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IRS offices to close Friday for relocation

The Internal Revenue Service is relocating its Augusta office Friday.

The office will move about a half-mile, from 2743 Perimeter Parkway to 3156 Perimeter Parkway at Phoenix Building 3 in Augusta.

The Taxpayer Assistance Center at the current address will close Friday for the move and will reopen at the new office at noon Monday.

IRS spokesman Mark Green said the IRS routinely assesses office and space needs. The new space will better accommodate IRS space and staffing needs, he said.

The Taxpayer Assistance Center provides one-on-one personal tax help for people who feel their tax issues cannot be resolved online or by phone.

For more information about the services offered at the Taxpayer Assistance Center, visit IRS.gov or call (706) 868-1374 for a recorded message.

No appointment is necessary, according to a release.

Congressman plans small business expo

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun will hold a grants and small business expo May 2 to help people seeking grant funding and business loans from government agencies and programs.

Representatives from government agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Student Finance Commission will give presentations.

The expo is free and open to the public, and will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Grand Rapids Room of the Savannah Rapids Pavilion in Martinez. For more information, contact Caitlin Posey at (706) 447-3857.

Job fair at hospital seeks nursing hires

East Central Georgia Regional Hospital will hold a job fair on Thursday to fill vacancies for full-time registered nurses, charge nurses, nurse managers/administrators, nurse practitioners and licensed practical nurses, according to a release.

The job fair will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. in the Augusta campus gymnasium at 3405 Mike Padgett Highway.

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities will extend immediate employment offers for licensed Georgia nurses meeting qualifications, according to a release.

Oil prices drop, gas back to 2011 levels

NEW YORK — The price of oil dropped Monday on fresh concerns about Europe’s economy.

Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude gave up 77 cents to end at $103.11 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which sets the price for oil imported into the U.S., lost 5 cents to finish at $118.71 per barrel in London.

Prices declined after the European Union reported that government debts have risen despite aggressive attempts to slash spending. Separately, a survey of the eurozone’s manufacturing and services sectors unexpectedly fell in April.

In the U.S., retail gasoline prices fell 2.3 cents over the weekend to $3.86 per gallon, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. The price of gasoline in the U.S. has dropped by nearly 8 cents per gallon since the first week of April after a decline in oil prices and gasoline consumption.

Gasoline, on average, now costs about as much as it did a year ago.

In other news

AMERICAN AIRLINES argued before a federal bankruptcy judge Monday that its union contracts must be changed to make the company financially stable. The airline lost more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy in November. American wants to eliminate 13,000 union jobs – about one in every four union workers – freeze or terminate pension plans, curb health benefits, reduce time off, and impose other cuts.


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