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Severe Weather Awareness Week/Georgia Power

Feb 5, 2020
Georgia Power

During Severe Weather Awareness Week, which takes place February 3-7 in Georgia, Georgia Power, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service have partnered to educate people on safety tips and strategies during severe weather.

Georgia Lawmakers Take Break to Try to Ease Budget Worries

Feb 5, 2020

Georgia's lawmakers will take an unscheduled break and use the time to try to patch up the state's ailing budget. House and Senate leaders announced Wednesday that the chambers will adjourn until Feb. 18.

During that time, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England says House budget subcommittees will keep meeting.

UGA Experts Discuss Coronavirus

Feb 5, 2020
AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin

Health authorities are developing strategies to work to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Tactics include limiting travel, isolating sick people and keeping travelers returning from the affected region under quarantine.

Curt Harris is a professor at UGA’s Institute for Disaster Management. He says they are training clinicians and first responders on how to protect themselves. But he says back to the basics for everyone else when it comes to keeping safe.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

A state Senate panel in Georgia unanimously approved a proposal to restrict vaping products on Tuesday amid growing concern about health risks and use among children.

Senate Bill 298 would raise the age a person must be to purchase vaping products from 18 to 21. It would also impose licensing requirements on stores selling vaping products, increase penalties for illegal sales and require schools to teach students about the dangers of vaping.

The proposal is sponsored by Republican Sen. Renee Unterman of Buford. It could soon go to the full Senate for a vote.

AthFest.com

AthFest Educates is getting some much-appreciated assistance for the 2020 AthFest Music and Arts Festival. Executive Director Jill Helme the Athens nonprofit is receiving federal funds.

“It’s really exciting, we got awarded a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which is fantastic.”

Funds from that Art Works grant can only be used for the festival and Helme says they will be put to good use.

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