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Jonesboro bans sagging pants

Jonesboro bans sagging pants

JONESBORO, Ga. -- The Jonesboro City Council has approved an ordinance banning sagging pants, joining some other Georgia cities which have already outlawed the practice.

Councilors approved the ban 5-1 Monday after a heated debate.

Under the ban, anyone wearing pants, shorts and skirts more than three inches below their hips can be cited for disorderly conduct and ordered to appear before a judge.

Critics of the ban include Dalton Smith of Jonesboro, who said he didn't think city leaders should force their opinions on what constitutes fashion on anyone else.

But Ann Sligh, an outspoken proponent of the ban, told council members the practice should be banned because it's indecent.

Officials in the Henry County town of Hampton recently passed a similar measure outlawing sagging pants.

Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan

Gingrey opposes Boehner's debt reduction plan

WASHINGTON -- A House vote on Speaker John Boehner's debt reduction plan is expected Thursday, but not all Republicans are on board.

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Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-11th District) says Congress needs to get the job done, but it needs to be done the right way.  

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

Cagle raises $18K in off-election year

ATLANTA -- Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has more than $208,000 in the bank for a possible re-election bid in 2014.

A report Cagle filed with state officials Friday showed the Gainesville Republican has raised a little more than $18,000 in the first six months of 2011, a non-election year when fundraising is typically sluggish.

He already had $344,262 left over from last year's successful bid for a second term as the state's No. 2.

Finance reports detailing campaign contributions and expenditures were due with the state ethics commission by Friday night.

Cagle trailed at least one other top Republican in the Senate, where he presides. House Rules Committee Chairman Don Balfour of Snellville raked in $137,000 for the first six months of the year. He has more than $174,000 in the bank.

(The Associated Press)

Georgia appeals ruling on immigration law

Georgia appeals ruling on immigration law

ATLANTA -- A spokeswoman for the state attorney general says the state has filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect.

Spokeswoman Lauren Kane says the notice was filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, but has not yet been filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The office will file court papers outlining the state's objections to last week's ruling.

The decision from federal Judge Thomas Thrash granted a request filed by civil liberties groups to block two sections of the law from taking effect until a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality has been resolved.

Other parts of the law, passed by the Georgia Legislature this year, took effect Friday.

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

Goodwill receives $5.7 million grant to help those in need

ATLANTA -- Good news is coming for many Georgians who are struggling to find jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced that Goodwill of North Georgia will receive $5,724,222 to help people with barriers to employment, namely ex-offenders and low-income non-custodial parents, obtain the skills they need to find work.

The funds will go toward an Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration program, which offers temporary paid work experiences to more than 3,500 people nationwide. The program improves participants' employability, earnings and opportunities for advancement, not to mention their self-sufficiency and long-term success in the workforce.

"This grant provides needed support to individuals who face significant obstacles to employment," Solis said.

FOREST PARK: Ethics ruling goes against disabled councilwoman

FOREST PARK: Ethics ruling goes against disabled councilwoman

FOREST PARK, Ga. -- Officially, the city of Forest Park kept the ethics ruling in the KB Williams case cloaked in secrecy, refusing to release the 48-page decision.

"They refused to give a copy of the decision to Councilwoman Williams," said her attorney Dan Grossman.  "I can't understand why they would do that."


The Williams saga began shortly after she was sworn in, in January 2010. She requested a chair from the city to accommodate her fibromyalgia. The city refused. The mayor said the standard-issue chairs were sufficient.

The 25 count ethics complaint that followed dumbfounded Williams' supporters -- because it essentially complained that Williams was overzealous in  performing her duties as a city councilwoman.

Businessman Cain enters 2012 GOP presidential race

Businessman Cain enters 2012 GOP presidential race

ATLANTA —  Herman Cain from Georgia officially enters the 2012 Presedential race.

Herman Cain has run a pizza chain, hosted a talk radio show and sparred with Bill Clinton over health care. He's never held elected office.

Now the tea party favorite wants to be president.

"In case you accidentally listen to a skeptic or doubting Thomas out there, just to be clear ... I'm running for president of the United States,