Thursday, April 7, Eyewitness News at 11

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      WITH A LITTLE MORE THAN A DAY TO GO... THERE'S STILL NO BUDGET AGREEMENT IN WASHINGTON.
      CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS WERE ONCE AGAIN CALLED TO THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT TO WORK ON HAMMERING OUT AN AGREEMENT.
      SUSAN McGINNIS REPORTS FROM CAPITOL HILL.
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President Obama turned up the heat again Thursday evening.
 
Congressional leaders were called to the White House  , to avoid a government shutdown.  
 
( (NATS)) All those in favor say aye. AYE!!!    
 
  Earlier,  House Republicans passed a bill that would keep the government running for another week, and fund the Pentagon through September.
But the White House threatened to veto it, calling it a distraction from the real work of a budget compromise.


((SOT)) Rep. Jeb Hensarling, (R) Texas   


 "Senator Reid, Mister President, what part of broke don't you understand?"


((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Susan McGinnis, Capitol Hill


The budget showdown has become a blame game, as both sides haggle over politically charged riders attached to the spending bill.


((SOT)) Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary   


 "This is not the appropriate vehicle to have ideological or political agenda items debated and voted on." 


Among them - funding for Planned Parenthood and scaling back environmental regulations.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates told soldiers in Iraq a shutdown might delay their paychecks:


((SOT)) Robert Gates, Defense Secretary  


 "I hope this thing doesn't happen because I know it will be an inconvenience for a lot of troops."


Furlough notices have already gone out on Capitol Hill.  Government workers around the country are concerned for their jobs:


((SOT)) KEN PRUCKS/DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
"There's such a high anxiety among federal employees because nobody knows if they're going to be furloughed." 


A shutdown means farm loans would be halted, along with mine inspections.  Even the annual Cherry Blossom Parade  --set for this weekend --  would be cancelled.
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     IF THERE IS A SHUTDOWN - NO ONE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. COULD GET A PARKING TICKET.  
     THE AGENTS WHO ISSUE THEM WON'T BE ON THE JOB.
       AMONG THE FEDERAL AGENCIES AFFECTED BY A SHUTDOWN... THE OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT.
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      SUPERINTENDENT JIM DAVID SAYS THAT MEANS PEOPLE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO VISIT THE PARK AFTER TOMORROW.
      THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE NOTIFIED DAVID WEDNESDAY THAT NATIONAL PARKS WILL CLOSE IF THERE IS A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN.
     15 EMPLOYEES WOULD BE AFFECTED.. 
      DAVID ALSO SAID SPRING IS ONE OF THE PARK'S BUSIEST SEASONS.
       PARK VISITOR VICKI ALLEN DOESN'T WANT TO SEE THE PLACE CLOSE DOWN TEMPORARILY..
Vicki Allen, Jonesboro: "People were walking their dogs and they would have to find other places to go and I saw families having picnics and all of that would go away and that's sad."
IN 1995... DAVID SAYS A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN FORCED THE PARK TO CLOSE TWICE... FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT 4 WEEKS.
CENTRAL GEORGA HAS NEARLY 19 THOUSAND FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHO MAY BE AFFECTED BY A SHUTDOWN.
     ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE SPOKESWOMAN CAPTAIN PAM STAUFFER SAID SOME BASE EMPLOYEES WOULD BE FURLOUGHED INCLUDING MANY IN ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT DUTIES. 
OTHERS WOULD BE EXEMPTED SUCH AS SECURITY WORKERS.
     SHE SAID ALL BASE WORKERS WOULD BE ASKED TO REPORT MONDAY TO GET THEIR SHUTDOWN INSTRUCTIONS.


     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WOULD A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DO MORE HARM OR GOOD?
      SO FAR 57 PERCENT OF YOU SAY HARM.
      AND 43 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT WOULD DO MORE GOOD.
      VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


PEOPLE LIVING IN A SOUTH BIBB TRAILER PARK WANT TO KNOW WHO WILL PAY FOR DAMAGES AFTER A NEARBY POND FLOODED THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.
NORTH PARK MANOR WAS EVACUATED LAST NIGHT
RESIDENTS SAY AT ITS HIGHEST POINT ATER WAS KNEE TO WAIST HIGH.
THEY SAY IT CAME FROM A NEARBY POND... OWNED BY THE MACON BIBB INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY.
THE AUTHORITY'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KATHY BOWDEN SAYS THEY WERE DRAINING THE POND WHEN THE FLOOD HAPPENED.
      PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN NORTH PARK MANOR HOPE SOMEBODY STEPS UP TO THE PLATE..
Russell Dart "We hope we can get some help from somebody... from whoever opened that dam up over there."
THE INDUSTRIAL AUTHORITY RELEASED A STATEMENT... SAYING THAT THE FLOODING HAPPENED BECAUSE DRAINAGE DITCHES FAILED...AND THAT THEY REGRET THE DAMAGE TO THE TRAILER PARK.
BUT THEIR ATTORNEY KEVIN BROWN SAYS THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE AUTHORITY IS READY TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE DAMAGES.


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE TORNADOS THAT HIT TUESDAY WERE UNCOMMON TYPES OF TWISTERS.
STEVE NELSON WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THOSE TWISTERS THAT HIT IN BIBB AND DODGE COUNTIES WERE CAUSED BY WHAT'S CALLED A QUASI-LINEAR CONVECTIVE SYSTEM..
  NELSON SAYS THAT TYPE OF TORNADO DEVELOPS NEAR THE GROUND.. AND THEN SPINS UP... MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO SPOT ON THE RADAR.
HE SAYS THE TWISTER LASTED ONE MINUTE... IN BOTH BIBB AND DODGE COUNTIES.
REACHED BY PHONE... NELSON DESCRIBED WHAT MAKES THESE TORNADOES DIFFERENT THAN THE MORE COMMON SUPERCELLS.
Steven Nelson, National Weather Service 
"It is different because the tornados that tend to be produced tend to be brief, they can be intense but they don't last long and can be challenging to detect."
NELSON SAYS QUASI-LINEAR CONVECTIVE SYSTEMS MAKE UP 20 TO 30 PERCENT OF THE TORNADOES THAT HIT THE SOUTHEAST.


     SENATOR ROBERT BROWN SPENT TODAY URGING STATE LAW MAKERS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A CONSOLIDATION BILL.
     HE HANDED OUT  A DOCUMENT WITH WRITTEN REPONSES TO CONCERNS OF THE CARL VINSON INSTITUTE OF GOVERNMENT WHICH ANALYZED THE BILL.
      HE SAYS HE'D BE WILLING TO OFFER AMENDMENTS TO SATIFISY SOME OF THEIR CONCERNS.
       NONE OF THE AMENDMENTS WOULD ADDRESS THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE HOUSE AND SENATE VERSIONS OF THE BILL... LIKE THE ROLE OF THE MAYOR... OR NUMBER OF COUNCIL PEOPLE. 
      BROWN SAYS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE BILL IS AMMENDED... VOTERS SHOULD  GET THEOPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON IT 2012.


      THERE ARE LOTS OF ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS LOOMING ON THE HORIZON FOR THE WEEKEND.
      HERE'S BEN WITH A PREVIEW IN THIS WEEK'S SCENE 13.
<<ALRIGHT MIDDLE GEORGIA - LET'S GET FIRED UP!


AWESOME ART FROM ALL OVER THE SOUTHEAST COMES OUT OF ITS PACKAGING FOR THE LONG-AWAITED FIRED WORKS REGIONAL CERAMICS EXHIBIT...AND SALE!


GET FIRED UP FOR FIRED WORKS AT THE PREVIEW PARTY THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!  


OKAY FOLKS, TAKE NOTES! AGAIN, THE PREVIEW PARTY'S THIS FRIDAY FROM SIX TO NINE. BUT IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT, NO WORRIES!  FIRED WORKS WILL BE ROCKIN' THE ROTUNDA UNTIL APRIL SEVENTEENTH. CHECK OUT FIRED-WORKS-MACON-DOT-COM FOR ALL THE INFO. 


NOW, WE HOP ON DOWN THE BUNNY TRAIL TO MACON LITTLE THEATRE WHERE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD STORIES COMES TO LIFE ON STAGE!


RIGHT IN TIME FOR THE EASTER SEASON, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT OPENS FRIDAY AT EIGHT O'CLOCK AND RUNS THROUGH THE SEVENTEENTH. CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 471-PLAY TO GET TICKETS TODAY!  HOP TO IT, FOLKS. AND FORGIVE THE SHAMELESS PUN...IT WAS JUST THERE...AND I TRIED TO STOP MYSELF...BUT YOU KNOW HOW IT IS AND...
IN OTHER AWESOME THEATRE NEWS...THE AUSTIN THEATRE IN FORT VALLEY PLAYS HOST TO A MURDER...MYSTERY...DINNER...THEATRE!! 


IT'S A CASINO CALAMITY! COME ON OUT THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT SEVEN TO DISCOVER WHO DUN IT - VEGAS STYLE. 


IN PERRY, IT'S A FESTIVAL OF A WEEKEND! THE TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL PERRY  DOGWOOD FESTIVAL BRINGS ALL SORTS OF ACTION TO THE MIDSTATE. SATURDAY KICKS OFF WITH A PANCAKE BREAKFAST AND A FIVE-K RUN AND THEN YOU'VE GOT THE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL AND ALL SORTS OF FUN FOR THE KIDS.  AND IT DOESN'T STOP THERE, FOLKS!  COME ON BACK SUNDAY AS DOGWOOD FESTIVITIES CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.  FOR A COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, VISIT PERRY-DOG-WOOD-FESTIVAL-DOT-COM.


NOW THIS ONE'S FOR THE LADIES WHO LIKE TO DRESS UP.  HATS, GLOVES, AND PEARLS, BABY!  


AND IT ALL LEADS UP TO THE OPENING OF THE TUBMAN'S BRAND NEW EXHIBIT ON SATURDAY EVENING.


GET ALL FANCIFIED FOR THE LUNCHEON - WHICH BEGINS AT ELEVEN. AND THEN COME BACK SATURDAY EVENING FOR THE EXHIBIT OPENING AT SEVEN.  STOP BY OR GIVE THE MUSEUM A CALL AT 743-8544 TO GRAB TICKETS.


AND WRAPPING UP THE WEEKEND...ITS SUNDAY FUNDAY!  OR RATHER SECOND SUNDAY BRUNCH!  BRING THE FAMILY, BRING A PICNIC AND GET ON OUT TO WASHINGTON PARK IN DOWNTOWN MACON FOR A DAY OF LAID BACK GOOD TIMES.  SAINT FRANCIS SERENADES THE CROWD IN A LIVE CONCERT. BUT THAT AIN'T ALL!  IT'S SOAP BOX DERBY DAY!  ENTRANTS STRAP IN THEIR HOMEMADE CARS AND - WELL...THERE'S PROBABLY A LITTLE PRAYING GOING ON - AND COMPETE FOR TOP HONORS!  SECOND SUNDAY KICKS OFF AT ONE!  BE THERE!


WE'VE COME TO THE END AGAIN, MY FRIENDS! NOW GO FORTH AND FUNNIFY! SCENE THIRTEEN'LL BE BACK ATCHA AGAIN NEXT WEEK...AND IN CONCLUSION...THAT'S A WRAP!
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Rushi Vakil, Talavya: We are a percussion ensemble called Talavya that is a bunch of tabla players which is an Indian classical instrument and this is a composition which shows tabla in the contemporary way.  Because this is an eight-hundred-year-old classical instrument, but we perform with the contemporary presentation with new sound so the peple who have untrained ears for tabla can appreciate it as much.
TALAVYA PERFORMS FRIDAY AT NOON AT MERCER UNIVERSITY'S FICKING HALL - THAT'S AT THE MCCORKLE MUSIC BUILDLING - AS PART OF THE THE MASTERWORKS AT NOON CONCERT SERIES. 


     AND NEW FEATURES ON THE SILVER SCREEN THIS WEEKEND INCLUDE A PRECOCIOUS AND DANGEROUS TEENAGER... AN INEBRIATED MAN-CHILD... AND A SLACKER PRINCE.
     IT'S A DIFFERENT TAKE ON PARENTING IN THE PG-13-RATED THRILLER "HANNA."
     A YOUNG GIRL... PLAYED BY (SIR'-sha ROW-nin) SAORISE RONAN IS RAISED BY HER EX-C-I-A FATHER... TO BE THE PERFECT ASSASSIN.
     SENT ON A CROSS COUNTRY MISSION AND CLOSELY FOLLOWED... SHE LEARNS SOME STARTLING TRUTHS.
     RUSSELL BRAND TAKES ON THE ROLE ORIGINALLY PLAYED BY DUDLEY MOORE IN THE REMAKE OF THE PG-13-RATED "ARTHUR."
     ARTHUR IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE CHARMER... ENGAGED TO A WOMAN HE DOESN'T LOVE.
     WHEN HE FALLS FOR SOMEONE HIS FAMILY WOULDN'T APPROVE OF... ARTHUR HAS TO DECIDE BETWEEN LOVE AND MONEY.
      AND FOR ADULTS... THE R-RATED EPIC COMEDY ADVENTURE "YOUR HIGHNESS."
      DANNY MCBRIDE PLAYS THADEOUS... THE SHIFTLESS YOUNGER BROTHER OF THE FEARLESS FABIOUS... PLAYED BY JAMES FRANCO. 
      THE TWO EMBARK ON A QUEST TO RESCUE FABIOUS' BRIDE.. AND ENCOUNTER A FIERCE WARRIOR, PLAYED BY NATALIE PORTMAN. 


      IT'S TIME FOR TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY...
    JAMES JOHNSON!
     CONGRATULATIONS JAMES... YOU'LL GET A 13WMAZ COFFEE MUG.
   IF YOU WANT TO BE OUR FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY... IT'S EASY.
      VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ AND CLICK THE "LIKE" BUTTON TO BECOME A FAN.
      THEN... JUST JOIN THE CONVERSATIONS.
      WE PICK OUR FAN OF THE DAY RANDOMLY


        IT'S ALMOST PEACH TIME AGAIN.
    LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS IS THINNING THEIR PEACH TREES TO MAKE ROOM FOR THIS YEAR'S CROP... 
NATS "cars passing Lane" RT :6
THE TREES ARE SPROUTING PEACHES ALREADY... A WEEK EARLIER THAN LAST YEAR.  
DUKE LANE JUNIOR IS EXPECTING THREE HUNDRED TO FIVE HUNDRED PEACHES PER TREE... AND WILL SHIP PEACHES AS FAR AS CANADA
TO GROW PEACHES AS BIG AS BASEBALLS - EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE TREE IS PLUCKED EARLY TO MAKE EXTRA ROOM. 
LANE SAYS IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE THE PEACHES WILL BE READY TO EAT.
Duke Lane Jr. " We are going to be early this year maybe a week to ten days earlier than last year that's a good thing to get our fruit on the market as early as we can so you know given the situation we really couldn't ask for a better weather pattern than we've had.."
WHILE YOU WAIT FOR PEACH SEASON.... LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS HAVE RIPE STRAWBERRIES THAT YOU CAN PICK YOURSELF.

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