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BRIGHT SUN BLAZING OVERHEAD AS TEMPERATURES SOAR PAST THE HUNDRED DEGREE MARK IN SOME AREAS.

HELLO EVERYONE, I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT....

IT IS A SCORCHER IN CENTRAL GEORGIA AS WE HEAD INTO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.

BEN... JUST HOW HOT DID IT GET TODAY... AND MORE IMPORTANTLY... HOW HOT DID IT FEEL?

THE GEORGIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY OR GEMA HAS SOME TIPS TO REMIND YOU HOW TO STAY SAFE AND REDUCE HEAT DANGERS THIS WEEKEND.

AUSTIN LEWIS EXPLAINS THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS.

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YOU COULDN'T ESCAPE...THE SUN'S WARMTH...UNDER THE TREES...

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OR EVEN NEXT TO A FOUNTAIN ON CHERRY STREET PLAZA

Valerie Pollock, Warner Robins: I lived in the South my whole life and you never really get used to it, you just kinda learn ways to cope with it.

THE GEORGIA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SAY THERE ARE WAYS TO BEAT THE HEAT OUT HERE...

ONE TIP THEY HAVE....IS DRESS FOR IT....WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LIGHT COLORED...LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN WALKING THE STREETS.

Meagan Kusz, Macon:It's really keeping me cool I think anything heavier would be unbearable I really don't feel that horrible right now nats

ANOTHER TIP...IS TO AVOID STRENUOUS WORK DURING THE HOTTEST PART OF THE DAY...BUT NOT EVERYONE CAN.

Scott Chamberland, Macon: we work outside putting in gas lines we have to stay in the sun all the time, so just can't avoid it.

CHAMBERLAND SAYS WHAT MAKES IT EASIER...IS GETTING PLENTY OF COLD WATER. nats

GEMA ALSO SAYS DON'T KEEP CHILDREN OR PETS IN HOT CARS.

EXPERTS SAY IT'S BEST TO COME INSIDE WITH PLENTY OF AIR CONDITIONING AND FANS... LIKE DOLCE VITA.

Valerie Pollock, Warner Robins: It;'s really nice to be inside when it's hot like this outside we have the patio so if people want to sit outside they can with umbrellas but it's kinda nice to escape

MEANWHILE....SOME CENTRAL GEORGIANS ARE JUST HOPING THE SUN WOULD EASE UP.

Valerie Pollock, Warner Robins: I like it in small doses, if we can get some clouds and some wind that would be nice, BUT UNTIL...FOLKS WILL JUST HAVE TO BEAT THE HEAT.

AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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FOR A LIST OF MORE TIPS...GO TO OUR WEBSITE...13WMAZ DOT COM.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT?

71 PERCENT OF YOU... HATE IT.

71 PERCENT OF YOU... HATE IT.

23 PERCENT... JUST DON'T CARE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

BUT SIX PERCENT OF YOU ARE LOVING IT.

LOG IN NOW AND TELL US WHAT YOU THINK.... YOU CAN FIND THE WEB POLL ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF OUR PAGE...13WMAZ-DOT-COM.

FROM HEAT DANGERS... TO A RISK OF ANOTHER KIND.

CENTRAL GEORGIA HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE WARNING YOU TO BEWARE OF RABID ANIMALS... ESPECIALLY FOXES.

IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS... ONE FOX TESTED POSITIVE FOR RABIES AFTER BITING A MAN IN WEST BIBB COUNTY... AND TWO MORE WERE PUT DOWN AFTER ACTING STRANGELY... BUT WERE NOT TESTED.

JUDY LE TALKED WITH ONE WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE A RABID FOX IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD.

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IT CAME OUT OF NOWHERE...

sot glenda taylor - he was brown and black.

sot lt. jimmy barbee - tail and all it was maybe 2.5 feet long. not very big. 8-10-12 pounds.

sot taylor - he just stayed with his head down. and kept going like he was catchign for breath just coming down the street.

THE FOX ROAMED THE STREETS NEAR THE MERCER CAMPUS ONE DAY BACK IN JANUARY... BUT SOMETHING WASN'T RIGHT.

sot barbee - it came at me but it was walking sideways. and i backed up and i realized he wasn't going to stop so i fired one time and i hit him

sot taylor - he laid there for about 5-10 minutes, and then he jumped up again...like he wasn't dead. gasping for breath

they shot him again and took him across the little rail over here

THAT'S WHEN MACON POLICE LT. JIMMY BARBEE SHOT THE FOX A SECOND TIME. THE ANIMAL APPEARED TO BE RABID....BUT WAS NEVER TESTED.

standup - the health department advises people to have their pets vaccinated against rabies and to teach children not to feed or approad wild animals. they also say to avoid animals acting strangely...that includes bats raccoons and skunks...especially during the day.

GLENDA TAYLOR...WHO SAW THE ANIMAL NEAR HER HOUSE... DESCRIBED THE MOMENT AS A TERROR.

sot taylor - it was horrifyign because this is my son, he's five, he'll be outside playing. and the fox... we didn't know what it was. it was coming out like it was sick. and we're telling all the kids to get back.

RABIES CAN BE TREATED BY SHOTS...BUT FATAL IF LEFT UNTREATED.

sot taylor - we have a lot of childrne int he neighborhood. they ride their bicycles. they play basketball. who knows what could've happened. i'm just saying... where did the fox come from.

JUDY LE..13 WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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WILLIAMS YARBROUGH... WHO WAS ATTACKED AND BITTEN BY A FOX IN WEST BIBB COUNTY LAST FRIDAY... SAYS HE IS NOW GETTING RABIES SHOTS.

FRANK?

VOTERS IN BIBB COUNTY WILL BE CHOOSING THEIR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ON A DIFFERENT DAY THAN ALL THE OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS.

THE GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION FOR SCHOOL BOARD IS AUGUST 21... EVERY OTHER PRIMARY IS JULY 31ST.

IT'S ALL PART OF A JUDGES ORDER ISSUED THIS MORNING THAT SETTLES A LAWSUIT OVER VOTING MAPS.

CANDACE HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?

-- REDISTRICTING... EVERY 10 YEARS... BASED ON POPULATON... REDRAW LINES TO MAKE SURE ONE PERSON ONE VOTE.

-- USUALLY GOES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH...

-- THIS TIME... BOARD MEMBERS SAY THERE WAS A MIX UP--- THE WRONG MAP GOT SUBMITTED TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT... AND IT WAS ABOUT TWO WEEKS LATE.

FRANK: HOW DOES THIS END UP BEFORE A JUDGE?

-- ASKED GARY BECHTEL... CURRENT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER... ONE OF THE PLAINTIFFS IN THIS LAWSUIT... HERE'S WHAT HE SAID.

the maps the legislature approved and the governor signed were pre cleared by the department of justice and once that happened, those districts no longer exist so an action had to be taken to the court.... there was a decision made by the county to use the old maps and that shoudl not have been done there should have been some provisional qualifying"

FRANK: SO THESE ARE THE MAPS...

-- OLD...

AND NEW...

-- DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A HUGE DRASTIC CHANGE... BUT IT IS FOR A COUPLE OF THE CANDIDATES..

-- ACCORDING TO THE OLD MAP... ANGEL DAVIS-HOPPERIN DISTRICT 5 vs TOM HUDSON...

-- ACCORDING TO NEW MAP... SHE LIVES IN DISTRICT 2... RUNNING AGAINST THELMA DILLARD.

FRANK: SO BEFORE TODAY... TOM HUDSON HAD AN OPPONENT, NOW HE'S UNOPPOSED, AND THELMA DILLARD, WHO THOUGHT SHE WAS UNOPPOSED... NOW HAS TO CAMPAIGN.

-- HUDSON DECLINED COMMENT... ANGEL HOPPER SAID SHE'D HAVE TO CHANGE HER SIGNS AND SHIFT FOCUS... DILLARD SAID WITH A MONTH AND HALF LEFT... IT PUTS HER AT A REAL DISADVANTANGE.

Dillard: "Time has worked against me... trying to get the word out that im running. My voters have all scattered thinking that we won.. but actually we havent.."

Angel: thats not what this election is about, its not about who am i running against its about getting on the board of education and demanding accountability

DILLARD SUGGESTED THE SCHOOL BOARD COULD HAVE BEEN PUSHED UNTIL NOVEMBER... BECAUSE SHE SAYS IT WILL BE HARD TO GET HER VOTERS OUT ON A RUN OFF DAY... ONLY THREE WEEKS AFTER THE PRIMARIES.

FRANK TOSSES TO LEAH

THE PUNDITS HAVE BEEN PICKING APART THE EFFECTS OF THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION TO UPHOLD THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE LAW... ON PATIENTS, INSURANCE CONSUMERS... AND DOCTORS.

BUT SOME OBSERVERS SAY...THOSE EFFECTS EXTEND TO THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

THEY'RE CALLING THE RULING A MAJOR VICTORY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AS HE FIGHTS MITT ROMNEY FOR REELECTION.

LEAH JOHNSON IS SITTING DOWN WITH CLIF WILKINSON... POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR AT GEORGIA COLLEGE... TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPLICATIONS.

1. TALK ABOUT THE TIMING OF THE RULING. WILL THIS DECISION STILL BE A HOT BUTTON ISSUE BY NOVEMBER.

2. CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS WAS LARGELY CONSIDERED A GAME CHANGER IN THE WAY HE RULED... AND HE WAS APPOINTED BY REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH.

DO YOU THINK REPUBLICANS WILL TAKE NOTE OF THAT?

3. IN REGARD TO HOW PEOPLE VOTE AND HOW MUCH ISSUES MATTER -- HOW MUCH POTENTIAL DOES HEALTH CARE HAVE IN BECOME A DECIDING FACTOR?

 

 

4. IN YOUR OPINION, HOW HAS MITT ROMNEY PLAYED WHAT SOME CONSIDER A BIG BLOW.

5. COULD WHAT AT FIRST APPEARS TO BE A VICTORY... END UP ENERGIZING OBAMA'S OPPONENTS?

CLIF WILKINSON... THANKS FOR YOUR INSIGHT.

WE'LL CHECK WITH YOU AGAIN AS NOVEMBER GETS CLOSER.

FRANK?

IN TODAY'S HERO CENTRAL... WE'RE SHOWING YOU HOW YOU CAN HELP SAVE A LIFE.. BY DONATING BLOOD.

ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.. OVER THE LAST THREE MONTHS.. BLOODBANKS ACROSS THE COUTNRY ARE DOWN ABOUT 50-THOUSAND PINTS OF BLOOD DUE TO LOW CONTRIBUTIONS.

TEN PERCENT SHORT ON THEIR SUPPLY.. THE RED CROSS' GOAL IS TO REPLACE THE BLOOD THEY HAVE LOST WITH COMBINED BLOOD DRIVES IN MACON AND WARNER ROBINS TODAY AND TOMORROW. .

PEOPLE LINED UP AT THE GALLERIA MALL FOR A CHANCE TO GIVE THE GIFT OF OF LIFE TODAY.

ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS WITH THE RED CROSS NEED PEOPLE WITH ALL BLOOD TYPES TO GIVE.

 

PEOPLE DONATING BLOOD SAY THEY DECIDED TO GIVE JUST BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO HELP OTHERS.

John Dunne Kathleen "You know you are helping people but you dont see it. you dont see the end result but who cares you are still doing the right thing "

Bell Smith Warner robins "I would want some one to feel the same way about me if i need it, and with the holiday weekend coming up they will need allot"

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE BLOOD...HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP.

THE RED CROSS WILL BE HOLDING MORE BLOOD DRIVES TOMORROW.. AT THE GALLERIA MALL ON WATSON BOULEVARD AND THE AMSTAR THEATER ON ZEBULON ROAD FROM 12 TO 5 P-M.

71 PERCENT OF YOU... HATE IT.

 

71 PERCENT OF YOU... HATE IT.

 

 

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