State revenue up nearly 5 percent
ATLANTA — Georgia’s state government ended the fiscal year of 2012 with $16.1 billion in net revenues, a 4.8 percent increase compared to fiscal year 2011.
Republican Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement Friday that “positive year-over-year growth continued for the eighth consecutive quarter” as net revenues reached $4.3 billion for the fourth quarter compared to $4.1 billion last year.
Those collections are viewed as a rough measure of economic health. The government collects more tax money as people get jobs, earn better pay and make purchases.
Net revenues in June totaled $1.54 billion, a 2.6 percent increase compared to June 2011.
Individual income tax collections dropped 0.2 percent from June 2011 to $780.75 million last month, but corporate income tax collections rose 38.7 percent through the end of fiscal 2012.
18 children hurt in church bus crash
ATLANTA — Authorities say more than a dozen children were sent to the hospital after a church bus crashed in Gwinnett County.
WSB-TV reported that 18 children were taken to the Gwinnett Medical Center after the crash on Friday. Police say the injuries appear to be minor.
The children are between the ages of 10 and 16. The group was on its way to a Catholic youth conference at the Gwinnett Arena from Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala, Fla.
Gwinnett County Police say the vans were traveling in a caravan. A pickup that was leading the caravan of vehicles swerved to avoid hitting some debris in the road.
Police say one of the buses hit the truck and the other bus swerved to avoid hitting anyone.
Trucking firm had repeated violations
ATLANTA — Federal authorities say a trucking firm involved in a crash that killed an 8-year-old boy hit by flying parts from a semitrailer has been repeatedly cited for safety violations.
Police say Cameron Mcilwain was killed in the back seat and his mother Jameka French was injured when part of an oncoming semitrailer’s transmission flew across Interstate 20 and crashed through the windshield of their vehicle near downtown Atlanta on Wednesday.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing federal records, reports that CW Transport LLC has so many vehicle maintenance violations that it ranks among the worst 6 percent of companies its size in the nation.
Man gets life in prison for stabbing
ATLANTA — A Roswell man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 fatal stabbing of his former girlfriend.
Fulton County District Attorney’s office says 40-year-old Calvin Myers was also sentenced Friday to an additional 80 years in prison in the death of Minka Grogran.
Myers pleaded guilty to murder, felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony.
The 40-year-old Grogran was killed April 18, 2009.