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BC-GA--Georgia Weekend,ADVISORY, GA

February 12, 2015

Editors:

Here’s a list of Georgia stories expected to move so far for the weekend of Feb. 14-16.

Moving Saturday

CONFEDERATE SHIPWRECK

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A faded photograph last seen at a yard sale three decades ago could be a historical treasure — the only known image of the armored Confederate warship CSS Georgia before it was scuttled during the Civil War. The Army Corps of Engineers, which is spending $14 million to raise the sunken ironclad from the Savannah River, hopes to track down the original image that an antiques dealer photographed in the 1980s. Its last known whereabouts: the home of an elderly Waycross woman offering to sell the framed photo for $175. By Russ Bynum. UPCOMING: 500 words.

Moving Sunday

XGR-FAILING SCHOOLS

ATLANTA — Reaction from educators and lawmakers has begun rolling in after Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled legislation this week allowing an appointed superintendent to take over failing schools and granting broad power to make the schools charters, close them or replace leaders. By Kathleen Foody. UPCOMING: 500 words.

Moving Monday

NUCLEAR BUILDING-CHINA

ATLANTA — Power companies struggling with over-budget nuclear plants in the United States are keeping close watch on delays at very similar construction projects in China. A Chinese nuclear power company recently announced snags with cooling pumps that will slow the construction of two state-of-the-art plants. U.S. officials are hoping Toshiba’s Westinghouse Electric Co. will resolve these issues before they cause problems in the United States. By Ray Henry. UPCOMING: 500 words.

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Moving Saturday

BOMB DOG

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Richmond County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Gray and former Marine Cpl. Paul Robbins both became emotional over now-retired bomb dog Max this month, but for different reasons. Gray was saying goodbye to the 7-year-old Labrador who’d been his companion since 2012. Robbins was reuniting with an old friend he had walked with through the dangerous deserts of Afghanistan. Robbins flew to Augusta to take Max back to Massachusetts so the two could, as he put it, “grow old together.” He trained with Max for five months in 2011 as they were both being prepared for a deployment to the Middle East. They then spent another five months together in southern Helmand, Afghanistan.

By Bianca Cain Johnson. The Augusta Chronicle.

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Moving Sunday

WAFFLE HOUSE-DISASTER INDEX

ATLANTA — When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials. But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source - one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House. During a busy lunch hour at a Waffle House in Norcross, Ga., manager William Palmer grills up a Texas Lover’s BLT for one of his customers on the high counter. The 24-hour restaurant chain prides itself on serving its customers at all hours of the day, seven days a week. And FEMA caught on to this. They discovered that if a Waffle House was closed after a storm, then that meant things were really bad. “It just doesn’t happen where Waffle House is normally shut down,” said Philip Strouse, FEMA’s private sector liaison for the Southeast. “They’re sort of the canary in the coal mine if you will,” he said. In 2011, the current head of FEMA, administrator Craig Fugate, was said to have coined what’s called the Waffle House Index. There are three measures in the index: green, yellow and red.

By Elly Yu. WABE Radio.

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