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Georgia Tax Revenues Perk up as Lawmakers Grapple with Cuts

Feb 10, 2020

Georgia's tax collections are improving even as lawmakers grapple with budget cuts brought on by previous shortfalls. Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Monday that tax collections rose 4.5% in January compared to the same month in 2019.

Georgia City Sues Alleging 'Unconscionable' Drug Cost

Feb 10, 2020

A Georgia city is suing a pharmaceutical company over a medication it says went from $40 to over $39,000.  Marietta says in its lawsuit against Mallinckrodt ARD LLC that it has spent more than $2 million on the drug Acthar for one patient covered by its self-funded health plan.

It filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Atlanta. A media representative for Mallinckrodt, Daniel Yunger, said he would reach out to the company for comment. The drug is used to treat a seizure disorder in babies and acute relapses of multiple sclerosis in adults, among other conditions.

Madison County Sheriff's Office

A Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy has been charged with drug possession. According to the Madison County Sheriff’s office, 31-year old Gabriel Dalton, of Elberton, was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for Possession of Methamphetamines after a traffic stop by the Georgia State Patrol in Hull. Dalton was off-duty and in his personal vehicle at the time.

He was arrested after the sheriff’s office received information and immediately turned it over to the GBI to investigate. Dalton was fired after his arrest and booked into the Madison County Jail.

Chinese Military Stole Masses of Americans' Data, US Says

Feb 10, 2020
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The Justice Department says four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the computer networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans.

Law enforcement officials say the four are also accused of stealing the company's trade secrets. The defendants are all members of the People's Liberation Army, an arm of the Chinese military.

Georgia Settles Lawsuit Over Puerto Rican Driver's Licenses

Feb 10, 2020
Georgia Department of Driver Services

The Georgia Department of Driver Services has reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that alleged Georgia treated Puerto Ricans differently from other U.S. citizen applicants when they sought to exchange a license.