Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
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Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:46:04 GMT
Albany Humane Society officials say it's one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have seen. Tonight a veterinarian and Humane Society workers are trying to nurse a one-year old lab mix back toMore >>
Albany Humane Society officials and a veterinarian are nursing a dog back to health, after she was nearly starved to death.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:45:45 GMT
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration. Party City will open a store at 2709 Dawson Road, near the Albany Mall this August. EconomicMore >>
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:41:48 GMT
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria. We introduced you to Michael Hobgood last night. His arm was amputated less than twoMore >>
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria.More >>
We know more about the Federal Trade Commission's complaint against Phoebe's purchase of Palmyra Medical Center. Monday we got a look at the complaint document-- with numerous redactions.
The FTC claims the Hospital Authority has done little to police the Phoebe Putney Health System and made no effort to challenge or even evaluate Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's most recent price increase.
The FTC claims they did the same just rubber stamping the buyout deal. They say the Hospital Authority's claims that the purchase isn't reviewable by federal agencies because it's a state created authority is false.
The 19 page complaint claims while the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County is the one acquiring Palmyra Medical Center, its on paper only.
Before the transaction was presented to the authority, Phoebe Putney agreed with Palmyra that if the Authority failed to, the rest of the statement is blacked out. If fact a lot of the document is.
The FTC contends Attorney Robert Baudino represented both the Health System and the Hospital Authority in the deal, although the Authority was unaware of his representation of the health system. Hospital officials say this isn't the first time that's been done and there's nothing wrong with it.
The FTC also claims HCA initially didn't want to sell to Phoebe in fact their business was improving and HCA expected its financial performance to continue to improve. HCA was later open to an offer for Palmyra but when it talks about what it expected, that portion is blacked out.
HCA however made it clear according to the FTC that an offer would have to meet or exceed some amount times Palmyra's annual net revenue, but that amount is also redacted.
The FTC claims that information was shared with Health System bankers who admitted it would be difficult to find an independent bank to issue a fairness opinion and that's when they say the plan was devised to have the authority purchase the hospital avoiding anti-trust issues.
In October, two members of the Hospital Authority Ralph Rosenberg, the chairman, and Dr. Charles Lingle were told of the purchase plans but signed confidentiality agreements.
The FTC believes the extraordinarily high market share easily exceeds levels that the U.S. Supreme Court has found unlawful. Because the two hospitals will operate under one lease, the FTC contends that eliminates incentives for either hospital to discount its rates in an effort to gain business from health plans and their members.
Judge Louis Sands issued a temporary restraining order putting the purchase on hold. Both sides have been asked to file their opinions next month, addressing the question of the Hospital Authority's role.
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