Georgia Trend Daily – April 25, 2022

April 25, 2022 Saporta Report

Chattahoochee National Rec Area plans to rework trail network, adding 33 miles

Hannah E. Jones reports, between leisurely hikes, runs with your dog and, of course, shooting the ‘Hooch, it’s hard to be bored near the Chattahoochee River. Now, after about six years in the works, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (NRA) — the 22nd-most-visited national park in 2021 — is finalizing its first-ever Comprehensive Trails Management Plan.

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April 25, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Celebrating loggerheads’ return to the sea

Mary Ann DeMuth reports, just ahead of nesting season, which begins in May, staff members from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island released two rehabilitated sea turtles at Great Dunes Beach. About 500 people, including three busloads of students, witnessed the return of the two 30-plus-year-old female loggerheads to the ocean.

April 25, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Uncertainty in Atlanta amid Warner Bros. Discovery merger

Rodney Ho reports, on his second full business day at the helm of the combined Warner Bros. Discovery, CEO David Zaslav with new CNN President Chris Licht huddled with Ted Turner in Washington, D.C., then flew to Atlanta to meet employees at the Midtown campus of what used to be known as Turner Broadcasting. There, Zaslav took selfies, toured the facilities and gave a pep talk to staff in nearly the same spot where the intrepid Turner introduced the 24/7 news operation CNN to the world more than 42 years earlier.

April 25, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Catching up  with…Greg Bluestein

Kenna Simmons reports, Greg Bluestein may be the hardest working man in Georgia media. You’ll see his byline in the AJC – from the front page to the Morning Jolt newsletter and Political Insider blog – hear his voice as host of the Politically Georgia podcast and as a regular on GPB’s Political Rewind radio program, and watch him on MSNBC and NBC News where he’s a contributor.

April 25, 2022 Macon Telegraph

This Mercer grad could be Georgia’s first nonbinary state lawmaker. Meet Bentley Hudgins

Nick Wooten reports that Bentley Hudgins could make Georgia political history. The 28-year-old Mercer University graduate – who is running as a Democrat in Georgia House District 90, covering eastern Atlanta and Southern Dekalb County – would be Georgia’s first openly nonbinary state lawmaker and its first state legislator of Japanese American descent.

April 25, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia officials won’t reveal business development incentives said to be ‘in progress’

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia officials have lauded the decisions of companies to either relocate their headquarters or expand their operations in Georgia. Whether the state of Georgia offered tax incentives to those companies is a closely-guarded secret, and taxpayers will not know until the state says the project is complete and no longer “in progress.”

April 25, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

A rundown of Georgia’s crowded primary elections

Asia Ashley reports, in less than two weeks, Georgia begins an election year that will likely spotlight it as one of several battleground states in the country. Early voting starts May 2 for the May 24 General Election Primary, which has many candidates seeking several top seats across the state. From the governor’s office, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, voters have plenty of choices.

April 25, 2022 Fresh Take Georgia

Georgia to require investigations into deaths of pregnant, postpartum women

Ambria Burton reports that Georgia lawmakers approved a requirement for medical examiners to investigate the cause of death of a pregnant woman or a woman who dies within one year of giving birth. The law will go into effect July 1, unless vetoed by Gov. Brian Kemp.

April 25, 2022 Georgia Recorder

Marjorie Taylor Greene defiant, forgetful in court challenge to reelection eligibility

Ross Williams reports that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene took the stand Friday in an at-times raucous court hearing that incorporated a history lesson on the Whiskey rebellion and a stirring speech from a president fighting off an extraterrestrial invasion. Greene was in the hot seat because a group of voters say she should not be allowed to run for re-election because they say she helped plan the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

April 25, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Kemp’s plan for medical cannabis could lead to do-over for license applicants

Dave Williams reports advocates for Georgia’s dead-in-the-water medical marijuana program hope a new initiative will finally start providing cannabis oil to patients more than three years after the General Assembly legalized the industry. Gov. Brian Kemp announced last Tuesday that he was appointing Sid Johnson, a former commissioner at the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS), board chairman of the state commission that oversees the program.

April 25, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Takeaways from the brawl between Brian Kemp and David Perdue

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report, it was less a debate and more of a barroom brawl. But we still learned plenty from the first Republican showdown between Gov. Brian Kemp and former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in their first debate on Channel 2 Action News.


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