Georgia News Roundup
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South site for Falcons stadium deemed unfeasible

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay says one of two proposed sites for a new $1 billion stadium is unsuitable for development.

In a letter to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Tuesday, McKay wrote that the proposed south site for the new, retractable-roof stadium is not a viable option because two churches that are in the way and other parcels of land have not been purchased by the company responsible for building the stadium.

McKay also wrote that officials have been unable to conduct environmental and other required testing at those sites.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority voted to ask the State Properties Commission to give the Falcons a license to perform due diligence work on the proposed north site, which includes various environmental and engineering inspections.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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3 Georgia hospitals launch veterans' health partnership

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Three Georgia hospitals have launched a regional cooperative aimed at better serving active-duty military personnel.

The Augusta Chronicle reported Monday that the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center launched a partnership called the Georgia Federal Healthcare Executives Council.

The newspaper reports the facilities were recently awarded a $2.9 million grant from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to launch an orthopedic and post-surgical care rehabilitation enterprise. The grant is expected to help each facility hire extra personnel.

The agreement calls for patients referred from the Carl Vinson facility in Dublin to have surgery at the Eisenhower center at Fort Gordon and undergo rehabilitation at the Norwood center in Augusta.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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5,000 fish killed in Savannah River tributary 

EVANS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say low oxygen levels have likely led to a fish kill in a Savannah River tributary.

Regional fisheries supervisor Steve Schleiger told the Augusta Chronicle Tuesday that about 5,000 fish have died in Betty's Branch — which is near Riverside Park in Evans, northwest of Augusta.

Schleiger says Department of Natural Resources officials found low levels of oxygen in the water. He says a potential cause could be organic matter that was flushed into the stream during recent heavy rain.

Officials say the stream's oxygen levels have risen from 1 to 3 milligrams per liter. Schleiger says fish that are caught in the area are safe to eat and the fish kill appears to be over.

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle, http://www.augustachronicle.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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