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Rome Plant Laying Off Workers

State officials have been notified that a northwest Georgia firm is laying off 67 employees at its Rome plant.

Ga. No.1 In Women-Owned Business Growth

A new report ranks Georgia first in the growth of women-owned businesses. Researchers looked at business growth over the last 14 years. The study was commissioned by American Express and uses Census data.

PSC Could Check Vogtle Costs

State regulators are considering a plan to protect energy consumers. It has to do with potential cost-over runs on Georgia Power's 14 billion dollar expansion of Plant Vogtle.

Nuclear Plant Funding Deal Stalls

Georgia Power says it's been unable to reach a deal on sharing the financial risk of building a new nuclear power plant.

GA Hospitals Pump Billions Into Economy

A new report from the Georgia Hospital Association says, Georgia's hospitals injected more than 39 billion dollars into the state's economy in 2009.

Airline Exits Before Arrival

Atlanta-based Vision Airlines has scrapped plans to fly out of Macon. The carrier is blaming poor ticket sales. Vision planned to fly between Macon and Destin, Florida. The company chose the route because of the number of people from Middle Georgia who vacation in Destin.

House Backs Harbor Deepening

The Georgia House has adopted a resolution supporting the deepening of the Port in Savannah as well, as one across the state line in South Carolina. The House endorsed the measure 167-3 on Tuesday. It already passed the Senate.

Harbor Project Delay Until 2016

An official with the US Army Corp of Engineers says, it now will be at least 2016 before the Savannah harbor deepening project can be completed. And the Corp's Savannah District Commander, Colonel Jeff Hall says, that's "if" final approval and funding come next year.

Farmers Scramble To Replace Pesticide

Georgia agriculture officials say the early shut down of a Georgia pesticide factory early is bad for the state’s largest industry. Others say it’s good to force farmers to innovate.

Investors Ask Southern Company About Water Use

Under pressure from investors the Southern Company has agreed to share environmental impact information about water use at power plants. Requests for environmental impact data are up 50-percent this year.