Georgia News Roundup
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New Atlanta-based reality show to premiere Tuesday

ATLANTA (AP) — State and City officials are set to celebrate the kick-off of a new television series featuring Atlanta caterers and eateries.

Lifetime's "Catering Wars Atlanta" is set to premiere Tuesday night. Officials from the Georgia State Film Commission and the National Catering Association of Atlanta will gather on the south steps of the state Capitol Tuesday at 11 a.m. to discuss the show's projected economic impact on the region.

The show follows four Atlanta catering companies as they compete against each other for recognition as the area's best catering company.

Producer Rhona Siver and executives from Lifetime Entertainment and A&E are also expected to be on hand Tuesday.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Energy reduction participants honored in Atlanta 

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other city officials are scheduled to honor more than 20 participants in the Atlanta better buildings challenge.

Reed and Director of Sustainability, Denise Quarles, are slated to join others in midtown Atlanta Tuesday afternoon to recognize commercial property owners that participated in the Better Buildings Challenge, an initiative aimed at reducing energy and water consumption.

The goal of the challenge was to reduce energy or water usage by 20 percent over the past five years.

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is listed in the group of winners, which includes other properties in downtown and Midtown.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Georgia probes actions of neighborhood security guards 

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — State investigators are looking into whether private security guards in upscale neighborhoods outside Atlanta are allowed to make traffic stops.

The investigation comes after WSB-TV reported on drivers being pulled over by security guards who are not police officers, but wear official-looking uniforms and drive vehicles with flashing lights.

The officers issue traffic tickets, with the money going to the homeowners associations in the gated communities.

Former police officer Bob Lowe said he was pulled over this year by a security guard in the St. Ives Country Club in Johns Creek. He filed a complaint with Georgia's Board of Private Detectives and Security Agencies, which falls under the purview of the Georgia Secretary of State.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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1 killed, 1 wounded in shooting outside nightclub 

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and another person wounded in a shooting outside an Atlanta night club.

Police say the gunfire happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Magic City on Forsyth Street, an adult entertainment club on the southwest edge of downtown Atlanta.

Police said the parking lot was full of people at the time of the shooting, and witnesses say it happened as a group of about 30 people left the club.

Atlanta police Lt. Paul Guerrucci tells WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/16FWZVV) that multiple gunshots were fired, striking the two people. Details about the victims weren't immediately released.

Investigators were still collecting evidence early Tuesday morning, and police say they hadn't determined a motive.

Information from: WSB-TV.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Program aims to streamline school meal assistance 

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia will become one of 10 states to participate in a federal program aimed at improving the way students get free or reduced-price lunches at school.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that at least two school districts in metro Atlanta — Clayton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools — have signed up so far for the Community Eligibility Option.

The program was part of the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Georgia was one of four states invited to join the growing program this upcoming school year before it goes nationwide in 2014-15.

The Community Eligibility Option program reduces the paperwork requirements associated with the meals, with the goal of streamlining the process.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Dexter King marries longtime girlfriend 

ATLANTA (AP) — The younger son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King has gotten married.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Dexter Scott King married longtime fiancee Leah Weber in a private ceremony Friday in California. The bride, originally from New Orleans, is a former broadcast journalist and business owner.

King is chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.

The King Center said in a statement that the couple plan to live in Malibu, Calif., where King has lived for several years.

The Atlanta newspaper reports that neither the bride nor groom could be reached for additional comment.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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