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A white judge who lost her job has won a $90,000 settlement from a Georgia county after alleging the chief judge, who is black, discriminated against her because of race.

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DeKalb Libraries May Be Facing Huge Funding Cuts

Feb 14, 2017
According to petitioners, East Cobb is the second busiest out of the 16 libraries in Cobb County.
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DeKalb County's library system could lose more than half its funding for new books and supplies.

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Last year, libraries got $1.1 million for supplies. This year, the system is looking at $440,000.

Sara Fountain, chair of DeKalb County Public Library's board of trustees, says the cut would be damaging.

"A lot of people who use the library don't have the financial resources to access certain materials," Fountain says. "And so it's a critical need for our community."

Dekalb County Interim CEO Lee May and Mike Bowers at the podium
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The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners have opted to pull hundreds of thousands in funding for a special corruption investigation, a move board member Nancy Jester called a “delay tactic” to avoid scrutiny.

Before commissioners approved the county's $1.3 billion mid-year budget Tuesday, they stripped out $500,000 for an ongoing probe into corruption allegations against county officials and staffers.

“The commissioners that are hemming and hawing on this are trying to keep disclosure at bay,” says Commissioner Jester, who opposed the move. 

Dekalb County Interim CEO Lee May and Mike Bowers at the podium
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DeKalb County's CEO says he is halting taxpayer-funded charge cards for government officials.

Interim CEO Lee May says outside investigators handling a review of local corruption recommended the change, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. County commissioners, their staff and most of the county's 300 employees who have the cards are affected.

May says that investigators Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde found improper expenses, including unauthorized transactions and card holders who split purchases to get around the county's $1,000 cap per transaction.