Tuesday, January 25, Eyewitness News at 11

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


     THE ECONOMY AND UNITY WERE THE KEY THEMES TONIGHT AS PRESIDENT OBAMA GAVE HIS ANNUAL STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS. 
     THE MOOD WAS  SOMBER WITH THE MEMORY OF THE TUCSON SHOOTINGS FRESH IN LAWMAKERS' MINDS AND MANY CROSSED PARTY LINES TO SIT TOGETHER. 
     BUT WHEN IT COMES TO POLICY THE DIVISIONS ARE STILL THERE. 
     JOEL BROWN REPORTS FROM WASHINGTON.
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SOUND UP - MR SPEAKER THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES






There was a new sense of unity on Capitol Hill as lawmakers welcomed President 
Obama for the State of the Union address.






OBAMA - WHAT COMES OF THIS MOMENT WILL BE DETERMINED NOT BY WHETHER WE CAN SIT 
TOGETHER TONIGHT, BUT WHETHER WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TOMORROW






The president spoke to a divided Congress - but many Republicans and Democrats 
sat together in the wake of the shooting that wounded their colleague - 
Gabriel Giffords.






The family of the youngest victim and some of the tragedy's heroes  sat next 
to the First Lady.






OBAMA - THE CHALLENGES WE FACE ARE BIGGER THAN PARTY, AND BIGGER THAN POLITICS.






In prodding Congress to work with him.. the president focused on the economy.






He proposed targeted spending in education, technology and infrastructure.






OBAMA - WE NEED TO OUT-INNOVATE, OUT-EDUCATE, AND OUT-BUILD THE REST OF THE 
WORLD






(Joel Brown, Capitol Hill)


BRIDGE - President Obama tried to balance what he calls new investments, with 
a five-year budget freeze on everything but defense and entitlement programs 
like Social Security.








Republicans who now control the House - say the president's plan doesn't go 
far enough to get spending under control.






Republicans picked the head of The House Budget Committee to offer their 
official response






(Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI)


WE FACE A CRUSHING BURDEN OF DEBT THAT DEBT WILL SOON ECLIPSE OU ENTIRE ECONOMY




So while both sides did manage to sit together, they still find themselves far 
apart on most issues.
>>     AFTER THE ADDRESS... WE SPOKE TO EIGHTH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE AUSTIN SCOTT ABOUT WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID..  
    WE ALSO TALKED WITH SECOND DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN SANFORD BISHOP TO GET HIS THOUGHTS ON WHAT HE HEARD FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA TONIGHT..
    FOR THOSE OF YOU KEEPING COUNT - THE PRESIDENT USED THE WORD JOBS 45 TIMES TONIGHT DURING HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS..


     THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SAYS A COMPUTER GLITCH IS EATING STATE TAX REFUNDS FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.
     CENTRAL GEORGIANS TOLD 13WMAZ THAT THE REFUND MONEY SHOWED UP AS A DIRECT DEPOSIT TO THEIR ACCOUNT AND THEN DISAPPEARED..
    RANDALL SAVAGE WENT TO IVEY TO SPEAK TO AN EXPECTANT MOM...WHO SAYS THE STATE'S ERROR NEARLY LEFT HER HIGH AND DRY AT A GAS STATION.
THE STATE REVENUE DEPARTMENT SENT CRYSTAL NOBLES A TEXT MESSAGE LAST THURSDAY .. SAYING HER INCOME TAX REFUND HAD BEEN DEPOSITED IN HER ACCOUNT
I got a text messeage on the 20th stating that I had 131 dollars deposted in my account on my insight card and I called the company and they confirmed it
THAT WAS GOOD NEWS..SO SHE HEADED FOR A NEARBY CONVENIENCE STORE FOR GAS AND GROCERIES. 
And then we went down to the store and it was gone within 15 or 20 min 


WHEN SHE TRIED TO USE THE CARD...THE STORE CLERKS SAID THERE WAS NO MONEY ON IT. THE NEXT DAY SHE RECEIVED ANOTHER TEXT MESSAGE FROM THE STATE... SAYING THE MONEY HAD BEEN REDEPOSITED TO HER ACCOUNT. 
They also sent me a text message the next day saying it was back on 


BUT SHE STILL HASN'T SEEN IT. IT'S AN EXPERIENCE SHE'D JUST AS SOON FORGET.


Take bite 4
NOBLES SAYS THE MOST EMBARASSING PART WAS TELLING THE CONVENIENCE STORE CLERKS SHE'D HVE TO FETCH THE MONEY ELSEWHERE BEFORE PAYING FOR THE GAS. LUCKILY...THEY KNEW HER...AND TRUSTED HER...AND LET HER PAY LATER.


RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
    MORE THAN A WEEK LATER...NOBLES SAYS SHE STILL HASN'T RECEIVED HER REFUND.
SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO CONTACTED US ABOUT THEIR MISSING REFUNDS TOLD US THEY SPENT MORE THAN AN HOUR ON THE PHONE...WAITING TO TALK TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE.
   DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REG LANSBERRY SAYS THEY'VE FIXED THE PROGRAMMMING ERROR...AND WILL REISSUE THE FUNDS.  
    HE SAYS THE GLITCH PROBABLY AFFECTED THOUSANDS OF GEORGIANS.
    THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SAYS THEY ALSO GETTING PHONE CALLS FROM TAXPAYERS...AND HOPE TO RELEASE MORE INFORMATION IN A DAY OR TWO.


            TODAY IS OUR GREAT HANG UP DAY... AND WE'RE WORKING TO KEEP YOU SAFE WHILE YOU'RE BEHIND THE WHEEL.
EARLIER TODAY... BOFTA YIMAM TOOK A LOOK AT GEORGIA'S TEXTING BAN AND HOW IT'S BEING ENFORCED.
THAT BAN TOOK EFFECT LAST SUMMER.
YOU CAN SEE HER FULL REPORT AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
            WHILE YOU'RE THERE... WE WANT YOU TO JOIN OUR GREAT HANG UP AND PLEDGE NOT TO USE YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE YOU'RE DRIVING.
            JUST LOOK FOR THE GREAT HANG UP BANNER ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE... AND CLICK THERE TO SIGN THE PLEDGE.
         ONCE YOU'VE JOINED... SEND US AN EMAIL TO EYEWITNESS-NEWS AT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND TELL US WHY YOU SIGNED... AND WE MIGHT FEATURE YOU ON OUR GREAT HANG UP DAY HERE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.


     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... SHOULD THE STATE BAN ALL CELL PHONE USE BY DRIVERS?
     SO FAR 51 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
     AND 49 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
     VOTE RIGHT NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


   MEMBERS OF MACON CITY COUNCIL HEARD A PROPOSAL TONIGHT THAT COULD MEAN SWEEPING REDEVELOPMENT FOR THE MOST BLIGHTED PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY...
    IT'S CALLED THE URBAN REDEVELOPMENT PLAN... 
   IT IDENTIFIES THE EISENHOWER PARKWAY AREA... DOWNTOWN MACON... AND SOME RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS AS BEING THE MOST BLIGHTED PARTS OF THE CITY AND ESTABLISHES A SPECIFIC PLANS FOR TACKLING THE ISSUE... 
   COUNCIL MEMBERS DISCUSSED THE POSSBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING A TAX ON THE OWNER'S OF BLIGHTED HOMES AND OFFERING TAX INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES THAT CREATE NEW JOBS...
    COUNCIL MEMBER LAUREN BENEDICT SAYS SHE WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR THE PROPOSAL IDENTIFIES TWENTY PERCENT OF THE CITY AS BLIGHTED... 
"But I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to realize we've got some areas of concern...this helped us focus on the areas that need the most help...and when you focus your resources you can improve one area and move on to the next."
    COUNCIL HEARD THE PRESENTATION AT A WORK SESSION SO THEY DIDN'T VOTE ON IT..
   BENEDICT SAYS IT SHOULD GO BEFORE THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE SOON..


   MEMBERS OF MACON CITY COUNCIL HEARD A PROPOSAL TONIGHT THAT COULD MEAN SWEEPING REDEVELOPMENT FOR THE MOST BLIGHTED PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY...
    IT'S CALLED THE URBAN REDEVELOPMENT PLAN... 
   IT IDENTIFIES THE EISENHOWER PARKWAY AREA... DOWNTOWN MACON... AND SOME RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS AS BEING THE MOST BLIGHTED PARTS OF THE CITY AND ESTABLISHES A SPECIFIC PLANS FOR TACKLING THE ISSUE... 
   COUNCIL MEMBERS DISCUSSED THE POSSBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING A TAX ON THE OWNER'S OF BLIGHTED HOMES AND OFFERING TAX INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES THAT CREATE NEW JOBS...
    COUNCIL MEMBER LAUREN BENEDICT SAYS SHE WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR THE PROPOSAL IDENTIFIES TWENTY PERCENT OF THE CITY AS BLIGHTED... 
"But I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to realize we've got some areas of concern...this helped us focus on the areas that need the most help...and when you focus your resources you can improve one area and move on to the next."
    COUNCIL HEARD THE PRESENTATION AT A WORK SESSION SO THEY DIDN'T VOTE ON IT..
   BENEDICT SAYS IT SHOULD GO BEFORE THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE SOON..


EDUCATION... JOB CREATION... AND WATER... THOSE WERE THREE ISSUES GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SAYS HE PLANS TO MAKE HIS TOP PRIORITIES.
DEAL SPOKE AT THE ANNUAL EGGS AND ISSUES BREAKFAST IN ATLANTA TODAY... FOLLOWING A QUESTION AND ANSWER PANEL WITH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CASEY CAGLE AND HOUSE SPEAKER DAVID RALSTON.
VANESSA RUFFES HAS MORE ON DEAL'S PLANS FOR THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION.<<
"Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House just dealt with the issues. I guess I get to deal with the eggs."


GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SAYS THOSE EGGS HE AND BUSINESS LEADERS ATE TOGETHER TUESDAY MORNING... HAD ONE THING IN COMMON WITH THE BIG ISSUES FACING THE STATE...


THEY'RE SCRAMBLED.


"How do you unscramble the issues? because you sure can't unscramble the eggs."


DEAL SAYS HE'S GOING TO TRY THOUGH... AMID A LEAN-BUDGET YEAR... BUT SAYS HE NEEDS HELP AND NEW IDEAS.


ON THE EDUCATION FRONT... DEAL WANTS TO CREATE SCHOOL ADVISORY GROUPS WITH EDUCATORS AND PARENTS.


HE SAYS THEY WILL MEET QUARTERLY WITH HIM... TO TALK ABOUT LOCAL NEEDS AND HOW TO USE THE ANTICIPATED 400 MILLION DOLLARS OF FEDERAL RACE TO THE TOP FUNDS.


"It is imperative that we tap into the information and opinions and the points of view of those who are involved in the process."


HE ALSO WANTS TO TAP BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS... FOR WHAT HE CALLS A "COMPETITIVENESS COUNCIL"... TO HELP THE STATE LAND NEW BUSINESS.


"Just to simply say, are there things that are making us non-competitive? And if they are how do make them better?"


LASTLY... DEAL SAYS... IS TACKLING STATES' COMPETITION OVER WATER..


AND WHILE MEETING WITH ALABAMA AND FLORIDA TO HASH OUT THE SO CALLEDWATER WARS"... HE'S GOING FORWARD WITH PLANS TO ENHANCE GEORGIA'S WATER SUPPLY.


"I am directing GEFA to launch the Georgia Water Supply Development Program."
THAT PROGRAM... HE SAYS... WILL HELP LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DEVELOP AND EXPAND RESERVOIRS... AND HE SAYS THE STATE WILL PROVIDE 300 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT 4 YEARS TO DO THAT.


IN ATLANTA... VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> AS PART OF THE QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION WITH LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CASEY CAGLE... AND SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE DAVID RALSTON... THE TWO TALKED ABOUT WHAT'S ON THEIR AGENDA FOR THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
IN ADDITION TO THE ISSUES DEAL MENTIONED IN HIS SPEECH... CAGLE AND RALSTON TALKED ABOUT LOOKING AT THE RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO THE TAX SYSTEM... AND IMMIGRATION REFORM.


GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL ALSO SAYS HE'LL SUPPORT FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH IF HE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT NEXT YEAR.
DEAL SAYS HE MET BRIEFLY WITH GINGRICH LAST WEEK...
THE TWO REPRESENTED GEORGIA IN THE U-S HOUSE AT THE SAME TIME. 
"He of course is a long time friend and supporter of my efforts to become the Governor of this state and I think it's no secret that he is making exploratory actions to determine whether or not he is going to pursue the presidency of the United States and we talked briefly about that."
GINGRICH SAYS HE'S STILL DECIDING WHETHER TO RUN FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION.
HE SAYS HE WILL DECIDE BY THE END OF FEBRUARY WHETHER TO LAUNCH AN EXPLORATORY CAMPAIGN AND WILL ANNOUNCE HIS DECISION IN EARLY MARCH. 


      WE ENJOY INTERACTING WITH YOU ON FACEBOOK... AND WE'RE FEATURING ONE OF OUR FANS EACH DAY AS THE FAN OF THE DAY.
      TONIGHT'S WINNER...
    ....LINDA D. MCGRADY OF BUTLER.
       THIS IS LINDA'S PROFILE PICTURE.
     CONGRATULATIONS LINDA... AND YOUR 13WMAZ MUG IS IN THE MAIL.
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      THEN... JUST JOIN THE CONVERSATIONS.
      WE PICK OUR FAN OF THE DAY RANDOMLY.


A CENTRAL GEORGIA  TEENAGER EARNS HIS STRIPES AS A BOY SCOUT 
AND ITS A STORY THAT WE BRING YOU STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
TEVIN GREEN WITH THE BELLVUE BOY SCOUT TROOP GOT HIS EAGLE SCOUT BADGE FOR HIS BUS STOP PROJECT ON MUMFORD ROAD. GREEN CAME UP WITH THE SHELTER IDEA AFTER SEEING A WOMAN WAITING FOR THE BUS IN THE RAIN.
GREEN HELPED GATHER THE MATERIALS FROM BUSINESSES AROUND MACON.... FROM THE CONCRETE TO THE TOOLS AND BENCH AND SHELTER MATERIALS.
HE SAYS HE HOPES THE PROJECT WILL INSPIRE OTHERS.
Maybe people will look at my project and decide to build a shelter so that they can make their community alittle bit better.
TEVIN IS THE FIFTH EAGLE SCOUT AT HIS BELLEVUE TROOP SINCE 1995.


















































































































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