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BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT.. AS YOU JUST HEARD... PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS CONFIRMED OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD... KILLED BY AMERICAN FORCES TODAY.
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
IN A LATE NEWS CONFERENCE TONIGHT... PRESIDENT OBAMA CONFIRMED THE U-S KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN IN A FIREFIGHT.
OBAMA SAYS THE BODY IS IN U-S HANDS.
HE SAYS THE FIRST POSSIBLE LEAD CAME LAST AUGUST.. WHEN THEY HEARD BIN LADEN WAS HIDING IN A COMPOUND DEEP INSIDE PAKISTAN.
LAST WEEK... OBAMA SAYS HE AUTHORIZED AN OPERATION IN PAKISTAN AGAINST THE AL-KYDA LEADER..
TODAY... AT HIS DIRECTION... THEY LAUNCHED A TARGETED OPERATION ON BIN LADEN.
HE SAYS BIN LADEN'S DEATH... IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE IN DEFEATING AL-KYDA.
DURING HIS STATEMENT... OBAMA SAID HE MADE KILLING BIN LADEN A TOP PRIORITY WHEN HE ENTERED OFFICE.
HE CALLED BIN LADEN QUOTE "A MASS MURDER" AND SAID "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DID NOT CHOSE THIS FIGHT... IT CAME TO OUR SHORES."
BIN LADEN IS MOST KNOWN FOR THE NINE-11 ATTACKS AND MANY OTHER MASS-CASUALTY ATTACKS.
THE TORNADOES THAT RIPPED THROUGH SEVEN STATES ON WEDNESDAY... MAKE IT THE DEADLIEST SINGLE DAY... FOR TORNADO DEATHS IN THE U-S SINCE 1925.
THERE WERE DEATHS IN THE HUNDREDS... THOUSANDS OF HOMES DESTROYED... MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGES.
SUZANNE LAWLER AND KIMBERLY BURDEN CONTINUE THEIR TEAM COVERAGE IN TUSCALOOSA.
TONIGHT... THEY SHARE THE STORY OF A FIREHOUSE... WHO'S SIMPLE EFFORT... IS WORKING... TO HELP HUNDREDS IN NEED.

SUZANNE LAWLER, EYEWITNESS NEWS THE RECOVERY FOR A DISASTER LIKE THIS WILL EASILY TAKE YEARS FOR SOME PARTS OF TUSCALOOSA. THINK ABOUT IT THAT'S A LONG TIME FOR FOLKS TO FIND A WARDROBE, A KITCHEN SPATULA OR EVEN A CAR. THERE IS A FIREHOUSE A COUPEL OF MILES FROM HERE THAT AT LEAST FOR NOW IS TRYING TO EASE THAT BURDEN.
NAT SOUND - TRACTOR
NAT SOUND - YOU WANT SOME ICE
SEAN MCBREARTY LIKES IT WHEN HIS HANDS ARE FULL.
NAT SOUND -- HOPEFULLY THAT WILL STAY FOR YOU.
SEAN AND THE OTHER VOLUNTEERS AT THIS TUSCALOOSA FIREHOUSE ARE TAKING DONATIONS AND HADNING THEM BACK OUT AS SOON AS THEY CAN GET THEM ON THE TABLES.
GINGER GREEN, TUSCALOOSA YOU CAN'T SEE THE FRONT DOOR OF THEIR HOUSE. EVERYTHING THAT WAS INSIDE HAS WATER DAMAGE AND HOLES IN THE FLOOR.
CHUCK GREEN LIVED THROUGH A NIGHTMARE AND EVERYDAY AFTER THE STORM HAS GOTTEN MORE COMPLICATED.
CHUCK GREEN WE STAYED IN A MOTEL TILL THE MONEY RAN OUT. WE CAN'T GET TO OUR HOUSE THE LOOTERS IS WHATS CAUSING THEM TO BLOCK THE WAY. THE HOUSE IS GONE.
GINGER GREEN ITS REALLY HELPFUL ON A LIMITED INCOME AND DISABLED NOW THEY HAVE NOTHING.
SEAN MCBREARTY, VOLUNTEER EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN STORY TO TELL AND SO FAR THERE HAVEN'T BEEN MANY HAPPY ONES.
NAT SOUND -- I HEARD ON THE RADIO THE PEOPLE IN HOLTZ NEEDED ICE AND THEY CAN'T GET IT. AM I ALLOWED TO TAKE A TRUNK FULL OF ICE... YEA IF YOU CAN GET IT IN THERE LETS DO IT.
IN ALL THE SADNESS PEOPLE WITH GOOD HEARTS APPEAR.
THE PAYOFF IS A RARE EMOTION THAT CROSSES THE FACES OF FOLKS WHO HAVE LOST EVERYTHING.
SEAN MCBREARTY, VOLUNTEER THIS IS GOING TO BE A 4-6 WEEK PROJECT
SUZANNE LAWLER, SEAN TOLD US THAT IN ONE DAY THEY FED FIVE HUNDRED PEOPLE AND GAVE OUT OVER 12-THOUSAND POUNDS OF ICE. REPORTING IS TUSCALOOSA ALONGSIDE VIDEOJOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN, SUZANNE LAWLER EYEWITNESS NEWS.
DURING 13WMAZ'S MORNIN SHOW TOMORROW... SUZANNE LAWLER AND KIMBERLY BURDEN WILL BRING YOU THE STORY OF A YOUNG TUSCALOOSA GIRL WHO HOPES HER IPHONE VIDEO... WILL CLICK MONEY INTO THEIR SCHOOL SYSTEM.
DOZENS OF CENTRAL GEORGIANS GOT A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO A LECTURE... FROM A HOLOCOUST SURVIVOR TONIGHT.

FOLKS CAME OUT TO TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL IN MACON... TO HONOR DOCTOR EUGENE (SEAN-FIELD) SCHOENFIELD.
HE SHARED STORIES ABOUT HIS LIFE AND THE STRUGGLES HE FACED IN THE NAZI CAMP.
THE HOLOCOUST SURVIVOR SAYS HE WAS BROUGHT INTO THE CAMP... AT AN EARLY AGE AND FREED AT NINETEEN.
SOME SAY THE FIRST ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED... OPENED THEIR EYES---

DEBORAH ADLER: "I TOOK AWAY THE NECESSITY OF KNOWING HOW TO TREAT OTHER HUMAN BEINGS AND NOT TO HUMANIZE THEM, MAKING THEM NUMBERS AND TREATING THEM LESS THAN HUMAN."
EUGENE SCHONFELD:"WE HAVE TO LEARN THAT WHAT WE DO IN THIS LIFE IN THIS WORLD ITS BY OUR OWN HANDS AND WE MAKE IT BETTER OR WORSE, ITS BY OUR OWN HANDS."

SCHONFELD SAYS TOMORROW WILL MARK 66 YEARS SINCE HE LEFT THE CAMP.


FOLKS DIDN'T NEED TO GO TO WASHINGTON D-C... TO CHECK OUT A MONUMENTAL PIECE OF HISTORY THERE.

DURING THIS WEEKEND... THOUSANDS VISITED THE IDENTICAL VERSION OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS WALL... AT VETERANS HIGH SCHOOL TODAY.
IT'S A TRAVELING VERSION OF THE VIETNAM WALL IN D-C... AND ARRIVED IN KATHLEEN FRIDAY.
THE NAMES OF MORE THAN 58-THOUSAND SOLDIERS THAT DIED OR ARE MISSING IN ACTION IN VIETNAM... ARE ON THE DISPLAY.
PEOPLE LOOKING FOR THE NAMES OF LOVED ONES... WERE ABLE TO DO WHAT'S CALLED THE "RUBBING OF THE NAMES."
THAT'S WHEN SOMEONE TRACES THE NAME ON THE WALL... WITH PAPER AND A CRAYON... AS A KEEPSAKE.
VISITORS SAY THE WALL IS A REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICES MADE.


DONALD L SOLAT KATHLEEN " THESE GUYS THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT THEY DONT NEED TO BE FORGOTTEN AND THAT IS A TERRIBLE THING, THAT IS WORST THEN ANY THING TO BE FORGOTTEN AND TO HAVE THEIR NAMES ON THE WALL IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT."

A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR THE WALL WAS HELD EARLIER TONIGHT... BEFORE IT LEFT CENTRAL GEORGIA.
AFTERWARDS... THE WALL HEADED TO CARROLLTON GEORGIA.

THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS HONORED THOSE WHO HELP SERVE AND PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY.

IT'S ALL PART OF THE LOYALTY DAY PROGRAM.
THREE MEMBERS EACH OF POLICE... FIRE AND SHERIFF... WERE HONORED FOR DEDICATION AND COMMUNTIY SERVICE.
OTHERS WERE CELEBRATED FOR THEIR EFFORTS WITHIN THE V-F-W.
MACON POLICE OFFICER JIMMY GOOLSBY... RECEIVED THE SPECIAL HERO AWARD.
HE WAS SHOT LAST YEAR... WHILE ON SECURITY DUTY FOR THE V-F-W.
THE OFFICER SAYS THE PLAQUE WAS AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE--
JIMMY GOOLSBY, MACON" REALLY IT IS PART OF THE JOB AND THERE ARE JUST CERTAIN THINGS THAT HAPPEN DRUNING THE JOB AND I AM JUST GLAD THAT I AM STILL HERE AND BE ABLE TO ACCPET THE HONOR"

THE PROGRAM'S SPEAKER WAS MACON-BIBB E-M-A DIRECTOR DONALD DRUITT.

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO ENJOY THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR AT CENTRAL CITY PARK.

FAIR-GOERS ENJOYED GAMES... LIVE MUSIC AND FUN RIDES LIKE THE FERRIS WHEEL.
OTHERS CHOWED DOWN ON CORN DOGS...FUNNEL CAKES AND POPULAR FAIR MUNCHIES.
KIDS COULDN'T RESIST TESTING THE WATERS... BUMPER BOAT COMPETITIONS... AND OF COURSE... THE PONY RIDES.
THE FAIR CONTINUES UNTIL SUNDAY MAY EIGHTH.
THIS IS THE FAIR'S ONE HUNDRED 56 -TH YEAR.
ORGANIZERS SAY THE EVENT HAS LOST MONEY IN RECENT YEARS... BECAUSE OF DECLINING ATTENDENCE.
ANDREA GOFF SAYS ITS IMPORTANT PEOPLE ATTEND THE FAIR... TO KEEP IT GOING--
ANDREA GOFF, MACON: "I JUST HOPE THAT EVERYBODY COMES OUT CAUSE WE WANT TO SUPPORT WHAT MACON HAS, CAUSE WE'VE LOST A FEW THINGS LATELY AND WE NEED TO HAVE AS MUCH SUPPORT AS WE CAN FOR THE FAIR."

TICKETS ARE FIVE DOLLARS AT THE GATE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS YEAR'S STATE FAIR EVENTS... VISIT OUR WEBSITE... 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.
STAY UP TO DATE WITH YOUR LOCAL NEWS 24-7 ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.

WE'LL SEE YOU AT FIVE A-M FOR FIRST MORNIN'.
AND A QUICK NOTE BEFORE WE LEAVE YOU--- TOMORROW AFTERNOON... THE OBAMAS WILL BE ON OPRAH.
YOU CAN WATCH IT RIGHT HERE ON 13-WMAZ.

LAW CALL IS UP NEXT.

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