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Atlanta To Appeal Judge’s Ruling

A federal jury awarded $17.5 million in damages to an Atlanta businessman, after a contract was steered illegaly to a competitor.

Judge Rejects Coal Plant Permits

A judge has rejected two water permits issued by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division for a proposed coal fired power plant in Washington County. Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker says one permit didn’t follow correct guidelines for interbasin transfers--the act of moving water from one river basin to another.

Discrimination Charge Prompts Lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Monday accuses a Columbus window company of firing an employee because of his age. EEOC filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia on behalf of Ronald Henderson. The suit claims that a manager at Champion Window issued an order that Henderson be replaced with "someone young and energetic."

Macon Airport Could Lose Subsidies

A small airport that only has passenger flights from Macon to Atlanta may lose federal subsidies after ticket sales lagged last year. Georgia Skies flew less than 3,000 passengers between the cities in 2009 from Middle Georgia Regional Airport. Now, federal Department of Transportation officials are considering lowering the $466-per-passenger subsidy or doing away with it altogether, which would eliminate passenger air travel from Macon altogether.

Highway Widening Plans Go Public

State transportation engineers are preparing to unveil a plan to widen a portion of U.S. Highway 78 in northeast Georgia, and area officials are hoping the project will encourage development. Officials say the plan calls for widening the highway to four lanes from southeastern Clarke County to just outside Crawford in Oglethorpe County.

Judge: Coal Plants Got Bad Permits

A judge has faulted the permitting of a proposed coal-fired power plant in rural Georgia over its use of water. The judge said environmental regulators did not follow proper rules when it gave Power4Georgians LLC permission to withdraw water from the Oconee River.

Jobs En Route To Thomasville

A German company plans to expand its south Georgia manufacturing plant, creating more jobs. Wilo S-E is investing an additional 2.7 million dollars in the Thomasville location. Currently, 60 people work at the plant testing the company’s pumps used for water and sewage systems.

Big Companies Boost State Economy

This week brought very good earnings reports for several major Georgia-based companies. And that could have a trickle-down effect in getting the state’s economy moving again.

Mohawk Checks Could Arrive In Fall

Employees of Mohawk Industries who sued claiming the carpet manufacturer hired illegal immigrants to keep wages low could be getting settlement checks this fall.

Protestors Demand Banks Help Homeowners

Protestors rallied at Wachovia-Wells Fargo offices in Atlanta today demanding big banks work with homeowners on refinancing their loans.