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Companies Push For Heavier Trucks

Some of Georgia's largest companies are lobbying state and federal officials to raise weight limits on highways in the states, a move they say will help the economy and the environment.

Hospital Cuts Narcotics Prescriptions

Starting Tuesday doctors in a South Georgia hospital emergency room will limit narcotics prescriptions. It’s in an effort to cut down on the number of so-called pill seekers.

Yarn Plant To Close

A yarn plant in Rome will close two days after Christmas, affecting the jobs of some 227 workers.

Savannah Jobs Lost

Savannah will lose roughly 155 jobs when a firm handling Medicare claims for the federal government shifts most of its operations to Birmingham, Ala.

Synovus Has First Profit in 3 Years

Columbus-based banking giant Synovus this week reported its first quarterly profit in three years. While other obstacles loom, the company said it’s a milestone.

Rivalry Game Brings Economic Boon

Saturday the University of Georgia Bulldogs arrive at EverBank field in Jacksonville, Florida. The border-war rivalry pits red versus blue. But local business owners anticipate a weekend in the black.

Deal, Others Reject Gambling

A Georgia Lottery-funded study says, the state could generate about $1 billion a year with three casinos. Some are calling the idea "dead on arrival." In fact, Gov. Nathan Deal has already nixed the idea.

Airport To Land 2,000 Jobs

Officials at Atlanta's airport say they expect 2,000 new jobs to be created as the result of a new international terminal now under construction. The figure includes some jobs at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and others in surrounding hotels and related businesses.

State Probes Port Permit Denial

Georgia officials will meet with South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control about the Savannah Harbor deepening project. The meeting comes after South Carolina rejected one of the project's permits.

Huddle House Fined For Labor Violations

Nearly 30 Huddle House restaurants in Georgia, Missouri and West Virginia must pay fines and back pay for workers after federal authorities found franchises had "significant" violations of labor laws, including breaking child labor laws.