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1 Dead, 1 Injured In Motorcycle Wreck

LAGRANGE, Ga. -- A man has been killed and a woman seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in LaGrange.LaGrange police told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer newspaper that 27-year-old Christopher Monk of LaGrange died in the accident when his motorcycle ran off West Lukken Industrial Drive Saturday morning and hit a utility pole.A passenger on his motorcycle, 26-year-old Keli Dalton of LaGrange was being treated at a Columbus hospital. Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer...

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State Adding Manpower To Find Tax Deadbeats

Department of Revenue officials told Channel 2's John Bachman they've added 36 tax agents in the last few months. Commissioner Bart Graham said the extra personnel will cost $2.2 million, but will pay for itself in under four months. Since the staff was added, the state has collected more than $1 million in outstanding taxes. The state put a list of all tax-delinquent businesses and individuals on its website. Bachman recently took that list and tried to confront some businesses on it. The list showed Southern Detail Suppliers in Cobb County owing $97,000. When Bachman asked for a comment, he...

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Southwest Airlines To Buy AirTran For $1.4B

SAMANTHA BOMKAMP, AP Airlines Writer Posted: 7:17 am EDT September 27, 2010Updated: 9:26 am EDT September 27, 2010 NEW YORK -- Southwest Airlines said Monday it will buy AirTran for about $1.42 billion. The move will put Southwest in head-to-head competition with Delta Air Lines in Delta's home base of Atlanta.The buyout, funded mostly with debt, will also give Southwest a bigger slice of the market in cities like Boston and New York, where it has been expanding.Southwest, based in Dallas, carries more passengers than any other airline in the U.S. Besides its base in Atlanta, AirTran has hubs in Milwaukee...

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Feds allow Sandy Springs out of Voting Rights Act

By April Hunt The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 6:40 p.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010Sandy Springs has become the first Georgia city to bail out of the Voting Rights Act’s federal oversight of its elections. Now, given the relative cost of the city's legal challenge and what it expects to save on paperwork and running its own elections, more cities in the state and across the South may follow suit. “The fact is, Section 5 is time consuming, expensive and a regulatory nightmare,” said Doug Chalmers, a Johns Creek attorney who helped Sandy Springs request a U.S. Justice Department exemption from that section of the act. “I...

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Rolling Meth Lab Found During Traffic Stop

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County police arrested three people after they found a rolling meth lab inside a car during a traffic stop.Officials said an officer made a traffic stop near a gas station at Highway 41 and Highway 92 near Acworth on Thursday night.Police said they found the meth lab inside a Chevrolet Impala. Officials said all the components necessary to make methamphetamine were packed inside the car.Three people inside the car were arrested. Their names have not been released.A special police team that dismantles meth labs was called to the scene....

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Officials May Decide To Keep Ga. 400 Toll

ATLANTA -- The state Road and Tollway Authority could vote Friday on whether drivers will still have to pay tolls on Georgia 400 after toll requirements expire next summer.North Fulton County’s Senator-elect, John Albers, is asking SRTA to stop the toll and let voters decide. State officials promised that the 50-cent toll would be removed in 2011 when the highway was being built in the early 1990s. One issue is whether the state can afford to give up the revenue it gets from the toll and still complete promised highway projects.The authority could also decide to continue the toll and...

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Platinum R&B Singer Sentenced In Cobb Court

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A platinum-selling R&B star who sings about making good choices admitted in a Cobb County courtroom that he made a mistake. Singer Lyfe Jennings was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Wednesday. A judge sentenced him for his role in a 2008 fight with the mother of his two children. The fight led to shots being fired and a high-speed chase. “I mean, it did happen and I’m taking full responsibility for it, period. I just wanted an opportunity to come here and apologize to the court,” said Jennings. Jennings’ lawyers asked if he could spend some time with...

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Bishop Eddie Long | Church leader’s attorney makes radio rounds

By Shelia M. Poole The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 9:50 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2010 Craig Gillen, the Atlanta lawyer representing Bishop Eddie Long, took to the air Thursday morning to defend his client against charges he used his pastoral influence to coerce three men into having sexual relations. Gillen was interviewed by Roland Martin for the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show shortly after 7 a.m. It was the first public interview by Long's attorneys since three lawsuits were filed against the head of the Atlanta mega-church.. "These false allegations are an attack on Bishop Long personally. They are an attack on New Birth and all of...

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B.J. Bernstein a media-savvy courtroom competitor

By Jeremy Redmon The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 12:43 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Editor's note: The two men who are suing Bishop Eddie Long, claiming that he had sexual relationships with them, are represented by Atlanta attorney B.J. Bernstein. Bernstein is perhaps best-known for her successful representation of Genarlow Wilson, a Douglas County teenager who was imprisoned for 10 years for having consensual sex with a minor female. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published this profile of Bernstein in July 2007 as the Wilson case went to the Georgia Supreme Court. Before B.J. Bernstein begins her frequent news conferences, she slowly and clearly spells her name for reporters covering...

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Bishop Eddie Long | Sexual allegations are talk of Atlanta, elsewhere

By Larry Hartstein and Mike Morris The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11:56 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Reaction to the lawsuits alleging sexual coercion against Bishop Eddie Long reverberated both locally and nationally Wednesday morning. CNN and Good Morning America both ran pieces on the lawsuits, as did the local TV news shows. It was a major topic on local urban-themed radio stations. On the "Frank and Wanda Morning Show" on V-103, host Frank Ski held off on discussing the lawsuits until after 8 o'clock because, he said, "we're going to get the kids off to school" first. Ski is a 12-year member of Long's New Birth Missionary...

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