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Elbert County Gets 200 Jobs

A German company is set to open its headquarters and a wind turbine component manufacturing facility in Elberton. The governor’s office says the investment will equate to $10 million, and create 200 new jobs over five years.

Insurers' Tax Could Aid Job Creation

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would use some taxes to invest in businesses. The goal is to create jobs but critics say it would mostly benefit investment companies, not the state.

Drought Forces Community Action

Lake Lanier’s water level stands only nine feet above its historic low of a few years ago. As a new drought tightens its grip on the state, some communities are taking action. Most of Georgia is now classified as in extreme drought.

WORKING: Deciding Between Two Job Offers

Every week, we talk to our resident workplace expert Brandon Smith about issues we all come across in our working lives and careers.

Jobless Benefit Cuts Proposed

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler is proposing cuts in some unemployment benefits next year. That would allow the state to repay a $700 million federal loan it took out to keep the unemployment trust fund afloat. Critics say the state should instead ask employers to contribute.

State To Open Second China Trade Office

Georgia will open a second trade office in China. Governor Nathan Deal made the announcement from Beijing on Wednesday. Deal and his economic development team are in the midst of a six-day, five-city trip to boost Georgia’s economic development with China and South Korea.

Train Bottlenecks Cause Problems

A study indicates that infrastructure improvements are needed to keep bottlenecks from hampering Georgia freight traffic. Morris News Service says an interim report of the study was discussed Wednesday by the State Transportation Board.

Injured Nuclear Worker Will Recover

Officials say a Savannah River Site worker contaminated with plutonium after his finger was punctured in an accident last year will fully recover.

Solar Industry To Push Lawmakers

Georgia’s solar industry says an old state law is stifling Georgians’ access to the energy resource. And a push is on to get lawmakers to change it.

Town Fights For Dairy Tourists

City leaders in the northeast Georgia town of Braselton are asking Mayfield Dairy's parent company to reconsider its decision to close its visitor center.