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Cherry Blossoms Arrive Early

Tourism officials in Macon keeping an eye on the city's 300-thousand Yoshino Cherry Trees. International Cherry Blossom Festival brings millions to economy. Blooms last 7-10 days.

Senate Allows Billboard Clearcutting

The state senate passed a measure Tuesday that lets billboard companies clear cut trees that are blocking motorists’ view of their signs. The bill also restricts racy content of billboards by creating at 5,000 dollar fine for material that is obscene.

Nuke Plant Could Get OK By Summer

The chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a final decision on whether to approve several new nuclear reactor designs could come as early as this summer.

Georgia Startups Lead Nation

Georgia had the most business start-ups in the nation in 2010. And among the 15 largest metro areas, Atlanta tied for second-most new companies. The data comes from the Kauffman Foundation’s Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. In Georgia, for every 100,000 people, 510 started a business. That ties with Nevada for the top spot among states.

'Rural Sourcing' Takes Root In Ga.

Some jobs that have been outsourced overseas are returning to U.S. shores. A new trend known as ‘rural sourcing’ is beginning to take root - including in Georgia. The term applies to companies placing some jobs - typically information technology or call center work - in small cities and towns in the U.S. Costs to companies are lower there than in bigger cities, and they’re closer to what’s spent overseas.

Statewide Weather Stations To Close

Funding for Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network drying up. Weather data crucial to farmers, scientists, utility companies, and insurance companies. Total funding is 300-thousand dollars.

Historic Black Neighborhoods Embrace Future

The revitalization of two historic African American neighborhoods in Augusta is moving forward. After decades of neglect the area has seen its first new home sale.

Report: Georgia Manufacturers Doing Better

Georgia’s manufacturing sector had a good February with increases in new orders, production, and some improvement in hiring. The Kia factory in West Point, Ga., is adding up to a thousand workers by the end of the year and is planning to add a third shift too.

Coal Plant Gets New Permits

EPD issues new water permits for Plant Washington. Air permit still pending. Environmentalists may appeal decision.

Film Industry Lobbies For Tax Credit

Georgia’s film and TV industry tax credit is on shaky ground as the state looks to raise revenue. And other states could benefit from just the rumor of eliminating the credit.