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Fulton County residents encouraged to register to vote for 2014 elections

Fulton County residents encouraged to register to vote for 2014 elections

(WXIA) -- The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections reminds residents who intend to vote in the primary election on May 20 that the voter registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

Voter registration forms are available for download at www.fultonelections.com.

Richard Barron, Director of Registration & Elections, encourages new Fulton County residents to register to vote and recommends that all registered voters ensure that their information on file with the department is up-to-date.

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8-year-old boy found safe in Alpharetta

Vance Visger, the 8-year-old who was reported missing in Alpharetta, was found and in good condition just before 7 p.m. Saturday night. 

Visger was reported missing just before 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. 

Bieber Twitter follower arrested sleeping inside his Atlanta home

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sandy Springs Police arrested a woman they found sleeping inside the metro Atlanta home where Justin Bieber is living.

According to a press release, a family member found 23-year-old Qianying Zhao of Doraville, sleeping in one of the home's bedrooms shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

She told police she entered the unoccupied home through an unlocked door.  She said she was there to attend Bieber's birthday party, which was held earlier in the week at another location. 

She originally said she was friends with the singer. However, it is believed that she is one of millions who follow Bieber on Twitter.

She was taken to the Fulton County Jail Annex in Alpharetta and booked on misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Beiber is renting the home on Northside Drive from music producer Dallas Austin. 

Fulton County Workforce Development Offers Employment Assistance to 16 – 21 Year Olds

Fulton County Workforce Development Offers Employment Assistance to 16 – 21 Year Olds

Teens and young adults between 16 and 21-years-old can receive employment assistance through workforce development and leadership training.  The Fulton County Office of Workforce Development wants young people to apply for participation in the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) program. YES is a year-round comprehensive youth training and employment program.

The program increases work opportunities for youth, encourages leadership and independent thinking.  YES also assists Fulton County youth with evaluating and accomplishing their educational and career goals as well as fulfilling their personal potential.

Employment assistance includes the following services:

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House begins debate on privatizing foster care

ATLANTA -- Ryan and Stephanie Martin fostered two sets of children. The last found a permanent place in their home. 

Fostering was always an option.  But it wasn't until the private organization FaithBridge approached their church in Alpharetta, that they decided to get involved.

"They have people who are approved to babysit, are bringing you meals, who pray for you, will provide for clothes.  So all of that comes around you as you are in foster care," said Stephanie, smiling as she flipped through a photo album of her adopted boys.

The Martin's say those are services not readily, or at least easily, available to traditional foster families.   It also helped that they had a FaithBridge case worker that could interact on their behalf with DFCS.

Chipotle may get rid of guacamole

DENVER -- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is cautioning that factors beyond the company's control -- the weather in particular -- may prompt the removal of guacamole from its menu.

Denver-based Chipotle uses 97,000 pounds of avocados daily to make its guacamole to serve at its locations, including 22 in metro Atlanta.

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The company noted higher prices of some ingredients could force the company to increase what it charges for its menu, or it could just do away with some portions of the menu.

"In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients, we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients," the company says in its annual report.

RadioShack to close 1,100 stores

(USA TODAY) -- After reporting dismal fourth-quarter earnings, RadioShack said Tuesday that it would close about 1,100 poorly performing stores, roughly 20% of the electronic retailer's locations.

The store closings will leave about 4,000 locations in the U.S. The company has been struggling to revamp its stores for the past year.

Total net sales and operating revenues were $935.4 million in the fourth quarter, vs. $1,171.4 million last year, a 20% decline. Comparable store sales were down 19%, which the company blames on poor performance in its mobile phone business.

RadioShack stock was down more than 20% in premarket trading.

"Even in this environment, we're continuing to make progress on the five pillars of our turnaround plan: repositioning the brand, revamping the product assortment, reinvigorating the stores, operational efficiency and financial flexibility," CEO Joseph C. Magnacca said in a statement.