Extreme temperatures and fungal disease destroyed over a third of last year's Vidalia onion crop. But farmers across Georgia's 20 county Vidalia growing region are hopeful about this year's harvest. Vidalias are Georgia's third most profitable agricultural product just behind peanuts and pecans.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson was in Savannah Wednesday to update port officials on the progress of federal funding for the Savannah harbor expansion project. Earlier in the week, he attended the Atlanta Braves opening day with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. On the prospect of port funding, he was loaded with baseball metaphors.
While Congress works to iron out a budget, the so called sequester still stands. With it, areas that rely on federal spending are bracing for across the board cuts. Military communities are particularly hit.
Federal accounting watchdogs say a facility near Augusta designed to convert weapons-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel is $2 billion over budget. A General Accountability Office report issued last week also says the mixed-oxide or MOX plant is years behind schedule.
As we learn more about a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, Georgia officials say schools here are required to have safety plans in place to deal with a variety of crises. Dorie Nolt with the Department of Education says state law passed in the mid 1990’s requires schools to develop safety plans with the Department of Education, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
A federal judge in Atlanta has cleared the way for a section of Georgia's tough law targeting illegal immigration that had been blocked to enter into effect. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash on Monday issued an order adopting a judgment on the law by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.