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Piedmont, UnitedHealthcare end contract standoff
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Piedmont, UnitedHealthcare end contract standoff

Piedmont Healthcare, one of metro Atlanta’s biggest hospital systems, reached a deal Saturday with insurer UnitedHealthcare that restores “in-network” access to Piedmont facilities for United customers.
MARTA is looking for bus operators

MARTA is looking for bus operators

If you're on the hunt for a job, here's an opportunity to help keep MARTA on the move. The Fulton County Workforce Development Division is helping recruit MARTA bus operators and wants customer-focused applicants 21 years or older to sieze the opportunity, according to a news release.
SEC accuses Fulton County of keeping bond investors in the dark

SEC accuses Fulton County of keeping bond investors in the dark

Fulton County is among 71 local governments across the nation that the federal Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned for failing to issue timely updates on their financial condition to investors in their bonds.
Forecast: Slowdown ahead for metro hiring

Forecast: Slowdown ahead for metro hiring

From global jitters to political uncertainty, economic headwinds are pushing back the Georgia economy and will slow job growth for the next two years, according to an updated forecast.
Profits up at biggest Georgia businesses

Profits up at biggest Georgia businesses

Georgia companies hummed along at a profitable pace in the first half of 2016, indicating that broad swaths of the economy are still growing despite signs of struggle in some industries in other parts of the country.
Job growth to slow, GSU forecaster predicts

Job growth to slow, GSU forecaster predicts

Chilly global currents are likely to cool Georgia’s economic growth, according to a forecast released Wednesday by the Georgia State University Economic Forecasting Center.
Kempner: Is I-85's new $13.95 toll worth it?

Kempner: Is I-85's new $13.95 toll worth it?

The price of a less-ugly commute on I-85 just went up sharply. Again. On Monday the new increase in express-lane tolls took effect for the busiest stretches of I-85 in Gwinnett County and part of DeKalb.
Shareholders OK Cousins Properties, Parkway merger

Shareholders OK Cousins Properties, Parkway merger

Atlanta-based Cousins Properties on Tuesday said the vast majority of its shareholders and those of merger partner Parkway Properties approved a planned tie-up of the two real estate investment trusts.
Delta, pilots still well apart on pay

Delta, pilots still well apart on pay

Almost five months after seeking federal mediation in contract talks, Delta Air Lines and its pilots union remain at odds on pay, vacation and other issues.
NCR to open new research hub at Midtown headquarters

NCR to open new research hub at Midtown headquarters

NCR, the Fortune 500 financial technology company, said Tuesday it plans a new global research and development hub at its future headquarters now under construction in Midtown Atlanta.
Study says “ban the box” can backfire

Study says “ban the box” can backfire

About those unintended consequences.Efforts to give a fair shake to people with criminal records when they apply for low-skill jobs can backfire, substituting instead a racial screen, according to an academic study.
Top five places for good schools and affordable (?) homes

Top five places for good schools and affordable (?) homes

In the housing market, it’s about location and in location, it’s about schools. Yes, there are exceptions, but home values time and again correlate with the desirability of the neighborhood school or the local educational system.
MARTA’s ‘Spoke’ aims to boost ridership, revenue

MARTA’s ‘Spoke’ aims to boost ridership, revenue

MARTA and city of Atlanta leaders on Monday marked the start of the system’s newest “transit-oriented development,” the first of a series of new generation developments at its stations to boost ridership and drive urban development.
Atlanta airport restaurant prices to be monitored

Atlanta airport restaurant prices to be monitored

If the prices at airport restaurants seem high to you, you’re not alone.A city of Atlanta audit found that while Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is generally effective in managing its concessions, it hasn’t been consistent in checking restaurant prices to ensure they comply with the airport’s standards.
Layoff warnings up despite falling jobless rate

Layoff warnings up despite falling jobless rate

Even as the state’s jobless rate declines, companies continue to shut down or shed operations in moves that affect thousands of Georgia employees.
CNET: Rough and tumble phones for the adventurous

CNET: Rough and tumble phones for the adventurous

If you’ve dropped your phone on the hard cement or unknowingly dragged it into the ocean at the beach, you understand the pain of losing a handset that wasn’t designed to withstand the elements.
Latest tech gear for students

Latest tech gear for students

With the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar kit, charging for most any portable electronic gadget can be done on-the-go in a backpack, sitting in a classroom or while at a campsite.
Bank in Woodbury fails Friday

Bank in Woodbury fails Friday

State and federal regulators closed the Woodbury Banking Co. Friday — about halfway between Atlanta and Columbus — the first such institution to fail in Georgia in more than 10 months.
Georgia among leaders in construction jobs

Georgia among leaders in construction jobs

Georgia added 12,400 construction jobs in the past year, growing that sector faster than most other states, according to an analysis of government data released today.
Odd housing market confounds buyers, agents

Odd housing market confounds buyers, agents

Melissa Burman and her husband started looking for a new home last winter, checking out 20 or so houses in Atlanta and the Decatur area.
Georgia’s Flowers at center of jobs dispute

Georgia’s Flowers at center of jobs dispute

Flowers Foods, the south Georgia mega-baker of Tastykake and Wonder Bread, is the target of nearly two dozen lawsuits, including one filed in Atlanta, claiming illegal hiring practices that prevent truck drivers from earning tens of millions of dollars in overtime pay.
S. Georgia pipeline gets OK, despite concerns

S. Georgia pipeline gets OK, despite concerns

A Texas pipeline builder got federal approval Thursday to begin 157 miles of construction across southwest Georgia to deliver gas to Florida.
State jobless rate dips, despite weakness

State jobless rate dips, despite weakness

Georgia’s unemployment rate edged down to 5.0 percent in July from 5.1 percent in June, the state Labor Department said Thursday.
‘Deck park’ proposed over Downtown Connector

‘Deck park’ proposed over Downtown Connector

Construction of Atlanta’s interstates decades ago severed vital arteries that tied together neighborhoods as well as the city’s central business district.
Millions in tax breaks given to redevelop old GM site

Millions in tax breaks given to redevelop old GM site

Doraville city leaders forged ahead with a plan that allows for the redevelopment of the vacant General Motors site, approving a complex tax incentives arrangement that doesn’t require the consent of a reluctant DeKalb County school system.
Phoenix Air expands bio-containment niche

Phoenix Air expands bio-containment niche

Cartersville-based Phoenix Air is preparing to test a new containment system that can fly four contagious patients in a Boeing 747 cargo jet, as it expands its mission beyond the Ebola transports it became known for in 2014.
Senators to Delta: What went wrong?

Senators to Delta: What went wrong?

Two U.S. senators sent a letter to Delta Air Lines and other carriers raising concerns — and seeking answers — about recent computer outages that caused mass cancellations.
Tax breaks sought for partly built Dunwoody project

Tax breaks sought for partly built Dunwoody project

Tax incentives usually are designed to lure businesses to relocate or expand in a new home town. For the new State Farm campus in Dunwoody, the insurance giant and developers are seeking $48.
Why is it always so cold in offices?

Why is it always so cold in offices?

It's summer. It's hot. Some days it's muggy. Summer is the season to show off hard-earned physical improvements like more toned calves and triceps that you may have worked for in the winter months.
Atlanta Kroger redevelopment may get tax break

Atlanta Kroger redevelopment may get tax break

The city of Atlanta’s economic development agency will consider a tax break this week for the redevelopment of the Ponce de Leon Avenue grocery store known as “Murder Kroger” near the eastside Beltline trail, according to a meeting notice.
Here's what it's like to be zombie extra on "The Walking Dead"

Here's what it's like to be zombie extra on "The Walking Dead"

Greg Crews knew it was going to be a big deal when he received the phone call. Looking back on it now, though, he didn't realize being an extra would lead to eventually getting an agent and a long list of additional acting opportunities.
Delta to debut business class suites on new jets

Delta to debut business class suites on new jets

Delta Air Lines plans to introduce business class suites in flight, with each suite featuring a sliding door to a private space with seats that recline into beds.
UPS CEO, Kasim Reed push for Trans-Pacific Partnership approval

UPS CEO, Kasim Reed push for Trans-Pacific Partnership approval

UPS CEO David Abney urged business leaders to push Congress to ratify the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, arguing that small businesses interested in reaching new international markets face too much red tape under the status quo.
Ukrainian charged in $9 million hack of Atlanta firm

Ukrainian charged in $9 million hack of Atlanta firm

A Ukrainian extradited from the Czech Republic faces charges that he was part of a multinational conspiracy of hackers who stole millions of dollars from an Atlanta payment processor in 2008.
Post Properties being sold to Memphis rival

Post Properties being sold to Memphis rival

Apartment giant Post Properties, a fixture in metro Atlanta real estate for decades, has agreed to be bought by a larger rival.
CNET: Best tablets with cell service

CNET: Best tablets with cell service

No Wi-Fi? No problem. These 4G-enabled tablets can access the web on the go. These are some of the best tablets with cellular service on the market.
Easy way to back up your Mac

Easy way to back up your Mac

A reader wrote this week thanking me for a recent article about how to back up a Windows 10 computer.
Requiem for the under-appreciated VCR

Requiem for the under-appreciated VCR

News of the very last VHS VCR rolling off the Funai Electronics assembly line in Japan provoked headlines and comedy show gags recently — most with a derisive “Who remembers them?
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