Audit: Special ed program lacks accountability Fix sought for immigration backlog Savannah paid $26K for ‘Extreme Makeover’ services Anonymous donors spent $132M on 2010 campaign ads
NYT: Scandal and a schism rattle ATL schools 13 Augusta-area dams could be reclassified as high-risk Elbert Co. incinerator fight could ignite again
Investigators to APS: Stop defense lawyers from intimidating witnesses Black farmers might never reap what they’ve sown Olin Corp.’s Augusta plant will halt mercury use Cobb judge quit to avoid ethics charges
Review board: Officer not at fault in Pierre George shooting ATL could have settled gay bar suit in Feb., saved $1M SACS begins review in CRCT scandal Forsyth Co. official accused of threatening employees
Oaky Woods at double the price in a down market Did Clayton Co. commissioner use tax money for private party? School graduations in church eyed in Cobb, DeKalb
Former Thomasville hospital CEO Ken Beverly was convicted of Medicaid fraud on Wednesday, two years after he cashed out with a $6.3 million retirement package. The feds charged Beverly and the hospital’s ex-CFO fabricated records so Archbold could collect more Medicaid money. In doing so, a federal prosecutor said, large pensions were “first and foremost on their minds.”
Catching up with the State Ethics Commission: The Atlanta Development Authority has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for promoting passage of a 2008 ballot question, but attorney Randy Evans said the city’s public housing agency disputes a similar complaint. Also last week, the commission backed down from requiring more financial reporting by so-called independent committees, demonstrating yet again the limits on its powers.
Peach Co. may have misspent $260K in SPLOST funds
Top superintendents’ base pay blossoms with add-ons City to pay $1M+ to settle ATL Eagle dispute Columbus police cpl. awarded $306K in discrimination suit Braswell mayor, dad face $1M judgment for false arrest of police chief State investigators question CRCT cheating report Your tax dollars fund local home repairs
Blue Cross, Oxendine in dispute over control of health cost pricing Businesses: Don’t touch our tax breaks
Michael Lomax, former Fulton County Commission chairman, has done quite well for himself since leaving town. He’s served since 2004 as president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, which paid Lomax $1,271,938 last year. That sum included base pay of about $354,000, a partial retirement package of $686,000 and another $96,000 toward his next retirement package, which vests in 2012.
The State Ethics Commission in coming months will talk to the governor, the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House about their alleged ethics violations. At roughly the same time, the agency’s leadership will ask these very same officials for more money to fulfill its mission and to restore powers that have been stripped away in recent years. This would make sense in only two places: the Georgia Capitol and Alice’s Wonderland. You can decide where the hatter is madder.