First Slice 4/7/15: Gov. Deal, your newest anti-discrimination advocate?

APD chases ambulance, state settles whistleblower suit, crash kills metal band members, and more


Will Gov. Nathan Deal push for LGBT protections next legislative session? Maybe. His spokesman said that the governor might lead the “religious freedom” debate next year, which could include putting anti-discrimination language into the bill.

A man this morning was arrested for allegedly stealing an ambulance outside Grady Memorial Hospital, taking a police on a chase through Cobb County, and ultimately crashing in Grant Park. The suspect tried fleeing on foot, but Atlanta Police’s K9 unit eventually found in a ditch.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Georgia corrections officials should treat transgender inmate Ashley Diamond’s gender condition the same as other medical conditions.

State officials have agreed to fork over nearly a half-million dollars to a former state employee who claims in a lawsuit she was forced from her job over the head of the Georgia National Guard’s “unethical and inappropriate conduct.”

Three members of two metal bands, Wormreich and Khaotika, died after their passenger van veered off of I-85 South in Jackson County en route to East Atlanta Village for a show. Another eight people were injured.

Duke has won yet another NCAA men’s basketball title, rallying to beat Wisconsin 68-63.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is expected to announce that he’ll be running for president in Louisville, Ky., sometime today.

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