Critics accuse Georgia governor of closing schools to help farmers

Aides are denying that Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue decided to close public schools for two days last month to ensure farmers had enough diesel fuel to harvest their crops, even though three oil industry lobbyists met with members of the governor's staff just hours before the school closures were announced. Staff members say the governor was worried Hurricane Rita could have caused diesel fuel shortages that might have left school buses and children stranded without warning.

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