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Gas Prices Sparked War, Now Lawsuit

A Southeast Georgia gas station chain is taking Georgia's Agriculture Commissioner to court over signs for gas prices. Parker's Market chain owner, Greg Parker, says Commissioner Gary Black's office told the chain not to post a lower gas price for people using the chain's debit card. Parker says, Black is overstepping his authority.

Senate Debate Gets Tepid Response

Georgia does a lot of business with China. We sell the country lots of forestry products and chickens. So why don't some industry groups want to comment on a trade dispute currently in the U.S. Senate? Some of them have unresolved complaints with the Chinese. Or their members are divided.

Fair Fever Returns to Houston County

The annual Georgia National Fair kicks off its 22nd year in Perry, Georgia Thursday. The fair runs until October 16th.

State Probes Prison Contracts

Allegations of conflicts of interest have prompted an investigation into Georgia Department of Corrections contracts.

Medical Premiums On the Rise

Premiums for employer-sponsored healthcare coverage rose 9 percent for families this year. That’s according to an annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. More employees are opting for high-deductible plans and experts say that’s worrying.

Manufacturing Hits Two-Year Low

Georgia manufacturing activity hit its lowest point in nearly two years in September, the result of a drop in production and new orders. The monthly Purchasing Managers Index from Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center showed a nine-point decrease to 48.7. Any number below 50 means the industry is contracting.

Olives Return To Georgia

The state's first commercial olive crop has been harvested and pressed into oil. Georgia growers are now planting thousands of new olive trees. Olive oil was shipped off the coast of Georgia in the 1800's.

Advocates Look To Solar-Powered Budget

A Southeast Georgia solar energy company is turning over a part of its revenues to a trust fund benefitting Bulloch County. Officials from Tabby Power Solar Company say, the fund is starting small -- with a few thousand dollars invested and a few hundred dollars in annual contributions to the county budget. But, eventually, advocates say, solar power could make Bulloch County and the rest of rural Georgia financially independent.

SC Denies Savannah Harbor Deepening Permit

Environmental regulators for South Carolina have denied a permit sought by the Army Corps of Engineers to deepen the river channel to Savannah's booming seaport in Georgia. Officials said in documents filed late Friday that the plan to dredge the bottom of the Savannah River would cause unacceptable harm to its water quality.

WORKING: Unemployed Need Not Apply

Many of the thousands who can’t find work have had no job for months. Strangely, their long-term unemployment might actually be hurting their chances of finding new jobs, according to our career expert Brandon Smith.

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