Tuesday, February 3, 2009

GNB Update

Here's the news for this Tuesday...

Americus and rest of the nation are in mourning at this hour. Habitat For Humanity co-founder Millard Fuller died in an Albany hospital early Tuesday morning. He was 74. Fuller, and wife Linda founded Habitat For Humanity in 1976. He served as the organization's leader for nearly 30 years until a conflict with its board forced him to resign in 2005.

There's talk of more potential mergers of Georgia's higher education institutions. This time it centers around combining the state's technical and two-year colleges into one group. About 50 people at Albany's Darton College to voice their concerns over the possible consolidation of that school and nearby Albany Technical College. One student expressed her concerns that a merger would hurt students that don't have a high grade-point average.

The probe into the salmonella contamination in Blakely has brought more food to the recall list. Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that Kellogg's Keebler Cookies and Special K bars were recalled earlier Tuesday. Included on that list are "Soft Batch" homestyle cookies and a Special K protein meal bar. Although none of the products recalled contained peanut butter, they're part of the same line of foods that are up for recall from the Peanut Corporation of America as part of the investigation.

Finally, State Representative Vance Smith has introduced legislation that calls for a $25 billion tax on statewide transportation. Among the projects up for consideration include expanding Ga. Hwy 133 to four lanes between Albany and Valdosta, and U.S. Highway 1 from Interstate 16 to the Altamaha River.

That does for this installment of GNB Update. As always, you can keep up with the latest news statewide 24 hours, seven days a week at georgianewsbeat.blogspot.com. Have a good day.

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