Closer Look: Mass Transit Expansion Feasibility; Newnan White Supremacist Rally; And More

Dr. Catherine Ross, Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech.
Dr. Catherine Ross, Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech.
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on the parent company for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare reaching a “handshake agreement” over contract negotiations. The news came first from Governor Nathan Deal via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon — Piedmont Healthcare later confirmed the agreement in a press release. The healthcare provider says the new agreement extends the previous contract until May 31, and that Blue Cross customers who have been seen since April 1 will be treated as in-network. The new, three-year contract, starts June 1st.
    In other news, leaders around the nation, and here in Georgia, share their condolences on the passing of former first lady Barbara Bush who died yesterday at the age of 92.
  • 10:40: A white supremacist rally is planned for this weekend in Newnan, Georgia. The Nationalist Socialist Movement has been permitted to rally on Saturday, April 21. The group, which is classified as a hate group and a neo-Nazi group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has said they expect 50 to 100 people to show up at Greenville Street Park that day. And now the group Antifa, or “Anti-fascists,” have announced they will appear in Newnan that day to counter protest. We talk with Newnan City Council Member Cynthia Jenkins.
  • 34:55: Closer Look has talked with numerous city leaders about proposed mass transit expansion in the metro Atlanta area. But how feasible are the goals of local counties? What have other major cities done that could serve as a model for Atlanta? We talk with Dr. Catherine Ross, Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech, and Kyle Shelton, Director of Strategic Partnerships of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.