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HunterMaclean forum tackles cybersecurity issues

“Our goal today is not to scare you,” HunterMaclean partner Diana McKenzie told the group of 150 invited business and community leaders gathered in Savannah Technical College’s Eckburg Auditorium Thursday for the Savannah law firm’s 2017 Critical Issues Forum on cybersecurity.

Sheryl Bunton speaks at the HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on Cybersecurity held Thursday morning at the Eckburg Auditorium. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

PortSide: Port honors administrative assistants

It’s national Administrative Professionals Week and Georgia Ports Authority wanted to do something special for the more than 100 administrative assistants who keep the port humming along.

Neighbors score first win in paper mill lawsuit

As the first of 15 lawsuits from Effingham residents against Georgia Pacific alleging pollution damage edges closer to trial, the plaintiffs have won a partial victory.

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Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate declines to 4.5 percent in March

ATLANTA – Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate in March was 4.5 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 4.7 percent in February. In March 2016, the rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Adding safety tech to an older car

Old cars can learn new tricks. For a few hundred dollars, drivers can add new safety technology — like forward collision warning systems or backup cameras — to older cars.

Savannah-area homes sales hit high mark in March

March was a record month for home sales and housing market inventory in Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties. During the month, 629 homes sold – a six-year high and inventory hit a six year low coming in at just under five months, according to monthly data released by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

Gulfstream parent General Dynamics posts first quarter earnings

General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE: GD), parent company of Gulfstream Aerospace, on Wednesday reported first-quarter profits of $763 million, or $2.48 per share. Those results significantly exceeded analysts’ expectations of $2.32.

Three downtown SCAD properties on market

The Savannah College of Art and Design has listed three of its properties on the market with commercial real estate company CBRE. The college maintains more than 60 buildings around Savannah and an equestrian center in Hardeeville, S.C.

Optim to combine Millen hospital with Sylvania facility

Another rural hospital is closing its doors in Georgia.

Bluffton, Beaufort newspapers deliveries delayed

Due to a delivery truck accident, Wednesday’s Bluffton Today, Beaufort Today and The Sun Today will be delivered later today.

Appeal challenges downtown hotel’s height

The City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday will hear a petition challenging the bonus story of a proposed hotel at Tattnall and Liberty Streets.

The City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday will hear a petition to appeal a February decision to grant a bonus story to the Liberty Street. Nearby residents say the project isn't compatible with the area. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Judge dismisses spill suit against Kinder Morgan

A lawsuit filed against pipeline company Kinder Morgan was dismissed last week.

This rendering shows a conceptual plan for a five-building hotel development off of President Street. The Metropolitan Planning Commission voted to rezone the eight-acre site, which is being developed by HD Companies, on Tuesday. The recommendation will now move to Savannah City Council for final review. (Rendering courtesy of HD Companies/via Metropolitan Planning Commission)

BiS in brief: Autism event, apartments reopen, Rotary donation

Rotary clubs donate for parenting classes

Pooler planning board votes down variance request for new hotel

The city of Pooler’s volunteer planning and zoning commission is recommending that city officials turn down a requested height variance for a new hotel in Godley Station.

A preliminary design for a proposed Aloft hotel at the corner of Benton Boulevard and Towne Center Drive. (Courtesy photo)

Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

Savannah Tech named ‘Purple Heart’ college for work with vets

Savannah Technical College has been awarded the designation of Purple Heart Technical College by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 596.

CITY TALK: Impressive job gains continue for Savannah economy

According to the latest estimates from the Georgia Department of Labor, the Savannah metro area (Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties) had 180,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in March, an increase of 6,700 jobs from March 2016.

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Italian Society awards Finocchiaro Scholarships to essay winners

Six local high school students have been named winners of the Frank Finocchiaro Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by the Italian Society of Savannah in memory of Frank Finocchiaro, a founding member and Benedictine alumnus.