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    GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..   AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

         WINTER WEATHER HAS BROUGHT TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS TO CENTRAL GEORGIA FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS... BUT THINGS SEEM TO BE CLEARING OUT.
   TO FIND OUT IF THE TREND WILL LAST...AND FOR YOUR THREE DAY FORECAST.. WE JOIN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IN THE WEATHER CENTER.
   THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

      THE WINTER WEATHER GAVE STUDENTS A COUPLE OF UNEXPECTED DAYS OUT OF SCHOOL... BUT BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS SAY THEY PLAN TO RESUME TOMORROW.
       A FEW OTHER SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL SYSTEMS WILL BE CLOSED FOR ANOTHER DAY.
   THEY INCLUDE HANCOCK... JASPER... MONROE... AND WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS... 
    GATEWOOD SCHOOLS IN EATONTON AND PIEDMONT ACADEMY IN MONTICELLO WILL BE CLOSED AGAIN WEDNESDAY.
 THERE ARE NO CLASSES FOR PUTNAM COUNTY STUDENTS...BUT EMPLOYEES SHOULD REPORT AT 10 A-M.
  ALSO... THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA IN ATHENS AND GRIFFIN WILL BE CLOSED AGAIN TOMORROW.

     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... SHOULD SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED TODAY?
     SO FAR 74 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
     26 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN CLOSED.
      VOTE RIGHT NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

      IF YOU LIVE IN UNINCORPORATED BIBB COUNTY... YOUR TRASH PICKUP WILL FALL ONE DAY LATER THAN USUAL THIS WEEK.
      SOUTHLAND WASTE SYSTEMS SAYS YESTERDAY'S WEATHER CAUSED THAT DELAY.
       THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE STORIES YOU'LL FIND ON THE MACON PAGE IN OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
       USE THE BOX ON OUR HOMEPAGE TO SELECT  YOUR AREA... THEN CLICK ON 'MORE NEWS' TO GET THE LATEST HEADLINES AND EVENTS FROM YOUR COMMUNITY.
      IT'S OUR WAY OF KEEPING YOU INFORMED ABOUT THE STORIES THAT AFFECT YOU... WHERE YOU LIVE.

IT'S BEEN NEARLY TWO DAYS SINCE A WINTER STORM SWEPT THROUGH CENTRAL GEORGIA... AND SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL CONCERNED ABOUT HITTING THE ROADS.
ICE MELTED OFF THE TREES AND POWER LINES TODAY... CREATING PUDDLES IN THE GRASS AND ROADS BELOW.
BUT SOME BACK ROADS IN PEACH COUNTY HAVEN'T QUITE CLEARED UP SINCE THE STORM.
E-M-A DIRECTOR JEFF DOLES SAYS MAJOR AND SECONDARY ROADS ARE CLEAR... AND ABOUT 95 PERCENT OF THE ICE FROM TREES HAS MELTED.
STILL... SOME PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON BACK ROADS ARE WORRIED.
Eva Warren, Fort Valley: "We have what ya call black ice, and you can't really see that. So I wasn't going to endager my life, because, you know, you don't get that back."
DOLES SAYS THE ROADS ARE SAFE TO TRAVEL AGAIN.... BUT  IF FIND YOURSELF ON BACK ROADS... AND NOTICE MOISTURE...USE CAUTION AND DRIVE SLOW.
            AND JUST A NOTE TO PASS ON.... THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS ALL INTERSTATES IN ATLANTA ARE REOPENED AND PASSABLE.
           BUT... THE DEPARTMENT SAYS CONDITIONS ARE STILL ICY... AND IF YOU'RE HEADING THAT WAY... THEY ADVISE YOU TO USE EXTREME CAUTION.

A JOHNSON COUNTY WOMAN SAYS SHE'S SAFE...BUT WITHOUT A HOME...AFTER AN OAK TREE FELL THROUGH HER ROOF.
MARTHA NEAL SAYS ON MONDAY SHE HEARD A LOUD CRASH FROM THE BACK OF HER MOBILE HOME. 
WHEN SHE WENT TO CHECK OUT THE PROBLEM... SHE FOUND A TREE HAD FALLEN THROUGH HER ROOF INTO THE BEDROOM.
ADRIAN FIRE CHIEF JESSE YAWN SAYS ICE CAUSED THE TREE TO UPROOT.
Chief Jesse Yawn, Adrian Fire Department: "I have seen some trees fall onto houses and break through the roof but never to this extent this one came all the way through to the floor of the house."
NEAL IS WAITING ON HER INSURANCE ADJUSTER TO COME OUT BEFORE SHE DECIDES WHAT TO DO NEXT.
RIGHT NOW SHE'S STAYING WITH HER SISTER.

     THE SYSTEM THAT DUMPED ICE AND SNOW IN GEORGIA IS STILL GOING... AND IT'S MAKING ITS WAY UP THE EAST COAST.
     THE NORTHEAST IS BRACING FOR ANOTHER BLAST OF WINTER WEATHER... WITH SOME AREAS LOOKING TO GET NEARLY A FOOT AND A HALF OF SNOW.
      MICHAEL HERZENBERG REPORTS FROM NEW YORK.
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Plows are rolling out in New York City in advance of the third snow storm in two and a half weeks.

:06-:10 SOT (Annette Hunt/New York Resident) "I'm not looking forward to it. If they clean it up it's fine. If they don't it's not fun."
SOT (too short to cg) "We just got to be prepared this time."

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This is the first major storm since the Christmas weekend blizzard that paralyzed the city for days.
This time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg promises a much improved response.

:22-:29 SOT: (Mayor Michael Bloomberg/New York City) "We did not do the job that New Yorkers rightly expect of us last time and we intend to make sure that doesn't happen again."

:30-:40 Standup: (Michael Herzenberg/New York, NY) "This storm is a combination of two systems coming from the south and midwest. It could bring more than a foot of snow to New York and other parts of the Northeast. Boston and New York City have already declared snow emergencies ."

The winter weather forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights. Susan Street took off her flipflops at the country's busiest airport, trying to relax after getting stuck in Atlanta on her way home from a wedding in Buenos Aires.

:56-1:01 SOT: (Susan Street/Delayed Passenger) "I was ready to come home but I didn't expect this. But Buenos Aires was great. I would rather be stuck there."

Traffic is still moving slowly in parts of the frozen South...like this UPS truck that couldn't get moving in Atlanta.

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In Charlotte, a tractor trailer looked like it was glued to the ice-covered road.
Accidents also shut down highways in Wisconsin and Iowa.

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A winter storm warning is in effect until Wednesday evening.
>> NEW YORK'S GOVERNOR OPENED THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IN PREPARATION FOR THE STORM.

     A TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT SHUT DOWN PART OF INTERSTATE 475-SOUTH FOR ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF THIS EVENING...
THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS ALL TRAFFIC WAS DIVERTED OFF THE INTERSTATE ONTO THOMASTON ROAD AT EXIT THREE...AFTER AN EIGHTEEN WHEELER HIT THE MEDIAN.
IT HAPPENED ABOUT A MILE SOUTH OF THE EXIT  AROUND NINE O'CLOCK P.M.
SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THERE WERE NO INJURIES BUT THAT THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY OF A FUEL SPILL...
HE SAID THE ROAD REOPENED BY TEN THIRTY...

     CITY OF MACON RETIREES WILL GET A ONE AND A HALF PERCENT COST OF LIVING INCREASE IN THEIR PENSION CHECKS..
    THE INCREASE COMES DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE ASKED CITY COUCIL TO CONSIDER A RESOLUTION BLOCKING THE INCREASE.
    MAYORAL SPOKESMAN ANDREW BLASCOVICH SAID THEY ASKED COUNCIL TO CANCEL THE INCREASE THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE DOWNTURN IN THE ECONOMY....... AND BECAUSE THE CITY RECENTLY AGREED TO PAY THE ONE POINT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS IT OWES TO THE PENSION FUND THIS YEAR..
    BUT BLASCOVICH SAID THE EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE FAILED TO GET THE RESOLUTION ON THE AGENDA BEFORE THE MANDATORY DEADLINE WHICH WAS JANUARY 1ST.
    THE COST OF LIVING INCREASE WILL COST THE CITY ABOUT ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS..

     THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA AND 13WMAZ WANT YOU TO START OFF THE NEW YEAR ON A HEALTHY NOTE WHEN IT COMES TO THE PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER.. 
   MAMMO-MARATHON 2011 IS SET FOR THIS THURSDAY AT THE CENTRAL GEORGIA BREAST CARE CENTER ON FORSYTH STREET IN DOWNTOWN MACON..
    THE EVENT FEATURES ALL-DAY WALK-IN MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENINGS FROM SEVEN IN THE MORNING UNTIL SIX O'CLOCK AT NIGHT..
    THE PURPOSE - SAVING LIVES.. 
Nancy White:..We just want to increase the awareness of breast cancer and the fact that early detection is the cure.  You know 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this eyar so we just want to make sure you stay on top of it and get your routine screenings..
    YOU WON'T NEED AN APPOINTMENT ON THURSDAY BUT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING A DOCTOR'S REFERALL WITH YOU IN ORDER TO GET YOUR SCREENING..

BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'S INCOMING SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND WRAPS UP HIS TIME IN ROCHESTER...MINNESOTA THIS WEEK.
ROCHESTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS SPOKESWOMAN JENNIFER POZANC SAYS DALLEMAND'S LAST DAY IN THE DISTRICT IS THIS FRIDAY.
LAST MONTH... THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD REACHED AN AGREEMENT TO HIRE DALLEMAND.
THEY AGREED TO PAY HIM A BASE SALARY OF 198 THOUSAND DOLLARS... PLUS BENEFITS.
DALLEMAND IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN WORK ON FEBRUARY FIRST.
13WMAZ'S LAUREN DISPIRITO SPOKE TO DALLEMAND BY PHONE TODAY. 
HE SAYS HE HAS NOT YET DECIDED WHEN HE'LL MOVE TO BIBB COUNTY. 

    A MACON MASSAGE-PARLOR WORKER WHO THREATENED TO SUE THE CITY FOR A HALF MILLION DOLLARS AFTER SHE WAS CHARGED WITH PROSTITUTION PLEADED GUILTY TO REDUCED CHARGES.
   IN A DOCUMENT FILED IN COURT TUESDAY, SUN AH CHO PLEADED GUILTY TO GIVING A MASSAGE IN A PLACE OF PROSTITUTION.
   THAT'S ACCORDING TO REBECCA GRIST, SOLICITOR IN BIBB COUNTY STATE COURT.
    LAST YEAR, CHO WAS CHARGED WITH PROSTITUTION AND SOLICITING SODOMY, 
    CHO WILL PAY A 1,000 DOLLAR FINE AND AGREE TO NOT RETURN TO BIBB COUNTY FOR 12 MONTHS, GRIST SAID. CHO IS CURRENTLY LIVING IN CALIFORNIA.

  CONSOLIDATION OF THE CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY WON'T TAKE STATE BUDGET PROBLEMS OFF CENTER STAGE IN THIS YEAR'S GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
   BUT SHIFTING THE CONSOLIDATION DEBATE FROM LOCAL TO GENERAL LEGISLATION SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON THE ISSUE.
  STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE WANTS VOTERS TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT A CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT.. AND HE'S OFFERED LEGISLATION TO ALLOW A VOTE.
  THE PROPOSAL PASSED THE HOUSE LAST YEAR.. BUT DIED IN THE SENATE.
  PEAKE IS TRYING TO GET A CONSOLIDATION PACKAGE THROUGH AS LOCAL LEGISLATION AGAIN THIS YEAR.
IF THAT FAILS.. PEAKE SAYS HE'LL CONSIDER OTHER OPTIONS.. INCLUDING RUNNING IT THROUGH AS GENERAL LEGISLATION.
  LOCAL LEGISLATION MUST BE APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF THE BIBB COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION..
GENERAL LEGISLATION MUST BE APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF STATE LAWMAKERS IN BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

DURING HIS INAUGURATION AS GEORGIA'S 82ND GOVERNOR YESTERDAY... NATHAN DEAL SAID A LOT HAD CHANGED SINCE HIS CHILDHOOD DAYS IN SANDERSVILLE.
BUT CLASSMATE TOMMY WALKER SAYS ONE THING HAS STAYED THE SAME... DEAL'S SMALL-TOWN ROOTS.
WALKER SAYS THE SON OF GEORGIA EDUCATORS WAS WELL-ROUNDED IN SCHOOL...
HE WAS CLASS PRESIDENT... IN DEBATE... QUARTET... FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA... AND BASKETBALL.
OLD YEARBOOKS SHOW DEAL WAS VOTED MOST DEPENDABLE...
WALKER SAYS IT SEEMS FITTING... THE STATE  IS NOW DEPENDING ON DEAL.
"Everybody's very proud of him. You couldn't hardly go a block in this town without seeing a Nathan Deal sign. We knew somewhere along 6th or 7th grade that Nathan was destined to be governor... or something important."
DEAL WAS SWORN IN YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AT THE STATE CAPITOL.
THE SNOWSTORM FORCED THE CEREMONY FROM THE STEPS OF THE CAPITOL TO THE HOUSE CHAMBER.
HE GIVES HIS STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS TOMORROW AFTERNOON.

A JUDGE HAS GRANTED A REQUEST BY THE CALIFORNIA MEDICAL BOARD TO SUSPEND THE LICENSE OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S PERSONAL PHYSICIAN TO PRACTICE IN THE STATE. 
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE MICHAEL PASTOR MADE
THE RULING TODAY IN THE CASE OF DR. CONRAD MURRAY BASED ON HIS EARLIER 
RULING THAT MURRAY MUST STAND TRIAL FOR INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN 
JACKSON'S DEATH. 
   PASTOR SAYS SAYS MURRAY'S LAWYERS 
MUST NOTIFY EVERY DISTRICT WHERE HE PRACTICES OF THE DECISION WITHIN 24 HOURS. 
   MURRAY HAS CLINICS IN HOUSTON AND LAS VEGAS. 
 
      VERIZON WIRELESS MADE IT OFFICIAL... THE COMPANY WILL START SELLING THE I-PHONE NEXT MONTH.
     THIS MORNING AT 11-11... ON JANUARY 11TH 2011... VERIZON COMMUNICATION ANNOUNCED A VERSION OF THE I-PHONE FOUR WOULD BE AVAILABLE ON FEBRUARY 10TH.
       PRE-ORDERS WILL START ON FEBRUARY 3RD.
        A-T- AND T HAS HAD EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO THE PHONE SINCE IT DEBUTED IN 2007.
         VERIZON'S I-PHONE WILL START AT 199.99

       HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... WE'VE HAD OUR FAIR SHARE OF WINTER WEATHER THIS WEEK... BUT SOME FOLKS IN CHICAGO TOOK WHAT MOTHER NATURE THREW AT THEM... AND MADE A GAME OF IT.
       AND WE MEAN THAT... QUITE LITERALLY.
       THE GROUP... CALLED THE ICE BRIGADE... TOOK PIECES OF ICE AND CARVED THEM INTO GIANT CHESS PIECES IN ONE OF THE CITY'S PARKS.
       THEN... THEY CHALLENGED TEAMS TO COME OUT AND TAKE THEM ON IN A MATCH.
        ONE OF THE GROUP'S MEMBERS SAYS IT'S ALL ABOUT JUST GETTING PEOPLE OUT AND HAVING SOME FUN.

 

 

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