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

A STATE LAW THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP GUN OWNERS....HAS HAD AN ODD SIDE EFFECT.
IT LIMITS THE AUTHORITY OF SCHOOL CAMPUS POLICE.
THAT'S CAUSING TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AROUND MANY SCHOOLS.
RANDALL SAVAGE HAS MORE ON THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF LAW.
<<video of car making u-turn at school
DOZENS OF SPRINGDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARENTS MAKE U-TURNS LIKE THAT....DUE TO A SIDE EFFECT OF A STATE GUN LAW.
UNDER THE LAW.... CAMPUS POLICE HAVE NO AUTHORITY OFF CAMPUS... THAT MEANS THEY CAN NO LONGER DIRECT TRAFFIC OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS.
AND PARENTS SAY THAT'S CAUSED TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN THE MORNING...AND IN THE AFTERNOON... AROUND BIBB COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
BECAUSE OF THIS... SPRINGDALE ELEMENTARY.. SAYS DRIVERS CAN MAKE RIGHT TURNS ONLY... DURING STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICKUP TIMES..
SO PARENTS LIKE RACHEL RIGGINS GO RIGHT.. THEN MAKE U-TURNS AT NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
Rachel Riggins, Springdale Parent: Most of the time it's not very difficult to make that u-turn right there at the church. But there are several times that a line gets backed up and a lot of people are coming out and have to make a u-turn right there and a lot of people are backed up in line going this way to make the same u-turn.
CAMPUS POLICE CHIEF DANIEL DECOURSEY SAYS THE LACK OF A TRAFFIC COP AT THE SCHOOL... FORCED THEM TO CHANGE THE TRAFFIC POLICY..
Daniel DeCoursey, Police Chief: We had to change the traffic pattern for the safety of the students and parents and have them make right turns only off the school campus to basically facilitate the orderly flow of traffic.
BUT... PARENT MICHELLE VENDITTO PREFERRED THE SCHOOL TRAFFIC OFFICER OVER THE U-TURNS.
Michelle Venditto, Concerned Parent: We had no problems. He directed traffic wonderful. And then when he left, everything went to shams.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS POLICE CHIEF DANIEL DECOURSEY SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD CONTACT THEIR STATE LEGISLATORS IF THEY WANT TO CHANGE THAT LAW AND LET CAMPUS POLICE DIRECT TRAFFIC OUT ON THE STREETS AGAIN.

MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE CAME TO BUELAHLAND BIBLE CHURCH THIS AFTERNOON... FOR THE FUNERAL OF 16-YEAR-OLD ARQUENTRIS FOUNTAIN.
FOUNTAIN DIED LAST WEEK AFTER HE WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD OUTSIDE OF A MACON BALLROOM.
SEVERAL MACON POLICE OFFICERS AND BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES STOOD GUARD OUTSIDE THE CHURCH.
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S CAPTAIN HARRY COLBERT SAYS SHERIFF JERRY MODENA ASKED HIM TO ORGANIZE A PREVENTATIVE FORCE AT THE FUNERAL.
FIVE SHERIFF'S VEHICLES AND THREE MACON POLICE CRUISERS WERE PARKED JUST OUTSIDE BEULAHLAND.
FOUNTAIN'S SHOOTING WAS ONE OF SEVERAL MACON TEEN SHOOTINGS IN A WEEK'S TIME.. POLICE SAY IT CAME AFTER A FACEBOOK FEUD.
AFTER THE RASH OF SHOOTINGS....MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT YOUTH VIOLENCE.
TODAY...POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAID CHIEF MIKE BURNS IS WORKING ON A CRIME-PREVENTION PLAN FOR THE MAYOR.
SHE SAYS IT SHOULD BE FINISHED THIS WEEK.

THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IS LOOKING FOR A CONVICTED MURDERER WHO FAILED TO RETURN TO THE MACON TRANSITIONAL CENTER...A WORK RELEASE CENTER....FRIDAY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST KRISTEN STANCIL.
PHIL MINCEY WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF MURDER IN DODGE COUNTY IN 1985. STANCIL HAD NO OTHER DETAILS ON HIS CASE.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE CALL THE DODGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-374-8131... AGAIN... 374-8131.

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS CANCER REMAINS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH BY DISEASE FOR U-S CHILDREN UNDER 15.
SEPTEMBER IS CHILD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
"cancer claims the lives of more than 2300 children every year." :03
THIS MORNING... A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE JOANNA MCAFEE CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION SPOKE TO HOUSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.
JOANNA MCAFEE WAS A STUDENT AT BONAIRE ELEMENTARY..SHE LOST HER BATTLE TO CANCER SIX YEARS AGO AFTER BATTLING IT FOR HALF HER YOUNG LIFE.
TYLER BRYANT OF THE FOUNDATION PASSED OUT BRACELETS.
HE ALSO URGED EVERYONE TO SPREAD THE FACTS ON CHILDHOOD CANCER.
Tyler Bryant, PR Director of Joanna Mcafee Childhood Cancer Foundation: " I always say that anger when used in the right way is a powerful tool and I think there are some things that by-golly god wants us to get angry about and this is one of those things that i'm angry about. I'm angry about childhood cancer. Frankly I'm angry that I have to speak to you today about a little girl that lost her life to childhood cancer."
JOANNA'S PICTURE IS FEATURED ON LICENSE PLATES ACROSS THE STATE WITH THE PROCEEDS FROM THE PLATES BENEFITING THE CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION.

AN HISTORIC AIRCRAFT MADE ITS FINAL TOUCH-DOWN AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TODAY AS IT HEADED INTO RETIREMENT AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION.
THE 47-YEAR-OLD C-130 AIRCRAFT RETIRES WITH MANY MISSIONS UNDER ITS WINGS... INCLUDING OPERATION RED DRAGON..... A MISSION TO HELP RESCUE HOSTAGES FROM REBELS IN THE CONGO IN 1964.
THE PLANE FLEW 100 CIVILIANS TO SAFETY DESPITE GUNFIRE THAT DAMAGED THE LEFT WING.
A HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE....MAJOR JOHN FAY NAVIGATED THE PLANE INTO ROBINS.
HIS PARENTS WERE THERE TO SEE THE FINAL FLIGHT.
FAY SAYS IT'S GREAT TO BRING THE PLANE TO HIS HOME TOWN.
Major John Fay "It's pretty neat to be able to fly the airplane back here and now that it's going to be on display for the future"
Kathy Fay "I think it will be a special connection now when we bring visitors over here to see the museum that we can take them to that airplane and show them the airplane and know a lot about it's history and know that our son brought it back"
THE C-130 ALSO OPERATED IN LAOS...AND THE PHILLIPINES.
IT WILL BE RETIRED AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION.

THIS SUNDAY MARKS THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 9-11 ATTACKS.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD SEPTEMBER 11TH BE A NATIONAL HOLIDAY?
SO FAR 62 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
38 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
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IN THIS LAST INSTALLATION OF OUR SERIES....THE CUTTING EDGE... OBESITY... WE LOOK AT THE FUTURE.
ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL... IF THE OBESITY TREND PERSISTS... A THIRD OF KIDS WHO ARE NOW UNDER ELEVEN WILL GET DIABETES SOMETIME IN THEIR LIFE.
TODAY CANDACE ADORKA LOOK SHOW US HOW THE NEXT GENERATION IS PUSHING BACK AGAINST OBESITY.

Candace Adorka: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA'S LET'S MOVE INITIATIVE WORKS TO REVERSE THE CHILDHOOD OBESITY TREND IN AMERICA.
SHE'S TEAMED UP WITH THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE ON OBESITY TO REDUCE THE OBESITY RATE TO 5 PERCENT BY 2030.
GEORGIA HAS A LONG WAY TO GO TO RACH THAT GOAL.... AT THE MOST RECENT COUNT.... 24 PERCENT OF THIRD GRADE CHILDREN WERE OBESE.
I SPENT A DAY WITH ONE MACON FAMILY THAT SAYS THE FUTURE DOESN'T HAVE TO LOOK SO BLEAK.
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FORGET FRENCH FRIES... SNACK TIME FOR THESE SIBLINGS MEANS FRUIT.
"we call it a fruit bowl, but it has like apples, kiwis...
BECAUSE FOR AIDEN AND ALYSSA STEWART... HEALTHY ISNT TABOO... ITS A WAY OF LIFE.
"Now I love broccoli its my favorite vegetable."
THEIR MOTHER SHERI MOORE SAYS ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO SHE DECIDED TO GET FIT... SHE JOINED A GYM AND CHANGED HER DIET.
HER CHILDREN SOON FOLLOWED SUIT.
"I had cooked them a turkey burger and thye were like we don't want that, we don't eat meat any more. I thought they were joking at first but its been like that ever since then."
SHE SAYS THE KEY IS COMMUNICATION.
"People will ask me, 'why are you making your kids be vegetarians.' Im not! I'm not making them be vegetariens, I'm just tryign to inform them of what i've learned."
AIDEN AND ALYSSA HAVE ALSO LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE.
***nats: JUMP! 2! JUMP!***
THEY'RE PART OF ONE LYFE KIDS... A FITNESS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AT ONE LYFE GYM IN MACON.
***nats: Stay away from the french fries, what else?***
SHON HACKETT, OWNER AND FITNESS INTRUCTOR OF THE GYM, SAYS THROUGH FUN AND EDUCATION SHE HOPES TO START A NEW TREND OF HEALTHY LIVING IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
"I think starting with the little ones like we were here doing today, taking it to the homes and then it can spread, because it's just very hard to tap into people."
AIDEN AND ALYSSA SAY THEY DO TRY TO SHARE WHAT THEY KNOW WITH OTHERS... BUT THEY SAY THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH THEY CAN DO.
"My firends that are like out of shape and not fit, I should help them and they should help themselves too."
"It's not like really most of your responsibility. but you can't just like go up to their house and say, are you eating healthy? That'd be wierd!"
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WE HAVE JACOB TUTTLE... SIERRA WHITE... CHRISSY SKINNER... 8TH GRADERS AT OAK HILL MIDDLE.
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HERE IS CHRISTIAN HAVING FUN OUT SIDE WITH THE CHALK.
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