ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Two Georgia communities are being awarded federal grants to fund programs aimed at improving public safety. The city of Albany in southwest Georgia has been approved to receive more than $60,300 for youth education programs administered by the Albany Police Department. Another grant of more than $44,600 is going to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office in Macon. That money will go toward a federally funded ballistics crime lab.

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) - A proposed overhaul of federal protection zones along the East Coast would make hundreds of waterfront homes eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid. The Coastal Barrier Resources System was created to discourage development on coastal lands. Government spending watchdog groups say the proposal would stress already-strained disaster aid programs. But some environmental groups applaud the proposal since it also puts lots of land into the protection system.

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia saw its strongest June for job growth in more than two decades. State officials say Georgia's economy grew by 20,200 jobs last month. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the state has added 80,000 jobs during the past 12 months. Hiring in June across the state included a burst of new jobs across several sectors: relatively high-paying corporate positions, as well as lower-paying jobs in leisure and hospitality.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's busiest airport is partnering with a company that can identify passengers through eye scans and fingerprints. Al.com reports that Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport recently added kiosks offering the technology for a fee. CLEAR offers a $15 per month membership, paid annually, with various discounts for family members.

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