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America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

America's Got Talent taping in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- NBC's hit television series, America's Got Talent, is taping live in Atlanta at The Fox Theater, and ALL TICKETS ARE FREE! Join host Nick Cannon and judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel in the studio audience as the country's best singers, dancers, comedians, and performers compete live on national television for a chance to win $1 million.

America's Got Talent is traveling the country and will be in Georgia for THREE DAYS ONLY.  You can come out on April 12, 13, and 14 for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. arrivals each day. 

Tough Issues Face New Water Commissioner

ATLANTA -- Skyrocketing water bills, faulty water meters and countless complaints about customer service have kept Atlanta Watershed Management in the headlines.

Trying to reverse that will be its newest commissioner, Jo Ann Macrina.

She was recruited from the DeKalb Water Department where she was a deputy director. She takes over as Atlanta water rates soar to the highest in the United States, with another increase of 12 percent expected in July.

Macrina assumes her new role as Atlanta Watershed undertakes a $7 million overhaul of the city's 128,000 residential electronic meters, where mismatched parts and missing antennas have plagued the system and have led to out-of-sight water bills. She also inherits a customer service arm that's been criticized repeatedly for inaction and unresponsiveness.

Reed names new Watershed Management head

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has named Jo Ann Macrina as the city's new commissioner of Watershed Management.

Macrina is a civil engineer and former deputy director of Watershed for DeKalb County. Prior to that, she was deputy director of transportation for the City of Roswell.

Dexter White, who has been acting commissioner, will go back to public works.  White took over from former commissioner Rob Hunter, who resigned under fire last September, along with five of his six deputies.

Macrina says she puts customer service, correcting billing irregularities and conforming to the consent decree facing the office as her highest priorities.

Peter Aman, City of Atlanta chief operating officer, has set the end of the year for compliance of the $7 million re-inspection and replacement of faulty digital water meters.

MARTA buses rerouted around debris

ATLANTA -- With trees and power lines down, traffic lights out and debris on the roads, MARTA is rerouting several bus lines on Tuesday.

Customers on routes 1, 16, 36, 51, 53, 60, 66, 117, and 118 should expect delays. For details, riders can call MARTA at 404-848-5000 or visit www.itsmarta.com.

RELATED: Severe storm rips across Metro Atlanta
GALLERY: Your storm damage photos

Drivers felt the aftermath of the region's overnight storms throughout the morning commute.

Metro Atlanta's best hospitals ranked

ATLANTA -- The unofficial authority for college and university rankings is switching gears. For the first time ever, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the best hospitals in America's largest cities.

Out of the 57 hospitals in Metro Atlanta, Emory University Hospital tops the list.

It's followed by the Shepherd Center, Piedmont Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Emory Crawford Long Hospital) and Kennestone Hospital.

The "metro Atlanta" rankings provided by U.S. News and World report only identified hospitals in the City of Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Marietta.  Children's hospitals also were not included in the rankings.

Atlanta New Media Notes for March 31, 2011

Atlanta New Media Notes for March 31, 2011

Several new media things jump out today... Facebook is such an amazing tool for tracking legislation going through the legislative process. The Sunday Sales/Senate Bill 10 may or may not be before the Rules Committee today. Advocates such as Rich Sullivan and co. are at the Georgia State Capitol now Tweeting and posting Facebook updates about this one bill's progress.

Lobbyista, media, advocates and ordinary folk, take note! You could save tons on tasseled loafer polishing costs by not having to hoof it along the hallways of the Gold Dome. Watch and learn from the comfort of your connection.

Deals of the Day: 50% off High Museum, 57% off Fernbank

ATLANTA -- You can enjoy the High Musem of Art for half price on Thursday evenings, get 57 percent off Fernbank Museum tickets, 61 percent off Steeplechase tickets and 44 percent off Atlanta Braves tickets.

If your headed to the movies this weekend, nab a coupon for a $1 popcorn or soda at Regal Cinemas.  Plus, find new deals to save half off at Baby Tommy's Taste of New York and half off at a popular Japanese steakhouse.

You can find more details in the Deals of the Day on Atlanta MomsLikeMe.com.