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Proposal To Help Boaters, Control Waste

State officials want to make it easier for boaters to stay awhile on Georgia's coast. The Department of Natural Resources is considering new rules for extended-stay boats. Right now, if someone wants to moor a boat in Georgia for more than 30 days, he or she has to ask the DNR.

Drought Shrinks Peanut Supplies

Georgia’s peanut acreage is at its lowest level in 30 years. That, combined with the drought will boost the price of peanut butter. This year many farmers planted cotton instead of peanuts. Prices for cotton were high and there were plenty of peanuts in storage.

Georgia Power Prepared For Heat

A Georgia Power spokeswoman says, the company is experiencing similar energy use and generation patterns as last year, despite this summer's heat. Lynn Wallace says, when temperatures rise, Georgia Power turns on lesser-used power units to meet "peaking" demand.

Georgia 9th In Power Plant Pollution

The Natural Resources Defense Council used industry data to rank state's toxic air pollution from power plants in 2009. Georgia came in 9th between West Virginia and North Carolina.

Coca-Cola Reports Strong 2Q

Coca-Cola released a strong earnings report this week. The Atlanta-based company says it had a 47 percent spike in revenue for its second quarter. Revenue totaled $12.7 billion. On the strength of that news, Coke’s stock is at a 12-year high.

Immigration Kiosks Debut in Texas

NCR, an Atlanta based company, is using self-service kiosks to help people file their immigration papers.

Delta To Stop Flights To 24 Cities

Delta Airlines has announced plans to stop flights to more than 20 small airports. Citing a $14 million loss, the Atlanta-based carrier says the flights to these airports average only half capacity, with some as low as 12 percent.

PSC Nixes Vogtle Cost Check

A plan intended to protect consumers from potential cost over-runs at Plant Vogtle is dead. The Public Service Commission staff withdrew the proposal after months of saying it was necessary.

Developer Pitches Albany Project

A real estate developer wants to renovate part of downtown Albany. Albany city officials are considering a proposal to fix up Front Street. The project is estimated to cost $10 million. It may include retail, condominiums, and office space.

Ga. Banks Feel More Pain

Federal regulators seized two more Georgia banks late Friday, making 16 failures for the year and 67 since the middle of 2008, leading the nation. And there's likely more pain ahead for the industry in the rest of 2011.