Eyewitness News at 6, October 8, 2012

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 Hello everyone and Thanks for joining us. 
    I'm Leah Johnson...
    Frank Malloy has the night off.
     This is Eyewitness News at Six.
 In 2011... more than 18-hundred dogs were euthanized at the Macon- Bibb Animal Shelter... According to county data.
     Now... with the help of a hefty grant from Petsmart Charities... County leaders hope to significantly cut  that number.
     Brittiny Barber breaks down how they plan to use to the money to target the problem.
 This is a move in the right direction because it's targeting the root..>
     New shelter director Sarah Tenon helped announce a $100-thousand grant for Macon-Bibb animal Welfare.
     It's a goal.. To keep as many dogs as possible out of the shelter.
 " It's targeting dogs in a particular zip code 31201 zip code and that will help in that particular community as far as the spaying and neutering."
     For the next two years... The pilot program will focus on educating and promoting spay-neutering for pet owners in that area of the county.
     It's essentially between interstates 75 and 16... Extending from the split down to Ell Street. 
     Included in the zone.. Downtown.. In-town... Pleasant hill.. And the industrial area.     
" What we did is we started doing some research on the needs in the community regarding the overpopulation of pets."
     County Grant Coordinator Kari Kitchens says Petsmart uses a formula that assumes 90 percent of the pets living with people below the poverty line.. Are not fixed.
    Kitchens says that's more than 26-hundred dogs in that specific zip code.. And that shows an urgency for the program to get up and running.
"we'll sign the grant agreement probably within the next couple of days  and we hope to kick -start the pilot program by December 1.  "
     With the shelter most days at or near capacity.... Tenon says they were chosen based on the need in the community.
"it helps us to accomplish our mission and what we want to do and that is to reduce the number of animals that come to the Bibb County Animal Shelter. "
         County officials say the money will go towards spaying and neutering between 11-hundred and 14-hundred dogs.
     Brittiny barber 13wmaz eyewitness news.
his is a pilot program, so Bibb County Public Affairs officer Kevin Barrere says there are still some details to work out.
     He says it's purpose is to educate responsible pet owners in Macon and Bibb County.
The search continues for a home for the new Macon- Bibb Animal Shelter.
     The committee in charge of finding a new location met today to sort through the options.
     Commissioner Lonzy Edwards chairs that committee and says they are getting closer to finding a new and improved home for the animals.
     He says they could settle on a piece of land to build that on.. As soon as their next meeting. That's one week from today.
 Officials with a Macon clinic say they've notified all but one of the 189 patients exposed to tainted medication and that eight of those patients have mild symptoms that are being treated as a precaution.
  Michelle Hodge, administrator of the Forsyth Street Ambulatory Surgery Center told 13WMAZ that no one has tested positive for meningitis but that each of the patients they've contacted were encouraged to go to their personal physicians.
The Macon clinic was the only facility in Georgia to receive tainted shipments of steroid injections used to treat back pain.
Frank Kelly: "The difficult part were the initial patients the ones that were in Nashville tennessee at vanderbilt because they didn't realize what was going on with those patients they hadn't put two and two together if you will but now that we know the cause we can identify the symptoms early on which makes it easier to treat early on and we know  how to manage it."
   A Massachusetts pharmacy is suspected of supplying the steroids, leading to eight deaths and dozens of illnesses nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The steroid was sent to 23 states.
   Macon police are investigating a shooting that injured an 18-year-old man Sunday night.
    Investigators say Taubius Mull was walking out of a store in the 2700 block of Montpelier Avenue when he was shot in the leg.
     Mull was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia.. where his condition is listed as stable..
   Police say bullets also hit the front of the store and a car in the parking lot.
   Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME... Again that number I 1-877-68-CRIME.
   Central Georgia's two main airports have a new man in the pilot's seat..
   Doug Faour is now head of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and the Downtown Macon Airport.
With 15 years in the airport business... Faour (Fay-or) says he has a list of improvements aimed at bringing in more jobs and flights to both airports.
That includes projects like runway resurfacing and new fuel farms that will hold 20-thousand gallons.
In 2011... The two airports had a total of almost 2-thousand jobs and around 200-thousand flights.
Faour says those are both numbers he wants to see take flight.
Doug Faour:  "We want to continue the airport as the economic engine it is for the region, we want to position it in a financially strong position, and we want to be good stewards. This is the community's airport and we want to maintain it as they see fit."
   Faour says his biggest project is bringing in Sun Air who will take over for Georgia Skies in December.
   Tom Hill, Junior, a local business man died over the weekend. Family and friends say the 88-year old passed away Saturday in a local hospital.
     Hill and his father, Tom Hill, Senior started a construction business in Macon after World War II.
     Funeral arrangements are set for tomorrow morning at 11 at Riverside Cemetary. Visitation will proceed and follow the services at the cemetery tomorrow. 
The race for Bibb County District Attorney is heating up.
In a press conference today... Current Bibb DA... Greg Winters accused his opponent... David Cooke of calling and spreading lies about him to potential voters. 

Greg Winters: "For months my opponent has called my friends, neighbors and colleagues in the community attempting to raise doubts about my competence and my qualifications for the job. "
David Cooke: "The phone calls he's describing did not come from my campaign we haven't done any kind of ad he's said I paid for some kind of ad phone call that ran for two weeks, we haven't done that."
"where did that come from?"
David Cooke: "I dont' know what he's talking about the only thing we did was a two day poll that asked questions about both candidates."  
Early voting starts monday October 15th... Or you can vote on November 6th. 
  If you plan to vote in the upcoming November election, you must be registered by Tomorrow.
    There are several ways to register.
   Many of you are taking the most popular route... by stopping by your local board of elections office.
    The process only requires filling out a registration application.
    According to the Georgia Secretary of State... the following requirements must be met.
      You must be a U.S. citizen.. and a legal resident of the county in which you live.
      If you're not quite 18.. you can register to vote.. but you must turn 18 before election day.
       You also cannot be serving a conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.. or have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge.  
    U-S Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia...is making national headlines..after video of remarks he made about evolution went viral.
   Broun made those remarks during a speech a  sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell.
  He represents Georgia's 10th district which includes Baldwin..Washington and Hancock counties.
   The Republican lawmaker also sits on the House Science Committee..and is a medical doctor.
    Broun is running unopposed in the November general election.
    A recent Gallup Poll found 46 percent of Americans believe God created humans 10,000 years ago.  
  The Gannett Company, which owns 13WMAZ, has reached an agreement with Dish Network  allowing DISH customers to continue to enjoy 13WMAZ Eyewitness News and their favorite CBS programs.
     The companies were negotiating over the fees DISH pays Gannett to carry its TV stations. Gannett owns stations in 19 cities.
     Both sides announced an agreement this morning after negotiating past a 2 a.m. deadline. They did not release any details of the agreement.
Six dollars a gallon gas may sound like a nightmare ... But how about $6 a gallon for milk?  One farmer says it could happen for consumers next year if Congress doesn't pass a farm bill.  Tom George went to dairy country in Putnam County to find out more.
It's a common item in many people's fridges ... So you may have noticed that the price of milk is on the rise.  
 "If you compare .. Go into the store of a bottle of water to the price of a bottle of milk."

If a new farm bill is not passed by Congress by the end of this year, the price of milk could double, according to the National Milk Producers Federation.

"you know we need the money but then again, we don't want it to be a great increase to where we run folks away from the product in the store."

The farm bill helps regulate prices ...and also provides subsidies to farmers. 

And at Jeff Wooten's Dairy in Eatonton, with the economy struggling, Wooten SAYS HE needs the assistance to keep his business afloat.
"Feed, fertilizer, fuel, veterinary services, and stuff like that .. You know, we want to be able to pay our bills too."

"Now a lot of people just assume that the farmers get a big cut of the milk that they sell, but that's not actually the case. By the time processors and retail are finished, Jeff here is left with just a third."
"the profit margin between the price of milk and what they're having to pay for their inputs has just been so close that if they've been breaking even at all, it's been a just barely situation. "

The bill also includes other measures, including food stamps, which has led some legislators to not want to pass the bill.
"So folks look at us and they see a great big chunk of money and they say well the farmers are getting all that, well the farmers aren't getting the whole farm bill, they're getting a very small part of it."
But while they debate in Washington, on Jeff's farm ... 
"We're gonna live it out cause that's what we do."
In Eatonton, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
In June, the Senate passed a 969 billion dollar farm bill by a vote of 64-35., but the Republican-controlled house expressed concern about food stamps being included and the cost.
    It's day four of the Georgia National Fair...
    And according to its Director of Communications... Michele Treptow... attendance is steady.
     Treptow says attendance for opening week isn't as high as last year's... but that could be due to the weather.
     She says the turnout of any outdoor event is determined by whether or not it will rain.
     And most people probably didn't feel the need to rush out to the fair... since the forecast looks promising for the remainder of the week.
     They are expecting a larger crowd this week... to close things ou

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