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Russell Grantham

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Reporter Russell Grantham has been covering business news for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2000.

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Plant Vogtle contractor seeks bankruptcy protection
 A bankruptcy filing by the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion’s key contractor will likely mean more delays and higher costs for a project already billions over budget and years behind schedule, a state regulator said. Westinghouse Electric Corp., a unit of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, on Wednesday filed for Chaper 11 protection after...

Posted: 19 hours ago

A bankruptcy filing by the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion’s key contractor will likely mean more delays and higher costs for a project already billions over budget and years behind schedule, a state regulator said. Westinghouse Electric Corp., a unit of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, on Wednesday filed for Chaper 11 protection after...
Plant Vogtle: More delays likely, says one partner
 One of the partners in the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant expansion said Monday that it doubts that the much-delayed project will be completed by its latest deadline. The latest completion deadlines of December 2019 and September 2020 for the two new reactors — already more than three years behind schedule — “do not appear to...

Posted: a day ago

One of the partners in the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant expansion said Monday that it doubts that the much-delayed project will be completed by its latest deadline. The latest completion deadlines of December 2019 and September 2020 for the two new reactors — already more than three years behind schedule — “do not appear to...
UPDATE: Georgia Power’s long-term power plan, eight months later
 Georgia Power is making a big move into solar power and other renewable energy — about three times bigger than it originally planned — under a deal state regulators are expected to approve today. If the Public Service Commission’s five-member board approves a recent compromise on Georgia Power’s long-term plan, the...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia Power is making a big move into solar power and other renewable energy — about three times bigger than it originally planned — under a deal state regulators are expected to approve today. If the Public Service Commission’s five-member board approves a recent compromise on Georgia Power’s long-term plan, the...
Georgia lands nine on billionaires list
 Nine Georgians made it onto Forbes’ annual billionaire list this year, including what the magazine described as “America’s youngest female self-made billionaire.” That would be Sara Blakely, the 46-year-old founder of Spanx, the Atlanta company she founded in 2000 to produce and sell slimming undergarments. Blakely&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Nine Georgians made it onto Forbes’ annual billionaire list this year, including what the magazine described as “America’s youngest female self-made billionaire.” That would be Sara Blakely, the 46-year-old founder of Spanx, the Atlanta company she founded in 2000 to produce and sell slimming undergarments. Blakely&rsquo...
Without big pay perks, First Data CEO no longer Georgia’s highest paid
 Georgia’s highest-paid company executive in 2015 no longer holds that distinction, thanks to a big pay cut last year — but he still got more than $13.8 million. In 2015, CEO Frank Bisignano took home almost $51.6 million in total compensation, making him the highest-paid CEO that year at a Georgia public company. His 2015...

Posted: 9 days ago

Georgia’s highest-paid company executive in 2015 no longer holds that distinction, thanks to a big pay cut last year — but he still got more than $13.8 million. In 2015, CEO Frank Bisignano took home almost $51.6 million in total compensation, making him the highest-paid CEO that year at a Georgia public company. His 2015...
Russian accused of hacking fraud extradited and charged in Atlanta
 Federal authorities said a Russian hacker who allegedly hijacked victims’ computers to get banking and other financial information was brought to an Atlanta court this week to face charges. Mark Vartanyan, also known as “Kolypto,” was extradited from Norway in December and charged with computer fraud, said the U.S....

Posted: 11 days ago

Federal authorities said a Russian hacker who allegedly hijacked victims’ computers to get banking and other financial information was brought to an Atlanta court this week to face charges. Mark Vartanyan, also known as “Kolypto,” was extradited from Norway in December and charged with computer fraud, said the U.S....
UPS chief’s pay package grows to $13.7M
 UPS Chief Executive David Abney’s pay package rose more than 20 percent last year even as the shipping giant struggled with weakening profits from dropping off online orders at homes. Abney’s total compensation was $13.7 million last year, vs. almost $11.3 million the previous year, according to its proxy filed this week. His...

Posted: 11 days ago

UPS Chief Executive David Abney’s pay package rose more than 20 percent last year even as the shipping giant struggled with weakening profits from dropping off online orders at homes. Abney’s total compensation was $13.7 million last year, vs. almost $11.3 million the previous year, according to its proxy filed this week. His...
UPS chief got 20-plus percent raise last year, to $13.7 million
 UPS Chief Executive David Abney’s pay went up more than 20 percent last year even as the package deliverer struggled with weakening profits from dropping off online orders at homes. Abney’s total compensation was $13.7 million last year, compared to almost $11.3 million the previous year, according to its proxy filed this...

Posted: 12 days ago

UPS Chief Executive David Abney’s pay went up more than 20 percent last year even as the package deliverer struggled with weakening profits from dropping off online orders at homes. Abney’s total compensation was $13.7 million last year, compared to almost $11.3 million the previous year, according to its proxy filed this...
Walmart pays $6.3M in bonuses to metro Atlanta workers
 Almost 10,800 Walmart employees in metro Atlanta are getting a pay bump this week thanks to bonuses from the giant retailer. The Arkansas-based chain said it is paying $6.3 million in bonuses to 10,798 metro Atlanta employees based on the fourth-quarter performance of the stores where they work. That averages out to $583 per employee. Last...

Posted: 12 days ago

Almost 10,800 Walmart employees in metro Atlanta are getting a pay bump this week thanks to bonuses from the giant retailer. The Arkansas-based chain said it is paying $6.3 million in bonuses to 10,798 metro Atlanta employees based on the fourth-quarter performance of the stores where they work. That averages out to $583 per employee. Last...
Atlanta Walmart employees get bonuses totaling $6.3 million
 Almost 10,800 Walmart employees in metro Atlanta are getting an extra bump in pay this week thanks to bonuses from the giant retailer. The Bentonville, Ark., based company, the nation’s largest employer, said it is paying out $6.3 million in bonuses to 10,798 metro Atlanta employees based on the fourth-quarter performance of the stores...

Posted: 12 days ago

Almost 10,800 Walmart employees in metro Atlanta are getting an extra bump in pay this week thanks to bonuses from the giant retailer. The Bentonville, Ark., based company, the nation’s largest employer, said it is paying out $6.3 million in bonuses to 10,798 metro Atlanta employees based on the fourth-quarter performance of the stores...
As Fed hikes rates, rewards of saving stay low
 The Federal Reserve did banks a favor last week by boosting its target interest rate for the third time in 15 months, opening the gate to higher interest rates on credit cards, mortgages and other loans. So will savers share in the good fortune through higher rates of return on deposits and CDs? Maybe, but not as quickly or as much if recent...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Federal Reserve did banks a favor last week by boosting its target interest rate for the third time in 15 months, opening the gate to higher interest rates on credit cards, mortgages and other loans. So will savers share in the good fortune through higher rates of return on deposits and CDs? Maybe, but not as quickly or as much if recent...