Wednesday, November 2, Eyewitness News at 6

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

WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS TONIGHT..THE AIR FORCE SAYS IT'S ELIMINATING 9 THOUSAND CIVILIAN JOBS NATIONWIDE...A MOVE THAT COULD LEAD TO CUTS AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
SO FAR...THERE ARE NO DETAILS ON THE LOCAL IMPACT.
BUT THE AIR FORCE SAYS IT'S ELIMINATING MORE THAN A THOUSAND JOBS NATIONWIDE.. IN THE AIR FORCE MATERIAL COMMAND. ROBINS IS PART OF THAT.
AND THAT COMMAND WILL RUN THROUGH OKLAHOMA....WHICH TAKES AWAY PART OF ROBINS AUTHORITY.
AS WE SAID...NO WORD YET ON HOW MANY JOBS ARE AFFECTED AT ROBINS.
BUT THE COMMANDER OF ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW... ON CUTS AT THE BASE.
MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT MCMAHON WILL MEET FIRST WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS AT 9-30...THEN HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE.
MCMAHON SAYS HE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT HOW DEFENSE DEPARTMENT CUTS AND REORGANIZATION WILL AFFECT ROBINS... WHICH IS THE STATE'S LARGEST EMPLOYER.
THE BASE WOULD NOT RELEASE ANY DETAILS TODAY.
WE'LL SHOW MCMAHON'S NEWS CONFERENCE LIVE.... AROUND 11-15.... ON OUR WEBSITE...13WMAZ-DOT-COM

SIXTEEN SCHOOLS IN BIBB COUNTY AND FOUR IN HOUSTON FAILED TO MAKE THE STATE'S ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS GOALS...
FOR BIBB... THAT'S THREE LESS THAN LAST YEAR ...
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS US WHY MEETING THE GOALS WAS HISTORIC FOR ONE SCHOOL.<<
24 OF BIBB COUNTIES SCHOOL ACHIEVED THE ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS OR AYP.
THAT MEAN'S THEY MET THINGS LIKE STATE AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTs IN STANDARDIZED TESTING, ATTENDANCE AND GRADUATION RATES.
FOR BLOOMFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL... IT'S AN IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENT
Yarber: " It take schools 2 years to meet ayp to be removed from the needs imporvement list. Bloomflied was actually constructed in 2006, and we had never made ayp until last year. so"
PRINCIPAL EFRAM YARBER SAYS IT'S HISTORIC FOR THE SCHOOL... AND TOOK HARD WORK FROM BOTH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS TO MOVE FROM THE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT LIST.. TO MEET ALL AYP GOALS FOR TWO YEARS.
Ephram Yarber, Bloomfield Middle Principal: "Math was a big deficet for us. Our Student scored really low in math, in the concepts of math, so we had tutorials for students, special sessions where those tteachers wou;ld pull students during the school day and that helped us bring up our math scores."
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AND TEACHERS SAYS THEY MUST CONTINUE TO PUSH FORWARD
Nadiarah Mayweather: 6th grade: "When youhave moments like this hearing that we met ayp it give you that little motivation to keep going so that you can reach for those other higher heights, because ayp is not the only stopping grounds."
12 SCHOOLS MADE THE DISTINGUISHED LIST FOR MEETING AYP FOR THREE OR MORE CONSECUTIVE YEARS.
A TOTAL OF 16 SCHOOLS DID NOT MEET AYP REQUIREMENTS.
IN MACON BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> SUPERINTENDENT ROMAN DALLEMOND SAYS SINCE 40 PERCENT OF BIBB COUNTIES SCHOOLS DID NOT MAKE THE A-Y-P GOALS... THERE'S A LOT OF WORK AHEAD FOR THE DISTRICT....

IN HOUSTON COUNTY... THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS MAKING A-Y-P SLIPPED FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.
TWO YEARS AGO... ALL 35 SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT MADE A-Y-P.
LAST YEAR... THREE SCHOOLS SLIPPED OFF THE LIST... AND A FOURTH SCHOOL JOINED THEM THIS YEAR.
THE CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER... PERRY AND NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOLS... AND WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY FAILED TO MAKE ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS THIS YEAR.
THAT STILL MEANS 89 PERCENT OF HOUSTON COUNTY'S SCHOOLS MADE A-Y-P... HIGHER THAN THE STATE AVERAGE OF 72 PERCENT.

A MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SAYS HE THINKS THEY'VE BEEN FAIR IN HANDLING POLICE CHIEF MAKE BURNS' REQUEST FOR MORE OFFICERS.
IN SEPTEMBER POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS ASKED COUNCIL FOR THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PAY FOR SIX NEW OFFICERS... TO CREATE A YOUTH AND INTERVENTION DIVISIOn.
BUT ON MONDAY... THE PUBLIC SAFETY VOTED TO CHANGE THAT PLAN.
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN VIRGIL WATKINS SAYS THEY PROPOSE ONLY ONE NEW HIRE ... A CIVILIAN YOUTH OUTREACH COORDINATOR.
THEY ALSO PROPOSED GIVING BURNS A NEW CAPTAIN'S POST...BY ELIMINATING AN EMPTY PRIVATE'S POSITION.
AND PROMOTING A SERGEANT TO A LIEUTENANT.
THAT OFFICER WOULD TRACK ILLEGAL GUNS IN THE CITY.
YESTERDAY.... BURNS CALLED THE COMMITTEE'S PLAN "UNACCEPTABLE"
"The last I heard, we were giving up one officer, and getting one civilian, which is not acceptable. I cannot give up any sworn positions. There was a lot of comments that was made in there that was not true. There was comments 'we have too many police officers now.' It even got to the point where they were telling me where to transfer people within the department, which is also not acceptable."
WATKINS SAYS HE UNDERSTANDS THE CHIEF'S UNHAPPINESS... BUT THAT QUALITY YOUTH PROGRAMS DON'T NECESSARILY TRANSLATE INTO HIRING MORE COPS.
"It is not the original deal. It is not what I was intiaally hoping to recieve either. This is comprimise. We're both slightly unhappy. I hope we can be gentlemen about this, I think this is progress."
HE SAYS THE CHIEF PROVED HIS POINT THAT THE CITY NEEDS MORE EMPHASIS ON YOUTH OUTREACH... BUT HE SAYS A CIVILIAN MAY BE BETTER SUITED TOWARD THAT...AND TO INTERACTING WITH OTHERS IN THE CITY.
"We need to come up with a more proactive approach for prevention and intervention, and to that, he recived a new captain, as well as a civilian coordinator to assist him in devising the plan. I think that's progress. That is the first department that I've seen in this city in a long time to recieve extra staff."
WATKINS SAYS IN ALL... THE REVISED PLAN WOULD COST ABOUT FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.

NEW EVIDENCE IN THE LAUREN GIDDINGS MURDER INVESTIGATION LOOKS... QUOTE... ENCOURAGING... ACCORDING TO MACON POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS.
HE COULD NOT DESCRIBE THE EVIDENCE RECEIVED FROM THE G-B-I AND F-B-I.
POLICE FOUND THE MERCER LAW GRADUATE'S DISMEMBERED BODY OUTSIDE HER GEORGIA AVENUE APARTMENT IN LATE JUNE.
HER NEIGHBOR STEPHEN MCDANIEL WAS CHARGED WITH HER DEATH IN AUGUST... AND IS IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL.
HE ALSO FACES TWO UNRELATED BURGLARY CHARGES... AND SEVEN COUNTS OF CHILD EXPLOITATION.
BIBB COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS SAYS.. WITH THOSE ADDITIONAL CHARGES... MCDANIEL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR BOND UNTIL AT LEAST MID-NOVEMBER.
CHIEF BURNS SAID HE PLANS TO MEET WITH WINTERS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO DISCUSS TAKING MCDANIEL TO A GRAND JURY FOR AN INDICTMENT.

MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN SAYS WARNER ROBINS IS GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSING RENTAL BUSINESS.
THEY DEEDED THREE PROPERTIES TO THE WARNER ROBINS HOUSING AUTHORITY... AND PLAN TO SELL TWO MORE.
THE DONATED HOUSES ARE ON WENDAN WAY AND SUZANNE DRIVE.
THE CITY BOUGHT THESE HOUSES AND 37 MORE IN THE EIGHTIES.
THEY SOLD MOST OF THEM.
SHAHEEN SAYS THESE LAST FIVE WILL TAKE THE ROLE OF LANDLORD OFF THEIR PLATE.... AND GIVE IT TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.Chuck Shaheen, Mayor of Warner Robins: (2:40) "They have a lot of other homes like this. They know the clientele of their residents. They put in these homes, know who's good, who they need to watch out for. This way people living in those homes are given first class treatment."
HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD CHAIRMAN HANK WINNER SAYS THE DONATION HELPS MEET THE NEED FOR MORE PUBLIC HOUSING IN THE CITY.
ALL 426 UNITS THEY HAVE ARE FULL... AND THE WAITING LIST IS SO LONG... THAT THEY'RE NOT ADDING PEOPLE TO IT.

THE PEACH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ASKING FOR HELP FINDING A MISSING MAN.
SHERIFF TERRY DEESE SAYS 27-YEAR-OLD TIMOTHY FORAN WAS LAST HEARD FROM AROUND 6-30 LAST NIGHT.
DEESE SAYS FORAN TOLD HIS WIFE THAT HE WAS ABOUT TO TAKE A WALK ALONG THE RAILROAD TRACKS BEHIND THEIR HOME ON GARRENS WAY.
WHEN HIS WIFE GOT TO THE HOUSE... SHE FOUND THE FRONT DOOR OPEN.
DEESE SAYS NEIGHBORS ALONG THE RAILROAD TRACK REPORTED HEARING TWO MEN WHO MAY HAVE BEEN ARGUING... FOLLOWED BY A GUNSHOT.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION... YOU CAN CONTACT THE PEACH COUNTY 9-1-1 CENTER AT 478-822-9111.
THAT'S 822-9111.

SIX DAYS BEFORE MACON'S GENERAL ELECTION.. MORE ATTENTION IS FOCUSED ON SALES TAX AND SUNDAY PACKAGE SALES REFERENDUMS THAN ON THE MAYORAL CONTEST.
BUT DEMOCRATIC MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT FACES A CHALLENGER.....WRITE-IN CANDIDATE DAVID COUSINO.
RANDALL SAVAGE MET UP WITH COUSINO THIS AFTERNOON... TO TALK ABOUT WHY HE SHOULD BE THE CITY'S NEXT MAYOR.
<<Randall Savage -- I'm here on Eisenhower Parkway with mayoral candidate David Cousino. Four years ago, he was the Republican nominee, but this time he chose to be a write-in candidate. David, how's the campaign going?
David Cousino -- Doing real good. I got a lot of thumbs up out here on the roads, lot of horn blowing this time.
Randall Savage -- Standing on the street corner, you're waving at people as they go by you don't really get the opportunity to tell them what it is you're running for, why you're doing it, what's your platform is. How do you get that message across?
David Cousino -- Well, basically by information, you know, what the news media would give or one to one conversation when that person talks to that person talks to person.
Randall -- When they say why should I vote for you, what do you tell them?
David Cousino -- Since 1970, we've been on a downward spiral. We had 122,000 people living within the city limits. We have less than 97,000 living within the city now, and our expenditures are way more than what they were in 1970. So why are we spending more money? It makes sense that we've got to start cutting expenses not spending more, not asking for a SPLOST to cover the past debts and to make people vote for the one-cent sales tax.
Randall -- Four years ago, you were the Republican nominee and the current mayor, who you're running against again, pulled about 96 percent of the vote. How are you going to overcome such a big deficit?
David cousino -- I know what it is to work on a small budget. I know what it is to get out here and campaign with no money because I reject the money that's out there because it's the good ol' boy money that's money that has ties or tags on it.
Randall -- Mr. Cousino is waving at every car that goes by even those with out of state or out of county tags. He says he's going to do right on through election day. Randall Savage 13 WMAZ Eyewitness news.
>>THANKS TO A NEW LAW... THIS YEAR THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IS REQUIRED TO POST THE NAMES OF ALL WRITE-IN CANDIDATES AT POLLING PLACES.
IN BIBB COUNTY....COUSINO'S THE ONLY ONE.
BUT IF YOU'RE UNSURE HOW TO VOTE FOR A WRITE-IN HERE'S RANDALL... WITH SOME TIPS.
Randall Savage, Eyewitness News: Writing in is a pretty simple process. Once after you get your voter access card, you put it in the machine like so. Here at the bottom of the candidate list it says write-in. Punch it and a keyboard comes up. Then you type whoever you want. For example, if you want to write-in David Cousino, you can type it in. Prepared to vote, punch it and it shows up. And that's all there is to it.
ACCORDING TO BOARD OF ELECTIONS SUPERINTENDENT ELAINE CARR... ANYTHING ENTERED INSIDE THE WRITE-IN CANDIDATE SPOT THAT SHOWS THE INTENT TO VOTE FOR COUSINO WILL BE COUNTED.
SO FOR EXAMPLE...ENTERIING HIS FIRST NAME... LAST NAME... BOTH... OR HIS INITIALS WOULD ALL COUNT AS A VOTE FOR DAVID COUSINO.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HAVE YOU EVER CAST A WRITE-IN VOTE?
SO FAR 87 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU HAVEN'T.
13 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU HAVE.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.


WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON TONIGHT'S TOP STORY... THE AIR FORCE SAYS IT'S CUTTING OVERHEAD AND LAYERS OF MANAGEMENT IN ITS Materiel Command.
AND THAT COULD MEANS CIVILIAN JOB CUTS COMING TO ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS RELEASE SAYS THEY'RE CUTTING THE NUMBER OF MATERIAL COMMAND CENTERS NATION WIDE FROM 12 TO 5.
THEY SAY THAT WILL SAVE 109 MILLION...AND ABOUT A THOUSAND FIFTY JOBS AT BASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
THE AIR FORCE SAYS IT WILL RUN MAINTENANCE AND SUPPLY THROUGH A BASE IN OKLAHOMA... CUTTING BACK SOME OF ROBINS AUTHORITY... AND CUTTING MORE JOBS.
AS WE TOLD YOU EARLIER... ROBINS COMMANDER BOB MCMAHON TOMORROW WILL DISCUSS THE CUTS... AND WHAT THEY MEAN.
YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE ON OUR WEB SITE....13WMAZ-DOT-COM...STARTING AROUND 11-15.

AFTER ABOUT A YEAR... THE RIVERVIEW BRIDGE OVER I-75 IN MACON HAS BEEN COMPLETED.
THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS THE BRIDGE SHOULD OPEN TOMORROW.
THEY CLOSED IT TO WIDEN PART OF I-75 BETWEEN PIERCE AVENUE AND ARKWRIGHT ROAD. D-O-T ADDED A NEW SIGNAL TO THE INTERSECTION OF RIVERVIEW ROAD AND RIVERSIDE DRIVE.
THEY ASK DRIVERS TO BE CAREFUL AS PEOPLE GET USED TO THE CHANGES AT THAT INTERSECTION.

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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