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July 31

July 31, 2009 --

Federal court refuses to kill DeKalb reverse-discrimination suit Permit flap puts focus on disposal of animal waste at UGA Perma-Fix COO forced to step down Dalton water ruled safe from carpet chemicals

Six more legislators disclose finances; 20 still to go

Six more legislators disclose finances; 20 still to go
July 31, 2009 --

This week was a bit slower for Georgia legislators who missed the deadline to file mandatory financial disclosure statements. Six more lawmakers — including Calvin Smyre, chairman of the House minority caucus — bit the bullet and turned in paperwork that, by law, was supposed to have been filed a month ago. That leaves six state senators and 14 members of the House who still haven’t made the disclosures.

July 30

July 30, 2009 --

Lawsuit dropped against firm running Atlanta’s alternative school Take-home cars: ATL fire chief violating city’s policy Oxendine named in state aircraft complaint

APD stats: Assaults up 52% in intown zone, burglaries up in SW & Buckhead

APD stats: Assaults up 52% in intown zone, burglaries up in SW & Buckhead
July 30, 2009 --

Aggravated assaults climbed by more than 50 percent in intown Atlanta this year, and residential burglaries were up sharply in Buckhead and southwest Atlanta, police statistics show. Year-to-date statistics posted online show overall crime was down citywide through April. But the numbers also show pockets of the city where certain types of violent and property offenses have risen sharply.

John Thompson, DNR asst. financial director, $109,900: ‘I do nothing’

July 29, 2009 --

A 29-year employee of the state Department of Natural Resources, Thompson was transferred to a supervisory job but did no supervising. During an interview by the Inspector General’s office, Thompson flippantly stated, “I do nothing.”

July 29

July 29, 2009 --

State billed millions for Lake Lanier litigation Report finds some DNR employees were overpaid Former DNR official abused state spa services

Three contractors profited as DOT’s debt soared, auditors say

Three contractors profited as DOT's debt soared, auditors say
July 28, 2009 --

Three highway contractors reaped the proceeds as the Georgia Department of Transportation ran up billions of dollars in unconstitutional deficits, state auditors say. Between them, the three companies since 2002 made nearly $2.4 billion off state DOT contracts.

July 28

July 28, 2009 --

State seizes forensic hospital unit at Milledgeville Nonprofits chafe at Atlanta’s plan to return $30M to feds Tiny community embroiled in big dispute over taxpayer money Savannah-Chatham schools settle $4M retirement lawsuit

Bolton returned luxury cars, then changed take-home policy

Bolton returned luxury cars, then changed take-home policy
July 28, 2009 --

Ex-DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton, fired for personal use of county vehicles, gave himself sole authority to approve use of take-home police cars late last year, records show. But that directive took effect several weeks after he returned two luxury cars, seized from drug dealers, that had been parked in the garage of his Stone Mountain home for much of 2008, according to evidence in an administrative hearing on his dismissal.

July 27

July 27, 2009 --

State audit charges financial wrongdoing at DOT Former rep. Jamieson indicted for tax evasion

July 26

July 26, 2009 --

Death highlights lack of regulation at ‘psychoeducational’ schools Richmond County: 89 percent of students found guilty at tribunals

Sanford Bishop campaign drops another $30K on legal fees

Sanford Bishop campaign drops another $30K on legal fees
July 25, 2009 --

Congressman Sanford Bishop’s campaign spent another $30,000 on legal fees last month, presumably related to a GBI investigation of his stepdaughter’s job with a federally funded program, federal election records show. The campaign account paid Greenberg Traurig $25,000 in March, shortly after the investigation made news.