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ATL to pay $13M to fix 1,500 disability flaws at city buildings

ATL to pay $13M to fix 1,500 disability flaws at city buildings
July 20, 2009 --

Attending an event at the Atlanta Civic Center? If you’re in a wheelchair, here are a few tips to make your visit more enjoyable:
— Watch out where you park.
— Buy a seat on the ground floor if you want to see the show.
— Good luck with the bathrooms.
Here’s why…

July 20

July 20, 2009 --

DFCS says it ‘missed the signs’ that led to boy’s death Fulton County charged $862,000 for jail meals that were never eaten DeKalb parks director fired over swim league snafu Visitors concerned over Jekyll Island’s increased entrance fee GOP gets update on Glynn County schools’ cheating scandal Officials: Oglethorpe spending policy for school activity fees […]

37 Georgia legislators skipped filing ’08 financial disclosures

37 Georgia legislators skipped filing '08 financial disclosures
July 20, 2009 --

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and Rep. Calvin Smyre, House minority caucus chairman, are among 37 Georgia legislators who have failed to file required disclosures of their personal finances this year. In fact, six lawmakers still haven’t filed disclosures for 2007 that were due more than a year ago. They are …

Gene Beckstein, Good News at Noon founder: $12,000

July 19, 2009 --

Founder and co-director of Good News at Noon, a Christian ministry for the homeless in Gainesville, for working 20 hours a week in 2007. Congressman Nathan Deal’s campaign fund made a $91,000 donation to the charity earlier this year.

July 19

July 19, 2009 --

DeKalb kids denied chance at state swim meet Little banks shared risk, take big hit Senator’s claim that he was coached ‘in no way’ in doubt No downturn for PACs Buyers on hook after Kia dealership shuts doors EPD hearing set for coal-fired plant in Early County Another view: Georgia incentives are bad business

July 18

July 18, 2009 --

Clayton grand jury indicts former GBI employee in fatal crash Georgia Music Hall of Fame may close if it doesn’t raise $225,000 Feds say ex-Camden sheriff misspent $663,000

July 17

July 17, 2009 --

Federal judge rules against Ga. in water litigation Fulton County jail director, others plan to quit Perdue forms group to craft autism abuse policy Poll funded by Cobb co-op helps board members, critics say Co-defendant to testify against Swindall, McCreary UGA studying reproductive effects of estrogens in rivers Albany: Documents refute transfer claim

Cancer Fund of America execs: $537,981 for father, 3 sons

Cancer Fund of America execs: $537,981 for father, 3 sons
July 17, 2009 --

The Better Business Bureau has cautioned donors that a cancer charity soliciting in Georgia spends only a fraction of what it collects on patients, the AJC reports today. The rest, tax records show, pretty much goes to charity executives and to professional fund-raisers to raise more money. And to buy some nice new cars.

Prolific fund-raiser Broun spends $72K with campaign treasurer’s companies

Prolific fund-raiser Broun spends $72K with campaign treasurer's companies
July 17, 2009 --

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun has raised nearly $605,000 in campaign funds this year, more than any other Georgia congressman, new financial disclosures show. To do that, he has spent heavily on fund-raising, including $72,652 paid to three companies affiliated with Paul Kilgore, his campaign treasurer.

July 16

July 16, 2009 --

Biden: Columbus can’t get stimulus money for NCR DeKalb failed to provide resources for Recorders Court Carroll County Commission chairman ‘close’ but not DUI, State Patrol says Bibb County owes more ’08 tax digest fines White County manager on paid leave after DUI arrest

Deal donates $91K in excess payments made to ex-chief of staff

Deal donates $91K in excess payments made to ex-chief of staff
July 16, 2009 --

More than $90,000 improperly paid to U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal’s chief of staff has wound up in the hands of a Gainesville charity. Chris Riley, Deal’s top congressional aide, had to return the money to the campaign last year because the payments exceeded outside income limits for highly paid Congressional staffers. Deal’s latest disclosure report, filed April 15, shows the congressman’s campaign wrote a check in February for $91,124 to Good News at Noon.

Fired DeKalb police chief: ‘I was unique’

Fired DeKalb police chief: 'I was unique'
July 15, 2009 --

Fired DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton testified today he was exempt from county procedures forbidding police executives from taking compensatory time. He said Vernon Jones, former DeKalb CEO, promised Bolton comp time in 2007 when he was hired. “My deal was that I had followed the [comp time] policy as established by my boss,” he testified as an appeal hearing on his firing resumed. “I was an executive and I was unique.”