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Feds want nuclear waste train, but nowhere to go

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials are looking for train cars to haul nuclear waste toward its final resting place.

Too bad they have no idea where that train will actually go.

Officials at the U.S. Department of Energy asked commercial firms this spring for ideas on buying or leasing specialized train cars to haul radioactive, used fuel from nuclear reactors to an interim storage site or a geologic depository. Those railcars will carry 150-ton casks of fuel up to eight times annually.

U.S. officials began charging electricity customers years ago for handling the disposal of nuclear power waste. Plans for a disposal site have repeatedly bogged down.

The waste will likely move by rail because it's too heavy for trucks or even normal railcars.


Report: Ga. governments have weak nepotism rules

ATLANTA (AP) - Local governments in metro Atlanta have hired at least 770 relatives of current employees during the last three years.

An investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution raises questions about whether rules designed to prevent nepotism are adequate or enforced.

Gwinnett County lets one elected official be the boss of his own girlfriend. An Atlanta city councilman votes on government spending that funds the paychecks of his brothers and sisters

Many more family members were already on government payrolls. The newspaper's review found that 1,700 employees of six governments appear to live together. Most share the same last names.


Marietta man killed in skydiving accident

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities are investigating how a Marietta man died skydiving in Polk County.

Polk Deputy Coroner Tony Brazier says 26-year-old Donald Bragg died Saturday in an accident that also injured a second man.

Emergency officials received several calls around 2 p.m. from witnesses at SkyDive the Farm in Cedartown. Brazier told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the men may have collided immediately after jumping.

The collision may have knocked one man unconscious and caused parachute malfunctions.

Bragg was pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner's office did not know the identity of the injured man.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation plans to perform an autopsy on Bragg's body in the coming days. A man who answered the phone at the skydiving business says company representatives were unavailable for comment.


Body of woman found in Lake Allatoona

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (AP) - Investigators are trying to identify the body of a woman found floating in Lake Allatoona.

A boater found the body Sunday morning, prompting an investigation by the Cherokee County sheriff's office. Police have not yet identified the victim, whom they described as a white adult woman with red hair and multiple tattoos.

Police say they estimate the body was in the water for less than a day.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the body was located near the beach of the Kellogg Creek Day Use area. Authorities say they have no reports of missing people matching the woman's description.


2 men die in head-on crash in southern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say two drivers are dead following a head-on crash on U.S. 89 in southern Utah.

The Utah Highway Patrol says the crash occurred near Big Water in Kane County not far from the Arizona border shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Deseret News reports that a northbound sedan driven by 53-year-old Jay Russell of Page, Arizona, collided with a southbound sedan driven by 78-year-old Richard Nutt of Douglas, Georgia.

The patrol says the men were the only occupants of their vehicles.


Man, girlfriend found shot in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a couple was abducted from a DeKalb County home and later found shot in Atlanta.

Authorities say the 23-year-old man died, while the 21-year-old woman was critically injured and taken to Grady Hospital. The names of the victims were not immediately released.

DeKalb Police Capt. Stephen Fore says the man and women were returning home Saturday around 12:30 a.m., possibly after getting something to eat.

Witnesses told police that the pair was abducted at gunpoint, handcuffed and put in a van. They were found shot in northwest Atlanta hours later.


Savannah may expand legal zone for outdoor alcohol

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - One of Savannah's largest city parks may soon join the downtown historic district as a place where residents and visitors can legally sip alcohol outdoors.

As anybody who's visited Savannah for its St. Patrick's Day celebration knows, drinking booze from plastic "to-go" cups is perfectly street legal throughout most of the downtown area. But that privilege ends a few blocks shy of Forsyth Park.

The 30-acre greenspace at the southern edge of Savannah's historic district is the city's equivalent to Central Park in New York. Savannah officials announced last week that changes being proposed to local alcohol ordinances include allowing people to carry "to-go" cups of booze in Forsyth Park.

Officials have scheduled public meetings on the proposals Tuesday and Sept. 18 before the City Council takes action.


Firefighters monitor recycling blaze in Marietta

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Firefighters were monitoring a recycling yard near Marietta after a blaze sent smoke billowing.

WSB-TV reports the fire apparently started Saturday near a conveyor belt at Marietta Recycling, about two miles north of Marietta Square.

Firefighters say they are not sure what started the fire. The complex had been closed for the holiday weekend.

Authorities expected to spend the night at the facility to make sure there were no flare ups.

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