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Campus rape bill opposed by victims advances
Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R - Powder Springs, is the sponsor of the campus rape bill, which he says affords the accused more due process rights. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

7:03 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Georgia moved a step closer to restricting the ability of its public colleges to independently investigate and punish rapes on campus on Monday as a House committee passed legislation aimed at providing better protections to those accused of sexual assault. The House Appropriations...
Clayton State of County address set for Thursday
Jeffery Turner, Chairman of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners at Clayton County’s Annual State of the County Address Wednesday in 2016. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

4:15 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

Clayton County will host its annual State of the County address on Thursday at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. Commission Chairman Jeff Turner will give an overview of how the county performed last year and what’s ahead for this year. The 11:30...
Your guide to some of metro Atlanta’s best public pools
The Piedmont Pool features lap lanes, a shallow wading section and a channel for floating. With almost 50,000 people swimming in this intown pool from Memorial Day until Labor Day each season, expect a crowded spot for sunbathers and swimmers, especially on sunny weekend days. FILE PHOTO BY BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

3:01 pm Monday, February 27, 2017

The hot, sticky days of summer are rapidly approaching. And while private swim clubs dot the metro Atlanta landscape, there are plenty of nice public pools offering something for everyone — from slides and splash pads for the little ones to swim lanes for serious swimmers....
Tennessee recruiting: Butch Jones delivers special message to in-state prospects

10:00 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Early on during Tennessee’s first junior day last weekend, Butch Jones called a special meeting. Tennessee’s head coach gathered all the kids from the Volunteer State, sat them in a room and asked them a simple question. Jones let the message linger for a moment...
Report: Bankruptcy an option for Vogtle contractor
Plant Vogtle’s builder, Westinghouse, could file bankruptcy because of losses at the nuclear project and another in South Carolina, according to published reports. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

4:08 pm Friday, February 24, 2017

A Japanese publication reported Friday that Toshiba is considering a bankruptcy filing for its Westinghouse unit, the company building two nuclear reactors at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle. Citing an unnamed Toshiba official, Nikkei Asian Review said the company sees bankruptcy...
Plant Vogtle’s nuke builder could file bankruptcy, says Japan newspaper
Plant Vogtle’s builder, Westinghouse, could file bankruptcy because of losses at the nuclear project and another in South Carolina, according to published reports. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

3:42 pm Friday, February 24, 2017

A Japanese publication reported Friday that Toshiba is considering a bankruptcy filing for its Westinghouse unit, the company that is building two nuclear reactors at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle. Citing an unnamed Toshiba official, Nikkei Asian Review said the company sees...
Georgia businesses brace for impacts from Trump’s immigration policies
Sept. 22, 2016: Gary Paulk produces grapes and blackberries on his farm in Wray, Ga. He worries about the possibility of labor shortages as President Donald Trump takes aim at legal and illegal immigration. “Get ready for your (food) prices to go up and folks like me to go out of business,” Paulk said. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

3:18 pm Friday, February 24, 2017

Jesus Guerrero helps recruit migrant Hispanic farmworkers to harvest crops in South Georgia. Gary Paulk relies on those laborers to pick the grapes on his sprawling farm in Irwin County. And Meherwan Irani operates several Atlanta area Indian restaurants that serve dishes made with...
Eight candidates qualify to replace former state Sen. Judson Hill
Former state Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, on the floor of the Senate. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

1:58 pm Friday, February 24, 2017

Eight candidates — five Republicans and three Democrats — have signed up to replace former state Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, who left his seat earlier this month to run for Congress. The Republican candidates are Hamilton Beck, Matt Campbell, Roy Daniels, Kay Kirkpatrick...
Mississippi bid case raises questions about top Atlanta official
Stephanie Coleman, the former manager of the equal business opportunity office in Jackson, Miss., spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News on Thursday, Feb., 16, 2017, about her allegations of bid-steering in city of Jackson contracts. Coleman said Atlanta political operative Mitzi Bickers told her that Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber had promised her a piece of a lucrative waterworks project and that she needed Coleman’s help to be certified as a minority-owned business. J. SCOTT TRUBEY/STRUBEY@AJC.COM

6:30 pm Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jackson, Miss. — A former Jackson contracting official says she was interviewed by the FBI in November 2015 about alleged bid-steering in municipal contracts, including accusations of wrongdoing against former public works director Kishia Powell, who now serves as watershed...
Interactive: The GBI’s unsolved remains case files
GBI forensic scientist Erin Norris uses a genetic analyzer to processes a rape kit at the GBI crime lab in Decatur. BRANT SANDERLIN/ AJC file / May 2015

11:43 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Their identities are a mystery. All that is left of their existence may be some clothing, an item of jewelry perhaps, dental records, their bones -- the literal remains of lives that somehow met an end in a way that left them anonymous. Or in one case, a living man who cannot recall...
Piedmont to run Walgreens walk-in clinics
In this 2011 photo, a nurse practitioner examines a patient at a Walgreens on Roswell Road. Piedmont Healthcare will run Walgreens clinics starting later this year. Emory Healthcare has a similar deal with rival CVS. Brant Sanderlin

11:13 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Piedmont Healthcare will operate 27 retail health clinics in Walgreens stores across the Atlanta area. The transition to Piedmont management is planned for August, and the clinics will be known as Piedmont QuickCare at Walgreens. It’s the latest move by Atlanta-based Piedmont...
Atlanta United likely to go with reserves against Charleston
Atlanta United is managed by Gerardo Martino. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

10:10 am Thursday, February 23, 2017

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said his team will try to win its first trophy on Saturday in the final round of games in the Carolina Challenge Cup. But don’t expect them to do so using many of those players who started the 2-1 loss to Columbus last week, or ...
Taxi drivers push for relief from cab age limit
Travelers cross in front of a taxi at Hartsfield-Jackson International. Credit: BRANT SANDERLIN/AJC

5:58 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017

With hundreds of taxi cabs now unqualified to pick up passengers at the Atlanta airport, an Atlanta city councilman said he’ll seek a six-month reprieve from a new 7-year age limit on vehicles as cabbies pushed for relief at a meeting Wednesday. Many drivers cannot afford to...
Poll: Will these rules speed up baseball games?
The average major league baseball game time in 2016 was longer than 3 hours.

10:19 am Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The average major league baseball game in 2016 played for 3 hours, 2 minutes with only two teams averaging a game time of less than two hours -- the Atlanta Braves were not one of them. In 2015, baseball cut game times by six minutes after it adopted speed-up rules that required...
For first time, Mark Fox’s job should be questioned
Georgia coach Mark Fox made the NCAA tournament twice in his first seven seasons and is unlikely to get the Bulldogs there this year, which has been a disappointment. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC file)

10:41 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It has been a bad season for Georgia basketball — not bad in the historical sense, because this is a program that constantly seems stuck in that dream when you can’t run because your legs are rubbery and your shoes stick to the ground, but certainly bad when measured...
‘Religious liberty’ fight returns to Georgia Capitol
February 19, 2016 Atlanta: Sen Marty Harbin-R , left, congratulates Sen. Greg Kirk-R on the passage of HB 757 Friday February 19, 2016. The bill enables faith-based organizations and individuals to opt out of serving couples — gay, straight or unmarried — or following anti-discrimination requirements if they cite a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction regarding marriage. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

5:53 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Legislation reigniting the fight over religious freedom has been filed in the Georgia Senate, but Gov. Nathan Deal’s office made it clear Tuesday it will meet the same fate as its precesessor a year ago if it passes. Sen. Marty Harbin, R-Tyrone, on Tuesday filed Senate Bill...
‘Religious liberty’ bill filed in Georgia
Supporters look down on the Standing for Religious Freedom Rally at the state Capitol Tuesday January 13, 2015. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

4:50 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A “religious liberty” bill has been filed in the Georgia Senate, the opening of what could be yet another explosive debate on whether the state should allow Georgians to cite their faith-based beliefs against government interference. Senate Bill 233, sponsored by ...
What's the best college in Georgia? Depends who you ask
A roundup of rankings stories from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to help you make the big decision.

1:10 pm Tuesday, February 21, 2017

There seems to be a new college ranking every few days, and it can be overwhelming to find the right school for you. To help, we've rounded up our exhaustive list of rankings stories so you can figure out what the best college choice entails for you, whether you're particular...
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