BC-GA--Georgia Weekend,ADVISORY, GA


Here's a list of Georgia stories expected to move so far for the weekend of Aug. 23-25. Please keep an eye on daily news digests for any updates/additions/breaking news coverage.

Moving Saturday for Sunday newspapers:


SAVANNAH, Ga. — Rather than take shots at each other, Democratic Rep. John Barrow and the Republican running for his east Georgia congressional seat have rolled out early campaign ads taking aim at the same target: President Barack Obama. Barrow of Augusta is running for a sixth term in Georgia's 12th District, where his re-election chances hinge on the Democrat's ability to win support from independent and conservative voters in a seat drawn to favor Republicans. His race against GOP businessman Rick Allen is considered one of the most competitive congressional campaigns of 2014. That helps explains why both candidates are buying TV ads for the Nov. 4 election before Labor Day, as are the national Republican and Democratic parties — which have already spent more than $482,000 on attack ads in the district. By Russ Bynum. UPCOMING: 800 words.

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Moving Friday for Saturday newspapers:


BRUNSWICK, Ga. — As the Ebola crisis in West Africa continues to escalate, MAP International is sharpening its focus on getting medical aid to where it is needed most. With the number of deaths reaching into the thousands, the epidemic's profile has heightened in the U.S. recently after the two infected American patients were brought to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. Although some in this country are only now beginning to pay attention, MAP has been involved with the fight against Ebola from the beginning. Since the initial outbreak at the end of March, the international relief aid organization headquartered in Brunswick had sent more than 24,000 personal protection kits and $6.6 million worth of medicines and essential supplies to the affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. By Sarah Lundgren, The Brunswick News.

Moving Saturday for Sunday newspapers:


AUGUSTA, Ga. — In the weeks leading up to her first day of college, Lauren Serrano had the typical jitters. She was afraid of getting lost on campus, unsure about what her professors would expect from her, and nervous about taking on a full course load her first semester. All of those anxieties aside, what Serrano, 18, felt more than anything was pride. The daughter of Cuban-born parents, Serrano has become the first in her family to attend college, and with that accomplishment, has fulfilled her parents' greatest wish for their child. By Tracy McManus, The Augusta Chronicle.

Moving Sunday for Monday newspapers:


COLUMBUS, Ga. — If you visited one of Melissa Niemi's eighth-grade physical science classes at Arnold Magnet Academy last Thursday, you might have needed to duck. Paper plates were flung down the hall. Cotton balls and straws were thrown in the classroom. It was a fun and effective way for students to learn how to use the metric system to estimate and measure distances. Niemi sure isn't a regular teacher. She is the only Georgia educator and among only seven in the nation selected for NASA's 2014-15 Long-Term Engagement in Authentic Research program, known as the LEARN Project, which allows teachers to perform guided research with NASA scientists throughout the school year. By Mark Rice, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

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