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Woman stable after contact with MARTA train

ATLANTA -- A woman who got into the tunnel between MARTA's Georgia State University and Five Points stations is in stable condition after making contact with a train.

MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris said it's still not clear how 33-year-old Winter Barnes got into the restricted area or came into contact with a westbound train at about 12:20 p.m. Monday.

MARTA had to turn the electricity off the tracks to rescue the woman and investigate the incident.

As a result, a number of people were trapped on a train inside the tunnel for several hours. The GSU station was also temporarily shut down.

In the meantime, MARTA offered a bus bridge to passengers along the East-West line.

 

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Changes coming to Georgia's food stamp program

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Community Food Bank is preparing for a big jump in demand for emergency food by many of the 1.8 million Georgians who receive food stamps.

In August, the Georgia Department of Human Services will change the deposit date for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or SNAP.

"On average, people are going to lose about three days of benefits," said Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. "I think they're going to be looking to us or our network of agencies, over 2,500 of them, to meet that need."

The change will spread out the window for deposits, from 10 to 18 days, to avoid empty shelves at grocery stores and long check-out lines.

The amount of benefits won't change, but the timing could catch families off-guard.

PARKatlanta allowed to increase fines

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

RELATED | PARKatlanta may soon be on 24-hour patrol

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.

Fulton County and NORC to Host Health Services Information Session on Wednesday, June 27

Fulton County and NORC to Host Health Services Information Session on Wednesday, June 27

EAST POINT, Ga. -- East Point NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community) in partnership with Fulton County’s Health Department will provide information on all services available through Fulton County Health Services.  The Information Session will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at PTC (Peachtree City) Christian Church.  NORC and Health Services Staff will host the session in the chapel on the PTC Campus.  PTC is located at 1706 Washington Road in East Point, GA 30344 and is one of three PTC locations in metro Atlanta.

Participants can obtain answers to questions they have always wanted to know about the “Health Department” but never had a chance to ask. They will also learn what resources are available for adults and children.  Free blood pressure screenings will be available to seniors who participate in the session.

For more information, contact Leslie Bridges at 404-762-2094.

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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.

Braves RHP Beachy has partial tear in elbow

NEW YORK (AP) - Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy has a partial tear in his elbow and will see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed the results of an MRI exam after Monday night's 6-2 loss to the New York Yankees. Gonzalez did not elaborate on the severity of the injury.

Beachy is leading the majors with a 2.00 ERA. The 25-year-old is 5-5 in 13 starts in his first big league season.

Beachy was pulled from a start Saturday night and put on the 15-day disabled list the next day.