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Plant Vogtle nuclear reactor back in service

Plant Vogtle nuclear reactor back in service

Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle, which experienced a temporary shutdown last week, has resumed operations and is once again providing electricity to the grid.
Plant Vogtle Unit 3 shut down by 'valve issue'

Plant Vogtle Unit 3 shut down by 'valve issue'

The unit at the plant south of Augusta went into full commercial operation last summer but was shut down on July 8, 2024, due to an issue with a valve on one of the three main pumps.
State hires consultant to assess prison system

State hires consultant to assess prison system

Gov. Brian Kemp has announced that the state is launching an in-depth assessment of Georgia’s prison system intended to identify steps necessary to improve safety. More than 3,500 assaults between inmates occurred in state prisons between 2021 and last year, according to state prison data, while 98 inmates were killed during that time.
Mail processing delays disrupting newspapers, threatening elections

Mail processing delays disrupting newspapers, threatening elections

The delays began in February when the USPS opened the Atlanta Regional Processing and Distribution Center in Palmetto, which consolidated 10 local mail distribution offices in the Atlanta region. A recent survey found that since the regional center opened, only 36% of inbound mail is being delivered on time.
Georgia lawmakers put final stamp on midyear budget

Georgia lawmakers put final stamp on midyear budget

Other than the Capitol complex renovation, House and Senate conferees made few changes to the spending plan Gov. Brian Kemp presented to the General Assembly last month. The midyear budget is highlighted by a $300 million appropriation for $1,000 one-time pay supplements for Georgia's public school teachers and state and university system employees.
State hires literacy coach to lead statewide initiative

State hires literacy coach to lead statewide initiative

As the new structured literacy coaching coordinator, J. Nicholas Philmon will contract with the state agency to build the capacity of schools and districts to deliver proven, nationally recognized training in structured literacy and the science of reading.
Georgia PSC approves agreement on Plant Vogtle costs

Georgia PSC approves agreement on Plant Vogtle costs

The first of the new reactor units at the plant south of Augusta went into service at the end of July. The second is due to follow by the end of March. The project will increase the average residential customer's bill by $8.95 per month.
Georgia economy headed for ‘soft landing’ in 2024

Georgia economy headed for ‘soft landing’ in 2024

The economic growth Georgia experienced this year will slow down in 2024 but not enough to cause a recession. Inflation, which hit 8% last year, will be cut in half to 4% and is predicted to continue to fall to 2.5% by the end of 2024.
New grants awarded to explore more passenger rail in Georgia

New grants awarded to explore more passenger rail in Georgia

The Federal Rail Administration has awarded $1.5 million in grants to explore linking Atlanta with Savannah; Charlotte, N.C.; and Chattanooga, Tenn. The grants are part of $8.2 billion in new funding for passenger rail projects announced last week.
Fayette County lands U.S. Soccer training center

Fayette County lands U.S. Soccer training center

The new facility will serve as the national center for training and competition of all 27 U.S. Soccer men's, women's, youth, and extended national teams; the development of youth players; and coaching and referee training. Fayette County is south of Atlanta.