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Government Construction Strong On Coast

Savannah-area sub-contractors are lining up for millions of dollars in government work. Local officials are pressing for the contracts to stay local. Chatham County is building a $70 million jail.

Insurers Seek Higher Rates

Georgia homeowners are likely in line for another round of rate-hikes on their insurance premiums. Several of the state’s largest insurers are asking the Department of Insurance for rate increases.

Coastal Training Center Adds Jobs

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center says it will fill 48 positions in Glynn County by moving some human resources operations there from Washington, D.C.

WORKING: A Message From The Boss

On average, we’ll spend more than 1,900 hours working this year. Sleeping is the only other activity that comes close.

Ga. Farmers Planting Less Food

The new state immigration law has some Georgia farmers planting less food for the fall harvest. They’re worried about a worker shortage. Some farmers couldn’t get all their crops out of the ground last harvest because they didn’t have enough people to pick them.

Broilers Get Bailout

The federal government is spending 40-million dollars on chicken. They’re hoping the purchase will help stabilize prices. The poultry will go to food pantries and meal delivery programs like Meals on Wheels. The USDA says it will help the poor as well as the farmers.

Metro Jobless Numbers Mixed

The state’s labor department has put-out the latest numbers on metro jobless rates for the month of July.

Regulators Sue Bank Insiders

Federal banking regulators are suing officials involved with Georgia's largest bank failure. The action against insiders at Atlanta-based Silverton Bank is aimed at recouping millions of dollars lost from failed Georgia banks.

Rural Company To Add Jobs

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that Firth Rixson Forgings LLC will expand its forged metal operation in Midway, and anticipates creating 75 to 100 new jobs in the southeast Georgia town.

Foreign Trade Deals Impact Savannah

President Obama's deputy trade ambassador visited the Port of Savannah to push for trade deals with Panama, Columbia and South Korea. The agreements have been stalled in Congress over jobs concerns.

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