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RADTKE: Five things your phone can do to make you more productive

Unified Communications has given business phones many convenient features that provide you with greater mobility, and allow you to be more efficient than ever before. It can be hard to keep up with all of the available features, but here is a list of five things your phone can do to make you more productive.

Unemployment rates drop along coast, in Savannah

The unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region declined to 4.9 percent in April and metro Savannah’s rate was at 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 in March

BiS in brief: Gulfstream jets cross Atlantic on renewable fuels

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Monday the Gulfstream G450 and G550 flew from Savannah to Geneva on a renewable fuel blend to join Gulfstream’s static display at the 2016 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, or EBACE.

PortSide: Work continues on SHEP mitigation

Work is continuing on one of the most interesting and controversial pieces of the Savannah Harbor deepening project – the dissolved oxygen injection system that is designed to offset the decrease in river oxygen levels a deeper channel will bring.

Pete Rapp of Sitech Mid-Atlantic, explains the operation of a locating and positioning device to Will Patterson of TIC, during the installation of a coffer dam along the Savannah River. (Corps of Engineers photo)

Hospital alliance may team up

Stratus Healthcare, an alliance of hospital systems, said Wednesday that it’s entering partnership talks with a large physician organization in Central Georgia.

Bis in brief: Applications for the 2016-2017 Leadership Savannah class due soon

The 2016-2017 class will be limited to 42 people. The Selections Committee is seeking representation from a cross-section of the community.

Tax refund delays hit Citi Trend's Q1 bottom line

Citi Trends, the Savannah-based urban fashion giant, reported sales of $193.7 million for the 13-week quarter ending April 30, a 2.7 percent drop from the same quarter in 2015.

Norma Jean Morgan abruptly retires from Effingham Hospital

Effingham County Health System CEO Norma Jean Morgan retired abruptly Wednesday, the second time she has left the hospital while working there for more than three decades.

Norma Jean Morgan

McDonough's to open second location, pizzeria later this year

You’ll soon have another place to sing your karaoke heart out when McDonough’s Restaurant and Lounge opens a new location later this year.

McDonough’s Restaurant and Lounge, currently located on McDonough and Drayton streets, is planning to open a new location and a pizza parlor later this year. (Savannah Morning News)

Georgia insurance exchange rates could soar in 2017

Many Georgians may see their monthly premiums rise by double-digit percentages on the state health insurance exchange in 2017, an analysis of health insurers’ proposed rate requests shows.

Wal-Mart buys $85,000 in equipment for food bank

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia has installed a new cooler and will be adding a second cooler and two freezers between its Savannah and Brunswick warehouses. The equipment was funded through an $85,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

New Dunkin' Donuts planned for Savannah

Two new Dunkin’ Donuts stores have been announced for the Savannah area.

City to consider new SEDA-run film office

Savannah City Council on Thursday is expected to consider a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Savannah Economic Development Authority and the city that would establish a Savannah Area Film Office to be run by SEDA.

Zac Efron is filmed riding a motorcycle around Forsyth Fountain as filming for the movie “Baywatch” began in the park earlier this year. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

GPA commits $7.5M to Jasper terminal

At Executive Director Curtis Foltz’s last board meeting Monday, the Georgia Ports Authority voted to spend $7.5 million in the next three years to get the long-proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal closer to reality. GPA’s commitment is contingent upon South Carolina doing the same.

The Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal will add four new ship-to-shore cranes in 2016 and four in 2018 to bring the total to 30 ship-to-shore cranes. (Stephen B. Morton/GPA)

London visitor connection drawing tourists

Visit Savannah’s partnership with London-based VVV Global Marketing, which created the first international sales office for Visit Savannah is going quite smashing.

CITY TALK: Will national attention spark more work on crime?

Last week, CNN covered violent crime in Savannah. The piece was widely shared around town and drew coverage from this newspaper. As a resident, I’m glad to see continued outrage about violence in the city. It’s absurd that we’ve put up with high crime rates for so long, and it’s even more absurd that for decades we’ve accepted blatantly obvious street crime as the norm in some neighborhoods.

Georgia approves $7.5M for joint seaport with South Carolina

At Curtis Foltz’s last board meeting Monday, the Georgia Ports Authority voted to spend $7.5 million in the next three years to get the long-proposed Jasper Ocean Terminal off the wish list and closer to reality. GPA’s commitment is contingent upon South Carolina doing the same.

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Brian Coghill