Georgia Trend Daily – June 2, 2023

June 2, 2023 Gainesville Times

2023 local peach crop to be severely reduced for this reason

Ben Anderson reports, the peaches you buy at your local farmers market this year might not be so local. The fruit will be in shorter supply this season thanks to an unusually warm winter and a several-day freeze in March, peach farmers say.

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June 2, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Outdoor Dramatization Tells History Behind State Historic Site

Staff reports that Nacoochee Valley, with its graceful Italianate mansion across from a gazebo-topped Indian mound, offers scenic beauty and a little mystery to visitors headed to the Alpine village of Helen. How old is it? Who built that mound, and who built the gazebo?

June 2, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Engine maker revs up regional hub in Atlantic Station to find talent

Zachary Hansen reports that a global engine manufacturer and power generation company is basing its regional operations in Atlanta, aiming to attract the city’s workforce to tackle supply chain issues and prepare for electrification. Cummins Inc., a 104-year-old company based in Indiana, is turning 22,000 square feet within an Atlantic Station office building into its Southeast hub.

June 2, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia officials say EV battery plant was planned before Inflation Reduction Act

T.A. DeFeo reports that a U.S. senator for Georgia has tried to place credit for a new electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility on tax incentives included in the Inflation Reduction Act. The problem, Georgia officials say, is the investment was agreed to before Congress even passed the IRA, and President Joe Biden signed the measure in August 2022.


June 2, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Conservationists: Supreme Court decision leaves Georgia wetlands unprotected, at risk

Marisa Mecke reports that the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided a case that dealt a blow to conservationists by rolling back federal wetlands protections and stands to exclude many Georgia lands from federal oversight. Growing development throughout the state, as well as the controversial proposed mining plan at the Okefenokee Swamp, has brought wetland protections to the forethought of Georgians’ minds.

June 2, 2023 Bloomberg Law

3M, DuPont to Pay $100 Million to End Georgia PFAS Suit

Jef Feeley reports that 3M Co., DuPont de Nemours Inc. and other makers of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have agreed to pay more than $100 million to resolve a Georgia city’s lawsuit claiming the chemicals polluted its drinking water, according to a person familiar with the matter. Rome, Georgia settled with 3M, DuPont, DuPont spinoff Chemours Co. and other PFAS makers on May 30.

June 2, 2023 Macon Telegraph

Georgia Peach Festival kicks off this weekend with 55-square-foot peach cobbler

Jason Vorhees reports that Middle Georgia will celebrate the 37th Annual Georgia Peach Festival, starting on Friday in Fort Valley. The festivities will stretch until 10 p.m. Friday and pick back up at 7 a.m. Saturday, starting with a pancake breakfast put on by first responders in the Fort Valley area.

June 2, 2023 WABE

State considers expanding access to medical cannabis at some Georgia pharmacies

Rahul Bali reports that the Georgia Board of Pharmacy is considering a group of proposals that would allow medical cannabis products to be sold at independent pharmacies. This would exclude pharmacy chains such as CVS or Walgreens.

June 2, 2023 Milledgeville Union-Recorder

When elephants fly: Mundi the rescue elephant arrives in South Georgia

Mary Catherine Dodys reports that the clouds are parting over the woods of rural Attapulgus, Georgia, as the rain slowly clears. Cows moo in nearby fields, which neighbor the rolling acres belonging to Mundi, the 41 year-old African savanna elephant rescued from a Puerto Rican zoo.

June 2, 2023 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

GOP presidential candidates coming to Columbus. Here’s when Trump and others will speak

Mark Rice reports that Columbus will be the center of the Georgia Republican Party’s universe when the city hosts the GOP’s 2023 state convention June 9 and 10. Party officials haven’t released a complete schedule of who is speaking when in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, but here are the available details, including when former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak.

June 2, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Failed Georgia school voucher bill finds ardent backer in lone Democratic lawmaker 

Ross Williams reports that Democrats savored a rare win under the Gold Dome in March when, with the help of a handful of Republicans, they fended off a plan to expand Georgia’s school voucher program. But Atlanta state Rep. Mesha Mainor, the sole Democratic pro-voucher vote, has not been celebrating.

June 2, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia’s GOP convention is a clash over the party’s future

Greg Bluestein reports, the Georgia GOP convention this weekend is more than an important milestone in the race for the White House. It’s also a microcosm of the bitter rifts over Donald Trump and his devotees that still divide his party.

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