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Congressman to speak at UGA commencement


ATHENS. --- U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will speak at the University of Georgia's graduation ceremony next month.

UGA announced the spring commencement speakers Thursday. Mr. Kingston, R-Savannah, graduated from UGA in 1978 with a degree in economics after growing up in Athens with his father, a longtime UGA faculty member. He is serving his ninth term in Congress.

Commencement is May 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Sanford Stadium.

Most of state's drought wiped out by rainfall

ATLANTA --- Almost all of Georgia has escaped from the epic drought.

State Climatologist David Stooksbury said Friday that only the basins around Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell are still stuck in drought after several days of heavy rain dumped inches of rain on Georgia. Stream flows and soil moisture levels across much of Georgia are well above normal.

About the only sore spots remaining are the basins of the two lakes, both major water sources for north Georgia. Both basins remain mired in moderate drought conditions -- a far cry from the exceptional drought conditions that gripped parts of the state in late 2007 which forced officials to call for sweeping water restrictions.