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Premiums to edge up for state workers, teachers with options unchanged

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 5:04pm

State employees and teachers will face an average premium increase of about 3.7 percent for coverage next year in the State Health Benefit Plan.

Portside: More growth for port; ship apps let you watch

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 8:47pm

When Georgia Ports Authority Chairman Jimmy Allgood challenged GPA leadership to reach for a record 4 million TEUs in the coming year, he was talking about fiscal year 2018, which began July 1.

Snapchat’s not-growing pains are boom for Instagram

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 8:46pm

By BARBARA ORTUTAY

FILE - In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, file photo, Snap co-founders Bobby Murphy, left, and CEO Evan Spiegel ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange as the company celebrates its IPO. Snap Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Comcast to extend fiber optic network to Skidaway Island

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 7:12pm

Comcast Business announced its multimillion dollar fiber optic network designed to deliver 10-gigabit speeds to Savannah’s downtown business community will also be extended to serve businesses on nearby Skidaway Island.

Georgia Logistics director Jannine Miller tapped for USDA position

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:30pm

The Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics is proving to be quite the career-maker, as yet another director is moving on to the national stage.

State bar foundation donates $10,000 in grant to Meditation Center for client support

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 9:24pm

Savannah attorney Patrick O’Connor, the immediate past president of the State Bar of Georgia, on Wednesday presented a $10,000 grant check to The Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire to help them in efforts to assist groups primarily providing low-income and indigent folks with their legal needs.

Morris Publishing sells Savannah Morning News to GateHouse Media

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 7:08am

AUGUSTA – As part of a strategic restructuring to focus its business on lifestyle publications, property development and new business, Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Savannah Morning News, to GateHouse Media.

Blue Cross agrees to stay in counties where there’s no other exchange option

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 10:28pm

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has agreed to offer coverage in the state insurance exchange in the 85 counties that will have no other health plans in 2018.

City Talk: New apartment building too massive for East Bolton

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 8:56pm

Last Thursday, a divided Savannah City Council paved the way for a five-story, 114-unit apartment building that will stretch from Drayton to Abercorn streets between East Bolton Street and East Bolton Lane.

Newsmakers

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 11:58pm

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Veteran Savannah developer George Powers back in logistics business

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 11:56pm

There’s a new business taking shape at Georgia Ports Authority’s Savannah River International Trade Park off Ga. 21.

As Savannah port grows, area industrial vacancy rates continue to shrink

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 10:56pm

Developers and logistics operators are scrambling to meet the demand for warehouse and distribution space to process and store the record amounts of cargo delivered daily to the Port of Savannah. The shortage of warehouse space is driving up rents and prompting much-needed speculative building.

Many migrant farmworkers face medical challenges, barriers to care

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 10:42pm

The fields in South Georgia are green this time of year and laden with cucumbers, eggplant and melons — vegetables that represent summertime and healthy eating.

With 401(k) accounts booming, what should investors do?

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 8:52pm

By Stan Choe

A screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number for the Dow Jones industrial average, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The DJIA closed above 22,000 points for the first time, driven by a big gain in Apple on an otherwise mixed day for the market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

City Talk: Is Savannah the “next Brooklyn”?

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 1:37pm

Vogue’s recent article “Is This Old Southern Town the Next Brooklyn?” caught the attention of plenty of Savannahians – natives, newcomers and everyone in between.

Michael Owens: Place value on customer service reviews — or lack thereof

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:51pm

In this day and age, businesses live and die by reviews—especially in tourism. A positive review can bring more customers. A negative review can teach us where our weaknesses lie.

Unemployment rate reaches 16-year low

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 9:28pm

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER

In this Thursday, July 27, 2017, photo, Cheryl Bast, left, is accompanied by her daughter Liz Pierson, as she works on an application for a position with Omaha Public Schools, during a job fair held at Omaha South High School in Omaha, Neb. On Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, the U.S. government issues the July jobs report. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Workplace accident death rate higher for older workers

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 9:27pm

By Maria Ines Zamudio and Michelle Minkoff

In this photo provide by the Bryan, Texas Fire Department, taken April 29, 2014, Bryan Texas firefighters stand outside the Bryan Texas Utilities Power Plant following an explosion and fire. Earle Robinson, 60, and other employees were doing maintenance work at Bryan Texas Utilities Power Plant, about 100 miles north of Houston, when there was a loud explosion. Workers called 911 and pleaded for help. Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. (Bryan, Texas Fire Department via AP)

Many economists don’t agree with Trump administration’s dour view of U.S. trade gap

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:51pm

By PAUL WISEMAN

FILE - In this Saturday, July 8, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and China’s President Xi Jinping arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump and his economic advisers see U.S. trade deficits as a sign of economic weakness. They point to 41 straight years of U.S. trade deficits as evidence that America has been out-competed, out-negotiated and flat out cheated by trading partners like China, Mexico and Germany, countries that consistently sell more to the United States than they buy. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)