State to receive over $4B in education funding

The latest appropriation of federal stimulus funds for education will be used in Georgia public schools to address lost learning opportunities, remove barriers to learning, and personalize supports for students, schools, and educators, according to a plan adopted by the U.S. Department of Education late last week.

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USG’s critical role in Georgia’s economic recovery

The University System of Georgia (USG) served as a source of stability for the state’s economy in FY 2020, and played a critical role in the state’s recovery coming out of the pandemic with an $18.6 billion statewide economic impact. This reflects a 0.6 percent growth over the previous year.

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Lawmakers respond to leaders’ call to fight violent crime

Two of Georgia’s top lawmakers announced Monday ways they plan to fight violent crime — especially in the city of Atlanta. Speaking to members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, Gov. Brian Kemp said he plans to ask the General Assembly to pass laws to fight crime during a special legislative session this fall.

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Georgia Power ranks high for solar growth 

Last week, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranked Georgia as the number seven state in the country for 2020 solar installations, the fourth year in a row the state placed in the top 10. Of all those installations, 93 percent of them were Georgia Power.

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Georgia farmers, scientists team up on onions

President of the Georgia Research Alliance Susan Shows sat down with Georgia CEO to discuss how her organization helps launch companies around university inventions. One of those investments: Georgia farmers that are partnering with scientists at UGA for Vidalia onion season, part of the Greater Yield initiative that helps promote agricultural innovation.  

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Atlanta shuts down public pools

The Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation announced over the weekend that all outdoor public pools will be closed until further notice. The vague reason given is “operational assessment,” but the move comes just days after a 17-year old boy was shot and killed at Anderson Pool in West Atlanta. The department did not mention the shooting in any of the statements regarding these closings, but sources say many pools have gotten “out of control” in recent months. Pool closings in the heat of summer leave the citizens of Atlanta SINKING…

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