Georgia Trend Daily – April 18, 2023

April 18, 2023 WSB-TV

$1 billion arena with development bigger than the Battery proposed in north metro

Zach Klein and staff report that the Battery in Cobb County is considered the gold standard for a mixed-used development in the United States. In a Channel 2 Action News exclusive, sports director Zach Klein has learned local businessman Vernon Krause plans to transform over 100 acres in Forsyth County into a mixed-used project that will actually be bigger than The Battery.

Organizations against child abuse in Georgia



April 18, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Organization: Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

Candice Dyer reports that Georgia ranked 38th in the nation for child well-being in 2020. Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Georgia aims to head off problems before they start by strengthening families and inspiring community action.

April 18, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

CNN Center’s future could include hundreds of apartments, owner says

Zachary Hansen reports, as CNN employees leave downtown, the owner of the iconic CNN Center is reportedly considering transforming at least some of the complex into housing. Florida-based real estate firm CP Group, which acquired the facility in 2021 as part of a joint venture, said about 300 apartments could be incorporated into the building’s multiyear redevelopment plan, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported Monday.

April 18, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia ranks 12th in new economic rankings of states

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia ranks 12th in the new analysis of states’ economic performance. The American Legislative Exchange Council’s “Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index” for 2023 is based on the equal weighting of a state’s rank in 15 policy variables “influenced directly by state lawmakers through the legislative process.”

April 18, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Power, PSC staff agree on fuel costs recovery

Dave Williams reports that Georgia Power and the state Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Public Interest Advocacy Staff have reached an agreement resulting in a slight reduction in the utility’s request to recover $2.1 billion in higher fuel costs from customers. If the commission approves the agreement next month, Georgia Power would trim $7 million off the recovery request.

April 18, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Georgia farmer laments use of ‘free’ soil amendment; pays in other ways

Parish Howard reports, you could see Paul Urbanek’s anger in the white of his knuckles as he gripped the steering wheel of his pickup truck as it bounced over what once was a level green pasture. You could hear the exhaustion in his voice as he described how it had looked and what happened to it.

April 18, 2023 Albany Herald

New Albany general aviation terminal taking off at Southwest Regional Airport construction site

Alan Mauldin reports that a structure that likely dated back to military days at Albany’s airport is no more, demolished to make way for a new general aviation building while operations are moved to temporary quarters nearby. Now there is a concrete slab where the structure stood at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, and workers have started raising the steel skeleton of the new building that will be the hub for private plane traffic.

April 18, 2023 Savannah Morning News

American Rivers names Okefenokee in Top 10 most endangered rivers

Marisa Mecke reports that American Rivers, a nonprofit river advocacy group, listed the Okefenokee Swamp today as its tenth Most Endangered River, a designation highlighting spaces where human health and safety are at risk and where threats jeopardize river health. Since 2019, Alabama-based Twin Pines Minerals, LLC has sought permits with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to mine titanium less than 3 miles from the edge of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on a dune called Trail Ridge.


April 18, 2023 Saporta Report

Root Local celebrates first anniversary, continues efforts to strengthen Atlanta’s environmental sectors

Hannah E. Jones reports that Root Local, an Atlanta-based environmental nonprofit, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. The organization’s name reflects its mission — with its efforts rooted in making a global impact locally.

April 18, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Corporate lobbyists, trial lawyers set to rejoin battle next year after legislative split decision

Stanley Dunlap reports that a renewed debate about how victims are compensated in civil lawsuits is expected to resume in 2024 as Georgia legislators, insurance companies, attorneys, and business leaders deliberate everything from medical malpractice to whether a child safety restraint can be used as evidence and how much damages can be awarded for medical malpractice.

April 18, 2023 Fresh Take Georgia

‘We will be back’:  Backer of antisemitic hate crimes bill vows to try again

Christine Adkins reports that Georgia’s only Jewish state lawmaker pledged to press on after a bill that supporters said would protect Jewish Georgians from hate crimes failed to win approval this legislative session. The legislation stalled despite signs of growing antisemitism in the state, including at least two instances where flyers were dispersed around Athens and the Dunwoody-Sandy Springs area.

April 18, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kemp makes case for anyone but Trump in 2024

Greg Bluestein reports that Gov. Brian Kemp delivered a scathing rebuke of Donald Trump on Saturday as he urged national Republican leaders to set aside the former president’s obsession with his 2020 election defeat and focus on issues that can attract broader support. “Not a single swing voter in a single swing state will vote for our nominee if they choose to talk about the 2020 election being stolen,” Kemp said at the Republican National Committee’s meeting in Nashville.

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