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In this June 13, 2014, file photo, construction continues on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two nuclear reactors at Pl
John Bazemore, File / Associated Press

Construction of Plant Vogtle, a nuclear plant in Waynesboro, Georgia, could be delayed 18 months, raising costs for builders and owners.

Southern Co. said Thursday that the firms designing and building the new plant expect work on the first reactor will be complete in mid-2019, and the second reactor will be finished in mid-2020. The reactors were supposed to be running by 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Warren Lee Hill Jr.
Georgia Dept. of Corrections

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for a death row inmate set to die this evening.

Warren Lee Hill, who is 54, is set for execution at 7 p.m. He still has a petition pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Hill was serving a life sentence in 1990 for the 1986 slaying of his girlfriend when he killed a fellow inmate. A jury in 1991 convicted Hill of murder and sentenced him to death.

Water floods a street on the coast in Scituate, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow.
Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

Parts of New England are still feeling the full force of a blizzard that is expected to leave two feet or more of snow in most of Massachusetts. The storm is also carrying wind gusts topping 75 mph.

More than 7,700 flights in and out of the Northeast have been canceled. Some flights may not resume again until Wednesday. Commuter railroads and some local transit systems won't be operating overnight. And getting anywhere by road in the impact zone is severely limited by bans on non-essential traffic. There are widespread cancellations of schools.

The Atlanta Cyclorama
Katie King / WABE

The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum is offering special programs to continue commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Director Camille Love said in a release that the museum will present guest speakers and special film screenings between February and June.

Officials say authors William F. Moore and Jane Ann Moore are scheduled to deliver a free lecture on President Abraham Lincoln and the abolition of slavery on Feb. 12.

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Holy roller coaster! The Batman ride at Six Flags Over Georgia is going to run backward when the park opens for the season March 14.

The ride opened in the park in 1997 and has given more than 16 million rides since then, but they've all been in the same direction. The new twist on the ride's old twists will take the cars up a 10-story hill in reverse, then let them fly 50 mph backward along 2,700 feet of track.

The reverse operation will only last for several weeks into early spring.

2006 photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host.
James Gathany / AP/CDC

Millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if researchers win approval to use the insects to limit two painful viral diseases: Dengue fever and chikungunya.

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow it to run the experiment in Key West.

 The container ship Zim Istanbul makes it's way up the Savannah River past historic River Street in Savannah, Ga., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, to the Port of Savannah.
Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Georgia's seaports handled record-breaking cargo volumes in the first half of the 2015 fiscal year in part because of labor disputes that have bogged down trade on the West Coast.

The Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday that overall cargo tonnage in Savannah and Brunswick was up nearly 7 percent in the six-month period from July 1 through Dec. 31. Savannah, the nation's fourth-busiest container port, handled 1.75 million cargo containers, an increase of more than 13 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

The position will be known as the John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

A comic book about Martin Luther King Jr. helped bring a young John Lewis into the civil rights movement.

Fifty years later, the Georgia Democratic congressman is now hoping graphic novels about his life and the fight to win equal civil rights for all Americans will serve as a guide for protesters today as they seek justice.

A motorist rides along the tire paths cleared of snow on Georgia state Route 141 as snow and sleet continue to fall for a second day, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Peachtree Corners, Ga.
John Amis / Associated Press

Forecasters say light snow and black ice will be possible in higher elevations of the north Georgia  mountains as a winter storm system moves toward the east coast.

In a winter weather advisory, the National Weather Service said the ice could form on roads and bridges Monday evening, as temperatures fall below freezing in the mountains.

Meanwhile, a wind advisory in effect until Monday evening covered all of north and central Georgia.

Winds from 15 to 25 mph ─ with gusts of up to 35 mph ─ were expected through 8 p.m. Monday.

Warren Lee Hill Jr.
Georgia Dept. of Corrections

A Georgia death row inmate who has come within hours of execution three times is once again scheduled to die this week.

Warren Lee Hill, 54, who was sentenced to death in August 1991, was first scheduled to die two and a half years ago. Challenges filed by his lawyers have provided temporary reprieves on three occasions and twice have effectively halted all executions in Georgia for months at a time.

David Goldman / Associated Press

An FBI agent says law officers are continuing to pursue a suspect after someone made bomb threats targeting two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F-16 fighter jets to escort the planes.

FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett told The Associated Press on Sunday that the agency is continuing to pursue leads in an effort to locate the individual responsible for the threats.

No bombs were found in searches of both planes after they landed safely in Atlanta on Saturday.

MARTA sign
Alison Guillory / WABE

The police department for Atlanta's public transit system is hiring.

The MARTA Police Department plans to host a job fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at MARTA headquarters. The department says it will offer on-site information sessions for open positions.

Police recruiters plan to pre-screen applicants.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has filed a federal complaint against the city claiming he was discriminated against because of his religion.

Mayor Kasim Reed recently fired Cochran over comments in his self-published book, "Who Told You That You Were Naked." The book characterizes homosexuality as "vulgar" and "a sexual perversion."

City spokeswoman Anne Torres says the city plans to defend the mayor's decision.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio addresses members of his DUI chain gang Dec. 11, 2007, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Matt York / Associated Press

Inmates at a Georgia jail will soon be wearing hot-pink uniforms, an idea borrowed from an Arizona sheriff.

Gary Jones, the public safety chief in the east Georgia city of Grovetown, said he hopes the inmates will be seen in their pink uniforms while collecting litter on public roads. Jones tells The Augusta Chronicle that he envisions motorists driving by and deciding they never want to be in that position.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference on Oct. 20, naming members of the Georgia Ebola Response Team.
Branden Camp / AP Photo

The newly-created Georgia Education Reform Commission is expected to recommend improvements for state's education system by Aug. 31.

Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement Wednesday that the 34-person group will study Georgia's education system and its funding before making recommendations on how to improve the system. The group will also work to expand access to early learning programs, expand school options and recruit qualified educators, Deal says.

David Goldman / Associated Press

State lawmakers may be ready to put new limits on the use of "no-knock" warrants after an infant was severely burned by a flash grenade during an overnight raid by law officers last May in north Georgia.

A bill introduced this month with bipartisan support prevents police from using such warrants overnight without a judge's specific approval. The issue has come up in Georgia before but the incident in Habersham County that left 19-month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh with serious injuries when the grenade detonated in his playpen has prompted some officials to reconsider.

MARTA North Avenue station in Atlanta
Allison Guillory / WABE

A telecommunications company is suing the City of Atlanta and a public transit agency over streetcar construction costs it argues it should be reimbursed for.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that AT&T Georgia is suing the city and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency over the cost of relocating equipment including cables, wires and conduits before the streetcar was built.

David Goldman / Associated Press

Officials say more than 425,000 Georgians have chosen health insurance through the federally run marketplace.

Department of Health and Human Services officials said in a statement Wednesday that 425,927 Georgia consumers have either selected a plan or were re-enrolled in one as of Jan. 16.

Officials say the number is up from 398,781 Georgia consumers, which was reported last week before the deadline for coverage beginning on Feb. 1.

Officials say overall, nearly 7.2 million Americans have either chosen a plan or were re-enrolled in one.

Warren Lee Hill Jr.
Georgia Dept. of Corrections

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a clemency hearing for a Georgia death row inmate set to be executed next week.

The board said in a statement Wednesday that the clemency hearing for Warren Lee Hill will be held Jan. 26. Hill is set to die Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.

Hill was serving a life sentence in 1990 for the 1986 slaying of his girlfriend when he killed a fellow inmate. A jury in 1991 convicted Hill of murder and sentenced him to death.

 TLC members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas pose in a file photo from Oct. 29, 2002, in Atlanta. Thomas and Watkins are looking to collaborate with a new voice, but the TLC stars insist they're not trying to replace the late Lis
Erik S. Lesser, File / Associated Press

Grammy-winning R&B group TLC is depending on fans to fund the release of their final album through a Kickstarter campaign.

The Atlanta-based group, which currently consists of T-Boz and Chilli, launched the campaign on Monday. It's been nearly 13 years since their last album, "3D," which was released seven months after the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in 2002.

Dayton Daily News, Ron Alvey / Associated Press

Authorities say the technology firm NCR Corp. plans to build a new headquarters in midtown Atlanta. The firm is now based in the northeast Atlanta suburb of Duluth.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Wednesday said that its new global headquarters will bring 3,600 jobs to Atlanta. It is being planned for a site on Spring Street near the Georgia Institute of Technology campus.

Reed said in a statement that NCR also plans to maintain a significant presence in suburban Atlanta.

Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport will now be called Silver Comet Field at Northwest Atlanta. Propeller Investments' CEO Brett Smith says he's in talks to bring commercial service to the facility.

County commissioners are pulling back their support for plans to build a new airport for metro Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Paulding County's commission on Tuesday voted to renounce support for commercializing Silver Comet Field northwest of Atlanta.

The 3-2 vote includes a request to withdraw an application to the Federal Aviation Administration for the commercialization plan. Voting in favor of the resolution were two new commissioners who ran on platforms opposing commercializing and a third incumbent who opposes it.

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Georgia State University officials say the school has been awarded a contract to coordinate mental health intervention training to help youth throughout the state.

GSU officials said in a release that they've been awarded a five-year $800,000 contract from the Georgia Department of Education, and the program will be administered by the GSU Center for Leadership in Disability.

Tony Casillas, right, a 1982-85 Oklahoma middle guard, and Tracy Rocker, a 1985-88 Auburn defensive tackle, second from right, join the 2004 College Football Hall of Fame Class at a National Football Foundation announcement in New York on Dec. 7, 2004.
John Marshall Mantel / Associated Press

Georgia coach Mark Richt has given promotions to assistants Tracy Rocker and Bryan McClendon.

Rocker, the defensive line coach, has been named associate head coach. McClendon, the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, was named assistant head coach.

Rocker's new title came after his first season at Georgia, following three years as defensive line coach for the NFL Tennessee Titans. Rocker, a former Auburn standout, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Atlanta.
Branden Camp / Associated Press

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is set to begin his second term in office today with an inaugural ceremony in Atlanta.

An afternoon ceremony is planned inside the State Capitol.

The governor and first lady Sandra Deal plan to started the day at a 9 a.m. prayer service at Mt. Paran Church in Atlanta.

An inaugural gala is scheduled for Thursday night with entertainment by country music artist Alan Jackson and other Georgia musicians.

This undated prison photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows convicted murderer Andrew Brannan. The Georgia death row inmate suffers from mental illness that can be traced directly to his military service in Vietnam and should be spar
Georgia Department of Corrections / Associated Press

A clemency hearing for a Georgia death row inmate who is set to be executed this week is being held Monday morning.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is holding the clemency hearing for Andrew Howard Brannan, who is set to die at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson.

The 66-year-old Brannan was convicted in the January 1998 slaying of 22-year-old Laurens County sheriff's deputy Kyle Dinkheller. Authorities say Brannan shot Dinkheller multiple times during a traffic stop.

Bernice King is currently in a legal battle with her brothers over her father's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible hasn't gone on regular display since President Barack Obama used it while taking his second oath of office two years ago. The public hasn't seen the slain civil rights icon's 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal in recent years, either.

Both relics reside in a safe deposit box, the keys held since March by an Atlanta judge presiding over the latest — and in many eyes, the ugliest — fight between King's heirs.

In this Feb. 16, 1969, file photo, President Richard M. Nixon, is shown at his desk in the White House. Another window is opening on Richard Nixon's presidency with the release of hundreds of tape recordings and thousands of documents from that time.
File / Associated Press

The University of Georgia libraries have improved access to more than 30 hours of videotaped interviews with former President Richard Nixon.

The university says the videotapes had been largely unseen outside of the group that produced them in 1983.

The videos were donated to the UGA libraries nearly 15 years ago by Jesse Raiford, president of Raiford Communications, who said he wanted them to be housed at an educational institution that would make them accessible to the public.

Denis O'Hayer interviews Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
Katie King / WABE

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal reported paying his daughter-in-law's consulting firm about $607,000 in his final fundraising report from the 2014 gubernatorial election.

Campaign manager Tom Willis says Denise Deal's firm The Sassafrass Group receives the industry standard of 10 percent of money raised and was an important part of the campaign. According to online campaign finance records the company received about $1.3 million for fundraising and office management during the race.

Denise Deal didn't immediately respond to an email Friday.

Pam Champion, right, and Robert Champion, Sr., left, the parents of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, who died in a hazing incident, are photographed in their attorney's office following a press conference May 23, 2012, in Atlanta.
David Goldman / Associated Press

 Update: NPR reports that Dante Martin has been sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter and felony hazing.

A former Florida A&M University band member is set to be sentenced after being convicted last year of manslaughter and felony hazing in the death of a drum major.