Thursday, February 26, 2009

K. Patrick Jensen

KRIS JENSON has spent 35 years in journalism, including 21 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His experience includes reporting, editing and design. He wrote the Newsstand and Cyberscene columns. He left the paper as section editor of the AJC's Gwinnett News, which was eliminated in a cost-cutting move after two decades of serving Gwinnett County readers.

Editor's note: Hello, Georgia. Big doings in Georgia transportation today. DOT Commissioner Gena Evans is fired, and the massive reorganization of the state's transportation agencies is challenged on constitutional grounds. Elsewhere at the Gold Dome, the move to fund two new nuclear power plants went forward again today. We have reports on both.

Even more serious – at least to a lot of us – the Atlanta Braves are short a leadoff hitter. Read Paul Kaplan's sports column.

And, finally, in today's Soapbox column, Rep. Tyrone Brooks has a plan to put kids to work – labor that would have many benefits for the state.

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Today's GONSO

DOT Boss Fired, Transport Bill Raises Constitutionality Questions

by Maggie Lee
The state Transportation Board fired Transportation Commissioner Gena Evans. Meanwhile, constitutional questions were raised about Gov. Sonny Perdue's planned retooling of state transportation agencies.
Full Story

House passes Georgia Power’s nuclear funding plan

by K. Patrick Jensen
After three hours of sometimes contentious debate, the Georgia House on Wednesday approved a measure that will result in rate hikes for most Georgia Power customers to fund future nuclear power plants.
Full Story

Where's the Braves' Leadoff Hitter?

by Paul Kaplan
You could actually feel the exhale of relief from Braves Nation when free agent Garret Anderson signed on to play left field. Anderson is what is known in baseball circles as a “professional hitter” – a veteran who can nap in the clubhouse until just before game time, then go 2-for-5 with an RBI against a pitcher he’s never faced before. Those types are in short supply on the Braves, so Anderson’s signing is good news.
Full Story

SOAPBOX

Make the Georgia Youth Conservation Corps a Reality

by Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta)
Rep. Tyrone Brooks if the federal government wants to stimulate the economy, it is hard to think of a better place to start than in Metro Atlanta’s neighborhoods.

Full Story

Tomorrow's Budget
All Together Now: 'We' is the New 'They'
by Tom Baxter
Georgia Prisons: Department of Collections?
by Maggie Lee
Bad economy. Good dog.
by Michelle Hiskey

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