Morning Minute: A roundup of the morning's top regional headlines from the AP

These are your top regional stories of the morning from around the Southeast.

Tropical storm warnings after new depression forms

MIAMI — A new tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic prompting tropical storm warnings to be issued across a swath of islands in the Caribbean.

The depression has maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (55 kph) early Tuesday but is expected to strengthen and become a tropical storm later in the day.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Dominica, Guadeloupe, Desirade, Les Saintes, Marie Galante, St. Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat and Barbuda.

Tropical storm watches have been issued for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vieques, Culbera, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.

The depression is centered about 645 miles (1,035 kilometers) east of Guadeloupe and is moving west near 20 mph (32 kph). It's expected to move over the central Lesser Antilles on Wednesday afternoon.


Airport plans meeting after skydivers land on base

ST. MARYS, Ga. — Airport officials in St. Marys plan a special meeting to address security concerns after two skydivers missed the airfield along Georgia's coast and landed on a high-security submarine base.

The Florida Times-Union reports that airport officials are planning the meeting for Wednesday.


Officials say they want to know what steps have been taken by a skydiving business to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

The U.S. Navy briefly held the two skydivers in custody earlier this month after they landed on the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. They were released once their identities were verified.


Ga Tech to eliminate summer graduation ceremonies to cut costs

ATLANTA — The Georgia Institute of Technology is eliminating summer commencement ceremonies to save money.

The Atlanta university announced that it will hold two commencement ceremonies each year -- one in the fall and another in the spring -- instead of three.

Georgia Tech spokesman Matt Nagel tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the change is being made to be fiscally responsible. He said the move will save from $35,000 to $70,000.

Nagel said about 450 students participate in summer commencement. That compares to about 1,500 for fall and 2,300 for spring.


Jekyll Island seeks help reducing turtle roadkill

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — Jekyll Island's nonprofit foundation is seeking donations to help save a native turtle species that often ends up as roadkill.

Diamondback terrapins, which grow up to 7 inches long, thrive in the marshes off the Georgia island. But during nesting season, female terrapins seek to lay their eggs on high and dry ground — often the causeway that motorists travel between the island and Brunswick on the mainland.

The Jekyll Island Foundation is asking for donors for help raising $50,000 to fund a conservation research and education project focused on the terrapins. The study is a joint effort between the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the University of Georgia.

The foundation says more than 800 adult diamondback terrapins have been killed on the Jekyll Island causeway since 2007.