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PARKatlanta allowed to increase fines

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to authorize PARKatlanta to charge more for parking tickets.

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Right now, tickets are $25, but Monday's vote will cause them to jump to $35 -- a price that will double if the ticket is not paid within 14 days. After 45 days, unpaid tickets will cost $95.

The fine hike would help the city of Atlanta recover lost revenue after a 2011 court ruling allowed the parking enforcement company to pay the city only $1.5 million per year -- down from the original $5.5 million a year in 2009 -- due to the city ordering PARKatlanta to cut back enforcement.

At the council meeting on Monday, prior to the vote, no one rose to the defense of PARKatlanta.

Braves struggles continue as Yanks win 10th straight win

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Derek Jeter knocked in three runs, CC Sabathia threw his first complete game of the season and the Yankees ran their win streak to 10 games Monday night with a 6-2 victory over the Braves.

Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano homered for the Yankees, who moved to 10-0 in their current 15-game stretch against NL East teams and 20-4 in their last 24 overall.

Sabathia (9-3) beat the Braves for the second time in a week, settling down after giving up a first-inning run to strike out 10. He gave up seven hits and a walk and threw 84 of his 116 pitches for strikes in the 34th complete game of his career.

The 31-year-old lefty beat Atlanta in his last start last Tuesday despite giving up four runs on 10 hits in seven innings. He was saved by a six-run eighth inning, which included Alex Rodriguez's 23rd career grand slam to tie Lou Gehrig's major league record.

2013 budget approved by Atlanta City Council

ATLANTA -- City council voted 12-2 during a session on Monday to approve Mayor Reed's $542 million 2013 fiscal year budget. 

According to the budget, Atlanta will meet the "long-established" goal of 2,000 police officers and the budget will increase funding for "economic development," "double the financial support for arts grant funding from last year" and dedicate funds toward youth development, customer service and fiscal stability. 

"Despite having a decline in projected revenues, we have more than $110 million in cash reserves and the funding needed to help us achieve a police force of 2,000 officers. I am pleased to partner with the Atlanta City Council on a spending plan that, once again, does not increase property taxes for our residents," Mayor Reed says.

Chen stellar as O's blank Braves

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Wei-Yin Chen tossed seven shutout innings on Sunday and the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, in the rubber match of a three-game interleague set at Turner Field.

Chen (7-2) allowed six hits, one walk and struck out two to earn the win. He threw 70 of his 101 pitches for strikes. Darren O'Day, Troy Patton and Pedro Strop combined for a scoreless eighth and Jim Johnson collected his 20th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning.

Adam Jones went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Steve Pearce scored on a balk for the Orioles, who have won seven of their last eight contests.

Randall Delgado (4-7) pitched well in defeat, allowing two runs on three hits over eight innings to go with six strikeouts. Andrelton Simmons added a pair of hits in the loss for the Braves, losers in six of their last seven games.

 

Debate Over Transportation Tax

ATLANTA -- On July 31, Atlantans will decide their transportation future.   They will be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects and improvements over the next ten years.

Supporters say the money is not only vital to ease regional congestion, they say the region's financial future depends on it.   They vow it will create jobs and make it easier to get to those jobs.

Opponents question whether the money is allocated well.  They wonder what happens after ten years.  Some don't want money to go to MARTA.  Others are distrustful of government.

Sunday morning, two men on opposite sides of the issue shared their viewpoints on 11Alive Weekend Morning News.   Dave Stockert, CEO of Post Properties, is chairman of the metro Chamber's Transportation Policy Committee.   He is pushing for passage of the Special Local Option Sales Tax.

Doctors: Williams 'doing well' in rehab at Shepherd Center

ATLANTA - Doctors for boxer Paul Williams spoke at a news conference at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where he was transferred for rehabilitation after his accident.

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Williams, 30, was seriously injured late last month when the motorcycle he was driving crashed on South Marietta Parkway near Atlanta Road. The boxer was thrown from his motorcycle after he swerved to avoid an oncoming car, according to Williams' manager, George Peterson. Police said Williams was speeding and didn't make it around a curve before he crashed.

Doctors and Peterson said Williams is doing well, despite having no movement below the waist.

Pike Nursery hosts free lawn care classes

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Metro area Pike Nursery locations will be offering free lawn care seminars on Saturday morning. 

Homeowners looking to "jazz up" their yards are welcomed to participate in classes on the "essentials of lawn care." 

The seminar includes step-by-step instructions for sodding, seeding and reseeding lawns as well as tips on what type of grass is best used in the Atlanta summer heat.

The classes will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.