Wednesday, January 12, Eyewitness News at 11

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

JUST A FEW DAYS AFTER HIS SWEARING IN... GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SPOKE TO GEORGIANS ABOUT THE STATE'S CURRENT BUDGET... AND HIS PLANS TO KEEP IT BALANCED.
IN HIS STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS...GOVERNOR DEAL SAID ONE OF HIS TOP PRIORITIES IS PRESERVING GEORGIA'S EDUCATION SYSTEM.
HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT KEEPING THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP GOING... AND SAYS LAWMAKERS NEED TO FIND A WAY TO REIGN IN SPENDING... WHICH RIGHT NOW OVERDRAWS WHAT THE LOTTERY PUTS IN.
DEAL SAYS HE PLANS TO ALLOCATE 1 PERCENT OF THE RESERVE BUDGET FOR K THROUGH 12 EDUCATION.
Nathan Deal "Let me be clear. my budget will end teacher furloughs and keep students in school for the full year."
DEAL'S SPEECH DREW APPLAUSE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE...AS SOME LOCAL REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS SAY THE FLEDGLING GOVERNOR IS OFF TO A GOOD START.
:1-:6 Staton "He is appropriating additional funds in order to meet the funding for k-12. So I think the tone and the measure of the speech is what impresses me."
:12 Hooks "I was real pleased to hear him reduce the size of the bond package down to a half billion or 500 million. It's been way too way in my opinion for some time."
DEAL ALSO TALKED ABOUT SPENDING 300 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS TO CREATE AND EXPAND GEORGIA'S WATER SUPPLY.
AND HE SAYS DEEPENING THE SAVANNAH HARBOR IS NEEDED TO ACCOMMODATE LARGER SHIPS WHEN THE PANAMA CANAL WIDENING PROJECT IS FINISHED.

     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... HOW WOULD YOU RATE THE STATE OF THE STATE?
     SO FAR 2 PERCENT OF YOU SAY EXCELLENT.
     16 PERCENT SAY GOOD.
    47 PERCENT SAY FAIR.
    AND 35 PERCENT OF YOU WOULD RATE THE STATE OF THE STATE AS POOR.
     VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

     THE MACON CITY COUNCIL EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT AND COMPENSATION COMMITTEE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TONIGHT IN FAVOR OF CREATING AN APPEALS PROCESS FOR CITY EMPLOYEES WHO ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE NEW CITY-WIDE PAY SCALE.
        COMMITTEE MEMBER ELAINE LUCAS SPONSORED THE RESOLUTION.
        SHE SAYS THE PLAN WOULD LET THE CARL VINSON INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS DIRECTLY TO COUNCIL.
        IT WOULD ALSO INCLUDE INPUT FROM EMPLOYEES...
        LUCAS SAYS THEY COULD ALSO RE-EXAMINE WHERE SPECIFIC POSITIONS WERE PLACED ON THE SCALE.
        THE RESOLUTION STILL NEEDS APPROVAL FROM FULL COUNCIL.

MACON'S TWO STATE SENATORS WERE NAMED TO SEVERAL COMMITTEES TODAY.
REPUBLICAN CECIL STATON WILL SERVE ON SEVERAL COMMITTEES INCLUDING THE APPROPRIATIONS, FINANCE, RULES, REAPPORTIONMENT AND BANKING COMMITTEES.
ALSO TODAY.....THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ASSIGNMENTS PICKED DEMOCRAT ROBERT BROWN FOR THE APPROPRIATIONS, JUDICIARY, URBAN AFFAIRS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND REAPPORTIONMENT COMMITTEES. 
STATON IS MAJORITY WHIP FOR THE SENATE, TASKED WITH ENSURING THAT MEMBERS VOTE IN LINE WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. 
BROWN IS THE SENATE'S MINORITY LEADER.

CONSERVATIVE COMMENTATOR HERMAN CAIN SAYS HE'S THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. 
 TODAY CAIN ANNOUNCED THE FORMATION OF A PRESIDENTIAL EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE, "FRIENDS OF HERMAN CAIN," TO "TEST THE 
WATERS" FOR A POSSIBLE WHITE HOUSE BID. 
      IT WOULDN'T BE CAIN'S FIRST RUN FOR OFFICE. HE LAUNCHED A FAILED PRIMARY BID FOR ONE OF GEORGIA'S U.S. SENATE SEATS IN 2004..HE LOST OUT TO JOHNNY ISAKSON IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY.. 
     CAIN HOSTS A NIGHTLY RADIO PROGRAM, "THE HERMAN CAIN SHOW" AND IS A SYNDICATED COLUMNIST. 
   HE HAS ALSO SERVED AS AN EXECUTIVE OF SEVERAL FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES.

IT'S BEEN MORE THAN FOUR YEARS SINCE MACON POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS HAD THE CHANCE TO TAKE A PROMOTIONS TESTS.
NOW... THE CITY IS STARTING THE TESTING PROCESS.
CITY HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR BEN HUBBARD SAYS MORE THAN 140 POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS SIGNED UP FOR PROMOTIONS TESTS.
THEIR DEPARTMENTS HOPE TO FILL POLICE SERGEANT....POLICE LIEUTENANT AND FIRE SERGEANT VACANCIES.
POLICE SERGEANT GARY MINTER SAYS HE'S WAITED THREE YEARS TO TAKE THE TEST.  
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS THE LAST LIST OF ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES RAN OUT IN 2009.
HE SAYS IT TOOK MORE THAN A YEAR TO SET UP NEW TESTS....PARTLY BECAUSE IT TOOK SO LONG TO PICK U-G-A'S CARL VINSON INSTITUTE TO RUN THE TESTING PROCESS.
Mayor Robert Reichert, Macon
I remember being aware that it was taking longer than it usually does and I think there was a lot of interest in this by members of council and they wanted to be sure that the testing outfit that we selected was a quality outfit, one that could be trusted to do it right and had a competitive price."
REICHERT SAYS THE VINSON INSTITUTE WON THE BID TO HANDLE THIS LATEST BATCH OF PROMOTIONS...AT A COST OF 95-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  
THAT COVERS PREPARATIONS AND OVERSEES THE TEST.  
REICHERT SAYS THOSE WHO'VE SIGNED UP WILL GET 60 DAYS TO STUDY... AND LIKELY TAKE THE TEST IN EARLY MARCH.  

       THE STATE BOARD THAT RUNS GEORGIA'S SPORTS HALL OF FAME PUT ITS STAMP ON A PLAN TO KEEP THE HALL IN MACON.
       THE SPORTS HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY APPROVED A BID BY A CENTRAL GEORGIA GROUP CALLED...HALLS OF FAME INCORPORATED.
       THE MACON GROUP FILED THE ONLY BID TO HOST THE SPORTS HALL...
       HALLS OF FAME INCORPORATED ALSO MADE A BID TO KEEP THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME HERE IN MACON. 
THAT PROPOSAL IS STILL PENDING BEFORE A DIFFERENT STATE BOARD ALONG WITH PLANS FROM FOUR OTHER COMMUNITIES.
       THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY IS EXPECTED TO PICK ONE OF THEM SOMETIME THIS SPRING.

THE RECENT BLAST OF WINTER WEATHER STILL GRIPS PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA....
IN MONROE COUNTY... SCHOOL HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE LAST THREE DAYS THANKS TO ICY ROADS.
SUPERINTENDENT ANTHONY PACK SAYS KIDS WILL GET BACK IN THE CLASSROOM TOMORROW.
THAT'S ALMOST A MONTH AFTER STUDENTS LEFT FOR THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS.
SOME STUDENTS WE CAUGHT UP WITH SAY THEY'RE READY TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL.
Matt Conkel, Forsyth: "I've been wanting to go back to school ever since the first week. I get to see my friends and my teachers."
Josiah Arreola, Forsyth: "Ms Moore and Ms. Hughes.
Brittiny Barber, Eyewitness News: "Are you ready to go back and see them?"
Josiah Arreola: "Uh huh!"
SUPERINTENDENT PACK SAYS THE DISTRICT HAS NOT DECIDED WHEN OR IF STUDENTS WILL TO MAKE UP THESE SNOW DAYS.. 

      FOR BRIDES PLANNING THEIR WEDDINGS... DUBLIN IS THE PLACE TO BE LATER THIS MONTH.
       THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE EVENTS YOU'LL FIND ON THE DUBLIN PAGE OF THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
        ABOUT 20 TO 30 EXHIBITORS WILL SET UP FOR THE MIDDLE GEORGIA BRIDAL EXPO IN THE DUBLIN MALL ON JANUARY 30TH.
        FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT KIND OF EXHIBITORS WILL ATTEND... HOURS AND OTHER INFORMATION.....LOOK FOR THIS STORY IN THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION.
       USE THE BOX ON THE HOMEPAGE TO SELECT YOUR COMMUNITY... THEN CLICK ON "MORE NEWS" TO GO TO THAT PAGE.
       FROM THERE... YOU CAN SELECT THE EVENTS TAB TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON IN YOUR AREA.

     PRESIDENT OBAMA OFFERED A MESSAGE OF HOPE TONIGHT..
     THE PRESIDENT SPOKE AT A MEMORIAL SERVICE IN TUCSON ARIZONA FOR THE VICTIMS OF THIS WEEKEND'S SHOOTING RAMPAGE.
     14-THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED THE SERVICE... TO REMEMBER THE SIX PEOPLE WHO DIED AND THE 14 WOUNDED... INCLUDING  U-S CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS.
      PRESIDENT OBAMA MET PRIVATELY WITH FAMILIES OF SOME OF THE VICTIMS BEFORE THE MEMORIAL BEGAN.
     HE ALSO VISITED SOME OF THE WOUNDED..
     HIS REMARKS WERE DIRECTED TOWARDS THE FAMILIES OF THE SHOOTING VICTIMS..
There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through.
    PRESIDENT OBAMA ALSO TOLD THE CROWD THAT CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS OPENED HER EYES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SATURDAY'S ATTACK.
     HE SPOKE OF HOW DIFFICULT IT WOULD BE FOR THE NATION TO RECOVER FROM THE SHOOTING... AND THE IMPORTANCE OF UNITY.
SOT- Obama "At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized - at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do - it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds."
A FUNERAL WILL BE HELD THURSDAY FOR THE YOUNGEST SHOOTING VICTIM -- NINE-YEAR-OLD CHRISTINA GREEN. 
THERE WILL ALSO BE A WAKE THURSDAY FOR FEDERAL JUDGE JOHN ROLL.     
POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT IN SATURDAY'S SHOOTING... 22-YEAR-OLD JARED LOUGHNER... WENT TO TWO WAL-MART STORES SATURDAY MORNING TO BUY AMMUNITION.
HE WAS PULLED OVER FOR RUNNING A RED LIGHT ABOUT THREE HOURS BEFORE THE RAMPAGE... BUT POLICE SAY THEY HAD NO REASON TO HOLD HIM -- AND HE WAS LET GO WITH JUST A WARNING. 

MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE PLAN TO LACE UP THEIR SNEAKERS THIS WEEKEND FOR A RUN AROUND ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
THE 15TH ANNUAL MUSEUM OF AVIATION FOUNDATION MARATHON... HALF MARATHON AND 5K IS SATURDAY.
FOUNDATION PRESIDENT... PAT BARTNESS... SAYS THE PATH LOOPS AROUND THE BASE... PASSING OVER THE RUNWAY AT CERTAIN POINTS.
HE SAYS THERE WILL ALSO BE A SHADOW RACE GOING ON IN KANDAHAR AFGHANISTAN THAT DAY.
BARTNESS SAYS A MAN THAT RAN IN IT LAST YEAR AND IS NOW DEPLOYED... SIGNED ABOUT 300 PEOPLE UP FOR THE SAME RACE THERE.
Pat Bartness, Museum of Aviation Foundation President: (2:35) "It's a great idea. There's not a lot of outside activity for those guys over there. What a wonderful thing to tie in with the marathon here. We love to do soemthing with the troops like that."
AGAIN... THE RACE IS THIS SATURDAY.
YOU HAVE UNTIL 7:30 THAT MORNING TO SIGN-UP... AND THE RACE STARTS AT EIGHT A-M.
CALL 478-923-6600 FOR MORE INFORMATION. THAT NUMBER AGAIN....923-6600 
ALL THE MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION FOUNDATION... WHICH BARTNESS SAYS SUPPORTS EDUCATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION.

   THIS WEEK'S IT STARTS WITH THE HEART HEALTHY RECIPE WILL HELP YOU WARM UP ON A COLD WINTER NIGHT.
   POTATO SOUP WITH APPLES AND BRIE CHEESE HAS 378 CALORIES... 18 GRAMS OF PROTEIN... 65 GRAMS OF CARBS... 6 GRAMS TOTAL FAT AND 6 GRAMS OF FIBER.
     TO RECEIVE HEART-HEALTHY RECIPES LIKE THIS ONE.. JOIN THE IT STARTS WITH THE HEART E-TEAM... 
   JUST LOOK FOR THE LINK ON THE COMMUNITY MENU AT THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE, 13-WMAZ-DOT-COM.
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