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I'M LEAH JOHNSON.. FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.
ONE MACON GROUP HOPES TO GET MORE YOUNG PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT NEXT MONTH'S PRIMARY ELECTION WITH A VOTING RALLY TONIGHT IN DOWNTOWN MACON.
JENNIFER MOULLIET (MOO-LAY) SHOWS YOU HOW ONE HOT SPOT HELPED GET THE WORD OUT TO YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CASTING THEIR BALLOT.
FREE MUSIC... FREE FOOD... AND A MEET AND GREET WITH SOME OF MACON'S POLITICIANS.
Bucky Helms: "The Bird is coming together with all of the local musicians to get try and get the word out."
NEWCOMERS TO THE POLLS REGISTERED TO VOTE.... AND BROWSED CAMPAIGN PAMPHLETS.
FORMER POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR DYLAN YORK SAYS MUSIC AND POLITICS MAKE A GREAT COMBINATION FOR ATTRACTING YOUNG PEOPLE.
Dylan York, Macon: "You've got the best bands in Macon, you've got the best djs in Macon, it's going to be a great party, you've got good to-go catering it's going to be awesome and it's going to raise a lot of awareness because right when you walk in you get to meet a lot of the candidates"
LOCAL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THEIR RUNNING SLOGANS IN HOPES OF GETTING POTENTIAL VOTERS TO VOTE FOR THEM.
BUCKY HELMS IS A SPINNER AT THE HUMMINGBIRD.
HE SAYS HE THINKS THE RALLY OFFERS VOTERS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CANDIDATES.
Buckey Helms: "Anytime you can put a face with a name and shake hands and be able to sit there and actually talk and find out what their views are other than what you hear through the grapevine its always great to be able to put a face with a name for sure."
IN MACON.... JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> THE RALLY STARTED AT SEVEN AND ACCORDING TO THE HUMMINGBIRD'S WEBSITE... WILL LAST UNTIL THE MUSIC STOPS.
ELECTION DAY IS JULY 19TH.
SOME CENTRAL GEORGIA DOCTORS SAY THEY HOPE TO GET IMMOBILE PATIENTS INTO DOCTORS' OFFICES INSTEAD OF EMERGENCY ROOMS.
MACON OPTOMETRIST AND STATE HOUSE CANDIDATE JAMES BEVERLY TALKED ABOUT ISSUES INCLUDING IMPROVING HEALTH CARE ACCESS FOR PATIENTS WITHOUT TRANSPORTATION DURING THE TAPING OF THIS WEEK'S CLOSE-UP PROGRAM.
James Beverly, Democratic Candidate: What we wanted to do is a group of doctors in town is form a coalition to explore how do we deal with access issues in the Middle Georgia area. How do we make it such that folks can get to primary care doctors without using the emergency room as their first souce of treatment. BEVERLY AND ANISSA JONES... BOTH DEMOCRATS... ARE RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE DISTRICT 139 SEAT THAT DAVID LUCAS VACATED TO SEEK A STATE SENATE SEAT.
THEY'LL MEET IN THE JULY 19TH ELECTION.
YOU CAN WATCH CLOSE-UP HERE ON 13WMAZ AT NOON SATURDAY AND SIX A-M SUNDAY.
LONGTIME HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF CULLEN TALTON WILL HAVE AT LEAST ONE OPPONENT IN 2012.
A 32 YEAR OLD CANDIDATE KICKED OFF HIS FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN FOR SHERIFF YESTERDAY.
IF ELECTED.... HE SAYS HE HAS BIG PLANS TO GET CRIME STATISTICS DOWN.
HE STOPPED BY OUR STUDIO TODAY TO TALK MORE ABOUT HIS VISION FOR A BETTER HOUSTON COUNTY.
Leah " A former Georgia State Trooper says that he has what it takes to take over as top job for Houston County Sheriff, joining us today is Justin Tabor. thank you so much for joining us."
Justin Tabor "You are very welcome."
Leah "Let talk about your decision to run for Houston County Sheriff, how did that come about."
Justin "It was a tuff decision it really was i have been i have been with the Georgia State patrol know...I have been with the Georgia State Patrol for eight years 11 months and two weeks, I have been doing all of my adult life. So it was a very tuff decision when i resigned in march 31st of this year I had discussed it with family and friends and had come to the conclusion that this is what we wanted to do."
Leah" Ok, if elected what a your plans to specifically change Houston County to make it better"
Justin Tabor "well I am glad that you asked that I think the most important part to, especially this country is people and i think that people play a significant amount of rules in our community and our society not only just our country, our county, our city, and our state and a few changes that i would like to make, our advance technology. I think that we need to have real time technology in the patrol cars and that begins with computer system. Today we are dealing with the 21st century criminal. they have been through the system and the system has failed them, they are bigger they are faster, and they are defiantly smarter; and we need to have an organization a sheriffs department to be able to keep up with those times to protect our citizens of this county, and like I said they are the back bone. they are absolutely the back bone. And it is just not the citizens of Houston County, it goes further than that it goes to the employees of Houston County the Deputies the command staff they all need to be treated with respect with care. We tote a gun not for fun, its not for show and it is important to instill in them that they can trust their command staff and we have complete and utter confidence in them and the decision that they make. So people I think is the most logical word to use."
Leah "What our some other challenges facing Houston County"
Justin Tabor "just based on my experience and the reason why I am running again technology, I will take that a bit further and say that technology not only in the patrol but for the citizens to be able to use if a citizens logs on to your and goes to the Houston County Sheriffs Department website, there should be real time information for them. If you robbery just happened we should not have to wait on the news to tell us, that could be hours away. We need to have real time information. one of the first things that i would do if elected sheriff would be appoint a public relations officer
Leah "all right Justin Tabor thank you so much for joining us an good luck with you campaign for Houston County Sheriff"
Justin Tabor " thank you very much"
WE ALSO OFFERED SHERIFF CULLEN TALTON THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INTERVIEWED.
ACCORDING TO HIS OFFICE... HE DECLINED.
MACON CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 20-12 TONIGHT.
COUNCIL MEMBERS PASSED THE 74-MILLION-DOLLAR BUDGET UNANIMOUSLY... BUT NOT BEFORE MAKING SOME CHANGES.
THEY VOTED TO FIRE MACON'S LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON D-C...PUTTING ABOUT 120 THOUSAND DOLLARS BACK IN CITY ACCOUNTS.
THEY ALSO DECIDED TO PUT A HOLD ON ALMOST 11 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RAISES UNTIL COUNCIL COULD REVIEW THEM.
THE MAYOR REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE POLICE AND FIRE PENSION BOARD TO FILL A 4 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE IN PENSION FUND... BUT COUNCILMAN RICK HUTTO SAYS COUNCIL MEMBERS DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO REVIEW THAT AGREEMENT.
Councilman Rick Hutto "I am very concerned however that it's balanced on a pormisory note. The large ammount of money that's owned to the pension fund, that's a promisory note and I'm just not comfortable passing an entire budget on a promisory note."
Councilman Virgil Hawkins "We did a lot we can be proud of. The recreation improvements, fully-funding the police department's request and the fire department's request, 25 more cars, radios..."
CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET THURSDAY TO REVIEW THE PROMISSORY NOTE.
IF YOU OWN A HOME IN BIBB COUNTY... IT'LL COST YOU MORE MONEY IN TAXES.
TODAY... COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVED AN 83 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET THAT INCLUDES A TWO MILL TAX INCREASE.
THE INCREASE ADDS EIGHTY DOLLARS A YEAR FOR PEOPLE WHO OWN PROPERTY VALUED AT ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.
COMMISSIONERS ELMO RICHARDSON... BERT BIVINS AND CHAIRMAN SAM HART VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE BUDGET.
JOE ALLEN AND LONZY EDWARDS OPPOSED IT.
THE NEW BUDGET GOES INTO EFFECT FRIDAY.
FRIDAY MARKS THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE STATE'S NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BAN.
TODAY DURING OUR GREAT HANG UP DAY... WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE YEAR SINCE THE LAW TOOK EFFECT.
IT BECAME ILLEGAL TO TEXT AND DRIVE IN GEORGIA ON JULY FIRST 2010.
GEORGIA STATE PATROL SAYS ACROSS THE STATE... TROOPERS HAVE ISSUED ONE HUNDRED FIVE CITATIONS FOR TEXTING AND DRIVING SINCE IT BECAME ILLEGAL.
IN BIBB COUNTY... THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS IT'S WRITTEN TWO TICKETS TO PEOPLE BREAKING THE TEXTING LAW.
MACON POLICE OFFICERS TICKETED SIXTEEN TEXTING DRIVERS SINCE 2010.
AND THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT HASN'T ISSUED ANY TEXTING AND DRIVING CITATIONS.
WE CAN CONNECT YOU TO MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DANGERS OF TEXTING BEHIND THE WHEEL.
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THE SUPREME COURT SAYS THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T STEP IN AND POLICE VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES.
THIS WEEK... THE JUSTICES STRUCK DOWN A CALIFORNIA LAW THAT BANNED THE RENTAL OR SALE OF GORY GAMES TO CHILDREN.
ALISON HARMELIN HAS MORE... IN THIS WEEK'S GEEK 13.
(NATS - game)
The Supreme Court says violent video games are protected under the First Amendment.
In a 7-2 ruling the court struck down a California Law banning the sale and rental of ultra violent or sexually violent video games to anyone under 18.
SOT (Anthony Frisina, Brooklyn, New York) (:16-:23)
IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO PLAY A GAME THAT'S VIOLENT IT'S MAKE BELIEVE ITS PRETEND - IT'S LIKE VIOLENT MOVIE JUST BECAUSE YOU SEE A VILENT MOVIE IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU A VIOLENT PERSON
But supporters who pushed the California law - argue violent games can be harmful.
SOT (Dr. George Fouras, San Francisco Medical Society) (:28-:35)
THESE VIDEO GAMES EXPOSE KIDS TO BEHAVIOR THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN REALITY
(Alison Harmelin, New York) (:35-:49)
BRIDGE: The decision is a big win for the multi-billion dollar video game industry. The California law would have prevented minors from buying popular shoot-'em-up games like Grand Theft Auto 4 - which has sold more than 20 million copies.
Writing for the majority Justice Scalia pointed to fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White saying: "Certainly the books we give children to read - or read to them when they are younger - contain no shortage of gore."
Parents groups are disspaointed.
SOT (James Steyer, Common Sense Media) (1:06-1:11)
YOU ACTUALLY PERFORM THE ACT YOURSELF IN A VIDEO GAME . VERY DIFFERENT THAN READING A BOOK OR WATCHING A TV SHOW
The industry already rates its games..
SOT (Joe Tartaglia, Store Manager 8 Bit and Up) (1:14-1:19)
FOR ME THE PARENT NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED THE PARENT NEEDS TO GIVE CONSENT
.. so for now it will still be up to store owner to create their own sales policy.
LIBERAL-LEANING JUSTICE STEPHEN BREYER AND CONSERVATIVE-LEANING JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS SUPPORTED THE BAN.
GOOGLE IS TAKING ANOTHER STAB AT SOCIAL NETWORKING... THIS TIME WITH A PROJECT IT CALLS GOOGLE PLUS.
THE NEW TOOL AIMS TO MAKE ONLINE SHARING MORE LIKE REAL LIFE.
A FEATURE CALLED "CIRCLES"... SIMILAR TO FACEBOOK'S "GROUPS"... LETS USERS SHARE DIFFERENT THINGS WITH DIFFERENT GROUPS OF FRIENDS.
GOOGLE HAS BEEN EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT SOCIAL TOOLS 2009 WITH LIMITED SUCCESS.
MICROSOFT HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED ITS WEB-BASED EMAIL AND OFFICE SERVICES.
USERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO USE TEST VERSIONS OF OFFICE 365 SINCE LAST YEAR.
IT COMBINES WEB-BASED VERSIONS OF WORD... EXCEL AND OTHER OFFICE APPLICATIONS... AND INCLUDES E-MAIL... INSTANT MESSAGING AND VIDEO CONFERENCING.
GOOGLE HAS ITS OWN SET OF ONLINE-BASED OFFICE SOFTWARE.
MICROSOFT SAYS IT PLANS TO CHARGE BETWEEN TWO AND 27 DOLLARS PER MONTH FOR OFFICE 365... DEPENDING ON WHAT'S INCLUDED.
GOOGLE APPS COST FOUR OR FIVE DOLLARS PER MONTH.
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