Georgia Trend Daily – Sept. 12, 2023

Sept. 12, 2023 Capitol Beat News

Georgia Tech, UGA make list of top-10 public universities

Dave Williams reports that Georgia has landed two of its universities among the ranks of the top-10 public universities in the nation. Georgia Tech is third in rankings platform Niche’s rankings of the 10 best public universities, while the University of Georgia placed ninth on the list.

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Sept. 12, 2023 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Why Sports Physicals Are So Important for Student Health 

Dr. Seema Csukas reports, it is back-to-school time for Georgia families, which means new schedules, school supplies, and the excitement of a new year. With the demands of a new school year, it can be easy to forget the importance of sports physicals for student athletes.

Sept. 12, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

UPS-Teamsters pact to increase costs, expand delivery services

Kelly Yamanouchi reports that Sandy Springs-based UPS spelled out on Monday some of the financial terms of its new labor deal with the Teamsters, with initial raises costing more than planned, but the deal opens the door for more automation and flexibility for weekend services for customers.

Sept. 12, 2023 The Center Square

Georgia gives away $8.4M in Rural Workforce Housing Initiative grants

T.A. DeFeo reports that Georgia has given away nearly $8.4 million in Rural Workforce Housing Initiative grants. The program is a part of the OneGeorgia Authority, and officials said the money will support more than 500 “housing units in single- and multi-family developments.”

Sept. 12, 2023 Valdosta Daily Times

More counties qualify for help

Terry Richards reports that Gov. Brian Kemp announced over the weekend that 25 additional counties were included in an expanded disaster declaration related to Hurricane Idalia. Cook, Glynn and Lowndes counties were named federal disaster areas last week, and residents there may qualify for Individual Assistance.

Sept. 12, 2023 State Affairs

Getting through the darkness: Georgia State University gets $3.6 million to boost numbers, diversify K-12 school psychologists.

Tammy Joyner report that shortly before the pandemic began, Georgia State University’s clinical professor of school psychology Catherine Perkins came across unsettling statistics. Nearly 80,000 middle and high school students in Georgia had seriously considered suicide at some point during the 2018-2019 school year, according to an anonymous statewide survey on student health.

Sept. 12, 2023 Rome News-Tribune

Rome City Commission expected to approve water pollution settlements with DuPont and Chemours companies

John Bailey reports that the Rome City Commission is expected to approve settlements in a water pollution lawsuit against the DuPont and Chemours companies during their Monday meeting. Settlements in ongoing negotiations concerning the release of toxic “forever chemicals” into Rome’s waterways so far have reached just under $159 million.

Sept. 12, 2023 The Current

Controversial Sapelo rezoning moves forward to final vote

Mary Landers reports that a zoning proposal for Hogg Hammock remains on the fast track to allow larger, taller homes in the historic Gullah-Geechee community after a McIntosh County Commission workshop meeting Monday evening. The commission is scheduled to vote on the controversial zoning plan at its 5 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

Sept. 12, 2023 The Brunswick News

Sapelo Island steward gives a look into the island’s management

Taylor Cooper reports, looking at a map of the jurisdictions of Sapelo Island, it’s made up of a patchwork of several groups, one of which is the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve. Brittany Dodege, a coastal training program coordinator with SINERR, spoke with the Glynn Environmental Coalition on Friday.

Sept. 12, 2023 Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb commission cancels land swap deal meant to protect Dobbins Air Reserve Base

Hunter Riggall reports that the Cobb County Board of Commissioners has terminated a land swap agreement with a developer, creating the potential for new condominiums to be built in the accident potential zone of Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

Sept. 12, 2023 Georgia Recorder

Challenge to political maps to proceed with state’s claim Black voting power isn’t diluted

Jill Nolin reports that a federal trial that could force state lawmakers to redraw Georgia’s political maps ahead of next year’s election will enter its second week Monday. Five lawsuits have been filed challenging the GOP-drawn maps that came out of a special session in 2021, but this trial features three of them, including challenges from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Sixth District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and Black voters across the state.

Sept. 12, 2023 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Republicans mount ‘Fulton Defense Fund’ for GOP electors

Greg Bluestein reports that Donald Trump’s top Georgia supporters are hosting fundraising events and stepping up their appeals to donors to help pay the costly legal fees for three GOP electors charged with signing a sham certificate falsely claiming that the Republican won the 2020 election.

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