Wednesday, January 19, Eyewitness News at 11

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 <<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON....
  THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.


THE SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND GEORGIA'S ECONOMY HELD A MEETING TONIGHT IN WARNER ROBINS TO GET COMMUNITY INPUT ON THE EFFECTS OF IMMIGRATION ON CENTRAL GEORGIA...
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS..... ABOUT TWENTY PEOPLE ATTENDED THE MEETING TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS OVER THE FUTURE OF IMMIGRATION.
"This means nine years of being patient... nine years of being in the shadows... nine years of tears."
 MEXICAN BORN ENRIQUE FUENTES SAYS THE DAY HE GOT HIS GREEN CARD WAS THE HAPPIEST DAY OF HIS LIFE...
"I have a green card... I have a business.. I provide a job for four people."
FUENTES WAS ONE OF ABOUT A DOZEN SPEAKERS TO SHARE THEIR STORIES WITH STATE SENATORS IN WARNER ROBINS WEDNESDAY EVENING... AT A FORUM ON HOW IMMIGRATION AFFECTS GEORGIA'S ECONOMY...
FUENTES...WHO LIVED IN THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY FOR NINE YEARS... SAYS HE WANTED TO HELP STATE LAW MAKERS PUT A FACE TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION...
"The first year was hard." "Being a man it's hard to cry but I cry sometimes."
MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO APPROACHED THE PANEL... URGED LAW MAKERS TO HELP ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FIND A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP... 
"Isn't that more beneficial to all of us?"
STATE SENATOR CURT THOMPSON SAYS THE STATE SENATE COMMITTEE HELD THE MEETING... JUST TO LISTEN... 
"It's trying to get away from the capital and the lobbyists and the activists."
"Talking to folks and seeing how it actually plays out in communties across the state I think is something important as we look at legislation."
FORT VALLEY NATIVE REYNA ALCANTAR URGED THE PANEL TO CONSIDER HOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CONTRIBUTE TO VITAL INDUSTRIES...
"Who do you think cooks your food? Who do you think builds your house?"
THE MEXICAN BORN IMMIGRANT SAYS SHE APPRECIATES THE LAW MAKER'S EFFORTS... BUT SHE WAS FRUSTRATED BY THE VAGUENESS OF THEIR RESPONSES...
"I mean I ideally I want them to say 'ok, we'll do something.'"
"The current system is broken."
THOMPSON SAYS NO MATTER THEIR STANCE ON IMMIGRATION... ONE THING EVERYONE CAN AGREE ON IS THE NEED FOR ACTION...
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THE PANEL SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING WASN'T TO INFLUENCE THEIR VOTING ON ANY SPECIFIC LEGISLATION... BUT RATHER TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL REGION.
THE COMMITTEE SAYS THEY HOPE TO HOLD MORE  TOWN-HALL STYLE MEETINGS...
BUT THEY HAVE YET TO SET A DATE FOR THE NEXT ONE. 


     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... IS IMMIGRATION GOOD OR BAD FOR CENTRAL GEORGIA'S ECONOMY?
     SO FAR 85 PERCENT OF YOU SAY BAD.
     AND 15 PERCENT OF YOU SAY GOOD.
     YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE PASSED A BILL  REPEALING THE HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL LAW.   BUT THE EFFORT TO UNDO THE MEASURE THAT WAS PASSED LAST YEAR IS LIKELY REACHING THE END OF THE ROAD.  
THE SENATE ISN'T EXPECTED TO ACT ON IT.  
DESPITE THAT -- REPUBLICANS STILL INSIST THE FIGHT WAS WORTH IT AND THEY'VE KEPT A CAMPAIGN PROMISE.  
JOEL BROWN REPORTS FROM WASHINGTON.
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Republicans lined up on the House floor -- to say it's time to get rid of the health care reform law.


(floor @ 10.03.05 / SOT: REP. JOE WILSON / R - SOUTH CAROLINA) - "THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL HEALTHCARE TAKE OVER IS NOT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE."


(floor @ 11.15.57 / SOT: REP. TODD ROKITA / R - INDIANA) - "HEALTHCARE IS NOT A RIGHT."


But, Democrats fought back.


(floor @ 12.22.20 / SOT: REP. GEORGE MILLER / D - CALIFORNIA) - "THIS IS LIFE AND DEATH, THIS IS THE SECURITY OF YOUR FAMILY."


(floor @ 12.09.44 / SOT: REP. JIM MORAN / D - VIRGINIA) - "THEIR CHILDREN ARE COVERED - BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS?"


After 2 days of debate -- the measure passed the House.  Not a surprise since Republicans won the majority in November.


(STANDUP BRIDGE: Joel Brown / CBS NEWS / CAPITOL HILL) - "Top Democrats called the vote a political stunt.  They still control the Senate and the White House so repeal has almost no chance of becoming law. But Republicans insist repeal is a battle worth fighting."


(10.35.34 / SOT: REP. JOHN BOEHNER / R - HOUSE SPEAKER) - "OUR PLEDGE WAS TO REPEAL OBAMACARE.  WHY?  BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO INCREASE SPENDING, INCREASE TAXES, AND DESTROY JOBS IN AMERICA." 


(10.00.47 / SOT: REP. JOHN LARSON / D - CONNECTICUT) - "THIS IS NOT ABOUT CAMPAIGN PROMISES, THIS IS ABOUT REAL PEOPLE EXPERIENCING REAL PROBLEMS IN REAL TIME."


House Republicans plan to work Thursday, gathering ideas for an 'alternative' health care reform bill.  But -- so far -- GOP leaders haven't given them a deadline.
>> THE DEBATE OVER REPEALING HEALTH CARE REFORM WAS DELAYED BY A WEEK FOLLOWING THE MASS SHOOTING IN ARIZONA THAT LEFT CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS IN SERIOUS CONDITION...
BOTH SIDES PROMISED A MORE CIVIL TONE IN THE DEBATE -- FOLLOWING THAT TRAGIC EVENT.
CENTRAL GEORGIA'S DELEGATION SPLIT ALONG PARTY LINES DURING THE VOTE.
REPUBLICANS PAUL BROUN... JACK KINGSTON AND  AUSTIN SCOTT VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE REPEAL.
DEMOCRATS JOHN BARROW AND SANFORD BISHOP VOTED AGAINST IT.


THE STATE OF GEORGIA JOINED 20 OTHER STATES AND FILED A LAWSUIT LAST SPRING AGAINST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
IT CHALLENGES THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE HEALTH CARE ACT.
MERCER  LAW PROFESSOR DAVID (O-DELL) OEDEL IS WORKING ON THE STATE'S LAWSUIT.
HE SAYS WHILE VOTING ON REPEALING THE BILL IS A POLITICAL MATTER... THE LAWSUIT FOCUSES ON THE LEGALITY OF THE ACT... INCLUDING THE INDIVIDUAL'S CHOICE TO BUY INSURANCE. 
David Oedel, Mercer Law Professor  
"The individual mandate is that part of health care reform that says individuals have to purchase health care insurance even though individuals may not choose to, whether that's part of a cost they may not want to pay for or they don't believe in health care insurance and want to do it themselves or have their own kind of healing."
(O-DELL) OEDEL SAYS A FEDERAL JUDGE IN FLORIDA IS EXPECTED TO RULE IN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.
AFTER THAT... HE SAYS EITHER OR BOTH SIDES... WILL LIKELY APPEAL IT.
IT WILL THEN MOVE TO THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT IN ATLANTA.


    MONROE COUNTY STUDENTS WILL MAKE UP THREE EMERGENCY WEATHER DAYS OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.
    SUPERINTENDENT ANTHONY PACK SAYS FEBRUARY 15TH WILL BE A FULL DAY FOR STUDENTS INSTEAD OF A HALF DAY... AND MARCH 10TH AND 11TH WILL BE SCHOOL DAYS INSTEAD OF A TEACHER WORK DAY AND A HOLIDAY.
    THE CHANGES MAKE UP FOR THREE SCHOOL DAYS THAT WERE CANCELED BECAUSE OF ICY WEATHER LAST WEEK.


STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS ARE APPLAUDING THEIR DEPARTMENT'S RESPONSE TO LAST WEEK'S WINTER WEATHER... BUT THEY SAY THERE'S ROOM TO IMPROVE.
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S BOARD CHAIRMAN SAYS TWO THOUSAND EMPLOYEES WORKED 12 HOUR SHIFTS AROUND THE CLOCK FOR SIX DAYS.
THE DEPARTMENT SPENT MORE THAN 5 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.. AND CLEARED 15 THOUSAND MILES OF FEDERAL AND STATE HIGHWAYS.
THE CHAIRMAN SAID SOME THINGS DIDN'T GO AS WELL AS THEY WOULD'VE LIKED.
HE SAYS THEY COULD HAVE USED MORE PRIVATE CONTRACTORS... STAGGERED SHIFT CHANGES... ADDED MORE SALT AND GRAVEL AT SOME LOCATIONS... AND HAD MORE PLANNING AND COORDINATION WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.


      A MACON WOMAN WAS SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON AFTER ADMITTING SHE STOLE MORE THAN 600 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM A CREDIT UNION..
      48-YEAR-OLD LISA COX WAS SENTENCED AND ORDERED TO REPAY THE MONEY TODAY IN U-S DISTRICT COURT IN MACON..
     SHE PLEADED GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT AND KEEPING FALSE RECORDS. 
     THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.
     COX WAS HEAD TELLER AT THE MIDSOUTH FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OFFICE ON MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE.
     PROSECUTORS SAID SHE GAMBLED... TOOK A VACATION...PAID FOR A VEHICLE AND HELPED A RELATIVE BUY A HOME WITH THE MONEY.
     THEY SAID SHE TRIED TO COVER HER TRACKS BY FILING FALSE RECORDS THAT SAID THE BANK'S VAULT HELD HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IN NICKLES..


THE OCONEE RIVER MADE THE LIST OF THE TOP TEN ENDANGERED PLACES IN THE SOUTHEAST.
THE SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER LISTS THE TOP ONES EACH YEAR.
THEY SAY PLANT WASHINGTON.... A PROPOSED COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT IN SANDERSVILLE.... IS THE MAIN REASON THE OCONEE IS AT RISK.
THE PLANT WOULD TAKE ABOUT 13 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER A DAY FROM THE RIVER... WHICH IS ABOUT 30 MILES AWAY FROM THE PROPOSED SITE.
PEOPLE LIVING IN OCONEE WERE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT IT WAS ENDANGERED.
Larry Cooper, Oconee, "It really bothers me that the river is threatened because i grew up fishing the river of course swam the river and spent a lot of time with my dad."
Bob Strange, Oconee, "For those that live on the river, the river is our life and to see it messed up it irks you."
GEORGIA'S CYPRESS FORESTS ALSO MADE THE LIST OF THE MOST ENDANGERED PLACES.


     FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY QUICKLY PUT OUT A FIRE AT THE IMPERIAL SUGAR REFINERY NEAR SAVANNAH..
    THE SAME PLACE WHERE AN EXPLOSION KILLED 14 WORKERS NEARLY THREE YEARS AGO.
     PORT WENTWORTH'S FIRE CHIEF SAYS ALL WORKERS EVACUATED SAFELY THIS AFTERNOON WHEN CONSTRUCTION WORKERS' POWER TOOLS STARTED A FIRE ON THE ROOF OF THE REFINERY'S PACKING PLANT.
     THE SUGAR REFINERY WAS THE SITE OF A DEADLY EXPLOSION IN FEBRUARY 2008 THAT WAS BLAMED ON SUGAR DUST IGNITING.
     OFFICIALS SAY TODAY'S FIRE WAS CONTAINED IN A FEW MINUTES.


A SIXTY-SIX YEAR OLD WOMAN DIED IN A DUBLIN CAR ACCIDENT THIS MORNING  ... AND THREE OTHERS WERE INJURED.
THATS ACCORDING TO DUBLIN POLICE CHIEF WAYNE CAIN.
CAIN SAYS IT HAPPENED AT VETERANS BOULEVARD AND HODGES STREET AROUND SEVEN THIRTY.
HE SAYS THE GRANDMOTHER WAS TAKING HER TEN YEAR OLD GRANDCHILD TO SCHOOL... WHEN SHE CROSSED INTO THE WESTBOUND LANE OF VETERANS BOULEVARD AND WAS STRUCK BY A CAR.
CAIN SAYS THE CHILD IS IN STABLE CONDITION IN A MACON HOSPITAL.
THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE IN EACH CAR.


FORMER GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE MOVED BACK TO HIS CENTRAL GEORGIA HOME A LITTLE MORE THAN A WEEK AGO.
TODAY HE MADE HIS FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE SINCE COMING HOME.
HE SPOKE TO FELLOW BUSINESS OWNERS AT THE PERRY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S ANNUAL MEETING.
PERDUE TALKED ABOUT GETTING NESTLED BACK INTO HIS BONAIRE HOME WITH HIS WIFE MARY... AND REKINDLING OLD FRIENDSHIPS.
HE COMPARED HIS EIGHT YEARS AS GOVERNOR... TO BEING BOSS OF A COMPANY... AND PUT CUSTOMER SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE AS ONE OF HIS TREASURED ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
PERDUE SAYS FOR NOW... HE'S JUST WORKING ON GETTING SETTLED.
Perdue "If you've read that book Who Moved My Cheese?... I can't find my cheese right now, but I'm going to unload boxes until I find my cheese and get it back to the right place for life."
WHILE HE SAYS HE'S RETIRED FROM THE POLITICAL FRONT... PERDUE SAYS HE'LL CONTINUE TO GROW HIS BUSINESSES.
THE PERRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GAVE HIM A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP WITH THEM.


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MACON AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY KICKED-OFF ITS ANNUAL PRICELESS GIFTS CAMPAIGN TODAY..
THIS YEAR'S THEME WILL BE "CHANGE FROM EVERY DOLLAR."
THEIR GOAL IS TO RAISE MORE THAN 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO IMPROVE HOUSING IN MACON.
AND ITS A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART
THE CAMPAIGN WILL WORK TO RAISE MONEY TO BUILD FIVE TO SIX  AFFORDABLE HOMES IN THE LYNMORE ESTATES NEIGHBORHOOD.
MACON HABITAT HAS BUILT TWENTY QUALITY HOMES IN LYNMORE ESTATES, SINCE 2005
THE ORGANIZATION NOW HAS A GOAL OF BUILDING FORTY-SIX HOMES OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS.
THE ANNUAL PRICELESS GIFTS CAMPAIGN WILL END APRIL 15TH.  
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR VOLUNTEER....
YOU CAN CALL 478- 745-0630 EXT. 306 
AGAIN... 478- 745-0630 EXT. 306 


   YOU CAN BRING THE FLAVORS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN TO YOUR DINNER TABLE WITH THIS WEEK'S IT STARTS WITH THE HEART HEALTHY RECIPE.
   MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE GRILLED SALMON HAS 183 CALORIES... 28 GRAMS OF PROTEIN... 2 GRAMS OF CARBS... 9 GRAMS TOTAL FAT AND A TRACE OF FIBER.
     TO RECEIVE HEART-HEALTHY RECIPES LIKE THIS ONE.. JOIN THE IT STARTS WITH THE HEART E-TEAM... 


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