Metro news for Wednesday

For those who don’t want to stand in line early June 8 to make sure they get a seat to hear the oral arguments over the constitutionality of the federal health care law, the Atlanta appeals court is offering a solution.

In a recent order, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will sell -- for $26 -- a limited number of CDs that will have recordings of the arguments. The arguments, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., are expected to last two hours. The court said it will make the CDs available at 2:30 p.m. on the same day the arguments are heard. Purchases can be made in cash or by check. BILL RANKIN


MARTA has awarded Siemens Industry a $17.2 million contract to build four streetcars, according to the company, for the downtown Atlanta streetcar line scheduled to start service in early 2013.

The city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, and the federal government are all funding the $72 million project. The streetcars will be constructed at a Siemens plant in Sacramento, Ca., and will mark Siemens' entry into the U.S. streetcar market, according to the company's statement. ARIEL HART


An estimated 10,000 people helped raise more than $650,000 for autism awareness at the 2011 Georgia Walk Now for Autism Speaks on May 22 in Atlanta.

The annual event has raised more than $3 million to promote advocacy, research and family services for individuals with autism, which affects one in 110 children nationally and one in 98 in Georgia.

The walk benefits the nonprofit Autism Speaks, as well as the Marcus Autism Center. MISTY WILLIAMS


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