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Immigrant contributions to the U.S. Economy

A new SBA Office of Advocacy sponsored report by Robert W. Fairlie examines the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy. Some of its findings are:

    Immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business than are nonimmigrants, and they represent 16.7 percent of all new business owners in the United States.

    Immigrant business owners make significant contributions to business income, generating $67 billion of the $577 billion in U.S. business income, as estimated from 2000 U.S. Census data. They generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California—nearly $20 billion—and nearly one-fifth of business income in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.

    Nearly 30 percent of all business owners in California are immigrants, compared with about 12.5 percent of the population of U.S. business owners.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Georgia Attorney General deplores 2010 domestic violence deaths

Georgia Attorney General deplores 2010 domestic violence deaths

ATLANTA -- Attorney General Sam Olens has joined the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence to issue the 7th annual Domestic Violence Fatality Review Report.

The Report analyzes homicides and near-deadly results, provides strategies for ending domestic violence and spotlights communities that have successfully implemented recommendations from previous reports.

"Domestic violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Georgia," said Olens. "I appreciate the important role that the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and its partners play in raising awareness of domestic violence and offering concrete recommendations for reducing its occurrence in our communities.

Berry Student Chosen for Peter Jennings Project

Berry Student Chosen for Peter Jennings Project

ROME, GA -- Nicole NeSmith, a communication major at Berry College, is one of only six students in the nation selected to join the 2011 Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution.

NeSmith will attend the Peter Jennings Project conference in Philadelphia in early March.

Hosted by the National Constitution Center, the conference provides an opportunity for fellows to participate in activities that stimulate discussion and facilitate a deeper understanding of the Constitution.

"With a Servant's Heart -- a Day of Service", January 8th

"With a Servant's Heart -- a Day of Service", January 8th

On Saturday, January 8th, Governor-elect Nathan Deal will host his first inaugural event, "With a Servant's Heart -- a Day of Service". On this day of service, volunteers throughout the state will come together to give back to their communities.

 Governor-elect Deal, future first lady Sandra Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Attorney Gen.-elect Sam Olens, state Insurance Commissioner-elect Ralph Hudgens, state School Superintendent-elect John Barge, School Superintendent Brad Bryant, Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) and Congressman Austin Scott (R-Tifton) will be staged at different locations across the Metro-Atlanta area.

The schedule of appearances will go as follows:

9:00 a.m. Secretary of State Brian Kemp: FFA-FFCLA Center at 740 FFA Camp Road in Covington