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Georgia Tech students will be on Georgia’s coast this weekend to test launch a rocket at the proposed spaceport site.

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Pollen is coating nearly everything outside in Georgia. It’s spring so that should be no surprise. But this year may be worse than usual. GPB’s Cindy Hill explains why. 

Billy Birdwell / Army Corp of Engineers

The mayors of Augusta and North Augusta, South Carolina, hosted a public meeting Thursday night to discuss an Army Corp of Engineers plan to replace the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam with a rock weir. 

The project is part of environmental remediation for the Savannah Harbor deepening.  The primary goal is to create a passage for short nose and atlantic sturgeon to get to their historic spawning grounds in the Augusta Shoals, about 19 miles upstream from the site of the lock and dam.  Both species are considered “endangered.”


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The landlord of a Macon apartment complex that made news when tenants were forcibly evicted when property managers let the water get cut off may have his day in court and in front of a jury.

Attorneys for Crystal Lake Apartments owner Steve Firestone asked for a jury trial Friday during Firestone’s second appearance in Macon-Bibb County Municipal Court. Firestone could have faced as much as 180 days in jail over the single building code violation brought before that court.


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Big Mac. Whopper. Thickburger. The names of fast food burgers make a promise: lots of calories, delivered quickly.

At least one fast food restaurant in Georgia has bucked that trend. At the Dairylane in Sandersville, about halfway between Macon and Augusta, their burgers are kind of like a trip back in time. As American waistlines continue to expand, we may find we wish other fast food joints would take that trip, too.


Cindy Hill

Savannah is the greenest city in Georgia this weekend as thousands celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The state’s first capitol city is going green in another way.

GPB’s Cindy Hill takes us inside the Urban Tree Nursery Project that’s training apprentice arborists to grow and care for the city’s famous tree canopy.

The Brunswick News

Camden County residents are getting a final chance to voice their opinions on plans to create a Spaceport Authority. GPB’s Cindy Hill has more on Tuesday night's meeting.

 

 

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The Mercer University Women’s Basketball team has secured a trip to the NCAA tournament after winning their second straight conference title over the weekend. The milestone came after a close win. 

 

 

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Talbot County is asking for volunteers to come to town Saturday to help the community clean up the mess left by the tornado that struck the city of Talbotton last weekend.


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As people across the state continue to clean up from Sunday’s tornadoes, Georgia lawmakers continue to push for more federal disaster relief funding.


 

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Advocates say a bill that would remove the tax from menstrual products is not likely to pass the Georgia legislature this year. But they’re celebrating other wins.


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UPDATE April 3: Since this story aired, Rep. Buddy Carter has asked that Georgia be excluded from offshore energy plans, citing the opposition of state and local leaders.

 

The Trump administration is considering opening waters off part of the Atlantic coast, including Georgia, to offshore oil and gas drilling. Any drilling is a ways off. But the search for oil could start this month. Many worry that simply looking for oil could devastate the Georgia coast.


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A scientific research vessel is expected at Savannah's port Thursday after about three weeks in the region, catching, tagging and releasing sharks.

There's a really big difference between shark fishing for research and doing it for sport: you have to keep the sharks alive, every time.


ASSOCIATED PRESS

Environmental groups are seeking a court order to block seismic testing for oil off the coast of Georgia and other states until a lawsuit can be heard.

Seismic testing uses loud blasts of sound to check for deposits of oil underwater and can put animals like whales and dolphins at risk.

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A partnership between a hospital and a veterinary clinic is lowering the cost of life-saving operations for animals.


The Brunswick News

Coastal residents and conservation groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday over the proposed Spaceport Camden.

They said Camden County is breaking state and federal open record laws by withholding information about safety and potential risks to residents and tourists during rocket launches.

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One of Georgia's medical schools wants to embark on a plan that could put dozens of new doctors in rural parts of the state.

Medical College of Georgia wants a program that would help pay tuition for doctors who serve in rural areas, where there's a need for more physicians, The Augusta Chronicle reported. Under the proposal, the Augusta institution also would expand by 50 students and shorten its medical school to three years.

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  • Atlanta United License Plate Aproved By Senate Committee

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When Patricia Jordan got home midmorning on Wednesday last week, all she wanted was a bath. But, for the second day straight, she was out of luck. The water was still off at Crystal Lake Apartments in Macon. 


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  • Appeals Court: Georgia 'Paper Ballot' Lawsuit Can Continue
  • Democratic Lawmakers File Legislation Aimed At Closing Wage Gaps
  • Highly Contagious Whooping Cough Reported In Vaccinated Georgia Children
  • High School Theater Students Gather In Columbus For Thespian Conference

Gov. Brian Kemp speaks after being sworn in as Georgia's governor during a ceremony at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

On this edition of Political Rewind, Governor Kemp says he’ll ask the legislature to approve a plan for Medicaid waivers that will make health care more available to poor and middle-class Georgians.  How will the plan fare among lawmakers and Georgia voters?

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  • State Senate Passes Bill That Adds More Reasons To Stop For School Buses 
  • Atlanta Woman Will Make History In The Georgia Air National Guard
  • Rep. Woodall Says He Won't Seek Re-Election In 2020


Grant Blankenship / GPB

Every Sunday, Centenary United Methodist Church in Macon serves a free breakfast to anyone who needs it. For years Barb Fischer has been there, too, scraping plates clean before they hit the dishwasher. Why? She says she's in it for the hugs. 


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  • Record Number Of Passengers Screened On 'Mass Exodus Monday' After Super Bowl
  • Georgia Tourism Industry Generates Record Amount In Economic Impact 
  • Atlanta City Council Tightens Guidlines For Employee Bonuses
  • 169 Arrested On Human Trafficking Charges Leading Up To Super Bowl


  • Atlanta Hands Off Hosting Duties To Miami For Super Bowl 54
  • MARTA Preparations Pay Off During Super Bowl Weekend
  • Hartsfield-Jackson No Longer Busiest In The Nation


  • FBI Officials Warn About Drones Days Before Super Bowl
  • Gov. Kemp Says He Opposes Drilling Off Georgia's Coast
  • Georgia Day Celebrated In Savannah


Mercedes-Benz Stadium
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The Falcons are not playing in Sunday's Super Bowl, but you will see Atlanta and Georgia represented in the big game.


Georgia Historical Society

The first colonial settlers landed with James Oglethorpe in February 1733 in what is now Savannah. 

The Georgia Historical Society celebrates the founding of the state annually with the Georgia History Festival, beginning this year on Friday with Georgia Day.

GPB’s Cindy Hill spoke with Georgia Historical Society senior historian Stan Deaton and Pattye Meahger to learn more.

Emily Jones / GPB News

From adolescence to menopause, most women have to deal with a monthly reality: their periods. It can be messy, painful and expensive. The cost of tampons, pads and menstrual cups can add up. In Georgia, women and their families also pay sales tax on those products. Some women are hoping to change that.

 


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  • Security Ramps Up For The Big Game Weekend

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