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$1B Sports Complex Nears Approval

A billion-dollar sports complex is set to break ground near Lake Allatoona this spring. The 1,400-acre parcel is under contract, and the permitting and zoning processes are under way. Despite the hefty price tag and lingering recession, developers think such an expensive project will be a success. The Lake Point Sporting Community and Town Center could break ground as early as April along 3 miles of Interstate 75 in Bartow County.

State Manufacturing Grew In 2010

Georgia’s manufacturing index trended up in 2010. That comes out of the latest survey from Kennesaw State University's Econometric Center.

Low-Paying Job Growth Causes Concern

Georgia has seen a boom in call centers this recession. The rise in low paying jobs like these coupled with a decrease in manufacturing worries some.

After Deepening, Georgia Wants New Port

Savannah harbor deepening is first and foremost among legislative concerns for Georgia's coastal delegation. But there's another port-related project coming up behind harbor deepening that supporters hope lawmakers take up. It's a new Savannah River seaport that is to be jointly run with South Carolina in that state's Jasper County.

Georgia Music Industry Looking At Tax Incentives To Spur Growth

Fifteen states already have tax incentives. Film credits have created business boom in Georgia. Music industry would like to see similar growth.

Judge Rules Against Coal Plant

Judge Ronit Walker says permit does not set proper limits on emissions. Environmentalists applaud decision. Power4Georgians plans to move forward.

Economy Predicted To Grow in 2011

Robert Sumichrast says too many corporations are sitting on large cash reserves and small businesses are too reluctant to hire. That led the state unemployment rate to jump to 10.1 percent in November.

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.

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