Wednesday, March 28, Eyewitness News at 11

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<<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>

GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.. I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

THE SHOOTING DEATH OF FLORIDA TEEN TRAYVON MARTIN HAS SPARKED PROTESTS... MARCHES... AND RALLIES FROM COAST TO COAST.
TONIGHT... MACON HAD ITS OWN... A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL CALLED HOODIES ON THE HILL.
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... HUNDREDS PACKED THE PARK WITH HOODIES... SKITTLES... AND ICED TEA IN HONOR OF THE SLAIN TEEN.


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ORGANISERS SAY THEY WANTED TO HOLD THIS EVENT ON COLEMAN HILL... A CENTRAL LOCATION OVERLOOKING THE CITY... WHERE PEOPLE OF ALL RACES WERE CALLED TO REFLECT ON THE QUESTIONS OF JUSTICE... PROFILING... AND FAIRNESS RAISED INTHE TRAVON MARTIN CASE.
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HOODIES ON THE HILL WAS THE BRAIN CHILD OF WOOSAH WEDNESDAYS... A GROUP OF YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WHO GET TOGETHER TO DISCUSS SOCIAL ISSUES... AND THEY SAY THEY'RE NOT DONE.
THEY'RE LOOKING AT A FINDRAISER FOR TRAYVON MARTIN'S FAMILY, AND THEY SAY THEY'LL CONTINUE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT SIMILAR ISSUES RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
REPORTING IN MACON, CANDACE ADORKA, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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A WARNER ROBINS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH LEADER SAYS HE'S WORRIED MARTIN'S DEATH WILL GIVE HIS GROUP A BAD RAP... SINCE THE MAN WHO SHOT HIM.. SAID HE WAS PART OF THE PROGRAM.

KIM LEDFORD STARTED A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ON HIS BLOCK ABOUT A YEAR AGO.
HE SAYS GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.. THE MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY SHOT MARTIN.. TOOK THE LAW INTO HIS OWN HANDS.
LEDFORD SAYS THAT GOES AGAINST THE PURPOSE OF NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAMS.


What gave that man the right to take the law in his own hands and cause that boys death. nothing. Neighborhood watch did not give him the authority to do that."

LEDFORD SAYS ABOUT HALF OF THE HOMES ON HIS BLOCK HAVE JOINED THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH.
NO ONE HAS BEEN CHARGED IN MARTIN'S DEATH.


A MACON MAN TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT HE'S BEEN DOWNLOADING AND SHARING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY FOR YEARS.
A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS DEPUTIES ARRESTED

30-YEAR-OLD BRIAN DAVID WALKER AT HIS HOME AROUND 6 THIS MORNING.
LIEUTENANT SEAN DEFOE SAYS A DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATION LED THEM TO SERVE WALKER WITH A SEARCH WARRANT.
DEFOE SAYS... WHILE SERVING THE WARRANT... WALKER ADMITTED TO DOWNLOADING AND SHARING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.

OFFICIALS SEIZED 17 COMPUTER HARD DRIVES FROM WALKER'S HOME.
WALKER REMAINS IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL WITHOUT BOND.



IF YOU'RE TAKING AN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT OUT OF ATLANTA THIS SPRING... LISTEN-UP.
A NEW TERMINAL IS ABOUT TO OPEN AND TO GET THERE... YOU WON'T TAKE THE NORMAL ROUTE.

STARTING MAY 16TH... ALL INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS COMING FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA SHOULD TAKE INTERSTATE SEVENTY FIVE... TO EXIT 239.
YOU NEVER GET ON 285 WEST... WHICH IS STILL THE ROUTE TRAVELERS TAKE FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHTS.
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER BEN SNEDEKER SAYS IT COULD BE CONFUSING.. AND THEY DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO MISS FLIGHTS.

FRANK MALLOY'S SON.. NICK IS RECOVERING FROM SURGERY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN BIBB COUNTY THIS MORNING.
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 8 A-M ON I-75 NORTH AT THE BASS ROAD EXIT.
MALLOY WAS TRAPPED AFTER HE APPARENTLY LOST CONTROL....AND DROVE OFF THE ROAD.
HIS CAR SLAMMED INTO AN EMBANKMENT AND FLIPPED.

NICK IS A COUNTRY SINGER WHO PERFORMS ON STAGES LOCALLY AND THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHEAST....WITH THE NICK MALLOY BAND.
THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

NEW JOBS COULD BE ON THE WAY TO JEFFERSON COUNTY.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL ANNOUNCED THAT PYRA-MAX CERAMICS WILL INVEST 140 MILLION DOLLARS IN A NEW PLANT NEAR WRENS... THAT'S ABOUT 30 MILES AWAY FROM AUGUSTA.
THE NEW FACILITY COULD EMPLOY ABOUT 60 PEOPLE.
PYRA-MAX MAKES CERAMIC BEADS THAT ARE INJECTED INTO THE GROUND BY COMPANIES DRILLLING FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS.
THE COMPANY WON'T BE BUILDING THE FACILITY ALONE... THEY'LL GET HELP FROM THE STATE... INCLUDING 4 POINT 8 MILLION DOLLARS IN TAX BREAKS.. AND STATE SPONSORED WORKER TRAINING.

ON DAY THREE OF THE HEALTHCARE HEARINGS AT THE SUPREME COURT.. THE DEBATE SHIFTED TO WHETHER THE COURT WILL UPHOLD THE LAW.. CUT PARTS OF IT ... OR KILL THE WHOLE THING.
CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS QUESTIONED HOW THE 27-HUNDRED PAGE BILL PASSED CONGRESS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Chief Justice John Roberts: "And I suspect with a lot of these miscellaneous provisions that Justice Breyer was talking about, that was the price of the vote. That's why all many of these provisions I think were put in, not because they were unobjectionable. So presumably what Congress would have done is they wouldn't have been able to put together, cobble together, the votes to get it through."

THE SUPREME COURT GENERALLY TAKES MONTHS....WITH COMPLEX CASES LIKE THE HEALTHCARE BILL.
A DECISION IS EXPECTED IN JUNE.

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THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES

PEOPLE INTERESTED IN BOOSTING THEIR BUSINESS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A CAREER EXPO TODAY.

WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT ONE WOMAN LEARNED ABOUT BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENUER WHEN EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN CONTINUES.

ABOUT 50 HOPEFUL BUSINESS OWNER HOPEFULS SHOWED UP AT FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITIY'S FIFTH ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS EXPO.
AUSTIN LEWIS TALKED TO ONE BUDDING ENTREPENEUR ABOUT WHAT SHE LEARNED THAT WILL HELP HER
ACHEIVE HER DREAM.

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nats: How did you make that transition from a vision, a dream to an actual reality?
PATRICIA DAVIS CAME TO THE SMALL BUSINESS EXPO TO GET ANSWERS TO THAT QUESTION AND OTHERS.
nats of an answer to a question.
SHE AND OTHERS GOT EXPERTS' ADVICE ON HOW TO MAKE THEIR DREAMS JUMP OFF THE PAGE... AND INTO REALITY.
Patricia Davis, Warner Robins: 01:45 My passion is to open up this marriage and family store, to have a brand and create that brand on every merchandise that we sell to people. It'll be a way to get people in, but the ultimate goal is to provide a service.
DAVIS SAYS SHE'S WRITING DOWN IDEAS ON COMBINING RETAIL AND COUNSELING.
Patricia Davis, Warner Robins: 02:12 We'd have a section, just like a section in a Walmart, where they sell CDs, DVDs, and music that would actually be to help enhance marriages and relationships.
DAVIS SAYS SHE'S TAKING NOTES ON THE BASICS
Patricia Davis, Warner Robins: 06:21 I just got out of a workshop about building that personal image adn how important it is for you to start with you first, starting with you first and transition into a professional image
Austin Lewis, Eyewitness News: Organizers say that one key aspect of this expo is that budding entrepeneurs get to interact with those established business owners.
Patricia Davis, Warner Robins: 06:01 I'm engaging with seasoned entrepeneurs which is like great, because they're here coaching us, they're mentoring us, they're teaching us, they;'re giving us some of the hands on things
FOR DAVIS, SHARING HER BUSINESS PLANS WITH MENTORS OVER A POWER LUNCH...WILL HELP HER GROW AS A BUSINESSWOMAN. .
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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EVEN THOUGH IT HASN'T BEEN THE BEST ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT....SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STILL GROWING IN THE PEACH STATE.
GEORGIA'S SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SAYS THEY HAD A RECORD YEAR IN 2011.
THEY WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE LOANS FOR NEARLY 17-HUNDRED BUSINESSES.
THAT'S UP NEARLY 200 FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.








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