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Unemployment Rate Drops

The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined slightly last month. State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the rate fell to 10.2 percent in February, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.3 percent in January.

State Nuclear Regulators Monitor Japan

Southern Company’s Plant Hatch in southeast Georgia uses the same type of boiling water reactors as the Fukishima plant now facing meltdown in Japan.

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.