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2 More Georgia Banks Close

Regulators have closed two small banks in Georgia, boosting to 70 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.

Georgia Manufacturing Looking Up

Manufacturing in Georgia is looking up after a four month downward spiral according to Don Sabbarese, Director of the Econometric Center at the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

Deal Asks For Disaster Declaration

Governor Nathan Deal is asking the federal government to name all but two Georgia counties disaster areas. The request comes following July crop loss reports.

Business Bright For Solar Companies

Three solar manufacturers in the nation have gone belly up in recent months because they can’t keep up with cheaper production in China. But Georgia solar companies are weathering the global market fluctuation favorably...some even benefiting from it.

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.