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Foreign Business Leaders Tour Towns

Nearly 70 countries represented on economic development tour. Organizers say it's a chance to see what's outside Atlanta. Local leaders hope it spurs investment.

Georgia Loses Transportation Bid

The recent Congressional budget deal includes a pullback of nearly $1.5 billion in money meant for nationwide high speed rail projects. Whether there's fallout on money tied to Georgia remains to be seen.

Kia Welcomes Major Shipment

Equipment to build a new stamping press begins final phase of journey from Korea

Flowers Foods Takes Over Competitor

Thomasville-based bread products company Flowers Foods is buying a major snack cake company. The purchase price is $165 million.

Oglethorpe Power Buys Gas Plant

Oglethorpe Power buys plant in Murray County. Company puts off biomass plants until federal government firms up rules. Permits and studies will continue on Warren County site.

Prosecutors Eye Gambling Cafes

The cafes are legal. But Winters and others are concerned a proposed law, created to deal with the café’s, would actually make it easier for them to spread. It limits the number of machines and prizes given to winners.

Gambling Fears Cloud Indian Claim

A band of Oklahoma-based Creek Indians wants to move to Georgia. Members of the Kialegee tribe are asking US Indian Affairs officials to declare part of St. Simons Island Georgia's first federally-approved indian reservation. Some local officials would welcome local development as long as it doesn't mean gambling.

Funds Could Boost Freight Network

Nearly $2.5 billion in new federal transportation money has opened-up, and Georgia’s one of two dozen states bidding for a slice. If Georgia wins some of the cash, the state’s freight transportation network could benefit.

Changes Would Have Little Impact on Meat Industry

Newly proposed food inspection regulations will likely have little impact on Georgia’s meat industry. Georgia farmers raise a million head of cattle a year.

Can You Quack “Aflac”?

Columbus-based Aflac is having open casting calls for the voice of its famous spokesduck. The auditions are scheduled in six cities, including a casting call in Atlanta earlier this week on Monday and Tuesday. The company also solicited video and audio auditions through April 1.

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