First Slice 8/9/13: Georgia's nuclear materials program put on probation
Months after Fulton County officials decided to quit paying for inmates to be housed in other county's jails, the Board of Commissioners has agreed to lease space and is even considering purchasing the Union City jail in a bid to ease overcrowding (MyAJC - not yours - paywall alert). It's a move that comes after the Southern Center for Human Rights threatened to take the county back to court for failing to abide by a federal consent order. The human rights group says nearly a 150 inmates have been forced to sleep on the floors of the jail over the past two weeks.
?Mayor Kasim Reed will join Beltline representatives and other officials for the dedication of the Southwest Connector Trail tomorrow around 10 a.m. The opening brings the total length of permanent trails to seven miles of a proposed 33-mile Beltline network.
?Georgia has become the first state to have its nuclear materials program put on probation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an outfit charged with licensing and regulating some nuclear materials in a number of states around the country. Officials say the deficiencies in Georgia's program don't pose an immediate threat to public health, but still need to be addressed.
Ed. note: The above blurb has been updated to clarify that the state's nuclear materials program, and not the entire nuclear program, has been put on probation.
?Yeah, Atlanta made another list. This time, Forbes says the ATL is ranked 22 among best cities for business and careers. Three other Georgia towns made the list, too: Savannah came in at 124, Augusta 126, and Columbus at 190.
?A new report says that some Georgia counties have seen a 'dramatic turn around' in their housing markets in the past few months.
?ICYMI: Common Cause Georgia has admitted defeat in what it calls a "Hail Mary" effort to collect 35,000 signatures on a petition aimed at stopping the development of the new Falcons stadium. The drive, which ends August 10, has only collected about a third of the needed John Hancocks.