Georgia Trend Daily – April 25, 2023

April 25, 2023 Augusta Chronicle

Reps. Rick Allen, Jeff Duncan tour Plant Vogtle, advocate for more nuclear construction

Abraham Kenmore reports, after touring the as-yet uncompleted fourth reactor at Plant Vogtle, U.S. Rep. Rick Allen, R-Augusta and U.S. House Energy, Climate and Grid Security Subcommittee Chair Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, had a message — the United States needs more Vogtles. Future projects might look like Plant Vogtle, or might use small or modular reactors, but as the first reactors to be built in the U.S. in 30 years, Duncan said Vogtle is already instructive.

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April 25, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Unique online MBA provides quality education without sacrificing work-life balance

Julia Roberts reports, many adults dream of continuing their education, but some challenges come with going to school while juggling the responsibilities of adulthood. Student debt, working a full-time job, and staying committed to family and friends are all concerns for today’s students.

April 25, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Coca-Cola sees sales and profits grow as consumers buy more on the go

J. Scott Trubey reports that Atlanta-based Coca-Cola reported growth in sales and profits in the first quarter of this year as the beverage giant shook off its previous suspension of business in Russia and saw more sales from restaurants and other vendors that serve drinks outside the home. Coke and its sprawling lineup of sodas, coffees, teas, waters, sports drinks and other beverages are sold in nearly every country on the planet.

April 25, 2023 The Brunswick News

Cars continue to roll-on/roll-off in large numbers

Hank Rowland reports, cars, cars and more cars could be a common refrain among auto processors on Colonel’s Island these days as automakers around the globe recover from the grip of computer chip shortages. March marked the eighth consecutive month of a higher number of roll-on/roll-off units at Georgia Ports Authority’s deepwater ports.

April 25, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI News

Fort Benning name change set, Fort Gordon forthcoming

Asia Ashley reports that Fort Benning near Columbus, Ga., will be severing ties from its Confederate-based namesake when it is renamed Fort Moore May 11. The base is one of nine Confederate-named military bases that the U.S. Naming Commission was tasked with recommending new names.

April 25, 2023 WABE

Georgia’s medical cannabis program could have oil on shelves in weeks

Rahul Bali reports that Georgia’s eight-year path to legal access to medical cannabis could be within weeks of getting product to thousands of Georgians. Two in-state producers are expected to have product available by this summer, if not earlier.

April 25, 2023 Augusta Chronicle, Athens Banner-Herald

With hiked fertilizer costs, some farmers feel the benefits outweigh the risks

Parish Howard reports, for many landowners, the potential drawbacks of applying soil amendment — the smell, the flies, the uncertainty and the angry neighbors — are too much. But others see a golden opportunity: a free replacement for expensive fertilizer.

April 25, 2023 Fresh Take Georgia

Georgia lawmakers look for ways to eradicate hunger across state.

Charyti Benjamin reports that for the past two years, Georgia lawmakers have weighed bipartisan legislation aimed at wiping out hunger by aiding such pantries and helping grocery stores open in needy areas. Senate Bill 177 would create a council that would advise the Legislature about how to tackle those challenges.

April 25, 2023 State Affairs

Freshman Rep. Lehman Franklin on getting three bills through the Legislature and his call to service

Jackie Winchester reports that it can be difficult for any legislator to get one bill through, let alone three, especially if you’re a freshman in the Georgia Statehouse, but that’s exactly what Republican Rep. Lehman Franklin did this year. The 48-year-old Statesboro native was among 53 newly sworn-in legislators in January, and he did not waste any time getting down to work.

April 25, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia Democrat is critical of new school safety law

T.A. DeFeo reports that a Georgia state lawmaker has expressed reservations about a measure Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed that proponents say will help keep teachers and students safe in the classroom. In a news release, the governor’s office described House Bill 147, the Safe Schools Act, as a “key part of the governor’s legislative agenda this year” that “builds on his commitment to keeping Georgia’s students, teachers, and school personnel safe.”

April 25, 2023 Capitol Beat News

The science of reading undergirds Georgia’s new literacy-education laws

Rebecca Grapevine reports that Georgia is gearing up to implement a new approach to teaching reading in the early grades. Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed into law two literacy bills passed during this year’s legislative session.

April 25, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia House, Senate leaders pick panel to review billions in tax breaks

James Salzer reports that the chairmen of the state House and Senate tax writing committees will head a panel this summer and fall that will review special-interest tax breaks that cost the state — and save some individuals and businesses — billions of dollars. Lt. Gov. Burt Jones and House Speaker Jon Burns announced their picks for the review, which will take place between the 2023 and 2024 sessions of the General Assembly.

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