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The GOP debate over a minimum wage for cops and deputies

10:01 am Jul. 22, 2017

According to a study based on census data, recently highlighted by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, some 3,200 members of this state’s law enforcement community — bailiffs, prison guards, jailers, beat cops and deputy sheriffs — are food stamp recipients.

“That’s probably correct,” said Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association.

But it is only a rough estimate. By the end of this fall, before the Legislature gathers,

Strangers on a plane: An intoxicated tale of bipartisanship

6:10 pm Jul. 19, 2017

Just seven days ago, Joan Kirchner had drawn a middle coach seat on the 3 p.m. Delta flight from D.C. to Atlanta. Her boss, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, was in first-class.

A stranger arrived — a Delta million-miler who preferred an aisle seat. A late booking had awarded him the window, but it was no matter. He is the type who can sleep on planes, and immediately nodded off.

Eventually, Drunk Guy

The science of rain delays: SunTrust is parked under a faucet

8:22 am Jul. 19, 2017

Where science and rain delays merge: The Atlanta Braves endured their 11th rain delay of the season on Tuesday.

Marshal Shepherd may know why.

He’s a professor of meteorology at the University of Georgia, is co-author of a study of urban rainfall patterns in and around Atlanta.

Using radar and rain gauge data, Shepherd partnered with two University of North Carolina academics and found that SunTrust Park, new home of the Atlanta Braves

Health advocate enters race for Georgia insurance chief

6:00 am Jul. 18, 2017

A prominent Democratic health advocate entered the race for Georgia’s open Insurance Commissioner seat on Tuesday with a pledge to serve as a compassionate voice for consumers, sensing an opportunity to flip a down-ticket office