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GPB News - Innovation

Forclosures Up, Bucking Trend

Georgia home foreclosures increased 18% last month despite a national drop in foreclosures. Georgia is working through a foreclosure backlog. Nationwide, July home foreclosures were down 7% from the previous month.

Georgia State Fair Cancelled

Authorities say a group that operates the Georgia State Fair, which has been held in Macon since 1851, has voted not to hold the event next year. The decision was made by the Exchange Club of Macon, which has operated the fair since 1942.

Carpet Giant Announces Layoffs

Executives of Dalton-based Shaw Industries say the carpet company is laying off employees at plants in the northwest Georgia cities of Ringgold and Eton. Company officials declined to say how many workers are affected.

Wells Fargo To Test Debit Card Fees

Wells Fargo bank will begin charging some Georgia customers $3 a month to use their debit cards. Georgia is one of four states where a pilot program will tack on the fee every month when a debit card is used. The pilot begins in October.

Kia May Expand West Ga. Workforce

Suppliers for the Kia Motors plant in West Point say they're considering expanding their workforces in preparation for the automaker's plan to construct the Optima sedan.

Balancing Water Conservation and Energy Needs

More than half the water in Georgia is used to make electricity. From nuclear to hydro-power, just about every river in the state has some kind of power plant on its banks.

Brunswick Port To Get $5 Million Upgrade

A Canadian company says, it will spend $5 million to upgrade the Port of Brunswick. The goal is to boost Georgia's growing wood pellet industry. European energy companies use wood pellets as renewable energy.

Ga. Included In Beef Recall

At least three major grocery store chains are recalling certain packages of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination.

Biomass Plant Brings Jobs

The largest biomass plant in Georgia is planned for Laurens County.The Courier Herald reports that Beasley Forest Products LLC and Land Care Services are partnering to build a 56 megawatt power plant near Dublin called Green Power Solutions.

Grants Help Small Businesses Export Products

Small agricultural businesses in Georgia and the South can get money to help sell their products abroad through a program with the Southern U.S. Trade Association.