Ga. Insurance Commissioner warns of rate increases
(Information in the following story is from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html )
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says some insurance companies have filed plans to increase insurance rates in Georgia by nearly 200 percent for certain people under the Affordable Care Act.
Hudgens says he sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday asking for an emergency 30-day delay of submission of his rate review so the department and federal officials can analyze the projected increases.
Hudgens says companies choosing to offer health insurance to people who don't currently have it claim the potential rate increases are justified. Hudgens tells WSB-TV the rate increases could impact up to 25 percent of Georgians — particularly those who are self-employed or own small businesses.
The deadline for states to submit approved rate plans to federal officials is July 31.
Golden lion tamarin gives birth at Ga. Zoo
ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say an 8-year-old golden lion tamarin has given birth to a newborn.
Zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines says Robin gave birth to a set of triplet tamarins July 27, but two didn't survive. Animal Management and Veterinary officials say the surviving newborn appears to be thriving and is being closely monitored.
Officials say golden lion tamarins — small, bright orange primates — are an endangered species that live mostly on the Atlantic coast of Brazil. Officials say triplet tamarins are not rare, but the animals usually give birth to twins and experience a high infant mortality rate.
Hines says the newborn is the ninth surviving offspring to be born to Robin and her mate, Theo.
$9.9 million in Race to the Top grant in jeopardy
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Department of Education officials are warning that $9.9 million of Georgia's Race to the Top grand funding is in jeopardy.
In a letter to Tuesday, officials said the threat to withhold funding stemmed from the state's failure to implement a performance-based teacher and leader evaluation program.
U.S. Department of Education officials say the letter merely demonstrates the department's intention to begin withholding funding if state officials don't reach a compromise by the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
Officials say Georgia would have until the end of the grant period — September 2014 — to demonstrate corrective actions if the grant funding is withheld.
U.S. Department of Education officials say Georgia would be the first state to have Race to the Top grant funding withheld.
Body found outside coastal Ga. church identified
(Information in the following story is from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com )
KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in coastal Georgia say they've identified the body of a man who was found lying on church lawn.
Camden County Sheriff's spokesman William Terrell tells the Brunswick News that 39-year-old Erik John Granath of Kingsland was found dead outside the Springhill Missionary Baptist Church.
Officials say the man's body was found Friday morning by a passing driver.
Authorities are probing the circumstances surrounding the man's death and say Granath's body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Savannah for an autopsy and toxicology screening.
Kingsland is about 40 miles south of Brunswick.
Atlanta man sentenced on tax fraud charges
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Attorney's officials say an Atlanta man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for filing fraudulent federal and state tax returns.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that 51-year-old Frederick Roberts used stolen personal information to file fraudulent tax returns between 2009 and 2011. Authorities say the man received more than $866,400 in fraudulent refunds.
Prosecutors say Roberts cashed the tax refund checks at dubious check cashing businesses that processed the checks although they were not made out in Roberts' name.
Authorities say Roberts is ordered to serve seven years and three months in prison. He's also ordered to pay more than $866,400 in restitution.
5,000 fish killed in Savannah River tributary
(Information in the following story is from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com )
EVANS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say low oxygen levels have likely led to a fish kill in a Savannah River tributary.
Regional fisheries supervisor Steve Schleiger told the Augusta Chronicle Tuesday that about 5,000 fish have died in Betty's Branch — which is near Riverside Park in Evans, northwest of Augusta.
Schleiger says Department of Natural Resources officials found low levels of oxygen in the water. He says a potential cause could be organic matter that was flushed into the stream during recent heavy rain.
Officials say the stream's oxygen levels have risen from 1 to 3 milligrams per liter. Schleiger says fish that are caught in the area are safe to eat and the fish kill appears to be over.
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Jury selection ends for day in Sneiderman trial
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Jury selection has ended for the day in the trial of Andrea Sneiderman, who's accused of lying under oath and hindering the investigation into her husband's killing.
Lawyers questioned potential jurors Monday and Tuesday about their knowledge of the case and their ability to be objective. Selection of about 40 qualified jurors for the jury pool is set to resume Wednesday morning.
The pool of qualified jurors will be whittled down to a panel of 12 plus a handful of alternates Thursday.
Sneiderman's husband, Rusty Sneiderman, was fatally shot in November 2010 outside a suburban Atlanta preschool.
Andrea Sneiderman's former boss Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing but was found mentally ill.
Prosecutors initially said Sneiderman arranged her husband's killing, but murder charges against her were dropped last week.
Created: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:15:10 EST
Updated: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 04:15:10 EST