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Study Moves Ga-SC Port Forward

Officials working to build a jointly-run Georgia and South Carolina port on the Savannah River will spend the next year looking at what to do with the river's sediment. The dredged clay from the bottom of the Savannah River is expected to save the states millions of dollars.

New Rules for Solar Tax Credits

The state Department of Revenue is trying to make it easier for people applying for solar tax credits. They're taking public comment on new rules. Lawmakers extended the popular program this year and raised the cap to five million dollars.

Salmonella Outbreak In Papayas

Eight Georgians are recovering from salmonella poisoning after eating tainted papayas. A nationwide recall includes the four brands Yaya, Blondie, Mananita,, and Tastylicious. There have been 97 of these salmonella cases in 23 states across the US.

Georgia Bank Ranks Number One

Georgia leads the nation in failed banks. One Macon financial institution is earning high marks for how it does business. State Bank and Trust ranks number one in the industry’s Bank Director Magazine. Financial analysts rank banks on assets, capital, and profitability.

Rural Post Offices May Close

Rural Georgia post offices could close as the U.S. Postal Service shutters locations nationwide due to low revenue. Instead, the USPS plans to open what they call “Village Post Offices”.

Discussion Resumes for Savannah River Port

Georgia and South Carolina port officials have agreed to move forward with studying a proposal to build a shared shipping terminal on the Savannah River.

Long-Term Unemployment Rate Still High

The most recent unemployment numbers from the state labor commission show many Georgians still can’t find work. And about 250,000 residents have been out of work for at least seven months. That’s more than half of the unemployed worker pool.

Fuel Efficient Cars May Change Fuel Tax

Georgia transportation officials are looking at new ways to pay for building and maintaining roads. One idea targets people who drive fuel efficient vehicles.

Georgia Airport Workers Stay Home

336 Federal Aviation Administration employees from the Atlanta-area have been forced to stay home following an imposed furlough. These employees include airport planners, engineers, and specialists from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Savannah Port Sets New Record

Savannah's booming seaport has set another record for the amount of cargo moving through its gates after posting double-digit growth in the past 12 months.