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Environmental agencies fine DeKalb $294K for sewage spills
The Snapfinger Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, in operation since 1978, is being expanded as part of the county’s $1.35 billion project to upgrade water and sewer infrastructure. A groundbreaking took place Oct. 23, 2015, to celebrate the beginning of phase 2 of the project. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

6:11 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Environmental agencies fined DeKalb County $294,000 for repeatedly spilling raw sewage into public waters and underreporting the number of times that’s happened since 2012, the county announced Friday. The county government will pay the fine using money collected from residents...
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s tenure a boon for downtown development
Rendering of Georgia State University/Carter redevelopment of 68-acre Turner Field area.

1:03 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Mayor Kasim Reed still has six months to go in his final term, but his impact on downtown Atlanta is increasingly becoming clear. The mayor has put his stamp on several major projects that could potentially reshape the heart of the city for decades, industry observers say. Most visible...
Study: Atlanta hospital most vulnerable to Medicaid cuts
October 23, 2014 Atlanta: Antwon Thornton, 6, pushes his I.V pole while receiving a transfusion at Children's  Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding Thursday October 23, 2014.  Thornton, who suffers from sickle cell disease, had his first stroke just before his second birthday. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

8:05 am Thursday, June 22, 2017

If the Obamacare revision the U.S. House of Representatives passed in May became law, the Georgia hospital to lose the most Medicaid funding would be Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, according to a new analysis by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute...
Torpy at Large: Georgia officials excel at suppressing public info 
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on the release of 1.4 million documents pertaining to the City Hall bribery case on February 9, 2017. (HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM)

6:00 am Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It’s a proud moment to see the state of Georgia finally get the recognition it so richly deserves. From the rural hills up north to the gritty urban streets of Atlanta, there’s one thing politicians have in common — they don’t like your nose in their business...
House lawmakers OK rescue for nuke projects’ tax credits
One of the two new cooling towers under construction at Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion near Augusta. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

7:03 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017

House lawmakers approved legislation that would add life to federal tax credits that could save hundreds of millions of dollars for the companies and non-profits behind the struggling Plant Vogtle nuclear project and a similar one in South Carolina. A resolution that removes a 2021...
Will Atlanta United be active in upcoming transfer window?
Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino is shown in this file photo. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

3:35 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The MLS secondary transfer window opens July 10. Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino made it seem Tuesday that the team may not be too active. “There’s nothing special that we’ve asked from the directors, but we have to be attentive in the case something does...
2017 summer bucket list for metro Atlanta families 
Rebecca Benator hits the breaks as she nears the end of the 1,000-foot water slide at the Slide the City block party in Atlanta on Saturday, June 25, 2016. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

12:18 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"I'm bored!" Have you heard it yet? If not now, it will likely happen before summer ends. But you’re in luck. We've compiled a list of summer things to to do around Atlanta that will banish those words forever−or at least until fall. Here's an all-inclusive...
Report: Lawmakers aim to save $800 million tax credit for Plant Vogtle
Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion under construction near Augusta. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

10:07 am Monday, June 19, 2017

House lawmakers are pushing legislation that would save federal tax credits from expiring that are worth billions to the Plant Vogtle project and a similar plant in South Carolina, according to a published report. The proposed legislation, which passed a House Ways and Means Committee...
VOTE: What is the best farmers market in Atlanta?
Paula Guilbeau of Heirloom Gardens sells a variety of produce at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, including Swiss chard.

10:27 am Monday, June 12, 2017

From vegetables and fruit to locally sourced meats and treats, farmers markets around Atlanta have as much selection as your local grocery store. Summertime means a visit to your local farmers market for the freshest ingredients of the season. Keeping that fresh summer spirit in...
Gov. Deal appoints former campaign ethics lawyer to state job
Benjamin Vinson, who helped represent Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign when it faced charges before the state ethics commission, was named by the governor to the Workers’ Compensation Board. Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com

5:18 pm Friday, June 9, 2017

A lawyer and lobbyist who was part of the team that defended Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign against ethics charges during his first term in office was named Friday to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation by the governor. Benjamin Vinson, a partner in the mega-law firm...
PSC tables call to kill Vogtle charge on electric bills
Utility commissioners on Tuesday delayed consideration of a proposal to halt collection of a nuclear surcharge on customers’ bills, to get the state attorney general’s opinion on its legality. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

4:04 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Don’t look for a discount on your power bill any time soon. The Georgia Public Service Commission decided Tuesday to put on hold a proposal by one of its members to ask Georgia Power to stop collecting a surcharge to finance the company’s troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear...
On hold: PSC commissioner’s plan to nuke Vogtle surcharge on customers’ bills
Utility commissioners on Tuesday delayed consideration of a proposal to halt collection of a nuclear surcharge on customers’ bills, to get the state attorney general’s opinion on its legality. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

3:45 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Don’t look for a discount on your power bill any time soon. The Georgia Public Service Commission decided Tuesday to put on hold a proposal to ask Georgia Power to stop collecting a surcharge on customers’ bills that finances the company’s troubled Plant Vogtle...
Officials need extra $400 million for Georgia teacher pension system
Members of the teacher group TRAGIC say teacher pensions are vital to attracting and retaining teachers. Some lawmakers say costs are skyrocketing and changes need to be made. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

12:16 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Taxpayers may have to chip in an extra $400 million next year to ensure the financial security of the state’s massive teacher and university employee pension system. That’s on top of the extra $223 million the state put into the system this year. The extra money will...
Listen to live music, shop local artists at Peachtree Corners Festival
Performer Judah Andrews makes bubbles at the Peachtree Corners Festival Saturday June 30, 2012. Peachtree Corners will begin operation as a city July 1, 2012, the first new city in Gwinnett County in 56 years.

3:39 pm Monday, June 5, 2017

The Peachtree Corners Festival has all the summer fun you can pack into one weekend. The annual three-day celebration will feature music from 10 bands, starting with Friday night’s pre-festival concert. Starting at 7 p.m., the show features The Excellerators and Departure &mdash...
High school baseball player of the year
Drew Waters, an outfielder at Etowah High School, poses for a portrait in Woodstock, Georgia, on May 20, 2017. (HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM)

12:00 am Monday, June 5, 2017

Achievements: Waters batted .510 (53-of-104) with 15 home runs, four triples and 13 doubles while leading Etowah to its first state championship in baseball. In 14 state-playoff games, Waters was 21-for-40 (.525) with five home runs, 13 extra-base hits, 16 walks, 15 runs scored and...
Florida asks Supreme Court to dump pro-Georgia water ruling
Georgia’s decades-long water dispute with its neighbors in Alabama and Florida continues. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

10:42 am Friday, June 2, 2017

The state of Florida has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a special master’s refusal to cap what it said is Georgia’s insatiable thirst for water.  In its filing, first reported by Politico, Florida says the high court is its “last remaining...
Trump move unlikely to stop ‘green’ business trend
Solar farms have popped up around Georgia in recent years, including this one in Athens. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

6:46 pm Thursday, June 1, 2017

President Donald Trump’s decision to start backing out of the Paris climate pact drew outrage from environmentalists and the alternative energy industry, but some business experts said it may be hard to see local effects. Trump’s move is based in “ideology and not...
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