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Theater of the Stars cancels entire season

ATLANTA -- After canceling shows for this season, the non-profit Theater of the Stars company says it is canceling the 2013-14 season entirely.

The theater company, which brought Broadway presentations to audiences at the Fox Theatre, said the company's financial position led it to cancel the season. Its presentations of Disney's The Little Mermaid and Cats had previously been canceled.

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Businesses hired to make Obamacare work say they're ready

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The businesses the federal government has hired to make health care reform work assured Congress on Tuesday that their systems will be ready by Oct. 1, when the law's new heath insurance marketplaces will begin enrolling customers.

Individuals and small businesses will shop for insurance on these online exchanges. Only 17 states, counting the District of Columbia, decided to run their own exchanges. Seven more are partnering with the federal government on these exchanges. The federal government will operate exchanges for the remaining 27 states.

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Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

Sad day for Atlanta couponers: The end of Kroger double coupons

ATLANTA -- The wave of couponers' cries heard in the Midwest and Texas has finally hit the Southeast!

For years, we have enjoyed the everyday doubling of coupons $0.50 and less. We got FREE items because of this great policy and it made handling an almost impossible budget easier for us couponers and savvy shoppers.

While I am not saying that this will hurt us (I will be posting some other things Kroger is doing), it does have me wondering -- in this competitive Atlanta market, where we use more coupons per capita then ANYWHERE in the US -- how will this fare? Will Publix jump on the bandwagon?

The end of double coupons becomes effective September 21, 2013. For this couponer, I will be having to double check my shopping list with this new rule. It's not fun, but a lot of new things are coming from Kroger, and I think this is why the program of double couponing is ending.

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

STEM Education Awards finalists announced

ATLANTA -- The Technology Association of Georgia and its Education Collaborative has announced the finalists for this year's Georgia STEM Education Awards.

The finalists were chosen from more than 170 applicants across eight categories.

"Recent studies show that Georgia will need to fill approximately 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018," TAG president and CEO Tino Mantella said in a statement. "The 2013 Georgia STEM Education Awards finalists are helping to prepare the tech-ready workforce to fill these jobs, and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia's educational community."

The award winners will be announced Sept. 27 at the second annual Georgia STEM Education Awards event in Savannah.

This year's finalists include:

Elementary School
* Brookwood ES (Whitfield)
* Hightower ES (DeKalb)
* Honey Creek ES (Rockdale)
* May Howard ES (Savannah-Chatham)
* Sope Creek ES (Cobb)

Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

Atlanta-based Cardlytics appoints CFO

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Cardlytics, the leader in Card-Linked Marketing, today announced a key addition to the leadership of the company. The company named Jim Morgan as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Morgan will lead the finance and accounting teams at Cardlytics, and will be based in Atlanta.

“Jim comes at a pivotal point for Cardlytics,” said Scott Grimes, CEO of Cardlytics “His global financial management expertise - and depth of experience in navigating significant growth - is exactly what we need to take the company to the next level.”

Morgan Stanley’s Michael Merlin joins Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

Morgan Stanley’s Michael Merlin joins Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors

ATLANTA -- Michael Merlin, an Executive Director at Hansberger & Merlin of Morgan Stanley in Atlanta has recently been named to the 2013-2014 Board of Directors at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

“We are excited and pleased that Michael Merlin will be joining our Board of Directors,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D. “Michael has been a tremendous supporter of the ASO, and we look forward to having his superb leadership and business expertise help shape the future of this renowned Orchestra.”

Mr. Merlin commented, “I am both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board.  The dedication that the ASO has to music education for all members of our community is inspiring.  I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the ASO to increase the impact of this great organization.”

Atlanta reality show 'Catering Wars' to premiere Tuesday

Atlanta reality show 'Catering Wars' to premiere Tuesday

ATLANTA -- State and city officials are set to celebrate the kickoff of a new television series featuring Atlanta caterers and eateries.

Lifetime's "Catering Wars Atlanta" is set to premiere Tuesday at 10 p.m. The show follows four Atlanta catering companies as they compete against each other for recognition as the area's best catering company.

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.

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

Companies featured on "Catering Wars Atlanta" include Atlanta's Finest, Hottie Hawg's Barbecue, Ocean Catering Company and Pat's Party Perfect.