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Sept. 7

September 7, 2010 --

Federal court vacancies in Atlanta remain unfilled Disclosure on late Warner Robins mayor’s funds long overdue Few use tracking tool to verify immigrants

Sept. 6

September 6, 2010 --

Mercer, Wesleyan flunk feds’ test of financial responsibility

Summerhill non-profit sues founder after IRS audit

Summerhill non-profit sues founder after IRS audit
September 6, 2010 --

Infighting and tax troubles threaten the future of a citizens’ group founded to improve the Summerhill community near Turner Field. The Summerhill Neighborhood Development Corp. has sued its founder, former state Rep. Douglas Dean, alleging he secretly pledged the nonprofit’s property to back $2.4 million in bank loans — now in default — to benefit a private developer. The non-profit, according to the suit, “now faces the very real possibility of losing substantially all of its real property assets.” In addition, federal tax records list $470,000 in unsecured, interest-free loans from the non-profit to Dean and his wife, and $50,000 to the group’s new CEO. Dean says those payments were reimbursements of money he loaned the non-profit over the years. IRS auditors could find little or no documentation for those debts.

Sept. 5

September 5, 2010 --

Ethics probe of lawmaker Seabaugh quietly vanishes Report claims administrator ‘bloat’ at UGA Cobb officials bend rules on dump trucks Carroll Co. hospital pays commission chairman $170K+ Chatham Co. DA faces harassment, bias complaints

Sept. 4

September 4, 2010 --

One year later, communities await FEMA flood buyouts Uninsured dialysis care in peril? Operator of Rome nursing home ordered to pay $43M for wrongful death Wellstar repays $2.7M in excess medicare reimbursements Taxpayers association calling for water dept. audit DeKalb investigating sexual harassment allegations Fate of Chuck Chalk check still unsettled

Sept. 3

September 3, 2010 --

DeKalb COO fired amid charges of affair with subordinate Ga. Power files cost plan for nuke project Deal releases 29 years of tax returns Barnes says Deal’s release of returns gives incomplete picture Fernbank Science Center accused of racial discrimination GBI limiting its investigation of Chattahoochee Hills PD

Sept. 2

September 2, 2010 --

Ex-Chattooga judge fined $15K for vote fraud No grand jury probe of Deal, lawyer says State to revise water permits for Plant Washington

Ethics panel: Limits apply to candidates’ donations after all

Ethics panel: Limits apply to candidates' donations after all
September 2, 2010 --

The State Ethics Commission ruled today that political campaigns may not give unlimited amounts of donations to other campaigns, reversing a position it took just two weeks ago. On Aug. 17, the commission dismissed a complaint over a $10,000 contribution to Warner Robins mayoral candidate Chuck Chalk late last year, holding that state law might exempt political candidates from contribution limits. But the commission said today that other language in the statute caps those types of donations.

Election officials probing vote fraud in 4 counties

Election officials probing vote fraud in 4 counties
September 2, 2010 --

A dozen people, including a former sheriff, mishandled scores of absentee ballots cast in elections in four Georgia counties in 2008, state elections officials say. Investigators found ballots were requested or marked without voters’ knowledge, voters were assisted who did not need help, and some of the “helpers” covered their tracks by failing to sign paperwork to acknowledge their involvement. In Twiggs County, FBI analysis found fingerprints of former Sheriff Doyle Stone and his son, Greg Stone, on envelopes containing absentee ballots.

Judge backs ouster of SCLC officials under investigation

September 1, 2010 --

The board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was justified in removing officials under investigation for financial misconduct, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Al Dempsey ruled today. Dempsey said former SCLC chairman Raleigh Trammell and treasurer Spiver Gordon breached their fiduciary duty by using SCLC funds without authorization to pay their legal fees. Dempsey gave […]

Sept. 1

September 1, 2010 --

Ethics inquiry urged for U.S. Rep. Tom Price Grant Park toddler first to encounter deadly snake; zoo apologizes Police chief accused of sex parties, providing underage alcohol Agreement likely on dialysis for ex-Grady patients Chatham DA faces sex discrimination charge DeKalb school board to protect whistleblowers Beazer Homes settlement gets prelim court approval

New Gulf compensation chief lags in claims

New Gulf compensation chief lags in claims
September 1, 2010 --

Just over a week ago, when Kenneth Feinberg took over handling of damage claims from the Gulf oil spill, he promised to cut through the delays and confusion common under the much-maligned BP system. But Feinberg’s goals – particularly his pledge to respond to personal claims for emergency payments within 48 hours – may be overly ambitious. Applicants say that they have not received responses within two days of filing claims and have encountered an array of service problems.