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Cold Temps Bring Pros & Cons

A cold front from Canada and the Great Lakes means overnight temperatures in the teens and 20’s for the rest of the week.

Work Begins On Jekyll Convention Center

State officials marked the official start of construction on the centerpiece of Jekyll Island's multi-year revitalization project. The Jekyll Island Convention center will cost the state about $50 million. But officials say, that investment will help bring more tourists to the state-run island.

UPS Boosts Package Security

The world’s largest package delivery company is stepping-up security measures for customers mailing packages. The move comes after explosives were discovered on a UPS plane over a month ago.

Construction Set For Army Base

Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers say, they expect to bring $215 million dollars worth of construction projects onto Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield over the next 12 months. The contracts are expected to provide a boost to the economies of Hinesville and Savannah.

Mitsubishi Plant Nears Final Phase

Officials at Mitsubishi Power Systems have approved the third and final phase of a gas turbine manufacturing plant near Savannah. The company's board on Monday announced the last stage of the facility, which should be completed by 2012.

Doctors Work To Fight Scammers

Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office and the non-profit Investor Protection Trust are teaming up to train doctors to include financial questions during check-ups with older patients. Georgia is among 22 states using funding from the Trust to combat what experts believe will be a growing problem as baby boomers age - scammers targeting people in the early stages of dementia or who are confused about their finances.

Tax Breaks Safe For Farmers

The Georgia Farm Bureau’s 72nd annual convention is underway on Jekyll Island. Governor-elect Nathan Deal told the group Monday he plans to cut state spending to keep within the state’s shrinking state budget. The agriculture industry – the state’s largest—receives generous tax exemptions from the state. The head of a commission tasked with overhauling Georgia’s tax code promised it would recommend keeping tax breaks for the agriculture industry.

Report: Georgia Needs Solar Growth

A new study ranks Georgia among states that would benefit most from solar power development. But the state still lags behind in its use of the renewable energy source.

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

Political and Business leaders are backing the dredging of the Port of Savannah, to allow for larger cargo freighters to pass through.

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