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In brief: Georgia expands gun carry law

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Criticized by one group as the “guns everywhere” bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances.

A few hundred gun rights supporters gathered at an outdoor pavilion along a river in north Georgia in the town of Ellijay for the bill signing by Gov. Nathan Deal and a barbecue. Many sported “Stop Gun Control” buttons and several had weapons holstered at their side.

The bill makes several changes to state law and takes effect July 1.

Report details problems at WIPP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government’s nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New Mexico.

The series of shortcomings are identified in a report to be released today by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Accident Investigation Board and are similar to those found in a probe of a truck fire in the half-mile-deep mine just nine days before the Feb. 14 radiation release from the Waste Isolation Pilot Project near Carlsbad.



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