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Georgia public schools rated poorly in quality and safety by new study

(The Center Square) — Georgia’s public schools rank among the worst in the nation, according to a new analysis, which identified low spending as a root cause. According to personal finance website WalletHub, Georgia’s schools are the 36th best in the country. Massachusetts topped the list, while New Mexico ranked at the bottom. “The key takeaway is that Georgia’s public school system ranks in the bottom 20, in accordance with its low spending,” WalletHub analyst

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Georgia’s Ossoff says Atlanta federal prison was ‘extremely dangerous and insecure’

(The Center Square) — A U.S. senator from Georgia lambasted the federal penitentiary in Atlanta as “extremely dangerous and insecure,” saying that prison records show staff “acted with impunity and even lacked regard for human life.” On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing investigating corruption, abuse, and misconduct at U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta (USP Atlanta). “The facility was extremely dangerous and insecure,” U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Georgia, the subcommittee’s chair, said

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Georgia joins multistate $34.2M settlement agreement against jewelry store chain

(The Center Square) — Georgia has joined a multistate settlement agreement that recovered $34.2 million for more than 46,000 service members and veterans nationwide, officials said. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission and 18 states, including Georgia, sued Hauppauge, New York-based Harris Jewelry, saying the company violated state and federal laws, such as the Truth in Lending Act and the Military Lending Act. According to the lawsuit, Harris targets its “advertising, sales pitch, merchandise, pricing,

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Georgia taxpayers to provide $1.8B in incentives to Hyundai for new Savannah electric vehicle plant

(The Center Square) — Georgia governments and development authorities offered Hyundai Motor Group more than $1.8 billion in incentives. In May, Hyundai said it had selected Georgia for its first fully dedicated electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility. The plan calls for Hyundai to invest more than $5.5 billion in building the facility in the 2,923-acre Bryan County Megasite along Interstate 16, while non-affiliated Hyundai suppliers plan to invest roughly $1 billion in the project.

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Georgia awards $1.85M grant to support Denkai America’s new plant in Augusta

(The Center Square) — Georgia has awarded a $1.85 million EDGE grant to the Augusta Economic Development Authority to support an electrodeposited copper manufacturer planning a new Richmond County facility. This week, Denkai America announced that it plans to invest $430 million in a new North American headquarters and manufacturing facility in the Augusta Corporate Park at Valencia Way. The company plans an initial investment of $150 million to establish an ED copper foil production

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Report: Georgia ranks highly for workers quitting their jobs despite low unemployment rate

(The Center Square) — Georgia ranked among the states with the highest number of workers quitting their jobs, even as state officials tout the lowest unemployment rate on record. A new analysis from WalletHub found that The Peach State ranked fifth as the state with the highest resignation rate, with nearly 3.9% leaving their jobs over the past 12 months. Nationally, Alaska topped the list, ahead of Montana, Wyoming and Florida. “There are different reasons