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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.


STUDENTS COUNTING ON THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGE MAY SOON FACE TOUGHER STANDARDS IF THEY WANT THE FULL RIDE.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL OUTLINED HIS PLAN TO CUT DOWN ON HOPE SPENDING... WHICH HE SAYS OUTWEIGHS WHAT THE PROGRAM TAKES IN.
VANESSA RUFFES FOUND OUT HOW LOCAL STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS ARE REACTING TO THE PROPOSED CHANGES.
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Albritton "I have lots of friends, you know, that are graduating Top 50 in the class, which is excellent, but at the same time, their GPA may be like a 3.5 or 3.6 or a little bit lower."


AND UNDER GOVERNOR DEAL'S PROPOSED CHANGES TO HOPE... CARSON ALBRITTON'S FRIENDS WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FULL SCHOLARSHIP.


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ACCORDING TO DEAL... FULL AWARDS SHOULD BE LIMITED TO STUDENTS WITH A 3-POINT-7 G-P-A... AND A 12-HUNDRED S-A-T OR 26 A-C-T SCORE.
HE SAYS THESE STUDENTS WILL BE CALLED "ZELL MILLER SCHOLARS" AND MAKE UP ABOUT TEN PERCENT OF CURRENT HOPE RECIPIENTS.
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HE SAYS THOSE WITH AT LEAST A 3-POINT-OH WILL RECEIVE 90 PERCENT OF THE TUITION RATE.
AND HOPE WILL NOT PAY FOR BOOKS... FEES... OR REMEDIAL CLASSES.
... AND HOPE-ELIGIBLE HOURS WILL BE CAPPED AT 127.


THE SENIOR AT PERRY HIGH SCHOOL SAYS HE'S BREATHING A SIGH OF RELIEF... BECAUSE HE SHOULD GET THE FULL RIDE WHEN HE GOES TO COLLEGE NEXT YEAR... BASED UPON THE PROPOSED G-P-A AND THE A-C-T SCORE REQUIREMENTS... WHICH HE MEETS. 


Stand up "Senior class guidance counselor Hazel Jackson says approximately 75 percent of students who come to her say they intend to use HOPE to go to college."


Jackson "It will affect a lot of students, and that is a huge jump -- a very huge jump. From 3.0 to 3.7 -- core GPA."


Albritton "I'm all about raising the bar a little bit, but at the same time going that drastic of a change is, I think, completely ridiculous."


BUT NECESSARY... GOVERNOR DEAL SAYS... TO SAVE THE LOTTERY-FUNDED SCHOLARSHIP BEFORE IT QUICKLY RUNS OUT.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE CHANGES ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE EFFECT THIS FALL... IF STATE LAWMAKERS APPROVE THEM.
GEORGIA'S PRE-K PROGRAM COULD ALSO BE AFFECTED.
DEAL HAS PROPOSED ADDING SLOTS FOR ANOTHER FIVE THOUSAND CHILDREN....BUT THE PROGRAM WOULD BE CUT FROM 6 AND A HALF HOURS A DAY TO FOUR HOURS


     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... SHOULD THE GEORGIA LOTTERY CONTINUE TO FUND PRE-KINDERGARTEN?
     SO FAR 61 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
     AND 39 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
     VOTE RIGHT NOW... JUST LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


A JUDGE CONTINUED A HEARING TODAY ON WHETHER TO LET THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TAKE PART OF RIVERSIDE CEMETERY,
MORE THAN 40 PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO HEAR THE STATE'S PLANS TO USE CEMETERY LAND FOR ROAD EXPANSION.
THEY TO USE ABOUT EIGHT THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF CEMETERY SPACE FOR THE I-16/I-75 INTERCHANGE CHANGES....BUT THEY SAY NO GRAVES WOULD BE AFFECTED.
THE D-O-T SAIDTHE LAND WOULD BE USED TO EXPAND ACCESS TO THE INTERSTATE....
PEOPLE ALSO GOT TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE PROPOSAL.
Martha Tisdale , Macon, I'm satisfied with what I heard if it is true.It remains to be seen when they get more details."
AN ENGINEER EXPLAINED THE DETAILS OF THE OVERALL PLAN.... WHICH INCLUDES NOT ONLY INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS BUT ALL CHANGES TO EXITS BEFORE AND AFTER THE INTERCHANGE FROM BOTH DIRECTIONS.


   A MACON CHILD CARE WORKER HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO STEALING MORE THAN 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM RIVERSIDE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.
   ACCORDING TO A RELEASE FROM DUBLIN DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRAIG FRASER... WHO HANDLED THE CASE....PAULA COWAN PLEADED GUILTY TO NUMEROUS COUNTS OF FORGERY.. AND 5 COUNTS OF THEFT BY TAKING.
    THE RELEASE SAYS SHE GOT A 25 YEAR SENTENCE...AND WILL SERVE FIVE YEARS IN PRISON. SHE ALSO MUST 'REPAY MORE THAN 108 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE CHURCH.
   ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE...  COWAN PROVIDED A LETTER TO THE I-R-S ACCEPTING FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR FORGED CHECKS...THAT CAUSED TAX PROBLEMS FOR SOME OF THE DAY CARE'S EMPLOYEES.


     A FORMER MACON POLICE OFFICER ADMITTED HAVING SEX WITH A 19-YEAR-OLD HOUSTON COUNTY WOMAN WHILE ON DUTY EARLY FRIDAY..
    THAT'S ACCORDING TO BIBB COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS.
   CHRIS CAMPBELL MADE A FIRST APPEARANCE TODAY BEFORE A MAGISTRATE JUDGE TO FACE CHARGES OF RAPE AND VIOLATING HIS OATH.
    WINTERS TOLD 13WMAZ THAT CAMPBELL ADMITTED TAKING THE WOMAN TO THE LIBERTY INN ON PIO NONO AVENUE AND HAVING SEX WITH HER.     
     THE PROSECUTOR SAID THE WOMAN WAS DRUNK.
     ACCORDING TO WINTERS... CAMPBELL SAID THE SEX WAS CONSENSUAL... BUT THE WOMAN SAID SHE PASSED OUT AND NEVER GAVE CONSENT.
    MACON POLICE SAID CAMPBELL WAS ON DUTY WHEN THE ALLEGED ASSAULT HAPPENED. 
    THEY SAY HE RESIGNED FROM THE FORCE THIS WEEK.  
    CAMPBELL REMAINS IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL..NO BOND HAS BEEN SET.


   A MACON MAN IS CHARGED WITH FATALLY BEATING ANOTHER MAN LAST MONTH AT THE WHISKEY RIVER NIGHTCLUB.
    A POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS 31-YEAR-OLD JEREMY JACKSON IS CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER.
    THE RELEASE SAYS JACKSON STRUCK 30-YEAR-OLD GARY MIMBS IN THE HEAD WITH HIS FIST. 
   MIMBS BECAME UNCONSCIOUS AND LATER DIED AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL FROM HEAD INJURIES.
   POLICE HAVE NOT DESCRIBED WHAT CAUSED THE FIGHT, BUT SAID HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WERE INSIDE THE NIGHTCLUB ON PIO NONO AVENUE


  THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION BROUGHT MANY BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIES TO TOWN.. AND SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE DOING IT.
     SO SAYS FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS.. 
     ELLIS TOLD RANDALL SAVAGE HE TAKES ISSUE WITH AN ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE FUNCTION AWAY FROM THE DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.
<<LAST WEEK.. THE MACON-BIBB INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY VOTED TO TAKE MARKETING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNCTIONS AWAY FROM THE MACON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION....AND BRING IT BACK TO THE INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY.
  FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS...WHO WANTS HIS OLD JOB BACK.... OPPOSES THAT. 
  HE SAYS THE COMMISSION HAS DONE A GOOD JOB ATTRACTING BUSINESS...AND THE CHANGE COULD HINDER DEVELOPMENT.
  3:47:11 C. Jack Ellis, Former Macon Mayor: The real objection is that if we're going to get out of this recession, then the private sector would drive us out of it, will lead us out. We know that.
  ELLIS SAYS THE PRIVATE SECTOR OPPOSES SWITCHING BACK.
  3:56:08 C. Jack Ellis, Former Macon Mayor: If the private sector say to the powers that be in the political community that this action would set us back 20 years, and that has been said, then I think we are remiss in not listening to the private sector.
  ELLIS SAYS THE PRIVATE SECTOR CREATES JOBS.
  6:48:16 C. Jack Ellis, Former Macon Mayor: We are in a city where unemployment is rampant and in order to solve this problem, the private sector must create jobs. Obviously, the city can't create enough jobs, they just laid people off.
  MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT IS A MEMBER OF THE INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY...AND HE RELEASED A STATEMENT EXPLAINING WHY HE VOTED TO MAKE THE SWITCH.
HE WROTE...IN PART....
  "THIS MOVE PROVIDES MORE EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES.. ALLOWS MORE DIRECT OVERSIGHT OF THE MARKETING OF INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY PROPERTIES.. AND ENHANCES COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE PROJECT ACTIVITY AND THE INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY BOARD.
  REICHERT SAYS THE MOVE IS ALSO DESIGNED TO STRENGTHEN THE AUTHORITY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.
  RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>>  ELLIS PLANS TO CHALLENGE REICHERT IN THIS YEAR'S MAYORAL ELECTION. 
  OTHERS MENTIONED AS POSSIBLE CANDIDATES FOR THE CITY'S TOP ADMINISTRATIVE JOB ARE STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN.. CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT MIRIAM PARIS.. AND POLITICAL NEWCOMER PAUL BRONSON....WHO'S ALREADY ANNOUNCED.
  ELLIS SERVED TWO FOUR-YEAR TERMS AS MAYOR.. LEAVING OFFICE IN DECEMBER 20-07.


ONE BIBB COUNTY STUDENT SAYS THE CAREER TRAINING SHE GOT IN HIGH SCHOOL IS NOW HELPING HER FOLLOW HER DREAMS..
EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD KAYLA HADLEY HOPES TO ONE DAY DESIGN AIRPLANES.
THE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR WON SCHOLARSHIPS TO ATTEND EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY THIS FALL.
HADLEY TAKES NEW AVIATION FLIGHT OPERATIONS CLASSES AT HUTCHINGS CAREER CENTER.
SHE SAYS THE COURSES... AND FLIGHT SIMULATION PROGRAMS... GET HER ON TRACK FOR A CAREER IN THE FIELD.
INSTRUCTOR RICHARD GREENWOOD SAYS THE PROGRAM TEACHES STUDENTS ABOUT CAREERS IN AVIATION ENGINEERING... AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL.. AND OTHER JOBS.
Richard Greenwood, instructor: "I hope one day I get to fly one of her designs, I really do. She is a very motivated student, she is very bright, she knows the material well."
Kayla Hadley, Macon: "Oh my gosh I have to take this chance, because this is a once in a lifetime type of deal."
HADLEY SAYS SHE'LL BE THE FIRST IN HER FAMILY TO ATTEND A FOUR YEAR UNIVERSITY.
GREENWOOD SAYS TWENTY-THREE STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED IN THE FLIGHT OPERATIONS PROGRAM.
THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN JANUARY 2010.


     IT'S GREAT HANG UP DAY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS... AND WE'RE WORKING TO HELP YOU STAY SAFER WHILE YOU'RE BEHIND THE WHEEL.
     WE'RE SHARING *YOUR STORIES* ABOUT SIGNING OUR GREAT HANG UP PLEDGE AND PROMISING TO STAY OFF THE PHONE WHILE YOU'RE ON THE ROAD.
     OLIVE DUNCAN JOINED US IN THE STUDIO TO SHARE HER THOUGHTS ON USING THE PHONE BEHIND THE WHEEL.My name is olive duncan and i want to let you know my views about using the phone while driving. I personally have never used my cell phone while driving because i think it takes your concentration off the road and other drivers round you.  I also think the law should be for all drivers and not just for the general public. Don't get me wrong i think our police officers and sheriff deputies do a wonderful job laying their life on the line every day.... but they have radios, computers and cameras in their cars, so i really don't understand why they have to use their cell phones.  I have seen them going to a call with cell phone at their ears, using excessive speed and driving with one hand. Very dangerous... I am pleading with everyone in central georgia.
Please keep our roads safe, hang up your cell phones.
That's why i joined the great hang up.      YOU CAN JOIN THE GREAT HANG UP AS WELL. 
     JUST VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND LOOK FOR THE PLEDGE IN THE DON'T MISS BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.
      YOU'LL FIND THE LINK TO SIGN THE PLEDGE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE.       ONCE YOU'VE SIGNED... WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU AND SHARE YOUR STORY..
       JUST EMAIL US AT EYEWITNESS-NEWS AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE INTERESTED.


    CENTRAL GEORGIA STUDENTS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN ACTING BASICS WITH A PROFESSIONAL ACTRESS THIS WEEKEND.
     THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE STORIES OUR COMMUNITY CONTENT PROVIDERS HAVE SHARED ON THE MACON PAGE IN THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.      ACTRESS PENELOPE LOWDER WILL HAVE A WORKSHOP AT THE 567 CENTER ON CHERRY STREET THIS SATURDAY.
       COMMUNITY CONTENT PROVIDER MELISSA MACKER... 567 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR... SHARED THIS STORY WITH US.
       FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WORKSHOP... OR TO BECOME A COMMUNITY CONTENT PROVIDER FOR YOUR AREA... LOOK FOR THE COMMUNITY NEWS SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
     SELECT YOUR COMMUNITY... THEN CLICK MORE NEWS TO GO TO THAT PAGE.
      SCROLL DOWN AND LOOK FOR THE YELLOW BOX ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE PAGE TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION.


WITH PROM SEASON QUICKLY APPROACHING... MANY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ARE IN SEARCH OF BRIGHT COLORS... GLITTER AND GLAMOUR... BUT THE PERFECT DRESS OFTEN TIMES... COMES WITH A HIGH PRICE TAG.
THAT'S WHERE GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT RUN... "SEQUINS AND SMILES" PROGRAM... STEPS IN.
LISA ZIELENSKE IS PRESIDENT OF THE GROUP... AND SHE SAYS... INSTEAD OF DOLLAR BILLS... HIGH SCHOOLERS CAN PURCHASE A GOWN... WITH COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS.
SHE SAYS... EACH DONATED DRESS COSTS FROM ONE TO FIVE SERVICE HOURS... THAT THE PROM GOER MUST PROMISE TO COMPLETE.
TOMORROW NIGHT... THE VOLUNTEER GROUP IS SPONSORING A TRUNK SHOW... WHERE ZIELENSKE SAYS... FIFTEEN HIGH SCHOOLERS WILL MODEL THE GOWNS.
Lisa Zielenske, President: "It's always nice to see, when they come in, the smile on their face that they're getting the dress they'd like to wear for prom and being able to help them find that."
ZIELENSKE SAYS... THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THAT GUYS' ATTIRE WILL BE FEATURED AS WELL.
THE TRUNK SHOW WILL BE AT THE G-C-S-U MAGNOLIA BALLROOM... STARTING AT EIGHT THIRTY... TOMORROW EVENING.


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