- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

Editors:

Here’s a list of Georgia stories expected to move so far for the weekend of Feb. 1-2.

Moving Saturday

SNOW PLAN

ATLANTA - Roads frozen with sheets of ice. Tractor trailers snarling traffic. Angry resident blaming their government for a bungled response. All those events occurred in 2011, well before this week’s snowstorm brought traffic to a snarling jam. While Georgia officials say the need to learn from this week’s events, they’ve had recent experience. By Ray Henry.

Moving Sunday

XGR_GEORGIA LEGISLATURE-DRONES

ATLANTA - A group of state lawmakers are pushing for Georgia to establish guidelines for the use of drones. Two bills have been introduced and assigned to committee. The first has drawn the support of a few high-ranking members in the House and would establish certain circumstances where it would be legal for drones to capture images. The other would make it illegal for any aircraft, whether manned or a drone, to be operated within 100 feet above a private property for surveillance without a search warrant or the owner’s permission. By Christina A. Cassidy. UPCOMING: 500 words.

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Moving Saturday

ISLAND WIND TURBINE

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Endangered piping plovers blend into the background of sandy beaches like Tybee’s, where these small shorebirds are known to visit. First decimated by the use of their feathers in women’s hats in the late 1800s, plovers have since suffered from having to compete with humans for beach space. Now only 60 or so breeding pairs remain in the smallest of their three known populations. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has identified global warming and wind turbines as emerging threats to these birds. The paradox of that pair of threats is not lost on Tim Keyes, a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources who is worried that a proposed wind turbine on Tybee would harm plovers that migrate through or winter there.

By Mary Landers, The Savannah Morning News.

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Moving Sunday

BEACH SAFETY

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Just 60 miles south of Glynn County, the lively community of Fernandina Beach, Fla., relies heavily on tourists - just like the Golden Isles. But unlike the Golden Isles, Fernandina Beach spends more than $200,000 a year on safety measures at its beaches and has 35 seasonal lifeguards spread along 12 miles of shoreline. It also has all-terrain vehicles, powered personal watercrafts and a truck. Glynn County spends $60,000 a year for eight seasonal lifeguards along about a mile of beach and relies on kayaks and one all-terrain vehicle for rescues. For Fernandina Beach, it is more than an investment in safety. It is also a marketing pitch: Visit us, our beaches are safe. After two drownings this past year at the St. Simons Island beach - one at an unguarded time, the other at an unguarded location - the Glynn County Commission has begun looking at ways to improve safety for waders and swimmers at a beach known for dramatic tide changes and rip currents.

By Sarah Lundgren and Kelly Quimby, The Brunswick News.

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