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BC-GA--Georgia Weekend Items,ADVISORY, GA

September 7, 2018

Editors:

Here’s a list of Georgia stories expected to move so far for this weekend - Sept. 8-9.

Please note: AP will continue to monitor storms in the tropics and write on merits.

Moving Saturday

CHURCHES REPURPOSED

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Downtown churches in Savannah are being sold and repurposed for new uses as their leaders aim to expand congregations or avoid costly repairs to historic properties. The Savannah Morning News reports that churches are being transformed at a time when developers are seeking opportunities in areas attracting increasing investment. Also, preservationists hope to save part of Savannah’s history by saving the older structures.

Information from The Savannah Morning News. UPCOMING: 400 words.

Moving Sunday

GEORGIA POWER-NUCLEAR PLANT

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Georgia Power says its customers will get a $25 credit on their September bills in connection with financing of the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant expansion. The Augusta Chronicle reports that the credit is the third payment in 2018 bills credits for a total of $75 — or $188 million overall — that was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission to continue the construction of Vogtle. Information from The Augusta Chronicle. UPCOMING: 300 words.

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Moving Saturday

EXCHANGE-WWII BOMBER PILOT

ATLANTA — Crawford Hicks’ recent ride on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber ended better than one he took 74 years ago. Hicks, 97, of Warner Robins, was a B-17 pilot in World War II and flew 10 missions before getting shot down over Germany and taken prisoner. Hicks and his crew bailed out as the plane went down in flames, then he was immediately captured.

By Wayne Crenshaw. The Macon Telegraph.

Moving Sunday

EXCHANGE-AQUAPONICS-UNIVERSITY DINING

SAVANNAH, Ga. — When students on the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University bite into a slice of pad thai on campus, they might be chomping on Thai basil freshly harvested in the university’s aquaponics program. The Foram Sustainable Aquaponics Research Center (SARC), a joint venture between Georgia Southern University and the Foram Group Charitable Foundation, has been growing food for about 18 months in a 4,100-square-foot greenhouse where students can volunteer to plant seeds, clean the tanks and in the process learn the science of harvesting produce and fish from an agriculture system designed for sustainability.

By Ann Meyer. The Savannah Morning News.

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