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Cobb County bus transit plan in jeopardy

Cobb County bus transit plan in jeopardy

MARIETTA, Ga. -– Since last November's stunning announcement that the Atlanta Braves would move to a new Cobb County stadium in 2017, Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee has enjoyed near unanimous support for anything related to the project from his fellow commissioners.

Now a majority of them have broken with him over a transportation-related proposal.

The idea of a Bus Rapid Transit system from Atlanta to Kennesaw was one of several projects rejected by voters when they defeated an extra penny sales tax for specific transportation projects two years ago, known as the TSPLOST.

Now Lee wants the bus system resurrected, pointing out it will go right by the new Braves stadium location.

Austell election results

Austell election results

Bi-partisan rally to drum up support for charter schools

Bi-partisan rally to drum up support for charter schools

ATLANTA -- A grassroots bi-partisan charter school rally is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 27.

The rally is being held by Moms for School Choice, Heritage Preparatory Charter School and Georgia's Voice for Educational Choice. It has grabbed the attention of members from both political parties.

"The theme of the rally is 'Charter Schools WORK!' because charter schools work for students, families, communities and Georiga," Mom for School Choice member Kimberly Cochran said in a statement.

So far, Ga. Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell), DeKalb County Board of Education member Nancy Jester and Cherokee County Board of Education member Michael Geist are scheduled to attend the rally.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Oct.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

LOCAL PROFILE: Clayton County Commission Chairman, Eldrin Bell

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Eldrin Bell is a local legend in Atlanta local law enforcement and politics.

Recently, the Where U Live spoke with him about his history in Atlanta and his current position in Clayton County.