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BC-GA--Georgia Weekend Items, ADVISORY, GA

January 11, 2019

Editors:

Here’s a list of Georgia stories expected to move so far for this weekend - Jan. 12 to Jan. 13.

Moving Saturday

GEORGIA-GOVERNOR

ATLANTA _ Georgia’s new governor campaigned as a self-described “politically incorrect conservative” who sealed support among fellow Republicans with an endorsement from President Donald Trump and eked out a close November victory after lobbing a last-minute accusation that the state Democratic Party tried to hack the election. Now the question is whether Brian Kemp will be as partisan of a governor as he was a candidate after he’s sworn into office Monday. Republicans still control both chambers of the Georgia legislature, giving Kemp little short-term need to reach across the aisle. But the 2018 midterms saw Georgia Democrats make their first notable advances in years, including a gain of a dozen seats in the state House. Continued momentum could threaten Georgia’s red-state status _ as well as Kemp’s re-election chances _ in the coming years. By Russ Bynum and Ben Nadler. UPCOMING: 800 words. AP Photo.

FLU-ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. _ Federal health officials say that the flu is now widespread in Alabama _ and it’s expected to increase. Al.com reports that Alabama is among 19 states reporting high levels of influenza in a recent report to the Centers for Disease Control. High levels of the flu were also reported in Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina, among other states. Information from Al.com. UPCOMING: 300 words.

Moving Sunday

STATE LEGISLATURE-2019

ATLANTA _ Georgia lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Jan. 14 with a full slate of priorities as they consider replacing the state’s aging touchscreen voting machines and changing the management structure of Atlanta’s airport. But one major question remains: What legislation will incoming Gov.- elect Brian Kemp pursue? A look at some of the issues and trends to watch in Georgia’s 2019 legislative session. By Ben Nadler. UPCOMING: 800 words. AP Photo.

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Moving Saturday

EXCHANGE-NEW CONVENIENCE STORE

COLUMBUS, Ga. _ It’s taken a few more months than originally anticipated, but the first and only convenience store in the Columbus Park Crossing development on the city’s north side is close to opening, bringing with it a tasty helping of country cooking. The Falcon store at 6597 Whittlesey Blvd., which cost just over $2 million to construct, is scheduled to open Jan. 17. The location is across from the new Academy Sports and Outdoors store and situated between a Dairy Queen and the new Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom restaurant.

By Tony Adams. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

Moving Sunday

EXCHANGE-INKED PIG BBQ RESTAURANT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. _ Good friends and seasoned chefs, Andrew Elliott and Jimmy Ellis, decided to follow their dreams and put their years of culinary experience to the test by opening The Inked Pig. The two plan to officially open their restaurant, which is located at the old Foothills Barbecue on 893 Main St. SW in Gainesville, on Saturday, Feb. 2.

By Kelsey Richardson. The Gainesville Times.

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