Obama: "Some of them are living week to week; paycheck to paycheck; even day to day. They need help, and they need it now."
PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FOR MORE JOBS... AS TONIGHT HE CHALLENGED CONGRESS TO PASS HIS JOB CREATION PLAN..
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I'M FRANK MALLOY....THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED ON CONGRESS TO HELP HIM CREATE JOBS FOR MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS... AND TURN THE SLUGGISH ECONOMY AROUND.
HE WENT TO CAPITOL HILL TONIGHT TO LAY OUT HIS HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED JOBS PLAN TO SKEPTICAL LAWMAKERS AND FED-UP VOTERS.
DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM HAS MORE.
President Obama told a joint session of Congress and the nation it's time to get America back to work.
((SOT)) President Obama
"There are steps we can take right now to improve people's lives."
The President outlined a nearly 450 billion dollar plan to extend the payroll tax cut for workers ...expand jobless benefits... and give tax breaks to employers.
"It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be customers for their products and services."
He's also pushing for infrastructure projects.... and an aid package for states to hire teachers and first responders.
Here's the other thing I want the American people to know: the American Jobs Act will not add to the deficit.
((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Danielle Nottingham, CBS News, Capitol Hill
President Obama's plan would require approval from a deeply divided Congress. So he had a message for Republican lawmakers - this is your problem too.
((SOT)) President Obama
Members of Congress, it is time for us to meet our responsibilities.
Some GOP lawmakers said while they didn't agree with the President's appoach, they could support some of his ideas.
((SOT)) Rep. Eric Cantor/(R-VA) House Majority Leader
I did hear plenty of areas we can work together on
Democrats said they appreciate the President taking a firm stand.
((SOT)) Rep. Elijah Cummings/(D) Maryland
"It was bold, it was very practical and I think he has placed the Congress - and in particular the Republicans - in a very interesting position."
The President will head to Richmond, Virginia, Friday to rally public support for his plan.
8TH DISTRICT REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN AUSTIN SCOTT WAS NOT IMPRESSED BY THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN..
IN A STATEMENT... HE SAID - "AFTER THREE YEARS OF PUTTING UP ROADBLOCKS, THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES THAT YET ANOTHER SPEECH CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM. WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER SPEECH, WE NEED THE PRESIDENT TO UNDO THREE YEARS WORTH OF ANTI-GROWTH POLICIES AND ALLOW AMERICAN BUSINESSES TO DO WHAT THEY DO BEST, WORK."
MEANWHILE U-S OFFICIALS SAY THEY RECEIVED A CREDIBLE BUT UNCONFIRMED TERROR THREAT INVOLVING NEW YORK OR WASHINGTON.
A COUNTERTERRORISM OFFICIAL TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAW
ENFORCEMENT HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING THE INTELLIGENCE SINCE IT WAS RECEIVED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
THE COUNTERTERRORISM OFFICIAL SAID THE INFORMATION IN THE THREAT
WAS VERY SPECIFIC.
HE ADDED THAT SINCE THE THREAT COMES JUST DAYS BEFORE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 9/11 ATTACKS THEY COULD NOT IGNORE IT..
SECURITY MEASURES AROUND THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING IN NEW YORK AND
WASHINGTON, HAVE RAMPED UP IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO SUNDAY'S
A JUDGE RULED THAT A 20-10 FATAL SHOOTING... WAS JUSTIFIED.
JUDGE DONALD GILLIS SAYS A DASHBOARD CAMERA SHOWS 33-YEAR-OLD MELVIN WILLIAMS ASSAULTED EAST DUBLIN POLICE OFFICER JEFFREY DEAL... JUST BEFORE DEAL SHOT WILLIAMS IN THE STOMACH.
AMY AUBERT WAS AT THE PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING... AND TELLS YOU WHY FOR WILLIAMS' FAMILY... THE APPLICATION FOR AN ARREST WARRANT... MEANS MORE THAN JUSTICE FOR THEIR LOVED ONE.
FRANK... BEFORE THE HEARING THIS AFTERNOON... I SPOKE TO TWO OF WILLIAMS' SISTERS... WHO ARGUE THAT JEFFREY DEAL SHOT MELVIN WILLIAMS WITHOUT LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DO SO AS AN OFFICER.
THAT'S BECAUSE ACCORDING TO G-B-I INVESTIGATIVE RECORDS THAT WERE PRESENTED IN COURT... DEAL DID NOT HAVE THE POWER TO ARREST AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING.
Marcia Williams, Wrightsville: "Initially we felt like it was really being swept under the rug. And this issue is more than about Melvin. You know, he's dead and gone, we can't bring him back as much as we'd love to. But we still ahve family and friends here in East Dublin that we feel it's necessary for us to push this issue for those people still left behind."
BUT IN THE HEARING TODAY... JUDGE GILLIS RULED THAT DEAL'S USE OF FORCE WAS JUSTIFIED BECAUSE WILLIAMS ASSAULTED AN OFFICER IN UNIFORM... AND THE OFFICER WAS DEFENDING HIMSELF.
THE NEARLY SIX HOUR LONG HEARING... FOCUSED ON DEAL'S DASHBOARD CAMERA VIDEO... THAT SHOWS PART OF A FIGHT BETWEEN THE TWO... AND THE FATAL SHOOTING.
G-B-I SPECIAL AGENT JERRY JONES... TESTIFIED THAT IN THE VIDEO... DEAL APPROACHED THE VEHICLE LOOKING EYE LEVEL... WHICH HE SAYS... MEANS WILLIAMS GOT OUT OF HIS CAR.
"Now when we see Officer Deal approach the car quickly, is that a normal law enforcement technique to close the gap when someone acts inappropriatley at a traffic stop? Yes sir it is. Are you familiar with any training and why that training is given to officers why they should close the gap if somebody gets out of the car? It all goes back to officer safety."
THE DEFENSE ARGUED THAT THE TRAFFIC STOP WAS NOT VALID BECAUSE DEAL DIDN'T TURN ON HIS LIGHTS UNTIL HE PULLED INTO A DRIVEWAY BEHIND WILLIAMS' CAR.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRAIG FRASER SAYS THAT CASE WILL BE TAKEN TO GRAND JURY WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH.
THE DEFENSE ALSO SAYS A CRACK PIPE WAS FOUND IN THE POLICE CRUISER DEAL WAS USING THAT DAY... BUT DEAL SAYS IT WAS NOT HIS.
G-B-I AGENT JONES SAYS DEAL PASSED A VOLUNTARY DRUG TEST ON THE DAY OF THE SHOOTING.
MACON CITY COUNCIL BRAINSTORMED WAYS TO STOP TEEN VIOLENCE TODAY... INCLUDING ENFORCING THE CURFEW ORDIANCE.
AS BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS.... SOME TEENS SAY THERE MIGHT BE OTHER OPTIONS TO KEEP KIDS OFF THE STREETS.
<< TWICE A WEEK PEOPLE OF ALL AGES COME OUT TO THE JUDO CLASS AT NORTH MACON RECREATION PARK...
Caleb Money, Macon: "It's just so like if somebody comes up and punches you, you can take their punch and turn it into a throw and they'll be on the ground and you can walk away."
FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS 18 YEAR OLD CALEB MONEY... HAS HIT THE MATS HERE...
HE SAYS IF YOU WANT TO KEEP KIDS OUT OF TROUBLE... MORE RECREATION ACTIVITIES MAY BE THE ANSWER....
Money: "I think if you give teens like activities to do like Judo or just like basketball or martial arts or something like that, if you give them something to do it will help take their mind off of whatever they were planning on doing."
OTHER TEENS THINK ENFORCING THE CURFEW CAN HELP KEEP KIDS SAFE.
Ryan Franklin, Macon: 'I don't think people need to be outside in the dark. There could be drive by and they could get shot."
MACON CITY COUNCIL TOSSED AROUND SEVERAL IDEAS THURSDAY DURING A BRAINSTORMING SESSION.
THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE TALKED ABOUT HOLDING CURFEW VIOLATORS IN RECREATION CENTERS UNTIL THEIR PARENTS PICK THEM UP... AND POSSIBLY CHANGING THE TIME AND AGE IN THE CURFEW.
RIGHT NOW THE LAW SAYS CHILDREN 16 AND UNDER MUST BE OFF THE STREETS BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND FIVE A-M.
BUT EVEN IF THEY MAKE SOME CHANGES.. MONEY SAYS HE'S STILL SKEPTICAL IT WILL CURB TEEN CRIME.
Money: "It might catch a few teens that are out past curfew but as far as the crime part it probably wont do anything."
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>> MACON POLICE SPOKEWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS CHIEF MIKE BURNS IS WORKING A PLAN FROM THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SIDE OF THE CURFEW.
SHE SAYS THEY WILL INTEGRATE THAT INTO THE CITY'S OVERALL PLAN.
AS THE CELEBRATION OF WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN OTIS REDDINGS SEVENTY BIRTHDAY KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND
DOZENS OF PEOPLE TURNED OUT TO WATCH MOVIES ABOUT THE SOULFUL SINGER.
THE EDGE THEATER HOSTED THE EVENT...
GIVING PEOPLE A CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MACON NATIVE...
Ed Steeley: Macon " You can really say about him and when you think about sitting on the dock of the bay and you know that they're even whistling that song in Zambia you know that some influence has been had."
Jessica Webb, MAcon "I;m very excited I'm excited to bring my kids out I'm very excited I think this was a good way to celebrate this memorial thing for otis." THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES THROUGH THE WEEKEND
FRIDAY AT NOON... IN HONOR OF REDDING'S FAVORITE TREAT... THIRD STREET PARK WILL HOST AN ICE CREAM CELEBRATION.
SATURDAY... WRAPS UP THE EVENT WITH A TRIBUTE CONCERT AT MACON CITY AUDITORIUM.
IT'S ONE OF THOSE WEEKENDS, FOLKS! ONE OF THOSE WONDERFUL MIDDLE GEORGIA WEEKENDS SO FULL OF GOOD ENTERTAINMENT THAT YOU NEVER WANT IT TO END! LET'S GET IT STARTED...
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ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND, WE REVERE NEIL SIMON AS THE KING OF COMEDIC PLAYWRIGHTS, BUT THOSE BRITS - THEY APPARENTLY HAVE A NEIL SIMON OF THEIR OWN...
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NO MATTER WHERE THE COMEDIC GENIUS ORIGINATED, IT'S GOING TO MAKE FOR ONE FANTASTICALLY FUNNY EVENING AT THEATRE MACON THIS WEEKEND. TICKETS ARE GOING LIKE HOTCAKES SO GET EM QUICK. CALL THEATRE MACON AT 746-9485 TO DO SO.
THEATRE MACON'S NOT THE ONLY PLACE PUTTIN ON A SHOW THIS WEEKEND! NEIL SIMON'S COMEDIC GENIUS PUTS IN AN APPEARANCE IN FORSYTH AT THE ROSE THEATRE. THE BACKLOT PLAYERS CHANNEL THEIR INNER ECCENTRICITIES IN THE ODD COUPLE. ITS FUUUNNYY FOLKS! CALL 994-0443 OR VISIT BACKLOT-PLAYERS-DOT-COM TO SNAG YOUR TICKETS.
NOW YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD ALL ABOUT THIS NEXT EVENT CAUSE IT SEEMS AS THOUGH EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT IT - BUT IT'S GOOD GOOD STUFF SO I'M GONNA TELL YOU ABOUT IT SOME MORE. MIDDLE GEORGIA - GET READY TO CELEBRATE SEVENTY YEARS! SEVENTY YEARS! THAT'S QUITE A LONG TIME, YES? THIS WEEKEND IT'S A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION TO HONOR THE MUSIC LEGEND THAT IS ... OTIS REDDING. FRIDAY FROM NOON UNTIL TEN PM COME OUT TO THIRD STREET PARK FOR THE OFFICIAL OTIS REDDING DAY CELEBRATION. THEN ON SATURDAY EVENING THE MUSIC REALLY GETS A COOKIN WITH AN EVENING OF RESPECT - WHICH IS A HUGE CONCERT AND DINNER AT THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM. AND THAT - MY FRIENDS - IS HOW YOU CELEBRATE A LEGEND. TO FIND OUT ALL ABOUT THE WEEKEND LONG PARTY AND HOW TO GET TICKETS, VISIT THE-GRAND-MACON-DOT-ORG.
NOW, IN OTHER NEWS OF THE CELEBRATION VARIETY - I'VE GOT SOMETHING FOR THE LITTLE PRINCESS IN YOUR LIFE. SATURDAY EVENING, A ROYAL CELEBRATION OF HOPE IS HAPPENING AT BANKS STEPHENS MIDDLE SCHOOL IN FORSYTH! ITS A DANCE - IT'S A BALL - IT'S A CHANCE FOR ALL THE PRINCESSES OF MIDDLE GEORGIA TO DRESS UP IN THEIR MOST PRINCESSY ATTIRE AND HAVE A BLAST! AND THE GREETERS OF THE EVENING? WHY, NONE OTHER THAN THE MOST FAMOUSEST PRINCESSES OF ALL - THE DISNEY LASSIES! AND THE BEST PART OF THIS SHINDIG? PROCEEDS FROM THE ROYAL AFFAIR BENEFIT JAY'S HOPE FOUNDATION. THE FUN BEGINS AT SEVEN O'CLOCK AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET TICKETS AT THE DOOR. JAYS-HOPE-DOT-ORG HAS GOT ALL THE ROYAL INFO FOR YOU ONLINE.
NOW PARTY PEOPLE, I BID YOU ADIEU, ADIOS AND A HEARTY GOOD-BYE. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN...THAT'S A WRAP.
IF YOU'RE HEADING TO THE MOVIES THIS WEEKEND... AN ALL-STAR CAST HEADLINES A FILM ABOUT A DEADLY CONTAGION... A MAN HOPES TO FOLLOW HIS PARENTS FOOTSTEPS IN ADULT MOVIES... AND TWO BROTHERS FACE OFF IN COMPETITION.
UP FIRST... A DEADLY VIRUS THREATENS THE HUMAN RACE IN "CONTAGION."
SCIENTISTS ARE RACING AGAINST TIME TO FIND THE CAUSE... AND A CURE.
THE CAST INCLUDES GWYNETH PALTROW... MATT DAMON... KATE WINSLETT... AND LAURENCE FISHBURNE... AND THE MOVIE IS RATED PG-13.
What the ... did I know? I was a 16 year old kid."
"You had a choice. You had a choice."
TWO ESTRANGED BROTHERS FACE OFF IN THE ULTIMATE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHT IN "WARRIOR."
TOMMY IS AN EX-MARINE HOME AFTER 14 YEARS... WHO'S TRAINED BY HIS RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC FATHER.
HIS BROTHER IS A STRUGGLING TEACHER... HOPING TO WIN THE FIGHT TO PROVIDE FOR HIS FAMILY.
"WARRIOR" IS RATED PG-13.
MANY KIDS WANT TO FOLLOW IN THEIR PARENT'S FOOTSTEPS... BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU FIND OUT YOUR PARENTS WERE ADULT MOVIE STARS?
IN THE COMEDY "BUCKY LARSON... BORN TO BE A STAR"... BUCKY MOVES OUT WEST TO FOLLOW HIS DREAMS... BUT DOES HE HAVE WHAT IT TAKES.
CLEARLY... THIS MOVIE IS RATED R.
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