Originally created 05/27/05

Across Georgia



Perdue takes Medicaid pitch to Washington

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue met with federal officials in Washington on Wednesday to pitch his plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

The Perdue plan, which the governor has not discussed publicly in Georgia, offers to accept limits on federal funding in exchange for more flexibility to run the program.

A draft of the plan, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, includes a proposal that would raise the amount poor Georgians pay to receive prescription drugs.

Children and nursing home residents covered by Medicaid could be charged co-payments for medications for the first time.

Unidentified party to buy Nuwaubian land

EATONTON - A new buyer has been found for the 476-acre Putnam County compound once owned by convicted United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors leader Malachi York, The Macon Telegraph reported.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service, which is selling the property, would not say who was buying it but did say the sale will be final June 10.

Atlanta real estate agent Robert Kraummel told the newspaper the property was being sold to a man with plans to raise and train guard dogs, but he backed out of the deal.

Restaurant stabbing suspect is arrested

ATLANTA - Police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing that occurred at a restaurant where singer Bobby Brown was dining.

The man, whose name was not released, has been charged with aggravated assault and being party to a crime.

The stabbing happened early Monday at Justin's Restaurant and Bar. Mr. Brown was attending a birthday party when several men got into a fight with his entourage.

Albuquerque evidence may affect bride case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A court case against a bride-to-be who skipped town just days before her wedding in Georgia could include evidence gathered in Albuquerque, where she called police with a phony story about being kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, was indicted Wednesday in Georgia on charges of making a false statement, a felony, and making a false police report, a misdemeanor.