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Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

Droughts signals bad news for peanut butter lovers

ATLANTA -- It's been 30 years since so few acres of peanuts were planted in Georgia.

The shortage and ongoing drought are bringing higher prices for peanuts and their favorite cousin -- peanut butter.

The acreage is down because farmers chose to plant cotton, which was commanding higher prices. It was thought plenty of peanuts would still be available, but many of the plants have not come out of the ground due to drought.

The situation has peanut butter manufacturers bracing for tighter supplies, according to Don Koehler with the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Georgia is the nation's largest producer of peanuts, producing 46 percent of U.S. peanuts.

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

BEST SPOTS: Atlanta Skyline Views

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of the best lookout points in the metro-area to view the Atlanta skyline.

The prominent Atlanta Skyline is marked with midrise and high-rise buildings similar to those one would find in a larger city like New York City or Los Angeles. The Bank of America Plaza formally known as the NationsBank Building is one of the most prominent buildings in the Atlanta skyline and is the 42nd tallest building in the world, is the largest building in the Western Hemisphere outside of Chicago and New York and is Georgia’s tallest building.

Other buildings included in the Atlanta Skyline are the SunTrust Plaza, One Atlantic Center, 191 Peachtree Tower, the Georgia-Pacific Tower, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Two Peachtree Building and the Promenade II.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Metro Atlanta Communities Recognized for Sustainability Programs

Metro Atlanta Communities Recognized for Sustainability Programs

ATLANTA -- Several cities and counties in the Metro Atlanta area are among the latest jurisdictions to earn Green Communities certification for leadership in reducing their environmental impact.

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) presented certifications to local officials at the Wednesday, Dec. 1 board meeting.

The city of Alpharetta became one of the first communities in the region to attain Gold certification for its sustainability initiatives. Cherokee County, Fulton County and the cities of Dunwoody and Woodstock all received bronze certification.

Green Communities certification is earned by implementing policies and practices in 10 categories, ranging in energy efficiency and green building to transportation and water efficiency.

Meet the Manning Oaks Elementary Green Team

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Over 50 students from Manning Oaks Elementary School in Alpharetta are doing their part to save the earth through the new Manning Oaks Elementary Green Team.

Under the direction of fifth grade teacher Melissa Decker and special education instructor Kristen Waychowsky, MOE students are learning about the benefits of recycling, both at school and at home. They practice sorting recyclables and converting certain items into new creations, such as turning a used milk jug into a birdfeeder.

Manning Oaks parents are encouraged to bring their recyclable items, such as Capri Sun pouches and ink cartridges, to the school for recycling.

The Green Team is part of an ongoing effort to educate and encourage families to improve the planet by going green.