Georgia News Roundup
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Atlanta hosts law enforcement conference

ATLANTA (AP) — Three police departments in the metro Atlanta area have partnered to host the International Conference for Police and Law Enforcement Executives.

The conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta between June 9 and 11. The theme of the conference is "The New Reality: Can We Deliver?"

In a release, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner says police departments nationwide are working to find efficient crime-fighting strategies while dealing with variables like shrinking budgets and the evolution of criminal thinking. He says the conference gives law enforcement leaders the chance to learn from each other.

Speakers from the United States, Austria, Canada and Great Britain are expected to discuss domestic terrorism, managing social media, doing more with less funding and more.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Olens launches online safety campaign

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has partnered with Facebook to launch a national consumer education campaign focused on online privacy.

Olens announced his participation in the campaign, titled "What You Can Do to Control Your Information," Thursday. The campaign is a partnership with Facebook and the National Association of Attorneys General aimed at educating teens and their parents on how to protect themselves while online.

The state Attorney General is among 20 attorneys general participating in the campaign. The team collaborated to create a series of videos and a tip sheet on Internet privacy. The campaign's June launch was timed to coincide with national internet safety month.

Online: Facebook Safety

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


McKoon to chair 2 Georgia Senate study committees

ATLANTA (AP) — A Columbus state senator has been appointed chair of two Georgia Senate study committees.

Republican state Sen. Josh McKoon will oversee the committees charged with reviewing the state's process for expunging criminal records and exploring the effect of federal health care funding on the state budget.

The two study committees are scheduled to have regular meetings ahead of next year's legislative session, presenting their findings and any proposed legislation by December.

In a statement, McKoon says the committees are "important to Georgia's future prosperity and represent two critical issues facing the citizens of this state."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia on pace to spend $35 million on private lawyers

ATLANTA (AP) — Records show that Georgia is on pace to spend nearly $35 million on private lawyers to do work for its departments and agencies rather than state attorneys.

The Fulton County Daily Report reports that the contract lawyers, also known as special assistant attorneys general, supplement the state's Law Department staff and often work at discounted rates.

The newspaper reports that the state has paid $26.2 million to 323 such lawyers through the third quarter of this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

The money comes from the individual departments and agencies, such as the Transportation or Human Services departments.

Information from: the Fulton County Daily Report,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia revenues increase 8.6 percent in May 

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's state revenues increased 8.6 percent in May, compared with the same month a year ago. That makes for an overall 6.3 percent increase so far for fiscal year 2013.

Gov. Nathan Deal said Friday that net revenue collections have totaled $15.4 billion so far for an increase of $915 million compared to the same point last year.

Sales and use tax collections for May were nearly $418.5 million, down about $30 million from May 2012. And individual income tax collections for May totaled $654.5 million, which is up $617 million from May 2012.

Meanwhile, both individual and corporate tax refunds were down.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


NRC head visits Georgia nuclear plant being built

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is promising the watchdog agency will monitor a new nuclear plant under construction in Georgia.

NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane toured Plant Vogtle (VOH'-gohl) in eastern Georgia on Friday.

She said the nuclear safety agency will monitor the two existing reactors at the site as well as those being built as part of the roughly $15 billion project. Macfarlane says the agency has a good "working relationship" with the Atlanta-based Southern Co., which runs the plant.

Macfarlane was joined on the tour by Democratic Rep. John Barrow, who said the reactors will provide electricity that allows for economic growth in the decades to come.

A plant based on the same design is currently under construction in South Carolina.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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