Eyewitness News at 11, October 2, 2012

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"He was shot right here, in the lower part of his shoulder, right under his shoulder blade, and the bullet exited right here, right under his throat."
    A Macon woman talks about the frightening moments after a drive-by shooter fired a gun and hit a teenage boy...right in front of her home...with her own son standing there watching.
     Good evening, everyone, I'm Frank Malloy.
     And I'm Leah Johnson. 
 First at eleven...frightening moments for Linda Harris.
     That's the Lamont  Avenue woman you just heard from.
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     13WMAZ talked to her just about an hour or so after police received reports someone had been shot by a drive-by gunman.
    At last report...the 18-year-old's friends said he was taken to the hospital and that he was in stable condition.
     Police confirm he was shot in the back.
     Friends of the teen also told 13WMAZ that the young man was just one block away from his home at the time.
     Macon police say this is an active investigation...and wouldn't comment on any details...but Harris told us she saw the back end of a white car around the time of the shooting.
     She also said she was shocked that violence happened just yards from the steps of the home her mother owns. 
"This is my mother's house.  THIS.. is ... My mother's house.  That ain't kosher with me.  This is my mother's house.  And it need to be peaceful around here. But, this is a good neighborhood, and you know, nothing like that has ever happened. It has... It never happened."
     Bell also told 13WMAZ her son knows the victim well...and that she never saw any signs he'd be the target for trouble.
     She called him a good guy.
     So far...police have not released the teen's name. 
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      Macon City Council, members passed the revised police and fire pension plan with an 8 to 7 vote tonight.
     Council Member Elaine Lucas said several pension board members were there...and they expressed the same concerns they've been voicing for months now...some saying they were worried the new structure gives the mayor too much control.
     The narrow approval came in just under an IRS deadline...which meant it had to meet a second "yes" vote by October second in order to remain compliant with federal standards. 
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        American Airlines is scrambling to fix a problem it says...stemmed from a revamp designed to give passengers more leg room. 
     On Saturday, a flight from Boston to Miami made an emergency landing in New York...after three passenger seats  came loose shortly after take-off.  
     Then on Monday, an American flight from New York to Miami returned to John F. Kennedy International Airport after loose seats were discovered.
     The airline said there were no injuries...but they're still taking precautions...going through their fleet of 757's and inspecting for issues.  
     The F-A-A says it's still investigating the two incidents.
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 It's less than 24 hours until President Obama and Mitt Romney meet in the first debate of the 2012 general election cycle.
     Tonight on Eyewitness News at Six...  Political Science professor Clif Wilkinson joined us to tee up some of the issues that could dominate the floor... And discussed policy areas that are likely to fall in the candidates areas of strength. 
"There are several things that you need to look for, that are very important, that can resonate with the citizens.  One, this is the very first debate, very important because the first debate tends to set the tone for the rest of the debates.  There are only three debates.  Tomorrow night, they will focus on domestic policy.  This is the time period where Romney should shine.  Of all of the other areas, it's expected that Obama is the weakest on domestic policy, and as we've looked at our polls for the past few years, the number one issue is the economy and jobs. "
     Next week, the vice presidential candidates will meet in a debate of their own...
     Followed by another presidential debate on the sixteenth...to focus on foreign policy issues.
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 As the candidates court undecideds and swing votes... Some analysts suspect they'll heavily target women.
     Danielle Nottingham shows us how both parties are working to boost their female appeal factor.
< Carrie Stegner and her husband serve up yogurt and lattes for a living.


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The small business owner is supporting President Obama, in part, because she believes his Health Care reform law will help her provide insurance for her employees. 


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Carrie Stegner/ Obama supporter
"IT'S 20-PERCENT CHEAPER FOR A LARGE CORPORATION TO BUY INSURANCE, THAN IT WOULD BE FOR A SMALL BUSINESS TO COME IN AND DO THE SAME THING. AND YES, I THINK IT WOULD BE A CHALLENGE FOR US TO COME IN A COMPETE AGAINST THAT."


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Kerry Thompson believes Mitt Romney has a better plan for helping small business. She's eager to hear him make that case at Wednesday's debate. 


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Kerry Thompson/ Romney supporter
"I THINK THE ECONOMY IS PROBABLY A MAJOR ISSUE THAT ON THE FOREFRONT OF MOST PEOPLE'S MINDS. AND I REALLY HOPE HE SPELLS OUT HIS STANCE ON IT." 


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Danielle Nottingham/ CBS News
Colorado isn't just hosting the first presidential debate - it's a battleground state... and more than half the undecided voters here are women. 


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Stegner is concerned about the government's role in social issues. 


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Carrie Stegner/ Obama supporter
IT DOESN'T HAVE A ROLE IN MAKING DECISIONS FOR WOMEN, IT DOESN'T HAVE A ROLE IN DECIDEING WHO CAN MARRY. IT DOESN'T HAVE A ROLE IN THESE ISSUES THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULDN'T BE CONCERNED ABOUT. 


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Thompson says the national debt that's being left to her daughter.. is also a women's issue. 


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Kerry Thompson/ Romney supporter
"EVEN IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT ABORTION, ITSELF, THAT'S NOT AN INDICATOR OF WHETHER OR NOT YOU SUPPORT WOMEN'S ISSUES. THERE'S A LOT MORE TO THAT, AND I THINK HE'S VERY RESPECTFUL IN HIS STANCE TOWARD WOMEN


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Thompson and Stegner both plan to closely watch Wednesday night's debate. >
     In a recent poll from Quinnipiac...President Obama has an 18 percentage point lead over Romney. 
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   With election season...comes a steady diet of political ads on T.V.
     But it's not every day you hear an ad encouraging you to buy guns before hitting the polls in November.  
     Howard Reed, the owner of Howard's Pawn Shop in Macon released an ad on the radio telling people to "stock up" on firearms before they run out.  
     He says in 2008, he saw a huge spike in sales before the election, and hopes to repeat it in 2012.
"We were merely reminding people of the way our industry was affected before, and out ad is entirely to encourage people to come get products while we have them ."
     But while the ad doesn't explicitly mention Obama, Political Science Professor Bryan Williams says it still panders to what he calls common fears and misconceptions.
"He doesn't have to say that Obama has a platform that is going to take away your guns, it's just the perception, create the perception that that's going to happen.  So really, if he wants Mitt Romney to win, he has a win win situation with this implication that Obama's going to ban guns somehow."
    Williams says similar ads have been going on from gun dealers even before President Obama was elected.  
     He says many began doing it as early as 2006, when the Democrats took control of Congress during the Bush years.
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 Technology brings a host of conveniences to daily life... and it also introduces a lot of changes in the way we in the media do our jobs... and the way we interact with the public. 
     But one news anchor... Jennifer Livingston of CBS 8 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, says a viewer went to far..when he sent what she describes as a very hurtful e-mail...critizing her weight and calling her a poor role model.
     Jennifer, who's a morning anchor at WKBT...drew national attention when she responded on the air. 
"While I tried my best to laugh off the very hurtful attack on my appearance, especially my husband, our 6 and 10 anchor, Mike Thompson, who posted a response on our Facebook. Hundreds of people have taken the time out of their day to not only lift my spirits,  but to send a message, that attacks like this are not okay."
     October is National Anti-bullying month.. .and WKBT used this situation as an example of cyber-bullying.  Here's what else Jennifer Livingston had to say on that. 
he internet  has become a weapon.  Our schools have become a battleground, and this behavior is learned.  It is passed down from people like the man who wrote me this e-mail. If you are at home, and you are talking about the fat newslady, guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat.  >
     Livingston called on her viewers to use responsibility in social media.
     In the meantime... her story has created tons of social media buzz all by itself. 
     WKBT posted a link to the video you just saw... and by ten tonight... it had 952 likes... and 322 comments. 
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 Bibb County dedicated it's butterfly habitat, at Lake Tobesofkee, to the memory of Mary Jane Newberry.
        County Commissioner, Bert Bivins, and family members were on hand to unveil his grandmother's name.  
     Bivins says the dedication is important to him because his love for nature started at a young age... because of his grandmother.
     He also pointed out the difference between an average butterfly garden, and the habitat shown here.     
     The butterfly habitat is located in Claystone Park, at Lake Tobesofkee.
 

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