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ATLANTA - Georgia is joining a growing number of Republican-led states in cutting off federal unemployment benefits to incentivize out-of-work employees to return to their jobs.

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ATLANTA – The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to hire a second search firm to help choose a successor to retiring system Chancellor Steve Wrigley. Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search, the executive search firm the board had originally retained, quit recently after opposition surfaced to choosing former Gov. Sonny Perdue for the […]

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ATLANTA – Georgia tax collections soared 52.4% last month compared to April of last year, a huge increase attributed more to changes in state tax filing deadlines than a burst of economic activity. Tax revenues rose by $963.7 million in April to more than $2.80 billion, compared to almost $1.84 billion in April 2020. Due […]

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ATLANTA – Normal restrictions on commercial trucks in Georgia are being waived under an executive order Gov. Brian Kemp has issued in response to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. The Alpharetta-based company that supplies nearly half of the gasoline consumed on the East Coast reported a ransomware attack last Friday that forced a shutdown […]

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ATLANTA – Georgia’s business community is asking the state to suspend federal unemployment benefits Congress approved during the coronavirus pandemic to incentivize out-of-work Georgians to fill jobs that are going begging. In an op-ed released Monday, 14 organizations including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce point to a shortage of workers willing to fill a growing […]

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ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp vetoed legislation Monday that would have created the position of chief labor officer within the Georgia Department of Labor. In his veto message, Kemp wrote that the powers the bill would have given the new position would have put it in conflict with the constitutional authority of Georgia’s elected commissioner […]

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The public health and economic toll the coronavirus pandemic caused are well documented. Perhaps less understood are the social impacts. According to a report from Pew Research Center, young adults in the United States were more likely to be living with at least one parent in July 2020 than at any time since the Great […]

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ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp has requested a Major Disaster Declaration for severe storms and tornadoes that occurred in the state on March 25-26, based on joint federal, state and local preliminary damage assessments totaling more than $28 million. The disaster declaration was approved by Pres…

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ATLANTA — Businesses across the state have re-opened their doors and are gearing up for Georgia’s summer tourism rush. After 14 months of intensive effort to provide unemployment insurance benefits to more than 1.2 million Georgians, the Georgia Department of Labor is shifting its focus to r…

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ATHENS — Carpenter bees are a common sight this time of year and can cause aggravation for homeowners. The large, black and yellow bees begin emerging in March, April and May and can cause unsightly damage — and in some cases significant damage — to wooden structures like the eaves of houses…

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The COVID-19 pandemic had devastating economic consequences in the United States, grinding entire industries to a halt. One sector that did not suffer, however, was real estate. Driven by the pandemic, existing home sales hit their highest level in nearly a decade and a half in 2020. The median home sale price in the United […]

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Jury selection will begin October 18 for the state trial of three men facing charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia last year, according to Glynn County, Georgia, court records.

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SMYRNA – Gov. Brian Kemp signed a half dozen bills Tuesday aimed at spurring business investment in Georgia. A bill signing ceremony at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce was highlighted by Kemp putting his name to legislation providing tax breaks to several key industries. Senate Bill 6 includes tax credits for medical equipment and pharmaceutical […]

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