Judge could transfer stabbing suspect to Juvenile Court

A suspect charged in the stabbing of a Wisconsin teen could be sentenced in a juvenile court. According to testimony from psychologist, the 13 year old, would face better treatment in the juvenile system. The teen is charged with stabbing her friend 19 in what authorities describe as an attempt to please an mythical horror character. The victim survived the attack which occurred in may of 2014. If the case is transferred to juvenile court she faces a much lighter sentence, the judge has yet to issue a ruling in this case.

Clinton names “Dreamer” as Latino Outreach Director

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has named activist Lorella Praeli as her Latino Outreach Director. Clinton’s selection of Praeli is seen as an attempt to gain more latino votes in the upcoming 2016 general election. This is the first time a “Dreamer” has been selected to join the campaign staff of any major presidential hopefull. Clinton, who held a town hall roundtable meeting with immigration activists and DACA beneficiaries, addressed the issue of immigration stating that she supports a path to citizenship and would continue President Obama’s Deferred Action programs is she were elected president.

New Owners and New Logo for Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks, who were bought earlier this year by a group that includes Ares Management co-founder Tony Ressler, have applied for a trademark on a new logo. According to leage regulations all teams must have a basketball included in the logo. This year’s logo which came to be known as the “Pac-man” will remain prominent for the team. In April the team was sold for $850 million dollars to Ressler, Grant Hill, and Sara Blakely.

New Home sales increase

In April the sale of new homes increased by 17% and the increase could lead builders to construct more in the future. Despite the fact that this increase is still historically below average, it is up 26% when compare to April 2014. The median price for a new home also increased from $285,500 in March to $297,300 in the month of April. Existing homes did not see a significant increase in sales, but did top 5 million for the second year in a row. The shortage of existing homes on the market and higher prices could lead to more homes being built in the coming years.

Activists Urge Administration to End Family Detention

Activists and Democratic law makers are pushing the Obama Administration to end the practice of detaining women and children who are apprehended at the US-Mexico border. The practice had previously gone under the radar but it was highlighted after a surge in the number of unaccompanied minors occurred in the summer of 2014. Since then the response from the White House was to build more “family oriented” detention centers which would be used specifically to house families while they awaited a court hearing to removal from the country. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the law makers urged the department to revise their detention of families.

FIFA’s Major Sponsors react to corruption allegations

14 people where indicted on Wednesday by the U.S Department of Justice in an investigation that, according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch is still ongoing. Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, one of FIFA’s major sponsors issued a statement, saying the “controversy has tarnished the mission and ideals of the FIFA World Cup. It is believed that the investigation centers around bribes and corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 bids to host the international soccer tournament. Other companies that released statements regarding the probe are McDonald’s, The Adidas Group, and Anheuser-Busch. These companies, including Visa contributed a total of $1.6 billion dollars in sponsorship deals with FIFA that ran between 2011 and 2014.

Biking helping housing market

A study by the University of Cincinnati found that homeowners were willing to pay up to  a $9,000 premium to be located closer their 12 mile rails-to-trails line. Although no formal study has been conducted, recent data has shown an increase in home values for properties located near trails such as the Silver Comet trail and the Atlanta Beltline. Local governments have also taken notice and have in recent years have begun to include bike lanes and trails in improvement projects.

Charter seeks to succeed where Comcast failed

A month after a Time Warner-Comcast merger was derailed, Charter Communications has announced plans to buy Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion. Traditional cable providers have seen a decline in subscribers as more and more customers switch to online streaming services. A decline in subscribers coupled with increasing  costs for sports, TV, and movies has made mergers like the Charter/Time Warner deal as a more viable option to stay in business. Federal regulators still have to approve the deal and it is unclear if Charter will face the same scrutiny as Comcast did when it attempted to buy Time Warner. Comcast, who is currently the largest cable provider is also the parent company of NCBUniversal. Earlier Charter Communications announced plans to purchase Bright House, a smaller cable provider. The deal, if approved would give Charter/Time Warner 24 million customers, second behind Comcast (27.2 million), and if the AT&T-Direct TV purchase is approved they would be the second largest company at 26.4 million customers.

Executive Actions on Immigration blocked by Federal Court

A 2-1 vote on Tuesday added yet another delay to the President’s proposed Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program. The program had been halted in February after a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas issued an injunction after 26 states (led mostly by republican governors) filed a lawsuit claiming that the president did not that the authority to grant temporary status to an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. The program itself focused on granting Employment Authorization to parents of United States Citizens and Legal Permanent residents. The Justice Department can now appeal to the full court or bring the case before the United States Supreme Court.

Gwinnett County Commissioners approve new mixed use development

Gwinnett County, Georgia

County officials approved a new mixed use development that is expected to include 625 homes and approximately 448,366 square feet of retail space . The 625 homes include 293 single family homes, 66 attached town homes, 52 attached villas and a 24 unit subdivision. The project, which is lead by Grayson Investment Partners received final approval Tuesday night. The original proposal brought before the commissioners included an additional 121,250 square feet of retail space but the county voted against this additional space which would have taken up a parcel in the 3100 block of Loganville Highway.