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Court Rejects Coal Plant Permit

An Atlanta court is forcing the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to reconsider a permit for a new coal plant in Southwest Georgia. The court wants to know how operators of the plant plan to test for pollutants.

Vidalia Onions Ship Worldwide

Monday is the official ship day for Vidalia onions. A swath of 20 southeast Georgia counties is the only region in the world that grows the sweet vegetable.

State To Study Farm Workers

Georgia's Vidalia onions ship out Monday and with them comes an aggressive new ad campaign. That may help prevent a boycott of Georgia’s farm goods. State Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black says a billboard in New York City's Times Square is advertising Georgia’s vidalias.

Joblessness Down, Employers 'More Confident'

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says includes the words "encouraging" and "economy improving" in his comments Monday concerning the latest Georgia unemployment report.

Savannah Film 'Conspirator' Opens

Savannah has a starring role in a new Robert Redford movie opening Friday. "The Conspirator" is one of two big films made in the city after a decade-long production drought. The other film was Miley Cyrus' "The Last Song."

Foreign Business Leaders Tour Towns

This week international trade officials are visiting Central and Western Georgia. They’ll look at business opportunities outside Atlanta.

Georgia Loses Transportation Bid

Georgia is not included among the states receiving federal money for new transportation projects. The Federal Department of Transportation announced several projects in the Northeast and Midwest on Monday, in addition to further funding for Amtrak.

Kia Welcomes Major Shipment

Kia Motors is bringing in more than 2,800 tons of equipment to expand its Georgia plant. Heavy machinery and other equipment bound for the automaker's manufacturing plant in West Point is scheduled to arrive Wednesday at the Port of Savannah.

Flowers Foods Takes Over Competitor

Thomasville-based bread products company Flowers Foods is buying a major snack cake company. Flowers says taking over Philadelphia-based TastyKake gives the company access to 24 million more consumers.

Oglethorpe Power Buys Gas Plant

Oglethorpe Power has finalized the purchase of a natural-gas power plant in North Georgia. The company provides electricity to more than 4-million Georgians.