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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.

LOCAL PROFILE: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

LOCAL PROFILE: Roosevelt's Little White House Historic Site

WARM SPRINGS, Ga. – In other interesting news, the Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt has a home in Georgia and its still standing. Now, Roosevelt’s Little White House is a historic site and it attracts visitors from all over the United States.

Roosevelt built the house while he was governor of New York, as a getaway of sorts. He first came to Warm Springs ten years previously looking for a cure for polio and found relief in the 88-degree spring waters of Warm Springs. Some say, the New Deal was developed based on his experiences in the town.

According to Georgia State Parks, “Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it, the servants and guest quarters, and the nearby pools complex that first brought the future president to Warm Springs.”

The site is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.

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.

Riverdale mayor has mixed feelings about Sunday sales bill

Riverdale mayor has mixed feelings about Sunday sales bill

RIVERDALE, Ga. -- With the Sunday alcohol sales, dubbed Sunday sales, legislation on its way to the Governor's desk, local leaders have begun to discuss whether they will allow residents to purchase alcohol on Sundays within their cities.

According to Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, “I’m 62, so I’m torn. On the one hand I understand it will enhance the appeal to tourists but on the other hand; I’m torn. When I grew up, Sunday was the Sabbath and we just didn’t do that. However, our citizens will make the decision. If we had to make a decision for the betterment of the county and the financial component; I understand.

Former major annouces his bid for Clayton Sherriff office

Former major annouces his bid for Clayton Sherriff office

JONESBORO, Ga. – Lawrence Ethridge has announced that he will run for Clayton County Sherriff. As of now, his only opposition is Victor Hill, the former sheriff. According to his website, in 2008, Ethridge was a major within the Clayton County Sheriff's Office.

Ethridge has been involved with the field of law enforcement for eighteen years and most recently, in 2010, he served as Lieutenant within the Martha K. Glaze Regional Youth Detention Center.

Currently, the candidate serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Criminal Justice Program at Everest Institute, Norcross Campus.

To learn more about his campaign, visit: www.electlawrenceethridgesheriff2012.com