Georgia college settles discrimination suit
Unmanned aerial vehicles
MOULTRIE, Ga. (AP) — Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists on the other side of the globe, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what’s happening in their fields.
In Georgia, a group of state and federal officials — along with members of industry and academia — has been working since 2009 to develop a drone that can save a farmer’s time and resources during the growing season.
The public got its first glimpse of the group’s drone at a flight demonstration last month at a research farm in Moultrie, Georgia.
By deploying a UAV with a multi-spectral camera to survey crops, farmers could spot water and nutrition issues, insect infestations and fungal infections.
“The UAV saves a tremendous amount of time,” said Eric Corban, founder and chief technology officer for Guided Systems Technologies Inc., a Stockbridge, Georgia, company that helped develop the software.
ATLANTA ( AP) — A metro Atlanta college has reached a settlement with a former student who accused the school of discriminating against her because she’s HIV positive.
Officials from the U.S. Attorney’s office said Tuesday that the settlement stems from a former Gwinnett College student being kicked out of the school’s medical assistant program because she was considered a safety risk to others.
Prosecutors say the woman had already been accepted to the program and completed a semester’s worth of courses when she was removed from the program.
Officials say Gwinnett College has agreed to remove questions about HIV and AIDS from applications, and train employees on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The school also agreed to pay the ex-student $23,000 for part of her student loans, emotional distress and pain and suffering.
Ga. port expansion
SAVANNAH, Ga. ( AP) — Port officials say the Savannah harbor expansion may begin now that President Barack Obama has signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014.
Officials said Tuesday that Georgia must now form an agreement with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine how costs of the anticipated $ 706 million project will be split with the federal government.
Officials have said the port expansion will make room for larger cargo ships. Savannah has the fourth- busiest container port in the U. S.
In a joint statement, Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss said port expansion is crucial for the region and will generate billions in revenue.
Rep. Jack Kingston, a Savannah Republican, says he urges the Army Corps of Engineers to sign the agreement and begin construction immediately.