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Georgia Capitalizes On Wind Power

A new factory that makes parts for wind turbines opened in north Georgia Tuesday. Although the state has no large-scale wind project of its own, it's capitalizing on the manufacturing end of renewable energy production.

Safety, Industry Collide On Truck Weight

Georgia's 18,000 truckers could be allowed to haul more cargo if a proposal in Congress goes through. Some business groups and shippers are pushing a measure to let states raise truck weight limits from 80,000 to 100,000 lbs. Safety advocates says, Georgia had more than 3,500 truck-related fatalities from 1994 to 2009 and increasing truck weight limits wouldn't reduce those numbers.

Savannah Port Expands Refrigerated Space

The Georgia Ports Authority is expanding the Port of Savannah's refrigerated storage space for poultry and other cargo that needs to be kept cold. The agency's board approved the $4.75 million project Monday. It will consist of 20 container racks, each four stories tall, that will power refrigerated containers.

Lockheed Cuts To Hit State

Airplane-maker Lockheed Martin Corp. is laying-off 540 employees at three nationwide locations—including in Marietta, Ga. The company says it expects most of the affected workers to leave by year end. Lockheed is trying to cut costs in response to pressure to limit defense spending.

Nuclear Hearing 'Historic'

The country's top nuclear regulators are holding a first-of-its-kind meeting. The mandatory meeting of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission comes before voting later this year or early next year on whether Atlanta-based Southern Co. and its partners can build and operate two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

Cities Regulate 'Sweepstakes Centers'

Some local governments are issuing moratoriums on on so-called "sweepstakes centers." The centers call themselves "internet cafes" and offer prizes for games. Law enforcement officials call them "stealth casinos." The coastal City of St. Marys passed a local ordinance limiting them.

Another Year Delay In Port Deepening

It'll be another year before the Georgia Ports Authority can expect major funding for a long-sought Savannah harbor deepening project. The agency's director says, given the project and budget timelines, the best Georgia can hope for in the budget now before Congress is $600,000 requested by President Obama. That's enough to keep the project going but far less than the $100 million needed to start construction.

MLK Estate Sues TV Anchor

The estate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has filed a federal lawsuit against a television news anchor in Mississippi claiming that he has documents taken from the slain civil rights leader by a former employee, the anchor's mother.

Outrage Over Ogeechee Settlement

Georgians affected by the illegal pollution of the Ogeechee River for the past five years aren’t satisfied with the Environmental Protection Division’s handling of the case. The EPD reached a one million dollar settlement with the company even though, under Georgia law, the fine could have been much higher.

WORKING: When An Icon Leaves

When Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple, Inc. in August, speculation started right away that his replacement won’t be able to maintain the company’s success. Our workplace expert, Brandon Smith, said that is usually true when an iconic leader departs, and it’s a pattern that holds in giant, international corporations and family-owned businesses.

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