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Greetings, Georgia.

It's Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.

Georgia's business leaders continue to make international headlines, with Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey confirming the company's commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance plans at a Fortune magazine function in Davos last week.

Meanwhile, major changes are underway at the Georgia Capitol after a year of significant turnover — making way for a more diverse and younger class of lawmakers.

Read on for Georgia Today.



✭ Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens says arrested rioters 'traveled to our city to wreak havoc'

Andre Dickens speaks to members of the press in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (Andre Dickens/Twitter)

A protest turned violent in downtown Atlanta on Saturday night after the death of environmental activist Manuel Esteban Paez Teran, who was killed last week after authorities said the 26-year-old shot a state trooper. 

The Associated Press reported that Saturday's violent rioters were a subsection of hundreds of demonstrators who had gathered on Peachtree Street to mourn Teran, a nonbinary person who went by the name Tortuguita and used they/it pronouns.

At least 13 people have been arrested this year in connection with protests and violence related to the site of a planned Atlanta-area public safety training center that activists have dubbed “Cop City."

Who are they? Five of the six arrested Saturday and all seven arrested last week came from other states, according to jail records reported by 11 Alive News. 

Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Dickens said peaceful protests are welcome in Atlanta, but violence will not be tolerated.

  • "It should be noted that these individuals were not Atlanta or Georgia residents," Dickens emphasized. "...Most of them traveled into our city to wreak havoc."

Monday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation released new information about a firearms transaction record from September 2020 that said Manuel Esteban Paez Teran legally purchased the firearm that was used in the shooting of a Georgia State Patrol trooper.

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An earlier presidential primary could be a boon for Georgia's economy

Voters in Bibb County take advantage of Sunday voting on Oct. 23, 2022, in Macon, Ga., ahead of the November midterm election. (Sofi Gratas / GPB News)

As Georgia's prominent role in national politics continues to grow, so too might the financial benefit to businesses and industries across the Peach State.

Recent high-profile elections for governor, U.S. Senate and the 2020 presidential race saw hundreds of millions of dollars flow each year into campaign coffers and, in turn, into local businesses, restaurants, hotels and event venues that have welcomed a national audience.

Heading into the 2024 presidential campaign cycle, the potential boon for business in this battleground state is even greater if a pair of developments come to fruition: holding an earlier primary and hosting the Democratic National Committee's 2024 convention.

Late last year, the Democratic National Committee's rules group approved a new recommended presidential primary calendar that would see Georgia catapulted into the rarified air of early states in 2024, and the party is considering Atlanta as a finalist for its convention next year. 

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Principal Chief of the Muscogee Nation David Hill speaks in front of Macon City Hall Friday. (Jason Vorhees /The Telegraph)
  • A Kroger store located in downtown Decatur, affectionately known by residents as "Baby Kroger," closed its doors last month after more than 20 years. In response, city officials and the local Publix teamed up with Let’s Ride Atlanta, an electric shuttle service, to offer rides to a nearby Publix grocery store until mid-April.


 India Arie gives keynote address at Georgia State University's MLK Commemoration

Singer-songwriter India Arie sits amid Georgia State University staff and faculty. (Courtesy of Georgia State University)

India Arie realized a dream last week in her new role as artist-in-residence at Georgia State University.

The Atlanta-based singer and songwriter has released eight albums, won four Grammy Awards and toured the world. She has volunteered with global charities, traveled to Africa to bring awareness to the AIDS crisis and wrote a theme song for Good Morning America. She is beloved by celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Oprah and Ariana Grande — and by millions of fans who appreciate her candor and velvet voice.

But working with students has always been a goal for her, and Thursday, as part of a keynote address in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., she debuted her first "songversation" for young adults at Georgia State University's Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII).

For Arie, a "songversation" is a life lesson wrapped in the lyrics to her music. Quoting (and later performing) her 2019 song, "What If," Arie instructed GSU students in the audience to remain true to themselves, as King had done:

  • "There's only one you."


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Brandie Hall administers a viral coronavirus test at a testing pop up site at the St. Paul AME church parking lot in Macon. Click below to hear the episode. (GPB News/Grant Blankenship)

Tune into GPB Radio and at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for Political Rewind

Today's show: University of West Georgia's Karen Owen, Clark Atlanta University's Kurt Young, Emory's Fred Smith, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Tamar Hallerman ahead of a big update in the Fulton County investigation into 2020 election interference.

On Wednesday: Georgia State's Anthony Michael Kreis, Emory's Alan Abramowitz and Andra Gillespie will break down the Fulton County news. It's also time for the State of the State address on Wednesday.

Check out our latest Political Rewind podcast episodes:

See and discuss the film Accepted with us on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.  

TM Landry Prep received national attention for sending its graduates to elite universities. But when an explosive New York Times exposé questions the school's legitimacy, the student's fates are left hanging in the balance. GBP’s Donna Lowry will be joined by Atlanta Journal-Constitution Education Reporter Vanessa McCray for a discussion after the film.  

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Georgia Today is written by Sarah Rose and Kristi York Wooten and edited by Khari Sampson.
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