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Flooring Business Grows Despite Industry Struggle

One of the world’s largest flooring companies doubled its 4th quarter earnings. Mohawk Flooring’s success is a needed boost for a struggling Georgia industry.

House OK's Cutting Trees By Billboards

The state house passed a bill that would allow the clear-cutting of trees in front of billboards. It's a measure bill board companies have been trying to pass for years. The bill lets companies cut trees on state right of way property obscuring motorists’ view of the signs.

Earnings Improve for Georgia’s Banks

After a rough 2009, the Georgia banking industry is seeing signs of improvement.

Heinz Ketchup To Use Coke's Bottle

H.J. Heinz Co. says it is making its iconic ketchup bottles a bit more green. The food maker announced Wednesday that it will use Coca-Cola Co.'s plant-based plastic bottle technology for its ketchup.

Two More Georgia Banks Fail

Regulators have shut down two small banks in Georgia, making six banks that have failed in the state this year.

Delta Fined For Treatment of Disabled

Delta Airlines is facing a $2 million fine by U.S. Department of Transportation. The sanction is a result of poor treatment of disabled travelers and lax response to written complaints about the incidents. They occurred in 2007 and 2008.

Warm Temperatures Put Crops At Risk

By then end of the week some parts of the state could see temperatures in the 70’s. The early warm-up could put blueberry and peach crops at risk if temperatures go back down.

Obama's Budget: No Money For Harbor Construction

President Obama's budget doesn't include any funds for construction on the Savannah harbor deepening project. But the port wasn't completely left out. The White House budget unveiled Monday included $600,000 to continue the project's planning and engineering phase.

Lawmakers Consider Tax Exemption On Airplane Parts

State lawmakers from Augusta and Savannah want to renew a tax-exemption for airplane parts. Representative Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, introduced House Bill 234 this week, saying the measure would save aviation jobs in Georgia.

Georgia Forests Are Worth Billions

Georgia’s timber industry is worth $28 billion a year. But a new study says the state’s untouched forests are worth even more.