Volatile apartment sector reduces US home building

US home construction down 14.4 percent in August; fewer ground breakings for apartments.
By Josh Boak

Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

Applications for US jobless aid drop sharply to 280K, sign of a stronger job market..
By Josh Boak

Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.23 percent

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage jumps to 4.23 percent; 15-year loan at 3.37 percent.

US homebuilder confidence soars in September

Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9-year high on stronger sales outlook.
By Alex Veiga

FedEx to add 50,000 seasonal jobs

DALLAS - Growth in online shopping is boosting profit at FedEx, and the company plans to hire more than 50,000 workers to handle what is shaping up as another record year for holiday-season package deliveries.
By David Koenig

Kohl's holiday hiring to rise by a third

NEW YORK — Kohl’s Corp. says it will hire more than 67,000 seasonal workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season, about a third more than last year’s 50,000.

Toxic algae threatening Florida

Red tide threatens fishing, tourism economy in northwest Florida; spurs call for more study.
By Jason Dearen

Fed plans to keep key interest rate at record low

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.
By Martin Crutsinger

Mother-daughter team invents barrette sold in local Walgreens

The idea that spawned a new hair barrette now carried in Walgreens stores started with a Twitter rant.
By Jenna Martin

Historic warehouse to be turned into downtown apartments

What opened in 1860 as a wagon factory on the corner of Ellis and Ninth streets will soon provide more downtown residential rentals.
By Jenna Martin

South Augusta to get Wal-Mart grocery

A Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is under development at the corner of Tobacco and Windsor Spring roads.

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Another Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is coming to the Augusta metro area.

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Ribbon cuttings from the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

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On The Move

CAROLINE CHALMERS New job title: Account executive Employer: Wein-bergers Office Supply Education: Bachelor of science in communication, USC Aiken DR.

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Clemson halts mandatory student sex survey

CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson says it has suspended a mandatory survey of students the school says was part of a review to prevent sexual discrimination, harassment and assault.
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