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

A WASHINGTON SUPER COMMITEE DEADLINE IS QUICKLY APPROACHING WITHOUT MUCH APPARENT PROGRESS.
THE BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATE AND HOUSE MEMBERS IS TASKED WITH CUTTING ONE-POINT-TWO TRILLION FROM THE FEDERAL BUDGET BY NEXT WEDNESDAY.
THIS AFTERNOON... DEMOCRATS REjECTED REPUBLICANS' "LAST DITCH" EFFORT FOR AN AGREEMENT.
THEIR FAILURE COULD TRIGGER ACROSS THE BOARD CUTS TO DEFENSE... MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SPENDING.
LORRA LYNCH JONES IS FOLLOWING THE STORY FOR US.
SHE REPORTS ON THE POSSIBLE IMPACT OF MISSING THE DEADLINE.
<<Lorra Lynch Jones: (on cam) REPUBLICANS SAY DEMOCRATS WON'T BUDGE ON SPENDING CUTS. DEMOCRATS SAYS REPUBLICANS WON'T WORK WITH THEM ON TAX HIKES.
(TAKE VO- file from feed)
U-S SENATOR FROM GEORGIA SAXBY CHAMBLISS SAYS HE MET WITH THE COMMITEE.. URGING THEM TO CUT FAR MORE THAN THE REQUIRED ONE-POINT-TWO TRILLION. HE WANTS THE GROUP TO CUT FOUR TRILLION. WE SPOKE TO HIM BY PHONE.
Saxby Chambliss: (3:00) "I think there is a way to do it without raising taxes. I hope that's the policy that's followed. Pat Toomey, the former head of the club for growth, who is a member of the supercommittee, put forward a proposal to generate $300 billion in revenue without raising taxes. That's the model that needs to be followed."
Lorra Lynch Jones (on cam)
CHAMBLISS SAYS IF THE SUPER COMMITTEE FAILS... WHICH SEEMS LIKELY... HE EXPECTS ANOTHER U-S CREDIT DOWNGRADE IN JANUARY... ALONG WITH DEVASTATING BUDGET CUTS TO THE MILITARY AND HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS.
Saxby Chambliss: (4:15) "You'll see the sequester trigger pull, which means an automotic deduction of $600 billion reduction in spending in the Department of Defense. That's unsustainable. As well as $600 billion coming out of Medicare and Medicaid. If that's not done the right way, the program can't sustain that."
(Tom Scott VO)
TOM SCOTT IS THE UNION PRESIDENT FOR THE LOCAL AMERCAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.
HE REPRESENTS 45-HUNDRED ROBINS AIF FORCE BASE WORKERS.
SCOTT SAYS ACROSS THE BOARD CUTS COULD CAUSE FURLOUGHS... AND JOB LOSS AT ROBINS... ALONG WITH CUTS TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT PAY. HE SAYS HE'S CONCERNED BUT NOT PANICkED BY A SUPER COMMITEE FAILURE.
Tom Scott: (5:15) "You go by Vegas odds, its zero-percent chance they'll actually do the job their supposed to. There's a ten-percent probability they'l do the sequestration- the automatic provision will be kicked-in. 90-percent chance they'll just kick the can down the road."
Lorra on Cam: IF THE COMMITEE REACHES A DEAL BY WEDNESDAY... CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO VOTE ON THE PACKAGE BY DECEMBER 23RD.
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THE AUTOMATIC BUDGET CUTS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO KICK-IN UNTIL 2013.
THAT'S 13 MONTHS AWAY... GIVING CONGRESS TIME TO WORK OUT ANOTHER RESOLUTION... IF THE SUPER COMMITEE DOES NOT REACH AN AGREEMENT.
13WMAZ WILL BE FOLLOWING THIS STORY DAY-BY-DAY AS WEDNESDAY'S DEADLINE APPROACHES.

TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...HOW CLOSELY ARE YOU FOLLOWING THE 'SUPERCOMMITTEE' NEGOTIATIONS?
SO FAR 10 PERCENT OF YOU SAY CLOSELY
27 PERCENT OF YOU SAY SOMEWHAT
AND 63 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NOT AT ALL
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THIRTY THREE YEAR OLD KENYON HOPKINS... AND THIRTY FOUR YEAR OLD TERRANCE DANIELS... WERE BOTH BIBB COUNTY INMATES AT THE TIME OF THEIR DEATHS... JUST FIVE DAYS APART.
BOTH OF THEM ALSO EXPERIENCED TROUBLE BREATHING BEFORE THEIR DEATHS ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
BUT AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS THE SHERIFF SAYS THEY DON'T BELIEVE THE DEATHS ARE CONNECTED.
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SPOKEMAN SEAN DEFOE SAYS THEY'RE NOT INVESTIGATING THE DEATHS OF TWO BIBB COUNTY INMATES... JUST FIVE DAYS APART... AS RELATED.
33 YEAR OLD KENYON HOPKINS DIED AT THE BIBB COUNTY LEC ON NOVEMBER 12.... THIRTY FOUR YEAR OLD TeRRANCE DANIELS DIED AT THE MEDICAL CENTER ON NOVEMBER SEVENTEETH.
BOTH THEY DIED... DEFOE SAYS... BOTH MEN EXPERIENCED TROUBLE BREATHING.
BUT HE SAYS THAT DETAIL APPEARS TO BE A COINDCIENCE... HE SAYS THE MEN LIVED ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE FACILITY.
SHERIFF JERRY MODENA SAYS THE INVESTIGATION WILL DETERMINE HOW WELL THEY PROTECTED THE INMATE'S HEATLH... TO TRY TO PREVENT FUTURE DEATHS.
"They've interviewed inmates and gathered any physical evidence and that type stuff, so we've done a regular investigation on it, I won't say a crime scene investigation, but at the same time we want to be sure that there's nothing back there going on that led to this death. We want to try and identify the cause of these deaths."
AN AUTOPSY CONDUCTED ON HOPKINS COULDN'T EXPLAIN THE CAUSE OF DEATH... SAYS DEFOE... BUT THEY'RE STILL WAITING ON TOXICOLOGY RESULTS.
HE SAYS THE AUTOPSY FOR THE SECOND MAN IS SCHEDULED FOR LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
THERE WAS NO PHYISCAL EVIDENCE OF DRUG USE... BEFORE THEIR DEATHS... IN EITHER CASE SAYS DEFOE.
HE SAYS IT'S PART OF STANDARD PROCUDURE... BUT THEY ARE CONDUCTING ONGOIGN INVESTIGATIONS IN TO BOTH DEATHS.DANIELS' AUTOPSY WAS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY. THERE IS NO WORD ON THE RESULTS YET.

A STATE PANEL IS WORKING TO OVERHAUL SENTENCING STANDARDS THAT COULD PUT MORE CRIMINALS BACK ON THE STREET SOONER.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE WILLIE TALTON... A MEMBER OF THAT PANEL CALLED THE SPECIAL COUNCIL ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM SAYS PRISON OVERCROWDING IS A PROBLEM.
HE SAYS PEOPLE WHO'VE COMMITTED NON-VIOLENT CRIMES SHOULD BE GIVEN ALTERNATIVES LIKE PROBATION AND A CHANCE TO WORK.
A REPORT RELEASED BY THE PANEL TODAY SAYS LENGTHY PRISON SENTENCES BY NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS COSTS THE STATE MILLIONS EVERY YEAR.
"They are not violent crimes and by no means do I want the citizens of Georgia to feel like we're compromising between money and sentencing. Um, their protection is going to be taken care of."
ACCORDING TO THE PANEL'S REPORT... GEORGIA WOULD HAVE TO SPEND AN ADDITIONAL TWO HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR MILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE ROOM FOR SIXTY THOUSANDS INMATES...UNLESS SENTENCING POLICIES CHANGE.

THE MACON MALL HAS A BRAND NEW LOOK JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
CITY LEADERS AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY CAME TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR CHANGES.
THOSE INCLUDE A NEW TRAFFIC CIRCLE AND NEW LANDSCAPING OUTSIDE.
THERE ARE CHANGES ON THE INSIDE AS WELL... INCLUDING NEW CARPETING AND A NEW PAINT JOB..
TO CELEBRATE THE RENOVATIONS... THERE WILL BE ACTIVITIES TOMORROW MORNING... INCLUDING LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM JUSTIN BIEBER AND KATY PERRY IMPERSONATORS.

THE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK NEEDS YOUR HELP TO SERVE PEOPLE IN OUR AREA... WHO HAVE TROUBLE PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE.
SO 13WMAZ AND KROGER ARE PARTNERING FOR A HERO CENTRAL FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT THOSE IN NEED.
YOU CAN DONATE CANNED GOODS AND OTHER NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS AT ANY MIDDLE GEORGIA KROGER.
JUST DROP THEM IN THE FOOD DRIVE BIN AT THE FRONT OF THE STORE BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY.
AND WHILE YOU'RE AT KROGER... YOU CAN ALSO HELP CAN HUNGER... BY DONATING CASH AT THE CHECKOUT.
Peggy Hatcher, Lizella: " Why not everybody should, should be given this time of the season, because there are a lot of people that have needs that need to be met."
AGAIN... YOU CAN DONATE AT ANY CENTRAL GEORGIA KROGER... UNTIL TUESDAY.
KROGER'S CAN HUNGER CAMPAIGN CONTINUES THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE.

AND WITH THANKSGIVING RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.. MANY OF YOU CAN ALREADY TASTE THE TURKEY AND DRESSING.
BUT SOME IN CENTRAL GEORGIA MAY NOT GET THAT SPECIAL THANSKGIVING MEAL... OR ANYTHING TO EAT AT ALL ON THAT DAY...
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS US HOW SOME FOLKS ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE NO ONE IN THEIR AREA GOES HUNGRY.
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NATS OF DONATIONS
ASHLEY BEACHAM AND HER SON BENTLEY WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO STOP AT DUBLIN MALL... ALL TO HELP A CAUSE CLOSE TO HER HEART.
Ashley BeAchAm, Dexter: "I wouldn't want my kids to go without something and I wouldn't want somebody else's. That's why I did it for the kids. I wouldn't want mine to go without."
THE SECOND ANNUAL STUFF A TRUCK FUNDRAISER KICKED OFF THURSDAY... TO RAISE MONEY AND FOOD FOR THE SALVATION ARMY....
ALL OF THE PROCEEDS.. GIVEN TO THOSE IN NEED FOR A HOLIDAY DINNER...
James Allen Director of Laurens COunty service center: "WE have a 185 families that have applied for assistance for thanksgiving that's about three times as many as we had last year."
Brittiny Barber: "Organizers say last year the truck was about halfway filled up.. but that hope to beat that goal this year.."
Allen: "That's what it's all about giving thanks. We just want to make sure these families that may not have that thanksgiving meal this year will have it."
WITH Y-96 D-J'S ON-HAND... FOLKS DROVE UP TO GIVE CANNED GOODS.. AND OTHER NON-PERISHABLES... SOME EVEN DONATED MONEY...
Chuck Wallace, State Broadcasting: "You see the people that actually seem like they are the ones that don't have that much but they are still willing to give."
Ashley: It doesn't take but just a minute i mean nobody's going to know except you and them. Just forget about your pride and do it."
REACHING OUT TO HELP OTHERS.. ALL IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT...
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> THERE'S STILL TIME TO MAKE YOUR DONATIONS... FROM 10 TO FIVE TOMORROW THE SALVATION ARMY TRUCK WILL BE BACK AT DUBLIN MALL...
ORGANIZERS SAYS ALL THE FOOD AND MONEY RAISED HELPS PEOPLE IN LAURENS COUNTY

IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON DINING OUT BEFORE THE THANKSGIVING COOKING BEGINS... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN...
FOR THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS...
WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES....
MOON'S CAFE AT 15-12 ELBERTA ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED AN 82... THAT'S A B... COMING AFTER A 93 OR "A"... LAST TIME.
THE INSPECTION REPORT SAYS EMPLOYES HAD BARE-HAND CONTACT WITH READY-TO-EAT FOODS.
IT NOTES THAT AS A RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
IT ALSO SAYS FOOD WAS NOT HELD AT THE PROPER COLD HOLDING TEMPERATURE.
PARTY ON YOUR PALATE AT 7-13 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED A 65... THAT'S A "U"... DROPPING FROM A PERFECT 100 LAST TIME.
THE HEALTH INSPECTOR NOTED 13 REQUIREMENTS THAT WERE NOT MET...
INCLUDING FOOD NOT BEING PROPERLY LABELED... FOOD WAS NOT KEPT IN ITS ORIGINAL CONTAINERS... AND STORED FOOD WAS NOT COVERED.
AND FINALLY... SUBWAY AT 7-03 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED AN 86... A "B"... DROPPING FROM A PERFECT 100 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
ACCORDING THE INSPECTION REPORT... FOOD WAS NOT HELD AT THE PROPER COLD HOLDING TEMPERATURE AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES WERE NOT PROPERKY IDENTIFIED... STORED... AND USED.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES...
COLD STONE CREAMERY 26-28 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS WHIPPED UP A PERFECT SCORE... COMING AFTER A 96... OR "A" LAST TIME.
MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL AT 26-28 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... SERVED UP TWO 99'S... BOTH A'S... ON THEIR LAST TWO INSPECTIONS.
AND PAPA JOHNS AT 3-22 NORTH PERRY PARKWAY IN PERRY SCORED A PERFECT 100... FOLLOWING A 96... AN "A"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER.
FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THEM UNDER THE FEATURES TAB.

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