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Georgia Lottery sales falling short

ATLANTA -- Turns out the budget for education expenses was richer than reality.

The Governor's Office says lottery revenues continue to fall short of expected revenue despite that fact that ticket sales are up in the first quarter of this year.

"We budgeted more revenue than we are now expecting to receive," said Governor Nathan Deal's spokesman, Brian Robinson. "We budgeted $903 million in the fiscal year 2012 budget. Fiscal year 2011 lottery deposits to education were $846 million."

11Alive started digging into lottery revenue because of cuts to the Pre-K program. $54 million was cut to make up for falling lottery tickets sales in fiscal year 2011, which ended in June. That caused an exodus of experienced educators from the program.

So how did we get here?

Things started going in the wrong direction in the fiscal year of 2011: Total revenue: $3,597,222,000, down $48,175,000 from the year before, or 1 percent.

Georgia per capita income hit $34,800 last year

Georgia per capita income hit $34,800 last year

ATLANTA -- Georgia ranks 21st among the states for per capita income growth over the past 35 years, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The Peach State's annual PCI growth rate was 5.61 percent from 1975 to 2010. PCI was $5,157 in 1975, compared with $34,800 in 2010.

In terms of total personal income (TPI), Georgia's growth rate was 7.59 percent. The TPI in 1975 was $26 billion, compared with $338 billion in 2010.

PCI is the average amount of money earned by a single person in a given year, while TPI is the sum earned by all people.

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No More Naked Dogs! Canine apparel helps dogs mark their fashion territory

No More Naked Dogs! Canine apparel helps dogs mark their fashion territory

No More Naked Dogs: Canine apparel helps dogs Mark Their Fashion Territory

“It’s about wanting to live a certain way.  Being an every day doggy that wants to look good. Dots and Wiggles want to help other dogs mark their fashion territory.”

Collette Taylor, creator of Dots and Wiggle Pet Apparel, started sewing when she was nine years old.  Her father, who owned a tailor shop in Jamaica, was a master tailor and her mother a seamstress.

“I was always asking if I could do something,” Taylor recalls.  “So one night, I decided I’d finish a pair of jeans that my mother started. My mother told me that she heard the sewing machine going, so she came into the sewing room.

BRIAN FRANK AMONG “BEST OF BEST” FINANCIAL ADVISORS ATTENDING BARRON’S WINNER’S CIRCLE TOP ADVISORS

BRIAN FRANK AMONG “BEST OF BEST” FINANCIAL ADVISORS ATTENDING BARRON’S WINNER’S CIRCLE TOP ADVISORS

ATLANTA, GA September 30, 2011 – Brian Frank, managing director at Premier Wealth Management Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, in April 2011, was one of several hundred financial advisors who were selected by their firms to attend the seventh-annual Barron’s Winner’s Circle Top Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron’s magazine to promote best practices in the industry and the value of advice to the investing public.  The invitation-only conference was held at the Waldorf Astoria, September 14-16 in Orlando, FL.

This exclusive conference is designed to promote best practices and generate new ideas across the industry.  Participants attended workshops, led by the Top 100 Financial Advisors, that explored current issues ranging from business development ideas through managing high-net-worth accounts and families to portfolio management and retirement planning.

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Local woman overcomes tragedy and opens a new cheesecake business

Conyers-  Cheesecaked.com is a local business that offers delicious cheesecake cupcakes.  The owner Shawn Brown is a resident of Conyers and has overcome the tragedy of losing a child to a drunk driver to become a successful business owner.

Shawn's cakes are a unique and tasty take on the cupcake fad, but with using cheesecake instead of traditional cake.

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