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Columbus Buys Hybrid Buses

Columbus will get four new hybrid buses for METRA, the west Georgia city's public transportation system. The new 32-seat Daimler Chrysler buses will allow the system to replace four aging buses in 2013.

State Study Explains Fish Kill

Low pH balance levels killed fish in Reedy and Brier creeks in Jefferson and Burke Counties. That's according to a state investigation. According to a Georgia Wildlife Resources Division report, the source for the pH variance in the 18 miles of waterways is unclear.

Festival Adapts For Survival

Augusta’s Westobou Festival is trimming back its dates for 2012. The art, music, film and culture festival will enter its fifth year by halving the previous ten-day schedule to five.

Pecan Thieves Beware

Law officers in Peach County say they're cracking down on pecan thieves, which have been on the rise now that harvesting is in full swing. Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese tells The Macon Telegraph that most of the suspects are gathering large amounts of pecans to sell.

State Unemployment Down Slightly

State labor officials say Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10.2 percent in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from September. The Georgia Department of Labor said in a statement Thursday that the state added 26,500 jobs.

Energy Taxing Water Resources

A new report says Georgia’s power plants are stressing the state’s water resources. Plants in Georgia remove up to 2.8 billion gallons a day.

HoneyBaked Ham Hiring 620

Georgia-based HoneyBaked, which is known for its hams and turkeys, is adding 620 jobs to its metro Atlanta stores for the holiday season.

S.C. Attorney General Joins Port Fight

South Carolina's attorney general has agreed to represent the Savannah River Maritime Commission in its opposition to Georgia's plans to dredge the river channel shared with South Carolina.

Immigration Law Hurts Restaurants, Farms

Business leaders told state Democrats at a hearing Tuesday that the state’s immigration law is still harming Georgia’s farms and companies. Under the law, many firms have to use the federal E-Verify immigration check system to screen workers.

LaHood Pushes Savannah Port Project

President Obama's top transportation official is throwing his weight behind Georgia's effort to get more than $400 million federal dollars to deepen Savannah's harbor.