BC-GA--Georgia Weekend Advisory, GA

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Here's the lineup of Georgia stories moving for the weekend of Oct. 27-29. If you have questions about the package, please call The Associated Press in Atlanta at (404) 522-8971 or (800) 222-1790.

For Saturday use:


ATLANTA — A big peanut harvest is likely to reduce prices on peanut butter and other products for consumers stinging from high grocery prices. U.S. farmers expect to bring in two-thirds more peanuts this year than they did in 2011. Armond Morris farms 1,000 acres in south Georgia, and he says farmers are getting more peanuts off each acre this year than last, when many peanuts dried up in the ground in unusual heat and drought. By Greg Schreier.

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MACON, Ga. — After several years of on-and-off planning, the childhood home of "Little Richard" Penniman may finally get state attention during the planned widening of Interstate 75 through the Pleasant Hill neighborhood. The highway bisected the historic neighborhood nearly half a century ago, and the house identified as Penniman's -- 1540 Fifth Ave. West -- now sits just across Middle Street from the interstate's chain-link fence. The house is a rental property, and on a recent day a man who identified himself as Scott Smith said he had moved in only a week before. Smith said he didn't know he was living where Penniman once had, and he gave an incredulous chuckle. But it was a welcome novelty. "It feels a little better, you know, to know," Smith said. He's not a big fan of Little Richard's, but he knows "a couple of songs" from the rock 'n' roll pioneer, mentioning Little Richard's 1958 hit "Good Golly Miss Molly." By Jim Gaines, The Telegraph of Macon.

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For Sunday use:


ATLANTA — They've been on the front lines of the fight for immigration reform, openly declaring themselves "undocumented and unafraid," committing acts of civil disobedience and fighting against state and federal policies on immigration that they view as harsh and unfair. When President Obama announced a policy shift in June, reaction from the leaders of the so-called DREAMers movement was mixed — some were overjoyed at the new opportunity while others saw it as a hollow, election-year ploy. Now that they've had time to consider the new program and its requirements and benefits, reaction is still mixed. While some of the young activists are refusing to apply on principle, others can't resist the perks of the policy even if they think it's not a perfect program. By Kate Brumback.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — They heeded the call when the Savannah-Chatham public school system was searching the world over for qualified teachers willing to take math, science and special education jobs that had been vacant for years. For six years a group of foreign teachers worked the jobs no one else would. They worked to motivate struggling math and science students at inner-city middle and high schools and saw to the needs of wheelchair bound adolescents with severe developmental disabilities. In 2011, after four years of service, Savannah-Chatham public school officials agreed to spend $185,600 to sponsor permanent residency for them but abruptly ended the process after deciding there are now probably enough qualified, American teachers who might want those jobs. As the foreign teachers' temporary work visas begin to expire at the end of the school year, they will have to leave their jobs — and the country. By Jenel Few, The Savannah Morning News.

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For Monday use:


ATLANTA — When the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals hears a challenge next week to Florida's welfare drug testing law, Georgia and other states that have passed similar laws or have an interest in doing so will be watching. Georgia has had its drug testing plan on hold pending the outcome of the Florida case. By Kate Brumback.


GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Imagine this: A teen and a friend are on the way home. The teen driver tries to send a text message: "Mom, be home in 20. What's for dinner? Bringing a friend." But neither the message, nor the teens, make it to their destination. According to, 11 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the wreck. That age group, the website claims, has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. "Everybody really is included in this problem — this distracted driving," said Dylan Richardson, a representative from PEER Awareness, an organization focused on educating youth about healthy decisions. "It's an epidemic, almost. It's become the leading cause of death among teenagers and it's a huge problem." By Lee Johnson, The Times of Gainesville.

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