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White House projects impact of jobs bill on Georgia

ATLANTA -- The White House claims Georgia will receive billions of dollars from President Obama's new jobs bill that will support and protect thousands of jobs, but an Emory economist has doubts about the administration's numbers.

The White House website includes a page on the proposed American Jobs Act and its potential impact on Georgia.

RELATED: In letter, Obama urges Congress to pass Jobs Act

The president's jobs plan, according to the White House, would give to Georgia almost $3.6 billion to create and save tens of thousands of jobs in the state.

Introducing DealChicken -- and cheap airport parking

Introducing DealChicken -- and cheap airport parking

ATLANTA -- DealChicken Atlanta has officially hatched.

What is DealChicken? Read all about it here.

And what is DealChicken Atlanta's first-ever deal? It's something that will come in handy to nearly every Metro Atlanta resident at one time or another -- deeply discounted parking for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

For today only, DealChicken members can pay $11 for three days of parking and shuttle service at Atlanta Park'N Ticket. That's 67 percent off the regular price of $33.

Manpower survey shows steady job growth coming

ATLANTA -- The Manpower Employment Survey for the fourth quarter of 2011 shows steady job growth in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan statistical area.

"In spite of what most people think, it still remains positive, which is exciting," said Beth Herman, Manpower's Regional Director. 

According to staffing company's quarterly survey, 20 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees in the last three months of 2011, while 10 percent expect to reduce staff.

Another 66 percent of employers interviewed expect to maintain their current workforce levels in the fourth quarter, Four percent of companies interviewed aren't sure of their hiring plans for the rest of the year.

"When you have the majority of companies saying to you, we're going to remain status quo, there's a level of confidence," Herman said. "They can keep the staff they have, keep them busy. They don't forsee layoffs."

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WEST SIDE: Atlanta Watershed Management to inspect meters

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Watershed Management is in the process of inspecting all 158,000 residential water meters in the city of Atlanta, in the wake of hundreds of complaints from homeowners angry with electronic water meters apparenly not working properly.

The process will cost some $2 million to taxpayers, and will take some three months to complete.

One homeowner, Bill Lucas, organized town meetings and community groups to force Watershed Management to figure out what was wrong.

"It's something that needed to be done. It's unfortunate that it took this long. I think a lot of the meters were mishandled; were possibly damaged or were not installed with care. When WXIA got involved it brought a lot of attention to it," Lucas said.

Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

In case you haven’t noticed, Atlanta nightlife isn’t the same… at least not with PlayDate on the scene! Every other weekend, local club owners shake, beyond their dance floors, because a game-changer (no pun intended) has interrupted the habits of regular club-goers!

Yep, PlayDate has redefined the traditional pursuits of having a “night out on the town” by getting back to the childhood basics of fun, and it has truly become a necessary experience for grown men and women not just in Atlanta, but all over the world!