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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.

Tax Credit Nears End

A tax credit that's helped Georgia businesses boost sales is about to expire. There's now about a month left to take advantage of a stimulus-funded rebate.

Plastics Plan Brings Jobs

Encore Plastics Corp, a Sandusky, Ohio-based plastics manufacturer, says it will open a plant in Forsyth early in 2011. Encore officials say the Monroe County plant will manufacture and distribute paint-related packaging items, along with a line of industrial pails.

Unemployment Debt Up And Rising

This year about 50 percent of the money in Georgia’s unemployment insurance fund came from the federal government. The state took out the loan earlier this year because it couldn’t afford to pay unemployment benefits to record numbers of Georgians.

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.