Georgia Trend Daily – April 13, 2023

April 13, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Kemp: New Yamaha facility in Kennesaw ‘another great win for our state’

Jake Busch reports that Gov. Brian Kemp was on-hand for the ribbon cutting of a new Yamaha facility that opened in Kennesaw on Wednesday. The 75,280-square-foot Yamaha Marine Innovation Center is the new home of the company’s Connected Boat Division, which is focused on developing smart boat technology.

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April 13, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Red, Blue, & You: We Can’t Wait Any Longer

Tharon Johnson writes, in this country, there are few topics as hyperpolarizing as guns. There are also few countries in the world that share our passion for firearms, which puts us in a unique position. In terms of firearms per capita, the United States ranks No. 1 by far, nearly doubling the rate of the country closest to us, the Falkland Islands, which has a population of a few thousand people.

April 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta posts record revenue, but one-time pilot payouts pinch results

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines posted a record $12.8 billion in revenue in the first quarter of the year, as demand for air travel soared and travelers paid more for flights and premium seats. But the company still reported a quarterly net loss of $363 million, a smaller loss than the first quarter of last year, after making one-time payouts to pilots.

April 13, 2023

With UPS Backing, ‘Export University’ Program Helps Atlanta Women Go Global

Trevor Williams reports that women face enough challenges running their own businesses — fighting bias, juggling family and struggling for financing — that the added complexity of selling across borders can seem too tough to take on. But with the right knowledge, resources and connections, women can participate more fully in the global economy and build the health of their local communities in the process, according to the organizers of the annual Women’s Export University program.

April 13, 2023 Rough Draft Atlanta

Novelis puts sustainability at forefront of new Buckhead headquarters

Dyana Bagby reports that the massive tree sculpture that greets visitors to the new Novelis headquarters at One Phipps Plaza in Buckhead is striking. The trunk and its branches adorned with leaves and birds are all made from aluminum. The design was purposeful for the company that is a global leader in both the production and recycling of aluminum.

April 13, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

See the USG Board of Regents resolution on Wellstar, AU Health merger

Abraham Kenmore reports that the final agreement between Augusta Health System and Wellstar has not yet been made public, but the resolution from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents this week was released. The resolution contains a list of documents that will be included in the final agreement, including a master agreement, a series of lease agreements, and a development and a cooperation agreement.

April 13, 2023 The Center Square

North Dakota judge blocks controversial water rule

Kim Jarrett reports that a North Dakota U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday that blocked the implementation of the Biden administration’s clean water rule, also known as WOTUS. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers published the rule on Jan. 18 that brings the country’s wetlands, streams and other waterways under federal jurisdiction.

April 13, 2023 GPB

Could legislative expulsions like those in the Tennessee House happen in Georgia’s?

Sarah Kallis reports, days after two Black Democrats, Rep. Justin Jones and Rep. Justin Pearson, were expelled from the Tennessee House of Representatives for staging a gun control protest on the House floor, Georgians are questioning if a similar situation is possible in the Peach State. Not likely, according to Dr. Ashton Ellett from the University of Georgia.


April 13, 2023 The Brunswick News

Failure to change state law could cost local elections board $200k

Taylor Cooper reports that efforts by the Glynn County Board of Elections to get state election laws amended to save some money at the local level went unrewarded this year. The Georgia General Assembly closed its 2023 legislative session at the end of last month having passed two major election bills, but none addressing specific concerns that Glynn’s election office has been trying to get addressed for nearly two years.

April 13, 2023 Georgia Recorder

EPA proposes new ethylene oxide rules four years after Georgia plants linked to high cancer rates

Ross Williams reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new set of restrictions on facilities that use ethylene oxide, a carcinogenic chemical used in sterilizing medical devices. The colorless, odorless gas also called ETO grabbed Georgians’ attention in 2019 when Georgia Health News and WebMD reported higher than average rates of cancer among residents near a Sterigenics plant in Smyrna and a BD Bard facility in Covington.

April 13, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI News

Trump defends Ga. call: Claims no interference in 2020 election

Asia Ashley reports that former President Donald Trump is standing firm on his position that he did not attempt to interfere with Georgia’s 2020 presidential election. In a Jan. 2, 2021, recorded phone call, Trump pressed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” 11,870 votes, which would have placed him as the victor over then-Democratic challenger Joe Biden in Georgia.

April 13, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Health care sales tax study on hold, search widening

Jim Gaines reports that a Fulton County commissioner’s request to consider funding health care with a new sales tax instead of property taxes turned into a broader exploration of ways to fund health care on Wednesday. But even that is on hold for more discussion. Commission Vice Chair Bob Ellis proposed a resolution for county staff to develop a plan within 90 days to authorize creation of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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