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GA Eyes NC Farm Worker Co-op

State officials are eying a North Carolina coop program that makes it easier for small farmers to hire foreign guest workers. Many of Georgia's large growers already employ such workers. The program could help farmers who continue to say Georgia’s new immigration law has scared away migrant workers this summer.

Imperial Sugar Settles EPD Violation

Imperial Sugar has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle multiple charges that the company violated Georgia's clean water standards. The state Environmental Protection Division says, the company sent sugary wastewater down drains leading to the river. The violations could have occurred as a result of idled or new equipment since the 2008 explosion that killed 14 people.

No Jobs in GA For Many

Nearly half a million Georgians are without jobs. The state’s unemployment rate is about 10 percent, essentially unchanged from a year ago. One expert says, there are simply no jobs for four out of five people looking for work.

No Jobs in GA For Many

Nearly half a million Georgians are without jobs. The state’s unemployment rate is about 10 percent, essentially unchanged from a year ago. One expert says, there are simply no jobs for four out of five people looking for work.

GA Power: New Rules Could Cost Billions

Georgia Power says the cost of upgrading or replacing power plants to meet stricter environmental rules could cost $5 billion to $7 billion through 2020. The Southern Co. subsidiary gave its first estimate Friday of what it would cost assuming proposed anti-pollution rules are adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Airlines Earn Millions During FAA Shutdown

Three airlines dropped their fares during the FAA shutdown, but Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and most of the rest of the industry bumped prices to offset taxes the FAA can’t charge while it’s closed. Former airline executive and industry consultant Robert Mann said the airlines often complain that taxes and fees depress demand, but when they had a chance to prove their point, they pocketed the extra money instead.

FAA Shutdown Worries Rural Airports

Operators of small rural Georgia airports are getting increasingly worried over the Congressional stalemate of FAA funding. Those worries go beyond furloughs and expansion projects--to issues of safety. In Georgia, 95 of 104 publicly-owned airports that serve only private and corporate aviation rely heavily on the federal funding now suspended.

Feds Schedule Vogtle Reactor Approval

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a license to build one of the nation's first nuclear power plants in a generation could come by December. NRC officials said this week in a letter that they plan to issue a final safety report this month on Georgia Power's plan to build two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

Savannah Area Courts Major Warehouse

Savannah-area officials are working to attract another big warehouse. Not much is known about the potential new company and nothing is finalized. But, industry officials say, the area is courting a 1.4 million square-foot distribution center in Pooler.

No Cost-Sharing For Nuclear Plant

In a unanimous vote, utility regulators rejected a plan Tuesday that would have tied Georgia’s Powers profits to its ability to stay within budget for its nuclear expansion project. The Public Service Commission will rely on regular reviews to monitor costs.

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