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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.

Senate Allows Billboard Clearcutting

The state senate passed a measure Tuesday that lets billboard companies clear cut trees that are blocking motorists’ view of their signs. The bill also restricts racy content of billboards by creating a 5,000 dollar fine for material that is obscene.

Nuke Plant Could Get OK By Summer

The chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a final decision on whether to approve several new nuclear reactor designs could come as early as this summer.

Georgia Startups Lead Nation

Georgia had the most business start-ups in the nation in 2010. And among the 15 largest metro areas, Atlanta tied for second-most new companies. The data comes from the Kauffman Foundation’s Index of Entrepreneurial Activity.

'Rural Sourcing' Takes Root In Ga.

Some jobs that have been outsourced overseas are returning to U.S. shores. A new trend known as ‘rural sourcing’ is beginning to take root - including in Georgia.

Statewide Weather Stations To Close

A network of more than 80 state weather stations, run by the University of Georgia, will start shutting down in the spring. The farmers, utilities, scientists, and insurance companies rely on the, Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, to make crucial business decisions.

Historic Black Neighborhoods Embrace Future

This week the first new house was sold under a project to revitalize two historic African-American communities in Augusta. For decades the Laney Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods have been plagued by abandoned properties and overgrown lots.