Thirteenth person dies from injuries from refinery blast

AUGUSTA - Officials say another burn patient has died of injuries suffered in an explosion and fire at a sugar refinery, bringing the death toll to 13.

A little more than a month after the February 7th blast at the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth, six other patients remained Friday in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Four are in serious condition.

A hospital spokeswoman says an 11th patient died Friday.

The patient's name was not released.

Investigators have said the explosion was fueled by airborne sugar dust at the refinery, near Savannah. They have not yet determined what ignited it.

Boy dies after collapsing at St. Patrick's Day parade

SAVANNAH - Savannah-Chatham County police say a 15-year-old boy watching the city's St. Patrick's Day parade with his father collapsed and later died.

Police spokesman Sergeant Mike Wilson says the teenager got sick and collapsed during the Friday parade.

Wilson says it does not appear foul play was involved.

The parade stopped briefly to allow an ambulance and emergency workers to take the boy to Memorial Health University Medical Center, where he later died.

Proposed Grady nonprofit board to hold first meeting

ATLANTA - Members of Grady Memorial Hospital's proposed nonprofit governing board are planning to meet for the first time Monday.

The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority is expected to announce the 16-member nonprofit board Friday, though the board has not yet been approved to make decisions regarding the hospital. It is unclear when that state and federal approval will happen.

Grady recently switched to nonprofit governance at the urging of lawmakers and the business community in hopes of attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in financing.