Georgia News Roundup
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$28M children's hospital planned for Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Plans are under way to build a new $28 million children's hospital in Savannah.

The Savannah Morning News reports the children's hospital will be built on the campus of the coastal Georgia city's Memorial University Medical Center.

Its parent company, Memorial Health, says the children's hospital is being established in partnership with North Carolina-based Novant Health.

Memorial Health president and CEO Maggie Gill says the four-year project will replace the children's wing on the second and third floor of the main hospital with a stand-alone building. She says the new children's hospital will offer 20 subspecialties in pediatric care.

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Long term jobless benefits to expire

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Department of Labor officials say extended federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed in Georgia will expire soon without congressional intervention.

Officials say more than 39,500 long-term unemployed Georgians are set to lose Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits Dec. 28.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program is offered to former workers who have exhausted state unemployment insurance benefits. The maximum weekly benefit is $330 and the average weekly benefit is $253.

Labor officials say they'll post an announcement on their website if Congress passes legislation to continue offering assistance.


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Governor to review digital learning proposals

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says his office is going to review a task force's recommendations to use digitally-based programs to improve student achievement.

The Digital Learning Task Force has recommended increasing broadband Internet access at all Georgia schools and encourages educators to try transitioning from textbooks to digital content.

The group also recommended that the state fund an assessment system that would allow students to progress through courses as they master certain standards, rather than having all students progress at the same time.

Director of the task force, John Bailey, says the group is challenging state education officials to embrace "competency-based education and blended learning models."

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US Rep. Kingston criticized for school lunch idea

ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is coming under criticism for comments suggesting that poor students who are part of the nation's school lunch program should sweep cafeteria floors.

Kingston made the comments at a meeting of Jackson County Republicans on Saturday. He told the crowd that making children do janitorial work would help them learn that there's "no such thing as a free lunch."

The Savannah Republican is campaigning to become his party's nominee for the U.S. Senate seat of Saxby Chambliss, who has announced his retirement.

Kingston spokesman Chris Crawford said in a statement to WXIA-TV that it's sad that trying to have a "productive conversation" about instilling a strong work ethic in the next generation "so quickly devolves into the usual name calling partisan hysteria."

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