Federal agriculture officials are counting Georgia farmers as part of a nationwide census. They're asking about products, employees, incomes and expenses. The data will help the officials tailor programs and federal dollars to the states.
Culinary students are taking over a money-losing state-owned restaurant on Jekyll Island. College of Coastal Georgia will be sending culinary students to operate Fins on the Beach. A Jekyll Island Authority official says the concept will take the profit pressure off the state.
Savannah is making an extra effort to recycle items typically thrown away every year by college students leaving the city for summer break. At the end of May, the city plans to partner with the Savannah College of Art and Design, as well as Goodwill and Keep Savannah Beautiful, to keep the usual piles couches, microwave ovens and other goods from going straight to the landfill.
Salty ocean water is intruding into the aquifer where much of the Savannah region gets its water. State environmental officials now are banning any new water withdrawal permits from the vast Floridan aquifer. A City of Savannah's water bureau official says the city will need to find new ways to offset water demands.
State transportation officials are selling land they don't need to bring in more money. The initial sale will include 11 parcels in the Atlanta area. Jill Goldberg of the state Department of Transportation says the parcels were chosen because they could be attractive to buyers.
Thirty-eight thousand fish turned up dead in East Georgia's Ogeechee River two years ago today. At the time, the company at the center of the controversy was violating a permit to discharge waste into the river. It's since been seeking a permanent, legal permit.
State labor officials reported an 8.2% April jobless rate. That's down 0.2% from March and a full point from April of last year. The hospitality industry led the growth with a monthly gain of 10,000 jobs.
Chatham County officials are recommending an increase in property taxes for a bigger jail budget. Sheriff Al St. Lawrence says he'd like to hire 52 new jail staffers to ease inmate overcrowding. Commission chairman Al Scott is pushing back against the proposal.