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Aug. 9

August 9, 2009 --

Private school tuition loophole exploited Insurance vs. safety at Imperial Sugar Companies promise foreclosure help, don’t deliver

Aug. 8

August 8, 2009 --

Council: Public defender cuts may compromise representation Cobb EMC puts off yearly meeting Audit calls for closer eye on Athens-Clarke HED grants

Aug. 7

August 7, 2009 --

UPS forces workers to write lawmakers, employees say Feds plan more oversight of immigrant detention centers Madison County fires tax assessors Will surveyor stand behind findings in Bibb-Monroe border war? In spending sea, earmarks just a drop, UGA profs say

Wilkinson County #1 in fed stimulus $$$$: How’d your county fare?

August 7, 2009 --

Tiny Wilkinson County (pop. 10,026) has won more federal stimulus money, per capita, than any county in Georgia, according to an intriguing new interactive tracking tool put together by the non-profit investigative Web site ProPublica. Wilkinson will benefit from a  $56.4 million award to the Georgia DOT to build the 7.2-mile North Gordon Bypass from the Twiggs County line. That’s $5,661 for each man, woman and child in the county, or 31 times the national average.

So how’d your county do? Log in and find out.

Shafer files disclosure; still waiting on 19 other legislators

Shafer files disclosure; still waiting on 19 other legislators
August 7, 2009 --

State Sen. David Shafer was the only delinquent legislator in the last week to file his personal financial disclosure statement, which was due July 1. Good for him, but not so much for the 19 other General Assemblers who still haven’t filed theirs. Elected officials make these disclosures so you know how they earn a living, what businesses they’re interested in and where they own real estate — all good things to know about people who are handling your money. Maybe no one cares but us, but it is the law. We’re still waiting on three Republicans and 16 Democrats to give us the goods. The list …

Teacher alleges DeKalb denied services, facilities to disabled students

August 7, 2009 --

DeKalb County denied disabled students access to school facilities and services and then fired a teacher who complained about it, the teacher claims in a lawsuit filed this week in federal court. Social studies teacher Gordon Rolle says he was fired from Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Lithonia when he complained about issues involving textbooks, testing for conditions such as autism and access to bathrooms, the media center, counselors and field trips.

Aug. 6

August 6, 2009 --

Gwinnett and residents fare evenly in condemnation cases Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority installs spending controls, oversight General Electric to start new PCB removal projects in Rome

Oxendine, Handel, other guber hopefuls dip into ‘old’ campaign $$$

Oxendine, Handel, other guber hopefuls dip into 'old' campaign $$$
August 6, 2009 --

One weekend in April, John Oxendine‘s campaign worked local Republicans hard as activists met in each congressional district. The payoff: Oxendine won straw polls at several district conventions as the GOP choice for governor in 2010. In cozying up to party activists, campaign records show, the candidate gave $11,885 to local Republican groups on April 10-19, right around the April 18 conventions. The checks, though, did not originate with his campaign for governor. They came from the $480,000 bankroll he amassed to run for re-election as insurance commissioner. ALSO OF NOTE: A few weeks earlier, Secretary of State Karen Handel paid $10,000 from her re-election campaign fund to a company run by the new spokesman for her gubernatorial campaign.

Investigators: No proof of substandard care at Atlanta VA Hospital

Investigators: No proof of substandard care at Atlanta VA Hospital
August 5, 2009 --

Federal investigators looked into charges of substandard care and possibly preventable deaths at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, according to a recent report, but could not substantiate the allegations. Investigators confirmed some of the alleged incidents, the report said, but could not establish that poor medical care was a factor.

Average ATL non-profit CEO: $173,691

August 5, 2009 --

Average CEO pay at American non-profit groups is $158,075, up 6 percent over last year, according to a study released today by Charity Navigator. The New Jersey-based watchdog group compared CEO compensation based on geography (pay at Atlanta charities ranked 15th among U.S. cities), categories and size. Charity Navigator’s report also offered tips for donors trying to assess whether a non-profit’s CEO pay is too high.

Aug. 5

August 5, 2009 --

Feds freeze GDOT’s transit grants over financial management problems Think tank, state agency at odds on lending practices Eldrin Bell accused of ‘inappropriate behavior’ by Clayton County employee Opinion: Let’s examine hospital tax breaks Nepotism law could derail Gainesville school board campaign

Aug. 4

August 4, 2009 --

Controversial land deal voted down in Gwinnett Gwinnett DA warns of grand jury probe of contentious land deal Citing Madoff, federal judge in Atlanta slams SEC DeKalb legislator Chambers satisfies 2007 tax delinquency Lawmakers who owe taxes now in ethics probe