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


A SOPERTON BIO-FUEL PLANT IS SHUTTING DOWN BECAUSE OF MONEY PROBLEMS.
THE C-E-O OF RANGE FUELS... DAVID 
(ALL-DUSS) ALDOUS SAYS THE DENVER BASED COMPANY IS LAYING OFF A HAND FULL OF WORKERS AND TEMPORARILY CLOSING ITS DOORS IN GEORGIA.
ALDOUS WOULD NOT RELEASE THE EXACT NUMBER OF LAYOFFS OR WHICH POSITIONS WERE CUT. 
HE SAYS HE HOPES THE PLANT WILL RE-OPEN IN A FEW MONTHS WITH MORE INVESTOR SUPPORT.
RANGE FUELS RECEIVED A 76 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND AN 80 MILLION DOLLAR LOAN FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE TRUETLEN COUNTY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY SAYS THE PLANT'S CLOSING CAME AS A SHOCK. 
John Lee, Exe. Dir. Treutlen County Develoment Authority: "It's not a good time for layoffs certainly. We were hoping they  would be hiring instead of laying off, but we're going to keep our chin up and keep our fingers crossed."
THE PLANT IN SOPERTON IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO MANUFACTURE ETHANOL PRODUCTS FROM PINE TREES. 


SOME GEORGIA STATE LEGISLATORS TODAY TALKED ABOUT WHAT CHANGES IN EDUCATION POLICY MIGHT BE COMING DURING THIS SESSION.
STATE SENATOR FRAN MILLAR... AND REPRESENTATIVE MARGARET KAISER... JOINED A PANEL DISCUSSION ON EDUCATION AT AN ATLANTA FORUM..
BOTH SERVE ON STATE EDUCATION COMMITTEES.
MILLAR.. A REPUBLICAN FROM DUNWOODY....SAYS HE EXPECT LEGISLATORS TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE STATE'S HOPE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM... LIKE NOT PAYING FOR STUDENTS WHO MUST TAKE REMEDIAL COURSES.
HE SAYS THAT COVERS ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF HOPE RECIPIENTS. 
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SAID THIS WEEK THAT HOPE NOW COSTS MORE THAN THE LOTTERY TAKES IN....BUT HE WON'T LET THE STATE DIP INTO RESERVE FUNDS TO PAY THE DIFFERENCE.
Fran Millar, (R) District 40, Georgia Senate, Chairman of Education and Youth Committee: "If you look at how we deal with things in government, federal state or local, we deal when it becomes a crisis and if we're not going to be using reserves then we have to do something, so he's put the hones if you will on general assembly, I think it was good on his part to do that, and we will deal with it."
MARGARET KAISER...A DEMOCRAT WHO REPRESENTS PART OF FULTON COUNTY... SAYS BUDGET SHORTFALLS AND A POOR ECONOMY MAKE RE-DOING THE STATE'S MORE THAN 20-YEAR OLD SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA ....A TOP PRIORITY. 
Margaret Kaiser (D) District 59, Georgia House of Representatives: "We need to decide and determine not once and for all, but every maybe five to seven years what the cost of educating a child in Georgia is and that shouldn't be an adequate education, that should be what does it cost for every child to have access to an excellent education."
ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.. THE STATE SPENDS MORE THAN 87 HUNDRED DOLLARS PER STUDENT.


     AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... IS GEORGIA DOING ENOUGH TO SUPPORT EDUCATION?
      SO FAR 77 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT'S NOT... AND 23 PERCENT OF VOTERS SAY YES... IT IS.
      YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... JUST LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.


   THE REVERAND JESSE JACKSON WANTS SCHOOL DISTRICTS AROUND THE SOUTHEAST TO SCRAP PLANS TO USE THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY TO MAKE UP SNOW DAYS. 
         SEVERAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN NORTH GEORGIA AND THE CAROLINAS HAVE CANCELED THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR HOLIDAY DUE TO EXCESSIVE SNOW DAYS.
        JACKSON TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THE PLANS TRIVIALIZE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF KING'S WORK.  
       THE REVEREND AL SHARPTON ALSO TOLD THE AP THAT PARENTS SHOULD CONSIDER KEEPING THEIR CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL MONDAY SO THEY CAN DISCUSS KING'S LEGACY AT HOME. 


SOME AMERICANS WILL BE GETTING THEIR TAX REFUNDS ON *PLASTIC* THIS YEAR.
THE I-R-S SAYS LOW-INCOME TAXPAYERS WHO DON'T HAVE BANK ACCOUNTS WILL BE ABLE TO GET THEIR MONEY ON PREPAID DEBIT CARDS SUPPLIED BY THEGOVERNMENT.
THE CARDS CAN BE USED TO GET CASH FROM A-T-Ms, PAY BILLS, OR TO SHOP


   A MACON MAN FIRED A SHOT AT A HOME INVADER...WHO TRIED TO KICK IN HIS BEDROOM DOOR.
   HE TOLD POLICE IT HAPPENED AROUND MIDNIGHT WHEN HE ARRIVED AT HIS HOUSE IN THE 33 HUNDRED BLOCK OF HILLCREST AVENUE.
   THE VICTIM SAYS A ROBBER POINTED A GUN AT HIM.... OPENED THE FRONT DOOR... AND SAID... GIVE IT UP.
   THE MAN RAN INSIDE TO HIS BEDROOM... LOCKED THE DOOR... AND FIRED HIS GUN... BUT HIT A BEDPOST.
NO ONE WAS INJURED.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CASE CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-68-CRIME. 
AGAIN... THAT'S 877-68-CRIME


THE COLD WEATHER IS LIKELY TAKING A TOLL FOR THOSE LIVING ON THE STREETS.
THE MACON RESCUE MISSION SAYS THEY'RE TAKING EXTRA STEPS TO GET HOMELESS PEOPLE INTO THEIR SHELTERS.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEFF NICKLAS SAYS AFTER LAST MONTH'S COLD SNAP.. THEY BEGAN SENDING A VAN TO PICK UP THE HOMELESS... WHEN TEMPERATURES DIPPED TO AROUND 33-DEGREES OR BELOW.  
ON THOSE DAYS... NICKLAS SAYS THE VAN STOPS AT PLACES WHERE HOMELESS PEOPLE COULD BE... AND TAKES THEM TO THE SHELTER FOR THE NIGHT.  
NICKLAS SAYS THE VAN MAKES ONE ROUND TRIP THROUGH THE CITY... TYPICALLY IN THE LATE AFTERNOON.
HE SAYS AROUND EIGHT PEOPLE USUALLY BOARD THE VAN.   


A MILITARY AIRCRAFT USED TO TEST NEW TECHNOLOGY...TEMPORARILY TOUCHED DOWN AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE THIS WEEK...
SOME V.I.P VISITORS GOT A CHANCE TO CHECK OUT THE LASTEST AND GREATEST IN FLIGHT TECHNOLOGY...
THE TWO HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION DOLLAR JOINT STARS AIR CRAFT HAS BEEN USED TO TEST CUTTING EDGE MILITARY SURVEILLANCE EQUIPEMENT SINCE IT WAS BUILT IN 1991.
ON BOARD ARE SEVENTEEN COMPUTER STATIONS THAT ALLOW ALL CREW MEMBERS TO DO SEPARETE JOBS AT THE SAME TIME... AND EVEN WEB CHAT WITH PEOPLE ON THE GROUND.
THE PLANE IS CURRENTLY BEING USED TO TEST A NEW INFRA-RED CAMERA.
 JOINT STARS PROGRAM DEVELOPER STEPHEN PAULY SAYS THAT TECHNOLOGY WOULD ALLOW CREWS HALF WAY TO ATANTA TO SPOT OBJECTS ON THE GROUND AT THE BASE.
Stephen Pauly: "That's what's got us so excited because it's important that you have something that can reach out from a long distance as our radar does and be able to identify targets with a resolution that's acceptable for that kind of range."
PAULY SAYS ALL OF THE TECHNOLOGY IS STILL IN THE TESTING PHASE BUT COULD BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS...


IF YOU'RE FEELING COOPED UP AND WANT TO HEAD OUT TO EAT THIS WEEKEND... YOU MIGHT WANT TO SEE HOW SOME LOCAL RESTAURANTS DID WHEN HEALTH INSPECTORS STOPPED BY.
LEAH HAS A LOOK AT THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
ARBY'S AT 103 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED AN 88 OR "B" AFTER THE SAME SCORE LAST TIME.
LA CABANA ON HIGHWAY 247 IN BONAIRE ALSO SCORED AN 88 OR "B" AFTER A 91 ON ITS PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
AND DAIRY QUEEN AT 1224 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED AN 85 OR A "B" AFTER A 95 OR "A" LAST TIME.
JOHNNY G'S AT 8-15 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED A 100 AFTER A 94 OR "A" ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
SAIGON NOODLE HOUSE ON HIGHWAY 247 IN BONAIRE MADE A 99 ON ITS MOST RECENT INSPECTION... AND A 96 ON THE ONE BEFORE...BOTH A'S.
AND SUBWAY AT 809 HIGHWAY 96 IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A 100 AFTER A 96 ON ITS PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO FIND OUR  GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER... AND THIS WEEK'S AWARD GOES TO... SAIGON NOODLE HOUSE WITH A CURRENT SCORE OF 99 AND A FIVE SCORE AVERAGE OF 95-POINT-6. CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT SAIGON... AND JOIN US AGAIN NEXT WEEK AS WE HEAD BACK TO BIBB COUNTY FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS.
FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS...GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE NEWS TAB.. THEN LOOK FOR FEATURES... THEN CLICK ON THE RESTAURANT RATINGS LINK.


































































































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