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GM puts the brakes on 2,000 2015 Corvettes for driver airbag problem

General Motors has told Chevrolet dealers to stop delivery of about 2,000 of 2015 Corvettes to fix the driver’s airbag, the automaker said in a statement Friday.

The muscle cars are being inspected for a suspect part that attaches the air bag to the steering wheel. GM has also temporarily halted shipments from its plant in Bowling Green, KY, where Corvettes have been assembled for over 30 years.

Another 8,000 Corvettes are on hold at dealerships because a problem with the parking brake, which must be inspected to make sure it works on both rear tires.

Separately, GM said it is recalling about 270,000 other cars for various mechanical and maintenance issues.

Guilty verdict in peanut trial should send warning to industry

Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to others who may be tempted to place profits over people’s welfare.

More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud and other crimes related the nationwide outbreak in 2008 and 2009.

WJCL News.

DuPont withdraws Wayne mining permit request, may re-draft

DuPont has requested that its application for a permit for surface mining in Wayne County be withdrawn.

Although not totally clear how or when, the company apparently plans to redraft its plans for mining here. It appears the company is still interested in mining here at some point in the future—but it is now willing to listen to local residents.

With hundreds of local residents joining in opposition to a plan by the company, Clement J. Hilton, plant manager for DuPont in Starke, Fla., sent a request for withdrawal of the application to Kelly Adams, head of the surface mining unit of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

“DuPont requests to withdraw our surface mining permit application for the Amelia A & B project. DuPont will take this time to address various points raised in recent meetings within Jessup (sic),” Hilton wrote.

via The Press-Sentinel

Walmart to open ‘care clinic’ in Columbus supercenter

Do you have a cold, the flu, or need to get tested for a bladder infection or strep throat?

Walmart will soon be inviting you into its supercenter at 5448 Whittlesey Blvd. for treatment.

The mega-retailer is planning to open what it calls a “Walmart Care Clinic” inside the Columbus supercenter on Aug. 29, located in about 1,000 square feet of space up front near the service desk.

Another clinic is set to open that same day in Carrollton, Ga. For now, it and the Columbus store will be the only two such medical facilities in Georgia, and the eighth and ninth in the U.S., as part of a pilot program.

Columbus Ledger Enquirer.

Latest Vogtle spending approved; plea for water conservation ignored

The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an additional $389 million in expenditures for Georgia Power’s two nuclear reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle while at the same time declining a request to require new water conservation measures at the plant.

The expenditure approval, which covered all of 2013, brings the total construction cost verified to date to $2.599 billion.

Georgia Power now predicts Vogtle’s Unit Three will begin commercial operation in late 2017, and Unit Four will begin operation during the fourth quarter of 2018. The original dates were April 1, 2016, and April 1, 2017. The expansion is more than $1 billion over budget.

Georgia’s jobless rate now nation’s second-worst

Thank God for Mississippi.

If not for the Magnolia State, Georgia would suffer the nation’s worst unemployment rate. As it is, Georgia now ranks 50th — the District of Columbia included — with a jobless rate of 7.8 percent. Mississippi’s rate: 8 percent.

Georgia’s rate has been among the highest since the Great Recession, but the latest ranking is its worst on record. It comes courtesy of a monthly federal report, issued Monday, that compares state jobless rates.

Old-line, liberal-leaning states like Massachusetts, sometimes derided as “Taxachusetts,” and New York are doing better with rates of 5.6 and 6.6 percent, respectively. Rust Belt stalwarts like Illinois, at 6.8, and Ohio, at 5.7, placed above the Peach State.

Burger King nixes lower-calorie ‘Satisfries’

Burger King is getting rid of the lower-calorie french fries it introduced less than a year ago.

The Miami-based chain said in a statement that it gave its North American franchisees the option to continue selling the fries earlier this week. Only about 2,500 of the approximately 7,500 locations opted to continue selling them as a permanent item. The others have started phasing them out.

WJCL News.

Georgia judge denies GM motion to dismiss ignition suit

A Georgia judge has denied a motion by General Motors to dismiss a wrongful death case against the automaker and set a trial date for April 2016.

The family of Brooke Melton, a 29-year-old nurse who died in a 2010 car crash near Atlanta, sued GM, alleging that a faulty ignition switch in her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt unexpectedly shut off the engine, causing her to lose control of the car.

They settled last year with GM for $5 million, but the case exposed how GM let millions of cars stay on the road even after discovering ignition switch flaws linked to at least 13 deaths. The case led to GM recalling 2.6 million older small cars to replace faulty switches.

WJCL News.

Peanut trial shows food safety relies on honor system

Jurors at the nation’s first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America’s food safety largely depends on the honor system.

Witnesses say Stewart Parnell and others at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped salmonella-tainted products, and that they sent customers lab results from other clean batches rather than wait for tests to confirm their products were free of deadly bacteria.

WJCL News.

Broader beer sales allowed at Macon growler shops

Beer enthusiasts in Macon-Bibb County can now drink a glass at the same place they fill up 32- or 64-ounce growlers, if that establishment has state licenses for both kinds of sales.

Macon-Bibb commissioners voted 7-0 Tuesday night, with Commissioner Mallory Jones absent, to allow by-the-drink sale of beer or wine at growler shops.

Only two places are potentially affected off the bat: the Growler Spot, 3841 Northside Drive, and the soon-to-open Lazy Dog Growler, 44 First St.

Lazy Dog, which already sells by the drink at its Warner Robins location, plans to open on the first floor of the Armory Ballroom in about a month, co-owner Jeff Kressin said.

Georgia film, TV industries showing strong growth

Georgia’s movie and TV industries generated $5.1 billion in economic impact during the last fiscal year, up from $3.3 billion in fiscal 2013, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday.

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, the 158 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia in fiscal 2014 generated more than 77,900 jobs, including nearly 23,500 workers directly employed by the two industries.

“Not only has this industry created jobs and investment opportunities for Georgians, it also has revitalized communities, established new educational programs, tourism product and more,” Deal said. “I will continue my commitment to growing this industry and to developing a film-ready workforce to meet the needs of the productions that are setting up shop in Georgia.”

Atlanta Business Chronicle.


Sam’s Club to open on I-95 north of Brunswick


Wal-Mart Stores will build a Sam’s Club just off Interstate 95 near Brunswick that will open in late 2015 sparing member shoppers from the area the long drives to Jacksonville and Savannah, officials said.

The 136,000-square-foot store will be the original anchor in a 42-acre shopping center that could eventually have a dozen businesses off the Golden Isles Parkway between Canal Road and the historic Altamaha Canal, developer John Callaway said.

“This is probably the worst kept secret,” Wal-Mart spokesman Glen Wilkins said.

Wilkins said the store has been in the works for a long time, but the company wanted to make sure it “had the right plan, the best plan for bringing it to Glynn County.”

Chrysler recalling Jeep SUVS for ignition switches

The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler.

Chrysler said Tuesday it is recalling up to 792,300 older Jeep SUVs worldwide because the ignition switches could fall out of the “run” position, shutting off the engine and disabling air bags as well as power-assisted steering and braking. That’s the same problem that has forced GM to recall more than 15 million cars over the last six months.

Chrysler’s recall covers 2005-2007 Grand Cherokees and 2006-2007 Commanders. The company said it is not sure exactly how many will be recalled, but said it will notify customers by mid-September.


Monster Media charging kiosks hit Hartsfield-Jackson

Monster Media has installed a network of free interactive charging stations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The new kiosks are part of a contract with Clear Channel Airports, a unit of Clear Channel Outdoor (NYSE: CCO). They feature built-in cameras that allow travelers to snap a quick selfie to share on social sites. Campaigns can also reach across channels, prompting travelers to connect to the brand via social media and email when prompted by on-screen advertising content. The kiosks’ software captures usage metrics to provide insights on campaign effectiveness to brands.

Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Delta cancels all Israel flights over missile fear

Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

A Delta Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv on Tuesday when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.

Airlines and passengers are growing more anxious about safety since last week, when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.