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MARTA budget squeezed by $130M revenue decline

ATLANTA -- It's budget time, and MARTA is bracing for a huge decline in tax revenue. They expect $130 million less through 2016.

MARTA Spokesman Lyle Harris said the MARTA Board approved a "steady state" service plan for fiscal year 2013 that does not contemplate cuts in bus or rail but that utilizes approximately $33 million in reserves, to balance the budget. Also, employees will see no annual or merit wage increases for the fifth year in a row. They'll also have to contribute more for retirement and health insurance benefits. Capital projects are limited to safety, security, and regulatory requirements.


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Eddie Owen fired from Eddie's Attic

DECATUR, Ga. -- Eddie has left the Attic. According to his personal Facebook page this morning, Eddie Owen, namesake of metro Atlanta's 20-year-old music venue Eddie's Attic, was fired last Friday night.

Owen, 56, sold the venue bearing his name in 2002, but he stayed on as manager and talent booker in the years since.

Under Owen's leadership, Eddie's Attic became one of the great places in the nation to premiere acoustic music, as well as the first place that many people got wind of artists like the Indigo Girls, Sugarland and John Mayer.

Late last year, Owen became manager of Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, where he books acts under the name "Eddie Owen Presents."

When does the school year end?

When does the school year end?

DECATUR, Ga. -- The last day of school is right around the corner for DeKalb County students.

Public schools, as well as Decatur City Schools, will dismiss for the summer on Thursday, May 24.

The last days of school in other metro Atlanta districts are staggered throughout the second half of May. They include:

Wednesday, May 16
Clarke County

Thursday, May 17
Hall County

Friday, May 18
Bartow County
Clayton County
Fulton County

Tuesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools
Barrow County

Wednesday, May 23
Carroll County
Gwinnett County
Newton County

Thursday, May 24
Cobb County
Rockdale County

Serial bank robbery suspect arrested

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County Police have arrested a Stone Mountain man in connection with numerous bank robberies throughout the county.

Benjamin Rivers, 33, was taken into custody over the weekend after Crime Stoppers received several tips related to the robberies.

Witness statements led police to determine that each of the robberies occurred in similar ways -- a black man talking on a cell phone approached the teller and presented a demand note. After receiving money, he ran from the bank.

Rivers faces several charges related to the robberies.

Man killed in Decatur home

DECATUR, Ga. (WXIA) - Police found the body of a man inside a Decatur home Friday morning.

The home is at 956 Sycamore Drive.

Police said they family had been called by the victim's employer after he did not show up to work on Thursday or Friday morning. The victim was described as being in his 50s.

They said there was trauma to the body, and that they were considering the death a homicide.

FBI seeks help in locating serial bank robber

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Dekalb County Police and the FBI are seeking the public's assistance in locating a man they think is responsible for seven bank robberies in the DeKalb County area. 

PHOTOS | "Serial bank robber" at large in DeKalb County

According to investigators, each of these robberies occurred in a "similar fashion." Witnesses said a black male would enter the banking center wearing a baseball cap, wait in line, then approach the teller window on a cellular phone and demand money from the teller. 

Investigators believe the same man conducted robberies at the following locations: