Georgia Trend Daily – Aug. 3, 2022

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Gov. Kemp to extend suspension of gas tax another month, sources say

Staff reports that sources confirm to Channel 2 Action News that Gov. Brian Kemp is going to extend the suspension of the state’s gas tax for another month. The current extension was set to expire on Aug. 13. The tax suspension saves Georgians about 30 cents per gallon for gas and 33 cents per gallon for diesel.

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Aug. 3, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Electric Revolution

Patty Rasmussen reports, a remarkable and deliberate shift occurred in Georgia’s automotive industry over the past five years and accelerated in the last 24 months. Seemingly almost out of nowhere, an entire electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem began to flourish.

Aug. 3, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

$15B in bonds for Rivian EV plant in limbo as judge considers concerns

Zachary Hansen reports that a judge decided to pump the brakes on validating up to $15 billion in bonds for Rivian’s planned electric vehicle plant an hour east of Atlanta. A bond validation hearing last Thursday ended with no ruling because of legal challenges and concerns from locals who worry the massive manufacturing facility will sully their rural way of life.

Aug. 3, 2022 Brunswick News

Buc-ee’s is coming to Golden Isles

Gordon Jackson reports, the worst kept secret in the Golden Isles was finally made public at Tuesday’s Golden Isles Development Authority meeting. A Buc-ee’s travel center is coming to the Interstate 95 interchange at Exit 42.

Aug. 3, 2022 GPB

How rural residency programs for doctors can help solve the health care shortage

Sofi Gratas reports, the city of Moultrie sits in the middle of Colquitt County. It’s emblematic of most small Southern towns, with a historic square, one Piggly Wiggly supermarket, and miles of farmland on the periphery. Moultrie also has the only hospital in the county of about 45,000 people, Colquitt Regional Medical Center.

Aug. 3, 2022 Atlanta Business Chronicle

Why Surf ATL has targeted Forsyth County to build an outdoor adventure park

Donnell Suggs and Eric Mandel report that a decade ago, the open space in Forsyth County would have been primed for a mall or shopping center. Increasingly, developers are shifting their aims to suburban, experiential entertainment.

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Stovall named publisher and editor of The Covington News

Staff reports that Gabriel Stovall has been named publisher and editor of The Covington News, Owner Patrick Graham announced today. “We are fortunate to be able to bring someone of Gabriel’s caliber back to The Covington News,” Graham said.

Aug. 3, 2022 Albany Herald

Sunbelt Ag Expo brings displays latest farm innovations at Field Day

Alan Mauldin reports that Southwest Georgia farmers took a trip on Tuesday to the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie for the annual field day. The tour of the 600-acre research farm area allows farmers to see the latest varieties of crops growing in the fields and to hear about ongoing research.

Aug. 3, 2022 Gainesville Times

Judge dismisses Rep. Clyde’s lawsuit over House security screening fines

Nick Watson reports that a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit Aug. 1 filed by Rep. Andrew Clyde regarding fines he incurred for security screening measures to enter the House of Representatives’ chamber, writing that he did not have jurisdiction to rule on the matter.

Aug. 3, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How Georgia’s new mental health law works

Katherine Landergan reports that there’s a new law on the books that should make accessing treatment for mental illness and addiction much easier. But some proponents of the new law fear that many Georgia residents may not know about the change.

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