Tobacco firms don't have to say they deceived public, court rules

WASHINGTON - America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
By Sam Hananel

Wal-Mart urges suppliers to curb antibiotics, treat animals better

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.
By Anne D'Innocenzio

MasterCard's settlement with Target fails to get bank support

NEW YORK - A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer's massive pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped.
By Bree Fowler

Action sports retailer opens store in Augusta Mall

Seattle-based specialty retailer Zumeiz opened a store Friday in the Augusta Mall.

Economists: Georgia must stay competitive

Economist Roger Tutterow was joined by Georgia Budget and Policy Institute Executive Director Taifa Smith Butler as guest speakers at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s post-legislative breakfast.
By Jenna Martin

Home sales dip in April due to listing shortage

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday sales of existing homes fell 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million.
By Josh Boak

Masters delivers job gain

The Augusta metro area received its annual Masters Tour­na­ment employment bump with a net gain of 4,100 jobs in April.
By Tim Rausch

Entrepreneur wants to build rock-climbing facility in Columbia County

An Athens-based rock-climbing entreprenur is looking at Columbia County to add his second facility.
By Jenna Martin

Two equestrian stores closing in Augusta area

Boots, Bridles and Britches is closing in Grovetown and Aiken.

Forecast: Augusta economy to grow jobs at 3.1 percent pace

Augusta's employment will grow by 3.1 percent this year, slightly ahead of the state overall, according to a forecast released Wednesday by Georgia State University.
By Walter C. Jones

Morris Communications sells radio stations to Alpha Media

Augusta-based Morris Communications announced that it sold 36 radio stations in Alaska, Washington, Kansas, Texas and California.
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Sentinel named in 14th civil rights lawsuit

A 14th civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the private probation company Sen­tinel Offender Services, this time in the U.S. District Court’s Brunswick Division.
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