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Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announced his Parkinson's diagnosis on June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Photos: 10 famous people with Parkinson's disease

Photos: 11 famous people with Parkinson's Disease

Former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers (right) announces he will lead an investigation of DeKalb County during a press conference with DeKalb CEO Lee May on March 18. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

Purchasing cards revoked in DeKalb amid investigations

Taxpayer-funded charge cards are being taken away from government officials in DeKalb County. Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May announced Monday that the county is suspending use of purchasing cards based on recommendations from Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde, special investigators who are handling an outside inquiry of fraud and corruption. ...

Gladys Knight. Photo Credit: Special

Forget that midnight train: Georgia now has a Gladys Knight Highway

Forget the midnight train to Georgia. Atlantans can now zoom down the new Gladys Knight Highway. A portion of the city’s State Route 9 from Peachtree Street to 14th Street has officially been dedicated to the Atlanta-born Empress of Soul, after Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Resolution 441 this week ...

Deep fryers in Texas schools: 'It's not about French fries, it's about freedom'

The top official in the Texas Department of Agriculture says yes, deep fat fryers should return to Texas school districts. (Source: TexasTribune.com)  Commissioner Sid Miller says “it isn't about french fries, it's about freedom.” Miller wants to see a state policy banning deep fat fryers and soda machines from schools ...

Georgia Todd Gurley celebrates the win over Vanderbilt at Sanford Stadium on Oct. 4, 2014. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

‘Gurley’ bill given final passage by Senate

Next time, don’t even think about it: Anyone who tries to pay a Georgia running back for his autograph could face jail time and a $25,000 fine under a bill given final passage Tuesday by the Senate. House Bill 3 now heads to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. The ...

Gov. Nathan Deal leads Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts and Atlanta Braves CEO Terry McGuirk into a press conference to announce a partnership with Comcast March 17, 2015.

Photos: Braves, Comcast announce stadium deal

The Atlanta Braves and Comcast this morning formally announced a deal under which the cable giant will provide high-tech infrastructure for the new Braves stadium.

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer leaves federal court Sept. 3 after her arraignment hearing for bilking taxpayers out of thousands of dollars through a kickback scheme. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Ex-DeKalb Commissioner Boyer to be sentenced

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer is scheduled to be sentenced this week for swindling more than $90,000 from taxpayers. Boyer faces about one or two years in federal prison when she appears before U.S.District Judge Orinda Evans on Friday. Boyer pleaded guilty in September to charges that she funnelled ...

Brian Bell, a highly touted high school linebacker from Valdosta, has denied any involvement in the death of Kendrick Johnson. (Facebook photo)

FBI agent, sons countersue parents of teen who died in gym mat

The brothers accused in a civil lawsuit of killing Kendrick Johnson have counter-sued the parents of the Valdosta teen whose body was discovered more than two years ago in a rolled-up gym mat. Brian and Branden Bell, along with their father, FBI agent Rick Bell, denied the allegations contained in ...

Mother calls in to live news program to scold sons

In a live broadcast, the mother of two brothers arguing on C-SPAN's Washington Journal surprised everyone by calling into the show. “Oh God, it’s Mom,” Dallas Woodhouse said, as soon as the woman identified as “Joy” began speaking. In the two minute call, the mother surprised her sons, Dallas and Brad ...

Under the new joint development agreement for Fort McPherson, movie maker and actor Tyler Perry would still require about 330 acres of the 488-acre site.

Fort Mac board votes to move ahead with Tyler Perry deal

The civilian authority overseeing redevelopment of Fort McPherson voted Tuesday to approve a new agreement with filmmaker Tyler Perry that outlines the land he wishes to purchase on the closed Army post for a new film studio. The move comes days after word that Perry expected to pull out of ...

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