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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.

Report: Georgia Manufacturers Doing Better

February was a good month for Georgia’s manufacturing industry, driven by increases in new orders and production, according to a Kennesaw State University report.

Coal Plant Gets New Permits

Georgia environmental officials have issued final water permits for a coal-fired power plant in Washington County. This comes after environmental groups challenged the plant in court.

Film Industry Lobbies For Tax Credit

Georgia’s film and TV industry tax credit is on shaky ground as the state looks to raise revenue. And other states could benefit from just the rumor of eliminating the credit.

Brunswick Jail Won't Expand Downtown

Officials in coastal Glynn County have narrowed their options for a jail expansion project. The possible locations appears to end years of bitter controversy. County officials need more jail space and so three years-ago they embarked on jail expansion in downtown Brunswick.

Indian State OK's Coke Lawsuit

An Indian state has passed a law allowing residents to seek compensation from soft drink giant Coca-Cola for alleged environmental damage from a former bottling plant.

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.

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