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Updated: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:15:22 EST


Delays for SC nuclear plant pressure industry

ATLANTA (AP) — Delays are piling up as companies build new nuclear plants, raising further questions about whether utilities can control the costs.

SCANA executives announced this week their contractors building two nuclear reactors in South Carolina say the first reactor won't be ready until late 2018 or the first half of 2019. The second reactor would start running a year later.

The reactors were supposed to be operational in April 2016 and January 2019.

Delays matter because the longer construction takes, the more utility companies and their customers have to pay in financing and other charges.

The announcement in South Carolina raised questions over whether more delays will emerge in Georgia. The same builders are erecting an identical plant for Southern Co. and other owners.


Guard shot at FedEx facility thanks hospital staff

(Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A security guard who was seriously wounded during a gunman's rampage at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw is thanking the medical team who treated him.

Christopher Sparkman was shot in the chest by a shotgun on April 29 and faces another surgery at the end of the year.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sparkman and his wife returned to WellStar Kennestone Hospital on Friday for an awards event for hospital staff.

Sparkman told reporters "every day is a battle," adding he's grateful for all the prayers and support he's received.

Once he fully recovers, Sparkman says he plans to pursue his goal of becoming an air traffic controller.

Nineteen-year-old Geddy Kramer wounded six people, including Sparkman, before killing himself.


Doctors' court fight over Fla. gun law continues

(Information in the following story is from: the Fulton County Daily Report,

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of doctors challenging a Florida law restricting what they can tell patients about gun ownership has asked that the entire 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals consider the case.

Last month, a 3-judge panel of the appeals court upheld the law known as the Firearm Owners Privacy Act, which prohibits doctors from asking patients about gun ownership or noting that information in medical records unless medically necessary.

The Fulton County Daily Report reports the group of doctors filed a petition Friday, asking the full court to consider the case and arguing the panel's decision conflicts with the U.S. Supreme Court's direction that professional speech is not protected by the First Amendment.

In its 2-1 decision, the panel had called the law a "legitimate regulation of professional conduct."


$1M bond set for man charged with killing cousin

(Information in the following story is from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has set a $1 million bond for a man charged with murder in the strangling death of his 19-year-old second cousin.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports the bond was set for 27-year-old Christian Grissom at a hearing Friday a few days after the slaying suspect was arrested in New York. He is charged with killing 19-year-old Keonte Chavis of Phenix City by strangling her on Aug. 7.

Authorities say Grissom was fleeing an arrest warrant in Florida for missing a court date on a domestic violence charge when he came to Phenix City on the Alabama-Georgia state line. After Chavis went missing, he fled to his mother's home in New York.

Grissom told the judge Friday he will need an attorney appointed to represent him.


Clinton urges Southern states to seek cooperation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is urging Southern states to find new ways to cooperate as they try and find ways to expand research and development opportunities in the region.

Clinton spoke to the Southern Governors' Association as the group opened its annual meeting in downtown Little Rock. The group is focusing its annual meeting on accelerating the region's research and development network.

Clinton touted the success Arkansas and Kentucky have had in cutting the number of uninsured as examples of cooperation. He praised Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion, and the health insurance marketplace Kentucky has set up under the federal health law.


Ga. vets treating sea turtle bitten by shark

(Information in the following story is from: Savannah Morning News,

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Veterinarians on the Georgia coast are treated a 190-pound sea turtle found on an island beach suffering from a shark bite.

The Savannah Morning News reports the injured loggerhead sea turtle was found by a group taking a weekend tour of Ossabaw Island. John Crawford, a naturalist and one of the group's guides, says the bite took a chunk out of the turtles shell behind its right front leg.

The visitors helped hoist the large turtle onto an all-terrain vehicle for a ride to the nearest boat dock, where state Department of Natural Resources staffers met them to take the turtle to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.

Officials say the shark bite didn't penetrate the turtle's body cavity and it's shown promising signs of recovery.


Police: Md. man kills wife, another woman, himself

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — Police say a man killed his estranged wife and another woman in District Heights before fatally shooting himself.

On Saturday morning, Prince George's County police identified the victims of the murder-suicide as 45-year-old Leroy Johnson of Oxon Hill; his wife, 43-year-old Angela Johnson of Oxon Hill; and 42-year-old Zonita Roberts of Smyrna, Georgia.

Police were called to the home where the shooting took place around 4:40 p.m. on Friday. Officers forced their way into the home and found one woman dead and a woman and a man suffering from gunshot wounds. The surviving victims were taken to a hospital, where they died.

Police say a preliminary investigation indicates that Leroy Johnson shot both his wife and Roberts and then shot himself. Police described Roberts as an acquaintance of Angela Johnson.


Fla. man charged with shooting at Ga. church

(Information in the following story is from: The Augusta Chronicle ,

MARTINEZ, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a man arrested in Florida is suspected of attacking on a couple outside a Georgia church that left a man dead from gunshot wounds and his wife wounded from being struck with a handgun.

The Augusta Chronicle reports 21-year-old Daniel Nelson Robinson was arrested Friday after a police chase in Jacksonville, Florida — 260 miles from the scene of the attack.

Authorities say Bill and Jenny Davitte were outside the Marvin United Methodist Church in Martinez, Georgia, on Thursday night to activate the sprinkler system.

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris says Robinson found Jenny Davitte alone in a car and beat her with a handgun. When her husband ran to help, he was shot three times.

Robinson is being held in Florida awaiting extradition to Georgia.

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