First Slice 4-17-12: Double-check which post offices are open late tonight for last-minute tax filing

Don’t piss off Uncle Sam


  • Internal Revenue Service
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1. Pay your taxes, kiddos! Make sure your envelopes are in the mail and postmarked with today’s date to ensure you don’t get penalized by zee federal government. Double-check whether your nearest post office will actually be open later than usual to accommodate last-minute tax filers. The Fayette Daily News says only two metro Atlanta post offices - the Atlanta Main Post Office in Hapeville and the Boggs Road location in Duluth - will collect letter and packages until midnight. Stone Mountain Patch has a list of other metro Atlanta post offices that will also be open a bit later.

2. Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday signed a long list of bills into law, including legislation that would require welfare recipients to first pass a drug test. The governor’s office noted in a press release that a similar measure Florida lawmakers passed in 2010 helped that state save cash. He neglected to mention that the legislation is also being challenged in court. Expect a similar challenge in Georgia on grounds that it violates the Fourth Amendment. Also inked: a bill that allows residents of Brookhaven to vote on July 31 if they want to become the latest city north of Atlanta to incorporate. And, uhm, a measure about stealing shopping carts from grocery stores. A full list is available on Deal’s website.

3. WAGA’s Morse Diggs reports that the city’s launched an investigation after several Atlanta fire inspectors were accused of showing up at events such as Cavalia in Midtown and the Dogwood Festival and telling coordinators to pay them a fee for services - or risk getting shut down. Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran says the department supports the investigation, which could take several weeks to complete.

4. ICYMI: The owners of Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market have proposed some minor construction projects. Nothing big, ya know, just like, quadrupling the size of the 140,000-square-foot store.

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