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Atlanta, GA – After a dismal 2009, Atlanta hotels are looking to New Year's Eve for a reason to celebrate.

An analysis of 30,000 booking requests by website Priceline.com shows downtown Atlanta as the 7th most popular spot in the nation for New Year's Eve.

Upscale locales are going for more than $300. A few, including the Hyatt Regency, Hotel Indigo and St. Regis, are sold out.

Atlanta, GA – 2009 will be remembered as a year of extraordinary demand for Atlanta's nonprofits.

Unfortunately, many of those nonprofits are still having trouble keeping up.

Atlanta's Toys for Tots program was looking to collect 900,000 toys this holiday season, a number that was to serve nearly a half million local kids.

The donation period is over now, and early reports indicate they collected only half their goal.

Atlanta, GA – Despite signs that the national economy is beginning to recover, a leading indicator of Georgia's economy shows continued weakness here. Each month, the Econometric Center at Kennesaw State University releases its Purchasing Managers Index report, a barometer of manufacturing strength in the state.

For November, Georgia's index was 43.5 compared to a national average of 53.6. Several factors make up the score, but new orders are the main driver of the rating.

Atlanta, GA – Nine different reports of stolen copper in the last few weeks have AT&T concerned.

"It's a very hazardous and dangerous endeavor for those who are doing it," says AT&T spokesperson Dawn Benton. "And it's also a public safety issue because there are temporary service disruptions - I mean we get out there quickly and restore service still there's an impact on public health and emergency services."

Atlanta, GA – Here at Georgia's Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Southeast Atlanta responders like Danielle Graham field calls for help from cities and counties across the state.

"It has been very busy. A lot of just updates on just what's going on and requests for anything from sand bags to bottled water."

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