Monday, April 30, Eyewitness News at 11

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

SOME MACON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ARE ONCE AGAIN ASKING THE STATE TO PUT THE BRAKES ON THE FOREST HILL ROAD WIDENING PROJECT.
THE PUBLIC WORKS AND ENGINEERING COMMITTEE IS SET TO VOTE ON A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE STATE'S PLANS TOMORROW.
COUNCILMAN TOM ELLINGTON IS ONE OF THE MEASURE'S SUPPORTERS.
HE'S JOINING US NOW.

-Councilman, thank you for being here tonight. First, fill us in a little on what parts of the project you object to.
-What would the ordinance on the table tomorrow do?
-What do you hope to see happen with this project?
-What else is cming up on the council agenda?

THREE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ARE VYING FOR A NOVEMBER RUN AGAINST INCUMBENT SANFORD BISHOP FOR THE GEORGIA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TWO SEAT.
ALL AGREE... IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE.
AMY AUBERT ATTENDED A FORUM TONIGHT... AND TELLS YOU WHY EACH SAY THEY'RE THE PERFECT CANDIDATE.
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Nats: "John House, good to see ya."
Nats: "How ya'll doin'? RIck Allen."

THE REPLUBLICAN CANDIDATES HOPING TO GO UP AGAINST LONGTIME CONGRESSMAN... SANFORD BISHOP... SAY THINGS NEED TO CHANGE.

Nats, House: "I think a lot of people that in the past have supported Congressman Bishop are tired of it, because they see that things have not gotten better in the last 15 years for sure."

COLONEL JOHN HOUSE... SAYS SERVING IN THE ARMY... GIVES HIM THE EXPERIENCE... TO SUCCEED.

Nats, Allen: "Okay, alright."

BUT SMALL BUSINESS OWNER RICK ALLEN... SAYS RUNNING HIS OWN SHOP... GIVES HIM THE KNOW-HOW TO SERVE DISTRICT TWO IN WASHINGTON.

Allen: "A lot of what I'll be doing is saying no, the problem in Washington is that everybody say yes all the time."

CANDIDATE KEN DELOACH COULDN'T MAKE MONDAY'S FORUM... BUT HIS CAMPAIGN MANAGER... KEN CARROLL... SAYS THE DEAN OF STUDENTS AT CENTRAL FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN ACADEMY HOLDS STRONG TIES WITH CENTRAL GEORGIA.

Ken Carroll, Campaign Manager: "He always worked within family industries, his grandfather had several small chicken farms around middle georgia and he worked there during the summers."

Nats: "Would you support new life?"

IN A FORUM MONDAY... THE THREE ANSWERED QUESTIONS ON BEING PRO-LIFE... EDUCATION... AND IF THEY'D GIVE IN TO WASHINGTON PRESSURES.

House: "if the leadership tells me to do something that I think is wrong, because I think it contradicts your interests in the 2nd district, i wont do it."

ALL THREE SAY IF ELECTED... THEY'LL FOCUS ON BRINGING JOBS TO CENTRAL GEORGIA.
CARROLL SAYS DELOACH EMBRACES HERMAN CAIN'S 9-9-9 PLAN... WHICH WILL GET RID OF A LOT OF THE TAX BURDEN... ALLEN SAYS HE PLANS TO OFFER INCENTIVES FOR COMPANIES TO MOVE HERE... AND HOUSE SAYS HE'LL FOCUS ON TAX STRUCTURE... AND REGULATION.

AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> YOU CAN VOTE IN THE GENERAL PRIMARY ON JULY 31ST.
THE WINNER OF THAT ELECTION WILL FACE CONGRESSMAN BISHOP IN NOVEMBER.

THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS LOOKING INTO WHETHER A WEAVER MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER TOUCHED A STUDENT INAPPROPRIATELY.
AN INCIDENT REPORT IDENTIFIES THE TEACHER AS 23-YEAR-OLD SAMUEL MCPHEE... A MUSIC TEACHER.
ACCORDING TO THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT... MCPHEE WAS PUT ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE LAST WEEK.. THE SAME DAY THE 14-YEAR-OLD MALE STUDENT REPORTED THE MATTER.
THE REPORT DOESN'T GIVE FURTHER DETAILS.... BUT CALLS THE CASE A POSSIBLE SEXUAL ASSAULT.
IT ALSO SAYS THERE MAY BE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE ALLEGED ASSAULT.
ACCORDING TO THE REPORT.. IT HAPPENED AT SCHOOL LAST MONDAY AFTERNOON.
BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SAY THE STUDENT SPOKE TO CAMPUS POLICE THAT DAY AND THE TEACHER WAS IMMEDIATELY PLACED ON LEAVE.
SO FAR... BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF LIEUTENANT SEAN DEFOE SAYS NO ONE HAS BEEN CHARGED.

YOU COULD SEE SOME TRAFFIC DELAYS AROUND ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
A SECURITY EXERCISE CALLED "ARDENT SENTRY 2012" STARTS TOMORROW AND COULD CAUSE TRAFFIC DELAYS STARTING WEDNESDAY.
TONY MCVAY SERVES AS CHIEF OF PROGRAMS AND PLANS FOR THE 78TH AIR BASE WING.
HE SAYS THE EXERCISE IS PART OF A NATIONWIDE DRILL.
MILITARY INSTALLATIONS... FEMA AND OTHER AGENCIES TEST THEIR READINESS TO RESPOND TO NATURAL AND MANMADE DISASTERS.
THOSE EXERCISES MAY MEAN TIGHTENING SECURITY AND RAISING THE FORCE PROTECTION LEVEL.
THAT MEANS LONG DELAYS AT THE GATES... AND ALL ENTRANCES AND EXITS FROM THE BASE COULD BE STOPPED AT TIMES.
<<Tony McVay, Cheif of Plans and Programs: (8:20) "The overall goal is to test and evaluate our organization, our personnell and our warfighters to make sure we can respond to natural disasters, and any other scenarios out there that may take place.">>
MCVAY SAYS SOME ENTRANCES TO BASE BUILDINGS MAY ALSO BE CLOSED... AND THAT PARKING COULD BE RESTRICTED IN SOME AREAS.
THE ARDENT SENTRY DRILL ENDS MAY 11TH.

ONE OF THE BILLS ON GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL'S DESK COULD CHARGE DISABLED VETERANS UP TO 682 DOLLARS A MONTH TO LIVE AT THE GEORGIA WAR VETERANS HOME IN MILLEDGEVILLE.
(NAT 6 SECS - it's just..it's my own room)
BOTH THE STATE HOUSE AND SENATE VOTED NEARLY UNANIMOUSLY IN FAVOR OF HOUSE BILL 5-35.
IT REQUIRES RESIDENTS OF THE HOME TO PAY A FEE... THE BILL ALSO INCLUDES FULL OR PARTIAL WAIVERS BASED ON ECONOMIC NEED.
VIETNAM VETERAN SAMUEL WILLIAMS HAS LIVED IN THE HOME FOR SEVEN YEARS.... AND SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW IF HE COULD PAY.
357 it's hard because i'm on a fixed income. cost of living is high now and i don't htink it's fair to treat the veterans the way they say they're going to do. i don't know what's going to happen. it's all in the air. 410
STATE REPRESENTATIVE RUSTY KIDD OF MILLEDGEVILLE SAYS IT'S NOT LIKELY THAT GEORGIA VETERANS WOULD HAVE TO PAY.
HE SAYS HE'S NOT SURE HOW THE BILL WILL AFFECT THOSE VETERANS.
WE CALLED THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE TO ASK ABOUT THE BILL'S STATUS... BUT THEY DID NOT RETURN OUR PHONE CALLS.

THE TALLEST BUILDING IN NEW YORK IS ONCE AGAIN IN LOWER MANHATTAN.
THE ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER SURPASSED THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING IN HEIGHT TODAY.
MANUEL GALLEGUS TAKES A LOOK.

THE RECOVERY IN LOWER MANHATTAN REACHED NEW HEIGHTS WITH THE PLACEMENT OF THIS STEEL BEAM.

THE FIRST COLUMN OF THE 100TH FLOOR OF "1 WORLD TRADE CENTER" NOW STANDS AT 1,271 FEET HIGH....21 FEET TALLER THAN THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING.

(SOT Sue Noble/Rochester, NY)

Inspirational . It's going to make a lot of people happy

IT TOOK A WHILE AFTER SEPTEMBER 11TH FOR CONSTRUCTION TO GET STARTED, BUT EVENTUALLY AT A RATE OF A NEW FLOOR EVERY WEEK, THE TOWER STARTED TO ALTER MANHATTAN'S SKYLINE. LOCALS AND TOURISTS MARVELED AT THE STRUCTURE ... THE MILESTONE COMES CLOSE TO THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN.

(sot Darrell Roach/Firefighter, Fort Dix, NJ)

"You're not gonna stop America. We're going to rebuild . We're gonna keep on going."

(sot Rick Noble/Rochester, NY)

It sends chills up and down your spine when you think about what happened.

(bridge Manuel Gallegus/CBS News, New York)

"From here on the 71st floor YOU GET A REAL SENSE OF JUST HOW MASSIVE AND TALL IT IS. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PANORAMIC VIEW OF ALL OF NEW YORK.

SOMETHING THAT'S NOTICIBLY DIFFERENT FROM THE ORIGINAL TWIN TOWERS, IS THIS BUILDING IS ALL GLASS -- WINDOWS FLOOR TO CEILING ALL THE WAY AROUND.

THE TOWER IS ONE OF SEVERAL BUILDINGS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT THE SITE WHICH IS ALSO HOME TO THE NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM.

( sot Scott Rechler/Port Authority Vice Chair )

It has been an act of passion and an act of patriotic duty

THE SKYSCRAPER ISN'T EXPECTED TO REACH ITS FULL HEIGHT FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR. WHEN THE NEEDLE IS ADDED, THETOWER WILL TOP OUT AT 1776 FEET... MAKING IT THE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE UNITED STATES.
THE TALLEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD IS IN DUBAI... AND STANDS MORE THAN 27-HUNDRED FEET.

LONDON IS CONSIDERING A PLAN TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE DURING THE OLYMPICS... THAT INVOLVES SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES ON APARTMENT BUILDINGS.
THE BRITISH MILITARY SAYS THE MISSILES ARE THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT THE SKIES OVER LONDON DURING THIS SUMMER'S GAMES.
THEY'RE CONSIDERING SIX SITES... WITH ABOUT TEN TROOPS AT EACH.
MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THOSE BUILDINGS WORRY THAT THE SITES COULD BECOME TARGETS FOR TERRORISTS.
BUT AUTHORITIES INSIST THE MISSILES WILL ONLY BE USED AS A LAST RESORT.
SECURITY EXPERTS SAY THE PLAN IS NECESSARY.

LONDON IS CONSIDERING A PLAN TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE DURING THE OLYMPICS... THAT INVOLVES SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES ON APARTMENT BUILDINGS.
THE BRITISH MILITARY SAYS THE MISSILES ARE THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT THE SKIES OVER LONDON DURING THIS SUMMER'S GAMES.
THEY'RE CONSIDERING SIX SITES... WITH ABOUT TEN TROOPS AT EACH.
MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THOSE BUILDINGS WORRY THAT THE SITES COULD BECOME TARGETS FOR TERRORISTS.
BUT AUTHORITIES INSIST THE MISSILES WILL ONLY BE USED AS A LAST RESORT.
SECURITY EXPERTS SAY THE PLAN IS NECESSARY.
SOT: DR SALLY LEIVESLEY/SECURITY EXPERT (:56-1:07)
It is all about deterrence and control of the airspace. The government has an obligation to the International Olympic Committee to protect over 100 heads of states that are coming and all the athletes from all over the world.
IF THE DEFENSE PLAN GOES FORWARD... IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME SINCE WORLD WAR 2 THAT MISSILES ARE DEPLOYED IN LONDON.
MORE THAN 13,000 TROOPS WILL BE DEPLOYED DURING THE SUMMER GAMES.

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THE FIRST OF THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS IS ALREADY RAKING IN MONEY OVERSEAS... AND AMERICAN MOVIE GOERS SEEM TO BE SAVING THEIR CASH FOR WHEN IT OPENS IN U-S THEATERS.
"THE AVENGERS" OPENED IN 39 COUNTRIES LAST WEEK... AND EARNED 178-POINT-4 MILLION DOLLARS IN TICKET SALES.
IT OPENS IN U-S THEATERS THIS WEEK.
BUT FOR THIS WEEKEND... THE U-S BOX OFFICE SEEMED TO BE IN ANTICIPATION MODE.
THREE OF THE TOP FIVE MOVIES OF THE WEEKEND WERE BUNCHED UP AROUND THE 10-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLAR MARK...
"THE HUNGER GAMES" SLIGHTLY EDGED THE CROWD FOR THE NUMBER THREE SPOT WITH 10-POINT-81... FOLLOWED BY "THE LUCKY ONE" WITH 10-POINT-8-OH.
ROMANTIC COMEDY "THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT" OPENED TO 10-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLARS.
THE ANIMATED COMEDY "THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS" OPENED IN SECOND-PLACE.
THE FLICK... WHICH FEATURES A PIRATE CAPTAIN ON A QUEST TO WIN THE PIRATE OF THE YEAR AWARD... EARNED 11-POINT-ONE MILLION IN TICKET SALES.
AND THIS WEEK'S TOP HONOR GOES TO... "THINK LIKE A MAN."
BASED ON STEVE HARVEY'S HUMOROUS MAN-BAITING BOOK "ACT LIKE A LADY... THINK LIKE A MAN"... THE FILM HAS MEN AND WOMEN CONSULTING CONFLICTING INSTRUCTION MANUALS ON DATING.
THE COMEDY-DRAMA PULLED IN 17-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLARS.


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