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Sweet Deal! Celebrate with 50% off Edible Custom Cupcake Toppers ($30 value)

Sweet Deal! Celebrate with 50% off Edible Custom Cupcake Toppers ($30 value)

Tis’ the season for holiday parties, delicious gifts of baked goodies and overflowing dessert buffets. CLICK HERE TO Dazzle your guests with adorable, edible and personalized cupcake toppers from Cake Sugar Designs for just $15. 

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27TH AT MIDNIGHT

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Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Best out-of-the-ordinary Halloween events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Fernbank BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Get ready to have a screaming (in delight) good time! For one day only, Fernbank Museum is becoming Fernbank BOO-seum. Little Beat Music, Inc. will provide family-friendly tunes and face painting will inspire those who didn’t quite finish their costumes. Plus, enjoy a frightening-ly fun Halloween party featuring games, crafts, hands-on activities and special treats for kids in costumes.* (*Treats available while supplies last.)

$30 = 3 Pre or Post Natal Pilates Classes at CORE Atlanta ($75 value)

$30 = 3 Pre or Post Natal Pilates Classes at CORE Atlanta ($75 value)

Get moving with these 50 minute classes during your pregnancy and after baby! CLICK HERE TO SAVE 60% off Pre or Post Natal Pilates classes at CORE Westside and CORE Buckhead ($75 value).  

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS MONDAY, OCTOBER 24TH AT MIDNIGHT

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Get holiday pics taken for only $85 = On Location Photo Session + 4 Digital Images ($175 value)

Get holiday pics taken for only $85 = On Location Photo Session + 4 Digital Images ($175 value)

Time to get your holiday cards ready for friends and family across the miles. Don't settle for a big box "portrait studio", this year you can get an on-location photo shoot for your holiday card CLICK HERE TO Save 51% off this year's family portrait with Intown Atlanta photography, Kristy Heller of Kristy Photography ($175 value).  Photos also make the perfect present!

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20TH AT MIDNIGHT

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$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

Half off 4x8 Holiday Photo Greeting Cards ($20)

Half off 4x8 Holiday Photo Greeting Cards ($20)

Get twenty customized holiday photo cards for only $10 - that's 50 cents each!  CLICK HERE TO SAVE HALF OFF Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's Cards, plus Baby Announcements + more ($20 value)!

THIS EXCLUSIVE DEAL ENDS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH AT MIDNIGHT

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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.