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Grady Hospital feeling new financial pains

Less than two years after restructuring to treat its financial ills, Grady Memorial Hospital is enduring some fresh pains. Hit by a spate of local and federal funding cuts, the hospital is struggling to bridge a $30 million-plus gap in money used to help care for poor and uninsured patients. A $3.4 million drop in DeKalb County funding to Grady – part of a larger $33.6 million cut to the county’s 2011 budget – comes on the heels of a $3 million decrease in support from Fulton County and $25 million reduction in federal dollars this year. Grady...

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Gwinnett Police Search For Rooftop Burglars

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A group of rooftop burglars who have slipped into several Norcross businesses narrowly slipped away from police on Monday morning, authorities said. Gwinnett County police told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh they’re looking for a group of people who have entered four businesses along Jimmy Carter Boulevard by climbing through the air ducts on the roof. Cristiana Hiraldo operates one of those businesses. Hiraldo said he arrived at work last week to find the restaurant a disaster. Surveillance video showed two men jumping down on the bar from the ceiling. The men got away with $4,000, a computer and a...

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The Importance of Hiring an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney

A serious personal injury can cause a burden far beyond that of just pain. If you've been injured in a car accident, been attacked by a dog or suffered from a trip and fall, you may be far more concerned about how you're going to take care of the medical bills and provide for your loved ones than how much the injury is bothering you. However, this doesn't mean that you shouldn't contact a Georgia personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able so that you can get compensation. A personal injury claim can stem from just about any situation...

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More Than 1,000 Tires Dumped Near Creek

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- Douglasville police are trying to find someone who dumped at least 1,000 tires near a scenic recreational creek. “Well, we got a mess out there,” Douglasville police Chief Chris Womack told Channel 2’s Jeff Dore. The jaw-dropping pile of worn-out tires sits between Blairs Bridge Road and Interstate 20 on the banks of Sweetwater Creek. The pile is at least six feet high and 30 feet wide. “This is upward of over 1,000 tires. This is going to be very costly on somebody,” Douglasville police Chief Chris Womack told Channel 2’s Jeff Dore. Womack said he thinks the person responsible for...

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Feds settle case of woman fired over Facebook site

WASHINGTON — Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media. That's the message the government sent on Monday as it settled a closely watched lawsuit against a Connecticut ambulance company that fired an employee after she went on Facebook to criticize her boss. The National Labor Relations Board sued the company last year, arguing the worker's negative comments were protected speech under federal labor laws. The company claimed it fired the emergency medical technician because of complaints about her work. Under the...

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DEA: More Than $8M In Drug Money Seized

ATLANTA -- Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta recently seized more than $8 million in drug money, DEA Atlanta Special Agent Chuvalo Truesdell said. Channel 2’s Jeff Dore attended a meeting where several law enforcement agency heads discussed the significance of the seizure in downtown Atlanta on Thursday morning. Truesdell said it was a lump sum seizure from a violent Atlanta-based Mexican drug trafficking organization. He said millions of dollars were seized from an “unlikely conveyance.” The money came out of forfeiture and has been shared with five local agencies, Truesdell said. The investigation also yielded more than 1,200 pounds of cocaine, Truesdell said....

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Officer Hailed As Hero On Verge Of Losing Home

SUGAR HILL, Ga. -- A former police officer injured in the line of duty says he has lost his career and he is about to lose his Sugar Hill home. Three years ago, Paul Philips was helping a woman under attack when he was shot by a drunken police officer. Channel 2 Action News reporter Manuel Bojorquez covered the trial surrounding the Feb. 1, 2008, shooting. Then-Duluth police officer Jay Dailey got drunk after work and attacked a woman driving by. Philips was on his way home when he stopped to intervene and got involved in a shooting with Dailey. Due to injuries from...

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