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Georgia ethics chief fired

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:36am




ATLANTA — The head of the state ethics commission has been fired less than a week after a judge fined her $10,000 for withholding key documents in a lawsuit against the agency.


Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to terminate the employment of agency director Holly LaBerge.


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Ga. August revenues up 3.5 percent

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:34am



ATLANTA — State officials say Georgia’s net tax collections for August totaled $1.39 billion, up 3.5 percent from a year ago.


Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced the August revenue numbers, which totaled $1.39 billion. He said that is an increase of $47 million when compared to August 2013.


So far this year, net tax revenue collections totaled $2.88 billion. Deal said in a statement that represents an increase of $125 million -- or 4.5 percent -- compared to this point during the previous fiscal year.

Feds critical of Augusta's Gracewood

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:41am



ATLANTA -- A federal agency has warned Georgia officials that it will end Medicaid payments to an Augusta facility for the developmentally disabled unless the state improves conditions there.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in an August report, said the state-run Gracewood Developmental Center has repeatedly failed to ensure the safety of patients, who have been subjected to physical and verbal abuse.

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Atlanta police shoot firefighter

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 7:15am

ATLANTA — Police say they’re investigating the shooting of an off-duty Atlanta Fire Rescue firefighter by an Atlanta police officer.

CBS 46 reports the firefighter was recovering in a hospital. Police said he was in stable condition.

Authorities say the shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday on Clifford Avenue in northeast Atlanta.

Police tell the Atlanta station that officers received a call about a man pointing a gun at someone. They say the situation escalated when officers arrived.

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Chick-fil-A's Truett Cathy dies

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:43am

ATLANTA  — S. Truett Cathy, the billionaire founder of the privately held Chick-fil-A restaurant chain that famously closes on Sundays but also drew unwanted attention on gay marriage in recent years because of his family's conservative views, died early Monday, a company spokesman said. He was 93.

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