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DeKalb oversight member can’t be removed
The appointment of Harmel Codi to the DeKalb Audit Oversight Committee can’t be rescinded by a state senator, says Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. BILL TORPY / BTORYP@AJC.COM

7:01 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

A state senator didn’t have the power to remove a member of DeKalb’s new oversight committee, according to a legal opinion by Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. Olens’ conclusion may settle a dispute over the DeKalb Internal Audit Oversight Committee, which is responsible for hiring an independent watchdog over county ...
DeKalb CEO Lee May explains why he won’t run
Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May announced during an interview with the AJC Friday that he’s not running for election. KENT D. JOHNSON/ kdjohnson@ajc.com

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

When Lee May ascended to the position of DeKalb CEO, he took over a county government in crisis. May was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to replace suspended CEO Burrell Ellis, who had been indicted on charges that he shook down contractors for campaign contributions. During his 2½ years in ...
Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May won’t run for election
Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May announces during an interview with the AJC in his office Friday that he’s not running for a full term. KENT D. JOHNSON/ kdjohnson@ajc.com

7:53 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May announced Friday he won’t run for a full term, clearing the way for a different leader to deal with the county government’s problems. May, who was appointed 2½ years ago to replace suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, said he plans to leave the county’s conflicts ...
CDC director: Zika cases will rise in the U.S.
Health workers stand in the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 26, 2016, spraying insecticide to combat the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus. Brazil’s health minister says the country will mobilize some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus linked to birth defects. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

6:08 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

The United States will see an increasing number of travel-related cases of the Zika virus as the epidemic that is ravaging Brazil continues to spread, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Among them will likely be pregnant women, the population most vulnerable to the ...
Financial problems continue for Georgia GOP
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston speaks during the first day of the Georgia Republican Party 2013 State Convention at The Classic Center Friday afternoon in Athens, Ga., May 17, 2013.

4:09 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

The political class returned to the Capitol last month for the 2016 legislative session, but it did little to ease the money troubles of the state’s dominant political party. The state GOP filed a report this week showing it had $24,000 in the bank and $236,000 in debt after having ...
DeKalb CEO Lee May won't seek election
Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May announces that he’s not running for the CEO position this year during an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in his office Friday. KENT D. JOHNSON/ kdjohnson@ajc.com

3:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May, who has overseen the county government for a tumultuous 2½ years, announced Friday he won’t run for election and will leave office when the current term expires at the end of the year. May said his decision wasn’t influenced by a corruption report that called ...
Georgia development chief tells DeKalb to clean up

2:32 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

When Georgia’s top economic development official met DeKalb lawmakers, he delivered a message: The county needs to avoid scandals if it wants attract businesses.Chris Carr, the commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said Thursday that DeKalb’s recent history has damaged its reputation.Carr said he’s worried about the overall ...
CDC director: Expect to see more Zika cases in U.S.
Health workers stand in the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Jan. 26, 2016, spraying insecticide to combat the mosquito that transmits the Zika virus. Brazil’s health minister says the country will mobilize some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus linked to birth defects. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

1:05 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

The United States will see an increasing number of travel-related cases of the Zika virus as the epidemic that is ravaging Brazil continues to spread, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Among them will likely be pregnant women, the population most vulnerable to the ...
Georgia legislators often exempt themselves in writing laws for others
GEORGIA LEGISLATURE--Jan. 28, 2016 -  Atlanta - Rep.  Timothy Barr (center), R - Lawrenceville, at his desk on the floor of the House.    BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

The push to let Georgians carry guns on college campuses is seen by some as only the latest example of state lawmakers backing legislation that they may not want applied to themselves. The statehouse — which has metal detectors, limited entry points and armed guards — is one of the ...
County to spend $75,000 to study Gwinnett Place improvements
Gwinnett County plans to spend $75,000 to study improvements near the Gwinnett Place Mall.

11:59 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Gwinnett County will spend $75,000 to study transportation and other improvements in the Gwinnett Place area. The county Board of Commissioners Tuesday agreed to contribute $25,000 to study a possible redesign of the intersection of Satellite Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported recently, plans call for ...
Early voting for Georgia’s presidential primary starts Monday
Early voting or Georgia’s presidential primary starts Monday.

11:22 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Early voting for Georgia’s presidential primary starts Monday. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, several Metro Atlanta Counties have expanded early voting hours and locations since the last presidential election in 2012. You can learn more about that expansion here. For information on your registration status and to find early-voting locations ...
Georgia development chief tells DeKalb to clean up
Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr met with a dozen state legislators from DeKalb County on Thursday, including Rep. Howard Mosby, right. MARK NIESSE / MARK.NIESSE@AJC.COM

9:56 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

When Georgia’s top economic development official met with DeKalb lawmakers, he delivered a message: The county needs to avoid scandals if it wants to attract businesses. Chris Carr, the commissioner for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said Thursday that DeKalb’s recent history has damaged its reputation. Carr said he’s worried ...
Security training facility proposed for coastal Georgia slips away
Participants in the first class of commercial airline pilots who  volunteered to carry handguns practice firing April 17, 2003 in Glynco,  Georgia as part of the Transportation Security Administration's Federal  Flight Deck Officer Training program.

6:41 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

The State Department appeared to put the final nail in the coffin this week on Georgia’s years-long bid to host an embassy security training facility in Glynco, a move that angered some GOP members of the state’s congressional delegation. Two Senate aides said the State Department alerted lawmakers of its ...
Kasim Reed calls for Fulton County to help address affordable housing
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed delivers his annual “State of the City Address” at the Georgia World Congress Center, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Atlanta. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

6:17 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Mayor Kasim Reed called on Fulton County officials to do more to address a growing affordable housing problem in Atlanta.In Thursday’s annual State of the City speech, during which he discussed topics ranging from crime to wage equity, Reed urged Fulton County to follow the city’s lead and require developers ...
Pastor protection bill moves along in Georgia House
Jan. 12, 2016 - Atlanta - House Speaker David Ralston speaks at a recent news conference. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

5:54 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

One of several “religious liberty” bills cleared a hurdle Thursday when a state House subcommittee endorsed a bill known as the Pastor Protection Act. House Bill 757 would write into state law that a religious person is not required to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony. Lawmakers agreed to consider amendments ...
Sexual assault evidence bill passes House subcommittee in Georgia
These envelopes are part of sample rape kits at the GBI Crime lab in Decatur. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

4:19 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

A bill that would require law enforcement to submit neglected sexual assault evidence for DNA testing was approved unanimously by a House subcommittee Thursday afternoon. House Bill 827, known as the Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act, would also require evidence for new cases, stored in packages known as rape ...
Ex-UGA president still among University System’s highest-paid workers
Former UGA President Michael Adams

12:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Michael Adams hasn’t been president of the University of Georgia for 2 1/2 years, but he still showed up on a list of the top 10 highest-paid employees of the University System of Georgia in 2015. The list, compiled by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution using the state’s salary database, includes three ...
In Georgia Capitol, condemnation comes without name-calling
Rep. Tommy Benton, R - Jefferson, faces criticism from inside and outside his party for controversial comments about the Ku Klux Klan and slavery. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

State Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, got the “he who shall not be named” treatment this past week in the General Assembly for speaking in defense of the Ku Klux Klan. Benton had introduced three pieces of legislation aimed at honoring the Confederacy – House Bill 854, House Bill 855 and ...
DeKalb leaders discuss moving GM site project beyond objections
The former General Motors assembly plant in Doraville could be redeveloped into a business and residential district, but developers are trying to persuade the DeKalb County school system to provide tax financing. KENT D. JOHNSON/ KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

2:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Georgia’s top economic recruiter told DeKalb County leaders Thursday to repair the county’s image and support redevelopment of the former General Motors factory in Doraville, a project that could bring thousands of jobs to the region. Remarks by state economic development chief Chris Carr underscored the mounting pressure on the ...
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