Georgia Trend Daily – April 4, 2023
April 4, 2023 Albany Herald
‘Listen to the Land’ multimedia project premieres at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Friday
Staff reports that the premiere for “Listen to the Land,” a student-run and -produced multimedia project, is scheduled for Friday, with a reception at the Gallery of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture. It will address a gap in public discussion about why the rural landscape is important, examining not only the nation’s need for food and fiber production but also public desires for recreation and leisure, conservation and aesthetics that are embodied in pastoral regions.
April 4, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!
Georgia’s Medical Mismatch
Mary Anne Dunkin reports that Dr. Anna Mirk was a resident in internal medicine and contemplating her options of specialties when she discovered what she loved most was working with elderly patients. Today Mirk uses her love for working with geriatric patients and her years of medical training to focus on treating the complex health problems that may come with getting older.
April 4, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Rivian stands by expected 2023 output despite production slowdown
Zachary Hansen reports that electric vehicle startup Rivian saw its manufacturing output dip during the first three months of 2023, but the automaker said its annual production goal remains unchanged. The California-based company announced Monday it produced 9,395 vehicles at its manufacturing facility in Normal, Ill., a 6% decrease from last year’s fourth quarter.
April 4, 2023 11 Alive
Chick-fil-A reverses decision to remove menu item
Jaime E. Galvan reports that customers spoke up and Chick-fil-A listened. Based on feedback, the restaurant chain has decided to reverse course on dropping the side salad as a menu item. “At Chick-fil-A, our guests are at the forefront of every decision we make whether testing new culinary creations or rethinking our menu offerings,” the company said in a release.
April 4, 2023 WABE
Atlanta introduces first-of-its-kind diversion center to help people in crisis avoid jail time
Chamian Cruz reports that on Friday, March 31, 2023, Fulton County officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for a center that will serve as Atlanta’s first, all-hours alternative to jail. The Center for Diversion and Services will provide a person-centered approach for people experiencing homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and poverty. It will be operated and staffed by the Grady Health System.
April 4, 2023 The Brunswick News
Mainland commission to consider hotel site plan
Gordon Jackson reports that public comments will be sought regarding a site plan approval request for a new hotel development at 101 Summit Drive. The Mainland Planning Commission will consider the request for two buildings with a total of 234 units and the associated infrastructure at tonight’s meeting at 6 p.m.
April 4, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal
Athens ecologist promoted to DNR Wildlife Conservation Chief
Staff reports that an Athens resident has been named chief of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Conservation Section. Matt Elliott previously served as an assistant chief in Wildlife Conservation, which is part of DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division and charged with conserving native Georgia wildlife not hunted or fished for, rare plants and the habitats these species need.
April 4, 2023 GPB
Three Georgia U.S. House members co-sponsor Aviation Workforce Development Act
Orlando Montoya reports that three members of Georgia’s U.S. House delegation have signed on as original co-sponsors for federal legislation aimed at producing more airline pilots and technicians. Among them is Democrat Lucy McBath, who worked for three decades as a flight attendant for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines.
April 4, 2023 The Current, ProPublica
How Georgia’s top GOP leaders have blocked title lending reform
Margaret Coker and Mollie Simon report that the February, Georgia lawmaker Josh Bonner introduced a bill that he hoped would fix a thorny problem that entangles tens of thousands of state residents in debt each year. The Republican state representative from Fayetteville, a southern Atlanta exurb, aimed to close a loophole used by title lenders, who offer short-term cash to customers in exchange for a lien on their car title.
April 4, 2023 Georgia Recorder
Bill requiring prescription drug discount sharing with Georgia patients falters in the Senate
Jill Nolin reports that a bipartisan measure that would require prescription drug discounts to be shared with Georgia consumers stalled in the Senate. The bill centered on pharmacy benefit managers, which act as the go-between for health insurance companies and prescription drugmakers.
April 4, 2023 Capitol Beat News
Army to start unit-by-unit housing inspections at Fort Gordon
Dave Williams reports that the U.S. Army will begin unit-by-unit inspections of on-post privatized housing at Fort Gordon near Augusta next week. U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., has called attention to the poor condition of privatized housing at both Fort Gordon and Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, launching an investigation last year.
April 4, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Jolt: Mayor warns Marjorie Taylor Greene to behave at Trump rally
Tia Mitchell, Patricia Murphy and Greg Bluestein report that Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene is in New York City this morning to rally with other supporters of former President Donald Trump ahead of his arraignment in a Manhattan courthouse. The former president is expected to turn himself in and officially find out what charges he faces and whether they are related to hush money payments to a former porn star as has been widely speculated.