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Virtual Patient Lab Moves Medicine Forward

Medical Center of Central Georgia opens new simulation lab. Practice for nurses and medical students should prevent mistakes and improve care. Sim labs opening across country.

Georgia Nuclear Plans Under Scrutiny

Nuclear energy in the U.S. is under review after a massive earthquake and tsunami severely damaged Japanese nuclear power plants last week. The disaster raises questions about two reactors proposed for Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

No Wristbands For Savannah St. Pat's

Savannah is bracing for hundreds of thousands of partiers this week. The coastal city hosts the nation's second-largest Saint-Patrick's Day festival and in recent years has been easing up on some crowd control measures. For the first time in 12 years, partiers won't have to buy a special wristband to drink alcohol on the waterfront.

Organic Conference Underway In Savannah

Georgia's organic farmers have one eye on the ground and another on Atlanta as they meet for an annual conference this weekend. About 1,000 participants -- not all of them farmers -- are expected to attend the Georgia Organics Conference in Savannah. The group's goal is to "celebrate good food." But there's also a political agenda.

Georgia Keeps AAA Bond Rating

Georgia will maintain its AAA bond rating from all three rating agencies. Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that Georgia is one of just eight states with the top rating, which allows the state to keep borrowing costs low. He said the 2.57 percent interest rates allows the state to realize a savings of nearly $35 million by issuing refunding bonds.

Savannah Debates Public Funds For Hotel

Officials in Savannah's Chatham County are closer to agreement over how much county taxpayers should finance a new hotel on Hutchinson Island. The project will add another hotel option for guests attending convention center events. But in the past few months, some have questioned possible public loans and hotel taxes going to the project.

Explosive Dust Found At Cotton Plant

Federal officials have cited a Georgia cotton manufacturing plant with multiple safety and health violations. The problems included dangerous levels of combustible dust similar to the kind that triggered the fatal explosion of Imperial Sugar in Savannah three years ago.

Jail Expansion Breaks Ground

Savannah's Chatham County has broken ground on a $71 million jail expansion. The project will nearly double the detention center's size to more than 2,000 beds and will take two years to finish. It's one of the largest construction projects in the area and a welcome bit of business for area contractors.

Cherry Blossoms Arrive Early

Tourism officials in Macon keeping an eye on the city's 300-thousand Yoshino Cherry Trees. International Cherry Blossom Festival brings millions to economy. Blooms last 7-10 days.

Senate Allows Billboard Clearcutting

The state senate passed a measure Tuesday that lets billboard companies clear cut trees that are blocking motorists’ view of their signs. The bill also restricts racy content of billboards by creating at 5,000 dollar fine for material that is obscene.

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