Eyewitness News at 6, July 15, 2012

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IN JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS... VOTERS ACROSS THE STATE WILL HEAD TO THE POLLS FOR THIS YEAR'S PRIMARY ELECTIONS.... BUT CANDIDATE NAMES WON'T BE THE ONLY THING THEY SEE ON THEIR BALLOT.
ETHICS... ABORTION... AND CASINO GAMBLING ARE JUST A FEW OF THE ISSUES VOTERS WILL WEIGH IN ON.
BALLOT QUESTIONS DON'T CARRY THE WEIGHT OF LAW... BUT THEY GIVE PARTIES SOMETHING TO GO ON AS THEY HEAD INTO THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
PARTY LEADERS FROM AROUND THE STATE PICK THE BALLOT QUESTIONS DURING THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTIONS. TURN TO
THE FUNERAL FOR AN EATONTON NATIVE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO LARS ALECKSEN...THE SOLDIER'S FATHER.
ARMY SPECIALIST ERICA ALECKSEN DIED LAST WEEK IN AFGHANISTAN FROM A ROADSIDE BOMB.
AS THE FAMILY WAITS FOR HER BODY TO RETURN HOME...THEY'VE SET UP A TEMPORARY MEMORIAL IN HER HONOR.
NAT - everything you see here and the things that are happening in the community its a tribute to a wonderful human being that loved life
THE MEMORIAL IS A CROSS DRESSED IN RED...WHITE..AND BLUE.. AND STANDS IN FRONT OF THE PUTNAM COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
ALECKSEN ALSO STARTED THE ERICA ALECKSEN MEMORIAL FUND AT THE PEOPLE'S BANK IN EATONTON... WHERE PEOPLE CAN DONATE MONEY.
THE ALECKSEN FAMILY HOPES THAT THIS MEMORIAL SERVES AS A REMINDER OF ALL AMERICAN SOLDIERS
there are a lot of people..theres probably a lot of people in this community that people dont even know are over there. bring them home. bring them home safe...not in a box
LARS ALECKSEN SAYS ERICA WILL BE CREMATED...AND THAT THE FUNERAL IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DONATIONS...CHECK OUT THIS WEBSTORY AT 13-WMAZ-DOT-COM
BIBB COUNTY INTRODUCED A NEW WAY TO REPORT NON-EMERGENCY CONCERNS.
AS PART OF THE NEW CITIZEN SERVICE REQUEST... THE SEE-CLICK-FIX TECHNOLOGY IS NOW AVAILABLE.
IT GIVES PEOPLE THE POWER TO IMMEDIATELY LET OFFICIALS KNOW ABOUT PROBLEMS FROM POTHOLES TO... POSSIBLE FLOODING ISSUES.
THE CITY OF MACON LAUNCHED THE PROGRAM IN LATE APRIL.
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS CHRIS FLOORE SAYS SINCE THEN 1,853 ISSUES OPENED... AND 1,869 CLOSED.
FLOORE SAYS THE NUMBER OF ISSUES CLOSED IS SOMETIMES HIGHER BECAUSE SOME WERE ALREADY IN THE SYSTEM BEFORE IT OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TO THE PUBLIC.

BRITTIN BARBER EXPLAINS MORE ABOUT HOW IT WORKS.
BIBB COUNTY HAS CREATED A NEW INITIATIVE THAT PUTS SERVICE REQUESTS.. IN THE PEOPLE'S HANDS.
NOW GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL GET REAL-TIME UPDATES BOTH ON-LINE AND THROUGH MOBILE TECHNOLOGY CALLED SEE-CLICK-FIX.

IF YOU SEE A PROBLEM.. FOR INSTANCE A BROKEN STORM DRAIN OR DEBRIS IN ROADWAY... JUST SNAP A PICTURE WITH YOUR PHONE.
YOU CAN REPORT THE PROBLEM ONLINE AT THE COUNTY'S WEBSITE.. OR ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE.

YOU CAN ALSO USE THE SEE-CLICK-FIX AP FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE...
WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD THE FREE APPLICATION.... IT FINDS YOUR CURRENT LOCATION.
YOU CAN EITHER USE THAT OR CHANGE IT TO ANOTHER PLACE... IF YOUR NOT AT THE AREA WHERE YOU'VE NOTICED THE ISSUE.
FROM THERE SELECT THE ISSUE TITLE... THAT BEST RELATES TO THE PROBLEM.
AND YOU CAN ALSO DESCRIBE IT IN DETAIL.
CLICK ON ADD PHOTO... AND SUBMIT... AND THE COUNTY WILL BE ALERTED.

THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE INTIATIVE WAS FUNDED BY A $5,000 GRANT FROM THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION... WHO ALSO HELPED THE CITY'S PROGRAM.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
ALSO WITH THE SEE-CLICK-FIX PROGRAM YOU CAN CHOOSE TO "WATCH" AN AREA.
THEN YOU'LL BE ALERTED WHEN ANYONE SENDS A REPORT ABOUT ISSUES NEARBY.
THE QUEEN OF SOUL MAY HAVE HER EYE ON A NEW GIG... AS AN AMERICAN IDOL JUDGE.
ARETHA FRANKLIN TOLD C-N-N IN AN EMAIL THAT SHE IS INTERESTED IN JOINING THE SHOW.
IDOL LOST TWO STARS EARLIER THIS WEEK WHEN JUDGES STEVEN TYLER AND JENNIFER LOPEZ ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD NOT RETURN NEXT SEASON.

FRANKLIN SAYS SHE'S BEEN A LONGTIME FAN OF THE SHOW.
IDOL OFFICIALS DECLINED TO COMMENT ON FRANKLIN'S STATMENT.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN MAY CALL HIMSELF "THE BOSS," BUT IT APPEARS EVEN HE ISN'T IN CONTROL OF WHEN HIS CONCERTS END.
DURING THE FINALE OF HIS SHOW SATURDAY NIGHT IN LONDON'S HYDE PARK, CONCERT ORGANIZERS CUT THE POWER MID-SONG.
SPRINGSTEEN AND HIS E STREET BAND WERE PLAYING A COVER OF "TWIST AND SHOUT" WITH FORMER BEATLE PAUL MCCARTNEY.... WHEN THE AUDIO SUDDENLY WENT OUT.
THE WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL LATER TWEETED THAT ORGANIZERS HAD ENDED THE SHOW BECAUSE IT RAN OVER CURFEW.
SPRINGSTEEN IS KNOWN FOR HIS MARATHON CONCERT SETS.... A SHOW LAST MONTH IN SPAIN WENT ON FOR NEARLY FOUR HOURS.
WE'RE SHARING SOME OF YOUR PICTURES FROM OUR 13 W-M-A-Z WEBSITE.
THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM THE PET PALS GALLERY.
THIS IS A PHOTO OF MILO LOUNGING IN THE RECLINER ON A HOT SUMMER DAY.
AND HERE'S A PHOTO OF DUKE JOINING HIS OWNER FOR A SWIM IN THE POOL.
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

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