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Officials: ‘Drunk driving … still a problem’

SMYRNA, Ga. – Authorities in Georgia and across the country are launching an aggressive crackdown against drunken driving. “Drunk driving is deadly, it’s against the law and unfortunately, it’s still a problem,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a news release. “With the help of law enforcement around the country, we are going to continue doing all that we can to stop drunk driving and the needless tragedies that result from this reckless behavior.” Data

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DNR: Play it safe on the water this Labor Day

With so much focus on the highways this Labor Day, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is encouraging boaters to play it safe on the water. “Holiday weekends often mean increased use of public waterways – and that means an increased need for safety awareness from all boaters,” DNR Chief of Law Enforcement Col. Homer Bryson said in a news release. “As always, conservation rangers will continue to strictly enforce all boating laws in an

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DOJ green lights United-Continental merger

The Department of Justice on Friday gave its approval to a proposed merger between United and Continental Airlines. “We are pleased to have achieved this critical milestone and look forward to our respective stockholders’ votes next month,” Glenn Tilton, UAL Corp. chairman, president and CEO, said in a news release. “The combination of United and Continental will create a world class airline, which will deliver an industry leading network for our customers and the communities

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Three Atlanta airport GM finalists named

ATLANTA — City officials have named the three finalists for the vacant general manager position at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “I am impressed with all three finalists and expect to soon name the best candidate to lead Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a news release. A city issued news release identified the finalists as: John D. Clark III, executive director and CEO of Indianapolis Airport Authority Louis Miller, former executive

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FAA proposes largest ever fine

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $24.2 million civil penalty against American Airlines — the largest ever proposed by the FAA. The FAA said it levied the fine against the airline “for failing to correctly follow an airworthiness directive involving the maintenance of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft.” The FAA contends American did not follow steps outlined in a 2006 Airworthiness Directive requiring operators to inspect wire bundles located in the wheel wells

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OSHA cites SeaWorld of Florida following animal trainer’s death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited SeaWorld Orlando for three safety violations, including one classified as willful, following the death of an animal trainer in February. The total penalty is $75,000. “SeaWorld recognized the inherent risk of allowing trainers to interact with potentially dangerous animals,” Cindy Coe, OSHA’s regional administrator in Atlanta, said in a news release. “Nonetheless, it required its employees to work within the pool walls, on ledges and on shelves

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AA to start charging for first rows of coach

ATLANTA — American Airlines is starting to charge travelers on domestic flights who want to sit “in the first few rows of Coach, including bulkhead seats in that cabin,” the airline announced this week. As part of its Express Seats service, travelers who pay for such a seat can board with the first group of coach passengers who board the plane. The fees range from $19 to $39. “Express Seats highlights American’s focus on offering

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Guns recall first president’s visit

SAVANNAH, Ga. — After George Washington visited the city in 1791, he sent gifts: a pair of bronze six-pounder cannons. Washington visited the city as part of his so-called “Southern Tour” following his inauguration. “We reached the City where we were received under every demonstration that could be given of joy and respect,” Washington wrote of his visit. Affectionately called “George” and “Martha” after the nation’s first president and his wife, the guns — one