Georgia http://www.kunc.org en Shinseki: Swift Action If Problems At VA Hospital Are True http://www.kunc.org/post/shinseki-swift-action-if-problems-va-hospital-are-true Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki tells NPR that he's determined to get to the bottom of allegations that veterans may have died at a Phoenix VA hospital while waiting for care.<p>The accusations of extended delays in providing health care at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system surfaced last month. The facility reportedly kept two lists of veterans waiting for care, one it shared with Washington and another, secret list of wait times that sometimes lasted more than a year.<p>"Allegations like this get my attention," Shinseki tells <em>All Things Considered</em>. Wed, 07 May 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56244 at http://www.kunc.org Shinseki: Swift Action If Problems At VA Hospital Are True New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses http://www.kunc.org/post/new-carpet-factories-help-cushion-blows-recession-losses Known as the "Carpet Capital of the World," Dalton, Ga., has struggled and lost 17,000 manufacturing jobs over the past decade.<p>But now, Engineered Floors is investing $450 million in two new manufacturing facilities and a distribution center in the area. The Dalton expansion is part of a resurgence in manufacturing in Georgia and it reflects an optimistic outlook for manufacturing across the Southeast.<p><strong>Something Different, Something New</strong><p>Kaila French and her young boys play with plastic model cars and trucks, rolling them on the wooden floor in her home in Dalton. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:23:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 49147 at http://www.kunc.org New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses Discrimination Suit Dropped Against TV's Paula Deen http://www.kunc.org/post/discrimination-suit-dropped-against-tvs-paula-deen An agreement has been reached to dismiss a sexual harassment and discrimination suit against Food Network personality Paula Deen and her brother.<p>The Associated Press reports that a document filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., said the parties had reached agreement "without any award or fees to any party."<p>Lisa Jackson — a former employee of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, a restaurant owned by Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers — charged that she suffered from sexual harassment and racial discrimination.<p>Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge William T. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:56:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48749 at http://www.kunc.org Discrimination Suit Dropped Against TV's Paula Deen Woman Who Talked Down School Gunman Wins President's Praise http://www.kunc.org/post/woman-who-talked-down-school-gunman-wins-presidents-praise "She was remarkable," <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/23/politics/barack-obama-new-day-interview-transcript/index.html?hpt=hp_t1" target="_blank">President Obama tells CNN</a> after being asked about Antoinette Tuff.<p>She's the school bookkeeper in Decatur, Ga., who on Tuesday persuaded a young man with an assault rifle and other weapons <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/21/214085753/school-clerk-in-georgia-persuaded-gunman-to-lay-down-weapons" target="_blank">to lay down the guns</a> he had brought into her elementary school and give himself up to police.<p>"Here is so Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:57:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 48718 at http://www.kunc.org Woman Who Talked Down School Gunman Wins President's Praise School Clerk In Georgia Persuaded Gunman To Lay Down Weapons http://www.kunc.org/post/school-clerk-georgia-persuaded-gunman-lay-down-weapons Tuesday's <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=214000118" target="_blank">terrifying incident at an elementary school near Atlanta</a> — in which a gunman with an assault rifle and other weapons entered the building — ended with no one being hurt after a school clerk apparently spent about an hour talking to the young man. She says she persuaded him to put down his gun and surrender.<p>"I just started praying for him," Antoinette Tuff <a href="http://www.ajc.com/news/news/she-faced-down-suspect/nZT3X/" target="_blank">tells Atlanta's Channel 2 Action News</a>. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:26:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 48603 at http://www.kunc.org School Clerk In Georgia Persuaded Gunman To Lay Down Weapons