If you’ve been around the Augusta area long, you’ve probably heard a news story or two about the Cherry Tree Crossing Projects. The “inside stories” weren’t often told, and that is the reason for The Cherry Tree Listening Project.
Immigration officials are deporting fewer people from a three-state Atlanta-based region. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau says deportations from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina declined to 14,000 last year from 19,000 the year before. Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board member Phil Kent says the decline is "disturbing."
Georgia’s nonprofits are trying another coordinated day of giving Wednesday. Organizers want 10,000 donations at GAGivesDay.org during the 24-hour statewide campaign. And then the site will continue to accept contributions throughout the holiday season.
The Savannah, Augusta and Columbus communities are the most impacted in the state by reductions in federal spending, according to a new report by Georgia State University. Dr. Peter Bluestone, Senior Research Associate at GSU’s Fiscal Research Center, said those cities feel more of the cuts from sequestration and the government shutdown because a larger percentage of their economy is based on federal defense spending.
Georgia's medium-sized cities aren't entirely on their own when it comes to enrollment help under the Affordable Care Act. Federal health navigator grants went to organizations based either in Metro Atlanta or in Georgia's smallest communities. Places in the middle, such as Savannah and Columbus, weren't part of the recent award.