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Low-Paying Job Growth Causes Concern

Georgia has seen a boom in call centers this recession. The rise in low-paying jobs like these coupled with a decrease in manufacturing worries some. Call centers have added about 1,700 jobs to Georgia’s economy in the past year. They pay from $8 to $13 an hour without benefits.

After Deepening, Georgia Wants New Port

State lawmakers could take up legislation in the upcoming General Assembly dealing with Savannah harbor deepening. But there's also another port-related project waiting in the wings that officials want action on.

Georgia Music Industry Looking At Tax Incentives To Spur Growth

An advocacy group is hoping to get tax incentives for Georgia’s growing music industry.They want to get benefits like those that have created a film production boom in the state.

Judge Rules Against Coal Plant

A state court judge is putting the brakes on a controversial new coal-fired power plant in Middle Georgia. Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker has rejected the plant's air quality permits.

Economy Predicted To Grow in 2011

Don’t be too cautious – that’s the advice to Georgia business owners from a top economic forecaster.

Leftover Mercury Causes Concern

Olin says the Augusta plant will be mercury free by 2012. But environmental group Oceana says that doesn't mean the end of the toxic chemical. The group says it’s unknown what Olin plans to do with tons of mercury stored on site once it’s no longer used to manufacture chlorine.

Jobless Rate Jumps To Double-Digits

Georgia’s unemployment rate is back into double-digits. State labor officials say it rose to 10.1 percent in November, a bump from 9.8 in October. It’s now a stretch of more than three years that Georgia’s jobless rate has topped the national mark—which is currently 9.8 percent.

Corps To Extends Harbor Comments Period

The US Army Corps of Engineers could extend the public comment period for the massive project to deepen the Savannah harbor. The Corps' District Commander says, the agency should announce an extension soon. Environmental groups praised the move.

Delta Eyes Future Growth

Delta says it wants to be a part of future consolidation in the airline industry.

Athens Considers 'River District'

Athens-Clarke County economic development officials are looking at a plan to encourage development on a swath of land between downtown and the North Oconee River.