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LOCAL PROFILE: LaTonya Story of LPS Consulting PR Firm

ATLANTA – She represents a couple of Atlanta Falcons, one of the most sought after celebrity photographers, a Top Model and the NFL Players Fathers Association; she’s a mother and a budding PR superstar, meet LaTonya Story.

Recently, the Where U Live team profiled the owner of LPS Consulting about how she got into the business, how she uses her influence to mentor students and about her upcoming projects.

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After do-over, license plate finalists chosen

After do-over, license plate finalists chosen

ATLANTA -- After an aborted initial round of voting, the three finalists for Georgia's new licence plate have been chosen from designs submitted by the public.

Initially, internet voting on the finalists ended up with only the designs that were shown that included the sticker "In God We Trust" in the mock-ups. Many people did not understand that the sticker is available for all Georgia license plates, and can be purchased at license branches for $1.

As a result, officials said they would begin the voting once again, with the sticker removed - in order not to prejudice voting for any one of the plates.

The finalists were announced Monday.

Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Revenue Commissioner Douglas MacGinnitie will announce the winning design at a news conference next week.

The winning design will be used for new Georgia license plates, which will be issued beginning in 2012.

The Atlanta Opera Extras- Our community outreach initiatives

The Atlanta Opera Extras- Our community outreach initiatives

The Atlanta Opera Extras are community outreach initiatives that entertain and educate audiences about opera. A complete listing of upcoming fall events is below.  For more information on The Atlanta Opera Extras, visit www.atlantaopera.org or call 404-881-8801.

The Atlanta Opera @ the Decatur Book Festival

Sunday, September 4, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Decatur High School Auditorium

310 N. McDonough St. 

Decatur, GA 30030

Free and open to the public

The Atlanta Opera has commissioned a one-hour children’s opera called Rabbit Tales, based on the famed Br’er Rabbit stories, popularized by Joel Chandler Harris. The AJC Decatur Book Festival will host a special presentation called “From the Briar Patch to the Big Stage: Adapting Br’er Rabbit for Opera,” in which composer, Nicole Chamberlain; librettist, Madeleine St. Romain; director, Park Cofield; and Executive Director of The Wren’s Nest, Lain Shakespeare will discuss its development and creation. There also will be singers giving a sneak peak of some of the arias!

MARIETTA: Bioscience company to bring jobs

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Gov. Nathan Deal's office has announced that a pharmaceutical firm plans to open a research and development and manufacturing operation in Marietta.

Deal says that Osmotica Pharmaceutical Corp. plans to create 156 jobs over five years. He said in a statement that the plans represent a $20 million investment over the next five years.

Osmotica is a global pharmaceutical company with principal and commercial operations located in the U.S., Argentina and Hungary.

In Marietta, officials say the company will operate in the recently vacated administration and manufacturing buildings of the former Solvay Pharmaceuticals headquarters off Sawyer Road.

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Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.

MARIETTA: CCT fares go up on Oct. 1

MARIETTA: CCT fares go up on Oct. 1

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - Cobb County commissioners have decided to raise fares for Cobb Community Transit.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to raise the fares, a decision that comes less than a year after fares were last increased.

Authorities say local one-way trips for adult riders will increase from $2 to $2.50. One-way trips on the heavily-used Express buses will go from $4 to $5.

The new fares will take effect Oct. 1.