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Feb. 14

February 14, 2010 --

Ethics loophole: Off-books lobbying The growing trend of murder suspects free on bond Plan allowing private companies to sell public water concerns many Augusta taxpayers likely to foot $500K master plan bill Conyers police dept. withdraws from recertification process

Feb. 13

February 13, 2010 --

Ethics panel member who came under fire resigns for health reasons Scott asks OX wrongfully accepted $1.2 million in campaign funds Police bust teen drinking party at judge’s upscale west Cobb home Dougherty DA open to criminal charges following cheating investigation Citizen board: APD stonewalling investigation into Atlanta Eagle raid Perdue names Melissa Carter as […]

Feb. 12

February 12, 2010 --

CRCT cheating details in DeKalb revealed ATL superintendent: ‘Why would I want to cover up cheating?’ State board orders investigations into cheating suspicions BOE chairwoman: Clayton schools not cheating Bill would restrict bonus pay for teachers’ pension fund investors Power plants concerned about mollusk protection Dawson County Superior Court clerk accused of stealing $128K Mayor’s […]

MARTA: Hardware caused Kensington elevator door to malfunction

February 11, 2010 --

Key pieces of hardware were not working properly at a rail station where a child fell 12 to 15 feet down an elevator shaft last month, MARTA announced today.

Feb. 11

February 11, 2010 --

FBI removes computer, boxes from home of SCLC chairman Ex-lawmaker, judge traveled to Italy on troubled insurer’s dime Georgia docs paid big bucks by drug companies GBI admits mistakes in ATL murder case Six years later, Augusta hasn’t cleaned up ‘excessive’ mold in law enforcement building Alpharetta councilman played key role in deal for $100K […]

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools
February 10, 2010 --

One in 10 Georgia public schools showed a suspicious number of changed answers on the 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state Board of Education may order local investigations and monitoring of the 2010 CRCTs to “eliminate future problems and help students who have been adversely affected by test tampering,” said Kathleen Mathers, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. We’ve got the list of schools.

Feb. 10

February 10, 2010 --

Suspicious CRCT test scores widespread in state Coweta DUI suspect dies after 14 hours in restraint chair Gwinnett commissioner refuses to testify on land deals Outsourcing is increasing, not lowering state’s IT costs Firefighters say dispatchers share blame for fatal Dunwoody fire Report: Illegals working on Cobb County courthouse State: MARTA elevator had history of […]

Business gears up to battle Obama workplace safety rule

Business gears up to battle Obama workplace safety rule
February 9, 2010 --

As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House are trying to minimize their differences, a brewing battle at OSHA over a workplace injury reporting rule illustrates how tough that could become given the administration’s pro-labor leanings.

Feb. 9

February 9, 2010 --

Former Clayton Co. NAACP treasurer charged with pilfering funds Augusta chemical company fined $800K for airborne release Bibb County school superintendent to step down for $198K Millions for Cobb parkland ‘highly unlikely’ Former Glock lawyer faces charges of theft, racketeering Brunswick nursing home faces state sanctions

Feb. 8

February 8, 2010 --

18 of UGA’s 20 highest-paid got raises in 2009 Henry County pays police chief’s nephew $4M for training site Former Coweta deputy accused of violent behavior Macon ‘grossly underestimating’ rain-related sewage spills

Will GA lawmakers tighten oversight of PAC spending?

February 8, 2010 --

Political action committees in Georgia operate with little oversight. They don’t have to report spending that’s not campaign-related. Nothing in campaign law addresses how PACs spend their money, the State Ethics Commission observed in 2008. “We did some advisory opinions because we were hoping people would get outraged enough and push for legislation,” said Rick Thompson, the agency’s former executive secretary. It hasn’t worked so far. Georgia lawmakers are sifting through a slew of ethics bills, but none address PAC spending.