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Georgia Power Closing Three Plants

Georgia Power will be shuttering three power plants. The company cites economic reasons.

Jet Makers Defend Tax Breaks

General aviation industry officials say, they're getting a bad rap in the current budget negotiations from politicians denouncing a tax break for corporate jet owners. The industry has a powerful lobby in Savannah.

Hospitals Test Electronic Records

A Georgia non-profit wants to see if cancer patients can help drive the use of electronic medical records. A $1.7 million federal grant is helping the Georgia Cancer Coalition fund pilot programs at Rome's Floyd and Redmond Medical Centers and Harbin Clinic.

Fires Bring Mixed Returns

Despite the Okefenokee Swamp being closed to the public, the towns near the refuge are enjoying an economic boost from fire crews. Nearly 900 personnel have come to assist in fighting fires, and that has bolstered local businesses.

Utility Calls For More Solar Power

Georgia Power says it wants to add 50 megawatts of solar energy to its system by 2015.

Gulfstream Nets $2.5B Sale

A Chinese aviation leasing company has announced a deal with Gulfstream Aerospace to buy 50 high-end business jets for more than $2.5 billion.

Asian Demand Boosts Georgia Tobacco

Georgia’s tobacco acreage is expected to hold steady this year, thanks to a new buyer in the state and high demand in Asia.

E-Verify Explained

Next year, many Georgia employers will start using the federal E-Verify system to ensure their employees can work here legally.

Feds Approve Ga. Liquor Maker

Officials at a Middle Georgia distilling company say, they've received federal and local permits on the road to becoming the state's second fully-licensed distilled spirits plant.

Tourists Spent $21B In 2010

State officials say tourists spent $21 billion in Georgia last year. The money came from increases in the numbers of both domestic and international visitors.