SAME SEX BENEFITS-MARIETTA
City moves ahead on benefits for same-sex couples
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A city committee in Marietta has approved a plan aimed at extending retirement benefits to same-sex couples.
The City Council is now scheduled to consider the change, which would give employees in same-sex relationships the chance to receive retirement benefits now given to men and women who are married.
The Marietta Daily Journal reports that the change in the retirement plan was approved Wednesday by a 3-0 vote of the city's personnel and insurance committee.
The change must still be approved by the city council, which is set to take up the matter Sept. 10.
The Marietta newspaper reports that the change stems from an Internal Revenue Service mandate which requires retirement plans to recognize same-sex couples if they were married in a state that has legalized gay marriage.
SHERIFF'S CAPTAIN-CHILD EXPLOITATION
Sheriff's captain accused of crimes involving teen
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a veteran sheriff's captain is accused of using a computer to have an inappropriate relationship a 14-year-old boy.
Henry County sheriff's Capt. David McCart was apprehended Tuesday by DeKalb County police after a two-month investigation.
DeKalb County police Sgt. Torrey Kennedy tells WSB-TV that his agency was conducting a cross-country investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and came into contact with a suspect later identified as McCart.
CBS 46 reports that McCart is being held on charges of computer pornography and child exploitation and faces a court hearing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. It wasn't known whether he has a lawyer.
Henry County sheriff's officials say they're assisting DeKalb County authorities with the investigation. They say McCart was terminated when Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer learned of the investigation.
LANE CLOSURES SUSPENDED
Ga. lane closures to be lifted for holiday weekend
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia transportation officials plan to suspend many construction-related lane closures for the upcoming holiday weekend.
The Georgia Department of Transportation will suspend the lane closures from noon Friday through 5 a.m. Tuesday on interstates and other major state routes by holiday and tourist attractions.
The agency generally restricts lane closures during big holidays to alleviate increased traffic. That doesn't include necessary emergency lane closures. Transportation officials say crews will continue to work near highways, which could require some long-term closures to remain in place.
Motorists can access real-time traffic information by calling 511, online or by using the "Georgia 511" mobile app.
ONE FLOOR TAX CREDIT
NJ gives firm $6M tax credit to move one floor
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey is giving an Atlanta-based company $6 million in tax credits to move its rented office space up one floor in a Jersey City high-rise.
Payment processing firm First Data has offices in New York and recently rented space for 26 employees on the 39th floor of 101 Hudson Street.
The Jersey Journal reports the state Economic Development Authority approved the tax credit over 20 years, saying First Data was considering a move to Atlanta. The EDA says the expansion to the entire 40th floor will result in 74 new jobs.
In a statement, Mayor Steve Fulop praised the EDA's decision, saying state officials are helping to bring more businesses to his city.
AUDUBON SOCIETY TOUR
Atlanta Audubon Society plans tour
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Audubon Society is hosting a tour of five sites that draw birds in the metro area.
The tour includes two community sites and three private home gardens on an 18.5 mile route between Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Peachtree Corners and Berkeley Lake.
The event is on September 13, and you can purchase tickets ahead of time at the Audubon Society's website. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers and kids younger than 12 can participate for free.
Woman gives birth inside Walmart near Atlanta
ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) - A Roswell woman has given birth inside a Walmart in suburban Atlanta.
Authorities say the baby made its arrival shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday in the Walmart Supercenter on Mansell Road in Roswell.
Ken Simpson, regional director for the Rural/Metro ambulance company, says the woman delivered her baby inside the store before paramedics could arrive.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the new mother and her baby were taken to Northside Hospital for evaluation.
Walmart officials did not immediately return the Atlanta newspaper's call for comment late Tuesday.
The woman's name wasn't released, and it wasn't immediately known whether she was a customer or an employee.
Walmart Supercenter No. 1578 is about 20 miles north of downtown Atlanta.
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