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Agents find stolen sea turtle eggs

SAPELO ISLAND, GA. — Georgia wildlife agents intercepted 156 sea turtle eggs they suspect were stolen from a nest on Sapelo Island, authorities said.

Sea turtle eggs are prized by some as a purported aphrodisiac and a food delicacy.

State officials say they began investigating the theft after learning the eggs had been stolen from the nest. Officers intercepted the Sapelo Island ferry when it arrived in Meridian on May 27, and a police dog trained to detect wildlife items was called to search a man and his duffel bag.

State authorities turned the case over to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Capt. Doug Lewis of DNR law enforcement.

The suspect’s name wasn’t released.

GOP prepares ads targeting Barrow

SAVANNAH, GA. — Republicans say they’re prepared to spend big bucks on TV ads targeting Democratic Congressman John Barrow of Augusta as he seeks re-election

The National Republican Congressional Committee says it has reserved $900,000 worth of time for television ads in east Georgia’s 12th District. Barrow’s seat was redrawn last year to remove Savannah – a big part of the congressman’s Democratic base. Republicans now see him as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in Congress.

Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo says the GOP strategy is the sort of “hyper-partisanship” that independent voters in the 12th District reject.

Four Republican candidates are competing in the July 31 primary for a chance to challenge Barrow.

Military distributor faces OSHA claims

WARNER ROBINS, GA. — Officials at a central Georgia military distribution center say blood tests for lead exposure on about half of the 34 civilians who work there have been normal, and that 18 test results are pending.

The Defense Logistics Agency at Robins Air Force Base reported the results in a statement this week.

The testing is being done after recent findings from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration related to lead contamination and working conditions.

The Defense Logistics Agency says plans are being developed for cleanup of Building 1602 at the base, and DLA personnel are working with the base to use a contractor who does that type of work.

DLA distributes supplies to all branches of the military.

Parking prices go up at Jekyll Island

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA. — Vacationers heading to Jekyll Island will have to pay more for parking starting July 1.

The Jekyll Island Authority has approved a $1 increase in the price of a daily parking pass at the state park on the Georgia coast. The change raises the total fee to $6.

The cost of weekly parking passes will increase by $4 to $28.

The Jekyll Island Authority requested the fee increase to ensure it can balance its budget in fiscal year 2013, which starts next month.


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