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More than 50 U.S. Congressmen are asking President Barack Obama not to allow oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of southern and mid-Atlantic states. The letter was signed by 55 Democrats and Republicans, including two Georgia Democrats, Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson.

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This was not a banner calving season for North Atlantic right whales. The endangered whales migrate to Georgia and Florida and have their calves off the coast, but they had fewer than average this past winter.

The average number of calves born in a season is 20, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This year, the agency counted 14 calves, and one of those died.

Numbers of calves were below average in other recent years, too, but it's too soon to be concerned, according to Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Clay George.

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If you’re in the Atlanta area and want to eat oysters, one of the places to go is Kimball House in Decatur. On any given day, they might have oysters from Washington State, California, South Carolina, Maryland and Virginia. The menu changes daily.  

“A lot of my focus is on maintaining what we hope others will view as a really solid oyster menu,” said Bryan Rackley, one of the owners of the restaurant.

Erosion is impacting Jekyll Island's North Beach.
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A proposal to drill for oil and natural gas off the coast of Georgia and other Southern states is now off the table. Last year, the Obama administration said it would consider allowing offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic from Virginia to Georgia. On Tuesday, Sally Jewell, secretary of the Department of the Interior, tweeted that the offshore oil plan the agency will release protects the Atlantic from drilling.

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Offshore oil drilling could come to the Georgia coast. The Obama administration is considering allowing it in the Atlantic, and will soon release a plan that could narrow down where it would be permitted.

The Atlantic has been closed to drilling -- or even looking -- for oil for decades. Last year, the Department of the Interior said it would consider oil and gas drilling off the coasts of Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. The next step is a draft plan, expected to come out soon, that could declare some areas, or even the entire coast, off limits.

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