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WEST SIDE: Atlanta Watershed Management to inspect meters

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Watershed Management is in the process of inspecting all 158,000 residential water meters in the city of Atlanta, in the wake of hundreds of complaints from homeowners angry with electronic water meters apparenly not working properly.

The process will cost some $2 million to taxpayers, and will take some three months to complete.

One homeowner, Bill Lucas, organized town meetings and community groups to force Watershed Management to figure out what was wrong.

"It's something that needed to be done. It's unfortunate that it took this long. I think a lot of the meters were mishandled; were possibly damaged or were not installed with care. When WXIA got involved it brought a lot of attention to it," Lucas said.

Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

Atlanta's Best Kept Secret Takes Over Nightlife... Wanna Play?

In case you haven’t noticed, Atlanta nightlife isn’t the same… at least not with PlayDate on the scene! Every other weekend, local club owners shake, beyond their dance floors, because a game-changer (no pun intended) has interrupted the habits of regular club-goers!

Yep, PlayDate has redefined the traditional pursuits of having a “night out on the town” by getting back to the childhood basics of fun, and it has truly become a necessary experience for grown men and women not just in Atlanta, but all over the world!

ADOPT A PET: Meet Shay

ADOPT A PET: Meet Shay

 ATLANTA - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Shay is almost three years old and she’s looking for a stable home. This American Staffordshire and Terrier mix was brought to the Humane Society when her previous owner could no longer care for her. She is a medium sized dog and she, probably, won’t grow any larger. According to the Humane Society, “Shay would like a home where she doesn’t have to worry and where the chew toys are plentiful”.

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APS to unveil plan to help victims of cheating scandal

ATLANTA -- Members of the Atlanta Public School Board will meet on Monday to talk about how to identify and help students whose test answers were changed as part of a widespread cheating scandal.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: CRCT Cheating Investigation

APS staff will present the board with a "Student Intervention Plan" during a work session starting at 2 p.m. The board could approve the plan during its full board meeting Monday night.

To date, Superintendent Erroll Davis has focused on punishing teachers and principals who cheated on the 2009 CRCTs. He has said it will be equally important to identify and provide remedial help to students who were cheated.

Former APS leader paid $188K for day's work in Texas

DESOTO, Texas -- A Texas school district has decided to pay Kathy Augustine $188,000 after cutting ties with the superintendent who served one day on the job.

The DeSoto Independent School, near Dallas, hired the former APS deputy superintendent in April.

In August, school trustees negotiated a voluntary exit agreement with her after she was implicated in the fallout of Atlanta's CRCT cheating scandal.

Augustine received $31,333 while on paid leave. The Texas school district then added $156,666 to complete the severance package, equaling what would have been one year of Augustine's pay.

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