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Fulton jury gets case of man who poured boiling water on gay couple
Martin Blackwell watches arguments in his trial in Atlanta, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Blackwell accused of throwing boiled water on a same-sex couple sleeping in a suburban Atlanta apartment acted recklessly but wasn’t motivated by hate or malice, his defense attorney said Wednesday.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

2:07 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Martin Blackwell wasn’t being hateful or malicious when he poured boiling water on a same-sex couple as they slept, his attorney argued Wednesday during closing arguments. “It’s one act,” attorney Monique Walker told the jury. “It caused injury. It was distasteful, it was disrespectful. But it was not deadly. It ...
Gwinnett: Expect delays Thursday night on Ga. 20 near Sugar Hill
Gwinnett County is widening the last two-lane stretch of Ga. 20 in the county.

9:20 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Gwinnett County commuters, get ready for traffic delays on Ga. 20 near Sugar Hill. On Thursday night beginning at 8 p.m. the county transportation department will shift lanes on the highway between Suwanee Dam Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Flaggers will help guide traffic on the three-mile stretch of highway. ...
Kempner: Rising I-85 tolls scramble cost-benefit choice
Construction is ongoing for the Northwest Corridor express lane project, which will add 29.7 miles of reversible toll lanes in the I-75/I-575 corridor. BOB ANDRES/BANDRES@AJC.COM

8:28 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

The price of a less-ugly commute on I-85 just went up sharply. Again. On Monday the new increase in express-lane tolls took effect for the busiest stretches of I-85 in Gwinnett County and part of DeKalb. But we are missing something crucial even with the new record high ($13.95) that ...
 Trump’s Georgia fundraising up, but biggest GOP donors spend elsewhere
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised more than $280,000 in Georgia during June after raising less than $50,000 combined during the months of April and May. It was the first month of this campaign that he has raised more than Democrat Hillary Clinton in Georgia. She took in more than $260,000. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Updated: 10:28 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Donald Trump has invigorated a new group of Republican donors to close a yawning fundraising gap in Georgia with Democrat Hillary Clinton. But he continues to struggle to win over some of the state’s most prolific, and deep-pocketed, contributors. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of Federal Election Commission records released this ...
Watchdog hired to protect DeKalb taxpayers’ money
The DeKalb County Commission approved John Greene as Chief Audit Executive in a 6-0 vote Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. The newly created watchdog position is designed to help safeguard taxpayers’ money amid a history of corruption. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

DeKalb County’s scandal-plagued government, often accused over the years of wasting money or stealing it, is getting some outside supervision. The DeKalb Commission voted 6-0 on Tuesday to appoint John Greene as the county’s chief auditor, responsible for finding fraud, reducing inefficiencies and exposing waste. The hiring of an independent ...
Shareholders OK Cousins Properties, Parkway merger
Atlanta-based Cousins Properties is the developer of the headquarters for financial technology company NCR in Midtown. Source: Cousins Properties, NCR, Duda Paine Architects, HKS and Kimley-Horn

4:38 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Atlanta-based Cousins Properties on Tuesday said the vast majority of its shareholders and those of merger partner Parkway Properties approved a planned tie-up of the two real estate investment trusts. In April, Cousins announced plans to acquire rival Parkway in an estimated $2 billion deal that will expand Cousins’ reach ...
Atlanta may expand to cover Emory University
DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader talks about Emory University’s proposed annexation into the city of Atlanta during a community meeting at the Central DeKalb Senior Center on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM

Updated: 4:33 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Emory University hopes to make official what many outside the metropolitan area already assume to be the case: It wants the 631-acre campus to become a part of the city of Atlanta.The school’s annexation into the city wouldn’t change much immediately, but it could lead to the construction of a ...
Hundreds of rape kits, some stored for years, to flood State Crime Lab
Forensic scientist Erin Norris uses a genetic analyzer to processes a rape kit at the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur in May 2015. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

3:27 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

The GBI’s State Crime Lab expects to receive an additional 864 rape kits within a week that have been stored, for years in some cases, in police evidence lockers and never analyzed for DNA matches. Sixty-one percent of them will come from the Atlanta Police Department, according to GBI records. ...
Government watchdog hired for DeKalb
The DeKalb Commission voted Tuesday to hire John Greene as the county government’s financial watchdog. From left: Commissioners Nancy Jester, Jeff Rader, Larry Johnson, Stan Watson and Sharon Barnes Sutton. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

12:03 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

An independent watchdog has been hired to help safeguard taxpayers’ money in DeKalb County. The DeKalb Commission voted 6-0 on Tuesday to hire John Greene as the county’s chief auditor, responsible for exposing waste and fraud in county government. Greene, the inspector general for the Florida Secretary of State’s Office, ...
Two Gwinnett parks to get new scoreboards
Cemetery Field in Norcross is one of two parks that will get new scoreboards.

7:51 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Two Gwinnett County parks will get new scoreboards under agreements approved by the Board of Commissioners last week. Commissioners approved an agreement with the Lanier Athletic Association, which will install and maintain scoreboards at the football/multipurpose field at E.E. Robinson Park in Sugar Hill. The association also will maintain the ...
Newton County mosque: Hundreds turn out to say no way
An overflow crowd waits in line outside the historic Newton County courthouse during the first town hall meeting to discuss plans to build a mosque and cemetery in the county on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Covington. The turnout forced the county to hold two meetings back to back to accommodate residents wanting to speak. Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 11:29 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Hundreds of Newton County residents packed the historic courthouse in Covington Monday evening for public hearings on a planned mosque and Muslim cemetery that has sparked fierce opposition.The majority of speakers came out against the mosque, citing concerns over terrorism and assimilation of Muslims into the community. Some expressed fear ...
Georgia dental hygienists, dentists at odds over program for kids

6:55 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

The state of Georgia could save millions of dollars a year and serve thousands of children from low-income families by increasing access to basic dental care, researchers told key lawmakers Monday. But one suggested solution appears to be stalled in the kind of fight between health care professionals that often ...
Clayton agrees to pay $750,000 to ex-sheriff department officers
Sheriff Victor Hill

Updated: 5:37 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Clayton County has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a nearly three-year-old federal lawsuit brought by three former veteran sheriff’s department officers who accused Sheriff Victor Hill of creating a hostile workplace and discriminating and retaliating against them.In their lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, Brian Crisp, Jeffrey ...
‘Spoke’ part of MARTA’s plans to boost ridership and revenue

4:58 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

MARTA and city of Atlanta officials on Monday celebrated the start of Spoke, the newest “transit-oriented development” or TOD in the agency’s pipeline. The $40 million privately-funded mixed-use development at the Edgewood/Candler Park station is part of the agency’s push to drive revenue and ridership at its stations and also ...
MARTA’s ‘Spoke’ aims to boost ridership, revenue

4:46 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

MARTA and city of Atlanta leaders on Monday marked the start of the system’s newest “transit-oriented development,” the first of a series of new generation developments at its stations to boost ridership and drive urban development. MARTA CEO Keith Parker said Spoke, the $40 million privately-funded mixed-use development at the ...
New lawsuit alleges same conspiracy in Valdosta gym mat death
Kenneth and Jackie Johnson continue to insist that the January 2013 death of their son, Kendrick, was no accident. (October 2013 photo: Mark Niesse/mark.niesse@ajc.com)

4:42 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

The parents of Kendrick Johnson, facing a court order to pay the attorneys’ fees of parties named in a wrongful death lawsuit they withdrew earlier this year, have filed new legal action pushing the same massive conspiracy that already threatens to cost them nearly $1 million. A hearing on how ...
Georgia prisons: Gangs, rising violence, thousands of cellphones
Hundreds of confiscated cellphones are laid out on a conference table at the state Department of Corrections. (AJC file / Vino Wong)

12:44 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

A surge in violence in Georgia prisons over the past few weeks has left at least two inmates dead and dozens of others injured, put staff in danger and forced the lock-down of as many as eight of Georgia’s 33 prisons.Contributing to the dangerous climate inside the state’s prisons have ...
Retiring Georgia ports chief leaves with boatload in compensation
Garden City Terminal in Savannah. Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com.

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Curtis Foltz recently retired as executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority and walked away with $2 million in salary, bonuses, pension and other fees, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Foltz will receive an additional $1.1 million this year in consultant fees and pension payments from the ...
Georgia’s presidential ballot set

4:09 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

Despite the disqualification this week of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, Georgia voters will still be able to choose from among at least six candidates in November. The state’s presidential ballot has now been set for the major political and third-party candidates in Georgia, including Republican nominee Donald Trump, ...
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