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Trump administration could mean greater clout for Perdue circle
U.S. Sen. David Perdue, holding his grandson David Perdue IV, and his first cousin former Gov. Sonny Perdue could both have roles to play once Donald Trump becomes president. David Perdue expects to help push through Trump’s 100-day plan in the Senate, while the former governor met with the president last week to discuss the possibility of serving in the administration. A number of others associated with the family could also be in line for high-level positions either with the administration or within the Republican Party. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

Donald Trump’s election victory has propelled the powerful Perdue family to another orbit in the political universe. And that could have vast implications for Georgia.U.S. Sen. David Perdue expects to have increased clout in the U.S. Senate after hitching his political future to Trump’s rocket. His first cousin former Gov. ...
Death row inmate’s lawyers to Parole Board: Juror was biased
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles is in Atlanta. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

9:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

Lawyers for a death row inmate who is slated to be executed Tuesday will ask the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to do something Monday that the courts have declined to do: look at juror bias. Specifically, one juror allegedly lied about a history that most likely would have ...
Price’s previous work to revamp Obamacare could get a new look
U.S. Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of health and human services, is one of the few congressional Republicans to produce a comprehensive replacement for Obamacare. The Roswell Republican’s proposal, the Empowering Patients First Act, has never received a vote, though. JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for health and human services secretary, has been one of the Affordable Care Act’s most vocal foes on Capitol Hill. He’s also one of the few congressional Republicans to author a comprehensive plan to replace the 2010 law. The Roswell Republican has ...
Tom Price: The Georgia lawmaker who will lead Trump’s health policy

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

When Tom Price served in the Georgia Senate, he often carried with him a legal folder, about a foot thick, crammed with legislative proposals. The joke among his colleagues was that he was the only one under the Gold Dome who actually read all of them.He had a similar reputation ...
Killer first sentenced to death now gets life for 1973 murder
Wilburn Wiley Dobbs at the Jackson Diagnostic & Classification Prison on Nov. 26, 1996, when he was a Georgia death row inmate. (AJC Staff Photo/Charlotte B. Teagle)

8:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

An aging killer was sentenced to life without parole on Friday, 43 years after the murder for which he is being punished. Wilburn Wiley Dobbs, now 67 and in poor health, used a cane to walk into the courtroom in LaFayette. On Dec. 14, 1973, during an armed robbery of ...
Casino near Washington, D.C., is MGM’s model for Atlanta resort
The MGM National Harbor resort in Oxon Hill, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C., is seen as a model for what MGM Resorts International could build in Georgia if Las Vegas-style gambling is legalized in the state. The $1.4 billion complex includes a 308-room hotel, 12 eateries, a 125,000-square-foot casino floor, retail and a 3,000-seat theater. The resort opens in December 2016. J. Scott Trubey/strubey@ajc.com

6:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

The 23-story hotel at MGM National Harbor towers over the Capital Beltway, the first thing hundreds of thousands of motorists see as they stream across the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge into Maryland.MGM Resorts International has pitched the $1.4 billion complex as a model for what it could build in the ...
Drought has lake residents, businesses on edge
Brant Tew, 48, owner of Hartwell Marina, says his business suffers when lake levels decline. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

3:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Since he gave up his Roswell software business to buy Hartwell Marina 18 years ago, Brant Tew has learned a thing or two about the connection between droughts and his bottom line. When the water level falls 7 or 8 feet below full pool, Lake Hartwell boaters become scarcer. That ...
DeKalb libraries add night and weekend hours in 2017
The Covington Library is one of 17 branches that will have additional operating hours starting Jan. 3.

12:55 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Libraries across DeKalb County will stay open longer starting next year, adding operating hours on Wednesday nights and on weekends.The library system announced Friday it will restore hours at 17 branches. These libraries lost operating hours five years ago because of budget shortfalls.In all, libraries will remain open 111 more ...
Philips deal could be first test for Atlanta mayoral candidates
Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, right, speaks with retiring Atlanta Police Chief Georgia Turner in this 2014 file photo. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

12:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

While Atlanta won’t choose a new mayor until next November, the plan to spend millions in taxpayer dollars to renovate Philips Arena is revealing early differences among those looking to succeed Kasim Reed.The dust-up over Philips Arena is a sign the mayor’s race is finally capturing political oxygen in the ...
Is a casino like this in Atlanta’s future?
Joe Haggerty, president and CEO of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce in Alexandria, Va., said after some early apprehension about MGM National Harbor, that businesses now anticipate big business from casino guests when the resort opens in December 2016 on the other side of the Potomac River in nearby Oxon Hill, Md. J. Scott Trubey/strubey@ajc.com

12:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

OXON HILL, MD. — At night, the 23-story hotel tower of the MGM National Harbor casino resort rises above the Beltway like a glowing glass shard. A few miles west across the Potomac River, sit the wealthy enclaves of Northern Virginia, while the marble monuments of the nation’s capital city ...
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis calls court decision a victory
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, with his wife Philippa, speaks during a press conference Thursday for the first time since he was convicted a year and a half ago following a second trial in DeKalb County. The Georgia Supreme Court threw out Ellis’ guilty verdicts on Wednesday. KENT D. JOHNSON/kdjohnson@ajc.com

Updated: 7:03 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

A grateful DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis says faith in God and support from his family helped him persevere until the Georgia Supreme Court overturned his convictions. Ellis, appearing with his wife Philippa at a press conference Thursday, said he’s grateful to live in a country that protects civil liberties. ...
DeKalb CEO Ellis grateful for legal victory
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, with his wife Philippa, and defense attorney Craig Gillen, speaks during a press conference Thursday for the first time since he was convicted a year and a half ago following a second trial in DeKalb County. The Georgia Supreme Court threw out Ellis’ guilty verdicts on Wednesday. KENT D. JOHNSON/kdjohnson@ajc.com

6:57 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, who twice faced trial on the same extortion charges, said Thursday the Georgia’s Supreme Court’s decision to overturn his conviction is a victory “for all of God’s children who thirst for justice.” Ellis, speaking publicly for the first time since a jury found him guilty ...
Georgia, Florida await decision as water war trial concludes
Georgia and Florida’s court battle over water from the Flint River, as well as the Chattahoochee River, came to an end Thursday. The special master that the U.S. Supreme Court appointed to oversee the case, could issue a ruling by Christmas. The Supreme Court then would probably offer a final decision in 2017. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

6:47 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

The water wars trial pitting Florida against Georgia over an “equitable apportionment” of water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers wrapped up Thursday, a critical juncture in the nearly three-decade-long legal battle between neighboring states that could have an immense impact on metro Atlanta. Ralph Lancaster Jr., the special master ...
Murderer requests junk food for his last meal
The Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson is where the execution chamber is located. (Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com)

5:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

William Sallie, scheduled to be executed Tuesday for murdering his father-in-law 26 years ago, has put in his request for his last meal: pizza with sausage and pepperoni, chicken wings with buffalo sauce and a large soda. The man Georgia executed most recently, Steven Spears, also requested pizza as his ...
David Perdue to meet with Trump team in New York
U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., will meet with President-elect Donald Trump’s team Friday in New York. Perdue’s spokeswoman said the senator “was invited to Trump Tower to discuss working together to advance President-elect Trump’s 100-day plan in the Senate and changing the direction of our country.” Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

1:42 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

U.S. Sen. David Perdue will become the latest Georgia Republican to journey to Trump Tower and meet with the president-elect’s team. The freshman senator’s office confirmed that Perdue is going to New York on Friday. “As a fellow businessman and outsider himself, Senator Perdue was invited to Trump Tower to ...
Out-of-state workers could be headed home as rain slows wildfires
Out-of-state crews like this, from California (right) and Oregon (back), could be headed home thanks to the recent rain in North Georgia. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

11:57 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

After the threat of severe weather Wednesday forced firefighters to briefly halt their efforts battling wildfires in North Georgia, they were back at work Thursday. And it’s expected that some out-of-state workers could get relief after those storms brought an added 1.5 inches of rain to Fannin County.Officials with the ...
North DeKalb Senior Center in Chamblee opens at last
A conceptual drawing shows the North DeKalb Senior Center, which opened in Chamblee on Thursday. Credit: Lyman Davidson Dooley Inc.

11:06 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

The long-awaited North DeKalb Senior Center finally opened Thursday, providing exercise classes, computer education and other activities for residents. The $5.2 million center, located in Chamblee, was originally approved in 2012, but construction problems stalled the project’s completion. DeKalb’s government hired a new contractor earlier this year to finish the ...
Kempner: That’s not a candy cane Georgia Power’s handing us
Steam rises from the two existing reactors at Plant Vogtle in this 2010 photo. Georgia Power is building two additional reactors, but costs have soared.

8:04 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

State politicians are likely to deliver Georgia consumers a lump of uranium instead of coal this Christmas season. They’ll try to convince you it’s a candy cane. Officially, elected members of the Georgia Public Service Commission haven’t decided anything yet. Unofficially, it looks like some have (based on emails I ...
Supreme Court throws out conviction of DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis smiles as the jury enters the courtroom June 18, 2015. The jury later found Ellis guilty of attempted extortion and perjury, but the Georgia Supreme Court threw out the verdict Wednesday. KENT D. JOHNSON /KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Updated: 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The state’s highest court delivered a stunning blow Wednesday to DeKalb County prosecutors when it threw out the conviction of CEO Burrell Ellis, ruling that he was denied a fair trial.The Georgia Supreme Court’s unanimous decision erases a jury’s conclusion in July 2015 that Ellis was guilty of attempted extortion ...
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