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

THE CITY OF MACON'S ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER IS SHUT DOWN DUE TO A DISEASE OUTBREAK.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A MACON POLICE NEWS RELEASE...THAT SAYS ALL OF THE PUPPIES NOW AT THE SHELTER WILL BE PUT DOWN.
THAT'S BECAUSE THEY'RE MOST LIKELY TO CATCH...AND PASS ON....THE PARVO AND GIARDIA DISEASES.
THE OTHER ANIMALS AT THE SHELTER WILL BE MOVED OUT FOR THREE DAYS...WHILE THE SHELTER IS CLEANED.
AND THERE WILL BE NO MORE ADOPTIONS AT THE SHELTER FOR TWO WEEKS....A QUARANTINE PERIOD.
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THIS STORY....WHEN MORE DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE.

VOTERS WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS TOMORROW TO CAST THEIR VOTES IN TWO CRUCIAL MACON ELECTIONS..
ELEANOR LISSITZYN SPENT THE AFTERNOON SPEAKING TO THE CANDIDATE'S

AD LIB- EVERYONE WORKING HARD TO GET OUT THE VOTE.
ON TUESDAY THE PUBLIC WILL DECIDE WHETHER THEY'D LIKE ANOTHER FOUR YEARS WITH CURRENT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT LEADING THE CITY... OR TO HAND THE REINS BACK OVER TO FORMER TWO TIME MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS.
I SPOKE TO THEM ABOUT THEIR FINAL PUSH TO GET SUPPORTERS TO THE POLLS.
VOTERS WILL ALSO DECIDE THE STATE SENATE DISTRICT 26 RACE.
FORMER MACON CITY COUNCILWOMAN MIRIAM PARIS AND FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS ARE VYING FOR LONG TIME FORMER STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN'S SEAT.
PARIS SAYS SHE SPENT THE DAY OUTSIDE BIBB COUNTY IN WILKINSON AND TWIGGS... LUCAS SAYS THIS ELECTION EVE WAS PRETTY MUCH BUSINESS AS USUAL.
I ALSO SPOKE TO MOST OF THE CANDIDATES ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS IS A RUN-OFF ELECTION.
HISTORICALLY THAT HAS MEANT A LOWER VOTER TURNOUT.
AND SOME OF THE CANDIDATES SAY THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THAT.
TODAY WAS A DAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED THEM THE FIRST TIME... GET BACK OUT THERE A SECOND TIME AND VOTE.
BUT ONE THING THAT I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING.... BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTION'S SUPERVISION ELAINE CARR SAYS SHE THINKS THIS ELECTION WILL ACTUALLY BUCK THE NORMAL TREND.
SHE SAYS SHE'S EXPECTING HIGHERTURNOUT FOR THIS RUN OFF ELECTION THAN FOR THE PRIMARY.
SHE BASES THAT ON THINGS LIKE EARLY VOTING AND ABsenTEE BALLOTING.
SHE SAYS THAT FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE VOTED EARLY IN THE MAYORAL RACE ALONE.
SHE SAYS THAT EIGHTEEN THOUSAND PEOPLE VOTED IN THE PRIMARY.
AND CARR SAYS SHE THINKS THIS TIME WE COULD TRULY REACH THAT PROJECT FORTY ONE... FORTY PERCENT
VOTER TURNOUT.
THANKS ELEANOR.
ALL FOUR CANDIDATES WILL MEET IN A RUNOFF TOMORROW.
IF YOU DIDN'T VOTE IN THE PRIMARY... YOU CAN STILL VOTE IN TOMORROW'S RUNOFF.
LET 13WMAZ AND 13WMAZ DOT COM BE YOUR ELECTION HEADQUARTERS TOMORROW NIGHT.
WE'LL HAVE RESULTS HERE ON 13WMAZ... AND ONLINE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTTS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY SAYS HIS BUSINESS EXPERIENCE MAKES HIM MORE QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT THAN TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY.
HE MENTIONED HIS 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE THIS MORNING WHEN ASKED ABOUT PERRY'S WEEKEND ENTRANCE INTO THE REPUBLICAN RACE.
ROMNEY DID NOT MENTION PERRY BY NAME, BUT SAID THAT AMONG HIS RIVALS, ONLY HE AND HERMAN CAIN HAVE SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS EXPERIENCE.
ROMNEY SAID PERRY'S ENTRANCE INTO THE RACE WOULDN'T CHANGE HIS CAMPAIGN STRATEGY.
HE FOCUSED LARGELY ON PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND SAID THE PRESIDENT IS SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME CAMPAIGNING.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... DO YOU THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE RE-ELECTED?
SO FAR 78 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
AND 22 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

BY THE END OF THE DAY TOMORROW PEOPLE IN BIBB COUNTY WILL KNOW WHAT LOCAL LEADERS INTEND TO PAY FOR WITH 190 MILLION DOLLARS FROM A PROPOSED SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX.
CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS WORKED TOGETHER TO COME UP WITH THE LIST OF PROJECTS... AND AS IT STANDS NOW...
THEY WOULD SPEND 61 MILLION ON PUBLIC SAFETY... INCLUDING COURTHOUSE RENOVATIONS... 18 MILLION ON INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS... 50 MILLION TO PAY DOWN CITY AND COUNTY DEBT.
THE REST WILL GO TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT... THATS 19 MILLION DOLLARS.... AND RECREATION AND CULTURAL ARTS AT 42 MILLION.
CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS CITY AND COUNTY LEADERS HAD TO GIVE A LITTLE TO GET A LITTLE ON THE SPLOST LIST.
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MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS WORKING WITH THE COUNTY TO SPEND 190 MILLION DOLLARS IS LIKE A TANGO...
"It takes two to tango, you know, to do a dance. The city and county needed to come togther and I think we've done a good job of that in these negotiations."
FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS... COUNCIL MEMBERS AND COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING TO MAKE SURE THEIR CONSTITUENT'S CONCERNS ARE ADDRESSED WITH THE SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX.
"Neither side got everyhitng they wanted, but I think we've been able to keep our attention focused on what the people said they wanted."
IN A PHONE SURVEY AND A SERIES OF TOWN HALL MEETINGS... ONE THING PEOPLE SAID THEY WANTED WAS JOBS.
REICHERT SAYS HIS DOWNTOWN CORRIDOR PROJECT WOULD DELIVER THEM.
"it would be anew entranceway into downtown and improved access for economic development along the second street corridor all the way through town."
WHILE SOME COMMISSIONERS WANTED TO IMPROVE THE MACON REGIONAL AIRPORT INSTEAD... THEY DESIGNATED 8 MILLION DOLLARS TO REICHERT'S PROJECT.
COMMISSIONERS AGREED TO 750 THOUSAND FOR FORT HAWKINS AND 2.5 MILLION TO HELP COMPLETE THE TUBMAN MUSEUM... BUT INSISTED ON MORE THAN 8 MILLION FOR A PARK IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY.
"It was important we did something in the unincorporated area and that subsouth project is a great project."
LAST THURSDAY... TWO CITY COUNCILMEN THREATED NOT TO SUPPORT THE SPLOST UNLESS THE TUBMAN AND FORT HAWKINS MADE THE LIST.
CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAYS THEY'VE WORKED HARD TO SATISFY EVERYONE... BECAUSE THE SPLOST NEEDS ALL THE SUPPORT IT CAN GET.
"It's gonna be a challenge to get this thing passed and if we don't have at least all of our shoulders pushing in the same direction, it's gonna be impossible to get it passed.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE LIST OF PROJECTS STILL HAS TO GO BEFORE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND CITY COUNCIL TOMORROW NIGHT FOR A FINAL VOTE.
COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN HART AND MAYOR REICHERT SAY THEY ARE CONFIDENT BOTH GOVERNMENTS WILL SUPPORT THE PROJECTS.

STATE LAWMAKERS OPENED A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN GEORGIA'S CAPITAL TODAY.
THE AGENDA INCLUDES TRANSPORTATION... AND THE PROCESS OF REDISTRICTING.
REDISTRICTING IS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW... TO REDRAW STATE AND CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION DISTRICTS BASED ON THE LATEST CENSUS NUMBERS.
POLITICAL SCIENTIST CLIF WILKINSON IS JOINING US WITH HIS TAKE ON THE PROCESS.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE CLIF...

THIS WEEK ON THE MORNIN' GRIND... WE TOOK A TRIP TO BARE BULB COFFEE IN KATHLEEN FOR A LOOK AT WHY PEOPLE HOST MEETINGS AND GET-TOGETHERS IN LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS.
SO WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS IF THEY USE COFFEE SHOPS AS GATHERING PLACES.
ONE PERSON WROTE... "YES I DO, IT'S QUIET AND VERY SERENE. THERE'S NOTHING LIKE GRABBING A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE AND BECOMING TOTALLY LOST IN A GOOD BOOK INSIDE A QUIET COFFEE SHOP. IT'S A VERY PEACEFUL MOMENT."
SOMEONE ELSE COMMENTED... "IT'S A QUIET AND COMFORTABLE PLACE TO BE WITH A SMALL GROUP OF FRIENDS."
A THIRD PERSON REPLIED... "NO. WHEN YOU GOT COFFEE, YOU CAN GATHER ANYWHERE."
AND A FOURTH PERSON WROTE... "OH YEAH, IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE A BOOK OR YOUR LAPTOP AND SIP ON COFFEE OR A CAPPUCCINO AND JUST RELAX. I LOVE TO HANG OUT AT MOST COFFEE SHOPS."
JOIN US AT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.
CLICK THE "LIKE" BUTTON TO BECOME A FAN... THEN USE "SUGGEST TO FRIENDS" AND INVITE YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS INTO THE CONVERSATION.

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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