Georgia officials have chosen the attorneys who will represent the state in the ongoing “water war” between Georgia and Florida. Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens announced Monday that they appointed Seth Waxman of WilmerHale and Chris Landau and Craig Primis of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to head up the legal effort.
It will cost more for schools to measure students’ graduation readiness next year. “Whatever we do, there is going to be an increased expense with the assessment,” said Melissa Fincher, the associate superintendent for assessment and accountability at the Georgia Department of Education.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Tuesday his state has filed suit against Georgia in the U. S. Supreme Court over water consumption. “Georgia has refused to fairly share the waters that flow between our two states, so to stop Georgia’s unmitigated consumption of water we have brought the matter before the U.S. Supreme Court. Georgia’s over-consumption of water threatens the existence of Apalachicola Bay and the future economic development of the region,” Scott said in a written news release.
Many Georgians now in positions of power attended the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago today. Their memories are as diverse as they are. In Savannah, Mayor Edna Jackson sees a direct link between the march and what she now does as her daily job.
It is no surprise that U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson would side with his home state on the ongoing “water war” between Georgia and Florida. Isakson said Thursday he is disappointed with Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision to file a lawsuit against Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Governor Nathan Deal responded firmly Wednesday morning to the news that Florida officials plan to file a lawsuit in the ongoing water war between the states. Georgia, Florida and Alabama have been fighting for decades over how much water each is entitled to from their shared river networks.
The US Justice Department is making its largest-ever restitution payment in the agency's Southern District. US Attorney Edward Tarver announced the $27 million repayment in Savannah. Tarver said the money comes from a father-and-son crime ring that defrauded federal, state and private health insurers.
The commission working to preserve the culture of slave descendants on the Southeast coast will be hiring an executive director now that the federal government has approved its management plan. Commissioners from the Carolinas, Florida and Georgia applauded warmly Friday when the letter approving the plan was read during the panel's meeting in Conway.
John Muir is considered one of the environmental movement's founding fathers. He's most celebrated for his work in the West. But if it weren't for a trip to the South, he might not have gone west. He developed some of his core ideas in Savannah.