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Diseases Hit Blueberries

Some blueberries in South Georgia are at risk of getting two new diseases. Ring Blotch and Leaf Scorch are becoming more prominent in Southern High Bush varieties. It is the most profitable fruit in Georgia and blueberry farmers worried these diseases could ruin their crops.

Savannah Dredging Gets Boost

Key political and business leaders are backing the dredging of the Port of Savannah to make it accessible to larger ships traveling through the Panama Canal.

Georgia's New Tax Code Still to Be Decided

The group charged with making Georgia’s tax code more business friendly met again Wednesday in Atlanta. With about a month left to make recommendations to lawmakers it still has no concrete ideas.

Rate Hike Still Pending

Testimony wrapped up Wednesday at the Public Service Commission about Georgia Power’s request to raise rates. Georgia Power wants approval to charge customers another $1.2 billion over three years. That breaks down to a $10.88 spike to the average customer’s bill each month.

Farm Income Up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting a great year for farmers. Many in Georgia are expected to benefit.

Jasper Port Could Seek Permits In 2012

A consultant working for the half-billion-dollar port being developed jointly by Georgia and South Carolina says, the project could get its permits as early as 2012. The early timeline pleases local officials.

Disaster Declaration Covers State

Every county in Georgia could qualify for disaster assistance from the federal government. The designation comes on the heels of several very warm, dry months.

More Georgia Banks Could Fail

The pace of bank failures slowed in Georgia this year, just 18 have failed compared to 25 in 2009. However, that number could grow again.

Black Friday For Local Retailers Varies

Large scale department stores aren’t the only retailers benefiting from the black Friday rush. Small boutiques across the state are also seeing more customers although with mixed results. Many are window shopping, but some are spending money in local stores.

Georgia Businesses Eager For Holiday Shopping

Georgia businesses are hoping shoppers throw them a life-line by making sure they "buy local" this holiday season. Retailers are in a hopeful mood. A National Retail Federation report shows overall holiday spending should increase by about 2% this year.