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A tax break worth nearly $2 million was recently approved for a plane owned by one of filmmaker Tyler Perry's companies in Georgia.

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Television and film producer Tyler Perry is offering to pay for the funeral expenses for twin toddlers who died after being left in a hot car in west Georgia.

WSB-TV reports that Perry contacted the station to make the offer after he saw a news report about the deaths of the 15-month-old girls.

Police charged the twins' father, 24-year-old Asa North, with manslaughter after witnesses said they saw him carry the children to an inflatable kiddie pool in a frantic attempt to cool them off last Thursday.

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In September 2015, WABE sent our reporters out to find out one thing: "What defines Atlanta, exactly? Do we have a unique identity?" You can read the rest of the stories here.

 

Lucrative state tax incentives have made movie sets a common sight around Atlanta over the past few years, but the city is still trying to find its on-screen persona.

You have to start with "Gone With the Wind," said Eddy von Mueller, a film and media professor at Emory University.

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Georgia is known these days as the Hollywood of the South. It’s no understatement to call the state a major movie mecca and a hotbed of arts production. Dozens of movies and television shows are filmed in the state every year. State officials have estimated the impact of movie and television production in Georgia as high as $6 billion.

Here’s a look at some of the top movies filmed wholly or in part in Georgia over the past 40-plus years.

“Deliverance” (1972) 

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The Fort McPherson sale to Tyler Perry is going forward.

A city-appointed board will buy the 488-acre former U.S. Army base for $26 million, sell most of it to Perry and turn what's left over into mixed use development.

Perry will pay $30 million for 330 acres of the property to the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority. 

With the deal approved, the next big steps will be planning the redevelopment of the 144 acres the city will get to keep from the sale, Brian Hooker with the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority said.

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