Wednesday, March 30, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M LEAH JOHNSON... FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

TOMORROW MORNING... THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY MAY FINALLY MAKE A DECISION ABOUT WHETHER THE MUSEUM WILL STAY IN MACON OR MOVE TO ANOTHER CITY.
ATHENS... DUNWOODY AND WOODSTOCK ALSO SUBMITTED BIDS FOR THE HALL OF FAME..
BUT THE BOARD REJECTED BIDS FROM ALL FOUR CITIES EARLIER THIS YEAR... AND GAVE THEM MORE TIME TO PREPARE THEIR PROPOSALS.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS WILL BE HOW THE CITIES PLAN TO MAKE THE MUSEUM FINANCIALLY SELF-SUSTAINING... AFTER THE STATE DECIDED TO CUT FUNDING TO THE SPORTS AND MUSIC HALLS OF FAME.
THE MEETING IS SCHEDULED TO START AT 9 A-M.
WE'LL BE LIVE STREAMING THAT MEETING TOMORROW ON 13WMAZ.COM

AN OVERHAUL OF STATE TAXES HAS STALLED AFTER OBJECTIONS FROM DEMOCRATS AND TEA PARTY ACTIVISTS.
THE TWO GROUPS SAY THE PLAN INCREASES TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS... WHILE HANDING WEALTHIER GEORGIANS A TAX BREAK.
DESPITE MEETINGS TODAY... HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS COULDN'T STRIKE A COMPROMISE.
HOUSE SPEAKER DAVID RALSTON SAID THE PLAN WAS A TOP PRIORITY THIS SESSION... AND THAT LAWMAKERS COULD MEET THIS WEEKEND IF THEY NEEDED TO.
NEGOTIATIONS WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW.

FORMER MACON PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR RICHARD POWELL FILED PAPER WORK YESTERDAY TO OFFICIALY REQUEST A HEARING BEFORE CITY COUNCIL.
HE WANTS TO APPEAL THE DECISION MADE BY THE MAYOR LAST MONTH THAT GOT HIM FIRED.
THIS COMES AFTER POWELL FIRST SUBMITTED HIS APPEAL TO COUNCIL IN WRITING.
COUNCIL MEMBERS VOTED TO TELL POWELL IF HE WANTED TO APPEAL HIS FIRING... HE'D HAVE TO DO IT IN A FORMAL HEARING.
MAYORAL SPOKESMAN ANDREW BLASCOVICH SAYS MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT WILL APPOINT AN INTERIM DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS ON MONDAY.
HIS NAME IS SHAWN FRITZ.
COUNCILMAN LONNIE MILEY SAYS FRITZ HAS A MILITARY BACKGROUND WITH ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.

POURING RAIN... CLAPPING THUNDER... AND BRIGHT LIGHTNING MAY BE MAKING YOUR ALLEGERY SYMPTOMS WORSE.
AS AMY AUBERT EXPLAINS... INSTEAD OF WASHING AWAY ALLERGIES... THIS WEEK'S THUNDERSTORMS MAY MAKE ALLERGY SEASON WORSE.
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Nats: "Do you like pollen?"
"No."

EIGHT YEAR OLD MACK ATENCIA ISN'T THE ONLY ONE... WHO DREADS THE YELLOW STUFF.

Austin Bearden, Warner Robins: "It really bothers my allergies, it makes it actually worse."

AND THEY'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES.

Nats

DR. DAVID PLAXICO IS AN ASTHMA AND ALLERGY SPECIALIST... HE SAYS... THIS TIME OF YEAR... HE SEES AROUND THIRTY PATIENTS A DAY.

Dr. David Plaxico: "Trees are pollenating, they're dropping pollen into the air to be dispersed."

AND HE SAYS STORMS... LIKE THE ONES THAT WHIPPED THROUGH CENTRAL GEORGIA LAST WEEKEND... COULD BLOW IN EVEN MORE ALLERGENS.

Dr. Plaxico: "It gets it circulating there, it's more dispersed for a larger space than it would normally."

Amy Aubert: "A study done by the University of Georgia and Emory University shows that thunderstorms actually break up the pollen particles into the air. And some allergy patients say that instead of washing away the allergens, the rain makes their symptoms worse."

Austin Bearden: "Runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing coughing. It's really annoying."

Mack Atencia, Warner Robins: "Sometimes I sneeze down to my foot."

THIS YEAR... CENTRAL GEORGIA IS SEEING THE MOST POLLEN PARTICLES BLOWING THROUGH THE AIR... IN TWO YEARS... THAT'S ACCORDING TO DR. PLAXICO'S
RESEARCH.
Nats: "It will collect the pollen as it spins in the air like that."

HE ALSO SAYS WITH THE RAIN AND DAMP WEATHER... COMES MOLD... WHICH CAN JUMP START A RUNNY NOSE.

Nats: "Do you like allergies?"
"No."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.

DR. PLAXICO SAYS WITH ALL THE RAIN WE'VE SEEN IN THE PAST WEEK... HE EXPECTS AN EARLY GRASS SEASON... WHICH COULD MAKE SYMTPOMS FOR THOSE OF YOU WITH POLLEN ALLERGIES WORSE.

TONIGHT WILL BE MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS POSSIBLE AND FOG DEVELOPING AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS WILL BE IN THE LOWER 50S. TOMORROW, MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH HIT AND MISS SHOWERS POSSIBLE, MAINLY THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 60S.

SHOPPERS IN GRAY HAVE A NEW CHOICE WHEN IT COMES TO GROCERIES.
HARVEY'S HELD ITS GRAND OPENING THIS MORNING.... WITH AISLES FILLED WITH PEOPLE CHECKING OUT THE NEW STORE AND LOOKING FOR BARGAINS.
THE COMPANY SAYS THEY HIRED 68 PEOPLE TO RUN THE STORE.
FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS.... INGLES HAS BEEN THE ONLY GROCERY STORE IN GRAY.
THE MANAGER OF INGLES DECLINED TO SPEAK TO US ON CAMERA.
BUT HE DID SAY THAT THEY'VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 13 YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE THE COMMUNTIY.
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SO FAR 54 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES
AND 46 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO
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FOR PEOPLE IN SOME PARTS OF AFRICA... GETTING CLEAN DRINKING WATER CAN BE A DAILY CHALLENGE.
BIBB COUNTY EIGHT-YEAR-OLD WINN MURRAY JOINED THE HERO ARMY TO HELP BUILD WELLS TO SUPPLY CLEAN WATER.
THIS MONTH... THE SPRINGDALE THIRD GRADER AND OTHER STUDENTS LUGGED JUGS OF WATER AROUND SCHOOL... RAISING AWARENESS AND MONEY FOR WELLS IN AFRICA.
SO FAR... *WINN'S WELL PROJECT* HAS RAISED ABOUT SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS...WHICH IS MORE THAN ENOUGH TO BUILD ONE WELL.
AT ALEXANDER TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.. SOME THIRD GRADERS SAY THEY'RE PROUD TO HELP.
Kristen Gilbert, Alexander II School: "Having every 15 seconds a child dies that's... a lot"
Jaden Deuley, Alexander II School: "I feel really glad inside because I get to help kids on the other side of the world."
TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE... 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SAYS TALKS WITH CONGRESS ABOUT A FUNDING BILL TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN NEXT WEEK ARE MAKING GOOD PROGRESS.
BIDEN SAYS THE WHITE HOUSE AND REPUBLICANS CONTROLLING THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE WORKING A PLAN TO CUT 73 BILLION DOLLARS FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET REQUEST.
HE SAYS THERE'S NO REASON THE ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICANS CAN'T AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN NEXT FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT.
BIDEN ALSO STRESSED THAT THERE'S NO OFFICIAL DEAL YET AND THAT THE
OUTCOME DEPENDS ON PROPOSED SPENDING CUTS AND POLICY PROVISIONS.

THE NUCLEAR DISASTER THAT'S UNFOLDING IN JAPAN HAS PUT A SPOTLIGHT ON AMERICAN NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS.
AS SANDRA HUGHES REPORTS..... SEVERAL EX-EMPLOYEES AT ONE CALIFORNIA FACILITY SAY SAFETY CONCERNS HAVE BEEN IGNORED.
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A FORMER MANAGER AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S SAN ONOFRE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT SAYS HE WAS FIRED LAST FALL AFTER HE TRIED TO BRING EMPLOYEES SAFETY CONCERNS TO SUPERVISORS:

SOT: Diaz/former San Onofre employee "I was told to not address those concerns the exact quote was they don't need you to be their superhero."

MIKE MASON AND RICK BUSNARDO WHO BOTH WORKED MORE THAN 25 YEARS AT SAN ONOFRE WERE IN CHARGE OF MAKING CANISTERS TO STORE SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL..THEY SAY THEY COMPLAINED ABOUT AN EMPLOYEE WELDING THE CANISTERS INCORRECTLY:

SOT: Mike Mason/Former San Onofre Employee
"Potentially it could have failed to contain the fuel rod like it was supposed to."

MASON AND BUSNARDO TOOK THEIR COMPLAINTS TO THE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
SO DID PAUL DIAZ WHO WAS FIRED AFTER HIS COMPLAINT. DIAZ IS SUING SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA EDISON, WHICH OWNS SAN ONOFRE?THE SUIT CLAIMS EMPLOYEES COMPLAINED
OF EXCESSIVE OVERTIME AND FATIGUE.

SOT: Gil Anderson/Edison Spokesperson.
"We have conducted a thorough review and feel the employee was treated
fairly...very seriously."

SAN ONOFRE SITS ON THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST JUST FIVE MILES FROM A FAULT
LINE. IT HAS HAD A LONG HISTORY OF SAFETY VIOLATIONS:

SOT: MOS
"Japan is an exact, perfect example of what can happen. WE're less than two miles away and we're scared."

(RTV) THAT FEAR ONLY ESCALATES WITH EACH NEW REPORT OF RADIATION CONCERNS IN JAPAN.

>> MEANWHILE... UNITED NATIONS OFFICIALS SAY THAT READINGS ABOUT 25 MILES FROM THE JAPAN NUCLEAR DISASTER SHOW HIGH RADIATION.
THEY SAY THOSE READINGS WERE TWICE THE AGENCY'S RECOMMENDED EVACUATION LEVELS.
HOWEVER... THEY ALSO SAY THE READINGS WERE SPORADIC.

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SOME LOCAL OFFICIALS ASKED FOR HELP GETTING BAILED OUT OF JAIL.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES.. STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
IT'S ALL PART OF A MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY FUNDRAISER CALLED "BEHIND BARS."
ABOUT 150 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THIS JAIL... HOPING TO RAISE 26-HUNDRED DOLLARS TO GET BAILED OUT.
THEY WORKED THE PHONES... AND ASKED FRIENDS TO MAKE DONATIONS.
THE MONEY WILL GO TO MDA... INCLUDING RESEARCH AND A SUMMER CAMP FOR THOSE LIVING WITH MUSCLE DISORDERS.
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF CLIFF RUSHIN SAYS HE RAISED THE 26-HUNDRED NEEDED... BUT PLANNED TO CONTINUE MAKING CALLS.
Asst. Fire Chief Cliff Rushin
Each time you get involved with one of these organizations where we are helping children, and also adults with muscular diseases, it's special to be able to take your time and give back to the community."
ORGANIZERS SAY THEY'RE STILL ADDING UP THE MONEY RAISED TODAY... BUT THEY HOPED TO BRING IN 105-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE EVENT.
LAST YEAR... THEY RAISED 98-THOUSAND.

THIS WEEK'S IT STARTS WITH THE HEART RECIPE ADDS A HEALTHY TWIST TO A POPULAR APPETIZER.
SOUTHWESTERN POTATO SKINS HAVE 195 CALORIES... 7 GRAMS OF PROTEIN... 28 GRAMS OF CARBS... 7 GRAMS TOTAL FAT AND 5 GRAMS OF FIBER.
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