Eyewitness News at 11, 7/30/12

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GOOD EVENING.

THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11..

I'M LEAH JOHNSON.

FRANK HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... TEACHERS IN DUBLIN WILL FACE UNPAID DAYS OFF THIS YEAR AS PART OF A PLAN TO CUT EXPENSES WITH FURLOUGHS.

JUST A FEW HOURS AGO... THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED TO APPROVE THAT MOTION.

IT'S HOW THE DISTRICT HOPES TO MAKE UP MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS IN STATE FUNDING. SUPERINTENDENT CHUCK LEDBETTER SAYS PERSONNEL ACCOUNTS FOR 90 PERCENT OF COSTS..

You start looking and you say okay. how do we deal with this extra 1.1 million dollars

you gotta find due to the sales ratio issue? and that's more than 20 teachers..is what that amounts to..or it's furlough days and if you look around us most of the schools all around us are having to do furlough days because of the problems in finance throughout our area and throughout the state.

THE FURLOUGHS TAKE EFFECT THIS COMING SCHOOL YEAR.

IT'S THE FINAL PUSH FOR VOTES BEFORE TOMORROW'S PRIMARY... AND BOTH PARTIES ARE CAMPAIGNING STRONG UNTIL THE END...

WE BEGIN OUR CAMPAIGN 2012 COVERAGE TONIGHT WITH A LOOK AT MACON-BIBB COUNTY CONSOLIDATION.

(nats - please vote no on consolidation. this is not the bill for us.

vote to change the direction of our communtiy by voting yes for consolidation)

THE PHONE LINES HAVE BEEN BUSY ALL DAY.

ON POPLAR STREET... MACON AND BIBB WINS AGAIN... A PRO-CONSOLIDATION GROUP FOCUSED ON MAKING CALLS.

TOMORROW THEY'LL HIT THE STREETS WITH SIGNS.

OVER AT CITY COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS'S CAMP... PEOPLE MADE CALLS AND SET UP A SERVICE TO SHUTTLE SENIORS TO POLLS.

THE GOAL IS FOR EACH SIDE TO ENCOURAGE THOSE IN THEIR CAMPS... NOT JUST TO *SPEAK OUT* BUT ... *GET OUT* AND VOTE.

ruth sykes - it's past the point of trying to change anybody's mind. but we do want those people to get out and make their voices heard.

elaine lucas - if we don't go vote, we have no right to complain.

BEFORE YOU GO TO THE POLLS... MANY OF YOU CAST AN EARLY VOTE... IN OUR 13W-M-A-Z WEB POLL.

WE ASKED IF YOU THINK MACON-BIBB CONSOLIDATION WILL PASS.

OF THOSE WHO RESPONDED, 56 PERCENT OF YOU SAID NO..

AND 44 PERCENT OF YOU SAID YES.

THOUGH THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IS ESSENTIALLY A FORMALITY ... EYES ARE STILL ON CANDIDATES TODAY.

PARTICULARLY MITT ROMNEY... WHOSE WORKING TO SHOW HIS CONFIDENCE ON THE WORLD STAGE, MAKING ROUNDS IN POLAND AFTER SPENDING THE WEEKEND IN ISRAEL.

TARA MERGENER TAKES YOU ON ROMNEY'S TRAVELS.

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Large crowds gathered to greet Mitt Romney and his wife Ann in the Polish city of Gdansk

Monday the Republican White House hopeful sat down with former Polish President and anti-communist activist Lech Walesa.

Through an interpreter, Walesa threw is support behind Romney.

((nat pop- "Thank you so much, I appreciate your invitation and I'm glad to be here with you")

Romney has been well received in the heavily Catholic and conservative country.

((nat pop - "I hope you're president" ))

Romney is spending this final leg of his three-country overseas tour meeting with several Polish leaders - including Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Tara Mergener/ CBS News

The presumptive Republican nominee made waves in Israel over the weekend talking tough about Iran's nuclear ambitions.. and wading into the status of Jerusalem.

Mitt Romney/ (R) Presidential Candidate

"IT'S AN HONOR TO BE HERE... IN JERUSALEM, THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL."

The US like other nations has it embassy in Tel Aviv and considers that city the capital.

Josh Earnest/ White House Deputy Press Secretary

"IF MR. ROMNEY DISAGEES WITH THAT POSITION, HE'S ALSO DISAGREEING WITH THE POSITION THAT WAS TAKEN BY PRESIDENTS LIKE BILL CLINTON AND RONALD REGAN.

The White House also called some of Romney's comments head scratching - including remarks at a fundraiser where he told Jewish donors their culture helps them be more economically successful than the Palestinians.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA SPENT THE DAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, AND TRAVELED TO NEW YORK TONIGHT FOR A FUND-RAISER.

PROPERTY TAXES COULD DISAPPEAR FOR SOME PEOPLE IN DESIGNATED ENTERPRISE ZONES IN THE CITY OF MACON.

THE TEN YEAR ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM MEANS THE OWNER WILL PAY NO PROPERTY TAXES FOR FIVE YEARS... AND THAT DECREASES TO A 20 PERCENT DISCOUNT BY THE LAST YEAR.

TO GET THESE TAX BENEFITS... BUSINESS OWNERS WILL HAVE TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN AT LEAST FIVE NEW JOBS.

HOME OWNERS CAN ALSO GET IN ON THE TAX BREAK BY MAKING IMPROVEMENTS THAT INCREASE THEIR PROPERTY VALUES BY FIVE TIMES OVER THE CURRENT ASSESSMENT.

THE CITY ALREADY HAS TAX ALLOCATION DISTRICTS AND OPPORTUNITY ZONES AS PART OF THEIR URBAN REDEVELOPMENT PLAN.

WANZINA JACKSON WITH ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SAYS ENTERPRISE ZONES ARE JUST ANOTHER TOOL TO BOOST REVITALIZATION.

opportunity zones are an income tax credit, so as a part of that tax credit, its a little different than the abatement with regard to property taxes, so that will be different. so with the opportunity zones its done on a state level and the enterprise zone is done on a local level

ACCORDING TO STATE LAW... ONLY 10 PERCENT OF THE CITY CAN BE DESIGNATED AS PART OF THE ENTERPRISE ZONES.

THE CITY'S ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY IS WORKING TO CHOOSE WHICH NEIGHBORHOODS NEED THE DESIGNATION MOST.

THEY PLAN TO GIVE A PROGRESS REPORT TO A CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

THE GBI HAS ACCUSED A MAN OF SHOOTING A HANCOCK COUNTY COUPLE TO DEATH LAST YEAR.

ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE, 19-YEAR-OLD BRANDON CHARLESTON WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY AND CHARGED WITH KILLING THE PAIR ON SEPTEMBER 11 OF LAST YEAR.

LAST SEPTEMBER, HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF TOMLYN PRIMUS SAID 34-YEAR-OLD DARRYL SCOTT AND 31-YEAR-OLD DEDRIA DESHAY GREEN WERE SHOT TO DEATH IN THEIR HOME ON TOMMIE LANE IN SPARTA.

TWO CHILDREN WERE REPORTEDLY LIVING IN THE HOME AS WELL, BUT NEITHER OF THEM WERE HURT.

AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT RELEASED ANY FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE ARREST OR THE SHOOTINGS... AND WON'T COMMENT ON POSSIBLE MOTIVES.

JAMES HOLMES... THE SUSPECT IN THE COLORADO MOVIE THEATER SHOOTINGS...

HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWENTY-FOUR COUNTS OF MURDER ... TWO COUNTS FOR EACH OF THE TWELVE PEOPLE WHO DIED...

AND ONE-HUNDRED SIXTEEN COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED MURDER... TWO COUNTS FOR EACH OF THE FIFTY EIGHT INJURED.

HOLMES WAS ALSO CHARGED TODAY WITH ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES AND ONE COUNT OF A CRIME OF VIOLENCE.

HE SAT SILENTLY WITHOUT REACTING AS HE HEARD THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM IN A DENVER-AREA COURTROOM. . .

A ROOM THAT WAS PACKED WITH FAMILY MEMBERS AND SHOOTING VICTIMS... STILL RECOVERING FROM THEIR WOUNDS.

(SOT-Donald Lader/Shooting Survivor)

"WE'RE NOT GOING TO BACK DOWN TO THE INDIVIDUAL WE ARE GOING TO STAND UP AGAINST HIM."

(SOT-MaryEllen Hansen/Aunt of Shooting Victim)

"IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO COME TODAY TO SEE HIM AS WHO HE WAS AND THERE WAS A LOT OF ANGER."

HOLMES IS SCHEDULED TO BE BACK IN COURT IN AUGUST.

HE COULD FACE THE DEATH PENALTY IF CONVICTED.

THE JUDGE HAS PLACED A GAG ORDER ON THE LAWYERS HANDLING THE CASE.

IN THE MIDST OF GETTING READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.... BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR ATHLETIC COACHES ARE C-P-R CERTIFIED.

13WMAZ CAMERAS CAPUTURED PART OF THEIR TRAINING SESSION.

NATS: Once I determine that they're not breathing, I start with chest compressions now...

COACHES AND ATHLETIC DIRECTORS IN BIBB COUNTY'S SCHOOL DISTRICT MET AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL MONDAY FOR SOME IMPORTANT HANDS ON TRAINING.

SOT: It could be needed by a student, a visitor or a fellow faculty member. So, you never know when CPR is going to be needed.

LEADING THE CLASS IS THE DISTRICT'S DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT DAVID GOWAN.

HE SAYS THIS COURSE OFFERS THE TOOLS COACHES WILL NEED IF EVER FACED WITH AN EMERGENCY ON THE COURT OR THE FIELD...

HE SAYS COACHES WILL ALSO LEAVE HERE KNOWING HOW TO PROPERLY USE AN AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBULATOR.

SOT: if someone is not breathing, you hook them up to the AED machine. It has pads that reads their heart rate and if that person is not breathing then it will deliver a shock and tell you if you need to perform CPR.

THE CLASS IS A PART OF THE DISTRICT'S EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN REQUIRED BY THE GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION. IT'S OFFERED EVERY YEAR FOR ALL BIBB COUNTY TEACHERS... BUT THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THAT COACHES ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE COURSE.

SOT: Everybody here is going to get a two year certificate in adult and child CPR and the use of the AED machine.

IT'S LIFE SAVING TRAINING THAT THESE COACHES HOPE THEY'LL NEVER HAVE TO USE.... BUT IF THEY DO... GOWAN SAYS THEY'LL BE READY.

DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT... DAVID GOWAN SAYS ALL BIBB COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS HAVE A-E-Ds... OR AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFILBRILATORS.

EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING FOR THE NEW FALL TV SEASON...

TERESA GARCIA REPORTS FROM BEVERLY HILLS... WHERE CBS SHOWED OFF THE NEW SHOWS... AND RETURNING FAVORITES YOU'LL SEE THIS FALL HERE ON 13-W-M-A-Z.

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(NATS - red carpet cheers, etc.))

CBS STARS ARE CELEBRATING THE UPCOMING FALL TELEVISION SEASON. JONNY LEE MILLER AND LUCY LIU WALKED THE RED CARPET IN BEVERLY HILLS. THEY STAR IN THE DRAMA "ELEMENTARY". MILLER PLAYS A MODERN DAY SHERLOCK HOLMES. LIU IS WATSON.

(SOT Lucy Liu/"Elementary")

I think that it's great that they made Watson a female, because I think for a series, it makes it a little bit more interesting

(VEGAS)

DENNIS QUAID AND MICHAEL CHIKLIS STAR IN THE DRAMA "VEGAS" ABOUT A SHERIFF BATTLING A POWERFUL MOBSTER FOR CONTROL OF LAS VEGAS IN THE SIXTIES.

(SOT Michael Chiklis & Dennis Quaid/"Vegas")

I just want to do business .. he just wants his piece of the pie.. yeah that's right

(MADE IN JERSEY)

JANET MONTGOMERY AND KYLE MACLACHLAN STAR IN THE NEW LEGAL DRAMA, "MADE IN JERSEY".. ABOUT A STREET SMART JERSEY GIRL WORKING IN A POSH NEW YORK LAW FIRM.

(SOT Janet Montgomery/"Made in Jersey")

you see where she comes from, and how she balances that with her work life and she's so likeable.

(Bridge Teresa Garcia/CBS News, Beverly Hills)

Actors, producers, writers and more came out to celebrate the new primetime lineup.

THE HIT COMEDIES 2 BROKE GIRLS AND THE BIG BANG THEORY WILL BE BACK TO BRING MORE LAUGHS...

((SOT Melissa Rauch/ "The Big Bang Theory"))

I just get excited to see what these minds come up with.

(PARTNERS)

PLUS there's a NEW COMEDY-- "PARTNERS" .. ABOUT BEST FRIENDS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS -- ONE GAY AND ONE STRAIGHT -- WHOSE RELATIONSHIP IS TESTED.

(SOT David Krumholtz/"Partners")

5801 Our relationship kind of trumps our relationships with our significant others because we've been friends for, we have a major bromance going on." 5810

THE FALL LINEUP ALSO BRINGS BACK PLENTY OF HIT DRAMAS, LIKE THE GOOD WIFE AND N-C-I-S.

YOU CAN CATCH C-B-S PREMIERE WEEK RIGHT HERE ON 13-W-M-A-Z... THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER TWENTY-FOURTH.

 

 

IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN.

 

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EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.

IF YOU WANT TO BE FAN OF THE DAY... JUST VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ... BECOME A FAN AND JOIN THE CONVERSATIONS.

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