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Georgia Skips Out On Back-To-School Sales Tax Weekend

Jul 21, 2017
Anne Carter shopped at Target for back-to-school supplies. Georgia lawmakers did not pass a law enacting a tax-free weekend this year.
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At a Target near Midtown, shoppers were stocking up on clothing and school supplies, but this year, there's no back-to-school tax break in Georgia because lawmakers didn’t pass a law calling for it.

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Kate Morgens, a teacher at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, said she was sad to learn there wouldn’t be a sales tax holiday this year.

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The Civic Center property may soon be back in play. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is exploring “reactivating” the 18-acre Civic Center site and possibly putting it back on the market.

“We will have an announcement about the future of the Civic Center by the end of this month,” Reed told Atlanta Business Chronicle on July 19.

A Google Fiber van in Atlanta
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The CEO of Google Access, Gregory McCray, which oversees Google Fiber, stepped down Monday.

McCray was named CEO in February 2017 after CEO Craig Barratt resigned last year. Barratt left after layoffs were announced and plans to expand Google Fiber to nearly a dozen cities was put on hold.

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If the Trump administration gets its way, all Americans boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call an ill-advised step toward a surveillance state.

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In this June 13, 2014, file photo, construction continues on a new nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia. An analyst for the Public Service Commission, Steven Roetger, said the timeline for finishing two nuclear reactors at Pl
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Atlanta-based Southern Company has two high-profile, multibillion-dollar projects that are running into issues.

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Georgia Power is looking at the future of its nuclear power plant expansion near Augusta. Plant Vogtle is behind schedule and over budget, and the lead contractor building it went bankrupt earlier this year.