Georgia road-builders could start using a paving material made of coal ash from electric plants if a Southeast Georgia test project goes the way one utility wants. The Jacksonville energy company JEA is paving a private dirt road along the St. Mary's River in Georgia's Charlton County. Environmentalists say they can't think of a worse place to test a material that comes from coal and oil byproduct.
Georgia's attorney general will address participants at the upcoming Republican National Convention. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Attorney General Sam Olens was among the few high-profile political figures in the state to endorse Mitt Romney in the presidential primary, when many other Republicans lined up behind former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will appear at a Lawrenceville bookstore Thursday to promote his new biography, "An American Son." The freshman U.S. senator is scheduled to appear at the Books-A-Million at Discover Mills. Polls have shown Rubio a top pick among Republican voters when asked who they want as vice president on a presidential ticket.
The state of Georgia and the Atlanta Regional Commission have spent about $18.7 million in outside legal fees during two decades of legal battles involving Florida and Alabama over access to drinking water. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the tab is viewed by the state and local communities as critical to protecting metro Atlanta's economy.
Activists are planning to rally at the steps of the Georgia statehouse in memory of the unarmed 17-year-old who was killed by a Florida neighborhood watch captain while returning from a convenience store.
Alabama has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court a ruling that supported metro Atlanta's right to take water from a disputed reservoir that serves as the main water source for roughly 3 million people. Attorneys for Alabama asked the high court to resolve the long-running feud over water usage between Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Florida officials expect to file a similar request shortly.
A dozen Florida and Georgia border counties have signed an agreement making it easier for children removed from parents or guardians to be placed with relatives in the other state. An existing compact adopted by all 50 states requires a lengthy process to relocate foster children to another state. The agreement among the 12 border counties is expected to allow for such placements in as little as a week.
Former House speaker and Georgia congressman Newt Gingrich took a giant step Saturday toward becoming the Republican alternative to Mitt Romney that tea partyers and social conservatives have been seeking for months. Gingrich's come-from-behind win in the South Carolina primary snatches away the quick and easy way for the GOP to pick its presidential nominee.