ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Normally packed with vacationers over the Memorial Day weekend, beaches along the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast are largely empty as a slowly strengthening storm carrying brisk winds and heavy rain approaches. Subtropical Storm Alberto was moving north up the Gulf of Mexico Sunday morning National Hurricane Center forecasters said that as of 8 a.m., the storm was about 165 miles (265 kilometers) southwest of Tampa.

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study by the National Park Service found that rising sea levels threaten some national park land in Georgia. Among them: Cumberland Island off the Georgia coast, a fort near Savannah and another fort on St. Simons Island. WABE Radio reports that the park with the highest future water levels in Georgia is Fort Pulaski National Monument near Savannah.

ATLANTA (AP) - A woman running for the Georgia House sailed through her Democratic primary with admittedly little effort_and she thinks her famous-sounding name may have helped. Sandra Bullock of Smyrna, not to be confused with academy-award-winning actress Sandra Bullock, won without knocking on any doors, handing out campaign flyers or even setting up a website, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A goat's ability to chew and maintain public property at the same time will be getting a test run in Savannah this summer, when the city will use the animals to clear vegetation. The Savannah Morning News reports the city will rent 60 goats and two livestock guardian dogs from an Atlanta-area company Get Your Goat Rentals. The goats are expected to arrive June 19. Goats are able to clear vegetation in areas that are difficult for workers to clear or to access with machinery.

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