Business, community leaders pay tribute to John Lewis, a civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman

Business and community leaders in Atlanta and across Georgia are mourning the death of civil rights hero and U.S. Rep. John Lewis who died late Friday, July 17, at the age of 80.

Lewis announced in December he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer but continued to keep a busy schedule at the Capitol. In June, he handily won the Democratic primary seeking to serve another term in Congress representing the Fifth District, a seat he held since 1987. His death came just hours after fellow…


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Business, community leaders pay tribute to John Lewis, a civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman

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