Georgia Trend Daily – May 30, 2023

May 30, 2023 GPB

Korean War Medal of Honor recipient to be buried at Andersonville National Cemetery

Orlando Montoya reports that a Georgia soldier will be laid to rest this Memorial Day, 72 years after he was killed in the Korean War. The burial at Georgia’s Andersonville National Cemetery comes a year after DNA and other analysis helped to identify the remains of Army Corporal Luther Story.

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May 30, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

How Managed Care Can Help Solve the Mental Health Crisis

Jason Bearden reports, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 90% of adults believe there is a mental health crisis in the U.S., and more than half of those respondents identified mental health issues among children as the area of greatest concern. While the statistics about mental health across the country are concerning, those in our state should give us all pause.

May 30, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

First of two new Vogtle reactors reaches 100% power

Drew Kann reports that the first of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta has reached 100% power for the first time, the company announced, a big step which signals the unit could begin sending electricity out to Georgia homes in a matter of days. Georgia Power said Unit 3 reached its maximum output of 1,100 megawatts Monday morning, but the company said it still must put the unit through a battery of tests before it can be synced with the electric grid and dispatched for commercial operation.

May 30, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Tourism industry leaders predict strong summer season

Dave Williams reports, after taking some hits during the pandemic, Georgia tourism is poised for a record summer. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport expects to handle about 2.1 million passengers during the Memorial Day holiday period, which began Thursday and extends through Wednesday.

May 30, 2023 Savannah Morning News

EV battery factory to be built next to Hyundai assembly plant in Bryan Co. What to know.

Latrice Williams reports that Hyundai Motor Group on Friday revealed plans for the EV battery cell manufacturing factory that is to be part of the Hyundai Metaplant in Bryan County. Hyundai and LG Energy Solution will partner in the $4.3 billion plant that will produce 300,000 batteries a year.


May 30, 2023 Macon Telegraph

Middle GA’s Blue Bird is expecting $1B to build electric buses. Could that be at risk?

Mehta reports that on May 12, the CEO of Blue Bird delivered good news to his company’s shareholders. The company, one of the largest school bus manufacturers in the United States, enjoyed its first profitable quarter in the last year-and-a-half, turning around a period of losses caused by schools ordering fewer buses during the COVID-era shift to remote learning.

May 30, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia organizations embrace long road to end veterans homelessness

Stanley Dunlap reports that former eight-year Army veteran Wilma Fiddmont’s dreams of settling into a comfortable life in Georgia took a sharp detour that left her homeless and sleeping in her car. Her life was in shambles as the little money she had saved up quickly disappeared while she was living in hotel rooms, but she would quickly rebound in 2021 after searching phone book listings led to her discovering a new Warner Robins shelter that is aiming to end chronic homelessness for women who served in the military.

May 30, 2023 The Center Square

Audit reveals options for modernizing Georgia Military College governance

T.A. DeFeo reports that the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts has identified five “options” to modernize the governance and oversight of the Georgia Military College. Two of the five options included in the audit, performed at the request of the Georgia House Appropriations Committee, would expand the state’s representation on the GMC board, with either some or all voting members appointed by state leaders.

May 30, 2023 All On Georgia

Georgia Historical Society’s Georgia History Festival Raises Record $1.9 Million for Statewide Educational Programming

Staff reports that the Georgia Historical Society (GHS) announced that the 2022 – 2023 Georgia History Festival, which culminated on April 22, 2023, with the Trustees Gala, has surpassed all previous institutional fundraising milestones by raising a record $1.9 million to further the institution’s educational and research mission. Funds support GHS’s year-round educational programming and research services for students, teachers, researchers, and general audiences from across Georgia and beyond.

May 30, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times, CNHI News

Georgia breaks record for voter turnout in the South

Asia Ashley reports that voter turnout in Georgia last year was the highest in the South, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. An estimated 82.0% of the state’s registered voters voted in elections in 2022 — the highest turnout in the South and among the 15th highest in the nation.

May 30, 2023 The Current

Carter tiptoes through debt ceiling saga

Craig Nelson reports, with a deal to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending limits poised to come up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow, President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are facing rebellions from the flanks of their political parties. But don’t expect Coastal Georgia’s congressman, Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter, to join the brewing far-right revolt against the deal.

May 30, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Audit: Rural hospital tax credit paying off’; Polk Medical Center nets $2.9 million so far

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s rural hospital tax credit program is in compliance with the state law that created it in 2017 and just needs to tighten up its reporting procedures, according to a new audit. The program raised $58.7 million in contributions to eligible rural hospitals last year, down slightly from the $59.4 million the tax credit brought in in 2021.

May 30, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Clyde among GOP hard-liners ready to vote against debt limit deal

Tia Mitchell, Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy report that President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy may have reached an agreement on lifting the debt limit over the holiday weekend. But avoiding a default, which could happen as soon as Monday, will take some heavy lifting and perhaps arm-twisting over the next few days.

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