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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.

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.