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MARTA to increase train, bus service

4/11/2014, 2:30 p.m.
MARTA authorities say they will increase service on trains in the transit system that serves metro Atlanta.
MARTA train at station.

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State University officials say they’re planning to host a Turkish political commentator and author for a discussion on Islamism. Officials say Mustafa Akyol will deliver a lecture titled "The Future of Islamism: Lessons on Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey’’ on April 17. GSU officials say Akyol is based in Istanbul and specializes in issues related to Islam, Turkey, modernity and more. Officials say Aykol writes columns for two Turkish newspapers and the International New York Times. The lecture is being hosted in the Georgia State University Student Center’s speaker’s auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

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Paula Deen’s restaurant in Savannah.

Reports: Paula Deen restaurant closes

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) - A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed. The Savannah Morning News (http://bit.ly/1owsS1s) and WSAV television (http://bit.ly/1gseldc) both reported Thursday that Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House announced the closure on its Facebook page. Both also cited a statement from a public relations firm representing the Savannah-based restaurant. Contact information for the firm could not be obtained immediately.Deen co-owned the restaurant with her brother Bubba Hiers. Former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson sued them both in 2012, alleging sexual harassment and employment practices that were unfair to black workers. The lawsuit was dismissed after lawyers reached a deal, but Deen’s reputation was seriously damaged after she admitted during legal proceedings that she had used racial slurs in the past.

Ga. March net tax revenue totals $1.32 billion

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the state’s net tax revenue for March is up by more than 12 percent from March of 2013. Deal said in a statement that Georgia’s net tax collections totaled $1.32 billion in March, which is an uptick of about $144.5 million - or 12.3 percent - from March of last year. Deal says individual income tax collections in March totaled $477.5 million, which is up $54.75 million from March 2013. The state’s sales and use taxes dropped by about 2.7 percent to $22 million last month, and corporate income tax collections in March were $175 million, up by about $39 million from last year.