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Aflac Stock Down

Shares of Columbus-based Aflac fell 7-percent today. The company has lost more than 3-billion dollars in market value since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The company does three-quarters of its business in Japan.

Virtual Patient Lab Moves Medicine Forward

A commercial pilot is not allowed to get behind the controls of a passenger jet without spending time on a simulator. But, when a medical resident puts in a breathing tube for the first time they’re doing it on a live patient. But times are changing.

Georgia Nuclear Plans Under Scrutiny

Plant Vogtle in Burke County is where Southern Company plans to build the first new nuclear reactors the country has seen in three decades.

No Wristbands For Savannah St. Pat's

Savannah is taking a "less-is-more" approach to some crowd control measures for its annual St. Patrick's Day festival. This year's "big green party" will be the first in years without a wristband requirement on the waterfront.

Organic Conference Underway In Savannah

Organics Conference (Web) Montoya Georgia's organic farmers have one eye on the ground and another on Atlanta as they meet for an annual conference this weekend.

Georgia Keeps AAA Bond Rating

Georgia will maintain its AAA bond rating from all three rating agencies. Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that Georgia is one of just eight states with the top rating, which allows the state to keep borrowing costs low.

Savannah Debates Public Funds For Hotel

Savannah's Chatham County is considering building a new convention hotel near its Trade Center on Hutchinson Island. Officials moved closer to an agreement Wednesday over how much public financing the project should get.

Explosive Dust Found At Cotton Plant

A Georgia cotton manufacturing plant faces multiple citations from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for allowing buildup of explosive dust.

Jail Expansion Breaks Ground

Savannah's Chatham County has broken ground on a $71 million jail expansion. The project will nearly double the detention center's size to more than 2,000 beds and will take two years to finish.

Cherry Blossoms Arrive Early

Macon’s 300-thousand Yoshino Cherry trees are blooming early. Tourism officials are worried because the city’s Cherry Blossom Festival is more than a week away.

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