Tuesday, January 18, Eyewitness News at 6

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 HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
 AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.


      HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED IN WARNER ROBINS THIS AFTERNOON... FOR WHAT ORGANIZERS CALLED A "RALLY FOR REFORM."
      A GROUP CALLED CITIZENS FOR BETTER GOVERNMENT ORGANIZED THAT RALLY.
      LORRA LYNCH-JONES ATTENDED THE RALLY... SHE'S JOINING US LIVE WITH AN UPDATE.
   lorra talks about rally
   FRANK... LEAH?
     THANKS LORRA FOR THAT UPDATE.
     TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11... WE'LL HAVE TEAM COVERAGE FROM LORRA AND VANESSA RUFFES ON THE RALLY AND TONIGHT'S WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL MEETING.


YESTERDAY... CITY COUNCIL MEMBER JOHN WILLIAMS CRITICIZED BOB WILBANKS FOR RECENTLY RELEASING A RECORDING OF A CLOSED COUNCIL SESSION. 
     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... SHOULD BOB WILBANKS HAVE RELEASED THE TAPE OF A CLOSED WARNER ROBINS COUNCIL MEETING?
     SO FAR 62 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
     AND 38 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
     VOTE RIGHT NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


  ANTONIO CUA-TOC AND ERICK CERVANTES HEAD TO COURT JANUARY 28TH IN THEIR DISPUTE OVER A SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY-THOUSAND DOLLAR WINNING LOTTERY TICKET.
  CUA-TOC CONTENDS THE TICKET WAS HIS.. AND THAT CERVANTES COLLECTED THE WINNINGS FOR HIM.. BUT KEPT THE MONEY.
  RANDALL SAVAGE HAS MORE.
<<ONE THING'S CERTAIN IN THE DISPUTE OVER THE JINGLE JUMBO BUCKS LOTTERY TICKET THAT WON A SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR PRIZE.. AND THAT IS THAT IT WAS SOLD ON NOVEMBER 17TH AT O-M FOOD MARKET ON FEAGIN MILL ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS.
  JOSE ANTONIO CUA-TOC CLAIMS IN A LAWSUIT FILED IN HOUSTON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT THAT HE BOUGHT THE TICKET.. AND TURNED IT OVER TO ERICK CERVANTES TO COLLECT THE MONEY FOR HIM AFTER CERVANTES ALLEGEDLY TOLD CUA-TOC THAT HE COULDN'T GET THE MONEY BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE PROPER DOCUMENTATION.
  BUT CERVANTES ATTORNEY.. KELLY BURKE OF WARNER ROBINS.. LIKENED THE LOTTERY TICKET PURCHASE TO SOMEONE GIVING A FRIEND TO PURCHASE SOMETHING FOR THEM.
  4:07:23 Kelly Burke, Warner Robins attorney: You didn't buy it. You were just the conduit by which the money got from my pocket to the grocery store and that's essentially what we're saying that this ticket at all times belonged to Erick Cervantes.
AND BURKE SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW CUA-TOC'S IMMIGRATION STATUS...BUT SAYS PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE COUNTRY LEGALLY TO WIN THE LOTTERY.
  2:00:16 Kelly  Burke, Warner Robins attorney: In fact, the Georgia Lottery would be happy if people came over here and played the lottery whether they're legal or not.
  AND BURKE SAYS HE TRUST A FRIEND WITH A WINNING LOTTERY TICKET.
  4:34:23 Kelly Burke, Warner Robins attorney: Naw. Naw. I don't have any friends like that.
  NEITHER DOES WENDY CHAMBERS OF WARNER ROBINS.
  11:17:24 Wendy Chambers, Warner Robins: No. I don't have friends like that. But it could happen. You know, money does things to people.
  CHAMBERS AGREES IT WOULD PUT TOO MUCH RESPONSIBILITY ON SOMEONE ELSE TO COLLECT LOTTERY MONEY FOR YOU.
  RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
  >>  J-B LANDROCHE.. VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS FOR THE GEORGIA LOTTERY.. CONFIRMED THAT ANYONE.. INCLUDING VISITORS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.. CAN PURCHASE LOTTERY TICKETS AND COLLECT WINNINGS.
  BUT LANDROCHE SAYS NON-RESIDENTS PAY A HIGHTER TAX RATE ON THE WINNINGS THAN RESIDENTS.. HE SAYS NON-RESIDENTS PAY THIRTY-SIX PERCENT TAXES WHILE RESIDENTS PAY THIRTY-ONE PERCENT.
  CUA-TOC'S ATTORNEY.. HERBERT WELLS OF PERRY.. COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.


     GEORGIA LAWMAKERS TOOK THE FIRST STEP TOWARD TAKING UP GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL'S BUDGET BLUEPRINT TODAY.
     DEAL OUTLINED HIS 18-POINT-2 BILLION DOLLAR SPENDING PLAN DURING HEARINGS AT THE STATE CAPITOL.
     HE SAID THERE ARE REASONS FOR OPTIMISM... SUCH AS MORE GEORGIANS WORKING AND INCREASING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE.
     BUT THE STATE ALSO FACES LOSING ABOUT A BILLION FEDERAL STIMULUS DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST YEAR WHICH BEGINS JULY FIRST.
     THE GOVERNOR SAID STATE AGENCIES WILL BE ASKED TO TAKE AN AVERAGE CUT OF SEVEN PERCENT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012.


ECONOMISTS FORECAST AN INCREASE IN JOBS...  CONSUMER SPENDING.... AND HOME SALES IN 20-11.
THOSE PROJECTIONS.. FROM THE SELIG CENTER FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA... ALL POSITIVE SIGNS FOR THE MID-STATE.
BUT AS BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS IT MAY TAKE A WHILE FOR ALL INDUSTRIES TO FEEL THE ECONOMIC REBOUND..
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ABOUT 250 BUSINESS AND CIVIC LEADERS FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA CAME TOGETHER TO HEAR WHAT 20-11 HAS IN STORE FOR THE ECONOMY.
Robert Sumchrast, Dean of Terry College of Business, UGA: "Our forecast is that the job market is shifting gears from first to second in 2011 and the resulting job growth will be just adequate to support an economic expansion."
EXPANSION MEANS OVERALL GOOD NEWS FOR THE ECONOMY... SOME INDUSTRIES SPECIFICALLY CAN EXPECT TO SEE GROWTH.
Robert Sumchrast: "The states fastest growing industries will be business services and especially employment services and logistics that includes transportation and warehousing."
THEY SAY THE HOUSING INDUSTRY SHOULD ALSO BOUNCE BACK... WITH INCREASED HOME SALES.
BUT NOT ALL INDUSTRIES ARE SO LUCKY.
Robert Sumchrast, "Continued job loss in construction and the state and many local government continue to element jobs as they struggle to balance their budgets.."
CENTRAL GEORGIA LEADERS HOWEVER CHOSE TO FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THE OUTLOOK.
Chip Cherry, Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce: "All in all it looks good. I think as the communities start to realize about job growth, investments and things will start to turn the corner."
AND EVEN THOUGH THE STATE WAS HIT HARD BY THE RECESSION....  CENTRAL GEORGIA SEEMS TO BE IN A GOOD PLACE FOR THE RECOVERY.
Morgan Law, Houston Co. Development Board :"Our region dodged a bullet so to spEAK and that positions us better to pick up the pace to move forward."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS. 
>> SUMICHRAST SAYS THE RECOVERY HAS REMAINED SLOW BECAUSE CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES ARE BEING VERY CAUTIOUS WITH THEIR INVESTMENTS.
HE SAYS NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO TAKE RISKS LIKE BORROWING MONEY OR INVESTING.


      A MONROE COUNTY MAN DIED TODAY - THE THIRD VICTIM OF A WEEKEND SHOOTING.
      BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS RONALD PRUITT DIED FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA JUST AFTER 3 THIS AFTERNOON.
      HIS WIFE... 43-YEAR-OLD ALAYNA PRUITT... AND HER MOTHER SHERRY PRICE WERE FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN THEIR MONROE COUNTY HOME LAST WEEKEND.
      RONALD PRUITT WAS FOUND CRITICALLY INJURED.
      MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF JOHN BITTICK SAYS THE DEATHS APPEARED TO BE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
       
      A MACON-BASED ARMY RESERVE UNIT IS NOW HEADED TO IRAQ.
A U-S ARMY NEWS RELEASE SAYS 120 SOLDIERS OF THE 352ND COMBAT SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT BATTALION...WILL BEGIN THEIR DEPLOYMENT SUNDAY.
SPOKESMAN GERARDO ROSADO SAYS THEY'LL BE BASED IN BAGHDAD'S AMERICAN-RUN GREEN ZONE...AND HELP WITH THE TRANSITION FROM AMERICAN TO IRAQI CONTROL.
HE SAYS THE UNIT HANDLES MAINLY LOGISTICS AND SHIPPING..AND IS NOT EXPECTED TO SEE COMBAT.
ROSADO SAYS THE UNIT WILL SPENT A YEAR IN IRAQ.
A CEREMONY SUNDAY WILL MARK THE START OF THE DEPLOYMENT. THAT HAPPENS AT 10 A-M...AT MACON STATE COLLEGE.


ONE HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR CLAIMED THE LIVES OF NEARLY FOUR THOUSAND GEORGIANS... SOME FOLKS SAY THEY PLAN TO HONOR THE STATE'S HISTORY WITH A WEEK LONG SERIES OF EVENTS.
AMY AUBERT TAKES YOU TO GEORGIA'S CIVIL WAR CAPITAL... MILLEDGEVILLE... WHERE HISTORIANS SAY ONE OF THE FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT MEETINGS OF THE WAR TOOK PLACE.
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Nats: "Whatever things to befall this country, let it never be laid to the charges of the people of the South!"


EIGHT ACTORS ARE BRINGING GEORGIA'S SECESSION CONVENTION OF 18-61... BACK TO LIFE.


Nats, "Why is it, why is it written that way?"


Amy Wright, Executive Director Georgia's Old Capital Museum: "November 6th, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States, and it caused a fiery backlash throughout the Southern states."


Nats, "The state of Georgia is now launched upon a dark, uncertain and dangerous sea."


ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS AGO... GEORGIA HAD THE MOST PEOPLE... THE MOST VOTERS... AND THE MOST RAILROADS... OF THE SOUTHERN STATES... AND IN MID JANUARY...18-61... THEY WERE THE FIFTH STATE TO HOLD A SECESSION CONVENTION.


Amy Wright: "People throughout Georgia went to the polls on a blustery, rainy January day to elect delegates to the secession convention."


Nats: "To withdrawl from it because any man has been elected would put us in the wrong."


THE OLD HOUSE CHAMBER RINGS WITH THE WORDS OF SIX DELEGATES TO THE CONVENTION ...THAT ULTMATELY SEPARATED THE STATE FROM THE UNION.
THREE OF THEM VOTED TO SUCCEED FROM THE UNION... AND TWO WERE AGAINST IT... WITH FORMER GOVERNOR GEORGE CRAWFORD PRESIDING.


Nats, "Until it shall put a tongue in the bleeding wound of Georgia's mangled honor, which shall cry to heaven, for liberty or death!"


Heather Huff, Milledgeville CVB: "To actually be in the very room that it happened in and have these people bring it back to life, and show you what really went on one hundred and fifty years ago, I think is a once in a lifetime opportunity."


HEATHER HUFF HAS WORKED WITH WRIGHT TO ORGANIZE THE WEEK-LONG ACTIVITIES... TO HONOR THE STATE'S HISTORY.


Amy Wright: "It's a fateful event which brought tremendous consequences to the people of Georgia, to the people of the United States."


Nats: "Let the responsibilty be on them!"


AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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THE FIRST REINACTMENT IS TONIGHT AT SEVEN O'CLOCK IN GEORGIA'S OLD CAPITAL MUSEUM... WITH ANOTHER SHOW FRIDAY EVENING.
TICKETS ARE FIVE DOLLARS FOR NON-MEMBERS... AND CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR... 
OR YOU CAN CALL 478-453-1803... AGAIN... THAT NUMBER IS 478-453-1803.
FOR MORE EVENTS GOING ON IN MILLEDGEVILLE... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.


     WE HAVE A CLARIFICATION OF A PHONE NUMBER WE BROUGHT YOU A FEW MINUTES AGO.
      THE NUMBER TO CALL FOR THE CIVIL WAR REINACTMENTS IN MILLEDGEVILLE IS 478-453-1803... AGAIN... THAT NUMBER IS 478-453-1803.


       REGIS PHILBIN SAYS THIS WILL BE HIS LAST YEAR ON THE TALK SHOW HE'S HOSTED FOR A QUARTER OF A CENTURY.
       HE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE START OF THIS MORNING'S "LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY".
       SO WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS IF THEY WOULD MISS REGIS.
     CHRISTOPHER C CORLEY REPLIED... "GLAD HE IS GONE, TAKE THAT OTHER ONE WITH HIM TOO...... STUPID SHOW!"
     MITZI CASON COMMENTED... "NO. HE HAS APPEARED BORED ON THE SHOW FOR A WHILE. THE FIRE AND FUN IS GONE."
     AND PAULA BIBB WILLIAMS WROTE "I CAN'T BELIEVE HE IS LEAVING. THE SHOW WILL NOT BE THE SAME. REGIS AND KELLY CLICK SO WELL TOGETHER. IT'S GOING TO BE SAD TO SEE HIM GO."
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    THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
   THE EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC IS UP NEXT.
   HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.










































































































































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