Wednesday, July 2, 2014

First Slice 7/2/14: Georgia delays drug testing for some food stamp, welfare recipients

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Georgia is postponing the enforcement of a new law that requires some welfare recipients to take a drug test. A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal told the AJC that state officials plan to hold off on putting the law into effect until a legal challenge over a similar measure in Florida gets decided.

There might be more trouble out of DeKalb County: Sherriff Jeffery Mann is being sued by a former employee who says he made staffers work for his primary campaign while on the clock with the county. Mann is currently facing off against former CEO Vernon Jones in a runoff triggered by former Sheriff Thomas Brown's unsuccessful congressional run against U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson.

In response to Georgia's new gun law, which went into effect yesterday, Mayor Kasim Reed announced a series of extra "common-sense" security measures that would take effect in Atlanta-owned buildings. "The proliferation of guns in this country poses a serious threat to public safety," he said in a statement.

A pickup truck stuck and killed three people who were attempting to cross 12 I-85 lanes around 5 a.m. yesterday morning. DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said that officers "do believe they were intoxicated."

The Atlanta Police Department, ignoring the laws of Internet, particularly the fact that videos don't tend to go viral three months after a trend begins, released its own rendition of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" featuring Police Chief George Turner and other officers.

Who's ready for an "unprecedented residential boom" in Midtown? Anyone? Anyone?

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Southern states have the highest number of doctors who write the most prescriptions for painkillers.

President Barack Obama has announced that an executive order to prohibit job discrimination for federal employees because of gender identity is in the works.

ICYMI: GPB fires staffer for violating ethics with 'Fuck Cobb County' tee.

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