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MACON COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MAYORAL STAFF GATHERED TODAY TO WRAP UP A TWO-DAY RETREAT IN ATHENS.
AMY AUBERT ATTENDED THE MEETINGS... AND TELLS YOU WHY DEPSITE DIFFERENCES... SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THEY'RE WALKING AWAY... WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ONE ANTOHER.
Nats (Weed): "Anytime someone feels like they get burned, you know, once bitten twice shy."
MACON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND MAYORAL STAFF... TALKED ABOUT THE QUOTE SKUNKS... THEY SAY COULD BE GETTING IN THE WAY OF WORKING TOGETHER.
Elaine Lucas: "Out in the community folks are talking about there's 8 council members that tend to rubber stamp whatever happens with whatever comes from the administration."
LUCAS AND SOME OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS REFFERED TO THIS GROUP AS THE QUOTE MIGHTY 8.
Elaine Lucas: "People are in entrenched groups who are committed to voting for or against certain things.
SHE SAYS THESE 8 COUNCIL MEMBERS GET SOME INFORMATION... BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE... BUT MAYOR REICHERT SAYS THAT'S NOT TRUE.
Mayor Reichert: "We are not trying to marginalize or exclude 7 members of council, that is counter productive to do that."
HE SAYS IT GOES BACK TO ANOTHER BIG SKUNK IN THE ROOM... AND THAT'S COMMUNICATION.
Nats, Mayor: "There's some difference of opinion as to the appropriate time, 'Well, we should've known that, before now, or whatever.' It's going to be a judgment call and the only thing I'm trying to say is we will excercise the utmost good faith and promise to inform council."
REICHERT ADMITTED COMMUNICATION BETWEEN COUNCIL AND THE ADMINSTRATION NEEDS IMPROVEMENT... AND THE GROUP AGREED TO APPOINT INTERIM CHEIF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER... DALE WALKER... THE POINT OF CONTACT.
Mayor: "I think that will engender more trust and confidence by council in the information that they're getting."
LUCAS SAYS SHE'S CONDFIDENT THAT THINGS WILL CHANGE.
THEY ALSO DISCUSSED SPLOST PLANS... AND BROKE THE 14 PRJECTS INTO 3 SEPARATE TIERS... WHAT THEY FELT THE MOST IMPORTANT... FIRST.
THE GROUP SAYS DURING THE TWO-DAY RETREAT THEY WERE ABLE TO LAY THE ISSUES ON THE TABLE... AND AGREED TO LEAVE THE PAST IN THE PAST.
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MAYOR REICHERT SAYS THE... QUOTE... MIGHTY 8... MOST LIKELY REFERS TO THE 8 MEMBERS WHO VOTED FOR THE PRESIDENT-PRO-TEMP OF COUNCIL.
THERE WERE 12 COUNCIL MEMBERS AT ONE TIME DURING THE RETREAT... SIX OF THEM ATTENDED THE ENTIRE RETREAT.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SPLOST DISCUSSIONS... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE... 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
MACON POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE CAR OF A MAN THEY FOUND SHOT TO DEATH EARLY THIS MORNING.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN MELANIE HOFMANN SAYS THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A 1999 GOLD DODGE STRATUS WITH LICENSE PLATE NUMBER B-Y-G-8-2-2-3.
HOFFMAN... SAYS OFFICERS FOUND 23-YEAR-OLD GABRIEL CONTRRERAS' BODY JUST AFTER 4 A-M... OFF OF ALLIED INDUSTRIAL ROAD.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS CONTRRERAS DIED FROM MULTIPLE GUNSHOT WOUNDS... AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD ON THE SCENE.
HE SAYS AN AUTOPSY WILL BE PERFORMED ON TUESDAY TO DETERMINE THE EXACT NUMBER OF WOUNDS.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT TOLD 13WMAZ'S AMY AUBERT THAT HE'S BEEN TALKING WITH MACON POLICE... ABOUT THE SHOOTING.
Reichert: "We don't even know where the homicide occured. We know where the body was found, but as I understand it, it looks like the body was dumped there. As opposed to the killing happening there. Now, I don't know how they know that, but that's what I understand from the police."
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION YOU CAN CALL MACON REGIONAL CRIMESTOPPER AT 1-877-68-CRIME... 1-877-68-CRIME.
REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL NEWT GINGRICH FACED SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT PAST STATEMENTS ON RACE AND CLASS.
GINGRICH TOOK QUESTIONS FROM A CROWD OF MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE AT A MOSTLY BLACK CHURCH IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
PEOPLE ASKED ABOUT HIS COMMENT LAST MONTH... THAT POOR CHILDREN LACK WORK ETHIC.. AND SHOULD TAKE JOBS CLEANING THEIR SCHOOLS IN ORDER TO LEARN ABOUT WORK .
GINGRICH SAYS HIS COMMENTS WERE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT.
THE FORUM WAS A RARE APPEARANCE BY GINGRICH BEFORE AN AUDIENCE NOT LIKELY TO VOTE IN HIS PARTY'S PRIMARY.
EXIT POLLS SHOW AFRICAN AMERICANS MADE UP JUST 2 PERCENT OF THOSE WHO VOTED IN THE STATE'S 2008 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY.
FORMER PENN STATE COACH JOE PATERNO SAYS QUOTE... HE DIDN'T KNOW WHICH WAY TO GO... AFTER AN ASSISTANT COACH TOLD HIM HE'D SEEN JERRY SANDUSKY SEXUALLY ABUSING A BOY.
"I called my surperiors and I said hey we've got a problem i think. Would you guys look into it cause i didn't know... i had never had to deal with something like that and i didn't feel adequate"
PATERNO SPOKE TO THE WASHINTON POST... IN HIS FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE BEING FIRED TWO MONTHS AGO.
HE TOLD THE POST THAT ASSISTANT COACH MIKE MCQUEARY... QUOTE... "DIDN'T WANT TO GET SPECIFIC" IN HIS ALLEGATION INVOLVING SANDUSKY.
PATERNO SAID HE WAS HESITANT TO MAKE FOLLOW-UP CALLS BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT TO APPEAR TO EXERT INFLUENCE EITHER FOR OR AGAINST SANDUSKY.
PATERNO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER DAYS AFTER HE WAS FIRED.
HE HAS BEEN UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION.
CREWS RESCUED TWO PEOPLE TRAPPED INSIDE A CRUISE SHIP RESTING ON ITS SIDE OFF THE COAST OF TUSCANY.
AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE DIED AND SEVERAL ARE STILL MISSING AFTER THE SHIP RAN AGROUND FRIDAY.
ANNA MATRANGA HAS THE LATEST ON THE SEARCH AND RESCUE FROM PORTO SANTO STEFANO.
Two people trapped inside a wrecked cruise ship were brought to shore.
They were wrapped in blankets and quickly taken via ambulance to a hospital.
Italian firefighters heard the voices of the man and woman as they searched The Costa Concordia for missing passengers Saturday.
(NATS) SCREAMING DURNING EVACUATION
More than 42-hundred passengers and crew members rushed to evacuate the The Costa Concordia Friday night.
The cruise liner started to tip over after it hit a rock in shallow water near the Tuscan island of Giglio.
The impact ripped a 160-foot gash in its hull.
( :33:40) (SOT WOMAN FROM MIAMI FLORIDA NO NAME GIVEN EVN)
"ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERYTHING SHIFTED ON THE SHIP, FELL OFF OF OUR TABLE AT DINNER AND THEY SAID EVERYTHING WAS FINE, OBVIOUSLY IT'S NOT FINE."
Passengers say moments after the crash everything was disorganized.
(:45-:49) (SOT SURVIVOR NO NAME GIVEN)
"EVERYBODY WAS JUST SCREAMING OUT THE PASSENGERS WERE RUNNING UP AND DOWN"
Some of the survivors jumped overboard to get to safety
(:54-1:03) (SOT Mark Plath, Little Rock Arkansas) "THE SHIP STARTING MOVING VERY FAST AND SO WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO BE UNDER QUICK. AND SO WE JUST STARTED JUMPING AND THERE WERE 200 PEOPLE THAT JUMPED AND SWAM A 100 METRES TO ROCKS AND WE GOT UP ON THE SHORE.
Ferries brought survivors to Porto Santo Stefano. Now the investigators are trying to figure out what happened.
(1:10-1:14) Italian police brought the ship's captain in for questioning Saturday.
The company that runs the cruise liner says he took immediate action when he realized how severe the damage was.
(nats) HELICOPTER NATS
Rescue crews say there are still people missing and their search will not end until everyone is accounted for.
INVESTIGATORS COULDN'T SAY EXACTLY HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE MISSING... BUT ESTIMATE THE NUMBER IS AROUND 40.
MORE THAN 42-HUNDRED PEOPLE... INCLUDING 126 AMERICANS... WERE ON BOARD THE COSTA CONCORDIA FOR A CRUISE ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE POUNDED THE PAVEMENT... AND THE TARMAC... THIS MORNING TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION IN WARNER ROBINS.
ORGANIZERS SAY MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED PEOPLE REGISTERED FOR THE 16TH ANNUAL EVENT WHICH INCLUDED A MARATHON... A HALF MARATHON... AND A 5-K RUN OR WALK.
PAT BARTNESS...PRESIDENT OF THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION FOUNDATION... SAYS THIS WAS THE BIGGEST TURN OUT IN THE HISTORY OF THE RACE.
HE SAYS IT'S GROWN MORE POPULAR EACH YEAR BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUE VENUE.
Pat Bartness, President of the Museum Foundation.
"It's the only race of its kind I think where you can run across an active runway and see the airplanes and get on a base in a race like this. I think people think it's interesting, plus the course is fairly flat and pretty fast."
BARTNESS ESTIMATES THEY RAISED ABOUT 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS.... HE SAYS ALL OF IT GOES TO EDUCATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAMS AT THE MUSEUM.
TWO HOUSTON COUNTY GROUPS ORGANIZED A PARENT AND TEEN SUMMIT TODAY AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN WARNER ROBINS.
THE ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY... AND THEIR BROTHER FRATERNITY... ALPHA PHI ALPHA... PUT TOGETHER WORKSHOPS TO TALK TO PARENTS AND TEENS ABOUT THE PROBLEMS YOUNG ADULTS FACE.
THEY TACKLED TOPICS LIKE THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING IN SCHOOL... CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND... TEEN DATING VIOLENCE.
ORGANIZERS SAY IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HAVE WORKSHOPS FOR BOTH PARENTS AND TEENS TO OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION.
Valeria Drummond, Organizer: So we wanted to come in, make sure the parents were here talk to them on a level that they can understand and comprehend and then do separate workshop for the students so we can get down on their level and they don't feel so threatened.
LAWYERS... DOCTORS... AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM A STATE ADVOCACY GROUP LED WORKSHOPS AT THE EVENT.
IT ALSO FEATURED A STEP SHOW.
BUSINESS LEADERS MAY HAVE A SHOT AT GETTING LAWMAKERS TO APPROVE A TAX EXEMPTION THIS YEAR.
THEY'VE BEEN LOBBYING GEORGIA LAWMAKERS SINCE THE MID-90'S TO SCRAP THE TAX MANUFACTURERS PAY ON THEIR ENERGY BILLS.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL HAS MADE THAT ONE OF HIS PRIORITIES FOR THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
GEORGIA IS ONE OF 14 STATES THAT STILL HAVE THE TAX.... AND CRITICS SAY IT MAKES GEORGIA LESS COMPETITIVE AND THREATENS JOB GROWTH.
THE MOVE HAS WIDE SUPPORT ACCORDING TO HOUSE AND SENATE LEADERS... BUT LOCAL GOVENRMENTS MAY BE AGAINST IT SINCE THE TAX GIVES THEM 108-MILLION-DOLLARS EACH YEAR.
DEAL HASN'T SAID HOW HE WOULD PAY FOR THE 157-MILLION-DOLLAR TAX BREAK.
YOUNG FARMERS AND THEIR PRIZE PIGS TOOK CENTER STAGE AT THE SIXTEENTH ANNUAL WINTER PIG CLASSIC TODAY. HUNDREDS OF PARTICIPANTS... ALL UNDER 21... SHOWCASED THEIR HOGS AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR GROUNDS FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A PRIZE... THE GRAND CHAMPION GOT 15-HUNDRED DOLLARS.
MARTIN BIUS... AN AGRICULTURE TEACHER FROM BAINBRIDGE, GEORGIA...HELPED HOST THE EVENT.
HE SAYS WHEN THE SHOW STARTED IN 1996... THERE WERE ABOUT 200 ENTRIES.
THIS YEAR... HE SAYS THERE WERE MORE THAN A THOUSAND.
Martin Bius, Agriculture Teacher
"The show has continued to grow and we've had great sponsorships for the show over the years and it's just a show that a lot of different people enjoy coming to because I guess we're flexible, we show by breeds."
BIUS SAYS THE WINTER PIG CLASSIC IS THE LAST BIG SHOW BEFORE THE GEORGIA JUNIOR LIVESTOCK EXPO
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