As Atlanta builds its $100 million streetcar line, the Hostess City is looking to the capital with envy. While Savannah has the state's first modern streetcar, it's essentially a quaint tourist attraction. Transit officials now want big money for an Atlanta-style streetcar.
A member of an elite military helicopter unit is dead and two others are injured after a "hard landing" at a Georgia air base Wednesday. Investigators have yet to determine what went wrong or why. An Army spokesman says the MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew was coming in from a routine training flight.
The American Society of Civil Engineers is releasing a report card for Georgia's infrastructure. The group rates the state every four years. It looks at roads, bridges, ports, airports and other areas related to infrastructure. The overall grade is a C.
The Board of Regents is considering a 100% smoke-free policy for all public colleges and universities in Georgia. Right now, schools decide their own tobacco policies. If the Regents approve the ban next month, it would go into effect in July. A total ban means no smoking, even at sporting events and in dorms and cars.
Immigration officials are deporting fewer people from a three-state Atlanta-based region. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau says deportations from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina declined to 14,000 last year from 19,000 the year before. Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board member Phil Kent says the decline is "disturbing."
Georgia shrimpers are asking the federal government to declare this fall's shrimp harvest a disaster. Final harvest numbers won't be in for another month. But shrimpers are reporting some of their worst fall harvests ever. A disaster declaration would make harvesters eligible for financial aid. A spokesman for the industry says the summer's heavy rains and a marine disease led to the low shrimp populations.
The labor and housing markets should continue their steady rise in the coming year. That's the economic forecast for a three-county Savannah region. Armstrong Atlantic State University economist Michael Toma is scheduled to give are business leaders their economic outlook later in January.
The one time dean of the State Senate is returning to the Georgia Capitol as a lobbyist. Three non-profit groups interested in Georgia history have hired former Democratic State Senator George Hooks to lobby for them. Hooks will work for the Georgia Historical Society, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Georgia Humanities Council.
Savannah's minor league baseball team wants the city to build a new stadium. Backers says it's about more than a stadium and more than baseball. But will the field of dreams remain just that -- a dream -- for the Sand Gnats?
When the dust starts flying in the state legislature next month, Savannah lawmakers will be kicking up sand. They're making beach renourishment one of their priorities. That's because the beach at Tybee Island is eroding. And that's not good for tourism.