Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 12, 2022

Oct. 12, 2022 Rome News-Tribune

Air cargo study looks at Northwest Georgia ‘gap’ airports

Diane Wagner reports that Floyd County’s airport is one of six in Northwest Georgia with the potential to attract scheduled air cargo service, according to a newly released analysis by the Georgia Department of Transportation. However, none of them are identified as a sure thing in the Statewide Air Cargo Study.

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Oct. 12, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports that Georgia’s Second District Democratic U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop was named Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Farm Service Agency County Office Employees during its summer convention in Savannah. The organization describes itself as the bridge between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers and ranchers.

 

Oct. 12, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sign of deceleration: Hiring 1,500 workers in Locust Grove center, not as strong as last year

Michael E. Kanell reports that Radial, a global distribution company, on Tuesday announced plans to hire 1,500 workers to handle holiday orders at its Locust Grove fulfillment center. While robust, the hiring is less energetic than a year ago, another in a series of signals that the economy is still growing but at a slower pace, signaling the bite of higher interest rates and inflation on spending.

Oct. 12, 2022 GlobalAtlanta.com

Danish Investment, Trade Supports 4,200-Plus Jobs in Georgia

Trevor Williams reports that Denmark may have just half of Georgia’s population, but trade and investment with the European Union nation of 5 million is leading to substantive employment in the state. According to new calculations from the Embassy of Denmark in Washington and the Confederation of Danish Industry, or Dansk Industri, locals in Georgia have Denmark to thank for more than 4,259 jobs.

Oct. 12, 2022 WABE

It’s not all bad for urban bees: Georgia study finds more than 100 species in yards

Molly Samuel reports, think about bees, and honeybees might be the first to come to mind. But Georgia is home to more than 500 different species of native wild bees, from familiar ones like the common eastern bumblebee, to a species of rarely-seen shimmering green sweat bee that’s identified only once or twice a year in the state. They live in woods and farm fields. And, according to a recent study by scientists at the University of Georgia, a surprising number of them live in areas where forests and cities meet.

Oct. 12, 2022 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI

Referrals could free hospitals, jails from mental health cases

Asia Ashley reports that state behavioral and criminal justice leaders are encouraging more diversion from institutions including jail and hospitals for misdemeanor cases that judges believe could be mental health-related. “The earlier the diversion, the more likely the individual will be successful,” said Karen Bailey, former state director of Forensic Services at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Oct. 12, 2022 Savannah Morning News

Biden calls on governors to pardon simple marijuana charges, but Gov. Kemp has no power to pardon

Zoe Nicholson reports that President Joe Biden issued an announcement Thursday that pardoned all citizens with simple marijuana possession charges and called on the nation’s governors to do the same for state-level charges, but not all – including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp – have the power to do so. “Simple marijuana” possession means that a person has a small amount of cannabis in their possession with no intent to sell or distribute it.

Oct. 12, 2022 The Current

Buddy Carter, Wade Herring brandish ambition, street cred for seat in Congress

Craig Nelson reports that U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter enters his two debates with his Democratic challenger Wade Herring as a confident candidate. In his latest weekly newsletter to constituents, Coastal Georgia’s four-term Republican congressman described a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in which he laid out his plans to run for chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee when, as he hopes, Republicans take over the U.S. House of Representatives in next month’s midterm elections.

Oct. 12, 2022 Georgia Recorder

New poll finds nearly two-thirds of Georgia voters object to state’s new abortion restrictions

Jill Nolin and Riley Bunch report that a new poll released Wednesday shows that a majority of Georgians – particularly Black voters – continue to oppose the state’s new restrictive abortion law. Nearly 62% objected overall, with about 54% saying they strongly opposed it.

Oct. 12, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia lawmakers could consider increasing state’s tax incentives for music production

T.A. DeFeo reports that state lawmakers could soon consider increasing the state’s tax incentives for music or creating a state-run music office to help performers, managers, songwriters and producers. Those were among the suggestions witnesses offered to lawmakers during a Joint Study Committee on Georgia Music Heritage meeting.

Oct. 12, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Kemp leading Abrams by double digits; Warnock and Walker tied

Dave Williams reports that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has opened a double-digit lead over Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, according to a poll released Wednesday. However, Georgia’s U.S. Senate race is in a dead heat, the Capitol Beat/Georgia News Collaborative Poll found in a survey of 1,030 likely general election voters conducted Sept. 15-Oct. 4 by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Oct. 12, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Top Republicans frame vote for Walker as vote against Biden

Greg Bluestein reports that U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton mocked Democrats for backing sweeping legislative packages that promise so much spending that “it would be an insult to drunken sailors.” U.S. Sen. Rick Scott pinned the blame for high inflation and “men destroying women’s sports” on Democrats.

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