ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration won approval Wednesday to invest $45 million in water projects, including three reservoirs it contends could send more water downstream to Alabama and Florida, states that say metro Atlanta uses too much.
A board voted to allocate roughly $40 million in funding for the Glades Reservoir project in Hall County, Indian Creek Reservoir in Carroll County and Richland Creek Reservoir in Paulding County.
State officials will now negotiate with local governments to determine how much money each project gets.
Another $5 million is earmarked for a project testing water desalination in coastal Georgia.
3 plead guilty in corruption case
COLUMBIA — Three men, including a former South Carolina State University board member, pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank fraud and conspiracy charges that prosecutors say are part of an ongoing public corruption case.
Phillip Mims, Robert A. Williams and Lance Wright entered their pleas during a hearing in federal court in Charleston.
Wright, 47, served on the board of the Orangeburg school from 2008 until he resigned in May 2012.
In other news
MACY’S IS OPTING to use an artificial Christmas tree for its Lenox Square Mall store in Atlanta. WXIA-TV reports that this year marks the first time it will use an artificial tree instead of a real one for its annual “great tree.”