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Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes

With a band playing and flags waving, a Chinese ship carrying more than 9,000 containers on Sunday entered the newly expanded locks that will double the Panama Canal's capacity in a multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for international shipping.

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Addington

TEDx returns to Savannah with fresh ideas, powerful stories

Edminster was among 15 speakers at the 2016 TEDx Savannah event Friday at the Jepson Center who shared powerful stories of triumph, courage and impact on the theme of “Challenging What Is. Person. Local. Universal.”

Clinton Edminster, founder of ArtRise Savannah and Starlandia Creative Supply, talks about the importance of truly embracing life as he shares his experience of being diagnosed with HIV, during TEDx Savannah at the Jepson Center. Edminster closed his session saying, “I live because of the world now and I am very much tied to its success.” (Photos by Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

CITY TALK: Population boom fuels local employment growth

Six Georgia counties now account for about two-thirds of population growth in the state, according to research by University of Georgia demographer Matt Hauer that was reported in this newspaper last week.

Five of those six counties are in the Atlanta metro area. Chatham County is the other. That’s an interesting and not especially surprising data point given the steady strength of the local job and real estate markets.

Senator renews scrutiny of pharma ties on federal panel

A high-ranking Senate Democrat is pushing for more answers on why doctors and patient advocates with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry came to serve on a panel that advises the federal government on pain issues.

Wyden

BIS in brief: Public comment open on interchange plans for I-16, I-95

The Georgia Department of Transportation will host a public information open house to discuss the proposed Interstate 16 widening and the I-16 at I-95 interchange reconstruction projects in Chatham County.

Global stocks tumble after Britain votes to leave the EU

Stocks plunged in the U.S. and worldwide Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Specialist Meric Greenbaum works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, June 24, 2016. U.S. stocks are plunging in early trading after Britons voted to leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

BiS in brief: Active shooter training available to businesses

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office is offering “The Citizens Guide to an Active Shooter” presentation to local businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations that wish to be better prepared should they have to face this situation.

LOWRY: Opioid abuse poses rising danger

Although opioids are highly addictive, they translate into big business for pharmaceutical companies. Some drug manufacturers even offer free trials, designed to encourage patients to get “hooked” on these medications. 

Stephen G. Lowry

Pembroke man named Face of Manufacturing

At age 10 Mark Sauer was mowing lawns for money. Before he was old enough to drive he was sweeping floors in a machine shop. Little did he know then that those were the first steps to him becoming a successful entrepreneur and manufacturer.

Jamie Parker/Bryan County Now Ben Cheeks from the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership , right, hand the Faces of Manufacturing award to Mark Sauer, Savannah Global Solutions owner Thursday morning.

Big accreditor of for-profit colleges could lose authority

A group that accredits many of the nation’s for-profit colleges, including schools once owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., fought an effort Thursday to terminate its federal recognition due to lax oversight. That action could close schools and threaten financial aid to hundreds of thousands of students.

BiS in brief: City officials gather for annual municipal meeting in Savannah

The Georgia Municipal Association brings 2,000 city officials, vendors and guests to the Savannah International Trade and convention Center this weekend.

Metro Savannah area's jobless rate declines to 4.5 percent in May

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate for May was 4.5 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 4.7 percent in April. The rate in May 2015 was 5.8 percent.

PortSide: Panama set to welcome a new era

History will be made in Panama Sunday when the first-ever Expanded Panama Canal is inaugurated. The COSCO Shipping “Panama” will transit through the new locks on this significant day, with the world as its audience.

Alternative fuel cars roll into Savannah

The Clean Energy Roadshow made a pit stop at Savannah Tech on Thursday, showing off an array of alternative energy vehicles including a shiny red plug-in electric Tesla Model S, a police car powered by compressed natural gas and an all-electric 46-passenger bus made by Los Angeles-based BYD.

Alternate energy vehicles were on display at the Clean Energy Roadshow held at Savannah Technical College. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah unemployment rate drops to 4.5 percent in May

 The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate for May was 4.5 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 4.7 percent in April. 

Task force aims for new stance on health coverage in Georgia

A Georgia health care task force is putting the final touches on widely anticipated recommendations for the state to increase access to medical services for the uninsured.

BiS in brief: Training sessions set for nonprofit managers

Step Up Savannah will present a three-part professional skills training series about starting and running a healthy nonprofit organization, at the United Way of the Coastal Empire, 428 Bull St.

Golden Broom award honors Savannah's downtown businesses

Peek into the windows of local merchants such as Satchel Savannah and you might spy a shiny gold broom proudly displayed among the handmade leather bags and accessories for sale. You’ll also notice that this is a business that takes enormous pride in its appearance — both exterior and interior.

Savannah inventor is no stick in the mud

Inspired by a crisis and designed to help ATVs and their riders out of muddy situations, Mudder — a self-contained winching system developed by Savannah native Larry Carswell — recently received international attention after being named Inventor and Invention of the Year by InventHelp.

Photo special to the Savannah Morning News - Savannah native, Larry Carswell (center) was recently awarded the Grand Prix award at InventHelp's INPEX invention show for his one-of-a-kind, cable free winch system, Mudder.