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Ask Brianna: How do I help my parents pay off college debt?

By Brianna McGurran

FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Brianna McGurran, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. “Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. (NerdWallet via AP, File)

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes

By Frank Jordans

A polar bear steps out of a pool while walking on the ice in the Franklin Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Industry experts, researchers and veterans of the Far North say there remain many obstacles to reaping the riches once blocked by the ice. Conservationists also oppose the large-scale extraction of Arctic resources, fearing that the fragile environment will be irreparably harmed. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Focus for independent retailers: make shopping easy and fun

By Joyce M. Rosenberg

In this July 25, 2017, photo, Bryce Phillips, left, the founder and CEO of evo, a Seattle-based outdoor, bike, ski, and clothing retailer, poses for a photo with Ben Wallace, evo’s director of business development, in their store in Seattle. Evo gets 80 percent of its business from its online business. But because it has plenty of competition online and off, “we need to do the things that made us different from the beginning,” Phillips says. That includes offering services like travel planning for customers who want to go on snowboarding, surfing or other outdoor sports-focused vacations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

FILE - In this Friday, July 8, 2016, file photo, a pharmacy technician fills a prescription for an anti-diarrhea medication at a pharmacy, in Sacramento, Calif. Filling a prescription is no longer the simple errand you run after a doctor visit. With drug prices rising and insurance coverage shrinking, it pays to ask questions and do a little research before handing over your insurance card at the pharmacy counter. Having coverage offers no guarantee that you’re getting the best price for your medicine. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

City Talk: July employment estimates show continued strength of area economy

According to the estimates recently released by the Georgia Department of Labor, the Savannah metro area added 4,300 nonfarm payroll jobs between July 2017 and July 2017. That increase of 2.4 percent is markedly faster than the rate of population growth.

Utility CEO retiring following failure of nuclear project

By Seanna Adcox

5 times when you should buy your leased car

By Philip Reed

In this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, photo, cars are lined up in the lot of a Chevrolet dealership in Richmond, Va. The buyout option at the end of a car lease can be an attractive opportunity or a tool for damage control. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Codebase offers chance to grow new mobile apps

Nearly 80 percent of Americans own smartphones, making mobile apps part of our everyday lives. From ordering groceries to controlling your thermostat and household lighting, there’s an app to do it.

Aleshia Howell

SmithBarid: Some VA benefits can pay for long-term care

Caring for our nation’s veterans is a top concern for many in our country today. As the cost of health care — especially long-term care — continues to rise, many veterans and their families are facing the reality of their needs exceeding their income. Veterans Affairs offers many benefits, one of which — VA Pension — is particularly suited to helping offset the cost of long-term care for older veterans and their surviving spouses.

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XPO Logistics honors Savannah driver for safety; biggest ship yet heads our way

XPO Logistics, Inc., one of the largest providers of less-than-truckload – or LTL — transportation in North America, has recognized professional driver William Henderson of Savannah for surpassing 3 million miles on the road without a preventable accident.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, with a total capacity of 14,855 TEUs, is the largest ship ever to come through the Panama Canal. It’s scheduled to call on Savannah in the next few weeks. (Photo courtesy Panama Canal)

Star Wars toy launch to unveil new ‘Last Jedi’ character

LOS ANGELES — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is still a few months away from hitting theaters, but BB-8-happy fans are about to get a glimpse at a new character as a part of a three-day marketing rollout of toys and products inspired by the film.

This image released by Lucasfilm shows a scene from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” expected in theaters in December. Fans are about to get a glimpse at a new character as a part of a three-day marketing roll out of toys and products inspired by the film. The global event, dubbed Force Friday II, will run from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. (Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm via AP)

Universities contribute $400M to local economy in 2016

Armstrong State University and Savannah State University contributed more than $400 million to the local economy during the fiscal year 2016 and provided nearly 5,000 jobs, according to recent study conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

According to an annual study conducted by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Armstrong State University contributed more than $252 million dollars to the local economy during the fiscal year 2016. (Savannah Morning News file photo) According to an annual study conducted by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Armstrong State University contributed more than $252 million dollars to the local economy during the fiscal year 2016. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

Savannah area jobless rate sticks at 4.7 percent for July

Metro Savannah’s and Coastal Georgia’s unemployment rates stayed the same in July, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Papy: Open Savannah makes civic life accessible

One of the few silver linings of the current presidential administration is that is has pushed regular people to want to become more involved or learn more about civic life.

Walmart joins forces with Google on voice-activated shopping

By Anne D’Innocenzio

FILE- In this combo of file photos shows, a Google sign at a store on Aug. 7, 2017, in Hialeah, Fla., bottom, and a Walmart sign on June 1, 2017, in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, said Wednesday, Aug. 23, that it’s working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items from laundry detergent to Legos for voice shopping through Google Assistant. The capability will be available in late September. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

College football on Facebook: Site to stream 15 games in ‘17

Associated Press

File-This Oct. 18, 2014, shows Marshall tight end Ryan Yurachek scoring a touchdown against Florida International during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Miami. Good players can get lost on bad teams, but here are a few who will be worth seeking out in 2017. Just don’t wait until bowl season because it will probably be too late. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Construction to start on Quick Start training center at megasite

Losing the Volvo plant to South Carolina two years ago was a tough pill to swallow, but the experience also produced some positives for economic development in the region.

Site work is underway for the $17.6 million Georgia Advanced Manufacturing Training Center on the Pooler megasite at Interstates 16 and 95. (Photos courtesy Georgia Quick Start)

A coal country dispute over an alleged Trump promise unmet

By Jeff Horwitz, Michael Biesecker and Matthew Daly

FILE - In this June 7, 2017 file photo, a coal barge is positioned as a backdrop behind President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally at the Rivertowne Marina in Cincinnati. President Donald Trump personally promised to activate emergency legal authorities to keep dirty or economically uncompetitive coal plants from shutting down, a top American coal company said. The Trump administration now says it has no plans to do so. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

S. Korea says no to U.S. request to discuss renegotiating FTA

By Youkyong Lee

South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyung-chong speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Kim said on Tuesday Seoul will not discuss renegotiation of the free trade agreement with the U.S. without first looking into what is really causing the trade imbalance. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)