Across Georgia

Bill would send 6,000 troops to U.S. border


ATLANTA --- Georgia's two Republican senators are co-sponsoring legislation to fund 6,000 National Guard troops on the Southwest border -- five times the number President Obama is planning to send.

Sen. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss are sponsoring the amendment to a supplemental spending bill. In a statement, they say Congress should demonstrate a strong commitment to border security and that the 1,200 troops Obama plans to send to the U.S.-Mexico border are not nearly enough to combat illegal immigration, drug trafficking and escalating violence.

Former DeKalb County school chief indicted

ATLANTA --- An indictment charges former DeKalb County Superintendent Crawford Lewis and two employees from the school system with several counts of racketeering and bribery.

Named in the indictment Wednesday are Patricia Pope, former chief operating officer of DeKalb County schools and her former secretary Cointa Moody. Pope's former husband, Anthony Pope, also is named. Prosecutors accuse Lewis of conspiring with Patricia Pope to direct millions in school construction dollars to Anthony Pope.

In other news

Gwinnett County Schools officials are investigating middle school social studies teacher Stephanie Hunte after she allowed two classes of students to dress in sheets simulating the Ku Klux Klan last week.

THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT of Natural Resources voted to allow hunters to take up to 850 alligators annually -- an increase from the current 700. Alligator season runs from September to October. More than 5,700 hunters are expected to apply for licenses. The waiting list is several years long.