There’s a new controversy involving the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and housing, after some Buckhead residents say they oppose a plan to move some priests into a house previously inhabited by Archbishop Wilton Gregory.
Christ the King Catholic Church spokesperson Dave Fitzgerald said the church is taking a second look at its plans to move six of its priests into the home, but said the church still intends to move forward.
Several education organizations are pleased the state plans to increase the number of providers and health plan options for state employees next year. The announcement by the state comes after state employees raised concerns about Georgia selecting Blue Cross Blue Shield as its only insurer this year for the State Health Benefit Plan.
Questions persist over how the city’s Watershed commissioner was able to dish out hefty pay raises to her leadership team without City Council approval. It comes as the department is being investigated for mismanagement and widespread cases of lost and stolen equipment.
Earlier this year, Watershed chief Jo Ann Macrina awarded pay raises to five members of her leadership team, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000. The raises were backdated to June so retroactive pay was included.
Georgia State University has hired its first chief innovation officer.
The university hired Phil Ventimiglia, former NCR Corporation vice president for innovation and new product development. Ventimiglia started the position week and will head the university’s Information Systems and Technology Department. He also plans to explore new technology solutions both in and out of the classroom.
“My position on this that it’s that it’s not to go and remove the classroom from the equation but really to augment the classroom with other modalities of learning.”
A judge has denied a request from suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis to take part of the case against him to a state appeals court.
If DeKalb Judge Courtney Johnson had approved the request, it could have delayed Ellis’s trial.
Ellis’s lawyers contended the grand jury that indicted the CEO exceeded its scope during its investigation of corruption allegations against him. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson disagreed.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx flanked by (from left) Central Atlanta Progress head A.J. Robinson, MARTA CEO Keith Parker, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed,
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talked about the future of nuclear power during an appearance in Atlanta today.
Moniz pointed to the construction of Plant Vogtle as just one indicator of an ongoing commitment to using different kinds of energy.
“Fuel diversity is something that I think that’s very important for the country; it’s happening here,” said Moniz. “For the country and even globally, the cost and schedule performance will be very important for the future trajectory of nuclear power.”
News Brief: We will have more on this story later today, but a Georgia superior court judge has declined to intervene in a fight between one of the state's largest Vidalia onion farmers and Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black over a new rule restricting the packing of Vidalia onions for shipping before a certain date.
Vidalia onion rule: A Georgia judge Tuesday refused to intervene in a legal battle between a prominent Vidalia onion farmer and the state's agriculture commissioner over a new regulation aimed at keeping unripe onions from reaching store shelves.
Georgia continues to remain at risk for losing millions of dollars in federal funding due to an application backlog and other issues with its food stamp program. The federal government issued a formal warning letter to the state yesterday but is also recognizing the state’s progress.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s estate has a new legal team.
Two lawyers from the firm Bryan Cave LLP, Nicole Wade and Luke Lantta, now represent the estate for current litigation. According to the firm’s website, both attorneys specialize in fiduciary litigation.
A judge disqualified William Hill as the estate’s lawyer earlier this month because Hill had been closely involved in an earlier property dispute involving the heirs.
Losing Hill means losing the local influence and reputation of the former Fulton Superior Court judge.
Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill to give sales tax exemptions to food banks, a measure he vetoed just last year.
The exemption, which was lumped into a larger tax exemption bill the governor signed into law Monday at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, reinstates a sales tax exemption for food banks that had expired two years ago.
“What this means is hundreds of thousands of dollars that we can use to purchase food for families for families and children across the state,” said Bill Bolling, who heads the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Passover begins at sundown Monday night and some local Jewish institutions and synagogues are being extra vigilant. A man suspected of being a white supremacist killed three people outside a Jewish Community Center and a nearby assisted living facility in Kansas this past weekend.
Laurence Rosenthal is a Rabbi at Ahavath Achim Synagogue in Atlanta. He says his congregation is moving forward with Passover events as scheduled, but the shootings have prompted extra security precautions.
Under an agreement with the federal government, Georgia has to move everyone with developmental disabilities out of state hospitals and into community settings by July 2015.
However, the state has stopped making those transfers for the second time since it began the transition program. This time, two people transferred from the state hospital in Thomasville died not long after moving into community settings.
Members of a Governor Nathan Deal’s child welfare panel are responding to his plan to privatize some of the child welfare system.
Deal’s plan calls for a two-region privatization pilot program, with the state moving child placement and family recruitment to private groups already working with the state. Those two pilot regions have yet to be named.
The Department of Family and Children Services would maintain oversight of case management and investigations into abuse and neglect claims.
MARTA plans to cut down wait times on its buses and trains beginning mid-May.
Weekday trains moving through the heart of Atlanta will come about every five minutes. For stops further out, most wait times will improve from around 15 minutes to ten. Seventeen bus routes will also see lower wait times.
“Anytime you can increase the frequency, you increase the ridership and that’s going to be good for the system and the city,” said Lee Biola, chair of the advocacy group Citizens for Progressive Transit.
Relatives of Pippa Hall-Jackson, including his mother, Yolanda (right), tell Democratic state Sens. Nan Orrock and Vincent fort that Jackson feared for his life just weeks before he was killed by a fellow inmate at Hays State Prison.
On Thursday, Gov. Deal announced two potential pathways Georgia can take to help those with seizure disorders obtain an oil based form of medical marijuana without legislative approval. Deal also announced the establishment of a pilot project for some privatization of the state's child welfare system.
Gov. Deal says the state has been in talks with the FDA to help as many Georgia children as possible with seizure disorders receive cannabis oil in a safe and legal manner.
BREAKING: Christopher Ragsdale, currently the deputy superintendent for operations at Cobb County Schools, has been named the interim superintendent by the Cobb County Board of Education.
Ragsdale's selection was announced this morning in a press conference.
Ragsdale has been with Cobb County Schools since 2006, initially serving as chief technology officer for the district. In 2011 he was promoted to deputy superintendent for operations and placed in charge of the system's buildings, technology and capital projects.
Will a lawsuit filed by the Rainbow Push Coalition and others challenging Georgia’s so called “Stand Your Ground” law be dismissed over a technicality?
Last month, a group hoping to intervene in the case asked a federal judge to dismiss it because it claimed Georgia’s Attorney General and Governor Nathan Deal were never served with the lawsuit. But attorneys filing the lawsuit responded this week and said they attempted to serve both state officials.
Atlanta Falcons stadium opponents rally against plans to issue bonds backed by hotel/motel tax revenue Wednesday at the corner of Northside Drive and Martin Luther King Drive in the Vine City neighborhood.
A motion filed earlier this week by the City of Atlanta and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens could speed up a lawsuit over the financing of the new Falcons Stadium that's scheduled for a hearing Thursday.
The city and state have filed a motion before Fulton County Superior Court judge Ural Glanville, asking him to issue a show cause order at a bond hearing Thursday for a small group of Atlantans who’ve challenged the stadium’s financing plan.
Embattled state ethics chief Holly LaBerge is defending her agency and calls a reform plan proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal problematic.
Deal said Monday the state’s campaign finance system is broken. He proposed expanding the ethics board from five members to 12. Right now, the governor appoints a majority of the board. Under the proposal, the executive, legislative, and judicial branches would each appoint four members.
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) Atlanta campus is getting ready to move some student living quarters into parking spaces. SCAD does not have a housing shortage. Instead, it is conducting an experiment to look to the future in terms of space.
The experiment takes the form of three dwellings call SCADPads. They measure 135 square feet each. SCAD will unveil them later today. For several weeks, the SCADPads will “live” in parking spaces – where they fit neatly in one space apiece -- on the SCAD-Atlanta campus.
Georgia’s incumbent governor continues to have the most cash on hand in the upcoming gubernatorial contest, but Democratic candidate and state Senator Jason Carter has raised a significant amount of money.
On Monday, Governor Deal reported having $3.9 million dollars on hand for his reelection campaign. Since the legislative session ended, Deal has raised more than $84,000. Jen Talaber is a spokesperson for Governor Deal’s campaign.