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Sunday sales vote could cost Atlanta

Sunday sales vote could cost Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A debate over retail sales of alcohol on Sundays erupted during Monday's Atlanta City Council meeting.

The council voted Sept. 6 to put local-option legislation passed by the General Assembly on the November election ballot. If Atlanta residents vote yes, supermarkets, convenience stores and liquor stores would be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor on Sundays.

At the time, council members believed the referendum could be put on the ballot at little or no cost to the city because there was going to be an election anyway.

But since then, the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections has informed the city that its services in conducting the referendum won't be free.

Monday's debate was the second such incident in three weeks.

The council voted 9-1 to pay the county up to $17,050 for the Sunday sales vote, but not before Councilman C.T.

Atlanta woman wins Duncan Hines Cupcake Challenge

Atlanta woman wins Duncan Hines Cupcake Challenge

ATLANTA, Ga. – In the case of an Atlanta woman, cupcakes and causes have the potential to offer sweet rewards.

Atlanta resident, Christine Blake poved that a little baking can go a long way by winning the Duncan Hines Cupcake Challenge.  Later this month, Blake will get the chance to attend the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards show as a result of her winning and Duncan Hines will donate $100,000 to the Share Our Strength non-profit organization.

Blake was chosen as one among five winners of the contest.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

ACVB extends CEO's contract

ACVB extends CEO's contract

ATLANTA -- William Pate will remain at the helm of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau for at least a few more years.

The ACVB executive board voted Wednesday to extend Pate's contract until Dec. 31, 2015.

The new contract includes an increase in salary from $316,000 to $395,000 and a one-time bonus of $85,000 "for exceeding expectations," according to ACVB chairman Ben Shanley.

Other changes to the contract include a reinstatement of annual payments to the supplemental retirement plan and the removal of a $200,000 additional incentive.

"I am enjoying the industry and the people," said Pate, who became president and CEO in 2009. "More importantly, we're making an impact."

Before joining the ACVB, Pate was the chief marketing officer for BellSouth Corp.

Local mother and blogger returns from the national Bl0g-Her conference and helps others blog

Local mother and blogger returns from the national Bl0g-Her conference and helps others blog

I just got back from a fantastic weekend in San Diego attending my first ever BlogHer event.  It was a great time and I met so many wonderful (and a few not so wonderful) people. 

Aside from being completely overwhelmed from everything, I did learn a few things that I thought I’d share with you. 

Since I am still sleep deprived and haven’t quite gotten back into my regular schedule, I decided that I would do a bullet point list of everything I learned and/or experienced while there. 

So if you’re ready, here we go…  CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE LIST AT http://www.mommyreporter.com/2011/08/blogher-11-recap/

APS billed over $125,000 for Hall's legal fees

APS billed over $125,000 for Hall's legal fees

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News has learned that former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall racked up more than $125,000 in legal bills in her final months on the job as the state investigation into cheating neared its conclusion.

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According to legal invoices obtained through an Open Records request made by 11Alive, the law firm Jones Day billed the school system $74,152.74 for the month of May alone.

Dr. Hall's legal bills for the months of March, April and May totalled $127,386.46.

Beverly Hall pens column for Education Week magazine

Beverly Hall pens column for Education Week magazine

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta school superintendent Beverly Hall authored a column in Education Week, an industry magazine for educators, saying the APS cheating scandal is not the "whole" story.

"There is no excuse for cheating, and I deeply regret that I did not do more to prevent it," Hall said in the column.

RELATED: Read Hall's column

She went on to point out gains she says the school system was able to push over the course of her tenure.