La. education superintendent discusses teacher preparation on Capitol Hill

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Louisiana’s education chief testified before a congressional committee on teacher preparation and retention issues Wednesday (July 17). Some representatives in congress are concerned about the teacher turnover rate and some new teachers being ill-prepared for the classroom. Superintendent John White of the Louisiana Department of Education was among several educators from different areas who addr...

Opinions of SRS plutonium pit production clash at North Augusta public forum

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Open arms and general support for plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site sharply contrasted with questions, criticism and pushback Thursday night at a government-led public forum in North Augusta. A slew of officials – including Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon, Aiken County Council Chairman Gary Bunker and Jim Marra of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness – stumped that night, offering th...

Georgia delegation members urge timely, effective implementation of disaster relief funds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAV) – U.S. Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson wrote this week to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to encourage the Trump administration to work with the Georgia Department of Agriculture to get farmers affected by Hurricane Michael the aid they need as soon as possible. According to a release, in the letter, they praised Secretary Perdue for his support of disaste...

Corps discussing 3 options on lock and dam

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As it prepares to make a final recommendation to its division headquarters next month, the head of the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been discussing three options for New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam with local, state and federal officials, according to some who have been in those meetings. The two new options would keep the pool of water in the Savannah River between Au...

Hice, Allen amendment boosts funds for Fort Gordon cyber facility

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U.S. Reps. Rick Allen and Jody Hice announced Friday they secured passage of a spending bill amendment that increases funding for the second construction phase of the Cyber Instructional Facility at Fort Gordon. U.S. Reps. Rick Allen and Jody Hice announced Friday that they have secured passage of a spending bill amendment that increases funding for the second construction phase of the Cyber Instr...

NNSA announces $5M boost to Savannah River Site workforce, education program

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The National Nuclear Security Administration's first in command, Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, on Monday announced a multimillion-dollar investment in a workforce-development initiative designed to address U.S. Department of Energy needs and bolster the Savannah River Site's future. Gordon-Hagerty that evening introduced a five-year, total $5 million boost to the Workforce Opportunities in Regional Careers...

Department of Energy grant to develop area’s nuclear workforce

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Five area institutions are getting $5 million to better develop the area’s nuclear workforce and help meet a goal of producing 80 plutonium pits per year by 2030. Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, the administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration in the U.S. Department of Energy, was surrounded by the heads of the five institutions – Augusta and Aiken technical colleges, Augusta University and ...

NNSA chief to make workforce, education announcement at Aiken Technical College

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The National Nuclear Security Administration's first in command, Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, is scheduled to announce a workforce development and education initiative Monday during a visit to Aiken Technical College. Gordon-Hagerty's afternoon announcement will involve "support for programs at institutions" surrounding the Savannah River Site, according to a June 13 NNSA notice. The event is closed to th...

Disaster Assistance on the Way

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In October 2018, Hurricane Michael – the first Category 3 tropical storm to make a direct hit in Georgia in more than a century – devastated many areas of our great state. With wind gusts reaching over 100 miles per hour, this storm downed trees and power lines, destroyed poultry houses, obliterated infrastructure, and caused generational crop losses for a number of our farmers throughout South Ge...

Savannah River pool being discussed on Capitol Hill

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Washington, D.C. (WJBF) Capitol Hill will get a chance to weigh in on the CSRA’s Lock and Dam fight. South Carolina congressman, Joe Wilson, has introduced an amendment putting stipulations on the pool level of the Savannah River. The bill, co-sponsored by Georgia congressman Rick Allen and fellow South Carolina congressman Geoff Duncan, would not allow federal funding for any project that would l...

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