Political Notes – This is why an annexation study committee is needed

A dispute over annexation and de-annexation has officials from Waycross and Pierce County fighting a protracted battle in court . . .

Tags: annexation , Atlanta Streetcar , Chad Nimmer , Gary Black , Pierce County , Waycross

Ga. Power plans a $6.9 billion spending spree

Georgia Power wants to issue debt and take out loans totaling nearly $7 billion for capital improvement projects, filing the request just months before it will ask the PSC for a rate increase . . .

Tags: capital financing , Georgia Power , Plant Vogtle , power plant retrofits , PSC , rate increase , Southern Co.

Political Notes – Looks like a busy primary for Echols in ’16

PSC member Tim Echols now has two opponents in next year’s GOP primary; will marijuana become the next big cash crop in Georgia? . . .

Tags: DNR , Kellie Austin , medical cannabis , Michelle Miller , Nathan Deal , PSC race , Ranger of the Year , Taylor Bennett , Tim Echols

GSU forecasters still bullish on Georgia’s economy

Georgia State University economic forecasters see job growth and continued low prices for oil during the second half of 2015 . . .

Tags: economic forecast , Georgia State University , Rajeev Dhawan

Don’t expect layoffs or lower rates from merger, utilities say

Spokesmen for Southern Co. and AGL say the energy companies will remain separate business units after the proposed merger . . .

Tags: AGL Resources , David Weaver , Georgia Power , Kevin Greene , merger , PSC , Southern Co. , Stan Wise

Georgia students register small increase in ACT scores

ACT test scores for Georgia students now equal the national average, school officials say . . .

Tags: ACT scores , Georgia students , Richard Woods

Planned Parenthood complies with abortion rules, DCH report says

Two Georgia government agencies have now investigated and found that Planned Parenthood is complying with abortion regulations at its clinics . . .

Tags: abortions , Brenda Fitzgerald , Clyde Reese , DCH , DPH , fetal tissue , Nathan Deal , Planned Parenthood

State board okays 3 charter schools, 8 don’t make the cut

State Charter Schools Commission approves petitions for three new schools that will open for the 2016-17 school year . . .

Tags: Brookhaven , new schools , State Charter Schools Commission

DNR board will delete Chattahoochee flow standard

The state’s board of natural resources prepares to eliminate minimum flow requirements for the Chattahoochee River, raising concerns among those who live downstream from Atlanta . . .

Tags: Chattahoochee River , DNR board , Jud Turner , minimum flow , National Park Service , water pollution

Atlanta secures $51 million loan for water treatment plant

GEFA’s board of directors approves a loan to Atlanta for improvements on one of its largest water treatment facilities . . .

Tags: GEFA , water and sewer loans