Georgia 93.7 & AM1590 Local News Update 9-29-23

The state Senate Republican Caucus has suspended a North Georgia lawmaker who recently called to defund the Fulton County district attorney.  The move by Senator Colton Moore came in response to the indictment of former President Donald Trump and berated his colleagues for not following suit.  The announcement came shortly after state Sen. Colton Moore, of Trenton, issued a news release saying he had been removed from the caucus. The 29-year-old Moore is a first term senator.  He made headlines last month when he called for the convening of a special session of the legislature to investigate Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.  Moore calls for the legislature to act has been rebuffed by Govenor Brian Kemp and other GOP leaders.  Moore has since launched verbal attacks on his colleagues.  In a news release, the Senate Republican Caucus said Moore had been asked to tone down the language he’s been using in his calls for a special session, which they say can’t happen even if they supported one because it would need Democratic backing or a call by Kemp, who has ruled it out.  The news release says that Moore has knowingly misled people across the state and the nation, causing unnecessary tension and hostility, while putting his colleagues and their families at risk of personal harm.  The caucus suspension does not keep Moore from performing any of his duties as a senator.
The bridge on Old Trion Highway that crosses over Dry Creek, 4.4 miles south of Lafayette, has reopened.  The two-lane structure was replaced by the Georgia Department of Transportation with a longer and wider bridge.  There are now two 10-foot lanes with paved shoulders and concrete barriers on each side.
Home loan borrowing costs climbed again this week, pushing the average long-term U.S. mortgage rate to its highest level in nearly 23 years, another blow to prospective homebuyers facing an increasingly unaffordable housing market.  The average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan rose to 7.31% last week, mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said yesterday. A year ago, the rate averaged 6.70%.

The curtain is finally coming down on Netflix’s once-iconic DVD-by-mail service, a quarter century after two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs came up with a concept that obliterated Blockbuster video stores while providing a springboard into video streaming that has transformed entertainment.  The DVD service that has beensteadily shrinkingin the shadow of Netflix’s video streaming service will shut down after its five remaining distribution centers in California, Texas, Georgia and New Jersey mail out their final discs Friday.  The fewer than 1 million recipients who still subscribe to the DVD service will be able to keep the final discs that land in their mailboxes.