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President's budget shortchanges Savannah harbor deepening

The release of President Barack Obama’s budget recommendations Tuesday drew immediate criticism from Gov. Nathan Deal for including less than is needed to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project — or SHEP — on track.

Associated Press file photo The Dock dredge Alaska works to deepen the shipping channel to the port of Savannah off the coast of Tybee Island on Sept. 14, 2015.

Bis in brief: Banks kickstart business loan fund for community development

The Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC) has been approved to receive $250,000 from the Savannah Regional Small Business Capital Fund operated by four local banks.

U.S. stocks down after bumpy day

U.S. stocks extended their three-day losing streak Tuesday, closing slightly lower after spending most of the day wavering between gains and losses.

ESPN costs weigh Disney down as more customers cut the cord

 ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it’s coming off a round of layoffs. 

David Richard/ The Associated Press Workers install an ESPN Monday Night Football banner before an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. The sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine has hit a soft patch as people cut the cord to watch programming online. It's a sign of one of TV’s biggest challenges: the ever-increasing cost of sports rights and whether consumers want to keep footing the bill.

HUNTER: Savannah's knights of the round table

I have been working as an intern at The Creative Coast for a little more than six months now, and I’ve taken great liberty to get my feet wet in all the programs put on by The Creative Coast. Here was the chance to dive into yet another exciting experience.

Gov. Deal kicks off 2016 Georgia Foreign Trade Conference

Gov. Nathan Deal kicked off the 2016 Georgia Foreign Trade Conference on Monday morning with high praise for the Georgia Ports Authority and its outgoing director Curtis Foltz.

Governor Nathan Deal speaks at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference at Sea Island on Monday. Emily Goldman/Georgia Ports Authority

Pooler planning board OKs plans for new furniture store

Pooler Planning Commissioners on Monday voted to recommend that the City Council add a new furniture store to the mix in rapidly developing Godley Station.

S.C. Chamber: Kinder Morgan eminent domain ban 'shortsighted'

Pointing to an eminent domain conflict over a rail terminal in North Carolina, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is warning against the effects of legislation that would bar pipeline giant Kinder Morgan from condemning private property against the wishes of South Carolina landowners.

CITY TALK: Draft of alcohol ordinance a good read

Savannah city officials recently released yet another draft of the proposed alcohol ordinance rewrite. Before reading my take on the new ordinance, you might want to check it out for yourself. The latest version has the same key concepts and provisions that were in the summer 2015 draft, but the language has been streamlined. It appears about one-third of the words were trimmed from the previous draft.

BiS in brief: Gas prices drop in metro Savannah

Average retail gasoline prices in the Savannah area have fallen 4.2 cents a gallon in the past week to $1.74 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 262 gas outlets in Savannah.

BiS in brief: Savannah firm to have job recruitment

Bramli USA Inc., a producer of housewares and industrial containers, will try to recruit 20 workers for its facility in Savannah next week.

CITY TALK: Trends to watch for the rest of 2016

With so much news at the beginning of the year, I neglected to devote a column to some of the bigger questions facing Savannah in 2016. So here it is, a little late.

We are all wondering if the new mayor and aldermen will impact the direction of the city, but the first concern is obviously about crime.

What will happen to crime trends in 2016? Will new strategies and better police staffing lead to measurable declines?

Visit Savannah chief talks new year, new visitors

With the influx of visitors in 2015, especially during the summer months, Savannah is on track to see some of the highest tourism numbers on record, according to Joe Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah.

Official numbers arrive in the spring, but for now Marinelli and his staff have all eyes on 2016.

Joseph Marinelli

The Foltz legacy of leadership

Asked what he considered his number one accomplishment in nearly 12 years with the Georgia Ports Authority, outgoing executive director Curtis Foltz wouldn’t bite.

“Great organizations are never about one thing or one person,” he said.

Courtesy of the Georgia Ports Authority- Curtis Foltz, front and center with hard hat, and employees of the Georgia Ports Authority participate in the AL S ice bucket challenge in 2014.

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Gary Brand

Super Bowl ads go for the safety

Talking animals, celebrity cameos and crowd-pleasing rock songs: This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are sticking to the classics in their efforts to win over Big Game viewers on Sunday.

Mars Chocolate North America via AP- This photo provided by Mars Chocolate North America shows actor Willem Dafoe in a scene from a Snickers Super Bowl 50 spot.

BUTLER: Why it's important to know about potential flooding

Over the past 12 months, floods in different parts of the country have been in the news. Many people don’t realize that floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.

special photo - Chris Butler

Many optimistic despite slower U.S. job growth

Consider looking past January’s so-so job growth.

At first glance, Friday’s government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, photo, Angelo Falcone, left, is interviewed by Eric Larkee for a bartender job at a job fair held by The Genuine Hospitality Group, in Miami. The restaurant group is expanding in South Florida and is hiring for all positions at its restaurants. On Friday, Feb. 5, the U.S. government issues the January jobs report. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

4 questions for the next CEO of Delta

 On May 2, Ed Bastian takes over as the new CEO of Delta Air Lines, replacing the retiring Richard Anderson. Bastian has been Anderson’s close deputy, helping to turn around the airline from bankrupt carrier to one of the world’s leading airlines, one whose playbook is often copied by others.

Ed Bastian, the new CEO of Delta Air Line

BiS in brief: Gulfstream G500 passes latest flight test

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced the Gulfstream G500 has completed flutter testing — the effects of vibration on the structure of the aircraft — to achieve what the company is calling another milestone in the new aircraft’s flight-test program.