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Wording of law keep nurses from working

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A snag in a Georgia law is keeping at least 100 nurses from working. There is a problem with House Bill 475, which was passed in 2009. The bill makes a distinction between regionally and nationally accredited schools. State Rep. Sharon Cooper sponsored the legislation. "I would say that I'm very sorry for what happened. It's a glitch in the law," Cooper said. Cooper told Channel 2 Action News someone in the Senate changed the language in her original bill. On Monday, Channel 2's Erica Byfield spoke with a nurse who was unable to obtain a license in Georgia because of the problem. "It...

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Firefighter hurt battling Roswell apartment blaze

ROSWELL, Ga. — A firefighter was hurt battling a blaze at a Roswell apartment complex. Crews were called out the Concepts 21 apartment complex on Old Holcomb Bridge Road just before 3 p.m. Flames could be seen spewing from the roof of the complex as New Chopper 2 flew over. One firefighter was hurt trying to fight the flames. Officals said the firefighter sustained an injury to his face, but was expected to be OK. Fire officials said the flames destroyed about three-quarters of one of the apartment buildings. Residents said police banged on their doors to alert them to the fire. Fire ripped through at least...

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Water plant renovates to prevent terror attack

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News has learned a Cobb County water utility is working to get rid of tons of poisonous gas. It uses the chemical to treat the water, but a new system will make a giant water treatment plant less of a terror target. Instead of using a dangerous chemical, chlorine gas, to sanitize their water, the utility has made its own bleach factory. The system has been installed at a water plant in east Cobb County. The process involves water in a tube mixed with salt and shot with electricity. “We apply electric current to it, and a...

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Investigation: Students given crossword instead of test

ATLANTA — An Atlanta-Journal Constitution investigation has raised new questions about whether teachers and administrators tried to manipulate test scores and grades at Atlanta Public Schools, only this time at the high school level. One parent filed a formal complaint against the district after a September 2009 incident at Carver High School of Technology in Southeast Atlanta. Deirdre Cox told investigators her daughter, who has a learning disability, was "removed for the testing room, placed in an empty classroom and given a crossword puzzle." Cox goes on to write in the complaint, "I have learned that other students with disabilities like my daughter and...

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Suspects in party beating death face judge

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — A pair of men accused in the beating death of an 18-year-old faced a judge Friday morning. It was their first court appearance since the Douglas County district attorney announced plans to seek the death penalty against them. Channel 2’s Erin Coleman went to the Douglas County Courthouse where Emmanuel Boykins and Tracen Franklin faced a judge. The two are accused of beating and stomping Bobby Tillman to death outside of a Douglasville house party in November. Tillman’s mother and supporters were in the courtroom Friday as the judge urged for the case to move forward as it is...

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Woman sold for drugs as child, reunited with long-lost sisters

A Georgia woman who was sold as baby by her drug-addicted mother has been reunited with two long-lost sisters in Atlanta. The story sounds like the plot of a movie. Tiera Rice, 22, grew up believing her name was Candace Flores. When her adoptive mother died, her family told her that she wasn't who she thought she was. Her search for her biological family began with only a hospital bracelet and an old photograph of a young girl with the name Teesha Jenkins scribbled on the back. She didn't recognize the girl or the name. She had found the bracelet in a drawer...

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Factors converged in crash that killed Dan Wheldon

The perfect storm: A high-banked oval crowded with the largest field of the season. Inexperienced or impatient drivers racing at more than 220 mph. Absolutely no room for error. What was supposed to be a season-ending showdown at Las Vegas Motor Speedway became instead a script for disaster Sunday: a fiery 15-car crash that killed popular two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon and left the shaken auto racing community to deal with uncomfortable questions. The drivers knew the Las Vegas race was going to present challenges even before the season began. The sleek, open-wheel machines of IndyCar had not raced at the track...

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11 Atlanta educators may lose teaching certificates

A state educator ethics committee voted this morning to yank the certification of 11 Atlanta teachers and administrators implicated in the state’s cheating investigation. Of the 11, which were considered the some of the most severe cases, eight were teachers who received a two-year suspension, and three were administrators who had their certification permanently revoked. The educators were not identified. The committee will later today send their recommendations to the Professional Standards Commission, which certifies Georgia educators, for final approval. Once accepted, the educators will be notified and have the chance to appeal. This is the first formal punishment handed down in the Atlanta...

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Billionaire Warren Buffett: Tax me, please!

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett frequently argues that the rich aren’t paying their fair share of taxes – an argument frequently repeated by President Barack Obama. Buffett set out to prove his point this week in a letter to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas)obtained by CNN. In it, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway discloses he paid only $15,300 in payroll taxes last year and less than $7 million to Uncle Sam on taxable income of $39,814,784, CNN reports.  Buffett’s adjusted gross income was $62,855,038 last year. A big chunk of Buffett’s income came from investments, which are taxed at a lower rate than wages, and...

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