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Leftover Mercury Causes Concern

The Olin chemical company announced last week it will phase out the use of mercury at its Augusta plant. But environmentalists worry about what will happen to leftovers of the cancer-causing chemical once the switch is made.

Jobless Rate Jumps To Double-Digits

According to state labor officials, there are more than a quarter of a million Georgians that have been out of work for 27 weeks or more. Georgia's unemployment rate is up from last month and back into the double digits.

Corps To Extends Harbor Comments Period

A US Army Corps of Engineers official says, the agency is likely to extend the public comment period on the Savannah harbor deepening project. Some environmental groups and others have said the public comment window was too short given the immense size of the report and its technical difficulty. The official said an extension should be announced this week.

Delta Eyes Future Growth

Delta says it wants to be a part of future consolidation in the airline industry. The Atlanta-based airline’s top executive told an investors conference Wednesday that the company needs to be “flexible enough to participate” in “future opportunities”.

Athens Considers 'River District'

Athens-Clarke County economic development officials are looking at a plan to encourage development on a swath of land between downtown and the North Oconee River.

Court Rules Against Oxendine

A Fulton County judge has ruled that state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine disregarded application requirements when awarding small-loan licenses.

Onion Farmers Watch Drought More Than Cold

The state's Vidalia onion plants are doing fine for now. That's what the Vidalia Onion Committee is saying about the state's $83 million a year Southeast Georgia crop as temperatures fall below freezing and federal agriculture officials declare a disaster because of lack of rain.

State Tax Collections Rise in November

Georgia's revenues climbed in November for the sixth straight month. Property tax collections were 109.6 percent higher in November than in the same month last year. Corporate income taxes jumped 175.9 percent as compared to November 2009.

Film Industry Confident Tax Breaks Will Stay

Georgia's film industry is booming and some industry experts say that is proof enough that film tax credits are working. A committee of state lawmakers is reviewing all of Georgia's tax code and is expected to recommend sweeping changes in the upcoming legislative session. On the chopping block could be dozens of tax breaks that cost the state money and don't produce jobs.

Red Snapper Rules Reversed

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council had planned to eliminate bottom-fishing in a nearly 5,000 sq. mi. area of the Atlantic coast, including Georgia. But they have dropped those plans after hearing from fishermen who said that they would be hurt and scientists who said that a bottom-fishing ban was not needed to keep the species healthy.

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