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<this is Eyewitness News at 11>
Good evening... thanks for joining us
I'm Candace Adorka.

President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail today.. focusing on the swing states.
As Drew Levinson reports... Romney is riding high after this past week's Republican Convention while the President is on his four day "Road to Charlotte" tour where the Democratic Convention begins Tuesday.

The Democratic Convention begins on Monday - The President will speak on Thursday.

 

As the candidates try to curry favor with voters, some local groups want to make sure voters will respond by showing up at the polls.
In Houston County, a handfull of volunteers gathered to register people to vote in November.
The local branch of the Episcopal Board of Social Concern held the event at Warner Robins C-M-E Church.
Organizers say they registered 10 to 15 people--- far less than what they hoped--- but they say this is just the beginning of their efforts.
<Fenika Miller, Middle Georgia Democratic Women:But that let's us know that we have a lot of work to do here in Houston County we have to educate people and we have to bring new voters into the fold and we have to mobilize them into action.>
Aaron Hufstetler is chairman of the Houston County Republican party.
He says his group will be making calls to potential voters and canvassing neighborhoods.
<Aaron Hufstetler, Houston County Republican Party: This is the most important election in our lifetime, this one really is, so we got to keep our people motivated to make sure it's the one that's going to vote for Mitt and to get out and vote because turnout is the key.>
If you haven't done so yet, you have until October 9th to register to vote this November.

 

One issue certainly top of voters' minds is the state of the job market.
The Georgia Department of Labor released job numbers for July.
Of the state's 159 counties... 101 of them have unemployment rates of over 10 percent.
That includes every county in the Central Georgia area except Monroe and Houston counties.
Their unemployment rates are between 8 and 9 percent, and Jones county's falls between 9 and 10 percent.
State-wide unemployment sits at 9-point-3 percent, up form 9 percent in June.
The last time unemployment went down was March this year.
It's a bleak picture, but bleaker still in Dalton, Georgia.
The city has lost more jobs per capita in the past year than any other in the country.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Dalton lost 46-hundred jobs between June 2011 and June 2012.
Most were in areas like construction and transportation--- adding to the losses from Dalton's carpet industry.
The area produced three-fourths of the nation's flooring, but many of those factories shut down or scaled back after the housing market collapsed, and the effect rippled to other industries in Dalton.
However, city officials say the numbers don't tell the full story.
Mayor David Pennington says despite tough times, new industries are sprouting in Dalton, as well as new retail outlets like Kohl's.
He says if the state and national economies improve, Dalton will follow.

 

 

One national group says even if jobs have been added across the country, they're not the same quality as the jobs that were lost.
The National Employment Law Project is an advocacy group out of New York.
It released a report saying more than half of the jobs created during the recent economic recovery have been low-wage positions.
They pay 13-dollars-83-cents an hour or less ... In fields like retail, food service and manual labor.
That's compared with about 60-percent of the jobs lost during the down-turn, which paid between 14-dollars and 21-dollars an hour.
The findings back up a Department of Labor report that showed more than half of workers who lost jobs during the recovery, then found new ones, are now working for lower wages.

 

 

 

There's a buzz in the airline world---
U-S Airways and the company that owns American Airlines are in possible merger talks.
After the news, shares of both companies rose more than two-percent in trading yesterday.
That's because American and U-S Airways rank third and fifth in revenues.
The Financial Times reports if they were to merge--- the new company would be able to compete head-to-head with industry leaders Delta and United Continental.
American and U-S Airways signed a confidentiality agreement as part of the merger talks.
American Airlines' parent company A-M-R filed for bankruptcy protection last year.

 

 

A summer of droughts and extreme temperatures across the world has caused the cost of food to skyrocket.
According to the World Bank, global food prices jumped 10 percent last month, fueled by severe conditions in the U-S and Europe.
America's worst drought in decades has pushed the price of grain in the Midwest to record highs.
The U-S is the largest exporter of grains--like corn.
The last time costs spiked like this was in 2008.

 

The Clark Atlanta Marching Band wasn't allowed on the field for the first football game of the season today.
The university suspended the "Mighty Marching Panthers" after alleged hazing.
University officials say there is no immediate evidence of hazing or foul play, but they plan investigate thoroughly and if the allegations are false, return the band to the field as soon as possible.
The Mays High School Band filled in at today's game against the University of West Alabama
Marching Bands have become more sensitive to hazing after the death of Florida a&m drum major Robert Champion.
Eleven band members are charged with felony hazing in that case.

 

 

Rescuers are struggling to help a pod of pilot whales that beached at a South Florida state park.
Twenty of the whales-- from juveniles to adults-- came ashore this morning at Avalon Beach State Park.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman told the Associated Press two whales died of natural causes, and five were transported to a local rehab facility.
It's unclear why the whales became stranded.
Hundreds of people from the surrounding community went to the beach to assist with the rescue, helping the animals turn upright so they could breathe better and pouring water over them.
It's unclear why the whales became stranded.
Hundreds of people from the surrounding community went to the beach to assist with the rescue, helping the animals turn upright so they could breathe better and pouring water over them.
<they were getting crushed by the waves and they kept getting turned sideways and their blowholes were getting covered with water. They were literally drowning cause, whales are mammals, they need oxygen to survive. It's terrible, um, you know it's very very frustrating and sad.>
Despite the daylong efforts by those trying to save them.... Only five of the more than 20 pilot whales that came ashore survived.
A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service says two calves and three juveniles have been transported to Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Institute for rehabilitation.
The rest died of natural causes or had to be humanely euthanized.

 

 

 

 

If you've bought a Mr. Coffee cofee maker in the last couple years, it may have a dangerous malfunction.
The company is recalling 600-thousand of the Chinese-made Single Cup Brewing Systems.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the appliance can suddenly release a stream of scalding water and coffee grounds.
The defect has caused 61 reported injuries, including burns to the face and hands.
The coffeemaker being recalled was sold nationwide between September 2010 and this month.
It was priced between 60-and 80-dollars and comes in black with silver, red, or white trim.
Target, Walmart, Kmart, J-C Penny and Bed, Bath and Beyond all sold the device.
The C-P-S-C says owners should stop using the coffeemaker.

 

 

Last week's beer festival in Macon had many local brewers showcasing their unique beer recipes.
Well now they can try one with a presidential seal of approval.
White House head chef Sam Kass posted the recipe for two beers brewed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue--- the White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter.
The online home brewing community clamored for the recipes--- even circulating petitions and submitting freedom-of-information requests, before the White House relented.
Both beers are made using honey harvested from the White House bee hive.

 

 

September is childhood cancer awareness month, and it got off to a roaring start in Gray today.
Jay's Hope--- an organization that works to improve the quality of life for children battling cancer, held a fundraiser featuring nearly 100 motorcyclists.
In the Hawgs For Hope ride, bikers rode around the Harvey's in Gray before taking to the streets of Jones County.
Each rider shelled out 20 dollars to participate.
Families of pediatric cancer patients say the Hawg's generousity doesn't go unnoticed.
<Trae Childs, Son Was Diagnosed With Brain Tumor: Just to see how the community cares about our children and how they come together to support the local people and our local organizations and help all the families that are struggling here, it's just amazing to see how many people care.>
This is the second year of the fundraiser, which includes an auction.
The proceeds go to Jay's Hope.

 

 

An interesting cast of characters descended on Atlanta today for the annual Dragon-Con convention.
The event is for fans of science fiction, comic books and fantasy.
It kicked off this morning with a parade featuring comic book writer Stan Lee.
He created Spiderman... The Avengers... And several other characters.
Actor Dean Cain was also there-- he played Superman in the TV show Lois and Clark.

 

 

Dragon-Con is among several events going on in Atlanta this holiday weekend--- and if you're planning on attending any of them--- You may take MARTA.
But the public transportation system is having some issues.
Breeze Card Vending Machines are not accepting debit cards, and riders can't access their Breeze cards online either.
Travelers will have to use cash or a credit card until MARTA can fix the ongoing problem.... So keep that in mind as you head to Georgia's capitol this Labor Day weekend.

 

 

That is the show for tonight... We'll see you back here at 7 for Weekend Mornin'
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com....
Have a great night everyone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

<this is Eyewitness News at 11>
Good evening... thanks for joining us
I'm Candace Adorka.

President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail today.. focusing on the swing states.
As Drew Levinson reports... Romney is riding high after this past week's Republican Convention while the President is on his four day "Road to Charlotte" tour where the Democratic Convention begins Tuesday.

The Democratic Convention begins on Monday - The President will speak on Thursday.

 

As the candidates try to curry favor with voters, some local groups want to make sure voters will respond by showing up at the polls.
In Houston County, a handfull of volunteers gathered to register people to vote in November.
The local branch of the Episcopal Board of Social Concern held the event at Warner Robins C-M-E Church.
Organizers say they registered 10 to 15 people--- far less than what they hoped--- but they say this is just the beginning of their efforts.
<Fenika Miller, Middle Georgia Democratic Women:But that let's us know that we have a lot of work to do here in Houston County we have to educate people and we have to bring new voters into the fold and we have to mobilize them into action.>
Aaron Hufstetler is chairman of the Houston County Republican party.
He says his group will be making calls to potential voters and canvassing neighborhoods.
<Aaron Hufstetler, Houston County Republican Party: This is the most important election in our lifetime, this one really is, so we got to keep our people motivated to make sure it's the one that's going to vote for Mitt and to get out and vote because turnout is the key.>
If you haven't done so yet, you have until October 9th to register to vote this November.

 

One issue certainly top of voters' minds is the state of the job market.
The Georgia Department of Labor released job numbers for July.
Of the state's 159 counties... 101 of them have unemployment rates of over 10 percent.
That includes every county in the Central Georgia area except Monroe and Houston counties.
Their unemployment rates are between 8 and 9 percent, and Jones county's falls between 9 and 10 percent.
State-wide unemployment sits at 9-point-3 percent, up form 9 percent in June.
The last time unemployment went down was March this year.
It's a bleak picture, but bleaker still in Dalton, Georgia.
The city has lost more jobs per capita in the past year than any other in the country.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Dalton lost 46-hundred jobs between June 2011 and June 2012.
Most were in areas like construction and transportation--- adding to the losses from Dalton's carpet industry.
The area produced three-fourths of the nation's flooring, but many of those factories shut down or scaled back after the housing market collapsed, and the effect rippled to other industries in Dalton.
However, city officials say the numbers don't tell the full story.
Mayor David Pennington says despite tough times, new industries are sprouting in Dalton, as well as new retail outlets like Kohl's.
He says if the state and national economies improve, Dalton will follow.

 

 

One national group says even if jobs have been added across the country, they're not the same quality as the jobs that were lost.
The National Employment Law Project is an advocacy group out of New York.
It released a report saying more than half of the jobs created during the recent economic recovery have been low-wage positions.
They pay 13-dollars-83-cents an hour or less ... In fields like retail, food service and manual labor.
That's compared with about 60-percent of the jobs lost during the down-turn, which paid between 14-dollars and 21-dollars an hour.
The findings back up a Department of Labor report that showed more than half of workers who lost jobs during the recovery, then found new ones, are now working for lower wages.

 

 

 

There's a buzz in the airline world---
U-S Airways and the company that owns American Airlines are in possible merger talks.
After the news, shares of both companies rose more than two-percent in trading yesterday.
That's because American and U-S Airways rank third and fifth in revenues.
The Financial Times reports if they were to merge--- the new company would be able to compete head-to-head with industry leaders Delta and United Continental.
American and U-S Airways signed a confidentiality agreement as part of the merger talks.
American Airlines' parent company A-M-R filed for bankruptcy protection last year.

 

 

A summer of droughts and extreme temperatures across the world has caused the cost of food to skyrocket.
According to the World Bank, global food prices jumped 10 percent last month, fueled by severe conditions in the U-S and Europe.
America's worst drought in decades has pushed the price of grain in the Midwest to record highs.
The U-S is the largest exporter of grains--like corn.
The last time costs spiked like this was in 2008.

 

The Clark Atlanta Marching Band wasn't allowed on the field for the first football game of the season today.
The university suspended the "Mighty Marching Panthers" after alleged hazing.
University officials say there is no immediate evidence of hazing or foul play, but they plan investigate thoroughly and if the allegations are false, return the band to the field as soon as possible.
The Mays High School Band filled in at today's game against the University of West Alabama
Marching Bands have become more sensitive to hazing after the death of Florida a&m drum major Robert Champion.
Eleven band members are charged with felony hazing in that case.

 

 

Rescuers are struggling to help a pod of pilot whales that beached at a South Florida state park.
Twenty of the whales-- from juveniles to adults-- came ashore this morning at Avalon Beach State Park.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman told the Associated Press two whales died of natural causes, and five were transported to a local rehab facility.
It's unclear why the whales became stranded.
Hundreds of people from the surrounding community went to the beach to assist with the rescue, helping the animals turn upright so they could breathe better and pouring water over them.
It's unclear why the whales became stranded.
Hundreds of people from the surrounding community went to the beach to assist with the rescue, helping the animals turn upright so they could breathe better and pouring water over them.
<they were getting crushed by the waves and they kept getting turned sideways and their blowholes were getting covered with water. They were literally drowning cause, whales are mammals, they need oxygen to survive. It's terrible, um, you know it's very very frustrating and sad.>
Despite the daylong efforts by those trying to save them.... Only five of the more than 20 pilot whales that came ashore survived.
A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries service says two calves and three juveniles have been transported to Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Institute for rehabilitation.
The rest died of natural causes or had to be humanely euthanized.

 

 

 

 

If you've bought a Mr. Coffee cofee maker in the last couple years, it may have a dangerous malfunction.
The company is recalling 600-thousand of the Chinese-made Single Cup Brewing Systems.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the appliance can suddenly release a stream of scalding water and coffee grounds.
The defect has caused 61 reported injuries, including burns to the face and hands.
The coffeemaker being recalled was sold nationwide between September 2010 and this month.
It was priced between 60-and 80-dollars and comes in black with silver, red, or white trim.
Target, Walmart, Kmart, J-C Penny and Bed, Bath and Beyond all sold the device.
The C-P-S-C says owners should stop using the coffeemaker.

 

 

Last week's beer festival in Macon had many local brewers showcasing their unique beer recipes.
Well now they can try one with a presidential seal of approval.
White House head chef Sam Kass posted the recipe for two beers brewed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue--- the White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter.
The online home brewing community clamored for the recipes--- even circulating petitions and submitting freedom-of-information requests, before the White House relented.
Both beers are made using honey harvested from the White House bee hive.

 

 

September is childhood cancer awareness month, and it got off to a roaring start in Gray today.
Jay's Hope--- an organization that works to improve the quality of life for children battling cancer, held a fundraiser featuring nearly 100 motorcyclists.
In the Hawgs For Hope ride, bikers rode around the Harvey's in Gray before taking to the streets of Jones County.
Each rider shelled out 20 dollars to participate.
Families of pediatric cancer patients say the Hawg's generousity doesn't go unnoticed.
<Trae Childs, Son Was Diagnosed With Brain Tumor: Just to see how the community cares about our children and how they come together to support the local people and our local organizations and help all the families that are struggling here, it's just amazing to see how many people care.>
This is the second year of the fundraiser, which includes an auction.
The proceeds go to Jay's Hope.

 

 

An interesting cast of characters descended on Atlanta today for the annual Dragon-Con convention.
The event is for fans of science fiction, comic books and fantasy.
It kicked off this morning with a parade featuring comic book writer Stan Lee.
He created Spiderman... The Avengers... And several other characters.
Actor Dean Cain was also there-- he played Superman in the TV show Lois and Clark.

 

 

Dragon-Con is among several events going on in Atlanta this holiday weekend--- and if you're planning on attending any of them--- You may take MARTA.
But the public transportation system is having some issues.
Breeze Card Vending Machines are not accepting debit cards, and riders can't access their Breeze cards online either.
Travelers will have to use cash or a credit card until MARTA can fix the ongoing problem.... So keep that in mind as you head to Georgia's capitol this Labor Day weekend.

 

 

That is the show for tonight... We'll see you back here at 7 for Weekend Mornin'
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com....
Have a great night everyone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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