Open-source textbooks pushed as way to cut college costs

STORRS, Conn. - The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing for the fall semester, the cost will be zero.
By Michael Melia

Augusta tourism officials to focus on millennials

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau is going all-in to attract the younger generation through a new marketing initiative unveiled at the organization's annual State of Tourism luncheon Thursday.
By Damon Cline

Water shutdown impact on business could be $1.6 million

The one-day impact of Augusta's boil water advisory could easily be in the seven-figure range.
By Damon Cline

Yellen won't gauge effect of overseas turmoil yet

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair­wo­man Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy but said it's too soon to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the Fed's interest-rate policies.
By Martin Crutsinger

Water warning hits businesses

Some establishments, particularly in the food business, chose to close rather than deal with the inconvenience of operating under special water protocols and the prospect that many customers would eat elsewhere.
By Damon Cline

Water problems affect up to 500 bars and restaurants

As many as 500 bars and restaurants were in the boil water advisory area, but those with emergency plans to work around it could stay open, an official with the Richmond County Health Department said.
By Tom Corwin

Local entrepreneur sweeping trash-hauling market

In just five years, Robert Wilson's nose for business has helped him transform a small trash-hauling company into the metro area’s largest locally owned disposal and recycling firm: Precision Waste Services Inc.
By Damon Cline

Scuttlebiz: Is growth at fort taken for granted?

I have to wonder: Is the story of Augusta becoming ground zero for America’s burgeoning cyber-defense industry already passe?
By Damon Cline

Licensing delays opening of brewery

A pile of empty kegs is growing at Riverwatch Brewery, and so is the excitement surrounding what could be the city's first brewery in more than a century.
By Travis Highfield

Georgia Bank CEO honored

Georgia Bank & Trust CEO R. Daniel Blanton is being honored with a state House resolution recognizing Blanton's leadership role in the state and national banking industries.

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Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

On the Move

On The Move recognizes new hires and promotions.

Biz Bits

Biz Bits honors people and businesses that get awards, earn certifications or become appointed to civic boards.

Governor in Augusta Monday

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will come to Augusta on Monday to offer remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Unisys Corp., new client service center.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Strategy shift seen as Microsoft tops expectations

Microsoft's campaign to promote Windows 10 is part of a strategy that analysts credit with contributing to the early stages of a financial turnaround, as evidenced by Microsoft's latest earnings ...
By Brandon Bailey

Income soars, but Amazon falls short

The e-commerce giant's net income more than doubled in the holiday quarter, but investors were expecting even more and sent shares down more than 10 percent in aftermarket trading.
By Mae Anderson

Makeover by Mattel diversifies Barbie's look

Barbie's manufacturer, Mattel, announced Thursday that the doll has three new body types - curvy, tall and petite. Barbie will also now come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.
By Beth J. Harpaz

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Augusta has fewer 'underwater' homeowners than US average

The city's percentage is in line with some regional Southeastern markets - such as Charlotte, N.C., 8.8 percent; and Columbia, 11.2 percent - but much lower than others - including Atlanta, 14.4 ...
By Damon Cline

Fed mulls slowing pace of interest rate increases

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect a slowing U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.
By Martin Crutsinger

US sales of new homes climb 10.8 percent in December

Americans rushed to buy new homes in December at the strongest pace in 10 months, with 2015 marking the strongest year for this segment of the housing market since 2007.
By Josh Boak

State Bank reports income increases

State Bank Financial Corp. on Wednesday reported increases in fourth quarter and year-end income.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Rising oil prices give boost to markets

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks jumped Tuesday as the price of oil made another abrupt reversal, this time rising almost 4 percent after falling sharply the day before.

JPMorgan will pay $1.42 billion in Lehman lawsuit

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $1.42 billion to settle allegations that it withheld critical funds from Lehman Brothers in the final days leading up to Lehman's collapse.
By Ken Sweet

Chase planning rollout of card-free ATMs

JPMorgan Chase will install new ATMs later this year that will allow customers to withdraw cash or initiate other transactions using their cellphone.
By Ken Sweet

Ford recalls about 391,000 Ranger pickups due to air bag death

Ford is recalling nearly 391,000 Ranger pickups because the driver's air bag inflators can explode with too much force and cause injuries.

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Growth slows at seaports after record-setting 2015

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Georgia's busy seaports are beginning to see business slow down after a record-smashing 2015 in which shipments of containerized cargo through Savannah jumped a whopping 11.7 percent.
By Russ Bynum

Twitter says 4 key executives leaving company

SAN FRANCISCO - Four of Twitter's key executives are leaving the company in an exodus that has escalated the uncertainty facing the messaging service as it struggles to broaden its audience and ...
By Michael Liedtke

Apple's iPhone success might be reaching its peak

Most analysts believe Apple surpassed its own record by selling more than 74.5 million iPhones in the final 3 months of 2015, but there are growing signs that sales may abruptly decline this spring.
By Brandon Bailey

Security Federal Corp. reports year-end earnings

Aiken-based Security Federal Corp. reported a 5.6 percent increase in year-end earnings, primarily from a sale of investments to offset a decrease in grant income.

Urban Outfitters closing distribution center

One of the largest industrial buildings in the Augusta-Aiken region is on the market while its tenant for the past decade spends the next several weeks moving out.
By Damon Cline

Breakfast bump: McDonald's US sales jump 5.7 percent

McDonald's says US sales jumped 5.7 percent after its launch of all-day breakfast, warm weather.
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