Monday, November 28, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY....THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE NIGHT OFF..

ANOTHER POTENTIAL SUBMLING BLOCK TONIGHT FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HERMAN CAIN..
A WOMAN TOLD AN ATLANTA TELEVISION STATION SHE CARRIED ON A LONG AFFAIR WITH CAIN..
THE ALLEGATION COMES AS CAIN ALREADY FACED ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE.
GINGER WHITE SAYS HER AFFAIR WITH THE BUSINESSMAN ENDED SHORTLY BEFORE HE ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.
MANUEL GALLEGUS HAS MORE.
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THE LATEST ALLEGATION DOGGING HERMAN CAIN IS A 13-YEAR EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR.

((sot)) GINGER WHITE (credit: WAGA)

"It was pretty simple. It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship." (13)

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GINGER WHITE TELLS FOX 5 ATLANTA SHE HAS DOCUMENTATION SHOWING CAIN FLEW HER TO VARIOUS CITIES, STAYED WITH HER IN EXPENSIVE HOTELS, AND GAVE HER GIFTS.

HIS NAME IS IN HER CELL PHONE CONTACTS.

CAIN MADE A PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE MONDAY - GIVING AN INTERVIEW TO CNN BEFORE WHITE CAME FORWARD.

((SOT)) ((credit: CNN)) HERMAN CAIN/(R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

"I acknowledge that I've know her for about that period of time, but the accusation that I had a 13 year affair with her? No."

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CAIN SAYS HE WAS JUST TRYING TO HELP HER FINANCIALLY. IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT, HIS ATTORNEY SIMPLY SAID:

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"...this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public."

((nat sot - Sharon Bialek))

"He put his hand on my leg, under my skirt."

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EARLIER THIS MONTH, TWO WOMEN CAME FORWARD WITH CLAIMS OF SEXUAL HARRASSMENT WHILE CAIN WAS HEAD OF THE NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION.

THE BUSINESSMAN HAS SLIPPED IN THE POLLS EVER SINCE. HIS CAMPAIGN IS FIGHTING TO STAY ON MESSAGE.... SAYING:

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"Detractors are trying once again to derail the Cain Train with more accusations of past events that never happened."

CAIN SAYS HE HAS NO INTENTION OF DROPPING OUT THE RACE -- AS LONG AS HE HAS HIS WIFE'S SUPPORT.
GINGER WHITE SAID IN HER INTERVIEW THAT SHE DECIDED TO GO PUBLIC BECAUSE SHE WAS DISTURBED AT THE WAY CAIN FOUGHT BACK AGAINST HIS ACCUSERS.

A WARNER ROBINS MAN FACES CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES..
ACCORDING TO HOUSTON COUNTY JAIL RECORDS.. 82-YEAR-OLD SHELLY SIMMONS WAS ARRESTED ON TWO COUNTS OF MOLESTATION LAST WEEK.
SIMMONS RETIRED AS A DEPUTY DIVISION CHIEF AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE IN 1985..
HE ALSO SERVED AS PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER FOR THE WARNER ROBINS DEMONS BACK IN THE 1970'S AND 80S..
CURRENT DEMONS HEAD COACH BRYAN WAY SAYS THE ACCUSATIONS AGAINST SIMMONS SHOCKED HIM.
"when ever you hear anything like that you know you are kind of taking back in shock and wonder how that could happen, or how you can allow that to happen but you know it is just one of those things that we will have to pray for everybody involved in that situation"
SERGEANT DOUG BLACKMAN WITH THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFFS'S OFFICE SAID THE ALLEGED MOLESTATION HAPPENED OVER SOME YEARS...BUT HE WOULD NOT DISCUSS DETAILS.
SIMMONS IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND.

A WEEK FROM TOMORROW... WARNER ROBINS VOTERS WILL RETURN TO THE POLLS FOR TWO RUN-OFFS.
EARLY VOTING FOR THE CITY COUNCIL POSTS TWO AND FOUR SEATS STARTED TODAY... AND RUNS THROUGH FRIDAY.
68-YEAR-OLD GENE HARRINGTON AND 63-YEAR-OLD MIKE BRASHEAR ARE RUNNING FOR POST FOUR.
THE TWO WANT TO REPLACE BOB WILBANKS... WHO DIDN'T RUN FOR RE-ELECTION.
HARRINGTON IS AN ATTORNEY AND FORMER HOUSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER.
BRASHEAR RETIRED AS AN AEROSPACE INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE AND SERVED AS AN INTERIM CITY COUNCIL MEMBER.
BOTH URGED VOTERS TO GO BACK TO THE POLLS NEXT TUESDAY.
Mike Brashear, Post 4 Council Candidate: (19:30) "It's our right as an American to vote and we get to pick and choose our representative government."
Gene Harrington, Post 4 Council Candidate: (12:45) "It is more important that you make a wise chose this time more than ever."
EARLY VOTING IS BEING HELD AT WARNER ROBINS CITY HALL FROM EIGHT UNTIL FIVE THROUGH FRIDAY.
YOU DID NOT HAVE TO VOTE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION TO CAST A BALLOT IN THE RUN-OFF.
ELECTION DAY IS NEXT TUESDAY... WHEN POLLS WILL BE OPEN FROM SEVEN A-M.. UNTIL SEVEN P-M.
LATER THIS WEEK....WE'LL HEAR FROM THE POST TWO CANDIDATES... TIM THOMAS AND CAROLYN ROBBINS.
THAT'S A CITYWIDE AT-LARGE POST....SO ANYONE IN THE CITY CAN CAST A VOTE.

ONE OF THE PROJECTS ON THE PENNY SALES TAX LIST WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE AT CITY HALL TOMORROW.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT WILL DETAIL HIS PLAN TO CONNECT SECOND STREET WITH LITTLE RICHARD PENNEMAN BOULEVARD IN AN EFFORT TO REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN.
8 MILLION DOLLARS OF THE SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR THE SECOND STREET PLAN.
COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS SAYS SHE'LL LISTEN FOR THE FINE POINTS AND THE BIG PICTURE OF THE SECOND STREET PLAN.
"I think he should cover all the details I think he should cover the funding, the proposal for the funding, where it fits in the priority list and then we can all make a joint decision."
THE MAYOR WILL PRESENT THE MASTER PLAN TO COUNCIL MEMBERS AT 5 P-M TOMORROW AT CITY HALL.

THE OWNER OF A NORTH MACON MEXICAN RESTAURANT SAID HE'S CLOSING DOWN AFTER 10 YEARS DUE TO THE ECONOMY AND WHAT HE SAID WAS BUSINESS DECLINE ALONG TOM HILL SENIOR BOULEVARD.
RAUL MACIAS... OWNER AND MANAGER OF EL AZTECA... SAID THE RESTAURANT SHUT DOWN AT THE END OF SATURDAY NIGHT'S SHIFT.
HE SAID THEY HAD A GOOD RUN.. BUT TOO MANY NEARBY BUSINESSES LEFT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.
THEY INCLUDE A MOVIE THEATER AND BARNES & NOBLE..
HE SAID THE CLOSING WILL PUT ABOUT 20 TO 30 PEOPLE OUT OF WORK BUT IT WAS A DECISION HE AND HIS WIFE HAD TO MAKE.
Raul Macias, Owner "Basically the economy and It's just the overhead in the building itself, It's hard to keep a business of this size busy and paying the bills and profitable. If we are not doing the numbers that we did back in the good years"
MACIAS SAID HE AND HIS WIFE WERE BUSY TODAY PROCESSING THE STAFF'S FINAL PAYCHECKS.

OFFICIALS SAY ILLEGAL CELL PHONES INSIDE TWO CENTRAL GEORGIA PRISONS... CAUSED TWO SEPARATE DISTURBANCES IN THE PAST WEEK.
ONE AT TELFAIR STATE PRISON LAST MONDAY... AND ONE AT HANCOCK STATE PRISON ON FRIDAY.
MORE THAN A DOZEN INMATES WERE HOSPITALIZED AS A RESULT.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN TALKED WITH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER BRIAN OWENS BY PHONE EARLIER TODAY.
joining us now to talk about the issue is....commissioner brian owens of the state department of corrections.
(out=know that occurred.
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SPOKESWOMAN GWENDOLYN HOGAN SAYS HANCOCK STATE PRISON REMAINED ON LOCKDOWN THIS MORNING... BUT HAS BEEN QUIET SINCE SATURDAY MORNING.
SHE SAYS NO NEW DISTURBANCES WERE REPORTED AT GEORGIA PRISONS OVER THE WEEKEND.

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LAST WEEKEND WAS THE WEEKEND OF THE BLOODSUCKER AT THE BOX OFFICE... WITH "TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART ONE" DRAWING IN THE LION'S SHARE OF THE TICKET SALES.
BUT THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SAW A COUPLE OF CONTENDERS GUNNING FOR THE TOP PRIZE.
LET'S SEE WHICH FILM CARRIED THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
FIRST UP... "HAPPY FEET TWO" DANCED ITS WAY TO THE BRONZE.
THE ANIMATED FILM STARRING QUICK-FOOTED PENGUINS BROUGHT IN NEARLY 13 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
THAT LIFTED ITS TWO-WEEK TOTAL PAST 43 POINT SEVEN MILLION.
THIS WEEK'S SILVER MEDAL WENT TO THE RETURN OF THE ICONIC CHARACTERS... "THE MUPPETS."
KERMIT... MISS PIGGY AND THE GANG MADE A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE THEATERS... BRINGING 29 POINT 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN TICKET SALES WITH THEM.
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THE FILM STARRING KRISTEN STEWART... ROBERT PATTINSON AND TAYLOR LAUTNER ADDED ANOTHER 41-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLARS IN TICKET SALES TO ITS ALREADY IMPRESSIVE TOTAL.
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