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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..... I'M FRANK MALLOY
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

IN A LITTLE LESS THAN SIX HOURS - THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL UNDERGO A PARTIAL SHUTDOWN UNLESS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS CAN REACH AGREEMENT ON A BUDGET BILL..
THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD IMPACT EMPLOYEES AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE..
BUT JUST HOW MUCH... WILL DEPEND ON THEIR POSITIONS.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPOKESWOMAN... CAPTAIN PAMELA STAUFFER SAID... MILITARY AND CRITICAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES WILL WORK... WHILE OTHERS WILL BE FURLOUGHED WITHOUT PAY.
LORRA LYNCH JONES TALKED TO PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON ROBINS.. ABOUT THE POSSIBLE IMPACT.
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COOKS IN THE KITCHEN AT ROBERTOS MEXICAN RESTURANT FRY UP... (nats)
AND DISH OUT HUNDREDS OF LUNCHES EACH DAY....
(waiter serving)
MOSTLY TO PEOPLE HERE FOR A BITE... BEFORE THEY GO BACK ACROSS THE TRACKS TO ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
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COMMUNICATIONS SUPERVISOR JOANN RABE CAME FOR A BREAK... BUT COULDN'T GET AWAY FROM THE TALK ABOUT A POSSIBLE SHUTDOWN
Joann Rabe (15:40) "Everywhere you go, you go the bathroom, the ladies are talking about it. You go to lunch, and everybody's talking about it. If you're standing outside smoking a cigarette..."
SHE SAYS EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW HOW IT WILL AFFECT THEIR PAYCHECK.
Joann Rabe: (15:50) "How they're going to meet their requirements for their bills."
Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: "According to the Deparment of Defense, civilian and military employees who are not furloughed will eventually be paid. What's still in question is if civilian employees who are furloughed will be paid once the budget passes."
Susan Lower: (13:20) "I don't like thinking that I might have to work or not work and not get paid. It is a concern, because our bills will keep coming, even though our paycheck won't."
SUSAN LOWER... A BUSINESS OFFICE EMPLOYEE... REMEMBERS THE LAST SHUTDOWN IN '95...
Susan Lower (13:55) "Weve done if before, It's a big waste of money."
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ROBERTO'S OWNER... JOHN MITCHELL.. SAYS IT WOULD TAKE MONEY FROM HIS REGISTER TOO. (nats of register)
John Mitchell, Warner Robins: (5:40) "Our schedule operates with their schedule. Right now, if the base is closed, we close."
HE can STOMACH A SHUTDOWN... BUT ONLY IF IT DOESN'T LAST TOO LONG.
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>> ABOUT 15-THOUSAND CIVILIANS WORK AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
STAUFFER SAID FURLOUGHS WOULD INCLUDE MANY EMPLOYEES IN ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPORT DUTIES.
SHE SAID ALL BASE WORKERS WOULD BE ASKED TO REPORT MONDAY TO GET THEIR SHUTDOWN INSTRUCTIONS.
GEORGIA CONGRESSMAN SANFORD BISHOP IS IN WASHINGTON TONIGHT... HE'S JOINING US NOW BY PHONE WITH AN UPDATE ON HOW THE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS ARE GOING.
THANK YOU CONGRESSMAN... WE'LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS STORY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AND 13WMAZ DOT COM.

ACCORDING TO A UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA SURVEY... 70 PERCENT OF PEOPLE LIVING IN BIBB COUNTY SAY THEY SUPPORT BANNING SMOKING IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS.
AND NOW SEVERAL MACON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE PROPOSING AN ORDINANCE TO DO JUST THAT.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS HOW THIS COULD AFFECT LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THEIR CUSTOMERS.
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NATS OF ORDINANCE.
MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL AND LOCAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS EXPLAINED THEIR PLANS TO CLEAR THE SMOKE OUT OF MACON.
Nancy White, Macon City Council: "It boils down to being a public safety issue it's not a ban on smoking it's not trying to get people to quit of vilify them. It's simply asking them to step outside."
WHITE SAYS SHE AND SIX OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS SPONSORED THE ORDINANCE TO BAN SMOKING IN ALL PUBLIC BUILDINGS.. INCLUDING RESTAURANTS AND BARS.
BUT ONE BUSINESS OWNER... SAYS GOING SMOKE FREE COMES AT A COST.
Chuck Lewis, Co-owner CJ's Bar and Grill:"Probably we'll lose a lot of them going going to place if it does county and city separate. Probably lose some of those bars that they can smoke ."
C-J'S BAR AND GRILL SITS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS AND WOULD FALL UNDER THE ORDINANCE.. BUT JUST DOWN THE ROAD AT WAGERS... CUSTOMERS COULD STILL LIGHT UP SINCE IT'S IN THE COUNTY.
Shelley Snell: "It would change where i decided to go with friends. I would want to go where my friends would want to go as far as where the smokers.. where they're invited to come."
AS THE POSSIBILITY OF A SMOKE-FREE CITY LOOMS IN THE AIR... SMOKERs QUESTION WHERE THIS LEAVES THEM.
Jane Pinkston, Macon:"I think it's somewhat of an infringement upon my rights. I pay taxes I frequent places that don't allow smoking as well as place that do allow smoking. I respect their rights but it's two sides of a coin."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WAMZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE ORDINANCE IS SCHEDULED TO GO BEFORE THE COUNCIL'S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MONDAY.
THAT U-G-A POLL INTERVIEWED 800 PEOPLE IN BIBB COUNTY..AND HAS MARGIN OF ERROR OF THREE AND A HALF POINTS.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WOULD YOU FAVOR A SMOKING BAN IN ALL PUBLIC PLACES IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
SO FAR 67 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES
AND 33 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO
TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.. AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE INSIDE OF THE DON'T MISS BOX.

MORE THAN 1 MILLION GEORGIANS OVER AGE 25 DON'T HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D.
FOR ADULTS... GETTING A G-E-D CAN BE KEY TO LANDING A JOB OR EARNING MORE MONEY.
BUT SOON... AS LAUREN DISPIRITO EXPLAINS... FOLKS WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE TO TAKE THE TEST.
Percy Hill, GED examiner: "you can see the glow in peoples faces, you can see the glow in their eyes when they come back and say Mr. Hill I passed this test I passed this test"

PERCY HILL RUNS G-E-D TESTS AT MACON'S CENTRAL GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE... AND SAYS MANY WHO GO BACK FOR THE DEGREE DON'T HAVE A JOB... OR EARN MUCH... AND STRUGGLE TO PAY TEST FEES.
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THIS SUMMER... THE COST MORE THAN DOUBLES... TO FIFTY DOLLARS PER TEST
THAT'S 250 DOLLARS FOR ALL FIVE
OR... IF TO YOU TAKE THEM ALL THE SAME DAY... YOU'LL PAY 175.

Percy Hill, GED examiner:"that's a big jump for people who are living on basic, just basic amount of money every month"

GEORGIA'S TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM SAYS THEY HAD TO INCREASE COSTS... BECAUSE THE NATIONAL COMPANY THAT RUNS THE TESTS RAISED FEES.

Sallie Devero, Dean of Adult Education: "some folks are simply not going to do it"

DEAN OF ADULT EDUCATION... SALLIE DEVERO... SAYS CENSUS NUMBERS SHOW MORE THAN 60 THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE SEVEN COUNTIES THEY SERVE - BALDWIN... BIBB.. CRAWFORD... JONES.. MONROE...PUTNAM and TWIGGS... DO NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D.
.. AND TODAY'S DROPOUTS EARN AN AVERAGE OF NEARLY 9 THOUSAND DOLLARS LESS PER YEAR.

Sallie Devero, Dean of Adult Education: "we're talking about families being able to survive"

SHE SAYS COMMUNITIES SHOULD FIND WAYS TO HELP PAY TEST FEES. HILL ENCOURAGES MORE PEOPLE TO TAKE FREE CLASSES TO REVIEW SKILLS.

Percy Hill, GED examiner: "you don't want to try anymore, you want to be prepared"

THE NEW FEES TAKE EFFECT JULY FIRST.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
13 WMAZ
EYEWITNESS NEWS
CENTRAL GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE SAYS THE LAST TEST OFFERED BEFORE RATES INCREASE... WILL BE ON JUNE 18TH.
PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THAT TEST ENDS JUNE 14TH.
SALLIE DEVERO SAYS THERE ARE SOME SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO COVER G-E-D FEES FOR STUDENTS WHO ENROLL IN EDUCATION CLASSES.

THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO ROBBED A VIDEOGAME STORE THIS AFTERNOON.
THEY SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND 3 O'CLOCK
AT A STORE ON ELBERTA ROAD OFF CARL VINSON PARKWAY..
OFFICERS ON THE SCENE SAY THE MAN ROBBED THE STORE AND KIDNAPPED A CLERK BUT THE VICTIM IS NOW SAFE.
HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL LEADERS SAY THE SEARCH DELAYED BUSES FROM SEVERAL SCHOOLS INCLUDING NORTHSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAID THEY HAD NO INFORMATION ON THE SUSPECT AND NO FURTHER DETAILS ON THE ROBBERY.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE CASE...YOU CAN CALL THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT 478-542-2085. AGAIN...THAT'S 542-2085.

WITH TEMPERATURES RISING THIS WEEKEND... SOME OF YOU MAY BE LOOKING FOR A REFRESHING BITE TO EAT.
IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
MONTANA'S BAR AND GRILL AT 3-09 STRATHAMS WAY IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED A 71 PERCENT... A "C"... THAT'S AFTER GETTING A 73... ANOTHER C... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
THE INSPECTOR NOTED THAT FOOD WAS NOT SEPARATED AND PROTECTED.
HE ALSO SAYS ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WERE NOT SUPPLIED AND ACCESSIBLE... WHICH HE NOTES IS A KNOWN RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
GREEK VILLAGE AT 7-38 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS GOT A 60 PERCENT... A "U"... AFTER SCORING A 96... OR AN "A"... LAST TIME.
THE INSPECTOR NOTED 15 VIOLATIONS... SUCH AS FOOD SURFACES NOT BEING CLEAN... AND CONTAMINATION NOT BEING PREVENTED DURING FOOD PREPARATION.
AND CHINA PALACE AT 3-06 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED AN 82... A"B"... WHICH IS THE FIRST LISTED INSPECTION SCORE FOR THE RESTAURANT.
THE INSPECTOR SAYS FOOD WAS NOT SEPARATED... PROTECTED... AND STORED PROPERLY.
HE ALSO NOTES THAT THE PLUMBING WAS NOT INSTALLED.
AND NOW FOR A LOOK AT THIS WEEK'S TOP SCORES... AND OUR GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES...
CHICK-FIL-A AT 18-67 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... SERVED UP A 99... AN A... AFTER GETTING A PERFECT 100 PERCENT... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
ICHIBAN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE AT 30-35 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED A 98... AFTER GETTING A 96 PERCENT LAST TIME... BOTH SCORES ARE A'S.
AND STEAKOUT AT 9-12 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS WHIPPED UP A 100 PERCENT... THAT'S AFTER ANOTHER PERFECT SCORE... LAST TIME.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FOUR SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....FRANK...LEAH?
FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
HOVER OVER THE FEATURES LINK... THEN CLICK RESTAURANT RATINGS.

THE PERRY DOGWOOD FESTIVAL ROLLS INTO TOWN THIS WEEKEND... FOR ITS 23RD YEAR.
THE EVENT... STARTED BY A FEW DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS WAS DESIGNED TO SPUR TOURISM FOR THE CITY.
ONE OF THE LADIES CREDITED WITH FOUNDING THE FESTIVAL... IS KATHY O'NEAL.
SHE'S A FORMER DOWNTOWN BOOKSTORE OWNER... WHO SAYS SHE HAD NO IDEA THE FESTIVAL -- FEATURING SHOPPING... FOOD... AND ENTERTAINMENT WOULD TAKE OFF.
SHE STILL KEEPS THE T-SHIRT FROM THAT FIRST YEAR.
Kathy O'Neal "We didn't put the year. We didn't put the 'first annual.' Because we didn't know then there were going to be anymore."
MEGAN SMITH WITH THE PERRY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS THEY WERE ABLE TO COUNT ATTENDANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST YEAR... SINCE THE FESTIVAL WAS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS.
SHE SAYS ABOUT 5 THOUSAND PEOPLE CAME.
THE FESTIVAL IS BACK DOWNTOWN THIS YEAR... BY POPULAR DEMAND.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DOGWOOD EVENTS... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR 13 WMAZ DOT COM HOMEPAGE.

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