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<new at 11... With just two days left before election day... The Lucas and Paris camps try to drum up some last minutes support in District 26...
Plus... Wildfires in several western states have forced thousands from their homes...
A shooting club in Forsyth welcomed a father and son... But how they got there is a little unusual... Their story in sports.
And A chance discovery in an attic has put one Warner Robins woman on a quest to find the owner of a 100 year old scrap book...
We saw periods of rain on Sunday and the radar scope isn't clear yet. I'll have the outlook for tonight, tomorrow, and the week ahead.>

Good evening and thanks for joining us... I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

On Tuesday voters will decide the fate of candidates vying for political office.
The race for Georgia Senate continued this weekend...with Senator Miriam Paris and former state representative David Lucas making their final push before Election day.
Austin Lewis has more on what the District 26 candidates did this weekend to get out the vote.
< Elaine Lucas: We just want to make sure that people know that their vote is important>
< Senator Miriam Paris:it's always about turn-out so we're doing everything we can to make sure that our voters get out>
Volunteers at David Lucas headquarters made their pitch to voters over the phone...
Elaine Lucas...David Lucas's wife and supporter...says making these calls allows them to make a connection with constituents.
You can tune into 13WMAZ Tuesday night for in depth election coverage.
We'll have updates on TV throughout the night as well as 13WMAZ dot com.

 

On the national political stage... A Missouri man in a race for congress is catching heat for claiming -- in his words quote -- "legitimate rape" ... End quote... rarely results in pregnancy.
In the K-T-V-I interview... Todd Akin cited vague medical mechanisms that he says prevents pregnancy for rape victims.... Here is the raw video of that comment.

 

<first of all... From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, uhh, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down. But let's assume, maybe that doesn't work, or something. I think there should be some punishment but, the punishment oughta be in the rapist and not attacking the child.>
Akin released a statement saying he misspoke when he made that remark.
He says it does not reflect the, quote, "deep empathy" he "holds for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year."
But Akin maintained his opposition to abortion for rape victims.
Akin won Missouri's Republican Senate primary earlier this month and will face incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in November's general election.

 

A church in Warner Robins is gearing up to celebrate its 125th birthday.
Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church will party for the entire month of September.
From grammy nominated artists....to black tie banquets...September is loaded with celebration.
The church was originally located at Robins Air Base...but in 1941...moved to its current location off South Davis Drive.
Senior Pastor...David Clarke...has been presiding at the church for almost 10 years.
He says it's a blessing to reach the 125th milestone.
<very grateful. For 125 for any church is a mile stone, especially for a church that has never seen a split. We never had any disgruntled persons go off and start their own thing. Union Grove has been stable in that regard. >
Union Grove celebrates their 125th anniversary with 653 active members. For more information...visit our website at...13-wmaz-com.

 

A Warner Robins woman is looking for woman she's never met.
Marina Strohmetz came across a scrapbook in her friend's attic and has been trying to locate it's owner for over two years.
The scrapbook belongs to Martha Grace McClure. If she were alive...she'd be 90 years old. Strohmetz has been on a two-year search...sending out countless emails...to find the woman in the pictures.
It's a heavily documented scrapbook filled with homemade girl scout patches and valentines cards.
There are even some pictures that date back to the late 1900s.
<Me personally, I don't know my real mother. I don't know her family history. I know that if I had the opportunity to help someone realize their family's history and genealogy then I couldn't imagine doing anything else. >
The pictures say that the McClure family is from West Virginia. If you have any information...please contact 13-wmaz.

 

Western wildfires are adding to the strain of an already drought-ridden summer.
As Drew Levinson reports... Fires are burning in several western states... but firefighters are making progress in some areas.
(--NATSOUND HELICOPTERS --)
((NARR-1))
Helicopter water drops along with better weather conditions are helping firefighters in their battle against the Taylor Bridge fire in Central Washington.

(nat sot) - "it looks to be heading north-northeast."

FIREFIGHTERS STOOD IN A LINE, TWENTY YARDS APART, LOOKING FOR SPOT FIRES.

((SOT)) Firefighter (name not provided)
we're holding the line, making sure nothing jumps across the line, gets out there and starts another spot fire.

((NARR-2))
Still - more than half of the nearly 23-thousand acre fire is burning out of control.
Nearly 50 houses were either destroyed or damaged.
Kathryn and Lon Anderson were among the hundreds of residents forced from their homes earlier in the week. Their house is still standing---many of their neighbors' homes are not.

((SOT)) Kathryn Anderson/Resident
"ONE FRIEND BARELY GOT OUT -- AND HE CAME BACK TODAY AND FOUND EVERYTHING'S GONE."

((NARR-3))
Some residents still aren't allowed back in.

((SOT)) JOHN BERGLUD/EVACUEE
"A HOUSE IS A HOUSE AND IT'S JUST THE WHOLE PICTURE AND I FEEL FOR EVERYBODY ELSE." (sniffles)

((NARR-4))
In the town of Featherville, Idaho, residents were taking what they could and getting out.
They were forced to evacuate because of smoke. In some places it was so thick, visibility was reduced to just 10 feet.

(nats bulldozer) (Locator - Near Manton, CA)

And firefighters in Northern California are doing everything they can to slow the progress of the Ponderosa Fire. It's burning out of control.
Nationwide, about 40-thousand wildfires have burned six million acres of land this year. That's one million more than average.
The Ponderosa fire in Northern California began at midday yesterday.
So far it's destroyed four homes and consumed nearly 11 square miles.
Fire officials say about 35 hundred homes are threatened -- including a "good majority" that are under immediate threat.

 

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.
Pottery Barn Teen is recalling their bunk beds because the front upper horizontal panel on the beds can crack or break posing a risk of injury to the consumer.
The company has received thirteen reports of the panels breaking, and no injuries have been reported.
The beds were sold at P-B-teen dot com and through the P-B teen catalog from January 2008 to February of this year for up to 2-thousand dollars.
For more information call (855) 217-5223.
Bumbo International is recalling their baby seats because babies can maneuver out or fall from the bumbo seats.
The company knows of at least fifty incidents of babies falling from the seats.
Nineteen of which where babies suffered a fractured skull.
The seats were sold at Target, Toys 'R' Us and Walmart from August 2003 to August of this year for between thirty and fifty dollars.
For more information call (866) 898-4999.
And World Class Incorporated is recalling their heated mats for pets because they have poor wiring and construction, posing a fire and electrical shock hazard to consumers.
The company has received two reports of the mats catching fire... One of those incidents resulted in the death of a dog.
The mats were sold online at amazon dot com from July 20-11 to March 20-12 for around nineteen dollars.
For more information call (888) 941-5079.
That's it for this week's Recall Wrap for more information on recalled products visit our website 13 WMAZ dot com.
Click on the features drop down menu and select recalls.

 

Check out this video from lake michigan....
It's a water spout.... Nine of them to be exact... All in one day.
They formed on the lake Saturday and forecasters say conditions could trigger more today.
The weather service says boaters should be on the alert.
Winds around water spouts can reach up to 60 miles-an-hour.

 

This weekend saw a few new films released to theaters.... But only one could hold the top spot....
We'll Start with third place....
Focus Features' new 3-D stop motion flick "ParaNorman" saw a modest take at the box office.
The kid who can see and talk to the dead took in 14 million dollars over the weekend.
Taking the silver in dollars raised at the movies this weekend... was "The Bourne Legacy."
The latest in the Bourne series debuted at number one last week... But was unseated this time around.
The action film starring Jeremy Renner took in about 17 million dollars.
And with a show of brute force... The Expendables 2 pummeled the competition... Taking in just under 29 million dollars.
The movie stars almost every action star you've seen in the last 20 years... Like Arnold Schwarzenegger... Bruce Willis... Jason Statham... Sylvester Stallone and Jet Li... Among others.
Rounding out the top five were Whitney Houston's last movie "sparkle" ... With 12 million.
And Disney's "the odd life of timothy green"... Came in fifth with just under 11 million dollars.

 

That is the show for tonight... We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com....
Law call is next... We'll see you tomorrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<new at 11... With just two days left before election day... The Lucas and Paris camps try to drum up some last minutes support in District 26...
Plus... Wildfires in several western states have forced thousands from their homes...
A shooting club in Forsyth welcomed a father and son... But how they got there is a little unusual... Their story in sports.
And A chance discovery in an attic has put one Warner Robins woman on a quest to find the owner of a 100 year old scrap book...
We saw periods of rain on Sunday and the radar scope isn't clear yet. I'll have the outlook for tonight, tomorrow, and the week ahead.>

Good evening and thanks for joining us... I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

On Tuesday voters will decide the fate of candidates vying for political office.
The race for Georgia Senate continued this weekend...with Senator Miriam Paris and former state representative David Lucas making their final push before Election day.
Austin Lewis has more on what the District 26 candidates did this weekend to get out the vote.
< Elaine Lucas: We just want to make sure that people know that their vote is important>
< Senator Miriam Paris:it's always about turn-out so we're doing everything we can to make sure that our voters get out>
Volunteers at David Lucas headquarters made their pitch to voters over the phone...
Elaine Lucas...David Lucas's wife and supporter...says making these calls allows them to make a connection with constituents.
You can tune into 13WMAZ Tuesday night for in depth election coverage.
We'll have updates on TV throughout the night as well as 13WMAZ dot com.

 

On the national political stage... A Missouri man in a race for congress is catching heat for claiming -- in his words quote -- "legitimate rape" ... End quote... rarely results in pregnancy.
In the K-T-V-I interview... Todd Akin cited vague medical mechanisms that he says prevents pregnancy for rape victims.... Here is the raw video of that comment.

 

<first of all... From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, uhh, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down. But let's assume, maybe that doesn't work, or something. I think there should be some punishment but, the punishment oughta be in the rapist and not attacking the child.>
Akin released a statement saying he misspoke when he made that remark.
He says it does not reflect the, quote, "deep empathy" he "holds for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year."
But Akin maintained his opposition to abortion for rape victims.
Akin won Missouri's Republican Senate primary earlier this month and will face incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in November's general election.

 

A church in Warner Robins is gearing up to celebrate its 125th birthday.
Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church will party for the entire month of September.
From grammy nominated artists....to black tie banquets...September is loaded with celebration.
The church was originally located at Robins Air Base...but in 1941...moved to its current location off South Davis Drive.
Senior Pastor...David Clarke...has been presiding at the church for almost 10 years.
He says it's a blessing to reach the 125th milestone.
<very grateful. For 125 for any church is a mile stone, especially for a church that has never seen a split. We never had any disgruntled persons go off and start their own thing. Union Grove has been stable in that regard. >
Union Grove celebrates their 125th anniversary with 653 active members. For more information...visit our website at...13-wmaz-com.

 

A Warner Robins woman is looking for woman she's never met.
Marina Strohmetz came across a scrapbook in her friend's attic and has been trying to locate it's owner for over two years.
The scrapbook belongs to Martha Grace McClure. If she were alive...she'd be 90 years old. Strohmetz has been on a two-year search...sending out countless emails...to find the woman in the pictures.
It's a heavily documented scrapbook filled with homemade girl scout patches and valentines cards.
There are even some pictures that date back to the late 1900s.
<Me personally, I don't know my real mother. I don't know her family history. I know that if I had the opportunity to help someone realize their family's history and genealogy then I couldn't imagine doing anything else. >
The pictures say that the McClure family is from West Virginia. If you have any information...please contact 13-wmaz.

 

Western wildfires are adding to the strain of an already drought-ridden summer.
As Drew Levinson reports... Fires are burning in several western states... but firefighters are making progress in some areas.
(--NATSOUND HELICOPTERS --)
((NARR-1))
Helicopter water drops along with better weather conditions are helping firefighters in their battle against the Taylor Bridge fire in Central Washington.

(nat sot) - "it looks to be heading north-northeast."

FIREFIGHTERS STOOD IN A LINE, TWENTY YARDS APART, LOOKING FOR SPOT FIRES.

((SOT)) Firefighter (name not provided)
we're holding the line, making sure nothing jumps across the line, gets out there and starts another spot fire.

((NARR-2))
Still - more than half of the nearly 23-thousand acre fire is burning out of control.
Nearly 50 houses were either destroyed or damaged.
Kathryn and Lon Anderson were among the hundreds of residents forced from their homes earlier in the week. Their house is still standing---many of their neighbors' homes are not.

((SOT)) Kathryn Anderson/Resident
"ONE FRIEND BARELY GOT OUT -- AND HE CAME BACK TODAY AND FOUND EVERYTHING'S GONE."

((NARR-3))
Some residents still aren't allowed back in.

((SOT)) JOHN BERGLUD/EVACUEE
"A HOUSE IS A HOUSE AND IT'S JUST THE WHOLE PICTURE AND I FEEL FOR EVERYBODY ELSE." (sniffles)

((NARR-4))
In the town of Featherville, Idaho, residents were taking what they could and getting out.
They were forced to evacuate because of smoke. In some places it was so thick, visibility was reduced to just 10 feet.

(nats bulldozer) (Locator - Near Manton, CA)

And firefighters in Northern California are doing everything they can to slow the progress of the Ponderosa Fire. It's burning out of control.
Nationwide, about 40-thousand wildfires have burned six million acres of land this year. That's one million more than average.
The Ponderosa fire in Northern California began at midday yesterday.
So far it's destroyed four homes and consumed nearly 11 square miles.
Fire officials say about 35 hundred homes are threatened -- including a "good majority" that are under immediate threat.

 

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.
Pottery Barn Teen is recalling their bunk beds because the front upper horizontal panel on the beds can crack or break posing a risk of injury to the consumer.
The company has received thirteen reports of the panels breaking, and no injuries have been reported.
The beds were sold at P-B-teen dot com and through the P-B teen catalog from January 2008 to February of this year for up to 2-thousand dollars.
For more information call (855) 217-5223.
Bumbo International is recalling their baby seats because babies can maneuver out or fall from the bumbo seats.
The company knows of at least fifty incidents of babies falling from the seats.
Nineteen of which where babies suffered a fractured skull.
The seats were sold at Target, Toys 'R' Us and Walmart from August 2003 to August of this year for between thirty and fifty dollars.
For more information call (866) 898-4999.
And World Class Incorporated is recalling their heated mats for pets because they have poor wiring and construction, posing a fire and electrical shock hazard to consumers.
The company has received two reports of the mats catching fire... One of those incidents resulted in the death of a dog.
The mats were sold online at amazon dot com from July 20-11 to March 20-12 for around nineteen dollars.
For more information call (888) 941-5079.
That's it for this week's Recall Wrap for more information on recalled products visit our website 13 WMAZ dot com.
Click on the features drop down menu and select recalls.

 

Check out this video from lake michigan....
It's a water spout.... Nine of them to be exact... All in one day.
They formed on the lake Saturday and forecasters say conditions could trigger more today.
The weather service says boaters should be on the alert.
Winds around water spouts can reach up to 60 miles-an-hour.

 

This weekend saw a few new films released to theaters.... But only one could hold the top spot....
We'll Start with third place....
Focus Features' new 3-D stop motion flick "ParaNorman" saw a modest take at the box office.
The kid who can see and talk to the dead took in 14 million dollars over the weekend.
Taking the silver in dollars raised at the movies this weekend... was "The Bourne Legacy."
The latest in the Bourne series debuted at number one last week... But was unseated this time around.
The action film starring Jeremy Renner took in about 17 million dollars.
And with a show of brute force... The Expendables 2 pummeled the competition... Taking in just under 29 million dollars.
The movie stars almost every action star you've seen in the last 20 years... Like Arnold Schwarzenegger... Bruce Willis... Jason Statham... Sylvester Stallone and Jet Li... Among others.
Rounding out the top five were Whitney Houston's last movie "sparkle" ... With 12 million.
And Disney's "the odd life of timothy green"... Came in fifth with just under 11 million dollars.

 

That is the show for tonight... We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com....
Law call is next... We'll see you tomorrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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