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Charter school law declared unconstitutional

Charter school law declared unconstitutional

ATLANTA -- A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

The Georgia Supreme Court's 4-3 decision on Monday overturned the 2008 Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which allowed the state to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

Immigrant contributions to the U.S. Economy



A new SBA Office of Advocacy sponsored report by Robert W. Fairlie examines the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy. Some of its findings are:

    Immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business than are nonimmigrants, and they represent 16.7 percent of all new business owners in the United States.

    Immigrant business owners make significant contributions to business income, generating $67 billion of the $577 billion in U.S. business income, as estimated from 2000 U.S. Census data. They generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California—nearly $20 billion—and nearly one-fifth of business income in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.

    Nearly 30 percent of all business owners in California are immigrants, compared with about 12.5 percent of the population of U.S. business owners.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Girl scout cookies get creative for a cause

ATLANTA -- The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta are sponsoring a sweet competition to raise money for local programming.

In the vein of food shows like "Top Chef" and "Iron Chef," they're hosting "Top Cookie Chef" at the King Plow Arts Center in Atlanta on Thursday.

Fifteen teams will be tasked with creating desserts using Girl Scout cookies as a common ingredient.

Nearly all of the teams are comprised of corporate sponsors like Coca-Cola, Atlanta Gas light and SunTrust. However, there will also be one team of Metro Atlanta Girl Scouts: 15-year-old Caitlin Andrews of Suwanee, 17-year-old Giselle Osborn of Social Circle, and 14-year-old Theresa Daugherty, 14-year-old Nicole Schwensen and 15-year-old Madeline Plant all from Peachtree City.

Each team will be advised by a local celebrity chef from the likes of Babette's in the Highlands, South City Kitchen in Midtown and Watershed in Decatur.

Code Orange smog alert for Thursday

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division has issued a Code Orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups) Air Quality Alert for Metro Atlanta for Thursday.

Under Code Orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart of lung diseases should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest.

Cicadas bring back the buzz

(GANNETT NEWS SERVICE) -- They're loud, they're ugly and for the next four to five weeks, they'll be in your face.

Cicadas: They're back, and although they don't cause any real harm - except perhaps to some younger trees and the stomachs of pets who will eat them like popcorn - they'll be getting on the nerves of most Middle Tennesseans.

RELATED: Cicadas abuzz in Georgia

People in north Macon, Jones County, and some other areas say the bugs' high-pitched buzzing is causing a racket around the region.

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