Wednesday, January 11, Eyewitness News at 11

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

A DOUGLAS COUNTY MAN DIED TONIGHT AFTER HIS MOTORCYCLE HIT A CAR IN WARNER ROBINS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH.
PUGH SAID 32-YEAR-OLD BRENNAN DELOS-SANTOS OF LITHIA SPRINGS WAS RIDING HIS MOTORCYCLE ON WELBORN ROAD AROUND 6 P.M.
SHE SAID 18-YEAR-OLD COURTNEY BARBER WAS DRIVING A CAR AND TRYING TO TURN LEFT ONTO WELBORN ROAD.
ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATORS, WHEN BARBOUR STARTED HER TURN, SHE PULLED INTO DELOS-SANTOS' PATH, AND HE HIT THE CAR.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS SANTOS WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND LATER PRONOUNCED DEAD.
BARBOUR'S CAR HAD THREE OTHER PASSENGERS INSIDE... INCLUDING A ONE YEAR OLD BOY.
ALL THREE ADULTS ARE IN STABLE CONDITION AT THE HOSPITAL
THE 1 YEAR OLD WAS NOT INJURED.

BAD NEWS TONIGHT FOR WORKERS AT FOOD LION STORES..
DELHAIZE AMERICA - WHICH OWNS FOOD LION - SAID IT IS CLOSING 113 UNDERPERFORMING STORES..
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE ON FOOD LION'S WEBSITE..
AMONG THE 113 STORES SHUTTING DOWN - TWO IN MACON AND TWO IN WARNER ROBINS..
THE MACON STORES ARE LOCATED ON THOMASTON ROAD AND HOUSTON ROAD..THE WARNER ROBINS STORES ARE ON MOODY ROAD AND WATSON BOULEVARD..
THE RELEASE SAID THE STORES WOULD CLOSE WITHIN THIRTY DAYS..

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE WILL LOSE FEWER JOBS THAN ESTIMATED AS A RESULT OF AIR FORCE WIDE BUDGET REDUCTIONS.
BASE SPOKESWOMAN CHRISSY MINER SAYS THE BASE WILL LOSE 452 JOBS BECAUSE OF THE CUTS.
BASE LEADERS ESTIMATED 516 JOB CUTS WHEN THE CUTS WERE ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER.
MINER SAYS THE NUMBER ACCOUNTS FOR JOB LOSSES AND JOB GROWTH.
SHE ALSO SAYS ANOTHER 600 PEOPLE CAN APPLY FOR EARLY RETIREMENT OR EARLY-OUT PACKAGES... A TOTAL OF 12-HUNDRED JOBS AT THE BASE.
MINER SAYS ROBINS IS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE IN THE 402ND MAINTENANCE TO APPLY FOR THE PACKAGES... BECAUSE THEY ANTICIPATE SOME MORE JOB CUTS TO THAT PROGRAM.
AIR LOGISTICS CENTER COMMANDER... GENERAL ROBERT MCMAHON... PLANS TO MEET WITH REPORTERS TOMORROW... TO TALK ABOUT TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENTS.

TOMORROW NIGHT... WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL COULD TALK ABOUT SELLING ONE GOLF COURSE... TO BUY ANOTHER.
THAT'S AFTER MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN AND SOME MEMBERS OF THE WARNER ROBINS BUILDING AUTHORITY MET WITH THE OWNERS OF THE LANDINGS GOLF CLUB THIS MORNING.
LANDINGS INVESTMENT GROUP C-E-O ED WOLFE MADE A PITCH TO SELL THE CLUB TO THE CITY.
THE GROUP FILED FOR CHAPTER ELEVEN BANKRUPTCY LAST MONTH... AND WOLFE SAYS THEY HAVE TO CREATE A REORGANIZATION PLAN WITHIN 120 DAYS.
THE GROUP DIDN'T DISCUSS COSTS... BUT SHAHEEN SAYS THE IDEA OF A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP AT THE COURSE IS WORTH EXPLORING.
Chuck Shaheen, Mayor of Warner Robins: (12:30) "The attractive thing is that it does expand parks and recreation. You'll have a swimming pool. You'll have tennis courts. You'll have a nice restaurant and club house. You've got 27 holes, teaching, a big driving range. So, it would be a good thing for famillies to go out and have picnics and things like that."
SHAHEEN SAYS IF THE CITY BOUGHT THE LANDINGS COURSE... THEY WOULD LIKELY SELL THE INTERNATIONAL CITY GOLF COURSE... THAT THEY ALREADY OWN.
THE LANDINGS CLUB IS VALUED AT MORE THAN THREE MILLION DOLLARS.
SHAHEEN SAYS HE'LL BRING THE IDEA TO COUNCIL AT TOMORROW NIGHT'S PRE-COUNCIL MEETING

G-B-I AGENTS ARRESTED WILKINSON COUNTY'S TAX COMMISSIONER... ON A THEFT-BY-TAKING CHARGE.
G-B-I AGENT TOM DAVIS WOULD NOT SAY HOW MUCH MONEY RAUSCHER IS ACCUSED OF TAKING.
DAVIS SAYS KEVIN RAUSCHER IS ALSO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF THE PAINKILLER HYDROCODONE.
IN JUNE... WE TOLD YOU THAT G-B-I AGENTS SEARCHED THE COUNTY TAX OFFICE AND REMOVED RECORDS AND COMPUTERS... BUT WOULDN'T SAY WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR.
THE G-B-I SAYS DISTRICT ATTORNEY FRED BRIGHT LAUNCHED THE INVESTIGATION.
BRIGHT COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT TODAY.

A NEW STUDY SHOWS PLANT SCHERER IN JULIETTE RELEASES MORE GREENHOUSE GASES THAN OTHER POWER PLANTS IN THE U-S.
SCIENTISTS SAY GREENHOUSE GASES CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL WARMING BY TRAPPING HEAT IN THE ATMOSPHERE.
THE E-P-A STUDY SAYS SCHERER RELEASED NEARLY 23 MILLION METRIC TONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE.... THE CHIEF GREENHOUSE GAS... IN 2010.
WE SPOKE WITH SOUTHERN COMPANY... WHICH OPERATES THE PLANT.
IT SAYS THE PLANT TOPPED THE LIST JUST BECAUSE IT'S THE NATION'S BIGGEST COAL-BURNING PLANT.
SOUTHERN COMPANY SAYS IT SPENDS 6 BILLION DOLLARS STATEWIDE ON POLLUTION CONTROLS EACH YEAR... AND CALLS PLANT SCHERER'S SYSTEM....STATE OF THE ART.

FORD IS RECALLING NEARLY HALF A MILLION MINIVANS AND S-U-V'S BECAUSE OF MECHANICAL ISSUES.
THE AUTOMAKER IS RECALLING FREE STAR AND MERCURY MONTEREY MINIVANS MADE DURING 2004 AND 2005.
THEY SAY THE TORQUE CONVERTOR COULD FAIL... CAUSING A SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER.
THE COMPANY IS ALSO RECALLING SOME ESCAPE S-U-V'S.. MADE DURING 2001 AND 2002... BECAUSE A FLUID LEAK COULD LEAD TO THE CAR SMOKING OR CATCHING ON FIRE.
FORD SAYS THEY WILL LET AFFECTED OWNERS KNOW ABOUT THE RECALL.
THEY SAY DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE PARTS FOR FREE.

TEN DOGS AT THE MACON-BIBB ANIMAL SHELTER MAY BE BARKING FOR JOY TONIGHT... THANKS TO A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
MYSHEA ROBINSON WITH CENTRAL GEORGIA CARES SAYS TOM WAGONER DONATED 750 DOLLARS... TO SPONSOR FREE ADOPTIONS FOR TEN DOGS SCHEDULED TO BE EUTHANIZED.
ONE OF THOSE TEN IS ALREADY SETTLING IN WITH A NEW FAMILY TONIGHT.
WAGONER SAYS HE WROTE A CHECK WHEN HE HEAR ABOUT PROBLEMS AT THE SHELTER... BECAUSE HE HATES TO HEAR ABOUT DOGS BEING PUT DOWN.
Tom Wagoner, Preseident of Core Management REsources Group "You know we live in a civilized nation, a civilized community and a civilized community has got to find a better way to deal with this problem as oppose to just euthanized them or killing them"
DOGS AT MACON-BIBB ANIMAL CONTROL CAN BE PUT DOWN IF THEY'RE NOT TRANSFERRED... ADOPTED... OR CLAIMED BY THEIR OWNERS WITHIN SEVEN DAYS.
FOR INFORMATION ON ADOPTION...YOU CAN CALL THE MACON-BIBB ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER AT 751-9200. AGAIN THAT'S 751-9200.

IN HIS FINAL DAYS AS MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR - HALEY BARBOUR PARDONED OR GAVE EARLY RELEASES TO NEARLY 200 PEOPLE.
THAT NUMBER INCLUDED MORE THAN TWO DOZEN PEOPLE CONVICTED OF MURDER.. MANSLAUGHTER OR HOMICIDE.
BUT NOW... ONE JUDGE IN THE STATE IS SAYING "NOT SO FAST."
TODAY - THAT JUDGE TEMPORARILY BLOCKED THE RELEASE OF 21 INMATES... AT THE REQUEST OF MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM HOOD.
HOOD SAYS HE THINKS PARDONING INMATES WHO DIDN'T NOTIFY THE PUBLIC THAT THEY WERE SEEKING TO CLEAR THEIR RECORDS MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE STATE'S CONSTITUTION.
IN A STATEMENT TODAY... BARBOUR SAYS SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD WHY HE GAVE REPRIEVES TO THE INMATES.

LAST NIGHT... THE EYES OF THE NATION WERE ON NEW HAMPSHIRE AND THEIR PRIMARY.
TONIGHT... THE FOCUS HAS SHIFTED TO SOUTH CAROLINA... AS REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS CAMPAIGN AHEAD OF THE THIRD NOMINATION CONTEST OF THE YEAR... AND THE FIRST IN THE SOUTH.
RANDALL PINKSTON HAS MORE.
Newt Gingrich knows the clock is ticking in South Carolina, and is actively recruiting conservatives to support his campaign.

(SOT - Newt Gingrich/R-Presidential Candidate 6-18)
"If you will help me unify the conservatives in this state in the next 10 days I will win the nomination.. If I win South Carolina I'm going to win the nomination. It's that clear."

Gingrich finished in fourth place in New Hampshire. He, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry are asking the right to carry them through... Jon Huntsman finished third... He's taking an even more direct approach.

(SOT - Jon Huntsman/R-Presidential Candidate 28-36)
"I'm a shameless political salesman. I have just one request for you... I want your vote!"

NATS

Mitt Romney returned to the south Wednesday... He's still the frontrunner here, and is campaiging as if Barack Obama were his only opponent.

(SOT - Mitt Romney/R-Presidential Candidate 44-50)
"He is leading us down a path to be the next Italy or Greece... Im convinced we'll be there at some point if we don't get this guy out of office."

(STANDUP BRIDGE: Randall Pinkston/CBS News 55-102)
"Mitt Romney knows South Carolina is not a moderate state like New Hampshire. To win here, he'll have to attract conservatives who viewed him as too liberal in 2008."

Wesley Donehue is a republican political consultant who worked for the Romney four years ago. He says Republicans are more accepting of his campaign now because they think he can defeat Barack Obama.

(SOT - Wesley Donehue/Republican Political Consultant 114-122)
"Before it was like selling a ribeye to a vegetarian... But now those vegetarians are starting to like the taste of meat a little bit.

And that could be good news for Ron Paul as well.
RICK PERRY CAMPAIGNED IN NORTH AUGUSTA, SOUTH CAROLINA.
THE STATE'S PRIMARY IS A WEEK AND A HALF AWAY... ON JANUARY 21ST.

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY IS ANTHONY RAWLS.
ANTHONY... YOU'LL NEED TO EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
NOW... GETTING INTO THE RUNNING FOR FAN OF THE DAY IS AN EASY THREE-STEP PROCESS.
ONE... VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.
TWO... BECOME A FAN... AND THREE... GET IN ON THE CONVERSATIONS.
WE PICK OUR FAN OF THE DAY RANDOMLY.

THIS WEEK... WE'RE KEEPING YOU BRIEFED ON THE CONSUMER ELECTONICS SHOW IN VEGAS.
NOW... TECH LOVERS GO FOR THE SUPER-COOL GADGETS THAT BORDER ON SCIENCE FICTION.
BUT THIS YEAR'S C-E-S FEATURES PLENTY OF ITEMS THAT COULD SOON BE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM... OFFICE... OR EVEN YOUR POCKET.
THIS YEAR'S CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS HAS BROUGHT PLENTY FOR THE NON-TECHIE. ITEMS FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY FACET OF AN AVERAGE CONSUMER'S LIFE.
What we're seeing, I think, is some incremental changes to a lot of things that are already in our lives.//Maybe it's a better show for the mainstream consumer than it often is.
20-11 WAS DUBBED BY MANY AS THE YEAR OF THE TABLET. DESPITE ITS POPULARITY, IT HAS ITS LIMITATIONS.
I think you're seeing a number of solutions in this space, because people love tablets but one of the disadvantages is they don't have the physical keyboard, it's not as easy to do real work on them as it is on a laptop.
SO THIS YEAR'S SHOW FEATURES LOTS OF ULTRA-BOOKS -- SLIMMER AND LIGHTER LAPTOPS BRIDGING THOSE GAPS.
3-D T-V'S WERE A HOT TREND LAST YEAR, BUT THE AVERAGE CONSUMER WASN'T REALLY BUYING IT. SO 20-12 BRINGS BIGGER TWO DIMENSIONAL T-V'S, WITH BETTER RESOLUTION AND PICTURE.
AND THOUGH THE DIGITAL CAMERA AND THE CAMCORDER HAVE BEEN BIGFOOTED LATELY BY PHOTO AND VIDEO-CAPABLE SMARTPHONES. THERE'S NEW DEVELOPMENTS THERE, TOO, INTEGRATING NEW DEVICES WITH THE WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA.
THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION PREDICTS RECORD INDUSTRY REVENUE IN 20-12, DRIVEN PRIMARILY BY SMARTPHONE SALES.

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