Monday, January 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.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... HIGH WINDS... COLD TEMPERATURES... AND SOME PEOPLE EVEN REPORTING A FEW FLURRIES OF SNOW.
LET'S GO TO CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES FOR A LOOK AT JUST WHAT'S GOING ON WITH TONIGHT'S WEATHER.
THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

THE COLD WINDY WEATHER CAUSED SOME PROBLEMS FOR GEORGIA POWER CUSTOMERS TONIGHT.
SPOKESWOMAN CHRISTY (EAR-RIG) IHRIG SAYS HUNDREDS OF CUSTOMERS ARE WITHOUT POWER.
THE OUTAGE STARTED MONDAY NIGHT AROUND 10PM. SHE SAYS THE 590 CUSTOMERS WITHOUT POWER ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE MACON AREA.
IHRIG SAID GUSTY WINDS CREATED THE PROBLEM AND THAT CREWS ARE WORKING TO REMOVE TREES FROM POWERLINES IN SEVERAL AREA.
SHE SAID IT WAS DIFFICULT TO TELL EXACTLY WHEN POWER WOULD BE RESTORED.
SHE IS URGING CUSTOMERS TO REPORT OUTAGES SO THAT CREWS CAN RESPOND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

IF YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION LIST INCLUDES LOSING WEIGHT... JOINING A GYM MAY BE PART OF THE PLAN.
BUT BEFORE YOU SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE... DO A PRE WORK-OUT WARM-UP WITH THESE TIPS ON HEALTH CLUB MEMBERSHIPS.
LORRA LYNCH JONES SHOWS YOU HOW.
<<nats sequence- working out
BY 11 A-M THE DAY AFTER NEW YEARS...
quick nats- working out
FIVE PEOPLE JOINED THE EDGE FITNESS.
nats pop- Ywkesha
INCLUDING YWKESHA PENNYMON.
Ywkesha Pennymon: (8:58) "Been going hard for about an hour now. I'm ready!"
SHE PUT IN THE TIME TO MAKE SURE THE GYM MET HER NEEDS...
Ywkesha Pennymon: (9:40) "It's 24 hour access. It's convenient to my house. "
BEFORE MAKING A COMMITTMENT.
Ywksha Pennymon: "You can hook MP3 players up. They have TV's on the treadmill."
FEATURES MAY RANK HIGH ON YOUR HEALTH CLUB CHECK LIST...
nats- weights
BUT DO THE HEAVY LIFTING WHEN IT COMES TO THE TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP TOO.
(TAKE CG)
THE GEORGIA OFFICE OF CONSUMER PROTECTION.
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TAKE FULL SCREEN
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- RECOMMENDS JOINING ON A MONTH-TO-MONTH BASIS.
IT SAYS PEOPLE OFTEN LOSE MONEY WITH LONG TERM CONTRACTS... WHEN GYM'S UNEXPECTEDLY CLOSE.
- KNOW THAT GEORGIA LAW ALLOWS YOU A WEEK AFTER SIGNING TO CANCEL A CONTRACT WITHOUT PENALTY.
- AND IF YOU DO SIGN ONE... MAKE SURE THE CONTRACT INCLUDES THE COST... LENGTH AND HOW TO CANCEL.
Tracey Eubanks: (14:30) "If the health club doesn't inform you of that, maybe you need to reevaluate where you are at."
TRACEY EUBANKS... GENERAL MANAGER AT THE EDGE... SAYS HE TYPICALLY SEES A 50-PERCENT LIFT IN MEMBERSHIPS THIS MONTH... BUT ITS THE ONES WITH MOTIVATION... LIKE PENNYMON... THAT KEEP COMING BACK.
Ywkesha Pennymon: (8:39) "The doctor told me he was diagnosing me with high blood pressure. I'm like, I'm 30 years old. Im not dying because of high blood pressure!."
THAT'S HER 2012 RESOLUTION AND EVERY YEAR BEYOND.
>> THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU SAYS TO ASK IF THERE WILL BE A PRICE HIKE AFTER INTRODUCTORY OFFERS END.
ALSO... MAKE SURE YOU KEEP A COPY OF THE SIGNED CONTRACT.

WHILE SOME PEOPLE START THE YEAR WITH RESOLUTIONS... LIKE LOSING WEIGHT.. OTHERS USE IT AS A TIME TO SET GOALS FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.
WE TALKED WITH A FEW PEOPLE ON THE STREETS OF MACON... ABOUT THEIR GOALS.
Jean Hawkins Macon" My goals for the new years are, I am getting maried in the summer so just perpare for that and to spend time with all the people that I care about just more time with them"
Joby Peake Macon " My goal for the New year is to gradutate and get a job"
Star Golden Warner Robins"To be more inlvoed with my childern and to see them particpate and more activties I have some Business aspartions that I am going to be working, acutally I have started working on already and then to get more inlvolved with my church and things that are going them which actually combines with my business goals"
Alex Sanders Macon " my goal for the new years is to be a good father"

WE WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU THINK YOUR COMMUNITY STANDS GOING INTO 2012.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... DO YOU FEEL YOUR COMMUNITY IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK OR THE WRONG TRACK FOR 2012?
SO FAR 65 PERCENT OF YOU SAY THE WRONG TRACK.
35 PERCENT SAY THE RIGHT TRACK.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

TOMORROW MORNING... DODGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL WILL RECEIVE A CHECK TO HELP THEM INVEST IN THEIR STUDENTS.
IT'S THE LAST INSTALLMENT OF A 400 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM A-T AND T.
THE MONEY SUPPORTS THE "SUCCESS CADRES PROGRAM."
IT TARGETS AT-RISK TEENS AND HELPS THEM GRADUATE.
DODGE COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT MELINDA DENNIS SAYS 20 STUDENTS JOIN THE PROGRAM EACH YEAR........
AND WITH EACH CLASS... THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS STAYING IN SCHOOL HAS INCREASED.
Melinda Dennis, Superintendentl: "The students who started in year one we still have 75%. The student who began our second cohort we've kept 80% so far. Those who started in year three of the cohort we've only lost one. and we still have 100% of cohort 4.
DENNIS SAYS STUDENTS IN THE PROGRAM TAKE SOME CLASSES TOGETHER... HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE UP LOST CREDITS... AND ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

WITH ONLY A FEW HOURS BEFORE THE IOWA CAUCUSES... SOME IOWA REPUBLICANS SAY THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT IN A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE... LET ALONE WHO TO VOTE FOR.
ACCORDING TO A POLL RELEASED THIS WEEKEND... 41 PERCENT OF LIKELY CAUCUS-GOERS SAID THEY COULD BE CONVINCED TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS.
ANOTHER 7 PERCENT SAID THEY DIDN'T HAVE A FIRST CHOICE CANDIDATE... AND ONE PERCENT SAID THEY WEREN'T SURE WHO TO SUPPORT.

THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL RACE JUMPS INTO HIGH GEAR TOMORROW... WITH THE IOWA CAUCUSES.
THEN... NEXT WEEK... NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL HOLD THE FIRST PRIMARY VOTE OF THE ELECTION SEASON.
PEOPLE IN THOSE STATES USUALLY VOTE FIRST EACH PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN... AND SOUTH CAROLINA TRADITIONALLY HOLDS THE EARLIEST PRIMARY IN THE SOUTH.
JOHN KING TAKES A LOOK AT HOW THOSE THREE STATES CAN SHAPE THE CAMPAIGN.Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina are the three biggest early tests in presidential politics and they're very, very different, which is what makes it so fascinating.

EXPLAIN IT TO ME: EARLY VOTING STATES

You can just go back to 2008, if you want to see how important these early states are. That's where some guy named Barack Obama, who a lot of people thought isn't ready for the national stage, proved he could compete with one of the strongest organizations in the American politics: the Clinton family. Some of those states that are after that don't matter. It's not often you get what we had in 2008, with Obama and Clinton, where the whole calendar mattered. Normally, after three states or five states or six states, we pretty much know.

WHY THESE STATES?

A lot of people roll their eyes at the influence of Iowa and New Hampshire because they're very white, because they're very rural. You don't have ethnic diversity like you would in a California, or a Florida, or Illinois, or New York. So, a lot of people sa, "Why do they get to pick?" Evangelical voters are very important in Iowa and South Carolina. In New Hampshire, "Live Free or Die" is the motto of the state. That tells you a lot about the politics of New Hampshire. And so, there is diversity, if you will, just within who votes in the Republican party between Iowa, New Hampshire, and then on to South Carolina. If you look at history, the South Carolina primary has proven to be incredibly important in Republican politics -- often the tiebreaker if someone else wins Iowa and New Hampshire.

NARROWING THE FIELD

The early states are incredibly important because often, after three or four states -- sometimes after two or three states -- we go from eight candidates to two or three candidates. If you can win Iowa and New Hampshire, odds are you're going to be the nominee. Or at least you're going to have a huge lead and momentum push in being the nominee. This can come down to little, tiny margins. Iowa can be sometimes 25-24-21-17 and the person at 17 doesn't seem like they're that far off, right? They disappear.

DO EARLY STATES PREDICT THE WINNER?

Let's see. Barack Obama won Iowa last time, and he was the nominee. But then, he lost New Hampshire. So, is Iowa a better predictor than New Hampshire? Well, wait a minute. Mike Huckabee won Iowa last time and John McCain won New Hampshire. So, is New Hampshire a better predictor than Iowa? The early states don't necessarily tell us who the nominee will be, but tell us who it won't be. Because what happens is candidates drop out -- candidates who thought they had a lot of money, candidates who thought they had a lot of support, candidates who thought they were of a higher stature than many of their rivals tend to drop out.

WHAT'S THE REAL GOAL IN EARLY STATES?
The official goal of these early states are delegates to the national convention. But especially in the early states, the real goal is to win momentum.
GEORGIA WILL HOLD ITS PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ON MARCH 6TH... ALSO KNOWN AS SUPER TUESDAY.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BETTY SIMS... THE FIRST 13WMAZ FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY... OF THE NEW YEAR.
BETTY.... THE RULES HAVEN'T CHANGED FOR 2012.... YOU'LL NEED TO EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
IT'S A NEW YEAR... TIME FOR NEW BEGINNINGS... AND PERHAPS A NEW COFFEE MUG.
JUST HEAD OVER TO FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ... BECOME A FAN... AND JOIN THE CONVERSATIONS.
FROM THERE... IT'S A RANDOM PICK.

TOM CRUISE WAS LOOKING TO KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM AFTER LAST WEEKEND'S BOX OFFICE WIN WITH "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE... GHOST PROTOCOL."
BUT A COUPLE OF OTHER FILMS CAME THREATENING THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THE COUNTDOWN.
WASHING UP IN THIRD PLACE... THE FAMILY SEQUEL "ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED."
THE FAMILY SEQUEL BROUGHT IN 16-POINT-3 MILLION DOLLARS.
IN SECOND PLACE AGAIN... ROBERT DOWNEY JUNIOR'S "SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS."
THE DARING DETECTIVE AND HIS SIDEKICK DOCTOR WATSON... PLAYED BY JUDE LAW.... BROUGHT IN 21 MILLION BUCKS THIS WEEKEND.
AND BRINGING HOME TOP HONORS AGAIN THIS WEEKEND... "MISSION IMPOSSIBLE... GHOST PROTOCOL."
TOM CRUISE AND HIS CREW EARNED 29-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE LONG WEEKEND... LANDING IN THE TOP SPOT ONCE AGAIN AND RAISING ITS TOTAL TO 132 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN TICKET SALES.
TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR ENTERTAINMENT HEADLINES... JUST HEAD OVER TO THE SCENE 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
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