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Carlos Santana condemns Georgia politicians for immigration bill

Carlos Santana condemns Georgia politicians for immigration bill

Carlos Santana, during an acceptance speech Saturday in Atlanta for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Beacon Awards, had a few simple words for Georgia’s political leaders who recently voted to pass the controversial HB 87 immigration bill “Shame on You!”

The bill signed Friday by Gov. Nathan Deal sets mandatory requirements for police and employers to screen suspects and job applicants for immigration status.  Many contest the legislation arguing that it will promote racial profiling, increase the rate of deportation and adversely affect the state’s economy.

Santana, who is of Hispanic descent, was selected for the Beacon Award due to his multi-generational efforts to unify people through music.  The Beacon Award for “Change,” is bestowed upon individuals who “think innovatively”.  Santana has used the power of words and sound as vehicles for change. 

Immigrant contributions to the U.S. Economy

A new SBA Office of Advocacy sponsored report by Robert W. Fairlie examines the contributions of immigrants to the U.S. economy. Some of its findings are:

    Immigrants are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business than are nonimmigrants, and they represent 16.7 percent of all new business owners in the United States.

    Immigrant business owners make significant contributions to business income, generating $67 billion of the $577 billion in U.S. business income, as estimated from 2000 U.S. Census data. They generate nearly one-quarter of all business income in California—nearly $20 billion—and nearly one-fifth of business income in New York, Florida, and New Jersey.

    Nearly 30 percent of all business owners in California are immigrants, compared with about 12.5 percent of the population of U.S. business owners.

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

Feds crack down on prescription drug trafficking

ATLANTA -- A federal grand jury in Atlanta has charged a total of 13 defendants from two states with illegally trafficking in oxycodone and other prescription drugs.

The two cases arise out of intensified efforts to address Georgia's growing problem with prescription drug abuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing segment of illegal drug use, causing significantly more overdose deaths than cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin combined," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

In the first incident, 11 Georgia residents were charged with conspiring to forge oxycodone prescriptions and sell the illegally obtained tablets.

Commissioner receives go-ahead to create DeKalb Film Commission

Commissioner receives go-ahead to create DeKalb Film Commission

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson recently received unanimous approval by his peers to launch the DeKalb Film Commission.

The DeKalb Film Commission will serve as the county's single point of contact for anyone interested in filming in DeKalb.

"DeKalb County has been named by the Georgia Film Industry as a Georgia Camera Ready County, and we are looking to embellish this designation," Watson said. "Strengthening DeKalb County's ties to the film industry will provide an economic development tool and potentially increase the county's tax revenues."

Read more about Camera Ready Communities in Georgia

The film industry had an economic impact of over $1 billion in Georgia in 2010.

Local businesswoman could become Doraville's first female mayor

Local businesswoman could become Doraville's first female mayor

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- A Doraville resident and community enthusiast has tossed her hat into the ring to become her city's next mayor.

Carol Gilman plans to file to run as mayor of Doraville. If chosen, she will become the city's first female elected mayor.

To celebrate the kick-off of the Gilman campaign, a special cookout is planned at Brook Park (3193 Ramond Drive, 30340) on Wednesday, May 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the residents of Doraville," Gilman said. "There are fiscal and governance issues that require immediate attention, and I am prepared for the challenge."

A graduate of Georgia State University, Gilman has 30 years of business experience in fields such as accounting, auditing, banking, and internal and business consulting.

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

DECATUR, Ga. -- As Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal continues her "Read Across Georgia" tour, she will make a stop in Decatur to launch a contest that will help one lucky parent pay for his or her child's college education.

Together with the Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, Mrs. Deal will introduce the Destination College Savings Sweepstakes at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Toco Hill-Avis G.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.