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Atlanta submits streetcar plans ahead of schedule as shutdown looms
Atlanta has submitted plans to address problems with its $98 million streetcar. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

5:28 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016

The City of Atlanta submitted plans to fix a slew of problems with its troubled streetcar on Monday – a day ahead of a state-imposed deadline.But it remains unclear whether those plans will pass muster with the Georgia Department of Transportation, which has threatened to shut down the streetcar over ...
DeKalb spends on water and sewer upgrades
The DeKalb Board of Commissioners reviewed the county’s proposed midyear 2016 budget during a meeting Monday. Seated at the head of the table from left: Commissioners Kathie Gannon, Sharon Barnes Sutton, Larry Johnson, Jeff Rader and Nancy Jester. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM

2:16 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016

The biggest spending increase in DeKalb proposed government budget is $48 million for water and sewer construction. Overall, Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May’s recommended $1.38 billion midyear 2016 budget is $57.6 million, or 4.4 percent, larger than the county’s spending plan that was approved in February. The water and sewer ...
Lockheed to sell research buildings to Georgia Tech
May 2, 2012 Marietta, GA: The last F-22 Raptor jet to be built sits outside the hanger at Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin delivered the final F-22 Raptor fighter jet to the Air Force during a ceremony Wednesday May2, 2012. The jet rolled off the assembly line of the Marietta plant in December. but had to undergo testing a painting before final delivery. Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com

11:50 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016

Georgia Tech has a contract in place to acquire 52 acres and four buildings on Lockheed Martin’s campus in Cobb County where the institute plans to expand some of its research capabilities.Tech and aerospace giant said Monday the deal will allow the research university to relieve some overcrowding issues. The ...
New Sugarloaf Community Improvement District elects first board
The Sugarloaf Community Improvement District Board of Directors includes (left to right) Norwood Davis, Scott Meadows, Crawford Arnold, Chris Brown, Craig Brown, Stan Hall, Tom Wheeler and Brand Morgan. Not pictured, Jim Ezell and Joe Macrina.

9:14 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016

Gwinnett County’s newest community improvement district has elected its first board of directors.The Sugarloaf Community Improvement District is a group of commercial property owners who have agreed to pay an extra property tax for improvements in the Sugarloaf Parkway/I-85 area near Duluth. The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners recently approved the ...
 Gingrich says Brexit bad news for Clinton’s campaign
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

6:21 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Britain’s stunning decision to leave the European Union was a sign of a “general widespread populist rebellion” and a bad omen for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.The one-time Georgia lawmaker said the United Kingdom’s “leave” campaign echoed many of the same themes of Republican ...
Former Gwinnett commissioner faces campaign finance charges
Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau (left) faces civil charges of violating state campaign finance laws. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Updated: 6:08 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

A former Gwinnett County Commissioner faces more than $13,000 in penalties for allegedly violating state campaign finance laws.On Thursday, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission found probable cause that former Gwinnett Commissioner Mike Beaudreau broke the law during his 2014 bid for state Senate by accepting four campaign ...
Execution set for July 14 would be the sixth in Georgia this year
John Wayne Conner was convicted of killing a drinking buddy.

5:52 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

John Wayne Conner was scheduled Friday to become the sixth man executed in Georgia this year — a record number since the death penalty was reinstated here 40 years ago.The time for his lethal injection for the 1982 murder of a drinking buddy was set for 7 p.m. on July ...
 ‘Reliving my life’: John Lewis’ experience at heart of Capitol sit-in

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016

The full-fledged revolt on the floor of the U.S. House began in the same way many of the protests engineered by U.S. Rep. John Lewis were launched: quietly, resolutely and in the face of long odds. The chamber was partway through a comatose daily ritual of mundane speechifying known as ...
More Georgia Republicans want to expand Medicaid, but it will be tough
Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. February 2015 file photo: BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

6:00 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2016

A growing number of Georgia Republicans want to expand the Medicaid program — a notion many of them once vilified as too expensive — though they face significant hurdles to push through even modest changes to the health care network. The conservative backers of an expansion still don’t know what ...
Dunwoody rejects move to kick HOA out of government
Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Robert Wittenstein speaks to the Dunwoody City Council on Friday as it considers whether HOA members can also serve on city boards. Seated are Councilwoman Pam Tallmadge, Mayor Denis Shortal, Councilman Terry Nall, Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch and Councilman John Heneghan. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM

4:23 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

Fearing a homeowners association’s influence in city government, Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal asked its members who serve on government boards to choose: resign from the association or the boards. His mandate was short-lived. After members of the powerful Dunwoody Homeowners Association protested, saying they supported the city’s creation eight years ...
Georgia Lottery’s biggest vendor sues ex-staffer over trade secrets
Scratch-off lottery tickets at Scientific Games in Alpharetta. PHOTO: Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com

4:21 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

The Georgia Lottery’s biggest gaming vendor filed suit this week, accusing a former employee of stealing thousands of electronic files with its “most valuable and prized” trade secrets that could be worth millions of dollars to its chief rival in the United States.Scientific Games International Inc., which has offices in ...
Georgia schedules sixth execution this year
John Wayne Conner is scheduled to be executed July 14.

3:48 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

Georgia plans to execute John Wayne Conner on July 14 for a 1982 murder, making him the sixth person the state has put to death in 2016 which is more than any year since the death penalty was reinstated 40 years ago.Conner, now 60, was sentenced to die for beating ...
 Hospitals, beer distributors give to Deal funds that shield donors
Supporters of Gov. Nathan Deal raised $1.4 million for his 2015 Inaugural Gala but kept the donors secret. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Updated: 2:22 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal’s political team has set up big-money funds to push his agenda during his final few years in office, similar to the $1 million Real PAC it used leading up to his re-election. The difference: This time, his backers can legally keep the names of the deep-pocketed donors ...
Former Gwinnett commissioner faces campaign finance charges
Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau (left) faces civil charges of violating state campaign finance laws. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

12:51 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

A former Gwinnett County Commissioner faces more than $13,000 in penalties for allegedly violating state campaign finance laws.On Thursday, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission found probable cause that former Gwinnett Commissioner Mike Beaudreau broke the law during his 2014 bid for state Senate by accepting four campaign ...
Community will discuss violence in Stone Mountain area

12:13 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016

Residents concerned about crime in the Stone Mountain area will meet Tuesday to talk about violence in their community and look for answers. DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton called the meeting after an 18-year-old was killed and four people were wounded during a drug deal shooting Wednesday. “This community ...
Georgia ethics commission gives its chief $16,000 raise
Stefan Ritter, right, the executive secretary of the state ethics commission, is in line for a 10 percent raise. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016

While thousands of teachers and state employees will be getting 3 percent raises July 1, the state ethics commission voted Thursday to boost the pay of its chief executive by 10 percent.Stefan Ritter, the executive secretary of the ethics agency, formally known as the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance ...
Fulton case causes state to question political spending at clubs
Former Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards must repay his campaign $13,836 he spent at the Commerce Club in Atlanta or donate the money to a charity.

5:43 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016

State officials have put Georgia politicians on notice: You can’t spend campaign funds at business clubs and similar organizations unless it’s for legitimate election expenses. The notice came in a civil case against former Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards, who admitted misspending $13,836 at the Commerce Club in Atlanta. Under ...
Democratic sit-in ends with no House votes promised on gun bills
From left, House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn of S.C.; Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta; Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California; and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., sing “We Shall Overcome” on Capitol Hill after House Democrats ended their sit-in protest Thursday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

5:41 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016

Democrats on Thursday afternoon ended their gun control sit-in after an extraordinary 26 hours that started with an overtaking of House floor proceedings and included a first-of-its-kind use of social media to broadcast their impassioned speeches live to the country.But despite some remarkable moments of civil disobedience that have not ...
Atlanta’s councilman Bond accused of 300 campaign finance violations
Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond is accused of 300 civil violations of state campaign finance laws. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

4:47 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond faces 300 civil charges of violating state campaign finance laws – and a whopping $58,000 fine if found guilty. The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission Thursday found probable cause that Bond committed the violations, which involve failing to report campaign expenses and ...
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