Political Notes – King returns to DCH as health planning director

DCH appoints Rachel King to administer the department’s certificate of need program that regulates the construction of new hospitals . . .

Tags: AOC , certificate of need , Clyde Reese , DCH , Marla Moore , plastic bag ban , Rachel King , Tybee Island

A billion-dollar pipeline moves steadily onward

The Palmetto Pipeline will be one of Georgia’s largest infrastructure projects ever, but it is flying under the political radar as it moves ahead . . .

Tags: DOT , eminent domain , environmental concerns , EPD , Jud Turner , Kinder Morgan , Palmetto Pipeline , petroleum products , property condemnations , Russell McMurry

Lynch confirmed as A-G over opposition of Isakson, Perdue

Georgia senators vote against confirming Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general, but several of their GOP colleagues vote with the Democrats to approve her nomination . . .

Tags: attorney general , David Perdue , Johnny Isakson , Loretta Lynch

Political Notes – Reed pledges to promote ‘immigrant integration’

Atlanta and the federal immigration agency team up in an effort to persuade more foreign-born residents to apply for U.S. citizenship . . .

Tags: Ann Coulter , Georgia Lottery , Green Ribbon Schools , immigrants , Kasim Reed , Kimberly Worth , U.S. citizenship , whistleblower lawsuit

Grady pays nearly $3 million for inaccurate Medicaid billing

Grady Health System settles allegations that it inaccurately billed Medicaid for services to neo-natal intensive care patients . . .

Tags: DCH , Grady Health System , Medicaid billing , Sam Olens

Georgia ranks low in public health spending

Georgia is in the bottom third of the states when it comes to spending per capita on public health . . .

Tags: public health spending , Trust for America's Health , yearly report

Settlement reached on indigent defense in Middle Georgia

The Southern Center for Human Rights reaches a settlement with Middle Georgia judicial officials to increase the resources of the public defender’s office . . .

Tags: Cordele Judicial Circuit , Juvenile Justice , Michael Moore , public defender , SCHR

Political Notes – Olens says he’ll obey gay marriage ruling, whatever it is

Attorney General Sam Olens says he will respect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, which is expected later this year . . .

Tags: Deepwater Horizon , gay marriage , Hugh Floyd , Roy Moore , Sam Olens , Samantha Joye , State Ethics Commission

Special election to replace Tyrone Brooks called for June 16

Special election is called by the secretary of state for June 16 to replace resigned legislator Tyrone Brooks . . .

Tags: Special Election , Tyrone Brooks

Lee will be interim dean of UGA medical school

Leslie Petch Lee has been named by the University System as the interim dean of the troubled medical school at the University of Georgia . . .

Tags: GRU , Leslie Petch Lee , medical school , university of georgia