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Firefighters slam Georgia governor over veto of cancer legislation
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5:36 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Georgia firefighters sharply rebuked Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday after he vetoed legislation to help them get workers’ compensation benefits if they could provide “a preponderance” of evidence that their work caused cancer. “While paying lip service to firefighters, Governor Deal and the cities and counties of this state have ...
A reckoning: some Georgia Republicans warily embrace Trump
Kathy Hildebrand of Gwinnett County supported Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination, even baking cookies for fundraising. On Wednesday, she called the last GOP candidate standing, Donald Trump, “a bully and a baby” and said she has “been personally threatened.” (HANDOUT)

Updated: 4:02 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A month ago, Scott Johnson was the ringleader for one of the bigger coups this election season, installing dozens of Ted Cruz supporters into Georgia delegate slots won by Donald Trump. On Wednesday, he was yet another reluctant Republican who begrudgingly joined the Trump camp.“I will vote nonjoyously for Trump ...
Without schools’ support, GM site redevelopment may be downsized
Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman walks through the construction site of Third Rail Studios, one of the first developments at the former General Motors site, on Monday. Pittman and developers are asking the DeKalb County school board to approve financial support for infrastructure on the site. KENT D. JOHNSON /kdjohnson@ajc.com

Updated: 1:48 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

As hopes dwindle for financial support from the DeKalb school system to help rejuvenate the abandoned Doraville General Motors site, developers could seek other avenues to tap tax money for the project. Their original plan for the barren 165-acre property envisioned that the school district and local governments would contribute ...
Gwinnett could get bus rapid transit for a fraction of MARTA’s cost
In her February “state of the county” speech, Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash unveiled a vision for the county’s future that could include bus rapid transit, as seen in this artist rendering of future development at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.

11:47 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Though many residents would welcome a MARTA commuter rail expansion into Gwinnett County, some local officials may be warming to a mass transit alternative that could cost substantially less: bus rapid transit. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported, a 2015 poll found half of likely Gwinnett voters would pay a ...
Besides campus gun bill, Georgia governor nixes a bit of spending
Gov. Nathan Deal signed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year on Monday. On Tuesday, he announced what he’d scratched out of the document.

11:33 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal took a light touch to the state’s $23.7 billion budget this week, although he vetoed funding for a coastal Georgia sea wall and money for the National Infantry Museum just outside Fort Benning.Deal signed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, on Monday ...
Clayton water, sewer rates to increase
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Updated: 10:06 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Clayton County residents will see higher water and sewer rates starting in June.The Clayton County Water Authority approved a 2 percent rate hike for water rates and a 3 percent hike for sewer rates in January. The new base rate for water for single family residential customers will be $10.05, ...
Early voting opens for DeKalb elections
Carol Canty and her daughter Gladys Canty, of Stone Mountain, cast ballots at an early vote location in DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Office on Feb. 16. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

8:19 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Polls are open for DeKalb County voters to cast early ballots for the May 24 primary election, which features races for CEO, district attorney, Board of Commissioners, judges and more. Early voting began Monday and lasts through May 20. Residents will also have an opportunity to vote on a Saturday ...
Campus gun veto could carry consequences for Georgia governor
May 2,  2016 -  Buford - Gov. Nathan Deal evaded questions related to campus carry legislation as he spoke with the media after he signed next year's  budget at Lanier High School in Buford.  The state budget  includes  the first major pay raises for 200,000 teachers and state employees since before the Great Recession.   BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM

7:51 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of “campus carry” legislation that would have legalized firearms on public college campuses sets the stage for another battle next year between conservatives and more mainstream Republicans over the party’s direction. The Republican’s decision to reject the gun bill, House Bill 859, after legislative leaders defied ...
Georgia governor vetoes drone bill, ethics amnesty for local officials
May 2, 2016 - Buford - Surrounded by school officials and legislators, Gov. Nathan Deal signed next year’s budget at Lanier High School in Buford. The state budget includes the first major pay raises for 200,000 teachers and state employees since before the Great Recession. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

6:57 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed more than a dozen bills Tuesday besides the highly publicized measure that would have allowed guns on college campuses, including legislation that would have regulated the use of drones, given local officials amnesty from back ethics fines and made it easier for firefighters to get workers’ ...
Clayton’s chief staff attorney leaving for Invest Atlanta
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Updated: 4:29 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Clayton County’s top legal counsel has left the county to take a job with Invest Atlanta, the economic development arm of the city of Atlanta.Chief staff attorney Christie Barnes’ last day in Clayton government was Friday. Barnes was head of the county’s legal department. She was a fixture at county ...
$75 million Gwinnett courthouse expansion moves forward
County officials approved a $74.6 million contract to expand the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

3:47 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Plans for a major expansion of the building that houses Gwinnett’s county offices and courthouse are moving forward after a long delay.By a 4-1 vote, the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a $74.6 million contract to Gilbane Building Company to do the work, which was delayed by the ...
$75 million Gwinnett courthouse expansion moves forward
County officials approved a contract to expand the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center

2:52 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Plans for a major expansion of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration are moving forward after a long delay.By a 4-1 vote, the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Tuesday awarded a $74.6 million contract to Gilbane Building Company to do the work, which was delayed by the Great Recession.The company will build ...
Atlanta leaders look for answers in Texas
A Dallas resident exercises at Klyde Warren Park downtown. The park was built over a freeway to create green space “out of thin air.” HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

11:27 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Leaders of the Big Peach are taking a look at how things get done in the Big D.Metro Atlanta civic and political leaders head to Texas this week to see how the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex handles the challenges of growth, economic development, congestion and schools.The 20th Atlanta Regional Commission LINK ...
Gwinnett: Here’s where you can vote early
Early voting in Georgia’s May 24 primary election starts today.

Updated: 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Early voting for the May 24 primary election begins this week, and Gwinnett County residents will be able to cast their ballots at eight locations.A host of state legislative, County Commission, court and other offices are up for election this year, and Democrats believe they have a shot at ending ...
Losses grow for Georgia farmers waiting on feds to OK foreign workers
At least 150 of the migrant workers Bill Brim expected to pick crops at Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton are still waiting for clearance in Monterrey, Mexico. Photo by Andy Harrison/Georgia Department of Agriculture

10:02 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

By the time you read this, Kevin Eason figures he will have lost $750,000.Eason, a blueberry farmer in the South Georgia town of Alma, in January used the U.S. Department of Labor’s migrant worker visa system to request 100 migrant workers from Mexico. None have arrived yet.Russ Goodman in January ...
Wills? Bankruptcy? Get free legal advice in Gwinnett Wednesday
Several groups are offering free legal advice in Lawrenceville Wednesday.

9:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Need some free advice about making a will? Facing a bankruptcy, and looking for some expertise? You can find what you’re looking for in Lawrenceville Wednesday.The Gwinnett County Bar Association, the Gwinnett Pro Bono Project and Gwinnett Legal Aid will host an information fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ...
Judge grants change of venue in hot-car death case
Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley during a 2015 hearing in the Harris case. (AJC file / Kent D. Johnson)

Updated: 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The judge in the Ross Harris case Monday granted a defense motion to change the venue of the hot-car murder trial. The decision could delay the trial for months, even though jury selection in Cobb County Superior Court was almost complete. Court administrator Tom Charron, a former Cobb district attorney, ...
Community clean-up planned for Brannon Hill condos
Despite the piles of trash, furniture and tires around him, James Starr, who has lived at Brennon Hill for four years, puts his trash in a Dumpster on Feb. 2. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

8:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Residents of the broken-down Brannon Hill condo complex are working together with volunteers and neighbors this weekend to clean up their community. Located near Memorial Drive in DeKalb County, Brannon Hill has become known for its poor conditions, including partially burned buildings, piles of tires and worn mattresses littering the ...
Georgia governor’s influence on state’s judiciary set to expand

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal will have the chance to expand his imprint on Georgia’s most powerful court — and another opportunity to reshape Georgia’s legal system — under a monumental judiciary makeover he’ll sign into law Tuesday. The legislation will expand the Georgia Supreme Court from seven justices to nine, giving ...
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