Stories by Shannon McCaffrey

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

EPA: Army must move faster on old base contamination testing

FOREST PARK, Ga. - It's been more than a month since the U.S. Army tested the air in Chad Partin's Forest Park home for toxic chemicals and known carcinogens seeping off nearby Fort Gillem. He ...
By Shannon McCaffrey

Friday, Jan. 20, 2012

Gingrich wins Perry endorsement, faces ex-wife's allegations

BEAUFORT, S.C. - In an up-and-down campaign day, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich picked up an endorsement Thursday from former rival Rick Perry but also faced explosive accusations ...
By Shannon McCaffrey

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

State cuts to Medicaid affect patients, doctors

ATLANTA - Just as Medicaid prepares for a vast expansion under the federal health care overhaul, the 47-year-old entitlement program for the poor is under increasing pressure as deficit-burdened ...
By Shannon McCaffrey

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011

Cain suspending campaign

ATLANTA -- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said this afternoon that he is suspending his campaign.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

Ga. labor chief recommends jobless benefit cuts

Georgia's labor commissioner on Thursday said he is recommending cuts to jobless benefits in order to repay a federal loan the state took to keep its unemployment fund afloat.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

Barrow blasts immigration law

U.S. Rep. John Barrow said he supports efforts to curb illegal immigration and the E-Verify system that forces employers to check the immigration status of prospective hires. But he said such ...
By Shannon McCaffrey

Friday, Aug 5, 2011

Pawn shop planned for former Deal property

ATLANTA — The California businessman who purchased property from Gov. Nathan Deal has plans to use the Habersham County site as a pawn shop for boats and cars.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Thursday, Aug 4, 2011

Ga. governor sells mountain property

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has sold property that housed a failed family sporting goods business, a significant step toward helping him resolve his personal debt.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Georgia seeks to block execution video

JACKSON, Ga. — Georgia's attorney general moved today to halt the video recording of an execution scheduled tonight, which could become the first known video recording of a U.S. execution ...
By Shannon McCaffrey

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ga. ethics panel members linked to campaigns

  ATLANTA   — Members of Georgia's ethics commission have made political contributions while serving on the panel, and one commissioner also works as a registered lobbyist, ...
By Shannon McCaffrey

Friday, July 15, 2011

Gingrich campaign $1 million in debt

ATLANTA  — Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is more than $1 million in debt, according to his campaign disclosure provided to The Associated Press.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Thursday, July 14, 2011

State tax collections beat projection

Georgia's economy showed fresh signs of life on Wednesday as tax collections for the fiscal year that ended June 30 beat budget projections, allowing the state to begin to restock its rainy day fund.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More than $1 million remains on Deal loan

ATLANTA  — Gov. Nathan Deal has $1.3 million remaining on a loan to pay off his daughter's failed sporting goods venture.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Friday, June 17, 2011

Subpoena sought against Deal

The director of Georgia's ethics commission sought a subpoena against Gov. Nathan Deal's campaign, but the panel declined to accept it.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ethics panel struggles with cuts

Georgia has slashed funding for its ethics commission which top officials say has left it unable to do the additional work lawmakers have handed it.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lobbyists spend close to $1 million on Georgia lawmakers

ATLANTA -- Among the most popular gifts for lawmakers this year -- tickets to the Masters golf tournament in Augusta.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Thursday, March 10, 2011

House gives HOPE overhaul final OK; Deal to sign

ATLANTA  — A bill overhauling the HOPE scholarship is set to become law after the House passed it Thursday and Gov. Nathan Deal said he would sign it next week.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Gingrich to start testing presidential bid

ATLANTA - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will begin raising money to test whether a bid for the GOP presidential nomination is feasible, his spokesman told The Associated Press Wednesday night.
By Shannon McCaffrey

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011

Deal, Barnes unite for Ga. trooper's widow

ATLANTA — The death of a Georgia trooper gunned down in a traffic stop late last year has ignited a scramble at the state Capitol to ensure his widow is able to keep her health insurance ...
By Shannon McCaffrey

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011

Some Ga. fees deliver less than promised

ATLANTA - As they sought to shore up Georgia's sagging revenues, state lawmakers last year turned to fees, avoiding more politically risky tax hikes.
By Shannon McCaffrey
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