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June 30

June 30, 2010 --

ATL airport giving away millions in free billboard space Bannister DUI arrest raises questions Documents suggest ATL police quota system DeKalb schools revising policies after indictments, SACS probe Clayton’s sheriff looking for ‘liars’ in department Prosecutor wants Glynn Co. cops charged in fatal shooting Cooper’s seat on Board of Regents suddenly in doubt Many Ga. […]

Hudgens’ campaign returns $106K improperly shifted from Senate race

Hudgens' campaign returns $106K improperly shifted from Senate race
June 30, 2010 --

Ralph Hudgens‘ bid for Georgia insurance commissioner has returned $106,600 in contributions that were transferred improperly last year from his state Senate campaign fund. Hudgens said he’s signed a consent order to resolve an ethics complaint on the matter that would not impose a financial penalty. “No fines, no anything,” he said.  UPDATE: Maria Sheffield, another Republican running for insurance commissioner, today attacked Hudgens for his handling of the improper transfer.

Defective drywall used by Habitat of Humanity

June 30, 2010 --

NEW ORLEANS — For more than a year, the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity has insisted there were no defects in the Chinese drywall it used to build nearly 200 houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina, including many in its heavily publicized “Musicians’ Village’’ development in the Upper Ninth Ward. But a house-by-house canvas of Musicians’ Village by reporters from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and ProPublica found several homeowners who reported serious problems and one who said she had complained to Habitat for more than a year about corrosion and electronics failures believed to be related to her drywall.

Speaker’s appointment assures quorum for Oxendine ethics case

Speaker's appointment assures quorum for Oxendine ethics case
June 30, 2010 --

House Speaker David Ralston today named Brunswick attorney Hillary S. Stringfellow to fill a 5-month-old vacancy on the State Ethics Commission, just in time for a hearing on charges against Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Attorneys’ challenge to the impartiality of two members could have left the ethics panel one member short of a quorum to hear the Oxendine matter.

June 28

June 28, 2010 --

Punishment low and slow for problem day-care centers Secretary of State candidates criticize one another’s ethics Was Columbus Parks & Rec probe racially motivated? Savannah high school teacher: Failing grades changed Perdue criticized for foreign trips

Gwinnett judge must assess ‘systemic breakdown’ in defender system

Gwinnett judge must assess 'systemic breakdown' in defender system
June 28, 2010 --

A Gwinnett County judge must decide whether “an actual breakdown in the entire public defender system” has denied an accused murderer a speedy trial, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. District Attorney Danny Porter indicted Khanh Dinh Phan in 2005, but the state has never paid lawyers hired to represent him in the killing of a Lilburn man and his 2-year-old son.

Supreme Court dumps ‘lost’ Twiggs probate judge

Supreme Court dumps 'lost' Twiggs probate judge
June 28, 2010 --

June 28, 2010 — A mid-Georgia judge — who admitted to being “as lost as I could be” when he took office — was removed from the bench today by the Georgia Supreme Court. Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler’s conduct, the high court wrote, “shows that he is simply unwilling to live up to his legal and ethical responsibilities.”

June 27

June 27, 2010 --

Unchecked staffer let funds flow on for mountain spa Critics blast Perdue for overseas trips, aides defend DeKalb board member’s business caters to schools Review: Warner Robins hiring practices inconsistent Fulton judge sets July 8 hearing on Oxendine ethics case Suspended Albany assistant city attorney alleges retaliation Police: Warner Robins councilman lied about stolen cellphone

June 26

June 26, 2010 --

Fayette judge’s indiscretions recounted in court; subpoenaed ex-judge a no-show Grand jury meets, ex-judge Oxendine appears Marietta mayor pushes for transparency Cobb Commission chairman candidate’s 1995 bankruptcy becomes an issue Attorney says Columbus park & rec probe is vendetta by mayor

The joke’s on Reykjavik … or is it?

The joke's on Reykjavik ... or is it?
June 26, 2010 --

Some politicians are comedians but they don’t know it. Not Jon Gnarr, the new mayor of Iceland’s capital. Check out the coolest campaign video of all time.

June 25

June 25, 2010 --

Judge must decide whether Troy Davis proved innocence in cop killing 30 deputies face discipline in Clayton jail mishap State Ethics Commission investigating Forsyth County candidate

Study: Metro hospitals fall short on affordable health care

Study: Metro hospitals fall short on affordable health care
June 25, 2010 --

Many metro Atlanta hospitals should do more to improve access to health care for the low-income and uninsured, a new study has concluded. The hospitals mark up costs by as much as 700 percent. Some barely meet state standards for providing free medical care. And only half post legally required signs to let uninsured patients know about financial-aid programs.