Wednesday, April 20, Eyewitness News at 11

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<<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

A MACON MAN DIED TONIGHT AFTER HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS TRUCK WHILE DRIVING ON HAWKINSVILLE ROAD.
TWENTY-NINE YEAR OLD MICHAEL JOSEPH NEAL WAS DRIVING NORTH ON HAWKINSVILLE ROAD AT AROUND NINE P.M... WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS WHITE PICK-UP TRUCK...
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
THE TRUCK ROLLED ACROSS TRAFFIC AND NEAL WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE.
HE DIED AT THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT.
INVESTIGATORS AREN'T SURE WHAT CAUSED NEAL TO LOSE CONTROL... SPOKESMAN SEAN DEFOE SAYS THEY ARE LOOKING IN TO IT.

THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVED A TUITION INCREASE FOR STUDENTS AT THIRTY-FOUR UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE STATE THIS WEEK.
JENNIFER MOOLAY CAUGHT UP WITH SOME STUDENTS AT GEORGIA COLLEGE IN MILLEDGEVILLE TO GET THEIR REACTION TO THE BUDGET BUSTING NEWS.. <<
nats
"Its frustrating it really is"

WESLEY BUCHANAN... A MASS COMMUNICATION MAJOR AT GEORGIA COLLEGE AND A HOPE SCHOLAR SAYS HE PAYS ALL HIS COLLEGE COSTS...EXCEPT TUITION. AND WITH THE NEW INCREASES... HE WILL BE WATCHING HIS SPENDING.

Wesley Buchanan, Georgia College Student "I'll always be conscious of okay well I'm going to have to spend more money on school so I need to be careful where I am spending my money"

THE HIKE IN TUITION MEANS A NINETY-FOUR DOLLAR INCREASE PER SEMESTER PER STUDENT.

WITH AN INCREASE IN TUITION.... YOU ALSO HAVE CUTS IN THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP... HOPE WILL NOW ONLY COVER EIGHTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF TUITION COMPARED TO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT JUST LAST SEMESTER. AND THE SCHOLARSHIP NOW WILL NOT COVER BOOKS OR STUDENT FEES.

BUCHANAN SAYS HE IS GLAD THAT HE FOUND A JOB ON CAMPUS AND PLANS TO WORK OVER THE SUMMER TO SAVE UP FOR NEXT SEMESTER.

Wesley Buchanan, Georgia College Student "It's going to be tough, people who work are going to have a harder time coming up with the money"

THE BOARD OF REGENTS TUESDAY ALSO VOTED TO INCREASE A SPECIAL FEE FROM ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS TO TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS.

THE STATE CALLED IT A ONE-TIME FEE TWO YEARS AGO.. WHEN THEY CREATED IT...BUT NOW IT'S GROWING.

OFFICALS AT GEORGIA COLLEGE SAY OVER HALF OF THE STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY HAVE THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP BUT ONE STUDENT SAYS THOSE WHO NEED IT SHOULD GET IT.

Alexandra Fulmer, Georgia College Student "Of course the tuition is going to hurt everyone but hope should be given to those who don't have the money who actually need it."

ACCORDING TO THE COLLEGE...THAT WILL ADD UP TO A NINE PERCENT INCREASE IN TUITION AND FEES NEXT SEMESTER.

JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> OFFICIALS AT GEORGIA COLLEGE SAY STUDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE GUARANTEED TUITION PLAN WON'T PAY ADDITIONAL TUITION COSTS BUT WILL HAVE TO PAY THE ADDITIONAL FEES.

A FLAG AT THE DODGE COUNTY COURTHOUSE IS STIRRING UP SOME CONTROVERSY.
ON MONDAY... THE COUNTY COMMISSION VOTED TO FLY THE CONFEDERATE FLAG EVERY DAY AT THE COURTHOUSE.
JOHN BATTLE.. PRESIDENT OF THE DODGE COUNTY N-AA-C-P... SAYS IT'S FLOWN THERE ON AND OFF FOR YEARS.
BUT WHEN AN N-AA-C-P LAWYER SENT A LETTER ASKING COMMISSIONERS TO TAKE IT DOWN... THEY DID THE OPPOSITE.
John Battle, President, NAACP, "It's a slap in all our faces not just blacks. It's a slap in many whites faces. Many white citizens has long wanted to put this issue to bed. We go too many other issues to try to recitify in dodge county."
BATTLE SAYS HE PLANS TO GO TO THE NEXT COMMISSION MEETING AND ASK THEM AGAIN TO TAKE IT DOWN.
IF THEY DON'T... HE SAYS HE'LL TALK TO THE STATE AND NATIONAL N-AA-C-P ABOUT WHAT TO DO NEXT.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS....
ARE YOU OFFENDED TO SEE A CONFEDERATE FLAG FLY?
SO FAR 87 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU'RE NOT.
AND 13 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU ARE.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE INSIDE OF THE DON'T MISS BOX.

THE LAURENS COUNTY SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS CHARGED TWO PEOPLE WITH STEALING AIR CONDITIONING UNITS FROM SIX DUBLIN CHURCHES.
42-YEAR-OLD ANGELA FOSKEY... AND HER HUSBAND... 38-YEAR-OLD CLIFFORD FOSKEY ARE CHARGED WITH WITH SIX COUNTS OF THEFT BY TAKING... ONE FOR EACH CHURCH.
PASTOR BOBBY HUTTO AT MARIE BAPTIST CHURCH SAYS... JUST TWO SHELLS OF WHAT USED TO BE AIR CONDITIONING UNITS WERE LEFT... COSTING THE CHURCH NEARLY 85 HUNDRED DOLLARS.
BUT HE SAYS THE THIEVES WON'T KEEP THEM FROM CELEBRATING EASTER WEEKEND.
Bobby Hutto, Pastor: "I would really like for the person, if they're watching this, I'd like to invite them to our Easter Cantata. There's a great message that they need to hear."
BOND HAS NOT YET BEEN SET FOR THE PAIR.
THE LAURENS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS PRICES FOR SCRAP METAL ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH... JUST LAST WEEK YOU COULD GET 4 DOLLARS FOR A POUND OF COPPER.

58-THOUSAND 267 NAMES WILL BE READ FOR 72 HOURSSTRAIGHT NEXT WEEK... AT A TRAVELING VERSION OF THE VIETNAM WALL.
THE MEMORIAL ARRIVES IN HOUSTON COUNTY NEXT THURSDAY MORNING.. HEADED FOR VETERANS HIGH SCHOOL.
KATHRYN CARVER... FOUNDER OF THE SERVICE FOR SERVICE ORGANIZATION... SPEARHEADED THE EFFORT FOR THE WALL.
SHE SAYS LOCAL SPONSORS MADE DONATIONS OF TIME OR MONEY... COVERING ABOUT 33-THOUSAND DOLLARS OF THE EXPENSES.
RIGHT NOW... THEY'RE ABOUT 7-THOUSAND DOLLARS SHORT OF COVERING COSTS.
CARVER SAYS SHE WANTS PEOPLE TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR VETERANS AND THE MEMORIAL.
Kathryn Carver, Service for Service: (6:28) "We will begin the reading of all 58228 souls. That takes 72 hours around the clock. (cover) "I hope they feel respected and that their cause was worthwhile."
THE MOVING WALL WILL ARRIVE NEXT THURSDAY APRIL 28TH AT 8 A-M... ESCORTED BY A "ROLLING" ROAD BLOCK DOWN WATSON BOULEVARD AND HIGHWAY 247... TO VETERANS HIGH SCHOOL.
AT ONE P-M... AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BEGIN... FOLLOWED BY A READING OF THE NAMES FOR THE NEXT 72 HOURS.
IT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 24 HOURS A DAY UNTIL SUNDAY MAY FIRST.... WHEN THE READING OF THE NAMES IS COMPLETE.
CALL 478-225-5926 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO DONATE.
AGAIN THAT'S 478-225-5926.

MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT HAS NOT DECIDED YET WHETHER TO SIGN A CITYWIDE SMOKING ORDINANCE INTO LAW.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO HIS SPOKESMAN CLAY MURPHEY.
MURPHEY SAID REICHERT WON'T DECIDE UNTIL HE'S HAD A CHANCE TO STUDY THE ORDINANCE.
HE SAID CITY COUNCIL DELIVERED THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO THE MAYOR'S OFFICE LATE THIS AFTERNOON.
THE MAYOR HAS 10 DAYS TO SIGN IT OR VETO IT OR IT AUTOMATICALLY BECOMES LAW.
THE TOUGH NEW ANTI-SMOKING RULES WOULD TAKE EFFECT SEPT. 1.
THEY BAN SMOKING IN MOST MACON PUBLIC BUILDINGS INCLUDING BARS AND RESTAURANTS.

GAS PRICES ARE UP ABOUT A QUARTER IN THE LAST MONTH... AND A DOLLAR IN THE LAST YEAR... ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A.
MEALS ON WHEELS OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY SAYS IT'S FEELING THE PRICE HIKE... BUT THAT HASN'T STOPPED THEIR DELIVERIES.
AS CANDACE ADORKA FOUND OUT IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT... THAT'S THANKS TO A LARGE GROUP OF DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS.
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TED AND ROSELLE ACH HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 50 YEARS
***nat pop: slamming tailgate***
AND THEY'VE BEEN DELIVERING FOOD TO THE DISABLED AND HOME-BOUND.... FOR TEN.
roselle: "We feel like we're spreading a little sunshine"
THE COUPLE DRIVES 20 MILES...ONE DAY A WEEK ... TO SERVE ABOUT 25 PEOPLE.
***nat pop on a delivery***
THEY GET 40 CENTS A MILE FROM MEALS ON WHEELS, BUT THAT DOESN'T OFFSET THE RISING GAS PRICES.
Ted: "It's probaly costing us a little bit to do this but we just dont worry about that..."
Roselle: "We try not to look at it, we're afraid it'll give us a heart attack."
DIRECTOR WINNIE HINTON SAYS MEALS ON WHEELS ALSO FEELS THE PRICE HIKE.
winnie: "In one month, our gas for our vehicles for the staff went up 900 dollars."
Standup: "meals on wheels gets funding from anumber of sources including the federal government and United Way. But even with all that, Hinton says the work they do here would be impossible without volunteers. So board members have thrown a luncheon to say thank you."
***nats: winnie at podium "thank you for all the love and for all the kindness..."
THE ACHES SAY THANKS ARE NOT NECESSARY BECUASE THE FRIENDSHIPS THEY'VE BUILT ON THE ROUTE ARE WORTH A LOT MORE THAN A TANK OF GAS.
Ted: "it would have to go a lot higher than it is now when we'd just have to say no. I imagine old age would hit us before that."
HINTON SAYS IT'S DEDICATION LIKE THAT... THAT KEEP MEALS ON WHEELS ROLLING.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>>
MORE THAN 120 MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS HELP SERVE ALMOST 11-HUNDRED PEOPLE IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY.
IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER.... GIVE MEALS ON WHEELS A CALL AT 478-745-9140.
AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 478-745-9140.

IT WAS ONE YEAR AGO TODAY THAT AN OIL RIG IN THE GULF OF MEXICO EXPLODED, CAUSING THE WORST OFFSHORE OIL SPILL IN U-S HISTORY.
THE BLAST KILLED 11 OIL RIG WORKERS AND AFFECTED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK ALONG THE GULF COAST.
JOEL BROWN HAS MORE FROM PENSACOLA BEACH.. FLORIDA.
It's not over yet.
Oil is still washing up on shores of the gulf.

:04 - :08
(SOT: Governor Bobby Jindal/R-Louisiana)
13:32:38 "Here in Louisiana, we have 300 miles of our coast that continue to be oiled."

(:11 - :13 BP handout)
(:14 - :23 Coast Guard Handout)

More than 200 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf for nearly three months after the violent oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers.
Wednesday, victims ' relatives took a helicopter to the site to mark the first anniversary.

(nat pop: All I think about is the rig.)

(:34 - :37 Choy family photo)
Chris Choy was one of 115 workers who survived.

He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and blames Trans - ocean, the company that owned the rig.

:37 - :41
(SOT: Chris Choy/Rig Worker) (41 05)
12:41:05 "I THINK THEY SHOULD BE IN JAIL.//THEY GAMBLED WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES OUT THERE, AND THEY LOST THIS ONE."

:42 - :53
(BRIDGE: JOEL BROWN / CBS NEWS / PENSACOLA BEACH, FLORIDA) - "The spill also took a big toll on the Gulf's tourism industry. Hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast businesses are still waiting on compensation checks from BP...which owns the blown out well.

(nats/Papa's pizza) Mike Pinzone needs the tourists to come back in a big way -- to keep his pizza shop open.

1:01 - 1:08
(SOT: MIKE PINZONE / OWNER, PAPA'S PIZZA) - IF WE DON'T HAVE THE VACATIONERS WHO STAY A WEEK OR TWO WEEKS WE WON'T BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN OURSELVES THROUGH THE WINTER."

So far, just 3.8 billion dollars has been paid out from BP's 20 billion dollar compensation fund...roughly 2 out of every 5 people who filed a claim.
AND ON THIS ONE-YEAR MARK, BP IS FILING CLAIMS OF ITS OWN .
THE OIL GIANT FILED SUIT AGAINST TRANS OCEAN..AND THE MAKERS OF THE WELL'S BLOW-OUT PREVENTER .
BP'S DEMANDING DAMAGES TO HELP FOOT THE BILL FOR THE LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER IN US HISTORY.

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