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I'm Jennifer Moulliet...
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will host his monthly Mayor's Night tomorrow beginning at 5:30 p.m. in his office at City Hall.
Mayor's Night in allows you to ask questions and express concerns about any topic... directly to the Mayor
But you will be given an allotted time.
To accommodate as many as possible, anyone who wishes to speak is given five minutes.
You can call 478.751.7170 to schedule a time to speak.
Georgia may be the Peach state...but pecans hold the number one spot for highest grossing crop.
This year...the harvest comes early. Peak harvesting months for Georgia pecans are October through December.
The natural antioxidants are ripe for the picking at the Mason Pecan Farm in Peach County. An average harvest in Georgia is about 88-million pounds.
<On these trees, I'll pick a couple off, the shucks are beginning to split. When the shucks start to split, it's time to come in here and harvest your crop. So it's been a long growing season, close to ten months>
Pecans are packed with health benefits that lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
State officials say they're switching health care providers.
The announcement comes months after an audit found problems in a 13-million dollar program designed to improve treatment for the mentally-ill.
Now... Georgia's Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is booting out the California-based company and giving its contracts to local agencies.
The state is about halfway through an agreement with federal officials...to move patients from hospitals to community-based treatment.
The soon-to-be former provider says it has corrected most of the problems found in the February audit.
Have you noticed how gas prices shoot up in a hurry and then take their time coming back down?
But the important thing is that they are coming down.
Triple A South says the average for a gallon of regular in Atlanta is three dollars and 88 cents this morning.
That's 29 cents more than we were paying a month ago.
On the bright side, it's a nickel cheaper than a week ago.
Officials with AAA say prices are expected to decline as demand decreases with the end of the summer driving season and the end of hurricane season draws near.
Refiners also are switching to less expensive winter-blend gasoline.
For of you Atlanta commuters in the mid state... Some good news that could help you save on that gas money... MARTA announced Sunday that the Breeze system was fully restored and capable of accepting debit cards as well as credit cards and cash from customers.
A software glitch crippled the system more than a week ago.
MARTA officials had issued a statement before the Labor Day weekend, telling customers to bring cash in order to use the system... Since the system would not accept debit or credit cards.
But now everything is back to normal...
Atlanta's High Museum of Art plans to present an exhibition... that explores the development of modern and contemporary art.
It's called "Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 to 2013"
The museum plans to select key years in art history which represent big moments in the 20th century.
The exhibition is set to be on view from Oct. 13 through Jan. 20.
It will look at the years before World War I and the Great Depression, the lead-up to postwar American prosperity and the years before the Cuban Missile Crisis and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
It aims to examine how artists responded to and were influenced by world events.
If you've been following the campaign - you know the economy has been front and center this election year.
And new lackluster jobs numbers did not escape the attention of the Republican ticket.
President Obama admits things are not the way he wants them but wants voters to give him a second term, instead of what he feels would be more failed policies from a Republican administration.
Here's Elizabeth Corridan with this report.
Here in Wisconsin, we're not better off under President Obama
THE MITT ROMNEY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED THIS NEW AD IN WISCONSIN ON SUNDAY -
IT'S PART OF A SERIES OF 16 SPOTS BEING RELEASED IN NINE BATTLEGROUND STATES - ALL FOLLOWING THE THEME OF A BETTER FUTURE.
Create over 240,000 new jobs for Wisconsin
AUGUST JOBS NUMBERS RELEASED FRIDAY PROBABLY WON'T DO MUCH TO BOLSTER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CLAIMS PROGRESS IS BEING MADE.
96,000 POSITIONS WERE CREATED FOR THE MONTH, BUT THAT'S NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP UP WITH THE NUMBER OF NEW PEOPLE LOOKING FOR JOBS.
AND ECONOMISTS SAY THE DROP IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE TO 8 POINT 1 MAY HAVE RESULTED FROM SOME JOB SEARCHERS GIVING UP.
THE FIGURES WERE NOT LOST ON THE REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER -
This is really saying people are having a hard time finding work -- very very troubling
PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHO SPENT SUNDAY CAMPAIGNING IN THE KEY BATTLEGROUND STATE OF FLORIDA, RIDICULED THE REPUBLICAN TICKET'S PLAN FOR PROSPERITY:
Tax cuts, tax cuts, gut a few regulations, and then give some more tax cuts.
ROMNEY, WHO ALSO HAS PUSHED TO REDUCE GOVERNMENT SPENDING - CRITICIZED MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY FOR AGREEING TO A DEAL THAT COULD RESULT IN MASSIVE CUTS TO THE MILITARY.
AS PART OF AN AGREEMENT STRUCK TO INCREASE THE DEBT-CEILING, ACROSS THE BOARD CUTS WILL GO INTO EFFECT IN JANUARY - IF CONGRESS FAILS TO REACH A DEFICIT REDUCTION PLAN BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.
AMONG THE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED FOR THE SO-CALLED SEQUESTRATION PLAN - ROMNEY'S RUNNING MATE REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RYAN.
Total ad spending in this race is expected to top one billion dollars.
Election day is November sixth.
One of the American commandos who killed Osama bib Laden talked about the mission in an interview for 60 Minutes.
The former Navy SEAL wrote a book describing the encounter... Under the pen name "mark Owen"
Coming up tonight at 7 you can see the entire interview... On 13WMAZ...
Here's a preview...
<(PELLEY 12:47:26) //Was the plan to kill Osama bin Laden or capture him, before you went in?
(OWEN 12:47:40) This was absolutely not a kill-only mission. It was made very clear to us-- throughout our-- our training for this that, "Hey, if given the opportunity, this is-- this is not an assassination. You will capture him alive, if-- if feasible."
(PELLEY 12:48:00) That was the preferred thing?
(OWEN 12:48:02) Yes.
(PELLEY 12:48:02) To take him alive, if you could?
(OWEN) Yeah, yeah. I mean, we're not-- we're not there to assassinate somebody. We weren't sent in to-- to murder him. This was, "Hey, kill or capture.">
Once again that story airs tonight at 7 on 13WMAZ.
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