Monday, June 6, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.. I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

A MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE TODAY DECIDED NOT TO LET FULL COUNCIL CONSIDER A PROPOSED ANTI-SMOKING ORDINANCE... AFTER NOBODY SECONDED A MOTION TO PLACE IT ON THE AGENDA.
BUT COUNCIL MEMBER NANCY WHITE.... A SUPPORTER OF THE ORDINANCE... SAYS SHE EXPECTS ONE OF THE RESOLUTION'S SEVEN SPONSORS TO ASK COUNCIL TOMORROW NIGHT TO VOTE TO DISAGREE WITH THE COMMITTEE... AND PUT IT ON THE AGENDA ANYWAY.
THAT WOULD ALLOW THE COUNCIL COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS IT.
ORDINANCE CO-SPONSOR LARRY SCHLESINGER SAYS HE BELIEVES THE SECOND TRY COULD BE THE CHARM.
"You know I believe we can at least move it on to discussion in committee. There will be a need for public hearings as part o the, you know, process. The public will be involved in that."
SCHLESINGER SAYS HIS BIGGEST CONCERN IS CHANGING THE NEW VERSION ENOUGH TO SATISFY MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND KEEP HIM FROM VETOING THE MEASURE.
THE ORDINANCE WOULD LIMIT SMOKING IN MOST PUBLIC BUILDINGS... INCLUDING BARS AND RESTAURANTS.

THE RACE FOR MACON MAYOR OFFICIALLY GOT UNDERWAY THIS MORNING... AND HAS TWO CONFIRMED CANDIDATES.
nats "goodmorning everybody" :02
TWO-TERM FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS BECAME THE FIRST CANDIDATE TO QUALIFY THIS MORNING.
HE ARRIVED AT THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS AROUND 9-30... COMPLETED THE PAPERWORK AND PAID THE QUALIFYING FEE OF ABOUT 31 HUNDRED DOLLARS.
ELLIS SAYS BRINGING JOBS AND REDUCING CRIME WOULD BE HIS TOP CAMPAIGN ISSUES.
HE SAYS MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT HASN'T WORKED WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO BRING JOBS TO MACON.
C. Jack Ellis, Mayoral Candidate: "This mayor has been laying people off he hasn't been creating jobs he's been firing people so how now do you think that you are eligible or qualified to create all the jobs when you don't even know how to create a job to keep your own work force happy. So we are going to work with the private sector obviously I will be involved in everything that happens as I have been involved in everything that happened."
CURRENT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT BECAME THE SECOND CANDIDATE TO ENTER THE RACE.
REICHERT'S WIFE DELE AND SON THOMAS ACCOMPANIED HIM TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS AROUND NOON.
HE SAYS HE'S BROUGHT JOBS TO MACON... AND LOWERED THE CRIME RATE DURING HIS TERM.
HE SCOFFED AT ELLIS FOR CLAIMING HE HASN'T WORKED WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO BRING JOBS HERE.
"I feel like we've got an enviable record given the state of the national economy and the recession in which we find our selves but we have retained jobs, we have expanded businesses, and we have recruited new businesses to Macon. So I am proud of the record of success and there's more to be done."
TWO OTHER DEMOCRATS... STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN AND FIREFIGHTER PAUL BRONSON... ALSO PLAN TO RUN FOR MAYOR.
REPUBLICAN DAVID COUSINO SAYS HE'S RUNNING AS WELL.
SEVERAL INCUMBENTS AND POLITICAL NEWCOMER HENRY GIBSON QUALIFIED FOR COUNCIL RACES.
QUALIFYING CONTINUES UNTIL NOON FRIDAY.

EMBATTLED NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN ANTHONY WEINER MADE A FULL DISCLOSURE ABOUT LEWD PHOTOS THAT HAVE HAUNTED HIM FOR MORE THAN A WEEK...
BUT HE SAYS HE'S NOT RESIGNING FROM CONGRESS.
NOW... THERE'S A CALL FOR AN ETHICS INVESTIGATION.
RANDALL PINKSTON HAS MORE.
<<
A contrite and emotional Anthony Weiner made a stunning confession Monday.

((SOT)) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) New York (:04-:12)

(chokes up)

"I haven't told the truth... and I've done things that I deeply regret."

((NARR-2))

The congressman admitted he lied last week, when he denied TweetIng a lewd photo to a college student.

((SOT)) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) New York

"To be clear, the picture was of me and I sent it."

((NARR- 3 ))

Weiner says he meant for it to be a joke, but once it was posted on his Twitter account, he panicked and took it down. He also admitted - the photo wasn't a first.

((SOT)) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) New York

"I've exchanged message and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years. "

((NARR-4))

The Congressman said some of that took place after he was married last July, to an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

((SOT)) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) New York (emotional)

"I am deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife Huma, and our family."

((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Randall Pinkston, CBS News, New York ( :49 - : 58 )

Weiner's confession comes after he initially gave a round of interviews claiming his Twitter account was hacked. But one conservative blogger continued to push the story.

((NARR- 5 ))

In a surprise twist - that blogger, Andrew Breitbart, showed up at the news conference before Weiner did. Breitbart says he feels vindicated.

((SOT)) Andrew Breitbart/Conservative Blogger (1:07-1:12)

"It took those photos to get him to come and say the truth."

((NARR- 6 ))

Weiner's troubles may not be over. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling for an Ethics committee investigation...

(GFX)

"...to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred."

Weiner says he will fully cooperate.
>> A SIMILAR CONTROVERSY ENDED ANOTHER NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN'S CAREER.
REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS LEE... A REPUBLICAN... RESIGNED FROM OFFICE EARLIER THIS YEAR AFTER A SHIRTLESS PHOTO THAT HE SENT A WOMAN ON CRAIGSLIST BECAME PUBLIC.

PEOPLE IN CENTERVILLE HOPE A NEW ROAD WILL HELP TRAFFIC FLOW MORE SMOOTHLY.
HOUSTON COUNTY OFFICIALS HELD A GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE MARGIE DRIVE EXTENSION AND INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS.
WORK STARTED ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO.
A SPLOST PASSED IN 2006 WILL HELP PAY FOR THE PROJECT.
THE ROAD WILL BE ABOUT HALF A MILE LONG WITH SIDEWALKS... TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND A THREE-LANE EXTENSION.
CENTERVILLE MAYOR JOHN HARLEY SAYS THE NEW ROAD WILL RELIEVE TRAFFIC AND BRING MORE BUSINESSES TO THE AREA.
John Harley, Mayor of Centerville "It open up a lot of commercial area and what we looking forward to happening is commercial activities getting involved in the city more because all the land on both sides of this extension being put in place are commercial properties"
THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO BE FINISHED NEXT SUMMER.

EMBATTLED NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN ANTHONY WEINER MADE A FULL DISCLOSURE ABOUT LEWD PHOTOS THAT HAVE HAUNTED HIM FOR MORE THAN A WEEK...
BUT HE SAYS HE'S NOT RESIGNING FROM CONGRESS.
NOW... THERE'S A CALL FOR AN ETHICS INVESTIGATION.
RANDALL PINKSTON HAS MORE.
<<
A contrite and emotional Anthony Weiner made a stunning confession Monday.

((SOT)) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) New York (:04-:12)

(chokes up)

"I haven't told the truth... and I've done things that I deeply regret."

((NARR-2))

The congressman admitted he lied last week, when he denied TweetIng a lewd photo to a college student.

((SOT)) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) New York

"To be clear, the picture was of me and I sent it."

((NARR- 3 ))

Weiner says he meant for it to be a joke, but once it was posted on his Twitter account, he panicked and took it down. He also admitted - the photo wasn't a first.

((SOT)) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) New York

"I've exchanged message and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years. "

((NARR-4))

The Congressman said some of that took place after he was married last July, to an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

((SOT)) Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) New York (emotional)

"I am deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife Huma, and our family."

((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Randall Pinkston, CBS News, New York ( :49 - : 58 )

Weiner's confession comes after he initially gave a round of interviews claiming his Twitter account was hacked. But one conservative blogger continued to push the story.

((NARR- 5 ))

In a surprise twist - that blogger, Andrew Breitbart, showed up at the news conference before Weiner did. Breitbart says he feels vindicated.

((SOT)) Andrew Breitbart/Conservative Blogger (1:07-1:12)

"It took those photos to get him to come and say the truth."

((NARR- 6 ))

Weiner's troubles may not be over. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling for an Ethics committee investigation...

(GFX)

"...to determine whether any official resources were used or any other violation of House rules occurred."

Weiner says he will fully cooperate.
>> A SIMILAR CONTROVERSY ENDED ANOTHER NEW YORK CONGRESSMAN'S CAREER.
REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS LEE... A REPUBLICAN... RESIGNED FROM OFFICE EARLIER THIS YEAR AFTER A SHIRTLESS PHOTO THAT HE SENT A WOMAN ON CRAIGSLIST BECAME PUBLIC.

PEOPLE IN CENTERVILLE HOPE A NEW ROAD WILL HELP TRAFFIC FLOW MORE SMOOTHLY.
HOUSTON COUNTY OFFICIALS HELD A GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE MARGIE DRIVE EXTENSION AND INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS.
WORK STARTED ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO.
A SPLOST PASSED IN 2006 WILL HELP PAY FOR THE PROJECT.
THE ROAD WILL BE ABOUT HALF A MILE LONG WITH SIDEWALKS... TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND A THREE-LANE EXTENSION.
CENTERVILLE MAYOR JOHN HARLEY SAYS THE NEW ROAD WILL RELIEVE TRAFFIC AND BRING MORE BUSINESSES TO THE AREA.
John Harley, Mayor of Centerville "It open up a lot of commercial area and what we looking forward to happening is commercial activities getting involved in the city more because all the land on both sides of this extension being put in place are commercial properties"
THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO BE FINISHED NEXT SUMMER.

A STRING OF SUMMER MOVIES ARE SET TO PUT THE PEACH STATE IN THE SPOTLIGHT.
ALL OF THEM WERE SHOT PARTIALLY OR ENTIRELY HERE IN GEORGIA.
AS DUFFIE DIXON WITH OUR SISTER STATION 11 ALIVE IN ATLANTA SHOWS YOU... IT JUST MAY BE THE BEGINNING OF A HAPPILY EVER AFTER FOR THE STATE'S ECONOMY.
It seems wherever you look lately around Georgia you'll catch glimpses of Hollywood magic being made.
AMC's hit series The Walking Dead caused this massive traffic jam on Highway 20 in Henry County.
It's the first of many locations planned for the second season of the post apocolyptic zombie drama.
Meantime, The scuttlebut in Buckhead..
Filming in underway inside this mansion on Paces Ferry for the upcoming Three stooges movie.
And the soon to open comedy Change Up that filmed all over Metro atlanta last year is said to be coming back this month for some re-shoots.
Brisk business that's keeping casting directors like Bob Marinella booked..and bringing big bucks into the state.


(sot 13:23) There's a lot of local impact...that are happening.


In fact Georgia is now listed as one of the top five in the nation for film and tv production. In no small part thanks to the state's 20-30 percent tax credit that not long ago legislators threatened to cut.


(sot 29:48) well to give you an idea of the increase in FY 2007 we did 240-million dollars in economic impact. As of the first ten months of this year we were up 2.5 billion dollars.


(standup :28:35) It's not just companies coming here to do movies and tv shows in the area, now major leading names in the industry are moving here.


The motion picture euquipment company Panavision just opened this state of the art facility. The staff outfits and rents specialized cameras and lenses to film crews and production companies and they're here for one reason---overwhelming demand.


(sot 22:38) it made sense to move to Atlanta because we had a lot of working going on..taking care of the client the way we wanted to.


((butt with))


(sot 23;57) we had our first show go out March 7th. We had two more shows go out after that and we haven't been stopped since. It has just been non stop.


Add to that several large movie studios in metro atlanta that aren't just drawing in big dollar productions but creating them.
No chance of moving making hearing that's a wap here anytime soon.
SINCE LAST JULY... CREWS HAVE FILMED MORE THAN 274 PROJECTS IN THE STATE.
OTHER T-V SHOWS BASED IN THE PEACH STATE INCLUDE M-T-V'S "TEEN WOLF" AND THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S "AUCTION KINGS."

SPEAKING OF MOVIES FILMED IN GEORGIA... ONE OF THEM WAS A CONTENDER FOR THE TOP SPOT AT THE BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND... LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE COUNTDOWN.
"KUNG FU PANDA 2" WAS STILL KICKING IN THE NUMBER THREE SPOT.
THE ANIMATED SEQUEL FEATURING THE VOICES OF JACK BLACK AND ANGELINA JOLIE RAKED IN JUST OVER 24 MILLION DOLLARS IN ITS SECOND WEEK.
THAT'S ALMOST HALF OF WHAT THE MOVIE BROUGHT IN ITS FIRST WEEK.
STUMBLING INTO THE NUMBER TWO SPOT... "THE HANGOVER PART TWO."
THE FILM HAULED IN 32 POINT 4 MILLION DOLLARS IN ITS SECOND WEEK... BRINGING ITS TOTAL TO NEARLY 187 MILLION DOLLARS.
AND "X-MEN: FIRST CLASS"... PARTS OF WHICH WERE FILMED HERE IN THE PEACH STATE... BLASTED ITS WAY INTO THE NUMBER ONE SPOT.
BUT THE YOUNG HEROES DON'T SEEM TO HAVE THE SAME SUPERPOWERS AT THE BOX OFFICE AS THEIR OLDER SELVES.
ITS 56 MILLION DOLLAR OPENING WEEKEND NUMBERS ARE WELL BELOW THOSE OF THE LAST THREE MOVIES IN THE FRANCHISE.
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WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL HAS BEEN WORKING ON THEIR 2012 BUDGET SINCE LAST MONTH... AND TONIGHT THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE CITY GOT A CHANCE TO WEIGH IN.
COUNCIL HELD A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET DURING TONIGHT'S COUNCIL MEETING.
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... SOME SAY THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROPOSED CUTS.
<<
***nats: mayor call into session***
MONDAY NIGHT... WARNER ROBINS COUNCIL MEMBERS TURNED TO THE PEOPLE FOR FEEDBACK ON THE CITY'S BUDGET... PEOPLE LIKE JIM BOSWELL.
Jim Boswell: "What I dont' want cut is fire deparment police departments and this type thing because we need more boots on the ground. we need more because our city is growing. "
THE PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS MORE THAN 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
WILLIAM CORBITT SAYS THE COUNCIL NEEDS TO LOOK ELSEWHERE TO TRIM.
"Here we are a city and some of the areas that are ont as vital as public safety are not being trimmed where they need to be."
MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN SAYS PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BE ALARMED.
Shaheen: "After July 1, we're putting 7 more police officers on the street."
HE SAYS MORE THAN HALF OF THE 200 THOUSAND WILL COME FROM ANOTHER CITY FUND... SO ABOUT 80 THOUSAND IS ACTUALLY BEING CUT FROM THE 2-MILION-DOLLAR POLICE BUDGET.
SHAHEEN SAYS NONE OF THAT WILL AFFECT PUBLIC SAFETY.
shaheen: "We didn't cut anythign that ahas to do with the services to protect the citizens of Warener Robins, but, you know, when you have councilmen that get on there and say we did, that's just not true."
"i'll accept his explanation, we'l just see how the budget plays out."
COUNCIL MEMBERS ALSO VOTED NOT TO INCREASE THEIR OWN VEHICLE ALLOWANCE.
BOSWELL SAYS THAT WAS ONE POSITIVE THAT CAME OUT OF THE MEETING.
"That was absolutely rediculous what it was was just hidden dollars for someone to get a pay raise and luckily it was just benched."
CANDACE ADORKA. 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>>
COUNCIL WILL MEET AGAIN ON JUNE 16TH TO DISCUSS THE BUDGET...
THERE WILL BE A FINAL VOTE THE FOLLOWING MONDAY, JUNE 20TH.

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SOME HOUSTON COUNTY TEACHERS HIT THE ROAD TO BRING READING TO KIDS AT HOME.
TEACHERS MADE STOPS IN ABOUT THREE CENTERVILLE NEIGHBORHOODS TO RENT OUT BOOKS TO KIDS IN THE AREA.
KIDS PICKED OUT EVERYTHING FROM DR. SUESS TO CHAPTER BOOKS AND ALSO ENJOYED A HEALTHY SNACK.
ORGANIZER TONYA MADDOX SAYS ITS ALL A PART OF THE SUMMER ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE KIDS TO READ OVER THE SUMMER BREAK.
SHE SAYS THE MAIN GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO INCREASE STUDENT READING LEVELS BEFORE THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR--
TONYA MADDOX: "we wanted to provide an opportunity for students to read over the summer because we know that students aren't as likely to read everyday during the summertime over their break and sometimes that affects their reading ability.
MADDOX SAYS IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN GETTING YOUR CHILD INTO SUMMER READING ... YOU CAN CONTACT THEIR SCHOOL PRINCIPAL FOR DATES AND TIMES OF WHEN THE BOOK MOBILE WILL STOP IN YOUR NEiGHBORHOOD.

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