Top News & Analysis Georgia

  • MOULTRIE, Ga. _ Ameris Bancorp on Friday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $18.2 million. The Moultrie, Georgia- based bank said it had earnings of 52 cents per share. Ameris Bancorp shares have decreased 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ATLANTA _ SunTrust Banks Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter profit of $465 million. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 88 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.17 billion.

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Jan 19- Tensions have increased this week near the construction site of the Dakota Access pipeline, with repeated clashes between protesters and police ahead of Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, an unabashed fan of the $3.8 billion project. "It's closing in on the inauguration, and people want to make sure that their voices...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 19- Record-low responses from farmers to surveys threaten the U.S. Department of Agriculture's status as the gold standard in crop data collection and potentially open up trading advantages to big firms, the agency's chief economist said on Thursday. Encouraging more farmers to respond would ensure the USDA continued to provide objective...

  • President-elect Donald Trump officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest states that dominate U.S. agricultural exports. He was elected to two terms as governor of Georgia, a leading producer of cotton and peanuts, serving from 2003 to 2011.

  • ATLANTA _ Fidelity Southern Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $15.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. Fidelity Southern shares have dropped almost 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • President-elect Donald Trump officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest states that dominate U.S. agricultural exports. He served two terms as Georgia governor from 2003 to 2011. Georgia accounted for just 2 percent of total U.S. agriculture...

  • Tom Price purchased stock last year has faced years of legal problems and agreed this month to a $17 million Justice Department criminal penalty in a foreign bribery case. Federal prosecutors said the misconduct occurred even though the company in 2012 had reached a deferred prosecution agreement with the Justice Department arising from separate foreign...

  • President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest, which dominates agriculture exports.

  • FITZGERALD, Ga. _ Colony Bankcorp Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $2.2 million. The bank, based in Fitzgerald, Georgia, said it had earnings of 22 cents per share. Colony Bankcorp shares have climbed almost 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Perdue, 70, is a farmer's son who built businesses in grain trading and trucking before becoming the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction. Perdue, from the small city of Bonaire in rural central Georgia, would be the first Southerner in the post in more than two...

  • Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue arrives in Trump Tower, November 30, 2016 in New York.

    President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture, NBC News reports.

  • WASHINGTON— President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate former Georgia Gov. He comes from the small city of Bonaire in rural central Georgia, where he built businesses in grain trading and trucking. The last three agriculture secretaries were from Iowa, North Dakota and Nebraska.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 18- Axeon Specialty Products plans on shutting down its 75,000 barrel-per-day asphalt refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey, as early as this summer, according to a local politician and sources familiar with the company's plans. Axeon is owned by New York- based hedge fund Lindsay Goldberg. Neither Axeon nor Lindsay Goldberg responded to requests for...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary defended his vast healthcare stock holdings as being ethical and legal on Wednesday and said Americans who have gained coverage under Obamacare will not suddenly go without healthcare. The Georgia orthopedic surgeon spoke while testifying at a U.S. Senate committee hearing...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary defended his personal stock investments and proposals to dismantle Obamacare on Wednesday in response to questioning by a U.S. Senate panel. He said an overhaul of the law will initially focus on individual health plans sold on online exchanges and the Medicaid program for the...

  • WASHINGTON— From Wal-Mart to General Motors to Amazon, a growing number of the world's largest companies appear to be trying to get in step with President-elect Donald Trump's demand that employers hire and keep jobs at home. Trump, in response, has taken to Twitter to signal his approval. "Thank you to General Motors and Walmart for starting the big jobs push back...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 18- President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for health secretary was expected to face hard questions from a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday about his personal stock investments and proposals to dismantle Obamacare. The Department of Health and Human Services runs the Medicare program for the elderly, Medicaid for the poor and President Barack...

  • Tom Price is facing pointed questions about President-elect Donald Trump's health policies— and his own investments in health care companies— from senators considering his selection as health secretary. While Price, an orthopedic surgeon-turned-lawmaker, is largely a known quantity on Capitol Hill, Trump's bottom line on health care remains a mystery for...

  • Sinkhole swallows truck

    A huge sinkhole in Hall County, Georgia swallows a semi-truck.