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Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

The Obama administration announced on Friday that companies will not be allowed to look for oil or gas off the coast of Georgia and other southern states.

Last March, the federal government decided not to issue drilling permits for the mid- and south- Atlantic Ocean between 2017 and 2022, but companies hoped they could still search for oil and gas reserves.

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

Hospitals on Georgia's coast are now starting to get patients back who had been evacuated due to Hurricane Matthew.

Southeast Georgia Health System had to move about 200 patients from its hospitals in Brunswick and St. Mary's to facilities across the state, said Jacqueline Weder, a spokesperson for the system.

She said 245 additional patients were also moved from the system’s two senior care facilities. She said staff worked around the clock to move patients safely.

From Newlead's press kit.

A cargo ship has been stranded off the coast of Georgia for nearly four months, and much of the crew is still on board.

A lender foreclosed on the vessel in April when its owner in Greece got behind on loan payments.

That left the crew members, who are Filipino, waiting on the Newlead Castellano vessel for a new owner. They don't have the right immigration papers to come ashore.

Todd Baiad is an attorney representing the lender, who is paying the crew now.

By Gentry George, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Georgia's coastal salt marsh is struggling, according to a recent study. Over the past few decades, and especially in the last 15 years, the grass that makes up most of the marsh has decreased by about a third.

John Schalles, a biology professor at Crieghton University in Nebraska and an adjunct with UGA, used decades of satellite images of the central part of the coast to study the spartina grass that makes up most of the marshes.

Georgia DNR, taken under USFWS research permit #MA37808A-0

Scientists in Georgia are studying the habits of manatees. They’re catching, then tagging them with GPS transmitters, so they can track where they go.

The big, slow marine mammals come from Florida up to the Georgia coast during warm months. They can actually migrate as far north as Rhode Island, said Monica Ross, a research scientist with the nonprofit Sea to Shore Alliance.