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Governor Nathan Deal
HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Powerful Georgia boards bankroll governor

Three elite state boards help decide how much students pay for college, how easily goods are moved to and from coastal ports and whether the state’s natural resources are protected.

Members of the Board of Regents, Georgia Ports Authority and Board of Natural Resources also play an out-sized role bankrolling the political campaigns of Gov. Nathan Deal.

More than four-fifths of members on those boards, nearly all of whom were appointed or reappointed by Deal, have contributed nearly $1.3 million to Deal’s campaign and political action committee, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of campaign records.

U.S. SENATE RACE

Senate race

Nunn, Perdue trade barbs in first forum

Michelle Nunn and David Perdue shared the stage Thursday for the first time in their general election battle for the U.S. Senate, and both were itching for a fight. But while Nunn, the Democratic hopeful, targeted Perdue, the Republican candidate focused his fire on President Barack Obama. The forum, at the Marriott City Center here, was sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the questions from the audience reflected Chamber members’ interests.

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PUBLIC HEALTH

Ebola patients released
ASSOCIATED PRESS/AJC

Emory: Released Ebola patients pose no threat

The discharge of Nancy Writebol on Tuesday and Dr. Kent Brantly on Thursday -- two Americans treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital -- was a vindication for all involved in the decision to bring Brantly and Writebol to Emory — the first Ebola patients ever known to be in the United States. | Photos

» Brantly: 'Today is a miraculous day'

» VIDEO: Dr. Ribner discusses Ebola treatment  » Minute-by-minute account

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FAMILY TRAGEDY

Ross Harris

Clock ticking in Ross Harris murder case

Police and prosecutors building the case against Ross Harris face a ticking clock: Four weeks from today, if the grand jury has not indicted him, bond will be set for the Cobb County father accused of murdering his young son.

At this point, Cobb police have not completed their investigation of Harris, the AJC has learned. The big question, when the case moves into the hands of District Attorney Vic Reynolds and county grand jurors, will be whether police have amassed the evidence required to indict Harris on a charge of murder with malice.

2009 FLOOD

Cobb flooding
Brant Sanderlin

Audit: Cobb owes FEMA $557,943

Cobb County may have to reimburse the Federal Emergency Management Agency $558,000 in emergency assistance grant funds it received after the devastating 2009 flood.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General performed a six-month audit this year on a portion of the $7.7 million in assistance provided to the county for debris removal, overtime paid to emergency responders, and more than 200 projects to repair damage to public facilities.

BUSINESS

Atlanta Media Campus

L.A. studio signs on for Gwinnett complex

A prominent California movie studio company is joining developer Jim Jacoby to operate a massive production and education campus in Gwinnett County, amid a continuing boom in the state’s movie business. MBS3, the operator of a large production campus near Los Angeles where noted director James Cameron and Marvel Studios have shot films, has joined Jacoby Development to operate and market the planned Atlanta Media Campus near I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard.


BASEBALL

Baseball
CURTIS COMPTON / AJC

Schultz: 10 ways to repair baseball

Bud Selig became baseball’s acting commissioner in 1992 because the incumbent, Fay Vincent, actually had a backbone and he criticized the owners for colluding against players in free agency, saying, “You stole $280 million from the players.” The owners didn’t want the truth, they wanted a sock puppet.


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