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    Low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, a U.S. trade commission ruled Friday, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad. The 4-0 vote by the International Trade Commission sets up a two-month review period in which the panel must recommend a remedy to President Donald Trump, with a final decision on tariffs expected in January. White House spokeswoman Natalie Strom said Trump 'will examine the facts and make a determination that reflects the best interests of the United States. The U.S. solar manufacturing sector contributes to our energy security and economic prosperity.' Georgia-based Suniva Inc. and Oregon-based SolarWorld Americas brought the case, saying a flood of imports have pushed them to the brink of extinction. Suniva declared bankruptcy, while SolarWorld had to lay off three-quarters of its workforce. Cheap imports have led to a boom in the U.S. solar industry, where rooftop and other installations have surged tenfold since 2011. The main trade group for the solar industry and many governors oppose tariffs, saying they could cause a sharp price hike that would lead to a drop in solar installations by more than 50 percent in two years. Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, called the trade commission's vote disappointing for nearly 9,000 U.S. solar companies and the 260,000 Americans they employ. 'Foreign-owned companies that brought business failures on themselves are attempting to exploit American trade laws to gain a bailout for their bad investments,' Hopper said, warning that potential tariffs could double the price of solar installations, lowering U.S. demand and risking billions of dollars in investment. Suniva's U.S. operations are based in Georgia, but the company's majority owner is in China. SolarWorld Americas is a subsidiary of German solar giant SolarWorld, which declared insolvency last month. Suniva hailed the ruling. 'It will be in President Trump's hands to decide whether America will continue to have the capability to manufacture this energy source,' the company said in a statement. 'President Trump can remedy this injury with relief that ensures U.S. energy dominance that includes a healthy U.S. solar ecosystem and prevents China and its proxies from owning the sun.' Trump has not cozied up to the solar industry, as he has for coal and other fossil fuels, but he is considered sympathetic to imposing tariffs on solar imports as part of his 'America first' agenda. Governors of four solar-friendly states — Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts and North Carolina — oppose the tariff, warning it could jeopardize the industry. They cited a study showing that a global tariff could cause solar installations to drop by more than 50 percent in two years, a crushing blow as states push for renewable energy that does not contribute to climate change. 'The requested tariff could inflict a devastating blow on our states' solar industries and lead to unprecedented job loss, at steep cost to our states' economies,' the two Republicans and two Democrats wrote in a letter Thursday to the trade commission. A group of former U.S. military officials also urged the Trump administration to reject solar tariffs, noting that the Defense Department is the nation's largest energy consumer and follows a federal law calling for the Pentagon to procure 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Suniva called the case a matter of fairness. Even with better manufacturing methods, lower costs and 'dramatically improved efficiency,' the company has 'suffered substantial losses due to global imports,' Suniva said in its petition. The company declared bankruptcy this spring after laying off 190 employees and closing production sites in Georgia and Michigan. SolarWorld Americas, meanwhile, has trimmed its workforce from 1,300 to 300, with more cuts likely. 'After nearly 30 factories have shut down in the wake of surging imports, the legacy of this pioneering American industry hangs in the balance,' said Juergen Stein, CEO and president of SolarWorld Americas. 'We believe that the promise of solar - energy sustainability and independence - can be realized only with healthy American manufacturing to supply growing U.S. demand,' Stein said in a statement to The Associated Press. Hopper countered that a tariff would likely decrease the number of U.S. manufacturers, because of reduced demand. While the U.S. solar industry employs about 260,000 people, fewer than 2,000 are involved in making solar panels like those made by Suniva and SolarWorld. More than half of solar jobs are in installation, with another 66,000 in sales, distribution and development. About 38,000 jobs involve manufacture of inverters, racks and other products related to solar panels. Hopper told reporters she was optimistic that Trump would not impose tariffs on solar imports. 'The president wants to create jobs and increase energy security and economic prosperity, and that is the story of the solar industry,' she said. 'I think that is entirely resonant with his rhetoric and his concern.' ___ Follow Matthew Daly: http://twitter.com/MatthewDalyWDC
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  • One by one on a single day earlier this month, coroners from eight counties contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab. Each had just opened a death case that required an autopsy and each was told to call back the next day. There were no 'available tables,' they were told. It's a response that isn't unusual. Several times on any given week, coroners have been told there's no room at any of the state's forensic labs until other bodies are released. The backlog has sometimes left local officials who rely on the state facilities scrambling to find ways to store bodies. Meanwhile, anxious family members must delay funerals, burials or cremations. Officials hope the pressure on the lab will lessen when a new, much larger $6.68 million morgue, 17,511 square feet, opens in November. Expanded 'intake' and body storage areas at that Decatur site opened last week. But others caution the backlog could continue, fueled by a surge in opioid overdose deaths, a rising number of suicides and Georgia's growing population. 'It's tough,' Catoosa County Coroner Venita Hullinger said about the delays. 'These families have given up someone. Their whole world is upside down. And they can't even start their grieving.' Hullinger said she has waited as long as five days before there was room at the morgue at the GBI's Division of Forensic Sciences in Decatur, a 2 1/2-hour drive away. Recently, she alerted the state's medical examiner there had been two deaths on the same day. The morgue could only take one body and the second one could be delivered the next day, she said. Fewer autopsies? Autopsies are required in some cases — like in obvious homicides, when a child dies or if illicit or prescription drugs are suspected in a death. While Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties have their own medical examiners and handle their own autopsies, the 155 remaining counties rely on the GBI's 15 pathologists and three morgues. (Rockdale, Hall, Barrow and Henry Counties sometimes turn to DeKalb County for their autopsies.) 'Prior to the opening of the new cooler, there was often not enough space to accept bodies until others were released. Coroners would have to hold the body until notified when space became available.' said Dr. Jonathan Eisenstat, the state's chief medical examiner. Until there is an autopsy, there can be no funeral. 'It's common for us to hold them,' Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said of bodies that have to be stored a day or for days because of the frequent lack of space at the any of the state's three morgues. In an effort to alleviate the problem, Eisenstat has issued new guidelines designed to reduce the number of bodies turning up at Georgia's labs by lifting the cases where autopsies are required. Not everyone likes that idea. Hullinger called some of the changes 'alarming,' arguing, for instance, that those over age 55 shouldn't automatically be disqualified from autopsies as the new changes require. The rise in overdose deaths has increased the workload for pathologists. They have been increasing steadily since 2013 to 776 last year, according to GBI statistics. So far in 2017, a quarter of all overdose deaths have been attributed to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. 'The whole process sucks' According to the GBI, there are a total of 26 full-time forensic pathologists working for the state and in the four metro Atlanta counties that have their own medical examiners. That is well below what is recommended for a state of its size. 'As a general guideline, there should be one full-time forensic pathologist per 200,000 population,' the GBI wrote in a report to the governor asking for funds for more staff for the morgue. 'Based on Georgia's population of approximately 10 million, Georgia needs nearly twice the number of forensic pathologists as are currently working in the state.' Last year, each of the state's medical examiners performed 325 to 350 autopsies, a total of 3,609 autopsies. So far this year, the lab has performed 2,657 autopsies. Meanwhile, the national standard is 250 autopsies a year per pathologist. 'They're not funded so they can function the way the state deserves them to function,' said Hullinger, the Catoosa County coroner. 'Maybe the families wouldn't have to wait so long to get their results. From beginning to end the whole process sucks.' Not enough people and not enough space is a long-running problem, said Whitfield County Coroner Greg Bates. On Aug. 27, Bates called to request an autopsy. But there was not an autopsy table available until Aug. 29, which meant uncertainty in that family's funeral planning. 'That was not bad. It has certainly gotten better since the first of the year,' said Bates, who stores bodies at the local hospital until the state crime lab has room. This year, the state Legislature gave the GBI money to hire five additional part-time morgue staff as well as give pay raises to pathologists to make the crime lab more competitive with Georgia counties, other states and hospitals in hiring. The lab can now pay a starting board-certified pathologist $195,851 a year, which is more than the GBI director's salary but less than other states; the chair of the Augusta University Pathology Department makes almost $429,000 and an associate there makes more than $218,000. 'I think our new morgue will hold us 10 years,' said GBI director Vernon Keenan. 'What we'll need is more doctors.' Remains dating back to 1969 Contributing to the morgue backlog is one persistent problem: remains that either remain unidentified or are otherwise in limbo. The number of identified bodies at the morgue changes day-by-day. On Sept. 13 there were 33, including the body of a 66-year-old woman that has been there since Nov. 27, 2015. Her relatives cannot agree on burial arrangements. The body of a 60-year-old woman who died of natural causes in Clayton County has been stored at the morgue in Decatur since Nov. 27, 2015, because the GBI and local authorities cannot locate her relatives; a recently-located friend has offered to pay for a funeral. At the same time, the morgue is storing 277 unidentified remains, at least one set of skeletal remains dates back to 1969. 'We're working to have them buried but we have to have the authority to do it or get a court order,' Keenan said. 'It's time to bury the unidentified.
  • 05-08-34-35-41 (five, eight, thirty-four, thirty-five, forty-one) Estimated jackpot: $150,000
  • 05-39-54-63-66, Mega Ball: 15, Megaplier: 5 (five, thirty-nine, fifty-four, sixty-three, sixty-six; Mega Ball: fifteen; Megaplier: five) Estimated jackpot: $104 million
  • DP_Philadelphia 1, Atlanta 1. LOB_Philadelphia 8, Atlanta 7. 2B_C.Hernandez (26), Alfaro (3), Inciarte (24), F.Freeman (33). HR_K.Suzuki 2 (18). SF_N.Williams (4). HBP_by Lively (Albies). Umpires_Home, Alfonso Marquez; First, Larry Vanover; Second, Stu Scheuwater; Third, Dave Rackley. T_2:56. A_33,702 (41,500).
  • Kurt Suzuki wishes his newfound home run swing had more significance. 'It would've been cool if this was a playoff push,' he said. 'It's not that type of situation, but you still have to be a professional and go out there every night, grind out at-bats, play hard and see what happens.' Suzuki homered twice, Nick Markakis drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Friday night. Sean Newcomb (4-8) won his second straight start, allowing two runs, four hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Suzuki, who shares the Atlanta catcher's job with Tyler Flowers, hit his career-high 18th homer in the seventh and has 14 homer and 28 RBIs in 38 games since the start of July. It was Suzuki's fifth career multihomer game and third this year. Suzuki, who totaled 16 homers from 2014-16 with Minnesota, had never hit more than 15 home runs in a season, reaching that total with Oakland in 2009. 'He's right on everything,' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. 'On every swing it seems like he just misses a pitch if he doesn't hit it out.' Atlanta scored five runs in the first off Ben Lively (3-7) on Ozzie Albies' RBI single, Markakis' two-run single and Suzuki's two-run homer . Markakis' run-scoring single made it 6-0 in the second. Newcomb allowed one runner through the first three innings and gave up his first hit in the fourth, when Cesar Hernandez doubled leading off and scored on Nick Williams' sacrifice fly. Williams' RBI single in the sixth chased Newcomb. Newcomb has a 3.86 ERA in his last six starts. 'The thing the kid's got is a fastball, and he can throw it in fastball counts to good hitters,' Snitker said. 'They don't see it. It jumps on them, and there's more in there. I still think once he gets his feet on the ground and really has the belief, you'll see more out of him.' Lively (3-7) gave up six runs, eight hits and two walks in five innings. 'I was trying to find my fastball early in the game,' Lively said. 'The big part of my game is the fastball and it doesn't help when the fastball is staying toward the middle.' SNITKER Snitker, who has a one-year contract with a team option for 2018, wants to return for a second full season but he doesn't know what the front office will bring him back. Snitker is 127-148 in 1½ seasons. The 61-year-old has worked 41 years for the Braves, including 20 as a minor league manager and 11 on the Atlanta coaching staff. He can't imagine working for another team. 'This has been my life,' he said. 'It's going to be hard to think about being somewhere else.' HERRERA Odubel Herrera went 0 for 4, grounding out with the bases loaded in the eighth and ending a 16-game hitting streak against Atlanta. Herrera hit .409 with five homers, eight doubles, two triples and 14 RBIs during the streak. He began the night 12 for 24 in six games at SunTrust Park. STREAKING Williams, who debuted on June 30, has 52 RBIs in 75 games, including 22 RBIs in 22 games this month. ... Braves LHP A.J. Minter faced four batters in the seventh and has not walked a batter in 12 big league appearances. Minter has struck out 15 of his last 29 batters. TRAINER'S ROOM Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz won't make his scheduled start Monday because of a cut finger. Snitker said Foltynewicz might not pitch again this season. UP NEXT Phillies: RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 7.20 ERA) is to make his second start of the season and ninth in his career against Atlanta on Saturday. He is 1-4 with a 5.70 ERA against the Braves. Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (11-12, 4.52 ERA) will try to win for the fifth time in his last six starts. He is 8-6 with a 3.52 ERA in 17 starts and one relief outing against Philadelphia. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • 05-07-10-11-13-14-17-18-19-20-23-24 (five, seven, ten, eleven, thirteen, fourteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-three, twenty-four)
  • Adairsville 49, Murray County 30 Alcovy 35, Forest Park 6 Alexander 28, New Manchester 16 Aquinas 9, Calvary Day 3 Archer 37, Roswell 26 Athens Academy 53, Towns County 13 Atkinson County 49, Lanier County 30 Augusta Christian 43, Oakbrook Prep, S.C. 0 Bainbridge 51, Sarasota, Fla. 0 Banks County 35, Monticello 21 Benedictine Military 27, Vidalia 7 Berrien 34, Early County 14 Bessemer Academy, Ala. 20, Deerfield-Windsor 7 Bethlehem Christian Academy 62, Dominion Christian 0 Bleckley County 21, Northeast-Macon 7 Blessed Trinity 45, McCallie, Tenn. 19 Bradwell Institute 10, Long County 7 Bremen 51, Coahulla Creek 0 Brooks County 49, Monroe 0 Brookstone 42, Greenville 16 Brookwood 63, Berkmar 6 Brunswick 44, South Effingham 13 Bulloch 32, Robert Toombs 28 Burke County 35, Effingham County 19 Cairo 30, Shaw 7 Calhoun 40, North Murray 13 Carrollton 41, Woodland Cartersville 6 Cartersville 41, Cedartown 7 Carver-Columbus 20, Westover 0 Cedar Grove 41, Westminster 10 Centennial 34, Cambridge 21 Central-Carrollton 32, LaGrange 6 Central-Macon 42, Kendrick 24 Charlton County 35, Turner County 14 Chattahoochee 30, Dunwoody 14 Chattooga 40, Gordon Central 0 Chestatee 41, Habersham Central 37 Clarke Central 48, Cedar Shoals 7 Clinch County 42, Wilcox County 7 Coffee 31, Tift County 30 Colquitt County 27, Valdosta 0 Columbia 65, Clarkston 0 Commerce 35, Athens Christian 0 Concord First Assembly, N.C. 43, Rabun Gap-Nachoochee 19 Crisp County 36, Spencer 0 Darlington 43, Bowdon 21 Decatur 48, Grady 21 Dodge County 38, Southwest Macon 14 Dorchester Academy, S.C. 36, Bethesda Academy 22 Douglas County 30, Hughes 27 Douglass 41, Osborne 0 Dublin 53, East Laurens 0 East Hall 42, Lumpkin County 14 Edmund Burke 33, Pinewood Christian 9 Elbert County 56, Putnam County 7 Emanuel County Institute 48, Treutlen 13 Evans 45, Baldwin 2 Flowery Branch 54, Johnson-Gainesville 6 Frederica 40, Trinity Christian-Dublin 27 Gatewood 34, Augusta Prep 8 Glascock County 42, Pataula Charter 16 Glenn Hills 18, T.W. Josey 12 Gordon Lee 33, Christian Heritage 14 Grayson 74, International-Broward, Fla. 0 Greater Atlanta Christian 47, Union County 7 Greenbrier 37, Cross Creek 0 Grovetown 29, Richmond Academy 0 Hardaway 41, Columbus 14 Harlem 49, Butler 14 Harrison 27, Allatoona 10 Hawkinsville 21, Crawford County 8 Heard County 35, Temple 14 Hebron Christian Academy 48, Riverside Military Academy 7 Hephzibah 35, Hancock Central 0 Heritage School 59, Holy Spirit 8 Heritage-Catoosa 49, Gilmer 0 Hillgrove 37, South Gwinnett 32 Houston County 27, Spalding 7 Irwin County 21, Telfair County 14 Islands 37, Johnson-Savannah 14 Jeff Davis 27, Metter 7 Jefferson 33, Gainesville 3 Jefferson County 62, Westside-Augusta 6 Jenkins 31, Southeast Bulloch 21 John Milledge 49, Briarwood 13 Johns Creek 38, Northview 21 Jones County 34, Eagle's Landing 26 Kell 28, Cass 10 Kennesaw Mountain 49, Forsyth Central 42, OT Lakeview Academy 35, Providence Christian 14 Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 17, Haralson County 14 Lambert 36, Wheeler 27 Lanier 36, St. Pius X 33 Lee County 49, Thomas County Central 0 Liberty County 14, New Hampstead 13 Locust Grove 43, Hampton 17 Loganville 21, Walnut Grove 17 Lovejoy 41, Drew 33 Lovett 42, Towers 8 Lowndes 55, Shiloh 0 Macon County 27, Taylor County 22 Madison County 49, Franklin County 21 Manchester 30, Marion County 0 Marietta 18, Campbell 14 Marist 58, Chamblee 0 Maynard Jackson 27, Banneker 10 McEachern 38, Camden County 13 McIntosh 27, Riverdale 8 McNair 27, Stone Mountain 14 Meadowcreek 42, Lakeside-Atlanta 28 Mill Creek 45, Collins Hill 13 Model 21, Armuchee 7 Monroe Area 42, Apalachee 0 Montgomery County 24, Brantley County 20 Morgan County 41, Lamar County 21 Mount Vernon 42, Landmark Christian 14 Mt. Pisgah Christian 55, Pinecrest 24 Newton 48, Heritage-Conyers 17 Norcross 37, Central Gwinnett 7 North Clayton 12, Druid Hills 0 North Cobb 24, Pebblebrook 21, OT North Gwinnett 27, Mountain View 14 North Hall 13, Fannin County 0 North Paulding 32, Cherokee 0 Northgate 28, South Paulding 14 Northside-Warner Robins 23, Ware County 14 Pace Academy 35, Redan 12 Peach County 35, Westside-Macon 7 Peachtree Ridge 17, Discovery 0 Pelham 42, Miller County 38 Pepperell 24, Coosa 20 Perry 31, Veterans 20 Pope 12, North Atlanta 7 Portal 45, Wheeler County 22 Prince Avenue Christian 28, George Walton 14 Rabun County 49, West Hall 8 Richmond Hill 28, Lakeside-Evans 0 Ridgeland 48, Northwest Whitfield 7 Ringgold 31, Sonoraville 28 Riverwood 41, Lithia Springs 16 Rockmart 32, Dade County 0 Rome 62, Paulding County 0 Savannah Memorial Day 48, Windsor 0 Schley County 36, Dooly County 35 Screven County 49, Laney 0 Seminole County 53, Randolph-Clay 26 Social Circle 41, Oglethorpe County 7 South Cobb 35, Sprayberry 21 South Forsyth 37, Lassiter 20 Southeast Whitfield 48, LaFayette 26 Southland 24, Tiftarea 0 Southwest Georgia Academy 34, Westwood 0 Starr's Mill 49, Morrow 24 Statesboro 28, Appling County 21 Stephens County 33, Hart County 21 Stephenson 38, Mundy's Mill 14 Stratford 24, Lincoln County 13 Strong Rock Christian 21, Our Lady of Mercy 16 Swainsboro 66, Bryan County 21 Tattnall Square 35, Washington-Wilkes 30 Thomasville 40, Cook 34 Toombs County 20, Bacon County 14 Tri-Cities 41, Creekside 6 Trinity Christian-Sharpsburg 61, Loganville Christian 6 Trion 31, North Cobb Christian 6 Troup County 48, Chapel Hill 12 Tucker 44, MLK Jr. 0 Upson-Lee 31, Jordan 29 Valwood 27, Brookwood School 0 Villa Rica 24, Hiram 21, OT Walker 29, St. Francis 14 Walton 34, Dacula 20 Warner Robins 31, West Laurens 9 Wayne County 30, Pierce County 8 Wesleyan 42, Holy Innocents' 7 West Forsyth 20, Newnan 10 Westfield 27, Westminster-Augusta 7 White County 45, Dawson County 42 Whitewater 40, Griffin 16 Winder-Barrow 17, North Oconee 14 Woodstock 49, North Forsyth 17 Woodward Academy 21, Salem 13 POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS Dougherty vs. Albany, ccd. ___ Some scores provided by Scorestream.com, http://scorestream.com/ _____ Keywords: Georgia, Boys, Football, Prep Scores, High School