Georgia News Roundup
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State Dept. religion official to speak at Emory

ATLANTA (AP) — The head of the U.S. State Department's new Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives is set to speak at Emory University.

Shaun Casey is scheduled to give a public talk titled "Exploring Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy: Launching the State Department's Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives." The discussion is set for Friday afternoon.

Casey was appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry. His duties include engaging with faith-based communities to help advance the department's diplomacy and development objectives.

Casey is on leave from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, where he is professor of Christian ethics and director of the National Capital Semester for Seminarians.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Kingston touts committee vote on Georgia port project

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The chairman of a U.S. House committee that recently held a key vote for the Port of Savannah is scheduled to visit as a guest of Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston.

Kingston, a Savannah Republican, planned a news conference Wednesday at the Georgia Ports Authority headquarters with Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania.

Shuster is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which last week approved a bill that would eliminate a bureaucratic hurdle to deepening the shipping channel to the Savannah port.

The bill would remove a spending cap of $459 million placed on the Savannah harbor project in 1999. The Army Corps of Engineers now estimates the harbor deepening will cost $652 million.

The Senate has already passed a version of the water projects bill now before the House.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia colleges to host agribusiness conference

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Two Georgia colleges are teaming up to help farmers and businesses capitalize on growing export markets.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Georgia Southern University Division of Continuing Education plan to host the 2013 International Agribusiness Conference and Expo in Savannah on Sept. 25 and 26.

The inaugural edition of the event aims to give participants information on what markets are open to their products, how to export their goods and how exporting can affect their profits.

Agricultural products are among Georgia's top exports. The state exported $37.9 billion worth of goods last year. About 39 percent of the shipments exported through the port of Savannah are agricultural products.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia angler reels in relic from prehistoric past

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A giant fish captured in Lake Lanier is a reminder of the monster fish that lurk in the depths of Georgia's lakes.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the prehistoric-looking Longnose Gar caught this month at the northeast Georgia lake is a new state record at more than 30 pounds and nearly 5 feet long.

It was caught in the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Lanier on Sept. 4 by Gerald Kennedy of Murrayville.

The Longnose gar is considered a surviving relic from a large group of primitive fish. They have long, narrow snouts with many sharp, needle-like teeth.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Co-workers help power line worker after shock

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — Co-workers of a power line worker are credited with saving him from death after a jolt of electricity surged through his body near the Georgia coast.

Authorities say the 35-year-old subcontractor for Georgia Power Co. was shocked Tuesday afternoon, while in a raised bucket working on power lines in Port Wentworth.

Port Wentworth Police Chief Matt Libby tells The Savannah Morning News that co-workers brought the man down, called 911 and began to render aid that included CPR.

Libby said that if the man survives, the only reason is because his co-workers knew what to do. The police chief said the man had a pulse and was breathing on his own by the time he was taken to a hospital.

No further information on his condition was available early Wednesday.

Information from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com

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