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DEALCHICKEN | 3 shows (and popcorn!) for $15

DEALCHICKEN | 3 shows (and popcorn!) for $15

ATLANTA -- Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will eat up Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal.

For one day only, DealChicken members can take advantage of three cheap tickets to CineProv, an Atlanta movie theater that employs improv artists to yell out commentary during classic movies.

This $15 deal (a $36 value, plus popcorn!) will have you rolling in the aisles for less -- much less.

In addition to a concession stand, CineProv has a full bar. Patrons must be at least 18 years old.

This deal expires on Feb. 7, 2013. CineProv is located at 380 14th Street in Midtown.

Learn more about DealChicken and sign up for its "eggcellent" deals at www.dealchicken.com/atlanta-ga.

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UniverSoul Circus comes back to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The UniverSoul Circus is making its way back home to Atlanta, just in time for Black History Month. 

The circus will open on February 9 and will run through February 26. 

This year, UniverSoul features an improv comedy troupe, various contortionists, a comedy act, elephants, tigers, dancers and a trapeze act. 

The circus is known for it's "unique brand of high energy audience interaction and thrilling circus artistry". 

Tickets generally cost between $15 and $30.  They are on sale, now, at the UniverSoul box office located at Turner Field

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

Powerball jackpot rises to $250 million

ATLANTA – Powerball has soared to staggering heights. Wednesday’s jackpot has jumped to $250 million after no one matched all the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing.

One Georgia Lottery player won $10,000 in Saturday’s drawing. The lucky ticket was purchased in Pooler.

The Powerball jackpot has been growing since Dec. 28 and has rolled 12 times.

 Powerball offers two payment options: the $250 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments, or the cash option, which is approximately $156 million.

 Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

 As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Gov. Deal to announce need-based college scholarship

ATLANTA - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will announce details of a new need-based college scholarship program on Monday.

He's scheduled to outline the program and launch it at 1:30 p.m. in the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.

The program will be funded by private donations, and it will not replace the popular HOPE Scholarship.

Gov. Deal and leading Republicans who control the state House and Senate have repeatedly said HOPE needs to be protected.

They brush off calls for an income cap and insist HOPE needs to continue to be merit-based, despite the fact that the program continues to struggle financially.

Democrats have been pushing to reinstate the income cap and set it at $140,000 per family per year. They argue it's the only way to make sure HOPE stays afloat for students who need the money most to go to college.

The new needs-based program is designed to fill the financial gap left by cuts to HOPE last year.

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MIDTOWN | Report: Bank of America Plaza to be auctioned

ATLANTA -- Bank of America Plaza, the Southeast's tallest building, will hit the auction block Tuesday, Businessweek reported Monday.

The business publication said the 1.25 million-square foot building will be sold on the Fulton County Courthouse steps.

The iconic skyscraper was sold to BentleyForbes, a California real estate company, in 2006. At $436 million, it was the largest real estate transaction in Atlanta history.

Voter registration deadline is today

Voter registration deadline is today

Fulton County - The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections reminds residents that the voter registration deadline for the 2012 Presidential Preference Primary is February 6, 2012. The General Primary Election will be held on March 6, 2012.  Fulton County encourages new residents to register to vote and recommends that all residents make sure the information on their voter precinct cards is up-to-date.

To register to vote in the state of Georgia, you must be: a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you wish to vote, and at least 18 years of age by Election Day.

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

U.S. unemployment down, 243,000 jobs added

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The U.S. unemployment rate fell in January for a fifth straight month, to 8.3 percent, as the economy added nearly a quarter-million jobs.

The jobless rate -- down from December's 8.5 percent -- is the lowest in almost three years. The rate is now eight-tenths of a percentage point under what it was last August, the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

BLS' separate survey of employers showed that nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 243,000 last month, with businesse adding 257,000 positions and a slight drop in private-sector employment.

Many economists had expected less payroll growth, according to surveys.

It said that private-sector job growth was widespread in January, with large increases in professional and business services as well as leisure, hospitality and manufacturing.

It was the fourth straight month of job gains nationwide.