BC-GA--Georgia News Digest, GA

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2014 at 2:31 am •  Published: March 5, 2014

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PORT EXPANSION

SAVANNAH, Ga. — From Capitol Hill to the governor's office, Georgia officials sounded both stunned and defiant Tuesday after the Obama administration's new budget failed to recommend funding to start the $652 million deepening of Savannah's busy shipping channel — a project Vice President Joe Biden pledged just six months ago would get done "come hell or high water." By Russ Bynum. SENT: 923 words.

BIDEN-ATLANTA VISIT

ATLANTA — Vice President Joe Biden's midterm election fundraising tour made a stop in Atlanta, where he attended a private fundraising event for U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn on Tuesday. Nunn, a Democrat, announced plans to run for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat. Biden is campaigning and raising money around the country for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections. Many of his stops are in states such as Georgia, where President Barack Obama is unpopular among white voters. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 649 words, photos.

SHOOTING OUTSIDE PRESCHOOL

DECATUR, Ga. — A man who was found guilty but mentally ill in the shooting death of a Georgia man outside a suburban Atlanta preschool is asking for a new trial. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams is set to hear arguments Tuesday on Hemy Neuman's motion for a new trial. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 392 words.

DEAL-WEATHER RESPONSE

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has outlined an action plan to address future severe weather events based on an internal review he ordered after Georgia was caught unprepared for a winter storm in late January. Among other things, the heads of several state agencies responsible for public safety, emergency response and transportation recommended an overhaul of the Ready Georgia application and upgrading the Department of Transportation's equipment and storage capabilities. SENT: 610 words.

AIDS-PREVENTION DRUG

Exciting research suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV from sex with an infected partner. The experimental drug has only been tested for prevention in monkeys, but it completely protected them from infection in two studies reported at an AIDS conference. The studies were done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and researchers at Rockefeller University in New York. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione.

DELTA-TRAFFIC

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines Inc. says bad weather caused it to scrub nearly 8,000 flights in February, but the cancelations helped boost a key measure of revenue per mile. The shares soared 5.7 percent on Tuesday to an all-time high since the company exited bankruptcy protection and issued new stock in 2007. SENT: 322 words.

CHILD PORN ARRESTS

DECATUR, Ga. — Bond was been set at $50,000 on Tuesday for a suspended Douglas County elementary school principal who was arrested in an undercover child sex sting. John Harold McGill is facing child porn and exploitation charges and made a first appearance in DeKalb County Court. He was one of 14 people who were arrested in a sting the Georgia Bureau of Investigation called "Operation Broken Heart." SENT: 212 words.

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