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Perdue Suggests Tossing Income Tax

A group tasked with overhauling Georgia’s tax code is holding public hearings across the state. The first will be Thursday evening in Atlanta. While the group hasn’t formed recommendations yet, they’re putting forth some bold ideas.

Ammonia Leak Sends 25 To Hospital

An ammonia leak at a west Georgia poultry plant Wednesday morning sent 25 employees to the hospital. They were treated for breathing problems.

State Posts Restaurant Scores Online

The Georgia Department of Community Health has begun making restaurant health scores available online. The move comes as a growing number of states, like Alabama and Florida, are making the information available on the web

Economist: Savannah's Recession Over

A regional economist says, Savannah's recession is over. Michael Toma of Armstrong Atlantic State University says, his numbers show, the downturn ended for the Savannah area earlier this year. Port activity and tourism are leading Savannah's come-back.

Food Products Seized From Warehouse

$1 million dollars worth of food products from an east Georgia distributor were seized by federal and state authorities yesterday. The stock of cookies, crackers and other packaged items came from an unlicensed Athens warehouse, which was found infested with rodents.

Inland Port To Open in October

Officials say, Georgia's inland port will start shipping containers by rail to the seaport of Savannah starting in October. The start-up of the port in Cordele will be slow, with about a hundred jobs being filled in the next few months. Once fully operational, however, the port could be the center of thousands of shipping, warehouse and transportation jobs.

Macon Jobs Saved And Created

Diaper manufacturer stays in Macon. First Quality plans to expand facility there. More jobs coming.

Union Wants More Local Hires

Union leaders in Savannah say, local workers aren't seeing benefits from a major new employer. Governor Sonny Perdue and Mitsubishi Power broke ground last year on a new power generator facility near Savannah, saying it would bring 500 jobs to the area.

More Workers Leave Labor Force

Georgia's jobless rate is down to 9.9 percent, but the job market continues to deteriorate according to Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond

Athens, Macon At Risk For Double-Dip Recession

Moody's economist says two Georgia cities are at risk to slide back in recession. Job market partly to blame. Chances are one-in-three.

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