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  • Aug. 7

    August 7, 2009 --

    UPS forces workers to write lawmakers, employees say Feds plan more oversight of immigrant detention centers Madison County fires tax assessors Will surveyor stand behind findings in Bibb-Monroe border war? In spending sea, earmarks just a drop, UGA profs say



    Wilkinson County #1 in fed stimulus $$$$: How’d your county fare?

    August 7, 2009 --

    Tiny Wilkinson County (pop. 10,026) has won more federal stimulus money, per capita, than any county in Georgia, according to an intriguing new interactive tracking tool put together by the non-profit investigative Web site ProPublica. Wilkinson will benefit from a  $56.4 million award to the Georgia DOT to build the 7.2-mile North Gordon Bypass from the Twiggs County line. That’s $5,661 for each man, woman and child in the county, or 31 times the national average.

    So how’d your county do? Log in and find out.





    Shafer files disclosure; still waiting on 19 other legislators

    Shafer files disclosure; still waiting on 19 other legislators
    August 7, 2009 --

    State Sen. David Shafer was the only delinquent legislator in the last week to file his personal financial disclosure statement, which was due July 1. Good for him, but not so much for the 19 other General Assemblers who still haven’t filed theirs. Elected officials make these disclosures so you know how they earn a living, what businesses they’re interested in and where they own real estate — all good things to know about people who are handling your money. Maybe no one cares but us, but it is the law. We’re still waiting on three Republicans and 16 Democrats to give us the goods. The list …





    Teacher alleges DeKalb denied services, facilities to disabled students

    August 7, 2009 --

    DeKalb County denied disabled students access to school facilities and services and then fired a teacher who complained about it, the teacher claims in a lawsuit filed this week in federal court. Social studies teacher Gordon Rolle says he was fired from Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithonia when he complained about issues involving textbooks, testing for conditions such as autism and access to bathrooms, the media center, counselors and field trips.