Entries by David Pendered

Junk bond rating issued for parent of SC nuclear plant, impact on Vogtle unclear

The financial fallout continues over the troubled nuclear construction projects in the Southeast, as Moody’s Investors Service on Monday slashed the credit rating of SCANA Corp. and its subsidiary that had been building a nuclear plant in South Carolina. The new rating action cites the hardening political climate in the Palmetto State as detrimental to SCANA’s financial posture.

Invasive dove seen in Atlanta as Audubon counts 100-plus species

An invasive bird that is showing up in Atlanta traces its lineage to the Middle East. The Eurasian Collared-Dove made its way from the Bahamas to Florida in the 1970s and now is colonizing North America to the point that birds are spending the winter in Alaska, according to results of the annual Christmas Bird Count by the Atlanta Audubon Society.

Atlanta’s Westside: Townhome project first to bring hope to blighted U.S. 78 corridor

The street frontage is less than 400 feet, but the transformational potential is enormous for a future townhouse development along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. This is the first major private investment west of the Mercedes Benz Stadium that isn’t part of the redevelopment program for stadium neighborhoods.

Emory’s conversation on opioid addiction reveals divide over response: Prosecute, treat

Amid all the conversation about the nation’s opioid addiction, there is surprisingly little common ground on how to address it – with treatment or prosecution. That was the starting point of a conversation last week that was part of Emory University’s yearlong series, Conversations With America.

Georgia joins states, religious groups in opposing abortion-notification law pending before U.S. Supreme Court

Georgia has joined 21 other states in filing a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to display information about the availability of state-funded abortions. Other entities taking similar positions are the Southern Baptist Convention, Conference of Catholic Bishops and Jews for Religious Freedom.

Atlanta’s state agenda not approved by city council, including planned sales tax extension for water, sewer

Atlanta doesn’t have a state legislative agenda that’s been approved by the Atlanta City Council. That’s because then Mayor Kasim Reed didn’t present a proposed agenda to the council last autumn amid the buzz over the general and run-off elections, according to two members of the administration who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting of the city council’s Finance/Executive Committee.