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Athens Could Lose Postal Center

A meeting to discuss the possible move of the postal facility on Olympic Drive is scheduled for Wednesday at Hilsman Middle School. U.S. Postal Service officials say moving the Athens facility to Duluth would save money.

Forecast: State Economy Remains Bleak

A University of Georgia economic forecast said Georgia is likely to start regaining jobs next year, but not enough to reduce its unemployment rate.

Tourism, Retail Boost Savannah Economy

A third quarter economic report says, continued growth in tourism and consumer spending are boosting Savannah's economy. The data also suggests there's no easy way up for sluggish growth.

WORKING: Holiday Jobs

All those shoppers who crammed stores on Black Friday depended on employees to help them find items or ring up their purchases. Many of those workers are seasonal employees and part-timers looking for extra cash or maybe new opportunities.

Georgians Start Shopping Early

Black Friday’s morning rush was busy but largely uneventful in Georgia.

Athens Has Lowest Unemployment

The Georgia Department of Labor reported Friday the lowest unemployment rate in Georgia is in Athens with 7.5 percent; the highest is Dalton with 12.7 percent.

Coalition Tackling Breast Cancer

The Georgia Department of Public Health is part of a group launching a pilot program focusing on people at high risk for developing breast cancer. Experts hope to develop referral networks, streamline screening, and potentially reduce insurance costs for breast cancer testing.

Green Energy Plant Brings 150 Jobs

A company says it will build a renewable energy electric generation plant in Twiggs County, creating about 150 jobs. The Telegraph newspaper reports that WGS Energy Group LLC has signed a purchase agreement for about 275 acres of land in the Interstate 16 South Industrial Park.

Coal Plant Nets Final Air Permit

The group of electrical cooperatives planning to build a $2.1 billion coal-fired power plant in middle Georgia has received the final go-ahead from state environmental regulators. The sign-off on Plant Washington comes after planners pledged to make the plant cleaner.

Coal Plant Gets New Air Permit

The state's Environmental Protection Division has re-issued the air permit for a proposed coal-fired power plant in Georgia after the plant addressed issues identified earlier by a judge.