Georgia Trend Daily – July 21, 2023

July 21, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta airport gets infrastructure funds

Terry Richards reports that Valdosta Regional Airport will get more than $625,000 for infrastructure projects, Sen. Raphael Warnock announced Thursday. The money is part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program, according to a statement from the senator’s office.

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Modern, Sexy Space: Palo Santo’s large bar makes a dramatic backdrop: picture Jake Paradaphoto.


July 21, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Peach Plate: Mexican in a Different League

Sucheta Rawal reports, an inconspicuous building without signage for a restaurant stands next to the King Plow Arts Center in Westside Atlanta. Walk to the back and go through an industrial-looking door to enter a modern, sexy space.

July 21, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia jobless rate remains below 4% for 24th straight month

Michael E. Kanell reports that the Georgia economy added 4,400 jobs last month, slightly better than an average, pre-pandemic June, although it was the weakest expansion since October, the state Department of Labor said Thursday. The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.2%, right where it was in May, making it the 24th consecutive sub-4% month — the second-longest such streak on record.

July 21, 2023 Savannah Morning News

And, Scene: WGA, SAG-AFTRA strikes impact Savannah’s labor market, economy

Amy Paige Condon reports that those Clint Eastwood sightings around Savannah and Pooler evaporated last week, as production on “Juror No. 2” shut down when the actors’ labor union, SAG-AFTRA, announced on July 13 that it would go on strike. Members of the Writers Guild of America, who create scripts for television shows, game shows, video games and films already were marching in picket lines, heading into day 70 of a work stoppage.

July 21, 2023 WABE

Georgia non-union industry employees face newfound challenges in SAG-AFTRA/WGA fight for higher wages

Marlon Hyde reports, on days when she works on set, makeup artist Tiyra Rogers often gets up at the crack of dawn to get actors camera ready. “I wrapped my last film at the beginning of June, so it’s been about four weeks, which leads me to believe [work] is going to be inconsistent.”

July 21, 2023 GPB

Crawford County approves rock quarry, despite community pushback

Eliza Moore reports, more than 100 people attended the Crawford County Commission meeting July 18, 2023, to protest a proposed rock quarry. But the commission’s final decision was not what many hoped for.

July 21, 2023 Union-Recorder

Documentary chronicles history, role of Central State Hospital

Leah S. Bethea reports, a new documentary chronicles the unique history of Central State Hospital, its creators believe that it can also serve as an important component in mental health discussions that are very much relevant today. “Central State Hospital: An Oral History” is a film by Daniel McDonald, Stephen Price Jr. and Joe Windish that has been more than a decade in the making.

July 21, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb prosecutor of Arbery’s murderers named Prosecutor of the Year

Staff reports that Linda Dunikoski, a Cobb County senior assistant district attorney, has been awarded Prosecutor of the Year by the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia, the Cobb District Attorney’s Office announced. Dunikoski was the lead prosecutor on the Ahmaud Arbery case.

July 21, 2023 The Brunswick News

One Hundred Miles challenges Rep. Carter on right whales

Lauren McDonald reports that a local environmental advocacy group has called out U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter, R-1, for what they say is misinformation shared by his office regarding protections for North Atlanta right whales. Carter introduced a bill in June that would prohibit the federal government from requiring more vessels to adhere to a low speed when approaching the East Coast during certain months of the year.

July 21, 2023 Georgia Recorder

National abortion ban eyed as group marks ‘Siege of Atlanta’ protests 35 years ago

Kelcie Moseley-Morris, Sofia Resnick and Elisha Brown report, members of a national anti-abortion religious organization called Operation Save America are in Atlanta this week to protest at a local abortion clinic and to discuss new strategies for achieving a national prohibition on abortion at any stage of pregnancy. On its website, Operation Save America says Atlanta was chosen for the week’s events because Georgia is a “key battleground state.”

July 21, 2023 Capitol Beat News

State posting more than 700 bridges with new truck weight restrictions

Dave Williams reports that the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is posting new weight restrictions on more than 700 bridges across the state to comply with legislation the General Assembly passed this year allowing higher truck weights. House Bill 189, which Gov. Brian Kemp signed in May, lets some commercial trucks exceed the previous legal weight limit of 80,000 pounds by 10% on roads other than federal highways, which are subject to federal limits.

July 21, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

How Marjorie Taylor Greene became President Biden’s ‘unintentional’ ally

Greg Bluestein reports that President Joe Biden is hardly saying anything about Donald Trump’s growing legal troubles. But he has increasingly relied on another polarizing Republican to help his case for reelection: Georgia U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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