Tuesday, March 6, Eyewitness News at 11

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THE RESULTS ARE COMING IN FOR THE SUPER TUESDAY PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES... WITH MITT ROMNEY CARRYING THE MOST STATES SO FAR.
ROMNEY WON IN VIRGINIA... VERMONT AND MASSACHUSETTS TODAY.
HE AND RON PAUL WERE THE ONLY TWO NAMES ON THE VIRGINIA BALLOT.
RICK SANTORUM TOOK OKLAHOMA.. TENNESSEE.. AND NORTH DAKOTA.
HE AND ROMNEY ARE LOCKED IN A CLOSE BATTLE FOR OHIO.
AND NEWT GINGRICH CARRIED GEORGIA... HIS FORMER HOME STATE.
THE FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER SAID A LOSS IN THE PEACH STATE WOULD BE A MAJOR SETBACK FOR HIS CAMPAIGN.
RON PAUL... WHO WAS HOPING FOR HIS FIRST WIN TONIGHT... HASN'T CARRIED ANY STATES SO FAR.
RESULTS FROM ALASKA... AND IDAHO AREN'T AVAILABLE YET.

TONIGHT, VICTORIOUS IN HIS HOME STATE, NEWT GINGRICH ADDRESSED A PACKED ROOM.
HE THANKED HIS WIFE, CALLISTA, HIS SUPPORTERS, AND HIS VOLUNTEERS, AND THEN HE GOT DOWN TO THE BUSINESS OF "WHAT'S NEXT".
I want you to know that in the morning, we are going on to Alabama, we are going on to Mississippi, we are going on to Kansas, and that's just this week.
HE ALSO MOVED ON TO A HYPOTHETIC GENERAL ELECTION PITTING HIMSELF AGAINST PRESIDENT OBAMA.
HE SAID REDUCING DEPENDENCY OF FOREIGN OIL WOULD BE HIS DEFINING ISSUE AND THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIM AND THE PRESIDENT.
MITT ROMNEY.. WON PRIMARIES TONIGHT IN MASSACHUSSETTS.. VERMONT AND VIRGINIA..
HE GAVE A ROUSING SPEECH TO SUPPORTERS IN BOSTON.. AND CONTINUED TO FOCUS ON PRESIDENT OBAMA.. RATHER THAN THE OTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES..
Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate: Romney talks about the economy and how Obama has failed this country.


THE RACE IN OHIO IS STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL BETWEEN ROMNEY AND SANTORUM..
A BIG NIGHT FOR FORMER PENNSYLVANIA SENATOR RICK SANTORUM AS HE WAS PROJECTED TO WIN THE OKLAHOMA AND TENNESSEE PRIMARIES AND THE NORTH DAKOTA CAUCESES..
SANTORUM RALLIED WITH HIS SUPPORTERS..
Rick Santorum, (R) Presidential Candidate: "We can add to Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, now, Oklahoma and Tennessee. We have won in the west, the midwest, and the south, and we're ready to win across this country! "

SANTORUM ALSO HOLDS A NARROW LEAD OVER MITT ROMNEY IN OHIO..
RON PAUL SPENT THE EVENING IN NORTH DAKOTA AHEAD OF THAT STATE'S CAUCUSES.
THE CONGRESSMAN HASN'T WON ANY CONTESTS SO FAR... BUT HE REMAINED OPTIMISTIC AS HE SPOKE TO SUPPORTERS.
Ron Paul, (R) Presidential Candidate
If you look at the candidates today, there is very little difference except for one. The rest of the candidates support the status quo. The foreign policy has never changed. Monetary policy doesn't change. There's no challenge to the Federal Reserve system. And most of all, there is no -- no desire to protect personal liberty, personal privacy.
SUZANNE LAWLER JOINED MITT ROMNEY SUPPORTERS AT THEIR ATLANTA RALLY.
SHE INTRODUCES YOU TO A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER WHO TURNED ELECTION NIGHT INTO A FAMILY THING.
Suzanne Lawler talks with a mother-daughter pair of Romney supporters about why they voted for him and why they think he can win
SUPPORTERS OF FORMER PENNSYLVANIA SENATOR RICK SANTORUM SAY... THEY ARE ENCOURAGED WITH THE RESULTS SO FAR.
RIGHT NOW... RICK SANTORUM IS THIRD IN GEORGIA ACCORDING TO POLL RESULTS.
HIS SUPPORTERS HAVE GATHERED IN DULUTH... TO WATCH THE RESULTS POUR IN.
JULIANNE THOMPSON... STATE DIRECTOR OF TEA PARTY PATRIOTS... PLANNED THE EVENT TONIGHT.
I'm actually quite encouraged right now. First of all, we understand from the exit polling that they have called it for speaker Gingrich. Which, we certainly congratulate him on his victory. But, they also called, at the beginning, they said it looked like a very tight race between Romney and Santorum and they had Romney in a slight lead. But, since then, it's shifted and, now they have Santorum in second place. So, that is what we were hoping for for tonight and we're hoping that trend continues.
IN HOUSTON COUNTY... VOTERS SAID YES TO EXTENDING A PENNY SALES TAX.
COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TOMMY STALNAKER CALLED THE VOTE A WIN FOR THE CITIZENS OF HOUSTON COUNTY.
HE AND A CROWD OF HOUSTON ELECTED OFFICIALS GATHERED AT THE COMMISSION'S WARNER ROBINS BOARD ROOM... TO WATCH THE NUMBERS ROLL IN.
STALNAKER SAID HE WAS NOT ONLY EXCITED... BUT ELATED BY THE RESULTS.
HE SAID THE FIRST DOLLARS COLLECTED FOR THE SPLOST WILL GO TOWARD SOLVING THE ENCROACHMENT PROBLEM... AT THE END OF THE ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE RUNWAY.
Tommy Stalnaker, Houston Commission Chairman: That has been an issue that's needed to go away in middle Georgia for a long time. This county has not had the ability to have the revenue necessary to make it go away and with the passage of the SPLOST, we'll be able to do that now."
STALNAKER SAID THE SPLOST COLLECTIONS WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER.
THAT'S WHEN THE CURRENT SPLOST EXPIRES.
OTHER NEWS COMING FROM HOUSTON COUNTY TODAY... JOB CUTS COMING TO ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
WE'LL DIG INTO THOSE A LITTLE LATER IN THIS NEWSCAST... AND LET YOU KNOW WHO IT WILL AFFECT.
HOUSTON COUNTY WASN'T THE ONLY COUNTY WITH A SPLOST ON THE BALLOT TODAY.
WE'LL TAKE YOU THROUGH THE OTHER LOCAL QUESTIONS AND LET YOU KNOW HOW THEY PLAYED OUT... WHEN EYEWITNESS NEWS CONTINUES.
THE PEACH COUNTY SPLOST PASSED TONIGHT.
THE SPLOST IS A ONE PERCENT COUNTY SALES TAX.
IT WILL PAY FOR BIG PROJECTS INCLUDING PAVED ROADS AND IMPROVING THE SEWER SYSTEM IN SOUTHWEST PEACH COUNTY.
MONEY WOULD ALSO GO TO A WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER THAT WOULD TRAIN THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING TO GET A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE.
IT WOULD BE RUN BY MIDDLE GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE.
COMMISSION CHAIRMAN MELVIN WALKER WAS HAPPY ABOUT THE RESULTS----
Chairman Melvin Walker, Peach County: 00:36 The public we gave them a plan on how we want to manage the county through 2021 and they're saying go ahead, we want to give you that opportunity. So I hope we are going to live up to our obligation.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ESTIMATE THE SPLOST COULD BRING IN 21.7 MILLION DOLLARS OVER SIX YEARS.
FOUR OTHER COUNTIES ALSO VOTED ON SPLOST EXTENSIONS TODAY...
VOTERS IN MONROE.. DOOLY.. MACON.. AND TREUTLEN COUNTIES ALSO APPROVED SPLOSTS..
VOTERS IN TWO CENTRAL GEORGIA COMMUNITIES VOTED ON SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES AS WELL.
PUTNAM COUNTY VOTERS ACTUALLY HAD TWO SUNDAY SALES MEASURES... FIRST UP... LIQUOR BY THE DRINK.
AND A SEPARATE QUESTION COVERED PACKAGE STORES.
THE PEACH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MET TONIGHT... WITH A POSSIBLE FIVE-DAY WEEK ON THE AGENDA.
WE'LL LET YOU KNOW HOW THE VOTE WENT... WHEN EYEWITNESS NEWS CONTINUES.
CUTS ANNOUNCED TODAY AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE WILL AFFECT ONE ACTIVE SQUADRON.. AND THE BAND OF THE AIR FORCE RESERVE..
MOST OF THE 83 MILITARY POSITIONS AND ONE CIVILIAN POSITION BEING ELIMINATED WILL COME FROM THE J-STARS 461ST AIR CONTROL WING.. AND THE BAND..
POSITIONS IN THE 461ST ARE DUE TO THE AIR FORCE GROUNDING THE JOINT STARS E-8-C.. AN AIRCRAFT THEY SAY IS NOT ECONOMICAL TO KEEP REPAIRING..
POSITIONS IN THE BAND OF THE AIR FORCE RESERVE ARE BEING CUT BECAUSE THE AIR FORCE PLANS TO CALL FOR THE UNIT TO BE DEACTIVATED IN 20-13.
WE SPOKE WITH MARY-THERESE TEBBE.. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITH THE 21ST CENTURY PARTNERSHIP ABOUT THE IMPACT THE BAND HAS HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA..
Mary Therese Tebbe, Exec. Dir 21st Century Partnership: "This band gives so much to this community. How about that huge 4th of July gig in the summertime? Or how about Operation Season's Greetings? They go overseas and bring a little bit of home to our troops. So I'm just a little emotional for me because I know what they bring to the table and it's just very shocking. I understand the Air Force has a job to do, I truly wish they had done it in a different way."
AIR FORCE RESERVE COMMAND LEADERS SAY.. THE AIRMEN CURRENTLY ASSIGNED TO THE BAND WOULD BE RE-ASSIGNED TO OTHER ACTIVE DUTY BANDS.. AND THE J-STARS AIRMEN WILL BE RE-ASSIGNED AS WELL.
TEBBE SAYS.. THE BAND HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE AT ROBINS SINCE THE 1950S.
THE CUTS ARE PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S TEN YEAR PLAN TO CUT 487-BILLION FROM ITS BUDGET.
PEACH COUNTY STUDENTS WILL SOON MOVE BACK TO A FIVE-DAY SCHOOL WEEK.
TONIGHT... THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED THREE TO ONE IN FAVOR OF THE CHANGE.
THEY VOTED IN 2009 TO MOVE FROM FIVE DAYS TO A FOUR-DAY WEEK... BUT BOARD CHAIRMAN JAMIE JOHNSON SAYS THEY DIDN'T SEE THE SAVINGS THEY'D HOPED.
BOARD VICE CHAIRMAN BEN MC-DANIEL VOTED AGAINST THE CHANGE BACK TO A FIVE DAY WEEK.
HE SAID HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT HOW THE SYSTEM WOULD PAY FOR IT, BUT ADDED THAT HE THINKS THEY WILL FIGURE IT OUT.
THE CHANGE WILL GO INTO EFFECT IN AUGUST... FOR THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR.
BIBB COUNTY'S SCHOOL BOARD IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND'S MACON MIRACLE STRATEGIC PLAN WEDNESDAY NIGHT... AND POSSIBLY VOTE ON IT.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BIBB SCHOOLS SPOKESWOMAN... STEPHANIE HARTLEY.
ON MONDAY... MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND BIBB COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART CAME OUT IN SUPPORT OF THE PLAN...
THE CALLED BOARD MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR 6 P.M. IN THE FOURTH FLOOR MEETING ROOM OF THE BOARD'S OFFICES AT 484 MULBERRY SREET.
METEOROLOGIST MIKE FULLER JOINS US WITH WEATHER..
HERE ARE QUICK HIGHLIGHTS OF SUPER TUESDAY RESULTS..AS THEY STAND RIGHT NOW IN GEORGIA..
FORMER MASSACHUSSETSS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY MAINTAINS HIS DELEGATE LEAD.. TAKING VIRGINIA... VERMONT AND HIS HOME STATE MASSACHUSETTS.
FORMER PENNSYLVANIA SENATOR RICK SANTORUM IS SECOND.. TENNESSEE.. OKLAHOMA AND NORTH DAKOTA WENT TO HIM..
IN THIRD IS NEW GINGRICH.. WHO TOOK THE PEACH STATE TONIGHT.
AND FINALLY RON PAUL.. WHO REMAINS IN FOURTH AFTER SUPER TUESDAY.
SO FAR.. NO PRIMARY WINS TONIGHT..
BIG LOCAL RESULTS.. VOTERS IN HOUSTON..PEACH.. MONROE.. DOOLY.. TREUTLEN.. AND MACON COUNTIES ALL SAY YES TO A PENNY SALES TAX..
WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE SUPER TUESDAY RESULTS ON 13WMAZ DOT COM..
AND TUNE IN TO MORNIN' FOR EXTENDED SUPER TUESDAY REACTION AND COVERAGE.. INCLUDING AN IN STUDIO INTERVIEW WITH REPUBLICAN ACTIVIST AND GINGRICH SUPPORTER BILL KNOWLES..
WE'LL HEAR FROM HOUSTON COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIR TOMMY STALNAKER ABOUT HOW SPLOST MONEY WILL BE SPENT..
LOCAL AUTHOR AND GINGRICH SUPPORTER DIANE VANN WILL TALK ABOUT HER CANDIDATES MOMENTUM AFTER TODAY'S VICTORY IN GEORGIA


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