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Athens-Clarke County Commissioners have unanimously voted to enter into a partnership with the developers of Hotel Indigo to build a creative development campus downtown. District 6 Commissioner Jerry NeSmith says the real estate deal has been under negotiation for months.

“This was actually an unsolicited proposal we got from the developers of the Indigo Hotel, the same group of folks, mostly local,” Ne Smith said. “This is at 250 Strong Street right in front of Indigo Hotel, it’s currently a surface parking lot that the county owns.”

Over one in four Georgians say they will spend more on gifts in 2017, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey. The boost in spending comes from a strong labor market, which is generating higher incomes and boosting consumer confidence. Overall, AAA has seen a 40% increase in shoppers who say they will spend more money on gifts this holiday season.

Best Black Friday Deals for 2017

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The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Black Friday is traditionally associated with the best bargains of the season, but a recent holiday shopping survey by the personal finance website WalletHub shows 53 percent of consumers think they can beat those deals. Analysts have come up with a list of 2017's Best Things to buy on Black Friday.  Jill Gonzalez says there are some offers that are worth the hassle of hitting the stores.

SBDC State Director on Small Business Saturday

Nov 21, 2017

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday has become another tradition of the Thanksgiving weekend. Launched in 2010, Small Business Saturday generated an estimated 112 million shoppers and $15.4 million is sales in 2016. As this year’s event approaches on November 25th, the University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center is encouraging business owners to take advantage of the opportunity.

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Lawyers for Georgia's board of regents say a university president failed to keep state officials informed about moving cheerleaders off the field before football games after some black cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem.

In a report released Tuesday, the board's legal office found that Kennesaw State President Sam Olens did not advise the state's university system of the change in the pregame routine even though he had been instructed to do so.

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The Navy says it has notified the next of kin of three missing sailors who disappeared after the crash of a transport plane on Wednesday in the Philippine Sea as the search for them continues. Eight others were rescued shortly after the crash.

A federal judge in Texas has overturned a ban on a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure, dealing another blow to efforts to restrict abortion in that state.

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For a span of some four months earlier this year, demonstrators swarmed Venezuela's city streets in protest of ballooning inflation, diminishing food and President Nicolas Maduro's tightening grasp on power — until, that is, Maduro's efforts to derail the opposition bore fruit. By August the protests ebbed from view, as a new lawmaking body packed with Maduro's preferred politicians took the country's reins.

Still, while the protests have all but disappeared, the economic woes that helped inspire them remain as obstinate as ever.

The Trump Organization is severing ties with the controversial Trump SoHo building in New York City.

The development, which is a hybrid hotel-condominium building where owners of units can only live in their properties for a certain amount of time each year, has the potential to be a thorn in the side of President Trump — linking him to murky financing arrangements, allegations of fraud and a Russian-born developer with a criminal past.

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