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Upping Augusta's 'Cool Factor'

The president of Georgia Health Sciences University says Augusta needs to up its “cool factor” in order to attract young talented researchers to the city and the university. He says doing that could take years and will require better communication between city officials and residents.

Costs Rising For Fuel At Nuclear Site

A congressional committee is expressing concern over rising costs and potential delays at the U.S. Energy Department's mixed oxide fuel project at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

Jobless Rate Holds At 9.8 Percent

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stayed at 9.8 percent last month, and there was a slight increase in payroll jobs.

Textile Plant Sued Over Fish Kill

People living along the Ogeechee River are suing a southeast Georgia fabric plant. They're blaming the company for causing the deaths of more than 33,000 fish last month.

Survey: GA Agriculture Needs Workers

A Georgia Department of Agriculture survey has revealed a shortage in farm labor. But the question is, why aren't those jobs filled? The farmers surveyed report a need for 11,000 workers this year. That’s despite a state unemployment rate of 9.9 percent.

Nuclear Reactor Gets Redesign

Westinghouse Electric Co. has submitted revisions to the proposed design of a new nuclear reactor after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission raised concerns last month. NRC officials said last month that Westinghouse incorrectly modeled the potential stresses on several pieces of safety related equipment, including the concrete-and-steel shield building that protects the reactor.

Federal Cuts Could Impact Augusta Economy

Looming federal budget cuts could be a problem for Augusta's resilient local economy. That's because a military base and a federal nuclear facility employ thousands in the area.

Wendy’s Parts With Arby’s

The Atlanta-based Wendy’s/Arby’s Group announced Monday it is selling its Arby’s section to an Atlanta-based private equity firm, Roark Capital Group.

Music Hall's Final Weekend Draws Crowds

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame drew some of its biggest crowds of the year during its final weekend. The Macon museum shut its doors on Sunday. Officials say it drew more than 670 people on Sunday after attracting more than 650 people on Saturday. Poor attendance was cited as a reason for the shutdown, and the museum had been averaging fewer than 100 visitors a day.

Passenger Rail Remains On Wish List

A passenger rail proposal from Macon to Atlanta is still on a transportation wish list. However, officials are still a long way away from putting their lists to voters. Regional officials across the state will finalize the list of eligible projects by October.

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