Sunday, December 4, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M AMY AUBERT.

THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... GEORGIA STATE PATROL IS INVESTIGATING AN ACCDIENT INVOLVING A TRAIN AND CAR.. THAT KILLED ONE PERSON IN MCINTYRE.

THAT'S ACCORDING THE MCINTYRE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

THEY SAY IT HAPPENED AT THE MAIN STREET RAILROAD CROSSING.

AN OPERATOR WITH THE G-S-P SAYS THEY GOT THE CALL AT 7-13 TONIGHT.

CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES TO THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ COM AND ON W-M-A-Z- MOBILE.

TIS THE SEASON TO SHOP.... AND THE BUREAU OF LABOR AND STATISTICS SAYS THAT HELPED CREATE JOBS LAST MONTH.

CANDACE ADORKA SPOKE TO SOME AREA RETAILERS WHO SAY PEOPLE ARE SHOPPING MORE THAN LAST YEAR... AND THAT'S HELPED BOOST THEIR PAYROLL.

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***nats beep***

RAVEN MARTINEZ SAYS SHE'D BEEN LOOKING FOR WORK FOR 4 MONTHS BEFORE SHE LANDED A JOB AT THE CLOTHING STORE CHARLOTTE RUSSE.

"I figured I'd probably be broke working here because it's my favorite store."

HERS IS ONE OF 120-THOUSAND JOBS ADDED TO THE ECONOMY IN NOVEMBER.

50 THOUSAND OF THOSE WERE IN THE RETAIL SECTOR.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR AND STATISTICS.

"it's different. I've never done retail. So it's just a lot different."

WITHIN THE RETAIL CATEGORY... CLOTHING AND ACCESSORY STORES ADDED THE MOST JOBS.

"We were thinking we were gonna be down but this year we did real good."

TANYA WARREN MANAGES CHARLOTTE RUSSE...

SHE SAYS BETTER-THAN-EXPECTED SALES HELPED HIRE 20 PEOPLE THIS SEASON... 5 MORE THAN LAST YEAR.

"We're still having people coming and asking are we hiring but we're fully staffed."

THE NEXT LARGEST RETAIL JOB GAINS WERE IN ELECTRONICS AND APPLIANCE STORES.

"We always hire seasonal help. Many of those people that we bring on are able to stay after the season."

BEST BUY STORE MANAGER ELI DOUGLASS SAYS THE UPWARD SALES TREND THAT STARTED ON BLACK FRIDAY WILL SUPPORT THE LARGER STAFF.

"We'r every confident that it's gonna be a very successful season for us. As we get closer to christmas, we'll continue to see out traffic trends increase."

MARTINEZ SAYS SHE'S ALREADY SEEN BUSTLING BUSINESS IN THE MONTH SHE'S BEEN WORKING.

"Yesterday we had a big shoe sale. It was pretty crazy."

AND SHE SAYS SHE HOPES SHE'LL BE PART OF THE CRAZINESS EVEN AFTER ALL THE HOLIDAY GLITZ AND GLAMOUR IS GONE. CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS... RETAILERS REACHED AN EMPLOYMENT LOW IN DECEMBER 2009... AND THEY'VE SINCE ADDED AN AVERAGE OF 14-HUNDRED JOBS EACH MONTH.

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES AND THE MACON FUGITIVE SQUAD FOUND COCAINE.. MARIJUANA... AND A GUN... AFTER SEARCHING A SANDERSVILLE HOME FRIDAY.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE...

LAW ENFORCEMENT WENT TO THE HOME TO SERVE AN ARREST WARRANT ON TRAVIS WARTHEN.

THE RELEASE SAYS HE FACED PAROLE VIOLATION.

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF... THOMAS SMITH... SAYS WARTHEN COULD FACE MORE CHARGES.

CHECK BACK TO 13 WMAZ DOT COM FOR UPDATES ON THIS STORY.

MACON POLICE ARRESTED TWO MEN IN CONNECTION WITH A SUNDAY MORNING BURGLARY.

THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT.

ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE... IT HAPPENED AT ROSE'S DEPARTMENT STORE AT SHURLING PLAZA.

POLICE ARRESTED 44-YEAR-OLD JOHN THOMAS AND 30-YEAR-OLD DEKERRIO JACKSON.

THE RELEASE SAYS THOMAS IS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY... AND JACKSON FACES PROBATION VIOLATION AND CRIMINAL TRESPASS CHARGES.

ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE... BOTH MEN WERE SEEN RUNNING FROM THE STORE.

13WMAZ'S 13 DAYS OF GIVING CAMPAIGN CONTINUES... WITH A CALL TO ACTION FROM THE MARINE CORP RESERVE UNIT AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.

THEY NEED TOYS FOR MORE THAN 600 FAMILIES WHO ASKED FOR HELP THIS CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN.

VOLUNTEER WENDY CHADWELL JOINS THE MARINE'S EFFORT EVERY CHRISTMAS SEASON.

SHE FILTERS THROUGH ALL OF THE REQUESTS...AND SAYS THEY'VE RECIEVED MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NUMBER FROM LAST YEAR.

CHADWELL SAYS THEY NEED PEOPLE TO DONATE MONEY TO BUY TOYS... OR DONATE NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOYS.

SHE SAYS THEY ARE RUNNING LOW ON TOYS FOR INFANTS AND TEENAGERS.

Wendy Chadwell, Warner Robins: 18:57) "The last thing I want to see is a child wake up on Christmas morning and not have anything out there at Christmas. Each child deserves Christmas. Each child deserves something at Christmas time. That's my goal."

YOU CAN DONATE BY DROPPING OFF NEW AND UNWRAPPED TOYS IN BOXES SET-UP AT MORE THAN 70 LOCATIONS IN BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY... INCLUDING TOYS-R-US AND ALL WALGREENS LOCATIONS.

YOU CAN DONATE MONEY... BY GOING TO TOYS-FOR-TOTS-DOT-ORG.

WE'LL ALSO HAVE THE LINK ON OUR WEB-SITE... 13-WMAZ-DOT-COM

SEVERAL HUNDRED FAMILIES CAME OUT TO DOWNTOWN MACON TODAY TO JUMP START THEIR HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE MIDDLE GEORGIA CHRISTMAS PARADE...

*Nats of band playing *

MARCHING BANDS PLAYED CHRISTMAS TUNES AND COLORFUL FLOATS FILLED THE STREETS...

FOLKS GOT A CHANCE TO ENJOY THE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITES AND KIDS CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF SANTA HIMSELF...

PARADE GOERS SAY THE FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT BRINGS THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER...

tasia manuel " i feel like it's important because they give all the community a chance to come out and support the bussiness and fuctions that are here in the parade."

IF YOU MISSED TODAY'S PARADE IN MACON... OR YESTERDAY'S PARADE IN WARNER ROBINS.. YOU CAN WATCH BOTH ON THEM RIGHT HERE ON 13 W-M-A-Z.

THE ROBINS REGIONAL CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL AIR ON DECEMBER 10TH AT 7 P-M

AND THE MIDDLE GEORGIA CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL AIR THE FOLLOWING WEEK ON DECEMBER 17TH AT NOON.

A GROUP OF CHURCHES IN PERRY SPENT OVER 76 HOURS READING THE ENTIRE KING JAMES VERSION OF THE BIBLE FROM BEGINNING TO END.

(PAUSE FOR 2 SEC NATS)

IT'S ALL IN CELEBRATION OF ITS PRINTING IN 16-11.

PASTORS AND CHURCH MEMBERS TOOK 30 MINUTE SHIFTS DAY AND NIGHT TO COMPLETE THE READING.

THEY STARTING READING THE BOOK ON THURSDAY.

TONIGHT THEY FINISHED IT... AND CELEBRATED WITH CHRISTMAS AT THE SQUARE.

ONE PARTICIPANT SAYS.... READING THE BIBLE IN PUBLIC WAS A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE.

but i believe everybody who read, there is just something special about reading God's word out loug in a public forum.

MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN THE READING.

 

THE REMAINING G-O-P CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT ARE TRYING TO WIN OVER HERMAN CAIN'S SUPPORTERS.

CAIN DROPPED OUT SATURDAY AND TODAY THERE ARE TWO CLEAR FRONT RUNNERS.

WHIT JOHNSON LOOKS AT THE LATEST POLL NUMBERS.

<<(PKG)

(NATS: HERMAN CAIN 134100)

"I'M SUPENDING MY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN."

With Herman Cain out of the race... And his possible endorsement up for grabs...

(NATS: GINGRICH)

... The now leading Republican Newt Gingrich... had kind words for his friend and formal rival.

[CG :1-line\NO LOWER THIRD - SET UP]

(SOT: GINGRICH)

"I THINK HE DESERVES A GREAT DEAL OF CREDIT FOR HAVING HAD THE COURAGE TO RUN, FOR HAVING HAD THE COURAGE TO HAVE BIG IDEAS."

No one has benefited more from Cain's fall than the former House Speaker.

(GFX - POLL)

A new poll out of Iowa... The first state to cast votes... Shows Gingrich leading with 25-percent.

Followed by Ron Paul at 18-percent... Romney at 16.

Even the White House is beginning to take notice.

[CG :2-line\Upper Left: Face the Nation\Lower Third: Robert Gibbs// Former White House Press Secretary\ \ ]

(SOT: ROBERT GIBBS / FACE THE NATION 104316)

"I GOTTA TELL YOU I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE INSIDE THE BELTWAY AND OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY WOKE UP TODAY TO A VERY DIFFERENT POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT AND ONE IN WHICH NEWT GINGRICH IS VERY MUCH FOR REAL."

But today on Face the Nation... Robert Gibbs... A senior campaign advisor to President Obama... Focussed on Romney... Who remains a consistent national front-runner.

(SOT: ROBERT GIBBS / FACE THE NATION 103849)

"THE ONE THING THAT IS CERTAIN IN THIS REPUBLICAN PRIMARY, IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHERE MITT ROMNEY IS TODAY, JUST WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW. IT'S A LITTLE BIT LIKE THE WEATHER."

With the Republican field still in flux... Romney and other candidates are seeing an opportunity in Cain's sudden departure.

[CG :1-line\Upper Left: Yesterday]

(SOT: ROMNEY IN NH)

"DON'T THINK PEOPLE HAVE REALLY SETTLED DOWN IN A FINAL WAY TO DECIDE WHO THEY'RE GOING TO SUPPORT IN THE NOMINATION PROCESS. I HOPE THAT THEY GIVE US A GOOD CAREFUL LOOK."

[CG :2-line\Upper Left: Courtesy: CNN\Lower Third: Rep. Michele Bachmann// Republican Presidential Candidate\ \ ]

(SOT: BACHMANN / CNN 091503)

"A LOT OF HERMAN CAIN SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN CALLING OUR OFFICE, AND THEY'VE BEEN COMING OVER TO OUR SIDE."

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GINGRICH HAS STAGED A MAJOR COME BACK IN HIS BID FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.

HIS CAMPAIGN NEARLY FELL APART... OVER THE SUMMER.

NOW... HE'S A FAVORITE... WITH VOTING JUST OVER A MONTH AWAY.

EVERYDAY... YOU TRUST THAT THE THINGS YOU BRING INTO YOUR HOME ARE SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

BUT WHEN THOSE PRODUCTS DON'T WORK THE WAY THEY SHOULD... THE COMPANY ISSUES A RECALL TO PROTECT YOU.

NYGALA CORPORATION RECALLED ITS HALLOWEEN PROJECTION FLASHLIGHTS BECAUSE THE FLASHLIGHTS CAN OVERHEAT... BLISTER AND MELT.

SO FAR... ONE INJURY HAS BEEN REPORTED.

THE FLASHLIGHTS SOLD FOR ABOUT A DOLLAR IN DISCOUNT STORES IN NINE STATES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CONTACT THE CORPORATION AT 800-445-5936.

MOPHIE COMPANY RECALLED THE I-POD TOUCH RECHARGEABLE EXTERNAL BATTERY CASE... BECAUSE OF OVERHEATING AND POTENTIAL BURN HAZARDS.

THE COMPANY HAS RECIEVED 110 REPORTS OF THE PRODUCT WARMING... AND NINE PEOPLE REPORTED MINOR BURNS.

THE PRODUCT WAS SOLD IN STORES NATIONWIDE STARTING IN APRIL 2011 FOR ABOUT 50 DOLLARS.

YOU CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY AT 877-308-4581.

AND BEST BUY RECALLED THE ROCKETFISH BATTERY CASE FOR THE I-PHONE 3-G AND 3-G-S... BECAUSE OF OVERHEATING AND POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD.

THREE PEOPLE REPORTED MINOR BURNS AND FOUR REPORTED MINOR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

THE CASE WAS SOLD AT BEST BUY STORES NATIONWIDE... AND ON-LINE BETWEEN APRIL 2010 AND SEPTEMBER OF THIS YEAR.

IT RAN BETWEEN 10 AND 60 BUCKS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN CONTACT BEST BUY AT 800-917-5737.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S RECALL WRAP... FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RECALLED PRODUCTS... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

CLICK ON THE FEATURES DROPDOWN MENU... THEN SELECT RECALLS

A SCHOOL IN UTAH PUT A DIFFERENT SPIN ON A FOOD FIGHT... BY SIMPLY FOCUSING ON MARSHMALLOWS.

STUDENTS AND ADULTS SPENT 15 MINUTES TOSSING NEARLY 2 THOUSAND POUNDS OF MARSHMALLOWS.

THAT'S AROUND 1 HUNDRED AND 40 THOUSAND POUNDS OF THE TASTY TREATS.

IT WAS ALL IN AN ATTEMPT TO BREAK THE WORLD RECORD FOR THE LARGEST MARSHMALLOW FIGHT.

NOT ALL THE MARSHMALLOWS WENT TO WASTE.

SOME PEOPLE ATE THEM OFF THE GROUND.

THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 600 POUNDS WAS SET IN JULY.

THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.

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WE'LL SEE YOU AT FIVE A-M FOR FIRST MORNIN'.

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