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Gov. Deal intends to sign immigration, APS bills

Gov. Deal intends to sign immigration, APS bills

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal tells 11Alive News that he intends to sign the illegal immigration bill now on his desk. The bill, which has been compared to Arizona-style immigration reform, passed with just hours left in the final day of the General Assembly's legislative session.

Deal supported tough immigration measures in Congress and campaigned on the issue in the governor's race, but refrained from commenting on the legislation while it was still pending.

Deal said he hopes Georgia and other states that are enacting similar legislation will help spur Congress to take action nationally.

He said he and his staff have studied the legislation as it progressed, and they said they feel it will pass legal muster.

Another round of outages, cleanup after storms

Another round of outages, cleanup after storms

ATLANTA -- Monday night's fast-moving storms weren't nearly as bad as what we saw a week ago, but people in parts of North Georgia are again cleaning up damage. 

Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services Celebrates 40 years

Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services Celebrates 40 years

Gwinnett County, GA --  (submitted by Gwinnett Communications)  The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is celebrating its 40th anniversary of saving lives and protecting property. 

The department formed in January 1971 and responded to its first emergency call on March 30, 1971, at 10:15am from its Norcross fire station. Since that time, the department has evolved to become a premier fire and emergency medical services provider.

Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

Power back on for most Metro Atlantans

ATLANTA -- More than 400,000 Georgia customers lost power in the wake of Monday night's storm. After a massive effort involving crews from eight states, all but about 500 Metro Atlantans are back online.

The homes and businesses still in the dark were evenly split between Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation customers as of Thursday morning. Statewide, just over 4,600 were still without power.

Cleanup will take much longer. Wild winds late Monday and Tuesday morning snapped power poles and trees like twigs across the region.

At least nine people were killed by the storms that tore through the Southeast. Bright lightning, loud thunder and wind gusts above 60 miles per hour streaked through, dumping rain and hail across the region.

America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- NBC's hit television series, America's Got Talent, is taping live in Atlanta at The Fox Theater, and ALL TICKETS ARE FREE! Join host Nick Cannon and judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel in the studio audience as the country's best singers, dancers, comedians, and performers compete live on national television for a chance to win $1 million.

America's Got Talent is traveling the country and will be in Georgia for THREE DAYS ONLY.  You can come out on April 12, 13, and 14 for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. arrivals each day. 

South River Watershed Alliance to Join Lawsuit against DeKalb County and their dumping practices

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by Green Law) Today, the South River Watershed Alliance (Alliance), represented by public interest attorneys from GreenLaw, took steps to ensure that the DeKalb residents harmed by years of illegal sewer overflows from DeKalb County will have a seat at the table as regulators finalize a deal with the County on how to fix the ailing sewer system. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) have filed a proposed Consent Decree in federal court which outlines a plan to clean up the DeKalb County sewer system. The proposed Decree is the result of the County’s long-term failure to prevent unpermitted discharges of untreated sewage into Snapfinger Creek, South River and many other water bodies in the County.

Dekalb police are seeking applicants to fill its June 2011 Citizens Academy

Tucker, GA--  The DeKalb County Police Department is seeking applicants to fill its June 2011 Citizens Academy.  The academy is a free 10 week course that allows the community to gain an inside perspective about law enforcement.  During the sessions, personnel from various units including patrol officers, detectives and crime prevention will teach participants about the complexities and operational structure of their perspective units.

It is the Citizen Police Academy’s aim that the course will give citizens an insider’s view of law enforcement.  Ultimately, this new found insight will assist in building and nurturing stronger relationships between the community and the DeKalb County Police Force. 

Participant Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • Live or work in DeKalb County
  • No prior felony convictions
  • Must consent to background check

The deadline to submit applications is