Preliminary numbers from the National Weather Service show 95 tornadoes nationwide in January alone. Compare that to 16 last year, including twisters spawned by storms walloping north Georgia, and a three-year January average of just 12 storms. But meteorologists say lots of activity early in the year doesn’t mean much.
Georgia’s hospitals on the whole are doing better than the national standard at preventing certain infections patients get from being in the hospital, but seven of the state’s medical centers aren’t keeping up with their peers.
Being let go at your job is hard enough, but then you have to explain it at job interviews to your next potential employer. Brandon Smith answers a blog reader’s question about how to handle this delicate issue.
Federal nuclear regulators are set to vote Thursday on approving construction of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year approved the design Southern Company is using to add two new reactors at its east Georgia facility. Now the commission is set to give its final OK for construction and operation.
City employees on the verge of developing diabetes in Columbus, Macon and Athens-Clarke County will soon get help. A study by University of Georgia researchers will help workers manage their weight and reduce their risk of becoming Type II diabetics.
A taxpayer-funded program to build 17 jumbo boat ramps and a fishing education center in Georgia is drawing criticism for underperforming. But officials say it’s still too early to condemn the Go Fish Initiative. Fourteen of the 17 ramps are complete. Half have hosted some kind of tournament with more than 2,500 anglers participating.
Around Georgia’s nine military bases, companies that cater to the military are bracing for millions of dollars in Defense Department budget cuts. President Obama will release a budget next month that’s likely to include $500 million in cuts to the Defense Department.
Many companies require their employees to use their vacation time in the course of a year or forfeit it. That might be a problem for lots of workers: Just before the holidays, more than half of people in a Harris Interactive survey said they would have unused vacation time at the end of the year.
Geologists have counted 43 different colors of soils and sediments in Georgia’s Providence Canyon, which is known as the state’s “Little Grand Canyon.” Geologists blame poor farming practices 150 years ago for creating the formation, but environmental historian Paul Sutter said it’s a more complicated combination of human impact and the natural environment.
A landmark penny-sales-tax vote for transportation projects in Georgia is six months away and the campaign to pass the tax is starting to take shape. Doug Callaway, executive director of the Georgia Transportation Alliance, is traveling the state talking to Georgians about what he thinks are the merits of the penny tax: more jobs, safer roads, and local control.