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Gov. Kemp: Manufacturer to bring 150 jobs, $123 million plant to south Georgia

ALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A company that makes glass containers says it plans to build its first U.S. factory in south Georgia.

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Arglass Yamamura says the $123 million plant in Valdosta will employ more than 150 workers once it’s complete. The project was announced by Gov. Brian Kemp’s office.

Kemp said in a statement the manufacturing plant “will generate exciting opportunities for hardworking Georgians.”

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Gov. Brian Kemp helps to cut ribbon on PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie

Gov. Brian Kemp, with the help of officials from Moultrie, Colquitt County and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, officially cuts the ribbon on the new PCOM South Georgia campus at 2050 Tallokas Road in Moultrie on Tuesday. The campus, which sits on 31 acres, will be a home base for 55 students when they begin classes toward earning their medical degrees. More than 30 faculty and staff have been preparing the campus, for which a groundbreaking took place more than 400 days ago, for the first class of students.

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Georgia receives A+ for small business friendliness; Kemp says they are 'backbone' of state's economy

ATLANTA — A nationally-known website and app that helps consumers find local professionals for projects says Georgia is at the top when it comes to small business friendliness. 

Small business owners on the website Thumbtack awarded Georgia an A+ this year, ranking fourth in a survey in 49 states.

With more than 5,000 small business owners surveyed, it is the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of local government policy in the United States, according to a press release. 

Georgia was previously ranked sixth in the 2018 Thumbtack Survey.

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Kemp unveils ‘laborious’ plan to dismantle Common Core standards

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to eliminate Common Core won’t involve a swift overhaul of education policy, but rather what he called a “laborious” process to review the reading, writing and math standards.

The governor wrote in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution op-ed this week that three separate panels will be involved in his push to “dismantle” Common Core, an effort that resurrects a long-simmering debate in Georgia politics. 

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Opinion: Back to school, not the status quo

In the coming weeks, thousands of Georgia students will return to school and officially begin the 2019-2020 academic year.

While many of the classrooms may look familiar and the cafeteria food tastes the same, there are plenty of changes underway to improve teacher retention rates, address lingering mental health challenges, enhance educational outcomes, and keep our students safe from violence and fear.

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Opinion: Gov. Kemp’s right to pursue health care waiver

Imagine you owned a widget factory. Making widgets has gotten more expensive, but you are unable to raise prices for the vast majority of your customers and lose money selling to them. Yet, the law requires you to sell a widget to anyone who wants one.

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Georgia authorities make gang crackdowns a top priority

A pledge to have a new statewide gang database up and running by year’s end. A promise for more attention on the perils of gang violence. More training to help prosecutors bring criminal charges against gang members. And a vow to explore tough new crackdowns for violent offenders.

Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia’s top law enforcement authorities held a summit Thursday to detail plans to target more violent gang activity, a key part of the Republican’s campaign last year. Kemp said Georgia leaders have reached an inflection point where “we’re not going to put up with it.”

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Vice President Mike Pence Joins Brian Kemp for Three Campaign Rallies

Vice President Mike Pence is coming back to Georgia for three campaign rallies with Brian Kemp!

On November 1, the Vice President and Georgia's next governor will be in Savannah, Grovetown, and Dalton for Get Out The Vote rallies with local supporters. Details are below. Tickets will go fast. Make sure you RSVP!

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