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Monday, October 21, 2013

First Slice 10/21/13: Georgia lobbyist spending takes another nose dive following ethics reforms

Lobbyist spending has declined 68 percent compared to two years ago, "That's a beginning. We still have things that need to be changed," Republican activist Kay Godwin tell the AJC. "There are always going to be things that can be improved on, but we're delighted."

Atlanta will soon play host to a convention devoted entirely to The Walking Dead.

The Economist explains how the Fulton County attorney's office spent funds obtained through asset forfeiture on lavish meals and galas.

The Atlanta City Council will consider signing off on a five-month contract with a security company that's worth more than what City Hall paid another firm for similar services over a two-year period.

In the weekend's oddest news: WSB-TV decided to film a random passed-out truck driver passed out alongside the Buford Connector. The news crew called 911. Then the man woke up, scuffled with a Georgia Department of Transportation HERO worker, drove away, hit a series of cars, climbed a tree, scaled a fence, and fled the scene. And later the new station declared it to be a viral video...

According to White House officials, nearly a half-million people have signed up for state and federal health-care exchanges

Georgia is one of the leading states in fighting Medicaid fraud and has recovered more than $100 million during the last reported fiscal year.

Following the Falcons game, a hazmat crew has successfully wiped down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' locker room after three players reported MRSA infections.

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