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Fulton County BOC approves funding to improve efficiency of the elections process

Fulton County BOC approves funding to improve efficiency of the elections process

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- At the Aug. 5 board meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the purchase of an election/asset management system and Poll Worker on-line training software system recommended by the county’s Department of Registration and Elections. Both systems will align the department to continue resolving issues that arose during the general election and general election runoff of 2008 as well as the primary and general elections of 2012.

“The approval to implement these two systems should improve our department’s ability to conduct elections more efficiently,” states Rick Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. “The 2016 Election Year is fast approaching and having these two systems in place will enable us to be better prepared for the expected increase in turn-out due to it being a Presidential Election year.”

Elderly residents told to return to Friendship Towers despite heat

ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed got another firsthand look at the issues involving the ongoing fight over living conditions at Friendship Towers.

Reed visited the building and met with residents on Wednesday. He's working to determine what issues still exist with the air conditioning -- and other problems

OSHA: AJC cited for dismemberment, electrocution dangers

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is facing steep federal fines for allegedly putting its workers in harm's way, the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed on Wednesday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing over $65,000 in fines against the newspaper for "repeatedly exposing workers to amputation, electrocution and other workplace hazards."

"A lack of safety mechanisms continues to be one of the most frequently cited violations and that is unacceptable," said William Fulcher, OSHA's director of the Atlanta-East Area Office. "Management needs to take immediate action to remove these hazards from the workplace."

Inspections were performed in March as part of the agency's national emphasis program on amputations and citations were issued on July 30.

Family says vehicle unfairly booted

ATLANTA – A family is upset after they say their car was unfairly booted after being parked for minutes.

The Hernandez family says they parked their vehicle in a 15-minute parking zone on 7th Street Sunday so they could get settled at a nearby restaurant. By the time the father returned to his car, it had already been booted.

"He said my husband he would have to pay 75 and our car was booted," said Erin Hernandez. "And my husband was like, 'Who are you? What is this?' Because we hadn't even been there 15 minutes."


First Sunday at Ebenezer since Confederate flag issue

ATLANTA -- The first Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta since what the reverend calls a terroristic threat was full of emotion and passion.

Inside Ebenezer Baptist Church, the home of Martin Luther King Jr., emotions typically run high on an ordinary Sunday.

"Ebenezer, America's freedom church," said the Rev. Raphael Warnock, Ebenezer Baptist Church.


The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church is calling the discovery of four confederate flags on church property a terroristic threat.

ATLANTA – The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church is calling the discovery of four Confederate flags on church property a terroristic threat.

"This is the same as a swastika on the campus of a Jewish temple," said Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the church.

A church maintenance worker discovered the flags around daybreak Thursday morning placed in strategic areas around the church and the adjacent Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitor's Center.

Mother charged with murder in 2 year old's death

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have charged a mother with murder after her 2-year-old daughter died during a Greyhound bus trip.

Alexus Washington, 19, is also charged with reckless conduct and second-degree cruelty to children in the death of Ty'Mia Simpson.

Washington and her daughter were traveling by Greyhound bus from Greenville, S.C., to New Orleans July 21, police said. The bus had a scheduled stop in Atlanta.

According to the police report, Washington missed her connecting bus and decided to walk around the city. She then got a ride back to the bus station from a police officer. While at the station, she noticed Simpson was unresponsive. She then took the child outside to cool her off. As she was walking back to the bus station, she saw that the child was still unresponsive. She then tried CPR.