Georgia Trend Daily – Oct. 28, 2022

Oct. 28, 2022 The Center Square

Georgia unemployment rates drop in September

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia’s Regional Commissions saw a drop in their unemployment rates in September, officials said. Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September stood at 2.8% for the third consecutive month.

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Generational Project: George Dusenbury, vice president of the Southern Region and Georgia state director for the Trust for Public Land, at Morgan Falls Park in Fulton County
Photo: Gregg McGough

Oct. 28, 2022 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Reconnecting to the River

Kenna Simmons reports, it’s hard to go anywhere in Atlanta without being reminded of its history as a railroad town. From bumping across tracks to skirting the downtown Gulch to traversing the BeltLine (created from repurposed rail lines), the city’s early claim as the transportation hub of the Southeast is hard to ignore. You can be forgiven if you don’t realize that a river also runs through it.

Oct. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wheels Up hiring 350 in Atlanta for new operations center

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Wheels Up, a private jet company that’s a partner of Delta Air Lines, is hiring 350 people in the Atlanta area to open a new operations center. The New York-based company is relocating its member operations center from Columbus, Ohio, to a 34,000-square-foot facility in Atlanta.

Oct. 28, 2022 Clayton Daily News

BlueStar Studios to build new production studio at former Fort Gillem

Staff reports that next summer, production company BlueStar Studios is planning to begin construction a 53-acre production campus at the former Fort Gillem Army base. The 600,000 square-foot building will offer production and office space with 18 stages ranging from 5,000 to 40,000 square feet.

Oct. 28, 2022 Macon Telegraph

Unit closed, ICU beds full: Here’s why Houston County hospitals are limiting new patients

Hannah Jones reports that Houston Healthcare is currently limiting incoming ambulance traffic at both of its hospitals due to staffing shortages. As of Wednesday morning, Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins is unable to accept new ambulance traffic in its medical division and Perry Hospital is not accepting new ambulance traffic for the ICU.

Oct. 28, 2022 Wall Street Journal

Augusta National Golf Club under investigation by DOJ

Louise Radnofsky and Andrew Beaton report that the Augusta National is one of several powerhouse bodies under scrutiny in the Justice Department antitrust investigation. Others are the United States Golf Association and PGA of America which is battling Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit.

Oct. 28, 2022 Savannah Morning News

What Georgia residents need to know about flood insurance prices and why they need it

Marisa Mecke reports that storms are becoming stronger than they once were, and scientists note they are slowing down, causing storms to dump more water on concentrated areas and worsening floods. Coupled with other climate change related threats like sea-level rise in coastal communities and development, which can pave over soils that help absorb flood water, insurance agencies are forecasting more flooding, and more risk for their customers and businesses.


Oct. 28, 2022 The Brunswick News

Spaceport Camden alternative site proposed

Gordon Jackson reports that Camden County commissioners will consider potential uses for the former Bayer CropScience property adjacent to the Union Carbide tract planned as the launch site for Spaceport Camden. During a Camden County Office of Planning and Development meeting Wednesday, board members heard six proposals for the property, two of which were recommended for consideration by commissioners at their meeting Tuesday.

Oct. 28, 2022 GPB

Georgia GOP’s top candidates move hard right on LGBTQ issues in elections final days

Patrick Saunders reports, at a U.S. Senate debate earlier this month in Midtown Atlanta, Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver was asked, as Georgia’s first openly gay Senate candidate, what LGBTQ protections Congress needs to adopt. Oliver noted his support for federal LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections, but then pivoted to mention how the Republican candidate for the seat has been “demonizing LGBTQ people.”

Oct. 28, 2022 The Current

Georgia restricts ownership of pythons, tegus, other reptiles

Mary Landers reports that Burmese pythons have settled into the Florida Everglades and are wiping out native animals. Georgia isn’t taking any chances with repeating that mistake here.

Oct. 28, 2022 Capitol Beat News

Georgia music industry advocates call for richer state tax incentives

Dave Williams reports that Georgia is losing income-generating concerts and theatrical productions to other states with richer tax incentives, performing arts venue managers and music industry advocates told state lawmakers Thursday. “We all support music,” Mala Sharma, president of Georgia Music Partners, the state’s leading music industry advocacy organization, told members of a legislative study committee looking for ways to grow the industry in the Peach State.

Oct. 28, 2022 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

APS to add protections for teachers facing divisive concepts complaints

Vanessa McCray reports that Atlanta Public Schools officials want to ensure teachers have the explicit right to defend themselves if they’re accused of improperly teaching about race and other divisive concepts. The board of education is in the process of adopting a policy that details how APS will respond if a parent alleges that a teacher has violated a new state law that prohibits classroom assertions that the nation is fundamentally racist, that one race is superior and other generalities.

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