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More Hearings For Plant Vogtle Expansion

Georgia Power goes before state regulators Monday to give a status report on the nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle near Augusta. Public Service Commissioner Bobby Baker says things are going as planned for the two new reactors scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017.

Augusta Adds Jobs While State Struggles

The report from Georgia State University's Economic Forecasting Center says Augusta is the only metro area to add jobs this year. With 2,400 new positions, employment is up 1.8 percent over last year.

Kia To Hire More Workers

Kia Motors plans to hire another 1,000 workers at its west Georgia plant. Kia on Thursday opened the online application process for prospective employees for its plant in West Point, which is near the Alabama state line.

Savannah Considers Cutting Film Office

A year after hosting two high-profile movies, Savannah is considering reducing its film office to one person. The move puzzles some in the film industry.

Home Depot 3Q Income Up

The nation’s largest home improvement retailer reports its third-quarter net income jumped 21-percent. The positive report for Atlanta-based Home Depot’s follows that of rival Lowe’s this week.

Gulfstream Announces 1,000 Job Expansion

Savannah-based luxury jet-maker Gulfstream Aerospace says, it's adding more than 1,000 jobs in a $500 expansion. Gulfstream's seven-year plan calls for ramping up its jet production and maintenance facilities at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.

1,400 Layoffs At Nuclear Site

The company that manages the former nuclear weapons complex near Augusta says it's laying off 1,400 contractors next year. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions announced the news Wednesday in a memorandum to employees.

EPD Modifies Coal Plant Permits

The state has modified permits for two proposed coal plants in Georgia. Both of the projects have been held up with legal challenges.

Cremations Lag Despite Savings

Cremations are on the rise nationwide as Americans hold more tightly to their money during this recession. But Georgia is bucking the national trend.

Common Foe Creates Unlikely Alliance

A coalition is speaking out against Georgia Power’s 1.2 billion dollar rate hike request. Groups who might normally be at odds have found themselves on the same side of the fence. Georgia Power is asking to increase electricity rates across the board.