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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.

Forum Focuses On Job Creation

Gov. Nathan Deal will host the second meeting of his Georgia competitiveness initiative, which focuses on job creation and a statewide economic development strategy. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Conference Center.

Farm Waste Program Under Scrutiny

How the state regulates large-scale farm waste is under scrutiny. A federal review says 70 percent of the farms don’t have proper oversight.

SRS Layoffs Threaten Region's Economy

Layoffs at the Savannah River Site near Augusta could hurt the local economy, according to a study released this week.

Immigration Crackdown Hits Restaurants

Georgia restaurant operators are weighing-in on how the state’s new immigration law is affecting their business. On Friday, the Georgia Restaurant Association released the results of a survey.

Opening Georgia Rivers for Recreation

A movement is underway to make Georgia’s rivers more accessible for recreation. A week-long event gets hundreds of paddlers out on a different river in the state each year, and it’s opening up those waters to more people year round.

Nurseries, Garden Centers OK In Drought

Georgia’s last drought shut down half of the state’s nurseries and garden centers by some estimates. It was a double-whammy with the sour economy. The current drought, however, has not hit the growers quite as severely so far.

Robins AFB Fixes Safety Violations

Robins Air Force Base officials say they’re well on their way to resolving federal safety violations issued in the last fourteen months. Thirty-six of thirty-nine Occupational Safety and Health Administration citations have been resolved.