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Bitter court feud over sweet Vidalia onions

SAVANNAH, Ga. - No Vidalia onion will be harvested before its time. So says the agricultural commissioner who claims farmers should face fines for shipping one of Georgia's premier crops too early.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-04-14/bitter-court-feud-over-sweet-
Virus killing million of pigs

MILWAUKEE - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-04-08/virus-killing-million-pigs
Watch out, Northerners, here comes the kudzu

One of my oldest correspondents, now living west of Pittsburgh, tells me that the alarm is being sounded - kudzu has begun to spread into eastern Ohio.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-04-09/watch-out-northerners-here-co
Pet adoption event planned

About 10 volunteers will host Adopta-Paw-Looza at the Augusta Common Saturday, where they will have craft vendors, music, and various rescue groups offering dogs and cats up for adoption.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-04-07/pet-adoption-event-planned
Ga. food stamp/ drug test fight looms

ATLANTA -- A bill that would require drug testing for some applicants for food stamps and welfare generated controversy and drew fierce opposition from Georgia Democrats.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-03-26/ga-food-stamp-drug-test-
Sharpshooters may thin Ga. deer herd

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - A coastal Georgia conservation and development authority is considering bringing in sharpshooters to address an overpopulation of white tailed deer.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-03-20/sharpshooters-my-thin-ga-dee
Findings on GRU animal research differ; 2 agencies investigated complaints

Two federal agencies responsible for monitoring the welfare of animals in research labs came to different conclusions about Georgia Regents University's compliance with the law.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2014-02-24/findings-gru-animal-resea
Banned liquids get through security at Olympics

...sitting in a refrigerated warehouse waiting to be flown to the Olympic village. Russian authorities say the U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to provide a required certificate. LIGHTNING STRIKE: Canada picked a healthy Tampa Bay Lightning...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/olympics/2014-02-06/banned-liquids-get-throu
Kidnap threat names Austrian athletes, not regarded as 'acute threat' by Austrian Olympic Committee

A kidnap threat - delivered via a letter in German - that names a pair of female Austrian athletes is not regarded as an 'acute threat' by the Austrian Olympic Committee at this time.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/olympics/2014-02-04/kidnap-threat-names-aust
Grants available to support, expand summer meal programs

...or create a backpack program that sends children home with meals for the weekend.Grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the amount of $4,000 to $20,000, can be used for food preparation, equipment, supplies, storage...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-02-03/grants-available-support-expa