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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.

Drought Eases Slightly

July rains helped some of the state move out of worst drought category. More rain is possible by Thursday. Tropical storm needed to cause significant changes.

Food Recall Expands

A company in Lawrenceville that supplies foods for some retail outlets has recalled numerous products, including sandwiches, parfaits, wraps, plates and salads, because of potential listeria contamination. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Lawrenceville operation of Chicago-based Flying Foods Group's recall is an expansion of one that began on July 19. The expanded recall includes products made for Core-Mark Atlanta Division, RaceTrac and Starbucks. Core-Mark Atlanta Division products were distributed to outlets in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Mexico Opens to Southern Peaches

After a 17 year ban Southern peaches can be exported to Mexico. The action comes late in the peach season. Many growers will wait until next year to explore peach exports.

Fish Kill Spawns Second Lawsuit

An environmental group is filing suit against a Screven County textile factory in the wake of May's massive Southeast Georgia fish kill. The Ogeechee Riverkeeper is the second group to launch a legal fight against King America Finishing.

Study Moves Ga-SC Port Forward

Officials working to build a jointly-run Georgia and South Carolina port on the Savannah River will spend the next year looking at what to do with the river's sediment. The dredged clay will come from the bottom of the Savannah River and will be put on the river's South Carolina bank where officials want to build the shared port.

New Rules for Solar Tax Credits

The state Department of Revenue is trying to make it easier for people applying for solar tax credits. They're taking public comment on new rules.The program maxed out in the past couple years and solar advocates say that created uncertainty around investment