When the bell rang students back to Savannah's Beach High School this year, students and faculty came back to the news that the long-struggling school, filled with poor and at-risk students, now actually leads the district in some tests. That's a big change from just a few years ago when ambivalent students took failure for granted. Local school officials credit an influx of money and new leadership.
Democratic leaders say Georgia's Republican governor should fully implement President Barack Obama's health care overhaul now that the U.S. Supreme Court says its key parts are legal. Democratic state Sen. Vincent Fort said Thursday that Republicans leaders need to be "responsible." He cited as precedent that former Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue accepted federal stimulus money from the Obama administration despite having political misgivings.
President Obama is traveling to Southeast Georgia's Ft. Stewart on Friday. Administration officials say, the visit is about adding new protections for veterans and military families swindled or misled by schools seeking their federal education benefits. The President is announcing initiatives aimed at reducing deceptive marketing to veterans.
President Obama's budget released this morning includes about $600,000 for the engineering phase of the Savannah harbor deepening. But that's only a fraction of the millions of dollars that state officials were seeking. State officials consider it the most important economic development project.
State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced Thursday that federal extended unemployment insurance benefits are now being paid to nearly 91,000 jobless Georgians. The law extends the qualifying time for eligible recipients from June 2 through Nov. 30. Checks mailed today to Georgians totaled more than $76 million.