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Little back-up found for waste charges leveled at ethics panel

Little back-up found for waste charges leveled at ethics panel
February 17, 2012 --

Rep. Ed Rynders charged the state ethics commission last week with wasteful spending even though he and House budget officials knew little or nothing about some of the details, interviews with state officials show. Nevertheless, the agency’s critics did not retreat, while acknowledging that they really didn’t know enough in some cases to render an opinion. “Until you have the detail, it’s kinda hard to say whether it was a good or bad management decision,” House Budget Director Martha Wigton said.

Report: Poor upkeep, evacuation planning led to 14 deaths at sugar plant

September 24, 2009 --

Poor maintenance and safety procedures contributed to 14 deaths after a series of violent explosions at a sugar plant near Savannah, federal regulators said today. Imperial Sugar Co. allowed combustible levels of sugar dust to accumulate, failed to train workers for evacuations and did not warn them properly about the February 2008 fires. Emergency notifications came only by 2-way radios and cell phones. “Many workers had to rely on face-to-face verbal alerts in the event of an emergency.”

No written report in DeKalb’s $325-an-hour suicide inquiry

No written report in DeKalb's $325-an-hour suicide inquiry
May 22, 2009 --

DeKalb County school officials have no written record of the investigation that exonerates school employees in the April 16 suicide of a Dunaire Elementary fifth-grader. Retired judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore (right) said Wednesday that she found “no evidence of bullying” after interviewing dozens of teachers, parents and students at Dunaire. The mother of 11-year-old […]