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Military couple receives gift of a wedding

DECATUR, Ga. -- Amanda Walker and Airman Chris Farrell tied the knot at Agnes Scott College in Decatur Saturday morning.

The Atlanta Wedding Loft asked military couples to send in an essay explaining why they should be given the gift of a wedding.

After receiving Amanda's letter, they said they knew they had found the perfect couple.

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13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

13 Metro Atlanta communities receive transportation grants

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded $34 million in grants to help 13 Metro Atlanta communities build innovative transportation projects.

Each project includes pedestrian and bicycle improvements to encourage residents to find "greener" ways of getting from place to place, and to make these neighborhoods more livable and supportive of transit.

The money was given through the ARC's Livable Center Initiative, which is funded with federal transportation dollars.

"LCI has helped communities across Metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more plans that attract residents and businesses alike," said Doug Hooker, executive director of ARC. "This program is a model for others around the country and has helped to create or finalize many of our region's most innovative and livable communities."

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

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DECATUR: Concert promoter buys Eddie's Attic

DECATUR, Ga. -- Longtime Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley has purchased Eddie's Attic, the Decatur concert venue announced Thursday.

Cooley and his business partner Dave Mattingly will officially take over the club on Dec. 1.

Current owner Bob Ephlin posted a message about the purchase on the Eddie's Attic Facebook page.

"It's been my privilege to work alongside the dedicated staff at Eddie's Attic for the past 6 1/2 years," he wrote. "I'm confident that Alex and Dave will do a great job taking Eddie's Attic to the next level. I believe its best days are ahead of it, and I look forward to supporting its continued success as an advisor [sic], loyal customer and fan of performing songwriters."