House bill includes money for harbor
SAVANNAH, GA. — An appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives includes $588,000 in construction funds for the Army Corps of Engineers to advance the deepening of the Savannah Harbor.
Rep. Jack Kingston said Thursday that while the amount is small, the money is for construction instead of planning.
Approval of the start of work on the project is expected in the middle of 2012.
The measure awaits final approval in the Senate and the president’s signature.
Mother gives birth outside fire station
MARIETTA, GA. — A Georgia woman on her way to a hospital ended up giving birth on the pavement outside a fire station.
Brett and Elizabeth Young were trying to make it to Northside Hospital outside Atlanta on Wednesday when the baby had other plans.
Brett Young called 911, and dispatchers told him to drive to Fire Station 19 in Cobb County.
His wife lay down on the concrete as firefighters opened the doors. The new father says he could see the baby’s head coming out, so he grabbed her.
Authorities say 4-pound, 12-ounch Fiona was doing fine after firefighters quickly got her out of the cold and into an ambulance for the ride to the hospital.
Protesters can’t camp on grounds
COLUMBIA — A federal judge’s ruling Thursday means Occupy Columbia protesters face arrest again if they continue camping on Statehouse grounds, but several protesters said they expect the group to pack up as ordered.
U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie said her earlier injunction against removing the Occupy Columbia protesters was trumped by a new rule prohibiting living on the grounds – giving Gov. Nikki Haley a win.
The Budget and Control Board, which Haley leads as chairwoman, unanimously approved emergency regulations on Tuesday that ban camping and sleeping on Statehouse grounds.