Originally created 06/12/04

Across Georgia



Price tag increases in redistricting battle

ATLANTA - The bill stemming from the lawsuit over the state's legislative redistricting battle is approaching $2.4 million, nearly half of it for the lawyers who brought the case on behalf of several Republicans.

The suit, which resulted in new election districts for the state, is still on appeal.

A panel of three federal judges ruled in March in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered the state to pay the cost of the experts hired to draw the maps.

Albany State gets lowest rating in audit

ATLANTA - Albany State University has received the worst rating possible in an audit that found the school failed to provide adequate controls over cash flow, accounts receivable, inventories and capital assets.

Albany President Portia Shields, appearing before the University System Board of Regents' Audit Committee this week, blamed the problem on the loss of key financial managers.

Ms. Shields said that during the fiscal year covered by the audit, Albany's assistant vice president for fiscal affairs was fired for embezzling money and the director of financial operations was fired for insubordination.

Stanley Williams, the assistant vice president for fiscal affairs who Ms. Shields hired last year, said Albany has hired a training firm to improve financial office employees' knowledge of their jobs.

Pack of dogs disrupts Interstate 85 traffic

LAWRENCEVILLE - A pack of dogs caused a series of accidents involving five cars on Interstate 85 when they crossed the highway.

The accidents happened Thursday morning as drivers swerved to avoid the dogs.

A few drivers suffered minor injuries. None of the dogs were hit, authorities said.

Officers say man they killed had machete

MORROW - Officers attempting to arrest a man on a probation violation warrant shot and killed him when he emerged with a machete, authorities said.

The incident happened Thursday night at an apartment complex. The man came toward deputies carrying the knife, prompting deputies to fire, authorities said.

The man's name was not immediately released.