Wednesday, November 2, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

THE AIR FORCE PLANS TO CUT NINE THOUSAND JOBS... AND THAT'S HITTING HOME RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE... ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE WILL LOSE 600 JOBS.
AMY AUBERT SPOKE WITH U-S SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS... AND FOUND OUT HOW HE SAYS THOSE CUTS WILL IMPACT THE BASE.
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U-S SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS SAYS AFTER THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED 450 BILLION DOLLARS IN SPENDING CUTS... CUTTING JOBS AT ROBINS WASN'T A SHOCK.

Senator Chambliss: "Certainly Robins was going to have to pay it's fair share. And we now know that one of the ways that's going to be achieved is by the Air Force going through the most major restructuring of the three remaining Air Logistics Centers that's been done in the last 60 years."

THAT RESTRUCTURING AT ROBINS... MEANS 600 CIVILIAN JOBS CUT... THAT'S ALMOST 4 PERCENT OF THE 16 THOUSAND CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES.
CHAMBLISS SAYS SOME OF THE CUTS WILL COME FROM THE AIR LOGISTICS CENTER... SOME FROM WHAT HE CALLS THE C-17 SLOWDOWN... AND STILL OTHERS FROM SEPARATE OPERATIONS WITHIN ROBINS.

Senator Chambliss: "It's the intention of the leadership that these reductions and jobs are going to come through voluntary retirements as well as incentives that are given to individuals to go ahead and retire early. Hopefully the pain will be small, but this is part of the process, if we're going to solve this issue of this massive debt we have, then everybody's going to have to participate in the process and I frankly am pleased that it was not any greater than this."

SENATOR CHAMBLISS SAYS HE EXPECTS ALL THREE AIR LOGISTICS CENTERS TO BE RE-VISITED IN THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS... TO FIND WHAT HE CALLS ADDITIONAL SAVINGS.
HE SAYS ROBINS NEEDS TO FOCUS ON PRODUCING A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT ON-TIME AND ON BUDGET.

Senator Chambliss: "As long as we do that, I think there's a great future for Robins. And we may have to do more with less, but everytime we've called on the great employees at Robins Air Force Base to do that they've always responded favorably."

AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> YOU CAN WATCH AN EXTENDED VERSION OF AMY'S INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR CHAMBLISS AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL ALSO FIND A LINK INSIDE HER STORY TO OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE PAGE CALLED... MISSION MIDDLE GEORGIA: THE ROBINS FACTOR.
THERE... YOU WILL FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE BASE'S MISSION... AND VIDEO FROM OUR 30-MINUTE SPECIAL.
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE COMMANDER MAJOR GENERAL BOB MCMAHON HAS SCHEDULED A NEWS CONFERENCE ON THE CUTS FOR TOMORROW MORNING AT 11-15.
YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE RIGHT HERE ON 13WMAZ... AND AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

24 OF BIBB COUNTY'S 40 SCHOOLS MET THEIR ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS GOALS...
THAT'S THREE MORE THAN LAST YEAR.
A-Y-P IS MEASURED BY MEETING THINGS LIKE STATE AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS IN STANDARDIZED TESTING, ATTENDANCE AND GRADUATION RATES.
FOR BLOOMFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL... IT'S AN IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENT THIS YEAR.
AFTER FIVE YEARS ON THE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT LIST... THEY'RE NOW OFF AFTER MEETING A-Y-P FOR TWO YEARS IN A ROW.
THE PRINCIPAL SAYS THEY HAD TO OVERCOME SOME CHALLENGES TO GET TO THIS POINT.
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."
12 SCHOOLS MADE THE DISTINGUISHED LIST FOR MEETING AYP FOR THREE OR MORE CONSECUTIVE YEARS.
16 SCHOOLS DID NOT MEET AYP REQUIREMENTS.

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.
THAT STILL MEANS 89 PERCENT OF HOUSTON COUNTY'S SCHOOLS MADE A-Y-P... HIGHER THAN THE STATE AVERAGE OF 72 PERCENT.

WORK CONTINUES ON UPGRADES AT THE MACON MALL...
ACCORDING TO MANAGER MISHAY BINGHAM... INSIDE THEY'VE INSTALLED NEW CARPET ON SOME OF THE FLOORS.. AND PUT UP NEW LIGHTS...
SHE SAYS THEY EXPECT THE WORK TO WRAP UP BEFORE BLACK FRIDAY...
SOME PEOPLE WHO VISTIED THE MALL TODAY SAID THEY LIKED WHAT THEY SAW.
5: Shanequea Bostic, Warner Robins: "They're going to draw more attention and get more customers cause the holidays coming up, if it's bigger and better."
charles Ellis: "I really livened up when I came in through the food court and I said this looks good. It looks really reallygood."
ON THE OUTSIDE... CREWS CONTINUE TO TEAR DOWN THE EAST WING.
THERE'S NO TIMETABLE ON WHEN THE DEMOLITION WILL WRAP UP.

DAVID COUSINO WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT MACON VOTERS KNOW THERE'S STILL A CONTESTED MAYORAL RACE.
ALTHOUGH HE'S NOT ON THE BALLOT.... COUSINO IS REGISTERED AS AN OFFICIAL WRITE-IN CANDIDATE.
IN THE REMAINING DAYS BEFORE TUESDAY'S GENERAL ELECTION.. HE'S STANDING ON STREET CORNERS WAVING CAMPAIGN SIGNS.
COUSINO SAYS HE THINKS THE PUBLIC IS RESPONDING.
David Cousino, Mayoral Candidate: Doing real good. I've got a lot of thumbs up out here on the road, lot of horns blowing this time, and I'm a lot better than what I was four years ago.
FOUR YEARS AGO.. COUSINO WAS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR MAYOR.
DEMOCRAT ROBERT REICHERT GOT 96 PERCENT OF THE VOTE... COUSINO FOUR PERCENT.
THEY MEET AGAIN IN TUESDAY'S ELECTION.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HAVE YOU EVER CASTED A WRITE-IN VOTE?
SO FAR 85 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU HAVEN'T.
15 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU HAVE.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN SAYS WARNER ROBINS IS GETTING OUT OF THE RENTAL HOUSING 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.

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.
MEGHAN MALOY LIVES A BLOCK AWAY FROM THE CONSTRUCTION SITE.
SHE SAYS SHE'S GLAD TO SEE THE BARRIERS FINALLY COME DOWN BECAUSE THE CLOSURE DOUBLED HER COMMUTE TO WORK.
"It's been a little inconvenient and th enoise and the bright lights with all the consruction has not been fun, us being so close to it so, we're excited to see it finished."
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.

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY IS PAMELA CLIETT.
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BUT EVEN THEN... IT'S A RANDOM CHOICE.

IT'S THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF NOVEMBER... AND DEL WARD'S SITTING DOWN WITH MACON RESCUE MISSION C-E-O JEFF NICKLAS.
TONIGHT... THEY CONTINUE THEIR CONVERSATION...
... IN PART TWO OF THIS MONTH'S PERSONAL PROFILE.
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Del Ward continues her talk with Macon Rescue Mission CEO Jeff Nicklas in part two of November's Personal Profile.
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THE ARTIST OF THE TATTNALL SQUARE PARK BEAR.. DAMAGED OVER THE WEEKEND... HAS AGREED TO RE-PAINT IT.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO JONATHAN DYE WITH THE MACON ARTS ALLIANCE.
DYE SAYS IT'LL BE AT LEAST A MONTH BEFORE THEY CAN REPLACE THE BEAR.
ON SATURDAY... TWO MERCER COLLEGE STUDENTS REPORTEDLY STOLE THE BEAR FROM TATTNALL SQUARE PARK.
ACCORDING THE MACON POLICE REPORT.. THEY WERE INTOXICATED.
MACON ARTS ALLIANCE AND SEVERAL OTHER GROUPS WORKED ON THE BEAR TRAIL PROJECT.
THE OFFICIAL DEDICATION OF THE TRAIL WAS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 11TH.
DYE SAYS THAT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE BEAR IS REPLACED.

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