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Thursday, August 7, 2014

First Slice 8/7/14: Members of Reed's administration receiving substantial payments for unused sick, vacation, and compensatory time

Several members of the mayor's administration and other top City of Atlanta employees have received massive payments for unused sick, vacation, and compensatory time. Massive as in tens of thousands of dollars. The Reed administration believes it has the authority to make these payments but didn't cite any specific city code as justification.

The Governor's Office is taking calls from concerned citizens regarding the treatment of two Americans infected with the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital. While the circumstances aren't ideal, it is refreshing to hear a Republican encouraging people to trust science. "I think we just have to understand that they have taken the utmost precautions. More than anyone else in the health community, they are very knowledgeable about how difficult this issue is and how much quarantine is required," said Deal. "I don't think we should have reason to be concerned about it. We simply wish the patients well in their recovery."

The Fulton County commission approved a 17 percent property tax increase yesterday. A lawsuit may be in the works to challenge the increase as an existing law bans the county from raising taxes until next year.

According to a new study, Athens-Clarke County is among the nation's top areas to embrace mass transit. Coming in just behind New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the high ranking is due in large part to a partnership between the Athens Transit System and UGA. Dawgs love the bus. Consider that CL's 2014 College Guide Athens addendum. Atlanta ranked 45 on the list.

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