Closer Look: Ga. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black; Consulate General of Mexico and Ga. DFCS Teaming Up

Gary Black, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, joins us in studio to look back on the events of 2018 and discuss what's to come in 2019. 
Gary Black, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, joins us in studio to look back on the events of 2018 and discuss what's to come in 2019. 
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how, this week, Georgia Democrats released an online ad criticizing Governor-Elect Brian Kemp for what the ad claims are unpaid loans due at the end of the month. “Closer Look” reached out to Kemp’s team for a response, but as of airtime, we have yet to receive a statement.
  • In other news, a state senate committee has released its report regarding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and whether or not the state should operate the airport rather than the city of Atlanta. In the report, the committee found that “despite the high level of tangible success that Hartsfield-Jackson has experienced, this committee believed it is necessary to evaluate the management structure in which the airport operates.” The City of Atlanta has operated the airport since 1925.
  • 5:05: The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and the Consulate General of Mexico are coming together to support Mexican families and children who come into contact with Georgia’s child welfare system. This was announced in a press conference this morning; WABE reporter Roxanne Scott was there, and she tells us more about the announcement.
  • 10:58: From talks of trade tariffs to damage from Hurricane Michael, Georgia’s farmers saw a number of challenges and general uncertainty in 2018. How did these events impact the state’s agricultural industry, and what could the new year bring? Gary Black, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, joins us in studio to look back on the events of 2018 and discuss what’s to come in 2019.
  • 33:09: There were several study committees formed from last year’s legislative session. We learn more about the work and recommendations of the Georgia Senate Study Committee on Service Animals for Physically or Mentally Impaired Persons from its chair and longtime Georgia State Sen. Renee Unterman.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.