Georgia Trend Daily – May 15, 2023

May 15, 2023 Georgia Recorder

State regulators poised to OK steep Georgia Power rate hike request this week

Stanley Dunlap reports that state regulators have heard final pleas imploring them to reject Georgia Power’s request for ratepayers to foot an expensive fuel expense bill, which would result in higher electricity bills starting in June. Georgia Power and the state Public Service Commission’s Public Interest Advocacy staff are asking the five-member panel to approve an agreement that would have ratepayers reimburse $2.1 billion in under-budgeted fuel expenses caused in part by a sharp uptick in inflation.

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AACIDs is Bringing South Metro Atlanta into the 21st Century

Julia Roberts reports that mobility is defined as freedom of movement. When we talk about it in reference to a city’s infrastructure, we are talking about increasing accessibility within a physical community.

May 15, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As Memorial Day approaches, gas prices are down from a year ago

Michael E. Kanell reports, as metro Atlanta drivers fill their tanks for Memorial Day driving, they’ll be paying a lot less than a year ago and a lot more than earlier in the pandemic. The average price of regular gasoline, which typically rises as the holiday approaches, was $3.25 a gallon in the region mid-day Friday, compared to $3.94 a year ago, according to Gas Buddy, which tracks pump prices for gas and diesel around the country.

May 15, 2023

Düsseldorf Eyes New Business Links With Atlanta as Nonstop Flight Returns

Trevor Williams reports that Atlanta this week regained a key air link to Germany as Delta Air Lines restarted its flights from Düsseldorf, a milestone marked by a high-level delegation led by the city’s mayor. Mayor Stephan Keller’s delegation couldn’t make it on the inaugural flight, but they caught the second one in time for a quick trip to Atlanta, aiming to strengthen the very commercial links that helped persuade Delta to bring back the flight.

May 15, 2023 The Brunswick News

EMAs emergency alerts getting boost

Michael Hall reports that the April 15 fire at the Pinova plant in Brunswick proved again to local emergency management personnel what the Nov. 7 fire at the Symrise plant in Glynn County already had. The county needs an emergency communications system that reaches everyone.

May 15, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia State awards diplomas to first graduating class at Walker State Prison

Ross Williams reports that it’s the time of the year when young men and women turn their tassels, toss their caps into the sky and dream about a bright future. But one group of graduates from Georgia’s class of 23 stands out from the rest.

May 15, 2023 New York Times

How a Military Base’s New Name Honors a Military Spouse and Mother

Arin Yoon reports that Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore commanded troops in the first major battle of the Vietnam War, a role depicted in a book and a movie. His wife, Julia, was a champion for military spouses and changed the way next of kin are notified when a service member is killed.

May 15, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Agreement stemming from CRBI lawsuit means Mt. Vernon Mills in Chattooga County to quit using PFAS

Staff reports that Mount Vernon Mills in Trion has agreed to permanently stop using a group of toxic chemicals that provide protective coatings for its products after the Rome-based Coosa River Basin Initiative sued the mill alleging a violation of the Clean Water Act. Mount Vernon Mills has been discharging per- and polyfluorinated substances to the city of Trion’s wastewater treatment plant.

May 15, 2023 The Center Square

Oliver: End the U.S. Department of Education

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgian Chase Oliver, a Libertarian who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 2022 and has launched a 2024 presidential bid, wants to end the U.S. Department of Education and return the money to the states. Oliver said schools have turned into a political hot potato, and conversations have turned to whether school libraries should allow certain books.

May 15, 2023 Dalton Daily News, CNHI News

Ga. GOP split on Trump: Officials react to sexual assault verdict

Asia Ashley reports that with Donald Trump being found liable for sexual assault and defamation this week, the former president continues to be the centerpiece of a fractured Republican Party in Georgia, a state the party must win to take back the White House in 2024.

May 15, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Long-delayed Georgia medical cannabis program picking up speed

Dave Williams reports that when the state agency overseeing Georgia’s medical cannabis program issued the first dispensary licenses late last month, it gave the two licensees four months to get them up and running. Trulieve Georgia and Botanical Sciences LLC won’t need nearly that long.

May 15, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: President Joe Biden praises big labor win in rural Georgia

Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein and Tia Mitchell report that organized labor scored a surprise victory in rural Georgia over the weekend. And President Joe Biden was among the Democrats touting it as a key moment. Workers at a Blue Bird electric vehicle factory in Fort Valley voted Friday to join the United Steelworkers union.

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