New PBS documentary includes Atlanta VA enrollment office problems

1:32 pm Nov. 6, 2017

A new PBS documentary that airs tonight examines problems with the VA health care system and includes mention of problems with the national healthcare enrollment system that serves millions of veterans and is overseen by an office in Atlanta.

The film, VA: The Human Cost of War, which airs on public broadcasting television stations nationwide, takes a sweeping look at the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs and

Active shooter scare raises concerns: Is VA crisis center ready for its own crisis?

7:00 am Nov. 2, 2017

When the VA launched the veterans crisis line call center in Atlanta last December it was touted as a critical part of a national system that would answer thousands of calls from distressed and suicidal veterans every day.

But in the rush to open the new center, VA executives seem to have overlooked an important facet of its operation: Adequate crisis training for the center itself. So, on the evening

Ga. sheriff behind school drug search interfered in son’s drug arrest, DA says

6:30 am Oct. 25, 2017

A Georgia sheriff accused of violating the civil rights of hundreds of high school students when he ordered a massive school drug search  is now accused of interfering with a GBI investigation into his son’s recent drug arrest.

In April, Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby drew ire from scores parents who accused him and his deputies of violating the civil rights of their children. Hobby ordered a search that resulted in

‘No probable cause’ to search students, DA tells Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal in high school case

6:30 am Oct. 24, 2017

Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby failed to halt intrusive body searches of hundreds of high schools students even after one deputy expressed concerns about the search methods, according to a prosecutor’s letter outlining what the sheriff told GBI investigators.

Hobby admitted to investigators that one of his female deputies expressed concern about another deputy’s search methods, but the sheriff left it to her to address with her colleague, the letter

Ga. Sheriff in massive drug search faces new trouble: his own son

7:30 am Oct. 18, 2017

The teenage son of the southwest Georgia sheriff indicted for ordering a massive school-wide drug search has now run afoul with the law on a drug-related charge.

The drug arrest of Zachary Lewis Hobby last week has renewed speculation that Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s decision to search the entire local high school last April was somehow linked to his son’s troubles.

Sheriff Hobby and two deputies were indicted earlier this

To testify or not? Big question faced sheriff in sexual battery search case

1:30 pm Oct. 5, 2017

Facing possible criminal indictment this week for ordering invasive body searches of an entire south Georgia high school, Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby had a choice: Step inside the grand jury room to defend his actions or let the chips fall where they may by remaining outside?

The stakes couldn’t have been higher for a sheriff who has drawn national attention and been sued in federal court for allegedly violating

Did Atlanta’s veterans crisis hotline fall short in helping suicidal veterans?

11:35 am Sep. 19, 2017

VA officials touted a crisis hotline center launched in Atlanta last December as a cornerstone of a renewed push to curb the problem of veteran suicide.

More than 300 staff were hired and trained in Atlanta, and by April VA officials testified before Congress about the crisis line’s success answering the needs of suicidal veterans. The new center and the one operating for years outside Rochester, New York had

Child molestation arrest slips through school background checks

8:00 am Sep. 5, 2017

Despite his arrest years ago for child molestation, Joseph Melvin Farrington had a way of landing jobs that gave him access to kids.

He worked at a church child care program in Cobb County until last month when a parent brought his 2000 arrest to the attention of church officials. Farrington abruptly resigned.

But a different job in his recent past raises fresh questions about the state’s background check system for public

Investigation, reassignment for VA managers linked to Atlanta enrollment office

1:00 pm Aug. 29, 2017

Four VA managers linked to the veterans national health care enrollment office in Atlanta have been moved from their positions pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

VA on Tuesday did not disclose the nature of the inquiry. The move is another sign of deep dysfunction at the Atlanta-based Health Eligibility Center (HEC) that oversees the health care enrollment system for millions of veterans across the country.

One of the managers,

Police shooting data project moves forward despite Comey’s firing by President Trump

9:52 am Aug. 28, 2017

As protests over police violence against black citizens swelled in recent years, the lack of reliable government data embarrassed law enforcement officials and made it seem like the profession didn’t take the issue seriously.

Police track scores of statistics. So how could they not accurately say how often they killed someone in the line of duty?  A new national pilot project to fix the problem launched in July and Georgia is