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Warnock Pushes for Federal Maternal Health Funding

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Kemp supports a temporary suspension of the state fuel tax

US Senator Raphael Warnock
U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) appears at a congressional hearing in this April 20, 2021, photo in Washington (Evelyn Hockstein- Pool/Getty Images)

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Here’s Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. Here’s what to know for today:

  • Sen. Raphael Warnock this week continued his push for federal legislation that will address racial disparities in maternal health, tweeting that the bipartisan Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act will be included in the government funding bill. The federal legislation would authorize grants that address maternal mortality and discrimination against expectant mothers of color. The funding bill must be passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden by the end of this week in order to avoid a government shutdown.
  • As Atlanta’s gas prices reach record highs, Gov. Brian Kemp is planning to “temporarily suspend” the state’s fuel tax and “lessen the significant impact higher gas prices are having on Georgia families,” according to a statement released via Twitter. As of January 2022, the state’s fuel tax is 29 cents per gallon. The AJC reports the suspension would be in place through May.  
  • Less than 24 hours after visiting the Georgia state Capitol to officially qualify as a candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams has announced plans to campaign in several cities throughout the state as part of her “One Georgia Tour.” A press release revealed Abrams will visit Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Cuthbert, Midway, Thomasville and Warner Robins during the tour. Official dates have not been released yet. 
  • Atlanta-based record label LVRN, which is home to hometown artists such as Summer Walker and 6lack, announced Tuesday that they have purchased a $3.1 million property in Castleberry Hill to serve as their new headquarters. The label provided additional details about the purchase to the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Voice.

ICYMI: Nonprofit news organization Canopy Atlanta has unveiled its third issue, which focuses on Bankhead and Grove Park. Capital B Atlanta’s lead editor, Gavin Godfrey, has also been working to edit the issue, which will include stories on entrepreneurship, gentrification, community policing, and more.

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