GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M AMY AUBERT.
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
WE'VE BEEN ENJOYING WARM TEMPERATURES A LOT EARLIER THIS YEAR... AND FOR SOME CENTRAL GEORGIANS... THAT COULD BE BRINGING ALONG A PESKY SIDE EFFECT.
CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... MOSQUITOES ARE HATCHING EARLY... AND FORCING BIBB COUNTY TO TAKE ACTION.
<<SOME CALL MACON STATE BIOLOGIST JEFF BURNE... THE BUG GUY...
"This is what is called a crane fly. It is a fly like a mosquito but unlike mosquitoes it doesnt bite people. In fact it eats mosquitoes."
HE SAYS THIS YEAR.. THE MILD WINTER HAS CAUSED A SHIFT IN MOSQUITO SEASON.
"i think we're gonna be dealing with about the same numbers, maybe a little bit more than we're used to having but I think now the whole thing that's getting people is they're just out a lot earlier."
THE LONGER SEASON INCREASES THE CHANCES OF MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES...
"West nile virus, and also the eastern equine encephalitis virus."
THAT FACT ISN'T LOST ON BIBB COUNTY LEADERS...
"People had called with concerns to staff as well as elected officials that the warmer weather we're having I think people are experencing mosquito bites earlier that they normally would."
CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR STEVE LAYSON SAYS COMMISSIONERS HAVE ALLOCATED MONEY FOR THE MOSQUITO SPRAYING PROGRAM... REVERSING LAST YEAR'S DECISION TO DO AWAY WITH IT ALL TOGETHER.
"the county is set up in 30 different sectors that we spray in and typically we'd do 2 a night. With us starting late, we'll probably have to do more than 2 a night and it costs about 15-thousand a month."
"Biggest problem with the spray program is that it really doesn't get mosquitoes where they live."
WHICH IS ANY WHERE THERE'S STAGNANT WATER... FROM THE MIDDLE OF SWAMPY WOODS... TO YOUR OWN BACK YARD.
"probably the better thing to do is to have individuals look around their yard and empty any water that's standing and do it on a continual basis."
"If everybody in macon would do that, that would really cut down on the number of mosquitoes in town."
BURNE SAYS THE MOSQUITOES ARE HERE TO STAY UNTIL AROUND NOVEMBER... A KIND OF TAX FOR LIVING IN THE SPLENDOR CENTRAL GEORGIA HAS TO OFFER.
CNADACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
LAYSON SAYS THE SPRAY PROGRAM WON'T START UNTIL NEXT MONTH... AFTER THEY GET CLEARANCE FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.
FOLKS ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA GATHERED AT CHURCHES TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE EASTER HOLIDAY.
JENNIFER MOULLIET BRINGS YOU THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF ONE SUNRISE SERVICE.
:10 Reverend Ben Gosden, Mulberry Street Methodist Church: " We're here to celebrate Easter this is Macon tradition the ninety-sixth annual Interdemonational Easter sunrise service.""Interdenominational recognizes that many of us especially here in Macon with great history are associated with various denominations... this is a service that is open to folks of any tradition."
nats "he has risen, Amen."
:31 Andy Watson Jr. , Macon: " I came out because of the Joy of the celebration.""To be able to hear this incredible singing and the incredible blessing you can be right here and see the sun coming up and to know the son has risen period."
"Easter is a day where churches all over the city will celebrate with lots of big music so we wanted to make sure that we had wonderful music."
"This is actually my first easter sermon so to do it in such a historic venue something that's been going on for almost a hundred years here in macon really meant a lot."
"The turnout was here people wanted to be here today the calling was here."
nats "early this morning by the power of God Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead."
SEVERAL SUNRISE SERVICES IN MACON TODAY WERE FOLLOWED BY EASTER EGG HUNTS FOR THE KIDS.
THIS YEAR.. APRIL 17TH HAS A DOUBLE MEANING FOR THE I-R-S.
THE DATE ISN'T JUST THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR TAX RETURNS.. BUT IT'S ALSO THE LAST CHANCE FOR SOME TO CLAIM FOR A REFUND FROM 4 YEARS AGO.
THE I-R-S SAYS THERE ARE ABOUT 1 BILLION DOLLARS IN UNCLAIMED REFUNDS FROM 2008... AND THEY SAY AT LEAST 1 MILLION PEOPLE CAN TAKE HOME SOME OF THE MONEY
IN THE PEACH STATE ALONE.. 36 THOUSAND PEOPLE COULD HAVE A REFUND COMING THEIR WAY.
THE LAW GIVE TAXPAYERS 3 YEARS TO SUBMIT THEIR CLAIM.
THE MONEY THAT ISN'T CLAIMED GOES TO THE U-S TREASURY
WHAT WAS ONCE AN UNDERGROUND HOTSPOT... COULD SOON CLIMB ITS WAY BACK TO THE TOP.
ATLANTA OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO REVITALIZE THE UNDERGROUND ATLANTA ATTRACTION.
IT OPENED 40 YEARS AGO... AS A POPULAR NIGHTSPOT.... BUT WAS SHUT DOWN IN 19-80 BECAUSE OF A CRIME WAVE.
IN THE EARLY '90'S IT RE-OPENED AS A SHOPPING HUB.
OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE IN TALKS WITH SEVERAL DEVELOPERS WHO COULD SERVE AS ANCHOR TENANTS.
ATLANTA'S MAYOR SAYS HE WANTS THE CITY TO REDUCE ITS 8 POINT 1 MILLION DOLLAR ANNUAL SUBSIDY TO THE UNDERGROUND.
POLICE SAY REVENGE MAY BE ONE MOTIVE IN FRIDAY'S SHOOTING SPREE.. THAT SPREAD FEAR THROUGH THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN TULSA.. OKLAHOMA.
AUTHORITIES SAY.. THE THURSDAY BEFORE THE SHOOTING... SUSPECT JAKE ENGLAND EXPRESSED ANGER ON FACEBOOK... OVER HIS FATHER BEING KILLED BY A BLACK MAN TWO YEAR EARLIER.
ALL FIVE VICTIMS SHOT ON FRIDAY WERE BLACK.. THREE OF THEM DIED.
POLICE ARRESTED ENGLAND AND 32-YEAR-OLD ALVIN WATTS TODAY.. BOTH OF THE ARE WHITE.
A NEIGHBOR WHO SAYS SHE'S KNOWN ENGLAND'S FAMILY FOR YEARS SAYS SHE CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT HE'S ACCUSED OF.
"He's just a nice young man, I can't even imagine him in this. Now drugs yes. But killing? I can't imagine it. Not Jake."
BOTH SUSPECTS ARE CHARGED WITH THREE COUNTS OF MURDER AND TWO COUNTS OF SHOOTING WITH INTENT TO KILL.
TONIGHT CBS AND THE WORLD OF JOURNALISM ARE MOURNING THE DEATH OF MIKE WALLACE.
THE FIRST CORRESPONDENT EVER HIRED FOR "60 MINUTES" DIED SATURDAY NIGHT.
DREW LEVINSON TALKED WITH ONE WALLACE'S LONGTIME COLLEAGUES ABOUT HIS LIFE AND HIS IMPACT.
SOT: MORLEY SAFER/60 MINUTES CORRESPONDENT :57-1:02
Mike Wallace died peacefully Saturday in a Connecticut care facility with his family at his side. He as 93.
His friend and 60 minutes colleague of 40 years Morley Safer last saw him a year and a half ago.
(--SOT: MORLEY SAFER/60 MINUTES CORRESPONDENT--)
"HE WAS THE SAME OLD FEISTY MIKE, (AHEM) WONDERFULLY AGGRESSIVE WONDERFULLY CRITICAL"
Wallace's passing may have been quiet but his life as a journalist was anything but.
(--NATSOUND OF WALLACE BEING BOMBASTIC AND QUESTIONING PEOPLE--)
Wallace was a tenacious interviewer who backed away from nothing.
For example his interview with the Ayatollah Komemeni during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, Wallace quoted Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
"HE CALLS YOU IMAM, FORGIVE ME HIS WORDS NOT MINE..A LUNATIC"
Wallace helped pioneer the ambush interview.
(--SOT SAFER --)
"HE LOVED VILLAINS
HE LOVED VILLAINS? GOING AFTER THEM?
HE LOVED GOING AFTER THEM AND ONCE ON THE BROADCAST WOULD EVISCERATE THEM."
(--SOT SAFER --)
"THERE IS THE JOKE THAT THE WORST THING ANYBODY CAN HEAR IS MIKE WALLACE IS HERE TO SEE YOU.
"IT WAS NO JOKE AS YOU KNOW FROM WATCHING FOR FOUR DECADES OF 60 MINUTES, PEOPLE SOMETIMES BECAME CATATONIC WHEN THEY SAW HIM."
Wallace could irritate anyone including his boss Don Hewitt.
(NATSOUND ARGUING WITH DON HEWITT)
But Safer says there was a softness to him not seen on television.
"HE WAS A VERY SENSITIVE GUY ABOUT ALL KINDS OF THINGS HE COULD BE VERY SENTIMENTAL.
Sentimental yes--but he'll be remembered for being the pit-bull journalist he was, and those who knew him say--that's the way he'd like it.>>
WALLACE'S LAST 60 MINUTES INTERVIEW CAME IN JANUARY OF 2008 WHEN HE INTERVIEWED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PITCHER ROGER CLEMMON ABOUT HIS ALLEGED STEROID USE.
60 MINUTES WILL DEDICATE ITS BROADCAST NEXT SUNDAY NIGHT TO WALLACE.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK..
ONE OF GEORGIA'S MOST HISTORIC CITIES COULD SOON BE THE HOME OF A NEW BASEBALL STADIUM.
CITY OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING USING 22 MILLION DOLLARS IN SPLOST MONEY TO FUND THE PROJECT IN DOWTOWN SAVANNAH.
THE CITY'S MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM.. THE SAND GNATS WOULD LIKELY CONTRIBUTE MILLIONS TO THE PROJECT.
THEY WOULD LEASE THE STRUCTURE FROM THE CITY AND PAY OPERATING COSTS.
OFFICIALS SAY THE STADIUM WOULD SERVE AS A MULTI-PURPOSE FACILITY.. WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO USE MONEY FROM A LOCAL SALES TAX APPROVED IN 2006.
EVERYDAY... YOU TRUST THAT THE THINGS YOU BRING INTO YOUR HOME ARE SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BUT WHEN THOSE PRODUCTS DON'T WORK THE WAY THEY SHOULD... THE COMPANY ISSUES A RECALL TO PROTECT YOU.
OFFICE DEPOT RECALLED ITS OFFICE CHAIRS DUE TO FALL HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE CHAIR CAN SEPARATE FROM THE BASE.
SO FAR... THEY'VE RECEIVED 11 REPORTS OF CHAIRS BREAKING RESULTING IN INJURIES.
THE CHAIRS WERE SOLD AT OFFICE DEPOT STORES NATIONWIDE AND ON THEIR WEBSITE FROM JANUARY 2002 THROUGH DECEMBER 2008 FOR ABOUT 55 DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RECALL... YOU CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY BY CALLING... 866-403-3763.
PUBLIC BIKES RECALLED ABOUT 4 THOUSAND BICYCLES DUE TO FALL HAZARD.
THE RECALL INCLUDES 18 MODELS OF WOMEN AND MEN'S BIKES.
SO FAR... THE COMPANY HAS RECEIVED 24 REPORTS OF THE PEDALS CRACKING... BUT NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
THE BIKES WERE SOLD AT BIKE STORES NATIONWIDE... AND AT PUBLICBIKES DOT COM FOR ABOUT 12 HUNDRED BUCKS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... CALL 855-840-1400.
WEST ELM RECALLED ITS FOLDING CHAIRS DUE TO FALL HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE CHAIRS CAN COLLAPSE DURING NORMAL USE.
WEST ELM HAS RECIEVED 14 REPORTS OF THE CHAIRS COLLAPSING... AND TWO CONSUMERS REPORTED MINOR INJURIES.
THE CHAIRS WERE SOLD AT WEST ELM STORES NATIONWIDE... IN THEIR CATALOG AND ON-LINE FROM SEPTEMBER 2011 TO JANUARY 20-12 FOR BETWEEN 20 AND 40 DOLLARS.
YOU CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY AT 855-262-9744.
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WINTER IS A THING OF THE PAST... FOR MOST OF AMERICA... BUT NOT FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN ALASKA.
THE TOWN OF ANCHORAGE MADE HISTORY THIS WEEKEND WITH A RECORD SNOWFALL SEASON.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS 3 POINT 4 INCHES OF NEW SNOW FELL IN ANCHORAGE ON SUNDAY... MAKING THE 20-11... 20-12 WINTER SEASON THE SNOWIEST EVER WITH A TOTAL OF 133 POINT 6 INCHES.
THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS SET NEARLY 60 YEARS AGO IN 19-54.
RELATIVES OF TITANIC PASSENGERS... AND MORE THAN A THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE... CLIMBED ABOARD A MEMORIAL CRUISE SHIP.
THE SHIP DEPARTED FROM ENGLAND TODAY... RETRACING THE ORIGINAL ROUTE OF THE TITANIC.
MOST OF THE PASSENGERS ARE HISTORY AND TITANIC ENTHUSIASTS FROM COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.
THE GRANDSON OF A CREWMAN WORKING ON THE TITANIC SAYS... HIS GRANDFATHER WAS HAUNTED BY THE DEVASTATING LOSS OF LIFE.
Philip Littlejohn "I did know my grandfather but I was only 5 years old at the time. But it wouldn't have made any difference if I was 55 because he never talked about it. There was a certain amount of guilt amongst male survivors that they had survived when women and children had gone down."
PASSENGERS PAID BETWEEN 2 AND 7 THOUSAND TO BE APART OF THE UNIQUE VOYAGE.
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THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM AREN'T MY KIDS THE CUTEST GALLERY.
THIS IS A PHOTO OF BRAILEY DANCING AND PIPER LOOKING THROUGH HER CANDY AFTER EASTER EGG HUNTING.
AND HERE'S A PICTURE OF ANNALYNN MEETING THE EASTER BUNNY FOR THE FIRST TIME.
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