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July 1 brings dozens of new Georgia laws

July 1 brings the start of a new year for state government, and dozens of laws that go into effect for the first time.

METRO BOARD JUNE 19-25-15

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Ex-Fulton Co. Commish A. Reginald Eaves passes after illness

Former Fulton County Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves and Atlanta’s first Public Safety Commissioner died Tuesday after several recent health setbacks. He was 81.

NEWS Briefs: Sen. Isakson has Parkinson’s; will run for new term

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., disclosed Wednesday he has Parkinson’s disease, but said the diagnosis won’t deter him from seeking a new term next year or compromise his ability to serve if he wins.

METRO BOARD: 17 APS Seniors Named 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars

Seventeen seniors from Atlanta Public Schools (APS) are 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS).

METRO NEWS BRIEFS APR. 24-30-2015

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill authorizing a state takeover of what he calls “chronically failing schools,’’ setting up a vote on a constitutional amendment needed to enact the new policy.

METRO BOARD: New civil rights group plans for Freedom Riders trip to advocate criminal justice

MovementForward, a new human and civil rights group, announced its launch on Thursday at a press conference at the Atlanta Press Club. The organization’s launch included the revelation of its plan to implement a modern-day freedom ride excursion. MovementForward will ...

Report: 5 Georgia counties no longer majority white

Five Georgia counties - Chatham, Douglas, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale - have gone from being majority white to places where no single racial or ethnic group holds a majority, according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center.

METRO BRIEFS APR.10-16-2015

Atlanta city officials say they’re planning to offer a federally-supported program to provide meals to low-income children during summer break from school.

METRO Atlanta News Briefs

he Georgia House has approved a transportation plan that members say will raise $900 million through changes to the state’s gas tax and new fees on electric cars and hotel visits.

East Point Youth Receives 1st Junior Newsmaker of the Year Award

Ten year old Willie Myrick of East Point is one “blessed” young boy who can testify that singing the praises of God can save your life.

Georgia General Assembly 2015

State Rep. Allen Peake said Monday he will make a pitch to a powerful Senate committee later this week to meld two widely-divergent medical marijuana bills passed by the upper and lower chambers of the General Assembly.

Metro Atlanta News Briefs

Although they never knew what specific projects the $250 million bond packaged would fixed, Atlanta voters passed a bond package aimed at fixing aging infrastructure such as roads, bridges, sidewalks and buildings.

APS Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen receives inaugural Phoenix Award during Selma’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent and Selma native, Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen, received the inaugural Phoenix Award from The Sullivan and Richie Jean Sherrod Jackson Foundation and Museum, Inc. March 8, in Selma, AL.

METRO BOARD (Feb.27-Mar.05-2015) Atlanta Alumnae Deltas Present Celebration of Women 2015 Awards

Honorees include Antoinette Tuff, a community hero, Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, Dr. Bernice A. King, and Sisters-in-Law Attorneys Janice and Davida Mathis.

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