News MIDDAY UPDATE: UGA preparing for possible layoffs in budget cuts; court tosses FCC ‘wardrobe malfunction’ fine; Hurricane Fausto grows to category 2 storm

The University of Georgia is bracing for possible layoffs as part of state-mandated budget cuts for all Georgia colleges.

Gov. Sonny Perdue asked every state agency to trim 3.5 percent from their budgets, but University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis told colleges to cut 5 percent. For UGA, that would mean about $20 million.

UGA senior vice president Tim Burgess says layoffs are possible under the cuts. The state Board of Regents will vote on a systemwide budget reduction plan at its meeting in August.

Those recommendations will be forwarded to state legislators, who will take up the issue when they convene in January. State tax revenues are down 1 percent, or $600 million, over the last year.

– Associated Press

Court tosses FCC ‘wardrobe malfunction’ fine

A federal appeals court on Monday threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp. for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that ended with Janet Jackson’s breast-baring ‘‘wardrobe malfunction.’’

The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission ‘‘acted arbitrarily and capriciously’’ in issuing the fine for the fleeting image of nudity.

The 90 million people watching the Super Bowl, many of them children, heard Justin Timberlake sing, ‘‘Gonna have you naked by the end of this song,’’ as he reached for Jackson’s bustier.

The court found that the FCC deviated from its nearly 30-year practice of fining indecent broadcast programming only when it was so ‘‘pervasive as to amount to ’shock treatment’ for the audience.’’

‘‘Like any agency, the FCC may change its policies without judicial second-guessing,’’ the court said. ‘‘But it cannot change a well-established course of action without supplying notice of and a reasoned explanation for its policy departure.’’

– Associated Press

Hurricane Fausto grows to category 2 storm

Hurricane Fausto has increased to a category 2 storm in the Pacific while Tropical Storm Dolly moves over Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and heads for the Gulf of Mexico.

Though Hurricane Fausto has increased in strength, the National Hurricane Center in Miami says the storm has probably reached its peak intensity and is expected to weaken during the next 24 hours. Fausto’s maximum sustained winds are near 100 mph and the storm’s center is 405 miles west-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Dolly is expected to strengthen as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico and could become a hurricane on Tuesday. Its winds are near 50 mph.

Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Cristobal continues to move northeast, away from the U.S. coast.

– Associated Press


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