March 19, 2019 Georgia Health News, Marietta Daily Journal

State seeks new enrollment for patients caught in contract rift

Andy Miller reports that Federal health officials are reviewing a Georgia request for a new enrollment period for insurance exchange members who use WellStar Health System doctors and hospitals. Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck, in his request to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, cited what he called “misleading, inaccurate and unusual presentations’’ by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for its Pathways exchange plan.


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March 19, 2019 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

Children’s garden opening

Mary Ann DeMuth reports that next weekend in Athens, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia will host the grand opening of its Alice H. Richards Children’s Garden. The 2.5-acre garden is designed to be a destination for approximately 50,000 children each year to learn more about Georgia’s natural resources through planned activities, such as planting, and free play.



March 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gov. Kemp, Wilbur Ross to attend SK battery plant groundbreaking

Scott Trubey reports that Gov. Brian Kemp and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross are expected to join leaders of South Korean conglomerate SK Innovation at the company’s ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday for a nearly $1.7 billion battery factory in northeast Georgia, according to a media advisory. SK, which makes lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and fully electric automobiles, said in November it plans to ultimately hire 2,000 workers at a site in Jackson County near Commerce, about 65 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.


March 19, 2019 Atlanta Business Chronicle

AT&T’s Warner Bros. chief stepping down after admitting ‘mistakes’

Brian Womack reports that the executive recently appointed to run Turner Broadcasting’s animation operations and Turner Classic Movies is stepping down amid an investigation into potential sexual impropriety – leaving a key role unfilled at WarnerMedia at a crucial time. Kevin Tsujihara, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros., is leaving his posts and no successor has been named, John Stankey, CEO of WarnerMedia, which is part of AT&T, said in press release Monday.



March 19, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia Wastes No Time Seeking Bids For New Voting System

Jim Burress reports that Georgia is seeking a vendor to replace its outdated voting machines even though Gov. Brian Kemp has yet to offer sign the authorization into law. Georgia’s Secretary of State’s office dropped a formal Request for Proposals at 4:59 Friday afternoon — just a day after lawmakers passed a bill authorizing a new, state-wide voting system.


March 19, 2019 Savannah Morning News

Savannah Technical College announces new avionics training

Katie Nussbaum reports that Savannah Technical College, along with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and other industry leaders, has announced the development of two new avionics certificates as part of the college’s technical training curriculum to begin in May. This curriculum is new for the state of Georgia and the new certificates were approved by the Technical College System of Georgia this week.


March 19, 2019 Dalton Daily Citizen-News

Hanwha sues competitors for patent infringement; official says action aimed at protecting Dalton and other plants

Staff reports that Hanwha Q Cells, a South Korean firm that recently opened a solar module manufacturing plant in the Carbondale Business Park, has filed patent infringement complaints in the United States, Australia and Germany against three Chinese companies. “We have filed to protect our intellectual property and technology as well as our factories, including the one in Dalton,” said Scott Moskowitz, Hanwha Q Cells’ director of strategy and market intelligence.


March 19, 2019 The Covington News

Takeda earns FDA approval

David Clemons reports that Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. has earned federal approval for a second product made at its Stanton Springs facility in Walton County. The company announced Monday morning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved production of Flexbumin 25%, which is indicated for burns, cardiopulmonary bypass surgery and hemolytic disease of the newborn.


March 19, 2019 Brunswick News

Feds respond to seismic testing opposition

Wes Wolfe reports that the federal government defendants filed their response Wednesday against conservation groups’ preliminary injunction motions, which seek to halt anticipated seismic airgun testing off the Atlantic Coast. Conservation groups — including Georgia’s One Hundred Miles — filed the lawsuit in December 2019 in federal court in Charleston, S.C.


March 19, 2019 Macon Telegraph

In Georgia’s Bible Belt, health care for transgender people is often out of reach

Samantha Max reports that McPherson Newell lives in limbo. The sophomore in college has known since he was a little kid that he didn’t feel comfortable in his own body. He’d get upset when friends told him he couldn’t play the boy character in games and never felt comfortable dressing as others expected him to.


March 19, 2019 Albany Herald

Proposed Georgia House of Representatives study to address senior housing

Staff reports that advocates for the elderly Monday applauded a Valdosta lawmaker’s push for creation of a Georgia House of Representatives study committee on affordable housing options for seniors. The committee stems from House Resolution 533, which was put in the House hopper last week by state Rep. John LaHood, a Republican from Valdosta.


March 19, 2019 Saporta Report

Needle-exchange bill moves through Georgia Legislature

Maggie Lee reports that part of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition’s work of more than two decades is illegal — they hand out clean needles in exchange for ones already used by intravenous drug users. But lots of Georgia’s state lawmakers think it’s time to change that. So far, there’s been broad Gold Dome support for a bill that would legalize and regulate needle-exchange programs.


March 19, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post

Gwinnett legislator’s resolution to aid ALS patients unanimously passes Ga. House

Isabel Hughes reports that a Georgia House of Representatives measure sponsored by a Gwinnett legislator that’s aimed at helping ALS patients receive disability benefits sooner recently passed the House unanimously. State Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula) sponsored House Resolution 135, which encourages Congress to eliminate the five-month waiting period for disability insurance benefits after patients are diagnosed with ALS, which is currently federal law.


March 19, 2019 WABE 90.1

Georgia ‘Heartbeat Bill’ Clears Another Legislative Hurdle

Sam Whitehead reports that a bill that would ban most abortions at six weeks continues to make progress in the Georgia legislature. A state Senate committee approved HB 481, the so-called “heartbeat bill,” Monday 3 to 2. Every Republican on the committee voted in favor of the legislation, every Democrat voted against it.


March 19, 2019 Brunswick News

Oyster mariculture bill goes to Gov. Kemp’s desk

Wes Wolfe reports, barring an unlikely veto by the governor, Georgia will have a new coastal industry by this time next year, despite continued opposition by people who would be expected to grow that industry. The state Senate approved House Bill 501 on oyster mariculture Monday by a vote of 35-19.


March 19, 2019 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Warm Springs hospital started by FDR settles federal dispute

Ariel Hart reports that the historic Georgia hospital that said a federal payment dispute pushed it toward closing is now out of danger, hospital representatives said. Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital, originally established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to treat polio, has settled its payment dispute with the federal agency that runs Medicare.


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Georgia Trend Daily - March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019 University of Georgia El Nino impacts Georgia agriculture Clint Thompson reports that farmers who might face a delayed planting season can thank El Nino for Georgia’s exceedingly wet winter, according to Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019 GPB How Atlanta Came to Own The World’s Busiest Airport Sophia Saliby reports that state lawmakers are debating a bill to seize control of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from the city of Atlanta. It generates more than…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019 Savannah Morning News Georgia Global Trade Numbers Break Records DeAnn Komanecky reports that international trade numbers in Georgia broke records in 2018, Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Wednesday. Exports worldwide for the year totaled $40.5 billion, an…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019 Savannah Morning News Savannah Harbor deepening slated for $130M in funding DeAnn Komanecky reports that Savannah’s Harbor Expansion Project, known as SHEP, got another year closer to the finish line Monday with the release of the U.S.…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019 February Net Tax Revenues Up 5.5% Staff reports that the State of Georgia’s net tax collections for February totaled almost $1.3 billion for an increase of $67.6 million - or 5.5 percent - compared to February…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019 Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Macon Telegraph GA timber industry hurt by storms, driver shortage but there’s reason to be optimistic Maggie Lee reports that the timber plots that blanket something near two-thirds of Georgia are, for their owners, a…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019 WABE 90.1 Georgia Senate Passes State Airport Takeover Bill Emma Hurt reports, by a vote of 34-22, the Georgia State Senate approved a contentious proposal to create a state authority to take control of the City of…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019 GPB U.S. House Seeks Documents About 'Unprecedented Challenges' With Georgia's Voting Stephen Fowler reports that a U.S. House committee has issued a sweeping call for documents from the governor and secretary of state to learn more about…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019 Saporta Report Metro Atlanta ranks in top third of global rankings of traffic congestion David Pendered reports that Moscow is ranked as the world’s worst city for traffic congestion, but motorists there travel 3 mph faster than…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019 After Severe Storm, Kemp Declares State of Emergency in Grady, Harris & Talbot Counties Staff reports, yesterday, Governor Brian P. Kemp issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in Grady, Harris, and Talbot Counties…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 4, 2019

March 4, 2019 Albany Herald, UGA Georgia growers face season of uncertainty Clint Thompson reports, due to losses suffered during the last growing season and new tariffs, Georgia farmers are facing a sense of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming production season,…

Georgia Trend Daily - March 1, 2019

March 1, 2019 Albany Herald Georgia announces Disaster Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in 20 counties impacted by hurricane Staff reports that Georgians hit hardest by Hurricane Michael can apply for assistance to support their families under a temporary program…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 28, 2019

Feb. 28, 2018 WABE 90.1 Bill In Congress Would Bring Relief To Ga. Farmers Hit By Hurricane Michael Molly Samuel reports that financial aid could be coming to Georgia farmers who are struggling to recover from Hurricane Michael. On Tuesday,…

Georgia Trend Daily – Feb. 27, 2019

Feb. 27, 2019 Kemp Issues Statement on Federal Disaster Relief Legislation Staff reports, on Tuesday, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue introduced bipartisan legislation to address federal disaster relief for Georgians and others impacted by Hurricane Michael. Governor…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 26, 2019

Feb. 26, 2019 Georgia Chamber Chris Clark on the Georgia Chamber SMART Plan Staff reports that the Chamber has teamed up with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Anthem) to administer the Georgia Chamber SMART Plan (SMART). The plan is…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 25, 2019

Feb. 25, 2019 Kemp Files Bill to Support Rural Airports Staff reports that Governor Kemp’s Floor Leader, Representative Dominic LaRiccia (R – Douglas), introduced legislation Friday, Feb. 22, to allow the state to draw down increased federal funds for use in improved…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 22, 2019

Feb. 22, 2019 Marietta Daily Journal Lawmakers call for Georgia Power to clean south Cobb plant near Chattahoochee Ross Williams reports that State Rep. Mary Frances Williams, D-Marietta, says it’s time for Georgia Power to clean up its act in south…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 21, 2019

Feb. 21, 2019 ZKTeco Creating 40 Jobs, Investing $5 Million in Fulton County Staff reports that Governor Brian P. Kemp and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced on Wednesday that ZKTeco, a global manufacturer of RFID and…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 20, 2019

Feb. 20, 2019 Gwinnett Daily Post Senate panel backs waiver bill to insure more Georgians Curt Yeomans reports that the Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed legislation Tuesday to allow Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue health care waivers from the…

Georgia Trend Daily - Feb. 19, 2019

Feb. 19, 2019 Gov. Kemp Announces Partnership With SANS Institute for Cyber Workforce Development Staff reports that Gov. Brian P. Kemp announced Monday Georgia's partnership with the SANS Institute to provide high school girls and college students with the opportunity to develop…

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