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

IF YOU'VE BEEN SHELLING OUT A BUNCH OF BUCKS MORE FOR YOUR GAS LATELY.. GET READY TO PUMP OUT A LITTLE MORE.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SAYS THE STATE GAS TAX IS GOING UP ABOUT 3 CENTS A GALLON TO KEEP UP WITH RISING GAS PRICES.
BUT AS VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS... DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE... THE HIKE COULD BE MORE THAN THAT.
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NATS, traffic driving by
IT'S HARD TO IGNORE THE RISING PRICES AT THE PUMP... AND STARTING NEXT WEEK... GEORGIANS WILL HAVE TO TRY A LITTLE HARDER.
NATS, Hoskins looking at price
Hoskins "It goes up a lot quicker these days."
THE STATE GAS AVERAGE HAS GONE UP ABOUT THIRTY CENTS IN THE PAST MONTH... AND COME MAY 1ST... AN AUTOMATIC GAS TAX INCREASE WILL PUSH IT... A FEW CENTS HIGHER.
standup "The sales tax increase on the state level is about three cents on the gallon, but if you factor in the local option sales taxes for the community that you live in, it could be as high as five."
MOST COUNTIES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA -- THOSE PAYING AN EXTRA THREE PERCENT IN LOCAL SALES TAXES -- WILL HIT THE FIVE-CENT JUMP...
BIBB COUNTY -- WHICH PAYS AN EXTRA TWO PERCENT -- WON'T GET AS HIGH.
NATS, pumping gas
THE HIKE ACTUALLY COMES... BECAUSE GAS PRICES WENT UP. THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SAYS BY LAW... A 25 PERCENT INCREASE TRIGGERS THE TAX CHANGE.
NATS, traffic
FOR SOME... THE EXTRA NICKEL A GALLON IS JUST ANOTHER SQUEEZE ON THE WALLET.
Rubio "We can't save a lot of money... we have to keep it on the gas."
Hoskins "My having my own lawn service,it's going to make me have to buy more gas for my lawnmowers, weedeaters, and everything."
THOSE ALREADY FEELING PUMPED DRY ASK... WHEN WILL IT STOP.
Jackson "You know an extra five cents adds up to a dollar once you add it all up."
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> IN 2008... GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE SUSPENDED THE TAX HIKE.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SAYS HE HASN'T DECIDED WHETHER HE WOULD DO THE SAME.
TRIPLE-A SAYS A GALLON OF REGULAR GAS IN GEORGIA AVERAGES 3 DOLLARS AND 74 CENTS.
IN MACON IT'S 3-70.

MACON POLICE COTNINUE THEIR SEARCH FOR WHOEVER SPRAY PAINTED GRAFFITI ON THE WALLS OF THE HISTORIC ROSEHILL CEMETERY.
ACCORDING TO A POLICE REPORT, VANDALS CAUSED ABOUT 800 DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.
POLICE LIFTED FINGERPRINTS OFF CANS OF SPRAY PAINT FOUND IN THE CEMETARY.
MACON PARKS AND RECREATION HAD CREWS PAINT OVER THE GRAFFITI.
ROSEHILL CEMETARY DATES BACK TO 18-FORTY.
ITS THE FINAL RESTING PLACE FOR GOVERNORS, MAYORS...AND TWO MEMBERS OF THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND.

IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS... MACON VOTERS WILL CAST THEIR BALLOTS FOR CANDIDATES IN THIS YEAR'S CITY ELECTIONS.
FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS JOINED RANDALL SAVAGE TO TALK ABOUT NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS... CONSOLIDATION AND OTHER ISSUES DURING THIS WEEK'S CLOSE-UP PROGRAM.
HE PROMISED THAT NO CITY WORKERS WOULD BE LAID OFF.

C. Jack Ellis, Democratic Mayoral Candidate: Why lay people off when you can say okay we're going to work 35 hours a week, everyone gets paid for 35 hours as opposed to 40 hours. That's better than laying people off in my estimation.
AS WE APPROACH THE JULY PRIMARY...OTHER CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO APPEAR ON CLOSE-UP.
YOU CAN WATCH CLOSE-UP AT NOON SATURDAY AND 6 A-M SUNDAY... ON 13WMAZ.

SOME GEORGIA CITIES AND COUNTIES PLAN TO VOTE THIS YEAR ON WHETHER TO ALLOW ALCOHOL SALES ON SUNDAY.
LAST NIGHT... WOODSTOCK'S CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO ASK THE CITY'S MANAGER TO LOOK INTO IT.
STATE LAWMAKERS PASSED A BILL THIS SESSION THAT WOULD LET CITIES AND COUNTIES TO VOTE ON SUNDAY SALES.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL HAS NOT YET SIGNED THE MEASURE INTO LAW.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD YOUR COMMUNITY VOTE ON ALLOWING SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES?
SO FAR 78 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... IT SHOULD.
22 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... IT SHOULD NOT.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

2-YEAR-OLD LOGAN VARNADOE IS BACK IN CENTRAL GEORGIA AFTER TWO WEEKS IN A CINCINNATI CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
HE... HIS MOTHER APRIL... FATHER JASON... AND 3-YEAR-OLD SISTER GRACIE LEFT FOR CINCINNATI FOR TREATMENT. LAUREN DISPIRITO IS AT MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL AIRPORT... SHE'S JOINING US WITH A LOOK AT LOGAN'S HOMECOMING.
logan's story has touched hearts around the world. two weeks ago, his cousins were raising money for him when they were robbed, since then the family has received donations and encouragement from all over the world.
A WARNER ROBINS MAN AND WOMAN WERE ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF THE LEMONADE STAND THEFT.
20-YEAR-OLD GAGE ALLEN TURNER AND 21-YEAR-OLD AMBER UMBARGER WERE BOTH GRANTED BOND IN THE CASE.

USING A CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING... EVEN IF IT'S HANDS-FREE... DELAYS A DRIVER'S REACTIONS AS MUCH AS HAVING A BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL OF POINT OH-EIGHT PERCENT.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO RESEARCH FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH.
IT'S GREAT HANG UP DAY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS... AND
WE'RE TALKING TO STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE ABOUT THE STATE'S BAN ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING. YOU CAN JOIN THE GREAT HANG UP.
JUST VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND LOOK FOR THE BANNER ON THE HOMEPAGE.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK TO THE PLEDGE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE. IF YOU'VE SIGNED THE PLEDGE AND KEPT IT... OR IF YOU SIGNED IT AND *DIDN'T* KEEP IT... WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
JUST SEND AN EMAIL TO THE-GREAT-HANG-UP AT 13WMAZ DOT.

` THE ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON HAPPENS ACROSS THE POND FRIDAY MORNING.
BUT PEOPLE HERE CENTRAL GEORGIA WILL BE CELEBRATING OVER THEIR OWN TEA AND CRUMPETS.
LORRA LYNCH JONES TALKED WITH ONE WOMAN... WHO'S GIVING AMERICANS A CRASH COURSE ON BRITISH TRADITION.
<<nats- flag waving
CUSTOMERS CAN'T SEEM TO GET ENOUGH THIS WEEK....
nats- at register or shelves
RUSHING INTO JEANETTE FRANCIS' BRITISH PANTRY... PICKING UP SCONES AND BANGERS -- THAT;S SAUSAGE...FOR THEIR WEDDING- WATCHING FEASTS.
nats- (6:00) "What you going to fix? Tea... Not going to do breakfast? A typical English breakfast?"
ONIE SANDERS ALREADY BOUGHT A RING THAT LOOKS LIKE KATE MIDDLETON'S....
Onie Sanders (2:48) "It gets a lot of attention."
BUT SHE NEEDED A FEW DECORATIONS FOR THE FRIENDS COMING EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.
Onie Sanders: (1:20) "They're coming over bout 330. Were going to lock the doors at 4."
nats- (5:50) "It's Royal Edinborough shortbread.'
FRANCIS COACHES CUSTOMERS THROUGH BRITISH COOKING....
(quick nats-food)
SHOWS THEM BUNTINGS...
(26:26) "They're making them and putting them up to celebrate."
AND EXPLAINS THE ENGLISH FASCINATION WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY.
Jeanette Francis: (18:05) "It's a symbol. It's been there for years."
SHE SAYS AMERICANS LATCHED ON A LITTLE LATER...
Jeanette Francis: (17:05) "They remember when Dianna and Prince Charles got married and this is her son. (cover 23:30- "There's been so much tragedy lately all over the world with everything going on. This will hopefully give people an uplift."
SHE PLANS A WEDDING DAY PARTY FOR HER TEA ROOM... ORGINALLY CALLING IT A STREET PARTY.
Jeanette Francis: (22:38) "In England, street party is a family affair. People get together and celebrate things."
BUT SHE CHANGED THE NAME... AFTER LEARNING BRITISH TERMS DON'T ALWAYS TRANSLATE TO AMERICAN CUSTOMERS.
MANY THOUGHT STREET PARTY... MEANT NOISE... BEER AND REVELRY... WHEN ITS TEA AND CAKE SHE PLANS TO PLATE.
nats- (14:50) "Thank you very much"
STD
>> FRANCIS PLANS TO REPLAY THE WEDDING AT HER LUNCHTIME FEAST.
IF YOU'RE WATCHING AT HOME FRIDAY MORNING.. LISTEN FOR THE BRITISH WEDDING TRADITION OF CHURCH BELLS RINGING AS THE COUPLE ENTERS THE CHURCH.
FRANCES SAYS A DIFFERENT TUNE RINGS AS THEY EXIT.... TO WARD OFF EVIL SPIRITS.

FIRST.... 25 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN BIBB COUNTY COMPETED IN AN ACADEMIC QUIZ BOWL.
TODAY....THE TOP 5 FOUGHT FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS IN THE FINALS AT VINEVILLE ACADEMY. KIDS FROM LANE.... TAYLOR... CARTER... SPRINGDALE... AND ALEXANDER II HAVE COMPETED SINCE JANUARY.... IN HOPES OF GETTING THE CHANCE TO BUZZ IN THEIR ANSWER IN TODAY'S FINAL FIVE.
THE QUIZ BOWL COVERS 4TH AND 5TH GRADE LEVEL QUESTIONS... RANGING FROM MATH AND SCIENCE TO GEOGRAPHY AND CURRENT EVENTS.
THE KIDS TOLD US IT'S ABOUT BOTH LEARNING...AND COMPETING..
Aidan Hintermaier Alex II "I love the Competition I am a very competitive person and I also am learning a lot. I am surprised at how much I am leraning this year"
John Lester Springdale " I have leraned a lot of new stuff that i would have nerver known and helps on the test casue it says look in the book. I dont have to look in the book most of the time cause I know it"
ALEXANDER TWO TOOK HOME THE TOP PRIZE THIS YEAR.
AND SPRINGDALE AND CARTER ELEMENTRY FINISHED SECOND AND THIRD.
BUT CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO EARNED A SPOT IN THE QUIZ BOWL....

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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