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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.

Georgia Plant Marks A National First

A bio-fuels plant in southeast Georgia is marking a first for the nation. Range Fuels’ Soperton facility has successfully taken non-food biomass and turned it into fuel. The plant uses woody biomass from nearby timber operations to create cellulosic ethanol and methanol.

Deadline Looms For Scam Refund

About 1,600 victims of an insurance scam have a few days left to get their money back. August 31st is the deadline for people who bought policies from American Trade Association or its affiliates to request a refund. The state insurance commissioner’s office says the companies sold bogus health insurance plans nationwide.

Whopper Of A Ship Calls On Savannah

Savannah's seen a lot of ships, but none as big as the CMA CGM Figaro. The massive container vessel is so big, it only could dock at the Georgia Ports Authority dock with about half its cargo capacity. Port officials point to the ship as an example of why the Savannah harbor should be deepened. Check out our multi-media slideshow.

Plastics Plant Will Bring 75 Jobs

A German company is setting up shop east of Athens, creating 75 jobs. Moeller Tech will build a plastics plant in Elberton.

Tainted Peanut Victims Could Get $12M

A federal judge is recommending approval of a $12 million settlement for those sickened or killed in last year's salmonella outbreak tied to a Virginia-based peanut processor. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski issued his recommendation late Wednesday to pay more than 120 personal injury claims related to the outbreak. The settlement must now be approved by a bankruptcy court judge.

Perdue Suggests Tossing Income Tax

A group tasked with overhauling Georgia’s tax code is holding public hearings across the state. The first will be Thursday evening in Atlanta. While the group hasn’t formed recommendations yet, they’re putting forth some bold ideas.

Ammonia Leak Sends 25 To Hospital

An ammonia leak at a west Georgia poultry plant Wednesday morning sent 25 employees to the hospital. They were treated for breathing problems.

State Posts Restaurant Scores Online

The Georgia Department of Community Health has begun making restaurant health scores available online. The move comes as a growing number of states, like Alabama and Florida, are making the information available on the web

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