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Some Kia Sorento Models Under Recall

More than 35,000 cars made by Kia are under a recall. It involves two models -- the Kia Soul and Kia Sorento -- the latter of which is manufactured at Georgia’s West Point plant.

Georgia Has 9th Best Road System

Georgia has the nation’s ninth best road system according to a report released Thursday. The annual study by Reason Foundation compares state’s Interstate highways and roads in a range of categories. It’s the second year in a row the state placed ninth. Georgia was fourth overall in 2000 but has fallen in the rankings ever since.

Savannah Harbor Will Miss Deadline

The head of the Georgia Ports Authority says, Georgia won't be able to finish a critical harbor deepening project in time for an expansion at the Panama Canal. Larger ships will be sailing through the canal in 2014 and ports officials wanted Savannah's harbor deepened to accomodate larger ships before then.

State Eyes Lead Paint Regulation

State officials are gearing up to start monitoring lead paint removal. The move comes after the federal Environmental Protection Agency introduced strict new regulations for contractors and some are not happy about the process.

Businesses Get Help On Health Care

Georgia State University has a new way for small businesses to calculate their benefits under health reform. It’s called the “50-State Health Reform Calculator for Small Businesses.”

South Ga. Businesses Defend Tax Breaks

It could be one of the most important recommendations the General Assembly gets next year -- how to re-write Georgia's tax code. As the state faces a growing budget crisis, state lawmakers are traveling the state to hear from Georgians how the tax code should be revised to keep the state business-friendly while also possibly ending tax breaks in a bid to prop up the budget.

Bidding Opens For Highway Rest Areas

In a cost-saving measure, the state opened bidding Monday for private organizations to manage highway rest centers. The Georgia DOT is looking for private companies interested in sponsorship and advertising space at the state’s 26 rest areas and welcome centers.

Private Prison Breaks Ground

A private prison broke ground Monday in middle Georgia. The 1,000-bed facility in Milledgeville is expected to employ 235 people when it opens in 2012.

AAA Predicts More Labor Day Travel

Travel industry experts credit a rebounding economy and the BP oil spill with a prediction for more Georgia travelers Labor Day weekend. AAA says, 921,000 Georgians, or about seven percent more than last year, will take a holiday trip this year. Tybee Island tourism officials say, hotels and home rentals on Tybee Island already have seen the tourism increase.

Savannah Approves Smoking Ban

Savannah City Council voted Thursday to ban smoking in all bars, restaurants, and other public buildings. The new ordinance takes effect January 1st and will require smokers to keep 10 feet from business entrances.