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12 Metro Atlanta Food Lion stores closing

ATLANTA (WXIA) - Belgium-based Food Lion parent company Delhaize Group announced Thursday that it will close 113 Food Lion stores in the U.S., including 12 stores in Metro Atlanta.

The Metro Atlanta stores closing are in Carrollton, College Park, Conyers, Dallas, Douglasville, Fayetteville, Gainesville, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Marietta, and two stores in Newnan.

The company said the closures were part of an overall streamlining of the company's operations, focusing on the closing of underperforming locations. The stores were expected to close within the next 30 days.

Mayor Reed disclosure report shows airport bid refunds

ATLANTA -- New campaign disclosure reports filed this week give a better picture of the debate swirling around valuable airport concessions at Hartsfield Jackson. The filing shows Mayor Kasim Reed's campaign refunded more than $23,000 to contributors who put in airport bids. Still, a controversial Watchdog group says he took seven times that over the last three years.

REPORT | Kasim Reed campaign contributions (Source: Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission)
REPORT | Airport Concessions winning donors (Source: Common Cause Georgia)

Millions of dollars in limbo for Fulton homeowners

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Sheriff has millions of dollars in a special fund and some of it may belong to you.

Each month, county officials and the banks auction foreclosed homes as well as hold tax lien sales on the courthouse steps.

When it comes to tax lien sales, homeowners should take a deep breath and another look before they walk away from the sales. They could be entitled to lots of money.

It's in the hands of the Fulton County Sheriff.

It starts with the sale of the tax lien, in which buyers often pay more than the lien itself in order to get it. Any money left over after the tax lien purchaser gets his money back, together with a 20 percent commission, goes into a Fund administered by the Sheriff.

That fund now totals $9.9 million.

Much of that money could belong to homeowners who have never claimed it.

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HAPEVILLE | Reed releases names of concessions panel members

ATLANTA - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has released the names of fifteen people who served on an Airport Concessions Evaluations Panel. It's the first time an Atlanta Mayor has shared this type of information, the Mayor's Office said.

RELATED | Mayor Reed lashes out at critics of airport concession contracts
BULL METER | Testing the claims of Atlanta Mayor, Common Cause

30-yr-old Atlanta resident revolutionizes senior care; furnishes upscale living option

30-yr-old Atlanta resident revolutionizes senior care; furnishes upscale living option

Boasting specialized menus, resident-decorated rooms, daily activities including a live band every Wednesday, accordion players, field trips, yoga, and a rose garden complete with fruit trees which residents help maintain; Arkadiy simply says that he “wanted to build something that his grandmother would like.”

A small but stately assisted living home, built from the ground up; and nestled within a picturesque Buckhead residential community, Safe Haven hardly embodies the institutional ideal of assisted living.

And nor does Arkadiy Yakubov (Ar-ca-dee Ya-koo-bove), the 30-year-old founder of Safe Haven Assisted Living facility-

'Mega Monday' expected to set records for shopping, returns

ATLANTA -- It's the biggest gift return day of the season, and experts predict "Mega Monday" could be as big as Cyber Monday or Black Friday.

Retailers slashed prices to entice customers already heading to stores to exchange gifts and hunt for after-Christmas bargains.

"Thirty-five percent more people will be returning this year, than last year," said Janice Lieberman, Consumer Correspondent for the Today Show. "For every dollar spent during the holiday, almost ten cents of it is returned." 

Some store make returns much easier than others. 

Sears may be the number one easy return store because they not only readily accept returns, but they extended their return window to 120 days through this holiday season.