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

MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART WANT YOUR IDEAS ON HOW TO SPEND TAX MONEY FROM A PROPOSED SPLOST.
THEY'RE JOINING US NOW TO TALK ABOUT THAT SPLOST... THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE GENTLEMEN...
THEIR FIRST PUBLIC SESSION IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7 AT EAST MACON PARK ON OCMULGEE EAST BOULEVARD.
TO SEE OTHER TOUR DATES... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE... 13WMAZ DOT COM.

MACON CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT MIRIAM PARIS SAID TODAY SHE WON'T RUN FOR RE-ELECTION TO COUNCIL..
INSTEAD PARIS ANNOUNCED SHE'LL RUN FOR THE STATE SENATE SEAT... CURRENTLY HELD BY ROBERT BROWN..
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS IS ALSO RUNNING FOR BROWN'S SEAT.
BROWN PLANS TO LEAVE THE SENATE...TO RUN FOR MAYOR OF MACON..
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS US HOW THE SENATE RACE IS ALREADY HEATING UP. <<nats of announcement:
WITH A SMALL CROWD OF SUPPORTERS AROUND HER... MIRIAM PARIS PLACED HER BID FOR THE DISTRICT 26 STATE SENATE SEAT.
Miriam Paris: District 26 Candidate: "As our next senator, I will fight to bring more industry to Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, and Houston Counties."
RIGHT NOW... SHE SERVES AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE MACON CITY COUNCIL... AND TOSSED AROUND THE IDEA OF RUNNING FOR MAYOR.
Miriam Paris: "When Senator Brown made his decision and his plans public that he that he was running for the Mayor's office, then the seat was open of course and it made it an easier decision."
THE ONLY OTHER PERSON IN THE RACE SO FAR...IS STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS...
David Lucas: (D) Macon: "She may not be the only one that qualifies to run, but I'm running on my record. I have a legislative record of 37 years to run on."
LUCAS TOOK HIS FIRST JAB AT HIS NEW OPPONENT.
David Lucas: " I would suggest my opponent does not have a record to run on."
BUT PARIS'S CALL FOR CHANGE... DREW APPLAUSE FROM THE CROWD... WHICH INCLUDED SOME FELLOW CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.
Miriam Paris: "If you had 30 years to solve a problem and it isn't solved, it is time for a change."
NO QUALIFYING DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR THE STATE SENATE RACE... SO MORE CANDIDATES COULD STILL THROW THEIR HATS IN THE RING.
BRITTINY BARBER 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS>>
OF COURSE....NOBODY CAN OFFICIALLY RUN FOR SENATE...UNTIL ROBERT BROWN QUALIFIES TO RUN FOR THE MAYOR'S RACE.
THAT'S EXPECTED TO HAPPEN IN JUNE.
ONCE HE RESIGNS FROM THE SENATE....THE GOVERNOR WILL SET A DATE FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL HIS SEAT.
THEN LUCAS AND PARIS CAN QUALIFY FOR SENATE.
PARIS SAYS SHE PLANS TO SERVE AS CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT UNTIL SHE QUALIFIES FOR SENATE.
THEN THE GOVERNOR WILL SET A DATE FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL BROWN'S SEAT.
SINCE IT IS A SPECIAL ELECTION.. ALL CANDIDATES WILL BE ON THE SAME BALLOT.. THERE WILL BE NO PARTY PRIMARIES

SOME EMPLOYEES AT THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT ARE TRYING OUT A FOUR DAY WORK WEEK.
ABOUT 25 ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYEES MADE THE SWITCH THIS WEEK TO TEN HOUR DAYS... FOUR DAYS A WEEK.
POLICE CHIEF BRETT EVANS SAYS HE'S TRYING IT OUT TO INCREASE SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.
HE SAYS THE TEN HOUR DAYS ALLOW THE RECORDS AND COURT DIVISIONS TO OPEN AN HOUR EARLY AND CLOSE AN HOUR LATE.
EVANS SAYS HE WILL EVALUATE THE PROGRAM FOR ITS PRODUCTIVITY... AFTER TWO PAY PERIODS... OR 28 DAYS.
Brett Evans, Police Chief: (19:16) "If a ten hour day is too long and the employee productivity goes down or their having issues as far as sick leave usage, then ofcourse, we will take all that into account."
EVANS SAYS THE FOUR DAY WORK WEEK COULD LOWER GAS COSTS... BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF COMMUTES FOR EMPLOYEES WHO DRIVE POLICE VEHICLES.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION... WOULD YOU PREFER TO WORK FOUR 10-HOUR DAYS INSTEAD OF A REGULAR WORK WEEK.
SO FAR 87 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... YOU WOULD.
13 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU'D RATHER HAVE THE REGULAR WORK WEEK.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THIS WEEK... PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE OBSERVING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK... INCLUDING IN BIBB COUNTY.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS AND THE FAMILIES OF BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES WHO DIED IN THE LINE OF SERVICE CAME TOGETHER TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO SERVED.
THE GROUP GATHERED AT THE VETERANS MEMORIAL OUTSIDE THE MACON COLLOSEUM.
ONE OF THE MARBLE SLABS IS DEDICATED TO MACON POLICE AND BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES AND FIRE FIGHTERS.
TWO NAMES WERE RECENTLY ADDED ... MICHAEL THOMAS AND CHAD MCDONALD.
CHAD MCDONALD'S BROTHER... TRACY... ATTENDED WITH HIS FAMILY.
HE SAYS IT'S AN HONOR TO HAVE CHAD MEMORIALIZED BUT HE DOESN'T NEED AN ENGRAVING TO REMEMBER HIS BROTHER.
SARGEANT SEAN DEFOE AT THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE NAMES OF ALL THE FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM BIBB COUNTY ARE ALSO CARVED ON THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON D-C.

WHEN YOU'RE SEARCHING FOR A JOB... YOUR RESUME IS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS SEE.
THIS WEEK.. WE'RE WORKING WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND THEIR RESUMAY CAMPAIGN TO GIVE YOU SOME TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR RESUME SHINE.
YOU CAN CALL OUR JOB PHONE BANK WITH YOUR RESUME AND JOB-HUNTING QUESTIONS BETWEEN 4 AND 6-30 TOMORROW AFTERNOON... AND GET HELP FROM CERTIFIED DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RESUME WRITERS.

IF YOU DIDN'T GET THE CHANCE TO CATCH HUNTINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL'S PRODUCTION OF ANNIE JUNIOR... THEY ARE HAVING AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE THIS WEEKEND TO BENEFIT THE VICTIMS OF THE TORNADO.
IT WILL BE SATURDAY AT 3 P-M.
ADMISSION IS FREE THEY JUST ASK THAT YOU BRING DONATIONS.
VIDEOJOURNALIST JENNIFER MOOLAY DROPPED IN ON REHEARSAL..
ALL DONATIONS WILL HELP STACK THE SEMIS FOR THE HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BANDS... AND WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE GEORGIA AND ALABAMA TORNADO VICTIMS.

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

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