ATLANTA (AP) -- The state ethics commission has settled for more than $1.8 million with three former employees alleging retaliation stemming from an investigation into complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.<br />
Chairman Kevin Abernethy said Friday that the commission is pleased to put the matters behind it.<br />
Under the terms, the commission's former deputy, Sherry Streicker, will receive $1 million, former IT specialist John Hair will receive $410,000 and former staff attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein will receive $477,500.<br />
The settlements follow a jury verdict in favor of the commission's former executive secretary, who said her pay was slashed and Streicker's position eliminated as they were preparing subpoenas in the Deal investigation. The commission has denied any wrongdoing, and Deal has said he was not involved.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he has vetoed a bill allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, rejecting the proposal that was easily approved by a legislature controlled by his own party in an election year.
With summer just around the corner, the Gainesville Knowledge Connection is getting ready to make sure school age kids in the city of Gainesville can get to the library and other locations around town while school is out.