Georgia Trend Daily – June 8, 2023

June 8, 2023

Gov. Kemp: Woory to Open EV Parts Manufacturing, R&D Facility in Laurens County

Staff reports that Gov. Kemp on Wednesday announced that Woory Industrial Co., Ltd., an automotive parts manufacturer, will establish a new manufacturing facility in Dublin, Georgia. The facility will create more than 130 new jobs and an estimated $18 million in investment in Dublin-Laurens County.

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June 8, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Political Notes: Ups, Downs and In-betweens

Susan Percy reports, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has approved a statement of principles affirming and protecting academic freedom and freedom of expression of students, faculty and staff at the state’s 26 public colleges and universities. Also included are principles affirming the value of diversity of intellectual thought and expression and the value of faculty and their right to be unburdened by ideological tests, affirmations and oaths.

June 8, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Delta settles case to pay refunds for flights canceled during pandemic

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Delta Air Lines has agreed to a settlement of a class-action lawsuit over refunds owed to customers for flights it canceled in parts of 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Atlanta-based Delta doesn’t admit wrongdoing in the settlement preliminarily approved by a federal judge June 2.  

June 8, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Hyundai is bringing jobs to Savannah. So are Hyundai suppliers. Here is who is coming.

Latrice Williams reports, Hyundai is coming to Savannah, promising 8,100 jobs. Several large-scale parts suppliers have announced plans for manufacturing plants in the months since, pledging another 4,500-plus jobs.

June 8, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Lockheed taps GE engines for proposed tanker

Hunter Riggall reports that Lockheed Martin is seeking a contract to supply the LMXT to the Air Force. If given the nod, the tankers would be partially constructed at the firm’s Marietta plant and could add upwards of 1,000 jobs to the 5,000 already employed there, Gov. Brian Kemp said last year.

June 8, 2023 GPB

COVID-19 deaths sped the closure of Randolph County’s only hospital. What happens now?

Brad Bailey reports, low reimbursements, high numbers of uninsured patients and staffing shortages are affecting rural hospitals nationwide. But in Randolph County, Ga., access to critical lifesaving care has all but disappeared.

June 8, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Public to get limited chance to comment before vote to remove ‘woke’ words from K-12 lesson plans

Ross Williams reports that Georgia Professional Standards Commission, a governor-appointed body whose roles include setting rules for Georgia’s teacher training programs, is set to meet Thursday afternoon to vote on a new batch of changes. But some educators say they have not had an opportunity to sound off on the latest proposal to remove so-called woke words from teachers’ lesson books.

June 8, 2023 Macon Telegraph

Mercer University data breach leaked personal information of 93k people, lawsuits say

Micah Johnston reports that two federal lawsuits filed against Mercer University last week claim the school allowed the data of more than 93,000 people to be exposed in an April data breach, court documents show. The two suits also claim that Mercer could have easily prevented the hack and did not notify people who had their personal information stolen for roughly three months.

June 8, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Georgia voters sign up in record numbers following change to automatic registration in 2016

Stanley Dunlap reports that a national election research center is proclaiming Georgia a leader in voter registration for adopting a system that’s greatly increased election participation over the last several years. According to a report released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation and Research, during the first four years since Georgia implemented a new automatic voter registration system, the rate of Georgians registered to vote increased from 78% to 98% in 2020.

June 8, 2023 WABE

Georgia families, providers, prep for law restricting care for transgender kids to take effect

Sam Gringlas reports, D. just finished 7th grade. She has a lot of friends and says she wants to hang out with them as much as she can this summer, in between volleyball, soccer and trips with her family. While D. has been counting the days until summer, she is also thinking about another upcoming date, July 1.

June 8, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia budget chief Farr headed to private sector

Dave Williams reports that Georgia’s chief budget officer is leaving state government for an executive position at a Connecticut technology company. Kelly Farr, director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB), will join ReFrame Solutions as chief strategy officer, the firm announced Wednesday.

June 8, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Voter challenger rejected for seat on Fulton County election board

Mark Niesse reports that the Fulton County Commission spurned a Republican Party effort to put a frequent challenger of voters’ eligibility on the county election board Wednesday despite an outpouring of support from conservatives. The Democratic majority on the commission voted down the nomination of Jason Frazier, who has challenged the registrations of nearly 10,000 people since last year in Fulton, the largest base of Democratic voters in Georgia.


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