GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
THE WHITE HOUSE IS ADVISING AMERICANS NEAR A CRIPPLED JAPANESE NUCLEAR PLANT.... TO STAY 50 MILES AWAY FROM THE FACILITY BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF RADIATION EXPOSURE.
A SPOKESMAN SAYS IT'S CLEAR THE SITUATION IN JAPAN IS "DETERIORATING AND FAST-MOVING."
BUT HELP MAY BE ON THE WAY FOR JAPAN'S CRIPPLED NUCLEAR PLANT.
A NEW POWER LINE COULD RESTORE COOLING SYSTEMS AND PREVENT A MELTDOWN.
CHARLIE D'AGATA REPORTS FROM JAPAN.
Buckets of water are raining down on Japan's crippled nuclear power plant.
Military helicopters are dousing the worst of the overheated reactors from
above and 11 water cannon trucks are on their way. Inside the plant...a
heroic group of employees is working around the clock...pumping seawater into
nuclear reactors to keep them from overheating...at the same time exposing
themselves to potentially lethal doses of radiation.
:24 - :31
(SOT: Gregory Jaczko/U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
"We believe that radiation levels are extremely high which could possibly
impact the ability to take corrective measures."
Japanese officials report some help is on the way in the form of a new power
line, nearly ready, that would take over the job of cooling some of the
reactors. Officials in Japan are facing worldwide criticism. The head of
the U-N nuclear agency complains he's not getting the information he
needs...and plans to assess the situation IN PERSON Thursday. U-S energy
secretary Steven Chu admits he's baffled.
:55 - :1:01
(SOT: Dr. Steven Chu/U.S. Energy Secretary)
"There are contradicting reports and we don't really know in detail what's
1:02 - 1:09
(Standup Bridge: Charlie D'Agata/CBS News /Takasaki, Japan)
" The conflicting reports and uncertainty are spreading fear and anxiety
throughout Japan. People here have begun to prepare for the worst. "
"We want to save their lives from this bad situation."
"You want to save their lives?"
And for that reason, they fled Tokyo to get to an area west of the capitol.
Officials believe well-over 10-thousand people are dead from the massive
earthquake and tsunami...and the struggle continues for the hundreds of
AND TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST SOURCE OF NEW ENERGY?
SO FAR 26 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NUCLEAR PLANTS.
15 PERCENT OF YOU SAY COAL PLANTS.
AND 59 PERCENT SAY ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.
ABOUT 25 PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY CAME TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF THE TOOMBS COUNTY DOG THEY CALLED ALICE.
SHE LIVED IN A WOODEN ENCLOSURE... BUT AFTER A SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATION... HER OWNER MOVED HER TO A NEW CHAIN LINK PEN...
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS WHY ANIMALS RIGHT ACTIVISTS STILL WANT TO SEE THE OWNER PROSECUTED.
<< WITH SIGNS IN ONE HAND AND THEIR PETS IN THE OTHER.... ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PROTESTED AT THE TOOMBS COUNTY COURTHOUSE....
ALL THIS TO FREE ALICE.... NOW....
Scott Bennett, Southern Comfort Animals Rescue: "We're taking an opportunity to protest the Judges decision not to file charges."
ALICE.. OR LIL MAMA... IS A SIX YEAR OLD PIT BULL WHO WAS FOUND LIVING IN THIS BOX ABOUT A MONTH AGO.
AFTER AN INVESTIGATION... HER OWNER.. DELOIS HAYWARD GOT HER A NEW PEN AND TOOK HER TO THE VET FOR A CHECK UP.
BUT SOME BELIEVE THAT'S NOT ENOUGH.
Scott Bennett: We hope that the judge will do the right thing and enforce the laws that this county has and at least have a hearing to examine all the facts and in court determine whether or not she is guilty."
WE TRIED TO CONTACT HAYWARD BUT SHE DID NOT RETURN OUR CALLS....
THE RALLY BROUGHT PEOPLE FROM AS FAR AS CHICAGO AND TOPEKA, KANSAS, TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE.
Jimmy Brough, Topeka: "We drove 1,200 miles to be a part of this rally and to just speak out from those dogs and those animals in general that have to go through these conditions that just go unnoticed."
JIMMY BROUGH (broo) SAYS HE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND FOUND OUT ABOUT THE SITUATION ONLINE.
Jimmy Brough: "The power of social media and through youtube and facebook."
SEVERAL SPEAKERS TOOK TO THE PODIUM TELLING THEIR STORY.
ONE OF THOSE.. CARA BLACKBURN... WAS THE FIRST TO FIND THE DOG.
Cara Blackburn, Toombs Co: "It stuck in my head that the conditions didn't look right. The box that she was in was like a hog pen and i didn't think that was appropriate or legal
AND THEY SAY THE BATTLE IS FAR FROM OVER...
Cara Blackburn: "Keep talking to the officials and see if we can find out what the reasoning is that there's being no charges pressed."
Scott Bennett: "We're here to show them we mean business"
BRITTINY BARBER 13WAMZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
BENNETT SAYS HE TOOK A PETITION TO JUDGE JOHN MATHESON WITH 26-THOUSAND SIGNATURES ON IT.... ASKING FOR HIM TO FILE CHARGES.
MATHESON SAYS THERE'S NO JUSTIFICATION BASED ON THE FACTS TO ISSUE A CRIMINAL WARRANT.
THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS AN INMATE WHO WALKED AWAY FROM THE JAIL YESTERDAY IS BACK IN CUSTODY... AS WELL AS A WOMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY HELPED HIM AFTER HE ESCAPED.
SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS 30-YEAR-OLD WILLIE HUDSON JUNIOR WAS ARRESTED AT THE KNIGHTS INN IN WEST BIBB COUNTY THIS EVENING.
HE SAYS HUDSON WALKED AWAY FROM A COMMUNITY SERVICE DETAIL YESTERDAY.
HUDSON WAS CHARGED WITH ESCAPE AFTER CONVICTION.
37-YEAR-OLD AMANDA BROWN WAS ALSO ARRESTED.
DEFOE SAYS BROWN HELPED HUDSON BY TAKING HIM CLOTHES AT THE KNIGHTS INN.
SHE'S BEING CHARGED WITH HINDERING THE APPREHENSION OF A CRIMINAL.
BOTH HUDSON AND BROWN ARE IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL... AND DEFOE SAYS MORE ARRESTS ARE PENDING.
THERE ARE JUST TWO DAYS TO GO BEFORE THE PINKEST PARTY ON EARTH GETS UNDERWAY.
CREWS ARE BUSY FILLING DOWNTOWN MACON WITH SOME OF YOUR FESTIVAL FAVORITES.
BUT THIS YEAR... GET READY TO SEE SOME NEW SIGHTS... AND TASTE EVEN SWEETER FLAVORS.
TO KICK THINGS OFF... THE KEEP MACON-BIBB BEAUTFUL COMMISSION AND CHERRY BLOSSOM ORGANIZERS RECONGIZED SOME OF THE FESTIVAL'S MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTERS TODAY.
AT A SPECIAL RECEPTION THIS EVENING... THEY HANDED OUT NINETEEN AWARDS TO VOLUNTEERS... GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES... AND SPONSORS WHO'VE DONE THEIR BEST TO HELP PEOPLE THINK PINK.
JON LEWIS WITH THE KEEP MACON-BIBB BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION SAYS THE FESTIVAL COULDN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS.
Jon Lewis: "We're all about volunteerism. So to postively reinforce what's going on is always a good thing to do. It's part of what we believe in. Gets everybody in a good mood right before the Cherry Blossom Festival."
THE KEEP MACON-BIBB BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION ALSO REVEALED A NEW LOOK AS ORGANIZERS GET READY TO LIFT THE CURTAIN ON THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL.
JIM AND MARY-FRANCES BURT OF BURT AND BURT DESIGN CREATED A NEW LOGO.
IT DEPICTS MACON'S LANDSCAPE... THE OCMULGEE RIVER... AND INDIAN MOUNDS.
THE LOGO WAS UNVEILED AT TONIGHT'S AWARDS SHOW.
LEWIS SAYS THE FINGERPRINT SHAPE ENCOURAGES FOLKS TO CARE ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY.
Jon Lewis, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission: "It symbolizes more who we are, it's got more of an environmental tone to it, and it's all about personal responsibilty, everybody getting out there, making their mark, putting their stamp of approval on Macon and Bibb County."
COORDINATOR LINDA MADDOX SAYS WET WEATHER TUESDAY DIDN'T SLOW PROGRESS SETTING UP RIDES AND FOOD VENDORS.
YOU'LL FIND FAVORITES LIKE THE MERRY GO ROUND... AND PIRATE SHIP RIDES.
MADDOX SAYS YOU CAN ALSO EXPECT SOME NEW ATTRACTIONS.
THIS YEAR... THEY'LL RAFFLE OFF A PINK CHERRY BLOSSOM GOLF CART... AND YOU CAN TAKE A RIDE ON A CAMEL.
YOU CAN ALSO SEE A (LIE-GER) LIGER... THAT'S A MIX BETWEEN A TIGER AND A LION.
YOU CAN CHECK THAT OUT AND OTHER CATS AT THE ANIMAL EXHIBITS.
MADDOX SAYS SHE GETS CHILLS... JUST SEEING CENTRAL CITY PARK TRANSFORMED.
Linda Maddox, Cherry Blossom Festival: "It's like family down here for ten days, it's just fun it's exciting, everybody's trying to get ready for everybody to come down and have a good time."
YOU CAN ALSO GET YOUR HANDS ON SOME NEW TREATS WHILE YOU STROLL THROUGH THE PARK.
MADDOX SAYS THEY'VE ADDED A GERMAN FOOD VENDOR...
BRUSTERS ICE CREAM...
AND SUGAR D'S SWEET SHACK.
Drew Garland, Sugar D's Sweet Shack: "We do fried Twinkies, fried candy bars, fried Oreos, deep fried cheesecake if it's sweet and you try it, we fry it."
YOU CAN TRY ALL THE FRIED SWEETS YOU CAN IMAGINE ON FRIDAY.
THE FESTIVAL KICKS OFF AT NOON IN CENTRAL CITY PARK.
NOW FOR A LOOK AT HOW THE WEATHER IS SHAPING UP FOR OPENING DAY AT THE FESTIVAL... LET'S JOIN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IN THE WEATHER CENTER.
EVER WONDER WHO'S ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE WHEN YOU CALL 9-1-1?
DISPATCHERS ARE EXPECTED TO WALK YOU THROUGH EMERGENCY CARE OVER THE PHONE... WHILE SENDING CREWS TO THE SCENE AT THE SAME TIME.
VANESSA RUFFES GOT A LOOK INSIDE AT MID-GEORGIA AMBULANCE'S DISPATCH TRAINING... AND EXPLAINS WHY IT'S CRUCIAL TO THIS HIGH-STRESS JOB.
AT MID GEORGIA AMBULANCE... TWO TO FOUR DISPATCHERS HANDLE EMERGENCY CALLS FROM EIGHT COUNTIES IN THE CENTRAL GEORGIA AREA.
Gable "It's very stressful. I've actually heard the comparison to an air-traffic controller."
DISPATCHER SHELLY GABLE SAYS TWO YEARS ON THE JOB HAS TAUGHT HER TO REMAIN COLLECTED... IN A CAREER FIELD THAT PUTS HER IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH PEOPLE IN CRISIS.
Gable "They panic and you've got to be there. You've got to be strong, you've got to be calm. You've got to calm them down."
THAT'S WHERE KNOWING YOUR STUFF COMES IN... SHE SAYS.
GABLE IS TAKING A CERTIFICATION COURSE THAT LETS HER GIVE MEDICAL ADVICE OVER THE PHONE... WHILE SENDING AN EMERGENCY CREW .
Gable "There are a lot of instructions we can give over the phone that will help save someone's life before we can even get the ambulance to them."
SHE SAYS... THE DISPATCH ROOM TAKES ABOUT TWO HUNDRED CALLS A DAY... BUT THAT'S JUST SCRATCHING THE SURFACE OF THE NUMBER OF ACTUAL EMERGENCIES OUT THERE.
Standup "MGA says statistically 80 percent of people with true emergencies end up driving themselves to the hospital. That's why they're encouraging people who think they may need medical attention to dial 9-1-1."
Allen "I'm sure you know someone who's said, 'I thought I had indigestion but I was actually having a heart attack."
INSTRUCTOR TODD ALLEN SAYS KNOWING YOUR SYMPTOMS IS CRUCIAL...
HE SAYS WHEN IN DOUBT -- CALL FOR HELP ANYWAY... AND FEEL CONFIDENT KNOWING WHOEVER'S ON THE OTHER END CAN SEND YOU CARE AND POSSIBLY WALK YOU THROUGH AN EMERGENCY.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
GABLE SAYS DISPATCHERS HAVE FIFTY SECONDS TO SEND AN AMBULANCE TO A LOCATION ONCE THEY GET AN ADDRESS.
AT MID-GEORGIA AMBULANCE... DISPATCHERS HAVE INTERACTIVE MAPS ON THEIR COMPUTERS WHICH ALLOW THEM SEE WHERE THEIR AMBULANCE CREWS ARE AT ALL TIMES... SO THEY CAN PICK THE CLOSEST ONE TO AN EMERGENCY.
IT'S CROSSOVER DAY AT THE STATE CAPITOL... AND IF A BILL DOESN'T GET THROUGH ONE OF THE ASSEMBLY'S TWO CHAMBERS BY MIDNIGHT TONIGHT - IT'S DEAD FOR THIS YEAR.
THE STATE SENATE APPROVED A BILL THAT WOULD LET LOCAL COMMUNITIES DECIDE WHETHER TO SELL ALCOHOL ON SUNDAYS.
THEY ALSO APPROVED A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD LET OWNERS OR MEMBERS OF A CHURCH DECIDE WHETHER TO ALLOW WEAPONS ON THEIR PROPERTY.
AND A BILL THAT CLEARED THE HOUSE TODAY WOULD LET GEORGIA'S SECRETARY OF STATE...NOT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SET THE DATE FOR THE STATE'S PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY.
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FOR ONE MILLEDGEVILLE MAN... THIS SAINT PATRICK'S DAY IS BRINGING MORE THAN JUST LUCK.
THAT'S BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME... 36-YEAR-OLD SHAWN GREENE WILL CROSS A FINISH LINE IN A RUNNER'S RACE.
GREENE HAS CEREBAL PALSY.
BUT WITH THE HELP OF A "DREAM TEAM"... OF FIVE FRIENDS... HE'LL CROSS NEW BOUNDARIES.
MUSIC THERAPIST ELISE IVEY SAYS THE EVENT GIVES GREENE THE CHANCE TO REACH A LIFELONG GOAL.
THE RUN WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE OCONEE RIVER GREENWAY... REGISTRATION WILL START AT 4 P-M... AND THE FUN RUN WILL KICK OFF AT 5... FOLLOWED BY THE GREENE MILE 5K AT 5:30.