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Georgia Keeps AAA Bond Rating

Georgia will maintain its AAA bond rating from all three rating agencies. Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that Georgia is one of just eight states with the top rating, which allows the state to keep borrowing costs low. He said the 2.57 percent interest rates allows the state to realize a savings of nearly $35 million by issuing refunding bonds.

Savannah Debates Public Funds For Hotel

Officials in Savannah's Chatham County are closer to agreement over how much county taxpayers should finance a new hotel on Hutchinson Island. The project will add another hotel option for guests attending convention center events. But in the past few months, some have questioned possible public loans and hotel taxes going to the project.

Explosive Dust Found At Cotton Plant

Federal officials have cited a Georgia cotton manufacturing plant with multiple safety and health violations. The problems included dangerous levels of combustible dust similar to the kind that triggered the fatal explosion of Imperial Sugar in Savannah three years ago.

Jail Expansion Breaks Ground

Savannah's Chatham County has broken ground on a $71 million jail expansion. The project will nearly double the detention center's size to more than 2,000 beds and will take two years to finish. It's one of the largest construction projects in the area and a welcome bit of business for area contractors.

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.

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