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Cool Air Comes at a High Price

There’s a high cost to keeping cool, and Georgia Power customers have really felt the heat with bills that have doubled or even tripled this summer. This season’s usage peaked on Thursday at 17,014 megawatts. But that number is still far behind the all-time record of nearly 18,000 megawatts in August 2007.

Savannah Contracts Cruise Study

The city has been playing catch up to Charleston, since the South Carolina port started getting cruise ship tourism earlier this year. The city is splitting the cost of a cruise ship feasibility study with the state and the Savannah Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The interim City Manager said the study should take 3-6 months to complete.

Tiya Comes To Fort Benning

A Louisiana-based company has landed a nearly $118 million contract.

Grant Will Redevelop Cotton Mills

Macon and Bibb County leaders say they've been awarded $1.5 million Community Block Development Grant. The city and the county applied jointly for a grant in the federal 2009 disaster recovery competition.

Chemical Fire Poses No Risk

Emergency management officials say a fire at an Athens chemical plant poses no public health risk. Chuck Gulley, coordinator of the Athens-Clarke Emergency Management Agency, told the Athens Banner-Herald that samples taken from the air and water near the blaze at J&J Chemical Co. showed safe levels of chemicals from the fire.

Without Tax Break, Retailers Get Creative

Georgia back-to-school shoppers won't get any sales tax relief this year, but that's not stopping retailers from trying to entice them with ways to part with their cash. Without some kind of incentive to buy, retailers fear a dip in back-to-school sales. Some retailers are having the holiday anyway and paying the taxes themselves.

Augusta Hotels Raided For Unpaid Taxes

Five Augusta hotels were raided Monday by the Georgia Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. According to his lawyer, the owner was already making payments to the agency.

Ruling Could Slow Water Transfers

An administrative law judge's decision could make it harder for power companies and other water users to transfer water across basin boundaries. Power company officials say, the difference is only procedural and amounts to a delay of just a matter of months.

Music Hall Of Fame Reopening

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame can now be visited on Sundays and Mondays. The museum saw no benefits in closing two days a week.

Hospitals To Share Records Electronically

A group of hospitals in Augusta is working on a system for sharing electronic medical records. The effort could make it easier for healthcare providers to track patients’ information across the region, the state and eventually the nation.

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