Here's a list of Georgia stories expected to move so far for the weekend of July 12-13.
ATLANTA — Three people are set to go on trial this week on charges that they schemed to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine, sickened hundreds and prompted one of the largest recalls in history. Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his food broker brother and the quality assurance manager at the Georgia plant all face charges related to the 2009 outbreak. Their indictment last year was a rare move by the federal government in food poisoning cases. By Kate Brumback. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
ATLANTA — When David Perdue took over as CEO of Dollar General in April 2003, he was coming off a difficult eight months at the helm of Pillowtex Corp., a North Carolina textile company that would close just three months after he left in what was then the single largest job loss in that state's history. Dollar General presented a prime opportunity for Perdue, allowing him to put Pillowtex behind him and eventually serving as the cornerstone of his bid for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat. By Christina A. Cassidy. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. With Bio-Box-Perdue. Eds: Note this is the first of two candidate profiles planned ahead of the July 22 GOP runoff.
ATLANTA — Republicans Jack Kingston and David Perdue will meet Sunday for a debate in Georgia's closely watched U.S. Senate race. The winner of the July 22 runoff will meet Democrat Michelle Nunn in the fall. By Christina A. Cassidy. 600 words. Eds: Developing from 5 p.m. debate.
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ATLANTA — One of the hottest viral videos over the July 4th weekend was taken by a camera-equipped drone that flew through exploding fireworks. Unmanned aircraft may still be most associated with weapons of war, but that's quickly changing -- and not just because of cool fireworks videos. Businesses are eying civilian drones' peaceful uses. And a handful of Georgia companies and colleges already are at work on ways to turn them into tools of commerce. Possible commercial roles range from taking property shots for real estate listings to surveying crops for farmers.
By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is seeking the public's help in counting the number of bats living in the state, a population that has been in decline in recent years. Katrina Morris, a biologist with the DNR's Nongame Conservation Section, said some caves in North Georgia have seen an estimated 36 percent reduction in population. She expects similar declines are happening in areas including coastal Georgia. As bat numbers decline, humans could lose valuable pest deterrents. Bats eat insects like mosquitoes and help control populations of crop pests in Georgia's agricultural regions.
By Michael Hall, The Brunswick News.
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