smith Natural disaster relief receives final passage

Clay Neely reports, while items like permitless carry firearm legislation, race and history in schools and transgender athlete restrictions may have dominated the headlines for the 2022 General Assembly, Rep. Lynn Smith quietly achieved a rare feat. One year removed from the devastating tornado that rocked Coweta County, Smith’s legislation to ensure tornado victims won’t have to pay taxes on a home that no longer exists is a success.

April 12, 2022 Washington Post

With Biden’s voting rights push stalled, Georgia activists regroup

Matthew Brown reports, for months, Georgia voting rights advocates and faith leaders warned that a new state law would drastically suppress minority turnout and pleaded with Congress to enshrine protections. But with no signs of progress in President Biden’s push for voting rights bills, those groups are now confronting a new challenge: How to turn out voters despite the restrictions passed by state Republicans in the wake of Biden’s upset win there.

April 12, 2022 The Center Square

Raffensperger says he referred more than 1,600 Georgia election cases for possible prosecution

T.A. DeFeo reports that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he referred more than 1,600 cases of potential non-citizens attempting to register to vote in Georgia to local prosecutors and state investigators. The secretary of state referred the cases to the State Election Board, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and local prosecutors.

April 12, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Federal voting rights trial opens in Atlanta

Dave Williams reports that Fair Fight Action, a voting rights group founded by 2018 and 2022 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and several Black churches are accusing Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the GOP-controlled State Election Board of erecting unjustifiable barriers to voting that have disproportionately affected voters of color. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones already has dismissed some of the lawsuit’s allegations, those he said were addressed by changes to state election laws the General Assembly passed last year, prompting Raffensperger to refer to the suit at a news conference Monday as a “hollowed-out shell.”

April 12, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge says law doesn’t allow him to declare Abrams Dem nominee for Georgia governor

James Salzer reports that a federal judge said state law is clear that Stacey Abrams isn’t the Democratic nominee for governor until she wins her uncontested primary. That, in turn, could make her ineligible to use a state law created to give Gov. Brian Kemp a major fundraising advantage in their possible rematch this year.


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