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  • 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.

    Atlanta schools top peers – by far – in $100K+ salaries

    Atlanta schools top peers - by far - in $100K+ salaries
    January 19, 2010 --

    Nearly 1,000 employees in five local school districts earned $100,000 or more in 2008-09, with the heaviest concentration by far in Atlanta Public Schools, an analysis of salary data shows. Administrative salaries face the knife across metro Atlanta as districts try to tighten budgets without harming classroom instruction. DeKalb last year paid more $100,000+ salaries — 223 — than any other Georgia district, followed by Fulton, Gwinnett, Atlanta and Cobb. For its size, though, Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall‘s district had more large salaries than the others.

    Julie Lewis, Clayton County schools’ general counsel: $247,554

    January 19, 2010 --

    Earning nearly a quarter-million dollars, Julie Lewis ranked as Georgia’s best-paid staff attorney for a local school board in 2009, state auditor’s records show. Lewis pulled in $31,000 more than Atlanta Public Schools’ best-paid attorney (whose name was not disclosed) and $87,000 more than Jack Lance with Rockdale County schools.

    Jan. 18

    January 18, 2010 --

    Augusta in-house attorney hasn’t capped costs