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Opening Georgia Rivers for Recreation

A movement is underway to make Georgia’s rivers more accessible for recreation. A week-long event gets hundreds of paddlers out on a different river in the state each year, and it’s opening up those waters to more people year round.

Nurseries, Garden Centers OK In Drought

Georgia’s last drought shut down half of the state’s nurseries and garden centers by some estimates. The current hot, dry weather brought spring sales to a sudden end for many nurseries this year. But since no new water-use restrictions have been implemented, growers and garden centers are doing OK.

Robins AFB Fixes Safety Violations

Robins Air Force Base has resolved 36 of 39 safety violations. OSHA issued the citations because of too much toxic dust. Changes include better safety equipment and cleaner work space.

Contractors Plan Heat Training

The Georgia Branch of Associated General Contractors of America is calling for a “safety stand-down” Aug. 3. During the statewide work stoppage – lasting from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the job site – supervisors and workers will learn how to spot heat illness and prevent it.

Toyo Tires Will Expand

Toyo Tires in Bartow County will be expanding. On Tuesday, company officials joined Governor Nathan Deal to sign a deal expanding Bartow County’s bonding capacity by nearly a billion dollars.

Georgia Nets Green Jobs

A $300,000 federal grant is going to an Atlanta organization to help train low-income residents for jobs and careers connected to the environment. It’s the latest government money headed to Georgia with hopes of spurring development in the green industry.

Georgia Power Closing Three Plants

Georgia Power says it will be shuttering three power plants for economic reasons. Two coal fired units at Plant Branch in Milledgeville will close in 2013. That’s a result of federal regulation tightening air pollution controls. The company has said it’s too costly to upgrade those units.

Jet Makers Defend Tax Breaks

General aviation industry officials say, 7,000 Georgians go to work everyday in their industry -- and that should be good reason to keep a tax break in place for the wealthy customers who buy private airplanes. Current federal budget negotiations have opened a torrent of criticism toward what some -- including President Obama -- characterize as a tax loophole for fat cats.

Hospitals Test Electronic Records

Two Rome hospitals are making it easier for cancer patients to access and share their medical information digitally. It's part of a state effort to adopt electronic medical records.

Fires Bring Mixed Returns

Despite the Okefenokee Swamp being closed to the public, the towns near the refuge are enjoying an economic boost from fire crews. Hotel managers in Waycross reported increased occupancy over the last two months, and some restaurants have enjoyed a bump as well.