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Gwinnett impanels special grand jury to investigate land deals

Gwinnett impanels special grand jury to investigate land deals
September 24, 2009 --

Gwinnett County judges have created a special grand jury to investigate land purchases by county government, including parks and sites for libraries, highways and baseball. D.A. Danny Porter said he has already assembled details of 41 parkland buys since 2005, to be followed by particulars on purchases for libraries, rights of way and other property — “probably” including the $5 million purchase of 12 acres for the minor-league Gwinnett Braves’ stadium.

Report: Poor upkeep, evacuation planning led to 14 deaths at sugar plant

September 24, 2009 --

Poor maintenance and safety procedures contributed to 14 deaths after a series of violent explosions at a sugar plant near Savannah, federal regulators said today. Imperial Sugar Co. allowed combustible levels of sugar dust to accumulate, failed to train workers for evacuations and did not warn them properly about the February 2008 fires. Emergency notifications came only by 2-way radios and cell phones. “Many workers had to rely on face-to-face verbal alerts in the event of an emergency.”

Sept. 24

September 24, 2009 --

Audit: Freedom Bank grew too fast before failure, regulators too slow A Strategic Vision poll — and a letter of censure No takers to run state golf courses