The embattled Atlanta VA Medical Center has a new permanent director for the first time since 2011. Former VA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor-Management Relations, Leslie Wiggins, has been appointed to head the center. The new leadership comes after an internal audit linking three patient deaths in the past two years to mismanagement in the center’s mental health programs and a visit by federal lawmakers.
Almost a year ago, the Georgia Aquarium asked the federal government for permission to import 18 Beluga whales from Russia. But the Aquarium still hasn’t gotten a response.
The decision is in the hands of the Fisheries Section of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Aquarium officials say they expected a decision late last year about 30 days after the public comment period ended.