Severe thunderstorm, heavy rain pummels Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — A severe weather system has hammered north Georgia and the metro Atlanta region with heavy rain, hail, lightning and potentially damaging winds.
The storm crossed the area Wednesday afternoon and prompted several severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings throughout the state. A flash flood warning for southwest Fulton and northern Coweta counties expires at 10:30 p.m.
Meteorologists say heavy rainfall could cause flooding in small creeks and streams, as well as on highways and underpasses.
According to a global flight tracking website, more than 400 flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were delayed and more than 20 were cancelled.
According to Georgia Power's website, the storm left more than 12,000 in the state without service. Many of the outages were concentrated in the metro Atlanta area.
GEORGIA DEATH PENALTY
Hill's attorneys in court as execution date looms
Attorneys for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill will be back in court to challenge the constitutionality of a Georgia law prohibiting the release of information on where the state acquired its supply of a lethal injection drug.
Thursday's hearing will be in Fulton County court. Hill's attorneys are expected to raise questions about the use of an unidentified compounding pharmacy to supply the drug as they seek to delay Hill's execution set for Friday.
Hill's attorneys have also appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing he is mentally disabled and shouldn't be executed.
Attorneys for the state say Hill has failed to prove he's mentally disabled and that his case has been thoroughly reviewed by the courts. Hill was sentenced to death in the killing of a fellow inmate.
Ga. plans managed care for children on Medicaid
(Information in the following story is from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com )
ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say they're looking to hire a for-profit company to oversee the care of some of the state's most vulnerable children.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that youth advocates and pediatricians say so-called "managed care" of the state's 27,000 children in foster care, adoption assistance or the juvenile justice system could help better coordinate their health care.
The move is similar to one the state plans to make next year when it transitions roughly 430,000 elderly, blind and disabled Medicaid recipients into a voluntary form of managed care.
Hall County confirms eighth case of rabies
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Hall County officials say they recently confirmed the county's eighth case of rabies in 2013.
Officials from Hall County Animal Services said Wednesday that a dog recently came into contact with a rabid raccoon. The raccoon was sent to the Georgia Public Health Lab where it tested positive for rabies.
Officials say rabies alert signs have been posted in the area where the raccoon was found.
Animal owners are encouraged to get their pets and livestock vaccinated.
SAVANNAH RIVER WARNINGS
Coast Guard warns of high water on Savannah River
(Information in the following story is from: Savannah Morning News, http://www.savannahnow.com )
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard and Chatham County officials have told mariners and Savannah area residents to expect significantly higher and faster-moving water on the Savannah River.
Coast Guard officials have said the worsening conditions are expected to begin around Thursday and will likely peak with a 10-foot high tide late Monday.
Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer told The Savannah Morning News that continuing rains in the upper Savannah River basin have prompted the situation. He said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week began releasing water from flood storage reservoirs at Hartwell, Richard Russell and J. Strom Thurmond lakes.
He said that when water is released from the reservoirs, it typically takes about a week for people to feel the effects downstream in Savannah.
Created: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:15:24 EST
Updated: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 05:15:24 EST