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Good evening and thanks for joining us. 
     I'm Candace Adorka.
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 The murder trial of a Jones County woman scheduled to start Monday has been delayed until January.
    District Attorney Fred Bright says the judge granted the defense a continuance in the trial of Pamela Moss.
   Moss is accused of killing Henry County businessman Doug Coker in March.
   Coker's body was found under the porch of Moss' home in River North.
   Investigators say Coker and Moss were business associates.
   Bright says they are not seeking the death penalty... but if found guilty, Moss could face life in prison without parole.
   The trial is now set to begin January 7th.
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   The Boy Scouts of America made headlines this week when it released files showing cover-ups of sexual abuse. 
     Now there are new rules in place..designed to minimize the risk of sexual abuse to young scouts.
      We caught up parents and leaders at  the Cub Scouts Fall Family Festival in Byron to discuss the issue.
      That's where nearly 1500 scouts...family...and friends are spending a weekend of fun in the outdoors..
     The safety procedures put into place by the organization involve a five step approval process for volunteers..
    They include chartered organization checks, an application, a criminal background check, an ineligible voulunteer file check and adult leader youth protection training. 
<Cindy Whiddon, Macon: I think now people can hide so much, so many different aspects of your life and with scouting you go through such an extensive background check and different things that there is no way to hide anything like that and so they would know, and they wouldn't be around and I think just protecting him is my biggest thing. >
   Scouts will be at the camp until tomorrow afternoon. 
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  It was a night of celebration for the men and women who have ruled the Georgia airwaves.
  Judy Le shows us the newest inductees at the Radio Hall of Fame.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Centreplex in Macon to honor voices that took the air-waves by storm.
<(Ron O'Quinn) I started in radio many many eons ago, 1960 as a matter of fact when I was in high school>
<(Bill Elder) I started on 13wmaz am when I was 15 and a half years old and then came back to the firm in 1982>
The 6th Annual Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Awards celebrated by inducting members into the legacy or career achievement category. The goal...is to eventually  honor all the people on Georgia radio. 
<(elder)The room is filled with conversation that's because it's filled with disc jockeys who never shut up who are all going to be talking except when they are calling the awards>
Inductees have to be nominated by their peers. The board of directors select the legacy.. membership select career.
Nine new members were added into the 2012 georgia radio hall of fame legacy....that also includes some of our own 13wmaz family....like Mary stripling who was accepting an award on behalf of uncle ned.
<Mary Stripling when tv started, he was the opening act for the 13wmaz. On that day, I believe it was 1953 of 1954>
Eight inductees were honored for career achievement...by leaving a mark in georgia history...
<he would always at the end say, "now momma don't work too hard">
Judy le 13wmaz eyewitness news
   The eight people honored tonight for their achievement in radio are Ron O'Quinn, Bill Elder, Bob Todd, Nate Hirsch, Lauren Nobles, Bruce Stevens, Matt Cook and John Moore


 
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    With the election just more than two weeks away the tops of the tickets are getting ready for their final showdown together... Monday's Presidential Debate.
     President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are tucked away studying while their running mates are in must win states trying to win over the last of the undecided voters.
     Drew Levinson reports from New York. 
Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan shook hands and signed autographs at the Daytona Beach airport before going their separate ways. 
 The GOP Presidential hopeful is now in South Florida preparing for the third and final Presidential debate.
Ryan went to the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. 
He attacked President Barack Obama accusing him of running a campaign that offers little new policy. 
"HE'S TRYING TO DISTRACT PEOPLE. HE'S TRYING TO DISTORT OUR RECORD . HE'S TRYING TO HOPE YOU DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO THE REALITY IN FRONT OF US SO HE CAN WIN THIS ELECTION BY DEFAULT." 
 new Romney ad continues the theme. 
It argues the President offers more of the same on debt, health care, taxes, energy and Medicare.
"FIVE REASONS WE CAN'T AFFORD FOUR MORE YEARS OF BARACK OBAMA"
In Florida, Vice President Joe Biden says the Obama administration deserves another four years. 
"AMERICA IS NOT IN DECLINE, AMERICA IS COMING BACK WE ARE NOT GOING BACK"
As Biden listed the ways he thinks Romney's policies will hurt Americans .,..a baby in the audience started crying.
"I DON'T BLAME THAT BABY FOR CRYING, THAT'S BABY KNOWS WHAT'S IN STORE FOR HIM OR HER FOR CRYING IF ROMNEY WINS.
With Biden seeking votes, the President is at Camp David cramming for Monday's debate where Foreign Policy will dominate.
 The president is also gearing up for a campaign blitz. Wednesday he'll start a two day trip where he'll hit six battleground states. 
     And, he'll make a stop in Illinois to cast his vote in person.
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It's always a good weekend when you can spend it having fun, but also supporting a good cause.
     That's exactly what happened at the  Museum of Aviation today.  
     The museum hosted it's first ever Fall Fun Day. 
     The family-friendly event had something for everybody-- including horse rides for the kids, and a silent auction for the adults. 
     There was also a fire truck and helicopter on display.
     The proceeds benefit the museum.
     Finance director Jenny Maas... says she's pleased with the turnout, and they're already looking ahead to next year's fundraiser.
 < Our goal when we thought of this was to make this an annual thing and this being our first year we wanted to see what events we're offering go well and what events don't.>
< You got face painting... jack o' lanterns over there... Bouncy castles... the Chick-Fil-A cow out here.  It's fun. >
     Organizers say horse rides were the main attraction for this year's event.
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    The best marching bands in the state converged on Warner Robins today for the Heart of Georgia Band Invitational.  
     Thousands of people packed McConnell-Talbert Stadium for the event in its 15 year. 
     More than 20 bands are battling for the top trophy.
     The half time shows feature a variety of music... including swing... classical ... and jazz.
     Organizers say the event is open to a diverse group of participants.
< They come from every type of school you can imagine.  We've got a lot of public schools here, some local and in the area,  and quite a few private schools are joining us as well. >
< I feel like it gives everybody an opportunity to come out and see what marching bands are about and it gives our band an opportunity to give back and help raise money for us. >
     The event will wrap up around 9, when the best performers will receive their awards. 
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  The fall version of the Mossy Creek Barnyard Arts and Crafts Festival is in full swing out in Perry..
   For more than 30 years..the festival has offered up crafts and music twice a year...
   But this isn't just any craft fair...participants also show you how they make their unique items..
   You can catch all the fun..tomorrow starting at 10 in the morning.  Admission is five dollars for adults and a dollar for children.
   The festival happens the third weekends in April and October each year.
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  Cell phone users, listen up... all this new technology is leading to new injuries. 
     Ever heard of "texting thumb"? 
     More people are coming down with that.. and neck problems to boot... from using their cell phones. 
     As Jason DeRusha shows us, doctors say there are some things you can do to avoid ending up in their office. 
<<MORE AND MORE OF US ARE COMMUNICATING VIA CELL PHONE. IT'S ESTIMATED AMERICANS SPEND ABOUT 2.7 HOURS A DAY ON THEM. 
"At least once or twice every ten minutes." 
ALL THAT TALK TIME IS CAUSING A PAIN--IN THE NECK! 
"Your heads always down, when you're texting and I never thought that could be why my neck is sore." 
CHIROPRACTOR KEITH JOHNSON SAYS HE SEES A LOT OF YOUNG PATIENTS COMING INTO HIS OFFICE. 
"When we're texting we're keeping our neck in a forward flexed position for prolonged periods of time. And that ends up creating a loss of the normal cervical curve." 
A NECK IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE A -C- SHAPED CURVE TO IT..BUT WHEN YOUR TEXTING OR TALKING ON A CELL PHONE FOR HOURS AT A TIME--YOU CAN LOSE SOME OF THAT CURVE. 
"If this is left to be over time this will create tremendous amounts of stress...It causes a lot of pressure in their neck and creates headaches, creates burning sensations in their neck, numbness down into their arms and hands." 
AND IF YOU'RE TEXTING MORE THAN TALKING--YOU COULD GET A CONDITION KNOWN AS TEXTING THUMB. THAT'S A FORM OF TENDONITIS IN THE THUMBS. 
"It's hard to use this, as fast as you use that. But that's how fast our brain thinks." 
DOCTOR MATTHEW PUTNAM SAYS ALL THAT POUNDING WITH THE THUMB COULD CAUSE TRAUMA TO YOUR JOINTS AND LIGAMENTS.  
"I really think probably doing it less with your thumb would be phenomenal as a general instruction for everyone." >>


 The experts say after 10 minutes of texting -  take a 15 minute break and stretch your neck. 
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     Star gazers are in for a treat tonight...if they can stay awake long enough or wake up before dawn..
     Over the next few hours...a meteor shower will light up the night sky..
   According to NASA, the shower is courtesy of Halley's comet...shown here..
   Scientists say every year this time..the earth passes through a stream of debris from the comet which lights up the pre-dawn sky with shooting stars.
   Tonight's display is called the "orionid Meteor shower"..because the stars appear to fall from the constellation..Orion.
   The time to catch the best view is about two hours before sunrise..which is around 7:45 Sunday morning..
   Scientists say they expect to see about 25 meteors per hour at the shower's peak.
   The meteor's actual speed?   About 148 thousand miles per hour..when they hit the earth.



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