The Home Depot makes move on face mask mandate

The Home Depot is joining the group of national retailers that will require masks or facial coverings while inside their stores.

The Atlanta-based home improvement giant said Friday it will initiate the requirement of shoppers at all of its U.S. stores beginning Wednesday, July 22, in hopes of limiting the spread of Covid-19. Small children or those who have a valid medical condition will not be required to wear a mask, the company said.

Home Depot said, currently, about 85% of its stores already…


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The Home Depot makes move on face mask mandate

Georgia unemployment rates drop in June, but claims still up

Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped in June to 7.6%, a decrease of 1.8 percentage points from May but still more than double the rate from a year ago. Unemployment claims have been dropping, but surged following the Fourth of July holiday, leading the state to increase fraud investigations.

Along with June’s drop in unemployment, the state recorded over-the-month increases for the labor force, employment and jobs for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March, according to the state…


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Georgia unemployment rates drop in June, but claims still up

Automotive Minute: Nissan breaks cover on futuristic Ariya crossover

The Nissan Ariya has broken cover offering futuristic design language, 300 miles of range, and available all-wheel drive. It is the company’s first all-electric SUV.

The crossover is a big leap forward for Nissan, which has been sidelined by the competition in recent years by a lack of hybrid and all-electric model offerings, as well as a shortage of progressive design.

Its introduction marks a significant step in a four-year plan meant to enhance Nissan’s reputation for innovation, craftsmanship,…


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Automotive Minute: Nissan breaks cover on futuristic Ariya crossover

Techstars Atlanta picks its 10 startups for 2020 class

Techstars Atlanta unveiled 10 startups entering its 2020 class, and this year’s group is unique in that the companies have a little more consumer focus than last year’s and they come from both inside and outside the Southeast.

“I visited about 10 of the largest startup cities in the Southeast and met with more than 1,000 founders,” Dave Payne, managing director of Techstars Atlanta in Partnership with Cox Enterprises, wrote in a blog post. “And yet, despite this geographic focus, four…


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Techstars Atlanta picks its 10 startups for 2020 class

United Way of Greater Atlanta announces new fund to tackle racial inequity

The United Way of Greater Atlanta announced July 9 it has created a new initiative to fund organizations focused on addressing racial inequity in their communities and on a regional level. The fund ‘s creation comes in the wake of protests against police brutality and institutional racism as well as data showing the Covid-19 pandemic disproportionately impacts Black people and people of color.

The United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund would prioritize financing organizations that are dedicated…


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United Way of Greater Atlanta announces new fund to tackle racial inequity

Duke Energy, Dominion abandon the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The $8 billion, 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead.

Dominion Energy Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. are canceling the project because of continuing court delays likely to drive the price tag higher. That would threaten the economic viability of the project, they say.

Bound up in the cancellation is Dominion’s decision, announced separately, to sell it gas transmission business to Berkshire Hathaway Energy for $4 billion in cash and the assumption of $5.7 billion in debt.

Charlotte-based Duke…


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Duke Energy, Dominion abandon the billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis won't play in 2020 due to Covid-19

Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted not to play the 2020 season.

Markakis said on Monday that the biggest factor in his decision was not wanting to play without fans in attendance. The 36-year-old also felt he should sit out this year after a phone conversation with Braves star Freddie Freeman, who recently tested positive for Covid-19.

“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it kind of opened my eyes,” Markakis said. “Freddie didn’t sound good… It was tough.…


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Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis won't play in 2020 due to Covid-19