Regents back off UGA tech school plan

Georgia Tech had complained about addition to Athens campus

ATLANTA - The University System of Georgia's state Board of Regents decided today to delay a decision on whether to permit the University of Georgia to offer new engineering degrees.

The board is expected to make that decision official Wednesday.

Gov. Sonny Perdue also addressed the regents today, urging them to slow down their consideration of new engineering programs. He favors expanding engineering education, Perdue said, but isn't convinced UGA is the right place.

UGA President Michael Adams is asking the regents for the right to offer degrees in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. He says it would give students more options and provide the state with more workers. Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson questions UGA's cost estimates.

Those disciplines are dominated by Georgia Tech, and each school has argued that any expansion should occur on its campus.


Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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