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

A SIXTY SIX YEAR OLD MILAN MAN IS DEAD... AFTER AN EXPLOSION AT HIS MECHANIC SHOP.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO CAPTAIN TONY WINBORN WITH THE DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
THE EXPLOSION HAPPENED AROUND 4-30 P-M AT THE SHOP ON WILL REEVES ROAD IN RHINE.
FIRE CREWS AND SHERIFFS DEPUTIES FOUND CHARLES CAMPBELL DEAD WHEN THEY ARRIVED ON THE SCENE.
WINBORN SAYS A LEAKING PROPANE TANK WAS THE REASON FOR THE EXPLOSION.
SHEILA WILCOX WAS A LONG-TIME NEIGHBOR OF CAMPBELL.
SHE CALLED HIM A JOKESTER AND A FRIEND WHO WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO LEND A HAND.
Sheila Wilcox: "I mean he would volunteer and just do anything around your house if he thought it need to be doing he would do it. And he was always kidding around with the kids and myself."
OFFICALS SAY THEY BELIEVE CAMPBELL'S DEATH WAS AN ACCIDENT AND THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS ON GOING.

A MERCER CHINESE EXCHANGE STUDENT WAS FOUND DEAD TODAY.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAID ROOMMATES FOUND 24-YEAR-OLD (QUAN-ZHANG) TIQN ZHANG DEAD AROUND 4-P.M. AT THEIR APARTMENT ON SHAMROCK STREET.
THAT'S A BLOCK FROM CAMPUS.
ZHANG WAS LAST SEEN ALIVE TUESDAY NIGHT.
JONES SAID HE HAD BEEN DEAD FOR AT LEAST A DAY.
A MACON POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS NO FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED.
THEY SAY AN AUTOPSY TOMORROW WILL HELP DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH.

THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME WILL STAY IN MACON FOR AT LEAST ONE MORE YEAR..... IF IT CAN FIND THE MONEY.
BUT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS THAT'S NOT A DONE DEAL.
TODAY THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY VOTED TO REJECT PROPOSALS FROM THE FOUR CITIES HOPING TO HOST THE MUSEUM.
THEY ALSO ACCEPTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LISA LOVE'S PLAN TO REORGANIZE MUSEUM BUSINESS ... INCLUDING A PLAN TO FIND A PERMANENT HOME FOR THE MUSEUM'S COLLECTION AT THREE GEORGIA UNIVERSITIES.
THE CITY OF MACON PLEDGED 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO KEEP THE MUSEUM HERE FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS.
NOW THAT THE OFFER HAS BEEN TURNED DOWN... REICHERT SAYS HE'S NOT THRILLED ABOUT A ONE-YEAR DEAL.
Mayor Robert Reichert:Macon: "I doubt seriously that the three year commitment that we made to have the hall of fame, the music hall of fame permanantly in Macon would still be applicable to a one year well we don't know kind of thing."
THE PEYTON ANDERSON FOUNDATION... THE CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY PROMISED FUNDING THROUGH THE MACON PROPOSAL.
BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.
STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN THINKS THE STATE SHOULD KEEP CONTROL OF THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME.
IN A LETTER EARLIER THIS WEEK... HE URGED THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY TO REJECT ALL FOUR PROPOSALS FROM CITIES THAT WANT TO HOST IT.
HE TOLD THEM MACON HAS ENOUGH MONEY TROUBLES WITHOUT THE BURDEN OF SUPPORTING THE MUSEUM.
HE WROTE.... MACON IS ONE OF THE POOREST CITIES IN THE COUNTRY AND IS BARELY ABLE TO SUSTAIN ITS CORE MISSION.
THAT MESSAGE..... ANNOYED MAYOR REICHERT.
Mayor Robert Reichert:Macon: "Why he would denigrate the city of Macon as being a poor candidate where to locate the hall of fame i don't know. I have no clue what he was thinking and i think he's done a great disservice to the community by some of the comments in his letter."
BROWN ALSO WROTE THAT THE CITY SHOULDN'T USE SPLOST MONEY TO SUPPORT A STATE INSTITUTION.

A WARNER ROBINS MAN ACCUSED OF HIRING TWO MEN TO KILL HIS WIFE IS BACK IN JAIL AFTER A JUDGE DENIED HIM BOND.
55 YEAR OLD JAMES E. CLEMENTS JUNIOR APPEARED IN HOUSTON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT TODAY.
HIS DAUGHTER JORDAN ANNE CLEMENTS... ALONG WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS TOOK THE STAND IN HIS DEFENSE.
THEY TOLD THE JUDGE THEY WERE CONFIDENT CLEMENTS WOULD ATTEND ALL OF HIS COURT HEARINGS IF RELEASED ON BOND.
CLEMENTS' SISTER SAYS HER BROTHER IS INNOCENT.
A LONGTIME FRIEND OF VICTIM (JOHNNY) JONI CLEMENTS SAYS..... SHE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE.
Karen Allen "She's the victim in this case. And no amount of justice is going to bring her back."
Sherrie Bussineau "There's no reason either of them would ever hurt each other."
TWO OTHER MEN ARE CHARGED WITH THE FEBRUARY SHOOTING OF 47 YEAR OLD (JOHNNY) JONI CLEMENTS.
53 YEAR OLD ROBERT SYBERT WAS DENIED BOND LAST WEEK.
HIS SON.... 29 YEAR OLD RICHARD SYBERT.... THE ACCUSED SHOOTER WAS ARRESTED IN JACKSONVILLE AND IS AWAITING EXTRADITION TO GEORGIA.
HARTWIG SAYS HE PLANS TO PRESENT THE CASE TO THE GRAND JURY WITHIN 60 DAYS.

AFTER MORE THAN 100 HOURS OF INVESTIGATING LAST WEEK'S ATLANTIC COTTON MILL FIRE... OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE CLOSE TO DETERMINING A CAUSE.
MACON-BIBB FIRE CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS SAYS SPARKS FROM WORKERS CUTTING METAL... PROBABLY CAUSED THE BLAZE.
LAST THURSDAY... FIRE GUTTED THE HISTORIC SITE THAT DEVELOPERS HOPED TO TURN INTO LOFT HOMES.
CHIEF RIGGINS SAYS HE ISN'T SURE HOW MANY WORKERS WERE ON THE SITE WHEN THE FIRE BEGAN... OR WHETHER THEY CALLED 9-1-1.
HE SAYS UP TO 30 MINUTES MAY HAVE LAPSED BEFORE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT LEARNED ABOUT THE BLAZE.
Marvin Riggins, Macon-Bibb Fire Chief: "Yeah we would have loved to, as soon as it would have occurred I don't know whether or not that was even possible, whether or not they were aware of it any sooner." FIRE CHIEF MARVIN RIGGINS SAYS HE PLANS TO HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE TUESDAY TO RELEASE AN OFFICIAL CAUSE.

UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS SHOW SOME IMPROVEMENT IN MACON'S ECONOMY.
THE LATEST NUMBERS FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SAY.... THE CITY'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WENT DOWN LAST MONTH.
IN FEBRUARY IT WAS 10 POINT 3 PERCENT... DOWN FROM 10 POINT 4 PERCENT IN JANUARY.
THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN WARNER ROBINS IS HOLDING STEADY AT 7 POINT 8 PERCENT.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION....
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SO FAR 79 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
AND 21 PERCENT SAY YES... IT IS.
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FOR DOWNTOWN MILLEDGEVILLE... APRIL FIRST IS BRINGING IN FUN... JOKES... AND LAUGHTER.
THAT'S BECAUSE THIS MONTH'S FIRST FRIDAY WILL TRANSFORM THE STREETS OF MILLEDGEVILLE INTO A CARNIVAL-LIKE ATMOSPHERE.
MORE THAN THIRTY BUSINESSES PLAN TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT... WHICH FEATURES A LIVE BAND... BOUNCE HOUSES... AND FACE PAINTING.
THE DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION IS AN EFFORT TO REACH OUT TO ALL AGES AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TAKE A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN.
GEORGIA COLLEGE SENIOR PHILLIP WEBBER SAYS... THERE'S NO BETTER WAY TO KICK OFF A "FOOLIN' AROUND DOWNTOWN" THEME... THAN WITH A LITTLE MIME-WORK.
Phillip Webber, Savannah: "It's all in the fun of the game. And it's just to get them smiling, laughing; especially if there's kids downtown, they absolutly love it."
THE FIRST FRIDAY CELEBRATION STARTS AT 6 P-M IN DOWNTOWN MILLEDGEVILLE... AND WRAPS UP AROUND 8 O'CLOCK.

WE'RE JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AWAY FROM THE WEEKEND... AND IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT CENTRAL GEORGIA'S ENTERTAINMENT SCENE HAS TO OFFER.
HERE'S SONYA WITH A PREVIEW IN THIS WEEK'S SCENE 13.
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HEY FOLKS! SCENE THIRTEEN SUB SONYA STEVENS IS HERE TO SAVE YOU FROM A DREARY, BORING WEEKEND! CAUSE - AND I AIN'T APRIL FOOLIN' - AWESOME ENTERTAINMENT IS OVERFLOWING YOUR MIDDLE GEORGIA WORLD...

WHOEVER SAID EASTER HUNTIN' WAS JUST FOR THE KIDS...WAS...WRONG!!! NEWTOWN MACON AND SOME OF YOUR MOST FAVORITE DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS AND BUSINESSES ARE PLAYING EASTER BUNNY FOR THE GROWN-UPS.

GRAB YOUR BASKETS AND GET DOWN TO THE FIRST FRIDAY FESTIVITIES FOR AN EGG-STRAVAGANZA! AND BY THE WAY, THERE'LL BE LOTS OF KIDS ACTIVITIES HAPPENIN IN THIRD STREET PARK PLUS THE MUSIC OF STOOPGRASS STARTS AT SIX. GOOD HUNTIN', MIDDLE GEORGIA!

ALRIGHT, YOU'RE FRIDAY FUN'S JUST GETTING' STARTED - READY FOR SOME THUMP?

THESE BRILLIANT PERCUSSIONISTS WILL ROCK YOUR NIGHT AT MERCER'S FICKLING HALL - AGAIN THIS FRIDAY - AT SEVEN THIRTY. AND THE CONCERT'S FREE, PEOPLE! FREE, I SAY!

NOW GUV'NAHS - DID YOU KNOW THAT THE RAIN IN SPAIN STAYS MAINLY IN THE PLAIN? JUST ASK ELIZA DOOLITTLE!

THE MUSIC, THE DRAMA, THE COMEDY OF MY FAIR LADY HITS THE STAGE OF THEATRE MACON THIS FRIDAY AT EIGHT. THE SHOW RUNS THROUGH THE SIXTEENTH. HEAD ONLINE TO THEATRE-MACON-DOT-COM FOR THE SHOW'S SCHEDULE AND CALL 746-9485 TO MAKE RESERVATIONS TODAY.

LOOK INTO MY EYES...YOU'RE GETTING VERY, VERY SLEEPY!

HYNOTIST GARY CONRAD HITS THE STAGE OF THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE THIS WEEKEND TO DELIVER A LITTLE HILARITY OF HYNOTIC PROPORTIONS.

FRIDAY NIGHT'S EIGHT O'CLOCK SHOW IS FOR THE P-G AUDIENCE. THE TEN-FIFTEEN SHOW IS FOR ADULTS ONLY!!! THEN ON SATURDAY AT FOUR, BRING THE LITTLE KIDS OUT TO EXPERIENCE THE FAMILY FUN OF A G-RATED SHOW. GRAB TICKETS NOW AT COX-CAPITOL-THEATRE-DOT-COM OR CALL 257-6391.

FOR ALL YOU GREEN THUMB-TYPES OUT THERE - HERE'S AN EVENT THAT'S ALL FOR YOU! THE MASTER GARDENERS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA PRESENT THEIR ANNUAL SPRING HOME AND GARDEN SHOW AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS IN PERRY. VENDORS FROM ALL OVER THE SOUTHEAST DISPLAY THEIR OUTDOORSY WARES...PLANTS, POTTERY, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET THE SPRING BACK IN YOUR GARDENS! THE SHOW'S THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY...VISIT M-G-C-G-DOT-ORG FOR ADVANCE TICKETS.

AND WRAPPIN' UP THE FUN, HERE'S A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR NEXT WEEK...

WE EAT HAM, AND JAM AND SPAM-A-LOT! THAT'S RIGHT, THE ARTHURIAN LEGEND - BY WAY OF MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL AND HERE IN THE CARNATION OF SPAMALOT - COMES TO THE STAGE OF THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE FOR TWO SHOWS ONLY! GET THEE TO SPAMALOT NEXT TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY AT SEVEN-THIRTY. I'M TELLING YOU FOLKS; IT - IS - EVEN MORE THAN HILARIOUS! GET TICKETS WHILE THEY LAST AT THE-GRAND-MACON-DOT-COM.

I'M SUDDENLY IN THE MOOD FOR CANNED HAM. SO I SHALL BID YOU ADIEU...UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.
>> IF YOU PLAN TO HIT THE MOVIE THEATER THIS WEEKEND... WE'VE GOT A LOOK AT WHAT'S COMING TO THE BIG SCREEN THIS WEEK... INCLUDING A SCI-FI THRILLER... A HORROR FLICK AND A CHILDREN'S MOVIE WITH SOME EASTER FUN.
"What would you do if you knew you had less than eight seconds to live?"
"I'd make those seconds count."
IN "SOURCE CODE"... JAKE GYLLENHAAL PLAYS CAPTAIN COLTER STEVENS... A SOLDIER TAKING PART IN AN EXPERIMENTAL GOVERNMENT PROJECT.
HE GETS SEVERAL CHANCES TO FIND THE BOMBER OF A CHICAGO TRAIN BY CROSSING INTO THE BODY OF ANOTHER MAN...
BUT HIS FEELINGS FOR A FELLOW PASSENGER COULD COMPLICATE THE MISSION.
"SOURCE CODE" IS RATED PG-13.
IN THE HORROR MOVIE "INSIDIOUS"... A FAMILY MOVES INTO A HOUSE AND DISCOVERS DARK SPIRITS ARE INHABITING IT.
WHEN THEIR SON FALLS INTO A COMA... THE FAMILY TRIES TO ESCAPE.
BUT THEY SOON FIND OUT IT WASN'T THE HOUSE THAT WAS HAUNTED.
"INSIDIOUS" IS RATED PG-13.
AND KIDS WILL LOOK FORWARD TO "HOP"... A QUIRKY STORY ABOUT THE SON OF THE EASTER BUNNY... VOICED BY RUSSELL BRAND... WHO RUNS AWAY ON THE EVE OF TAKING OVER THE FAMILY BUSINESS.
HE MANIPULATES FRED... PLAYED BY JAMES MARSDEN... INTO TAKING HIM IN... AND PROVES HIMSELF TO BE AN UNBEARABLE HOUSEGUEST.
"HOP" IS RATED P-G.

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WALTER B. JONES ELEMENTARY WALKED AWAY WITH THE GRAND PRIZE TODAY AT BIBB COUNTY'S SIXTH ANNUAL READERS' CUP COMPETITION.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES.. STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
ORGANIZERS CHOSE TWENTY BOOKS...FOCUSING ON PLOT... DETAILS... CHARACTERS... AND OTHER LITERARY DEVICES.
STUDENTS STARTED READING IN DECEMBER... TOOK A COMPREHENSION TEST... AND THE HIGHEST SCORERS WERE ENTERED INTO A SCHOOL BOOK BEE.
THE TOP STUDENT FROM EACH SCHOOL COMPETED TODAY.
THE WINNERS SAY THEY WERE EXCITED.
Mya Coon, student "That we studied hard"
Jane Hardy, Jones Elementary Coach "Oh we are very excited, we've worked very hard for this probably since Christmas, so its great "
STUDENTS FROM BURDELL-HUNT, JONES, SKYVIEW AND WILLIAMS ELEMENTARY COMPETED IN THE COMPETITION.

WE'RE BEGINNING OUR SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GROUP OF 13WMAZ JUNIOR JOURNALISTS... AND YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES.
AUDITIONS WILL BE NEXT MONDAY... APRIL 4TH AT THE GALLERIA MALL IN CENTERVILLE... AND TUESDAY APRIL 5TH AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES IN MACON.
BOTH AUDITIONS ARE FROM 4-6 IN THE AFTERNOON.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AUDITIONS.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.


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