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Senior CDC official reassigned in wake of congressional inquiries

Senior CDC official reassigned in wake of congressional inquiries
January 26, 2010 --

Dr. Howard Frumkin, the embattled director of a little-known but important division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been reassigned to a position with less authority, a smaller staff and a lower budget. For the past two years he had endured scathing criticism from Congress and the media for the CDC’s poor handling of public health problems created by the formaldehyde-contaminated trailers that the government provided to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Irvin to GOP lawmakers: Ethics was ‘our core creed … until we took over’

Irvin to GOP lawmakers: Ethics was 'our core creed ... until we took over'
January 25, 2010 --

Former House minority leader Bob Irvin chastised Republicans in the Georgia Legislature on Monday for failing to make good on the GOP’s longstanding promise of sweeping ethics reform in state government. “Ethics was part of our core creed for 30 years,” Irvin, now chairman of Common Cause Georgia, said in testimony before a joint House and Senate Ethics panel. “It was our core creed, it seems, until we took over.”

GA Supremes overturn ex-cop’s double-dipping conviction

GA Supremes overturn ex-cop's double-dipping conviction
January 25, 2010 --

Former Unadilla Police Chief Leonard Smith was never told when a grand jury would consider indicting him for billing two different police agencies for work during the same hours. That oversight was enough to throw out his conviction and five-year prison sentence, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today.

Jan. 25

January 25, 2010 --

As lobbyists give, most take Foster children experiencing ‘high’ rate of abuse, neglect Moody’s role in DK construction case a twisting tale Former Fulton sheriff’s deputy faces jail time

Jan. 24

January 24, 2010 --

No-bid deal costs DeKalb schools Bad checks, foreclosure, unpaid bills plague DeKalb commissioner Title insurance company accused of overcharging Cobb grand jury focused mainly on new school calendar Report: Man supplied Vick with steroids Richmond County Superior Court resolving criminal cases sooner

Jan. 23

January 23, 2010 --

Report: GA foster care system lacking oversight Group asks consumer affairs chief to act in energy rate cases Tax cheats could be barred from holding elected office Convicted murderer gets new trial after Fulton courts lose transcript Madison County EMS employees paid others to work GBI, sheriff question DeKalb’s handling of wanted commissioner Clayton chief […]

Jan. 22

January 22, 2010 --

Huge airport bond deal to be rebid in wake of controversy Judge orders previous SCLC leadership reinstated Judge dismisses warrants for DeKalb commissioner Facebook case: Deposition shows Barrow didn’t know source of e-mail complaint DOT defies state auditor, asks AG opinion White House scraps method of counting stimulus jobs Fulton County inmate walks out of […]

Jan. 21

January 21, 2010 --

Campaign finance laws overturned State ends adult mental health services at Milledgeville Sales tax discrepancies may have deepened state budget crisis UGA’s Adams tops in tenure, but not pay Finding the bottom line in state budget keeps getting harder Budget-challenged DeKalb spends $101K on paint, wallpaper School board members sue to overturn nepotism rule Irate […]

Pitts may settle 8-year ethics dispute over campaign loans

Pitts may settle 8-year ethics dispute over campaign loans
January 21, 2010 --

On the eve of the 2001 Atlanta mayoral election, candidate Robb Pitts’ campaign bounced a $45,000 check. Several campaign officials made loans to cover the check in amounts far exceeding limits on political contributions. Pitts, now a Fulton County commissioner, may be about to settle ethics charges stemming from the loans. But will he have to pay back the money?

Jan. 20

January 20, 2010 --

Oxendine’s son accidentally shot man on insurance exec’s hunting preserve Unidentified legislators sent letters over their tax bills Ex-NAACP official arrested on theft charges GA man gets new trial because judge closed courtroom Cobb grand jury admonishes school board Opinion: Don’t blame it all on lobbyists Barrow County leader censured for revealing confidential personnel talks

Jan. 19

January 19, 2010 --

Group: UGA, other flagships catering to elite Some GA lawmakers haven’t filed 2008 tax returns

Homeowners: Banks not following rules for loan modifications

Homeowners: Banks not following rules for loan modifications
January 19, 2010 --

An examination shows how mortgage servicers have created unnecessary hurdles to getting loan-mods and have violated the government’s rules for the program. “There’s a real resistance on the servicers’ part to making permanent modifications,” said Diane Thompson of the National Consumer Law Center.