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  • DeKalb CEO pitches 1.08-mill tax hike to commission

    DeKalb CEO pitches 1.08-mill tax hike to commission
    February 21, 2010 --

    DeKalb County still needs a tax increase this year, CEO Burrell Ellis said Sunday. But it doesn’t have to be as large as the one he pitched in December. Ellis announced a revised spending plan that calls for a 1.08-mill property tax hike — or about $75 more in taxes on a $200,000 home. His amended budget restores funding for court operations but eliminates merit pay raises for county employees.

    Feb. 21

    February 21, 2010 --

    Huge DeKalb schools project altered, aiding spouse Failures to control stormwater made flooding more likely ‘Spy pen’ jolted talks between airport, Delta Bibb principal broke law with student ‘furloughs’ Farmer: Blacks deserve payment for denied claims Columbus judge resigned during 35-minute conversation with investigator Lobbyists pick up dining tabs with new Speaker Riverkeeper rails at […]

    Feb. 20

    February 20, 2010 --

    Athens Navy school commander ousted over response to party Audit: Security Bank’s failure tied to risky loan unit Advocates: Consumers lack voice at PSC as big utility rate cases loom Macon TV station denies staging story of River Edge medical records An endless free feast fuels state lawmakers

    Feb. 19

    February 19, 2010 --

    Acquitted of money laundering, Columbus attorney says case relied on fabricated evidence Budget balloons for buses in I-85 project by $87M Landfills want yard waste ban repealed Suit targets Alpha Bank directors Former HealthSouth executive lectures on failings Ralston spots a lobbyist in his house Collateral damage and the race for insurance commissioner Atlanta board […]

    William D. Novelli, ex-CEO of AARP: $1,005,380

    William D. Novelli, ex-CEO of AARP: $1,005,380
    February 19, 2010 --

    William D. Novelli, who resigned as CEO in March 2009, was just one of 18 AARP executives who were paid more than $300,000 in 2008. Tax records show Novelli’s total compensation topped $1 million that year with the inclusion of $207,000 in deferred pay. Novelli’s pay package was a recent topic debate on Capitol Hill, where some congressmen complained that AARP executives would benefit personally from proposed health care reforms.

    Ethics panel’s Proctor sued for alleged lease default, fraud

    February 19, 2010 --

    Robert Proctor, who resigned a week ago from the State Ethics Commission, is being sued for allegedly defaulting on his law firm’s office lease and fraudulently transferring its assets to a new firm. The complaint seeks damages under the Georgia Fraudulent Transfer Act.

    Feb. 18

    February 19, 2010 --

    Metro property owners were overcharged ATL woman, 61, arrested for asking ‘Why?’ Amid police probe, Marietta judge continued to hold court FBI interviews SCLC officials in Georgia Bibb school officals face another ethics probe Augusta chemical plant to pay $171K more in emissi0ns fees

    Feb. 17

    February 17, 2010 --

    Muscogee judge resigns amid meeting with investigator Snellville contractor pleads guilty to bid-rigging

    Ethics panel rejects Pitts consent order, heads to court

    Ethics panel rejects Pitts consent order, heads to court
    February 17, 2010 --

    Robb Pitts and the State Ethics Commission are headed to court to settle an 8-year-old dispute over excessive and unreported campaign loans. The commission Monday rejected a proposed consent order that would have closed the matter with Pitts paying no fine and no restitution. Commission members were told Pitts could still win in court and wind up with no penalty or finding of responsibility. Kent Alexander, a former federal prosecutor, said he’d rather lose in court “than have the commission say an elected official who is an experienced campaigner violates the rules” and gets away with it.

    Feb. 16

    February 16, 2010 --

    Southeastern U.S. Insurance: What went wrong? DK schools to replace highly paid administrator despite deficit Alabama bank rejects subpoenas for records of Oxendine PAC donors Discarded medical records found outside Macon rehab facility Dawson County works to remove accused clerk of court Judge: Georgia at fault for Camden County jail overcrowding

    Feds investigate New Orleans officer in post-Katrina shooting

    Feds investigate New Orleans officer in post-Katrina shooting
    February 16, 2010 --

    A former New Orleans police officer is under investigation for shooting Henry Glover outside an Algiers strip mall four days after Hurricane Katrina, the first act in a bizarre chain of events that has led to a massive federal probe into the city’s Police Department. Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Justice has interviewed scores of officers in an effort to determine how the 31-year-old Glover died, as well as whether officers may have tried to cover up his death.

    Feb. 15

    February 15, 2010 --

    School districts to conduct internal cheating probes Gov. Perdue’s free trips One year later, still no work on many stimulus-funded projects Plan calls for national team to overhaul mental health service