Georgia News Roundup
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PCP lab found after Fulton County house fire

ATLANTA (AP) — A house fire investigation in Fulton County has turned into a drug investigation.

The house on Hobgood Road caught fire Saturday night. Two people were injured and taken to an Atlanta hospital. Fulton County Police said they called in federal and state agencies after finding suspicious items in the yard that indicated drug activity. Investigators from six different agencies were at the home Monday and they reported finding components of a lab for making phencyclidine, which is also known as PCP or angel dust.

Neighbors expressed concerns about their safety. But police said the Fulton County Hazardous Materials Team conducted air quality samplings and found the area safe.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Dolan selling 2 legal service businesses

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Dolan Co., which provides services and business information to the legal, financial and real estate industries, is selling two businesses aimed at the legal profession for about $17.5 million.

The Minneapolis-based company wants to concentrate on offering specialized technology services and phase out providing a range of back office services to mortgage default law firms.

Dolan said Tuesday that it sold its NDeX South business to law firm affiliates of that business. These include Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel LLP; Barrett Daffin Frappier Levine & Block LLP and Barrett Daffin Frappier Treder & Weiss LLP.

The NDeX South business has provided back office and support services to the law firms and their clients in Texas, California, Georgia and Nevada.

Dolan plans to sell the NDeX Indiana business to the Indiana law firm affiliate, Feiwell & Hannoy, PC. That business provides back office and support services to the law firm and its clients in Indiana.

Dolan Co. shares finished at $1.77 on Monday. They have traded in a 52-week range of $1.37 to $6.40.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia court rules 23 law clerks due $4.3 million

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that 23 State and Superior court law clerks are due a total of at least $4.3 million.

The court on Monday affirmed an arbitration award stemming from a complaint filed by the clerks. The clerks complained that Fulton County discriminated against them by paying them about $20,000 less a year than people who worked under the county attorney as assistant county attorneys, even though the jobs were rated as comparable.

The court also sent the case back to Superior Court so the clerks could collect back pay from the date of arbitration. That amounts to about $500,000.

The lead counsel for the clerks, Lee Parks, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the ruling vindicates the clerks' position.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Coalition writes to GOP lawmakers on immigration 

ATLANTA (AP) — A coalition of groups in Georgia is urging the state's members of Congress to vote against any immigration reform bill that includes a path to legalization for people living in the country illegally.

The groups, which call themselves the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Coalition, say they sent a letter signed by more than 50 groups to Georgia's Republican U.S. House delegation Monday.

The letter asks the lawmakers to take a pledge to oppose and vote against any legislation that includes the legalization of people in the country illegally. The organizers of the effort are also vowing to support primary candidates against Republicans who vote for a plan that includes legalization.

The coalition includes tea party groups from around the state as well as other conservative groups.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


Georgia girl dies after being pulled from Florida waters 

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Georgia girl has died after being pulled from the waters off the Florida Panhandle.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office says 13-year-old Jade McCallister was visiting Panama City Beach with a group from her church in Morganton, Ga.

Bystanders pulled the girl from the Gulf of Mexico on Monday afternoon. Deputies attempted to revive her at the scene, but she was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The sheriff's office says the medical examiner will perform an autopsy.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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