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Visits are for more than golf in April

 

April visitors to the area don’t all come for golf. The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates non-Masters Tournament guests will spend more than $3.5 million.

The largest group is the Archery Shooters Association, a 1,200-member group expected to bring in $884,450 from April 27-29. Also that weekend, the 660-member 2012 Augusta Arsenal Shootout is expected to bring in an estimated $454,860.

Direct visitor spending in April 2011 was estimated at $2.2 million.

Many of the April visitors are return guests, according to the CVB director of sales and marketing, Peggy Seigler. Keeping visitors happy keeps them coming back, she said.

Other notable groups on the April report include the 2012 Men’s and Women’s Hard Court Tennis at the Newman Tennis Center and the Parking Association of Georgia 2012 Spring Conference.

FTC pushing for data brokers law

NEW YORK — The Federal Trade Commission is calling for a new law that would allow people to review the vast amounts of information being collected about them as the Internet, smartphones and other technology make it easier to create digital dossiers of just about anyone’s life.

As part of a 57-page report released this week, the FTC said Congress needs to impose more controls over so-called “data brokers” that profit from the collection and sale of files containing sensitive information that can affect people’s ability to get a job or find a place to live.

The FTC is pushing for a law that would let consumers see their files and dispute personal data held by brokers. It would be similar to current federal laws that guarantee consumers free access to their credit reports once a year.

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TYSON FOODS INC. executives say the negative publicity over the filler known as “pink slime” has hurt demand and will reduce beef supply in the long term. A number of consumers, schools and grocers announced in recent weeks that they are shunning products that contain the low-cost filler known in the meat industry as “lean, finely textured beef.”

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