Metro news for Friday

The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys will recognize a number of women for their service at its July 23 annual gala at the Fox Theatre.

Among those recognized and their awards: Fulton County State Court Judge Brenda Cole, the Leah Ward Sears Award for Distinction in the Profession; Georgia Justice Project attorney Deborah Poole, the Barbara A. Harris Award for Service to the Community; and Georgia Legal Services Program attorney Wanda Andrews, the Bensonetta Tipton Lane Award for Commitment to the Family. For more information: BILL RANKIN


The Georgia Association of School Nurses will host its 19th annual education conference July 11-14, offering nurses the latest information on diabetes, asthma and other growing chronic illnesses among children.

School nurses are playing an increasingly key role in caring for students with chronic illnesses or no insurance, according to the association. Meanwhile, school districts are dealing with a $1.1 million drop in state money for nurses for fiscal year 2012.

The event will be held at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City.



Fulton County staff is meeting with residents this summer to discuss budget priorities and funding and how the process works as it faces a budget shortfall next year.

Meetings: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Center for Working Families, 477 Windsor Street SW, Atlanta;  6:30 p.m. July 19, North Springs Charter High School, 7447 Roswell Road, NE, Atlanta; 6:30 p.m. July 21, North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 11605 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 100, Alpharetta; 6:30 p.m. July 26, location to be announced; 6:30 p.m. July 28, location to be announced; 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6, Georgia Public Broadcasting 260 14th Street, NW, Atlanta. STEVE VISSER

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