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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..I'M FRANK MALLOY..
LEAH JOHNSON IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE..

ANONYMOUS POLITICAL FLYERS TURNED UP IN THE CITY OF MACON YESTERDAY...AND RAISED A POLITICAL RUCKUS TODAY.
THE FLYERS BACKED ONE GROUP OF CANDIDATES...AND ATTACKED OTHERS...AND THEIR PRESENCE PROMPTED FORMER N-A-A-C-P PRESIDENT AL TILLMAN TO DENOUNCE THEM IN A NEWS CONFERENCE.
RANDALL SAVAGE HAS MORE.
<<FORMER NAACP PRESIDENT AND UNITY N COMMUNITY HEAD AL TILLMAN TODAY LASHED OUT AT THE CREATORS OF ANONYMOUS POLITICAL FLYERS THAT ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED AROUND MACON.
TILLMAN SAYS THE FLYERS CREATE DIVISION IN THE COMMUNITY WHEN MANY LEADERS ARE STRUGGLING TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER.
3:39:14 Al Tillman, Unity N Community: Many of us often say quotes from Dr.Martin Luther King. But one I say most often is our lives begin to end the day that we become silent about things that matter. That's a very important one to me.
THE FLYER TELLS PEOPLE CITY CANDIDATES THEY SHOULD VOTE FOR....WHO ARE ALL BLACK....AND WHICH ONES THEY SHOULD VOTE AGAINST....WHO ARE MOSTLY WHITE.
IT ALSO CRITICIZES THE MACON TELEGRAPH'S ELECTION COVERAGE....AND FEATURES A RAUNCHY CARTOON OF THREE STAFF MEMBERS WITH LOCAL TALK SHOW HOST KENNY BURGAMY. THE CARTOON DEPICTS BURGAMY...USING A RACIAL SLUR.
THE RACIALLY CHARGED FLYERS UPSET TILLMAN.
3:54:25 Al Tillman, Unity N Community: There are many of us who can no longer and should not be silent because of our affiliations, associations with different folks in our community.
COUNCILMAN CHARLES JONES SAYS PEOPLE WHO STOOP TO DIRTY TRICKS CAN'T BE TRUSTED.
14:21 Charles Jones, Macon Councilman: I realize that we have people who would do anything to get something anyway they can. But I just wish that you remember this, anybody that would do something like this, I sure wouldn't trust them with a dollar if I couldn't trust them with a penny.
BIBB COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMAN DARYL MORTON SAYS WHOEVER DISTRIBUTED THE PAMPHLETS.. OUGHT TO BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.
18:38:18Daryl Morton, Democratic Party Chairman: The fact that it's an anonymous pamphlet tells me that whoever's responsible knows how bad it is, and whoever did it should step up and take responsibility for it.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> TWO OF THE PEOPLE DEPICTED IN THE FLYER'S CARTOON.....EXECUTIVE EDITOR SHERRIE MARSHALL AND EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR CHARLES RICHARDSON.... COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.

ON THE NEXT-TO-LAST DAY OF MACON'S MAYOR'S RACE...ALL FOUR CANDIDATES HIT THE STREETS FOR VOTES.
FORMER STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN SPENT MOST OF THE DAY CHECKING ON CAMPAIGN SIGNS IN EAST MACON.
HE SAYS HE'S GIVEN HIS BEST IN THIS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY.
I'm excited. I feel good about it, but I feel good either way. I believe we put up forth a good movement to change Macon. If the people of Macon accept it, were fine. If they don't accept it were still fine.
NEXT.... WE FOUND FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS AT THE TERMINAL STATION DOWNTOWN.
ELLIS WAS ASKING FOR SUPPORT FROM THOSE WAITING ON BUSES... AND OFFERING TRANSPORTATION TO THE POLLS.
Were going to make sure we give people a ride to the polls that dont have rides and thats why were here because we know a bunch of people depend on public transportation. We want to make sure they have every opportunity to vote just like everyone else. Whether you ride the bus or the cadillac, its one man one vote, one person one vote.
NEWCOMER PAUL BRONSON TALKED TO CITY DEPARTMENT HEADS... AND REVIEWED THE CITY'S BUDGET... SO HE CAN HIT THE GROUND RUNNING IF ELECTED.
BRONSON SAYS HE HOPES THE PEOPLE OF MACON WILL CONSIDER HIS NEW VISION FOR A NEW CITY.
Paul Bronson "This is a chance for us to do something different. Everyone speaks about new blood. We want something new, we want something different well this is the opportunity for us to vote on it"
AND CURRENT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SPENT PART OF THE AFTERNOON ON VINEVILLE AVENUE HOLDING A SIGN... AND SAYS HIS MESSAGE IS UNITY.
Robert Reichert,Mayor "The big message is how important it is to continue to work together because if we don't work together we are never going to make significant progress on the issues that confront us as a community, but if we work together we can make some good things happen"
THERE ARE ALSO SEVEN COUNCIL RACES ON THE BALLOT.
AS WELL AS TWO SPECIAL ELECTIONS TO FILL THE STATE SENATE 26 AND STATE HOUSE 139 SEATS.
THOSE RACES ARE NON-PARTISAN.
BE SURE TO WATCH 13WMAZ AND VISIT 13 WMAZ DOT COM FOR SPECIAL ELECTION COVERAGE BEGINNING DURING PRIMETIME TOMORROW.

THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS IN WASHINGTON DC ARE STILL GRAPPLING OVER HOW... OR WHETHER TO INCREASE THE COUNTRY'S DEBT LIMIT.
REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WON'T INCREASE THE DEBT LIMIT WITHOUT GETTING A HANDLE ON SPENDING.... DEMOCRATS SAY GETTING THAT MUST INCLUDE SOME TAX INCREASES TO RICH PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS.
EIGHTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN AUSTIN SCOTT'S TALK TO THE MACON ROTARY CLUB....AND CANDACE ADORKA WAS THERE.
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CONGRESSMAN AUSTIN SCOTT'S SPEECH AT THE ROTARY CLUB LUNCHEON WAS CUT SHORT...
***nats: we did not expect to have to be in washingotn this afternoon***
HE HAD TO HEAD BACK TO D.C. TO ADRESS THE DEBT CRISIS.
***nats clapping:***
THE COUNTRY IS ABOUT 14-POINT-3 TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT... AND ACCORDING TO THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT... THERE WILL BE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES IF WE DON'T RAISE THE NATION'S BORROWING LIMIT BY AUGUST SECOND...
"Cities, counties, school systems, all of them have cut their budget ove rthe past several years because they've had to. The federal government on the other hand hasn't had to. they've simply gone out and borrowed more money. Well, we have to cut it now."
SCOTT SAYS HE'LL VOTE TO RAISE THAT LIMIT WITH A FEW CONDITIONS...A PLAN REPUBLICANS CALL CUT....CAP...AND BALANCE.

FIRST... CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO CUT THE BUDGET OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS BY THE AMOUNT ADDED TO THE DEBT CEILING.
SECOND... THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COULD ONLY SPEND ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. THAT'S ONE NUMBER USED TO MEASURE THE SIZE OF THE ECONOMY.
AND THIRD... THE CONSTITIUTION WOULD BE AMENDED TO SAY THAT CONGRESS MUST BALANCE ITS BUDGET.
SCOTT CALLS THE PLAN HIS FAVORITE BECAUSE... FOR ONE THING... IT DOESN'T INCREASE TAXES.
"I don't think that tax increases, increases in the tax rates that have been proposed are good for America, I don't think they're good for the 8th congressional district, and I will not support increases in tax rates."
SCOTT SAID THEY'LL NEED GOD'S HELP TO STEER THROUGH THE CRISIS.
"We need you to pray for us too. We need help."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE HOUSE IS SET TO VOTE ON THE CUT CAP AND BALANCE ACT TOMORROW.
THE PRESIDENT HAS THREATENED TO VETO THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT REQUIRES A BALANCED BUDGET.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WHAT KIND OF A JOB IS CONGRESSMAN AUSTIN SCOTT DOING IN HIS FIRST YEAR?
22 PERCENT OF YOU SAY GOOD
14 PERCENT OF YOU SAY FAIR
23 PERCENT SAY HE'S DOING A POOR JOB
AND 41 PERCENT OF YOU THINK... IT'S TOO SOON TO TELL
YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

A JUDGE WILL HEAR ARGUMENTS FRIDAY MORNING ON WHETHER THE BIBB COUNTY D-A'S OFFICE CAN PROSECUTE STEPHEN MCDANIEL..
HE'S THE FORMER NEIGHBOR OF HOMICIDE VICTIM LAUREN GIDDINGS CHARGED WITH TWO BURGLARIES IN THEIR APARTMENT COMPLEX..
POLICE SAY HE'S ALSO A PERSON OF INTEREST IN HER KILLING..
HIS LAWYER....FLOYD BUFORD....FILED A MOTION LAST WEEK ASKING JUDGE TRIPP SELF TO DECIDE WHETHER IT'S A CONFLICT OF INTEREST....FOR BIBB COUNTY PROSECUTORS TO HANDLE HIS CASE.
MCDANIEL IS A MERCER LAW GRADUATE...AND A FORMER INTERN IN THE BIBB D-A'S OFFICE.
BIBB COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS SAYS SELF HAS SET A HEARING FOR 9-30 A-M FRIDAY.
WINTERS SAYS THE CASE DOES NOT PRESENT A CONFLICT FOR HIS OFFICE BECAUSE THE ALLEGED BURGLARIES HAPPENED BEFORE MCDANIEL WORKED FOR HIS OFFICE.

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AND IF YOU'VE SIGNED THE PLEDGE AND KEPT IT... OR SIGNED IT AND CHANGED YOUR MIND... WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
WE'RE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE TO SHARE THEIR STORIES DURING OUR GREAT HANG UP DAY ON THE LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH.
JUST SEND US AN EMAIL AT THE-GREAT-HANG-UP AT 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND LET US KNOW YOU'RE INTERESTED.

THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE MACON POLICE LIGHTS FLASHING IN YOUR REARVIEW... YOU JUST MIGHT BE ON CAMERA.
THE DEPARTMENT INSTALLED NEW CAMERAS IN ABOUT 20 CARS TODAY.
THEY RECORD WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE TURNED ON... OR WHEN THE OFFICER HITS A BUTTON ON A MICROPHONE.
THE NEW SYSTEMS ALSO COME WITH VIDEO MONITORS IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS IT COST THE DEPARTMENT AROUND FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BUY AND INSTALL THE NEW GEAR WHICH USE USE DIGITAL VIDEO.
CAPTAIN ERIC WALKER SAYS THEY RECORD UP TO 80 HOURS OF VIDEO.
"If you've got an officer you get complaints on, you can pull the video and see just what that officer is doing, and you can actually see if that officer needs some corrective measures in the way they deal with the public."
WALKER SAYS THE CAMERA INSTALLATION WILL BE AN ON-GOING PROCESS... THEY WILL OUTFIT MORE CARS AS FUNDING BECOMES AVAILABLE.
SO FAR... ABOUT 50 OF THE NEWEST CARS HAVE THE NEW SYSTEMS INSTALLED.

DUBLIN POLICE ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO SHOT AND KILLED A MAN LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.
CHIEF WAYNE CAIN SAYS IT HAPPENED AROUND 11-30 AT A HOME ON WEST MOORE STREET.
HE SAYS SOMEONE SHOT 32-YEAR-OLD BRODERICK BUTLER IN THE CHEST.
BUTLER LATER DIED AT FAIRVIEW PARK HOSPITAL.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE SHOOTING... YOU CAN CALL DUBLIN POLICE AT 478-277-5080. AGAIN... 277-5080.

STATE COURTS ARE TAKING ON THE ISSUE OF USING BANISHMENT AS PUNISHMENT FOR CRIMES.
A CONVICT WHO WAS BANISHED FROM NORTH GEORGIA HAS CHALLENGED THE PRACTICE... CALLING IT UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
HE SAYS HE CAN'T GET THE SUPPORT HE NEEDS WHERE HE LIVES NOW.
WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS IF THEY AGREED WITH USING BANISHMENT AS A PUNISHMENT.
ONE PERSON WROTE... "IT JUST MEANS THEY'LL GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND DO IT. THEY SHOULD JUST STAY BEHIND BARS IF DANGEROUS ENOUGH TO BE BANISHED FROM AN AREA."
SOMEONE ELSE COMMENTED... "YES, I DO THINK THAT THEY SHOULD BE BANNED, CAUSE IF THEY WERE DOING WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING... WHICH IS NOT TO GET INTO TROUBLE BY THE LAW... THEN THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY OF THE OUTCOMES OF THEIR CRIMES!"
AND A THIRD PERSON SAID... "YES AND NO. IF THEY ARE REPEAT OFFENDERS OF CERTAIN CRIMES... THEN YES... ESPECIALLY IF THE AREA HAD BEEN A MAIN REASON OF THEIR CRIME. BUT THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO SHOW IF THEY HAVE CHANGED!"
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AND FOR EVEN MORE NEWS... EVENTS AND PHOTOS IN YOUR AREA... USE THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" FEATURE IN THE CENTER OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
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