Georgia Trend Daily – June 30, 2023

June 30, 2023 WABE

Christine King Farris, tenured Spelman professor and sibling to MLK, has died

Stephannie Stokes reports that Christine King Farris died Thursday, June 29, at the age of 95. She was the last surviving sibling of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Farris, born in Atlanta in 1927, was the oldest of the three children of Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King.

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June 30, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

2023 Travelblazers

Kenna Simmons reports, the projects span the state, but they share a few characteristics: They are destinations for their communities and for visitors. They all involve collaboration with partners. At these five destinations around Georgia, visitors can experience everything from a kayak ride to holiday lights.

June 30, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DOE says Georgia’s clean energy sector has grown; larger surge expected

Michael E. Kanell reports, clean energy jobs are on the rise in every state, with the sector in Georgia accounting for more than 80,000 jobs — and growing, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Energy. The report showed jobs growing by 3.8% between 2021 and 2022, faster than the pace of overall employment growth during that time, with expansion in every state.

June 30, 2023 Savannah Morning News

Hyundai supplier Sewon partnering with Savannah Technical College on workforce training

Latrice Williams reports that Savannah Technical College continues to be a main player in creating programs to fuel industries in the region. Hyundai supplier Sewon and STC this week signed a memorandum of understanding, acknowledging the college will develop curriculum to create a pipeline for their new manufacturing facility.

June 30, 2023 11 Alive

Gwinnett County to get $20 million federal grant for new Gwinnett Place Transit Center

Staff reports that Gwinnett County will be getting a $20 million federal grant for transportation infrastructure, a cash infusion that will go toward replacing the Gwinnett Place Transit Center. Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath’s office announced the award – a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant – on Tuesday.

June 30, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia Lottery says it’s returned $26.5B for education since 1993

T.A. DeFeo reports, Georgia lottery officials said the program has transferred more than $26.5 billion to the state for education since its inception 30 years ago. Profits from the Georgia Lottery, which sold its first tickets on June 29, 1993, pay for educational programs.

June 30, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Cave Spring business owner John Casey named to NSBA Leadership Council

Staff reports that John Casey, founding president of Creekside Creative LLC in Cave Spring, was recently named to the National Small Business Association Leadership Council. A recognized leader in the small-business community, Casey joins the council alongside other advocates from across the country as they work to promote the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

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Eight Georgia high school recipients of the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship (Photo Credit: DorMiya Vance/WABE)


June 30, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Amazon’s Future Engineer Scholarships expand tech career opportunities

Susana Hills reports that Amazon is committed to growing the tech talent and diversity in Georgia. The Amazon Future Engineer program offers a $40,000 scholarship for students pursuing a computer science-related or STEM major.

June 30, 2023

Georgia Celebrates 10th Annual Poet Laureate’s Prize

Staff reports, this week, Georgia’s Poet Laureate, Chelsea Rathburn, in collaboration with Georgia Council for the Arts, announced the winner and finalists of the 10th annual Poet Laureate’s Prize. The prize is awarded for an original poem written by a Georgia high school student.

June 30, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Limited Medicaid expansion covering low-income Georgians begins in July

Jill Nolin reports, starting this weekend, more low-income Georgians will be eligible to sign up for health insurance under a new Medicaid program that slightly eases the state’s strict coverage rules. This means adults who earn less than $14,600 a year will now clear the income threshold to apply for an insurance card through Medicaid.

June 30, 2023 State Affairs

A conversation with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Tammy Joyner reports that Brad Raffensperger is a busy man. Georgia’s elections czar’s schedule rivals that of other highly-sought-after, in-the-news politicians these days. Everyday, actually.

June 30, 2023 Capitol Beat News

U.S. Supreme Court overturns affirmative action in college admissions

Dave Williams reports, the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that colleges and universities can no longer use race in admissions decisions. The 6-3 decision in lawsuits brought by the conservative group Students for Fair Admissions against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, overturned affirmative action policies that have been in effect for decades.

June 30, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Jolt: Transgender advocates bring legal winning streak to Georgia

Greg Bluestein, Patricia Murphy and Tia Mitchell report that transgender rights advocates are putting their legal winning streak on the line, bringing a fresh court challenge in Georgia after securing rulings in other states that have temporarily blocked or overturned laws that would restrict gender-transition care for kids. A group of Georgia families filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop an impending law from taking effect on Saturday, saying it strips the rights of parents to make medical decisions about their children.

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