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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.

Regulators Mull Checks On Vogtle Costs

State utility regulators heard arguments Wednesday over a plan intended to protect consumers from potential cost over-runs of the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle. More than a dozen people went before the Public Service Commission to voice their concerns over the project itself.

'Dram Shop' Ruling Confirms Law

A Georgia Supreme Court ruling this week likely won’t have much impact on the state’s convenience stores.

Coca-Cola Unveils 'Living' Billboard

Coca-Cola unveiled a “living” billboard this week in the Philippines. It’s a collaboration between Coca-Cola and the World Wildlife Federation. According to Forbes, it’s covered in thousands of Chinese tea plants. Each plant can take in 13 pounds of carbon dioxide every year.