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U.S. position on NAFTA raises fears of mangled economy


FILE - In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017, file photo, Blake Hurst, a corn and soybean farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, walks to the tractor shed on his farm in Westboro, Mo. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to redo the North American Free Trade Agreement, but NAFTA has widened access to Mexican and Canadian markets, boosting U.S. farm exports and benefiting many farmers. Hurst says NAFTA has been good for his business and worries that he’ll lose out in a renegotiation. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Group brings focus to self-driving cars

Clinton Edminster says he’s been dreaming of self-driving cars for a while, and now he’s working to get Savannah ready for the real thing.

Clinton Edminster, founder of Self-Driving Vehicle Coalition of Coastal Georgia, spoke Wednesday to the Technology Association of Georgia at Bull Street Labs.

Historic board OKs 51-unit apartment building

A new four-story apartment building on Montgomery Street was approved Wednesday by the Historic District Board of Review at its monthly meeting.

Robertson: Listen to find right music to make your business sing

It’s hard to escape music. Whether you are at the doctor’s office, gym, shopping mall, restaurant, or your own workplace, there is probably music playing in the background. Depending on the music, you can experience a variety of emotions.

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Survey: Employers miss opportunities for disabled workers

By Holly Ramer

Express Scripts buying eviCore for $3.6 billion

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Fake news is still here, despite efforts by Google, Facebook

By Barbara Ortutay and Ryan Nakashima

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, file photo, a woman sits on a curb at the scene of a shooting outside of a music festival along the Las Vegas Strip. Months after Facebook and Google announced major efforts to curb the spread of false stories masquerading as news, it’s still cropping up, most recently in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting. Turns out it’s not so easy to re-engineer social media systems geared to maximize engagement over accuracy, especially when trolls and pranksters are scheming to evade those controls. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Board approves plan to encourage residential development downtown

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to approve an amendment to the City of Savannah Zoning Ordinance to remove density standards for several districts. The petition, which was brought by the city, aims to provide more incentives for residential development and create more balance for hotel and residential development.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to approve an amendment to the City of Savannah Zoning Ordinance to remove density standards for several districts in an effort to encourage residential development. (Savannah Morning News/Katie Nussbaum)

City Talk: Traditional diner fare with special flair at new restaurant on Ellis Square

The local restaurant group Ele and the Chef seems to have another hit on its hands with the Little Duck Diner at 150 St. Julian St. That’s the space most recently occupied by the downtown location of Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Image from Little Duck Diner’s Facebook page

Conference shows off ‘smart’ traffic solutions

The old driving instructions “Stop, look and listen” take on a whole new meaning in today’s “smart” world.

DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News Michael Holt, President of the Georgia chapter of the Intelligent Transportation Society, talks technology at the group’s annual meeting held this week in Savannah.

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Savannah SCORE seeks volunteer business mentors

City Talk: Laney Contemporary reinforces Savannah’s gallery scene

The grand opening for Laney Contemporary Fine Art (, Savannah’s newest art gallery, attracted a huge, enthusiastic crowd.

Deal closes for Savannah River Landing; 8-year, $500 million plan begins

The Savannah River Landing, a mixed-use development planned for the east end of President Street, has moved one step closer to reality. The sale of the 57-acre site closed last month for $30,125,000.

The Savannah River Landing site will include a park along the Savannah River with brick sidewalks, decorative lighting, benches, open grass areas, and trees. (Renderings courtesy of Cooper Carry)

SCORE: Choose your crowdfunding tool wisely

As we all know, banks match people who have money with people who want money. Banks provide all types of personal and commercial loans to individuals and businesses that meet their lending qualifications.

Hurricanes cause rare monthly U.S. job loss but rebound likely

By Christopher Rugaber

Third-generation plumber honored for construction work

Tonya Reed cut her teeth in the plumbing business.

Tonya Reed, owner of Henry Plumbing Company, was named Woman of the Year by the Coastal Georgia National Association of Women in Construction last month. Reed, who first joined the organization seven years ago, currently serves as president and also received the award in 2014. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

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Koyo’s Bobby Jones given manufacturing award

SYLVANIA — A veteran employee of Koyo Bearings is the face of local and statewide manufacturing.

Ben Cheeks of Georgia Techs Enterprise Innovation Institute presents Koyos Bobby Jones, center, with a Faces of Manufacturing Award. On the right is Dorie Bacon, executive director of the Screven County Development Authority. (Enoch Autry/For the Savannah Morning News)

Georgia Historical Society announces 2018 trustees

Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, and Paul Bowers, Chairman, President, and CEO of Georgia Power, have been selected as the newest Georgia Trustees. Bastian and Bowers will be inducted by Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Historical Society.

Ed Bastian