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Music Industry Wants Tax Breaks

People that make music in Georgia want their own tax breaks. They’ve put out a study to drum up support for them.

Synovus Posts Improved 1Q

Synovus released its first quarter earnings report today, detailing a net loss of $93 M, both an improvement over a year ago and beating industry expectations. The bank attributed about one quarter of this year’s losses to restructuring costs as they seek to lay off about 15% of workers this year.

Nuclear Reactor Starts After Shutdown

Authorities say a nuclear reactor that unexpectedly shut down in eastern Georgia was back online and running at partial power Monday after being restarted Sunday night.

Deal Hints At State Paying Port Project

Governor Nathan Deal says, Georgia should be ready to ante up if the federal government doesn't come through on funds for the Savannah harbor deepening project. Deal's comments came this week of the Atlanta Press Club. Deal says, he's hopeful but realistic when it comes to federal financing of the $500 million port expansion. Budget-cutting and anti-earmark pledges leave the state with little room.

Kia Opens Jobs For Plant Expansion

Kia says by the end of this year, 3,000 people will be working at the West Point facility.

Ga. Power Aims For Water Conservation

One of the biggest water users in the state, Georgia Power, will open a research center to develop and test conservation technologies. The Water Research Center will be based at Plant Bowen near Cartersville.

Albany Hospital Merger Faces Delay

Georgia's Attorney General has filed a joint complaint with the Federal Trade Commission seeking to delay Phoebe Putney Health System's proposed acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital.

Court Rejects Coal Plant Permit

The Longleaf Power Plant in Early County was first proposed in 2001. In November the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue tighter regulations on air pollution.

Vidalia Onions Ship Worldwide

A swath of 20 southeast Georgia counties is the only region in the world that grows the sweet vegetable.

State To Study Farm Workers

Georgia has launched an aggressive ad campaign for its vidalia onions that ship out today. The state's Agricultural Chief says that may help address a possible boycott of Georgia’s farm goods which some groups are threatening in light of an immigration reform bill that awaits the governor’s signature.