Ge­or­gia col­lege set­tles dis­crim­i­na­tion suit

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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.

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