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Georgia loses court ruling on water rights

By Times Wires
Published February 6, 2008


ATLANTA

Georgia lost a major court fight in the Southern battle over water rights on Tuesday when a federal appeals court said the state could not withdraw as much water as it had planned from an Atlanta-area reservoir. The victory went to Alabama and Florida, which had contended that Georgia's plan would siphon off water that should flow downstream to their consumers. The two states had brought the suit to undo an agreement between Georgia and the Army Corps of Engineers that would have given Georgia rights to use a nearly quarter of the water in Lake Sidney Lanier, which supplies drinking water to northern Georgia.

WASHINGTON

U.S. plans changes for guest workers

The Bush administration plans today to announce an overhaul in the agricultural guest-worker program in a bid to increase the number of legal foreign laborers available for the fruit-and-vegetable harvest. The change is aimed at ending the worker shortage that came as the U.S. government cracked down on illegal border crossings.

Elsewhere

New York: Manuel Salazar-Espinosa, 58, a Colombian described by the U.S. government as a major drug lord, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison for shipping cocaine into the United States.