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Fire beneath bridge brings it down, snarls traffic.

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A bridge on Interstate 85 in Atlanta collapsed on Thursday as a fire raged beneath it, authorities said, sending black smoke into the air and briefly causing a fireball before the structure fell in on itself. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the incident, which snarled traffic for miles. "We are trying to assess the damage and determine how quick we can repair it," Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal told a news conference. Black smoke billowed so thick

Strange things are afoot at the Circle K

A woman's car was stolen by three quick-thinking car thieves while she wrestled with a cell phone thief at an Atlanta gas station last weekend.

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Program May Cost As Much As $2.7 Million, Begets Free Charging Station

Atlanta will lease 50 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids for as long as eight years.

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The Sports Business Journal reports that Mercedes-Benz has secured naming rights to the new stadium being built for the Atlanta Falcons football team.

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Passengers on a Georgia bus escaped a huge crash with a train after their bus became stranded on a set of train tracks.‚Äč

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Porsche has spent $100 million to open a 27-acre campus near the Atlanta international airport. The site includes a new headquarters for Porsche Cars North America and an experience center, complete with a racetrack.

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Architecture giant Gensler won the tender from among a dozen firms to design the new Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters in Atlanta, set to open its doors to a thousand employees in 2018.

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Mercedes-Benz USA will move first into a temporary facility in Dunwoody, GA before its new headquarters is ready in Sandy Springs, but will still keep some functions at its New Jersey locations.

State Incentives Of $5,000 Have Pushed Atlanta To EV Sales Leader

Plug In America fights for Georgia to keep its $5,000 electric-vehicle incentive, says each EV saves $2,200 a year from being exported.

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Georgia Pushes Its Brand As The Center Of The Automotive South

An international real-estate company had a high-profile client that wanted to relocate its North American headquarters. The client, whose identity was confidential, narrowed the list of prospective sites to Texas, North Carolina and Georgia. Would Georgia officials be interested in a discussion?

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Mercedes-Benz USA has confirmed that it will be moving its headquarters to Atlanta, spending the next few years in a temporary facility before a purpose-built location is opened in 2017.

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Mercedes-Benz USA is expected to announce shortly that it's moving from its current home in Montvale, NJ, to a new facility in Atlanta, after the governments of both states offer financial incentives to claim the German automaker's US headquarters and its hundreds of employees.

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Mercedes-Benz may be a German automaker first and foremost, but it's a global operation. Among its many offices around the world, the company employs some 800 staffers at its US headquarters in New Jersey. But that office could be moving down South in the near future.

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Like the University of Georgia and its punchy Bulldog mascot, Georgia's electric-vehicle advocates are about to get a little more pugilistic, says the Atlanta Business Chronicle. That's because, for the second straight year, some state politicos may look to end Georgia's electric-vehicle subsidy. Count the EV Club of the South among those looking to take up the fight.

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Somehow, They Do. Sort Of.

Missing Persons famously sang that Nobody Walks In LA all the way back in 1982. But, according to one report, the times they are a changing. More people will soon be walking in that car-centric city than they do now, the theory goes. Just like they will in Boston, Miami, Atlanta and Detroit.

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Last year, about one percent of Georgia's new vehicles were battery-electric, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported last month and Atlanta was a Nissan Leaf hotspot for many months. Sales were likely helped by the fact that neighboring states like South Carolina and Tennessee had lower EV incentives.

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To put a spin on the old Civil War story, Atlanta indeed is burning. But in this case, it's a good thing because the heat is a reference to the city's demand for electric vehicles. Atlanta is where EV demand is growing faster in that city than any other in the US, according to ChargePoint.

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Electric-vehicle advocates may really start believing the old Charlie Daniels song The Devil Went Down to Georgia after reading that one of that state's former politicians wants to abolish the local EV tax incentive. Former Alpharetta Mayor Chuck Martin says the state should cut its $5,000 perk because the federal government's $7,500 incentive is enough at this point to get folks to buy plug-ins, the Atlanta Business Chronicle says. Martin is pushing for the incentive to be dropped by April 1.

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We reported yesterday on the couple inches of snow that paralyzed the transportation networks of southern cities like Atlanta, which are ill-equipped to handle any measure of snow, and now the results of the chaos are beginning to roll in: 13 people are dead across the region, nine of whom were in traffic accidents.