The Union Recorder

April 18, 2014

Morning Update for Friday, April 18


The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Good morning. Here’s a look at what’s happening today.





Weather: 





A chance of showers in the morning then showers in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 50s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of Rain 90 percent. Friday night showers in the evening then showers likely after midnight. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the evening. Lows in the upper 40s. Northeast winds around 15 mph. Chance of Rain 80 percent.

On this day:

Today is Good Friday. It’s also the kickoff for Consumer Awareness Week, a weeklong event aimed at advising and helping consumers with their rights. 

Best bet for today:           

All non-emergency city and county departments will be closed in observance of Good Friday. But stop by the Sallie Ellis Davis House and check out the latest exhibit, showcasing the exhibit “Prominent Black Educators.” Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for seniors; university faculty, staff and students are free. For information call 478-445-4545.

Upcoming events:

The Oconee Valley Iris Club will hold its annual Spring show at the Milledgeville Mall. Entries will be accepted from 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and judging will begin at 11. The show is free and open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4:30. Irises will be on sale at a bargain price.

Our poll question for the week:

If you saw someone littering would you report them? Click here to vote:

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10 Things to Know for Today from The Associated Press

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENIES CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS

Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN SHIP

Officials say they're looking at whether the third mate ordered a turn whose degree was so sharp that it caused the ship to list.

3. TRAGEDY ON THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK

An avalanche on Mount Everest kills at least 12 local guides, and three more are missing in the deadliest disaster in the mountain's history.

4. WHAT'S IN THE NEW OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PRIVACY POLICY

It explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that online comments are in the open domain.

5. OBAMA TOUTS HEALTH CARE PROGRESS

New numbers on "Obamacare" enrollment are encouraging to the president, but still to be announced is how many of those were previously uninsured.

6. HOLY WEEK COMMEMORATIONS CONTINUE

Christians are marking Good Friday with prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City, while Pope Francis joins a torch-lit Via Crucis procession later in the day.

7. HOW THE OFFICER KILLED AFTER BOSTON BOMBINGS IS BEING REMEMBERED

Sean Collier will be honored in a ceremony at MIT, and some 25 friends and family will run the marathon to raise money for a scholarship fund named for him.

8. CHINA SAYS ONE-FIFTH OF ITS FARMLAND IS POLLUTED

The admission by Beijing is a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

9. NEW DETAILS ABOUT DEATH DURING A LONG 911 CALL

Search warrants say the man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a dispatcher had eaten marijuana-infused candy from one of Denver's pot dispensaries.

10. WHO IS NOT SINGIN' THE BLUES

St. Louis outlasted the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime to take Game 1 of its NHL playoff series.