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Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

Immigrant contributions to the U.S. Economy



A new SBA Office of Advocacy sponsored report by Robert W. Fairlie examines the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy. Some of its findings are:

    Immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business than are nonimmigrants, and they represent 16.7 percent of all new business owners in the United States.

    Immigrant business owners make significant contributions to business income, generating $67 billion of the $577 billion in U.S. business income, as estimated from 2000 U.S. Census data. They generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California—nearly $20 billion—and nearly one-fifth of business income in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.

    Nearly 30 percent of all business owners in California are immigrants, compared with about 12.5 percent of the population of U.S. business owners.

Immigrant contributions to the U.S. Economy



A new SBA Office of Advocacy sponsored report by Robert W. Fairlie examines the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy. Some of its findings are:

    Immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business than are nonimmigrants, and they represent 16.7 percent of all new business owners in the United States.

    Immigrant business owners make significant contributions to business income, generating $67 billion of the $577 billion in U.S. business income, as estimated from 2000 U.S. Census data. They generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California—nearly $20 billion—and nearly one-fifth of business income in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.

    Nearly 30 percent of all business owners in California are immigrants, compared with about 12.5 percent of the population of U.S. business owners.

Weekend road work escape routes

ATLANTA -- Weather permitting, this weekend is going to be jam packed with road work. We've got alternate routes for all the big projects around town.

Cobb / Fulton 

I-75 SB between Northside Drive/Howell Mill Road (Exit 252) and I-85 NB ramp (Exit 251)  
8 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday
3 left lanes

Also I-75 SB ramp to I-85 NB (Exit 251)
9 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday
Ramp will be closed

With this many lanes blocked, an alternate will be necessary. You can take Moores Mill Road (Exit 254) and turn left. Follow Moores Mill Road to Northside Pkwy. and turn right. Northside Pkwy. becomes Northside Drive. Follow Northside Drive all the way to 14th or 10th Street. 

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Tornado-recovery jobs available in Georgia

ATLANTA -- Out of disaster and tragedy: hope and opportunity.

Jobs will soon be available in Georgia in the clean up and recovery following last month's tornadoes.

The Georgia Department of Labor will be placing people in the tornado-recovery jobs, and the jobs will be with all sorts of public and private employers.

Communities and businesses are simply overwhelmed trying to re-build. They need help from professionals, but they can't afford to hire all the help they need.

Right now they need heavy equipment operators, secretaries, construction workers, and countless others.

So the federal government is giving the state $5 million, which will pay the salaries of those who are currently out of work, once they are hired by public and private employers for recovery efforts in the counties affected by the tornadoes.

The jobs might last six months, and might lead to permanent work.