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 Good evening.
   Thanks for joining us.
   I'm Leah Johnson.
  And I'm Frank Malloy.
  This is Eyewitness News at 11.
 Last night both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney preached unity in their speeches last night... And that may have to start on your Facebook wall. 
 Candace Adorka has been looking into how partisan politics plays out on social media and joins us with more. 
We talk all the time about partisan politics in Washington, but that political discourse maybe getting more personal on individual facebook walls. On our 13 WMAZ fan page, I asked you what you've noticed on your own news feeds, and your reactions. 


Donna tells us she removed people from her news feed who posted ugly political comments. Vonda said she removed a couple people, but she says, "I did have some very heated conversations with others but we enjoyed the back and forth of opinions and respected each other for it." and Kristina Pike said she blocked people whose posts were "incessant or rude, hateful, disrespectful, or downright racist I won't tolerate it. It's my page, my feed, my content, my right to pick and choose what I see."


Kristina is not alone, according to a study by the Pew Research Center earlier this year,  Some 18% of people on social networking sites have blocked, unfriended, or hidden someone for how they talk about politics on social media. 


Tim Rogan-Porter, director of Mercer's Center for collaborative Journalism, says there seems to be a lot more political talk on social media, and it's uglier than the kind of conversation people would have in person. 
<you know, when we're talking at a restaurant or bar or water cooler at work, you're face to face you see how poeople are responding, and they're actual human beings, so you don't want to be insulting. But when you're sitting at  your computer on a couch at home or in the office, you're just talking to nameless, faceless people and so you just say whatever comes to mind in very stark terms, gut reactions that are snarky or mean or just sort of emotional  in ways that you would sort of check yourself face to face.>    
He says having constructive conversations on social media is a challenge because the comments are short-- there's not a lot of room for nuance or depth. Also, many of our facebook friends tend to agree with our ideology, so it's easy to forget those that don't. Regan-Porter says it probably just takes a little concious effort to be a little nicer. 
<i'd rather know where someone is coming from, just you know, tone it down a little bit, and give people some credit for being intelligent, even if they disagree with you, and stop demonizing each other. I tink it's good to celebrate if your candidate won and say why you think another candidate should get your vote, I think that's fine, we just need to watch how we do it.>
It might be one way to lead by example for the people in Washington. Candace Adorka 13 wMAZ eyewitness news. 
Its not too late to weigh in on the topic. Just look for the 13WMAZ fan page on Facebook, hit the like button, and join the conversation. 
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 A day after winning his second term...President Obama is already reaching across the aisle.
  Both Democrats and Republicans are talking about a "renewed sense of cooperation"...something that didn't come easy in the President's first term.
  Tara Mergener reports on what's next..
president obama and the first family returned to the white house wednesday evening, in his words - more determined about the work that lies ahead. 
the president laid out part of his second term agenda in his victory speech tuesday night.
(sot)) obama
"reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil.  we've got more work to do!"
earlier, the president embraced staffers at his campaign headquarters in chicago.  he acknowledged he has to bring the country together, after a costly and bruising campaign.
((sot)) obama
"whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you."
and the gop listened too.  house speaker john boehner promised his party is willing to get down to business.
rep. john boehner/(r-oh) house speaker 
"mr. president the republican majority here in the house stands ready to work with you to do what's best for our country."
((standup bridge))  tara mergener, cbs news, the white house
both sides will be put to the test almost immediately.  the president and congress will have to work together to overcome the "looming fiscal cliff."
that would involve automatic, drastic spending cuts and tax increases at the end of the year if no deal is reached.  but both sides are indicating a give and take. 
((sot)) boehner
"we're willing to accept new revenue, under the right conditions.  what matters is where the increased revenue comes from and what type of reform comes with it."
((sot)) sen. harry reid/ (d-nv) majority leader
"it's better to dance than to fight. it's better to work together.
and voters are counting on it.
Tara Mergener for cbs news, the white house.
  History was made on the state level in the election...as Colorado and Washington State became the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
  It's not a done deal yet ..because the federal government could challenge the laws..
  So far... no word on if that will happen.
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  So what would you do if you were an Independent state lawmaker and the Democratic Party spent a quarter of a million dollars trying to get you defeated?
     That says Rusty Kidd is what happened to him. 
Kidd is an Independent representative from Milledgeville. 
He defeated Democrat Quentin Howell in Tuesday's general election.
     Kidd says the Democrats pumped lots of money into Howell's campaign in hopes of unseating him.
     So Kidd plans to meet with House Speaker David Ralson and Majority Leader Larry O'Neal, both Republicans, to talk the situation over.
< Rusty Kidd, State Representative: I've got no reason to be that friendly with the state Democratic Party right now because in the last two years they've spent over a quarter million dollars trying to get me defeated. And some of their ads were a little bit below the belt and so forth.>
     Kidd stopped short of saying he plans to join the Republican Party.
He said he'll know more about his future plans after meeting with Ralston and O'Neal.
     He says he may just hook up with the Republican caucus.
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Macon police seized more than 123 thousand dollars worth of cocaine.. at what investigators say was a meth lab.
   Investigators say narcotics officers found the drugs in a wooded area near Bon Ayer Circle.
  With the help of a K-9 unit..police found two kilos of cocaine...and several packages of crack cocaine.
  Hazmat teams also responded and took the down the lab which was sent to the state crime lab for processing.
  Police say they noticed the lab after seeing a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road on Bon Ayer Circle...
  So far..no one has been arrested.
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  A 19-year-old man is recovering at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.. after being shot in the face this afternoon... in Warner Robins.
   Police say it happened around 3-45 p-m...in the 600 McArthur Boulevard...
   The victim was shot in the cheek....and is in stable condition..
    Anyone with information about this shooting..should call 9-1-1 or use the department's Tip Submit service.


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 A Dublin family is praising the actions of one of their ten children tonight... after the young man put himself  in harms way to save his little sister...
   The 11-year-old threw himself in front of two pit bulls... so his five-year-old sister could get away...
     The video we're about show you contains graphic images of the boy's injuries...
  11 year old Maleik (MA-LEEK) Carr and his 5 year old sister Jalia (JA-LEE-AH)  walk through the backyard and along a chain linked fence to get to the bus stop.      
Monday morning, that fence had a gaping hole and two unleashed pitbulls.
    Maleik told his sister to run as the dogs attacked him. 
     The 4th grader then used a toy chair to push back the dogs and jumped a fence to safety.
      Maleik says his neighbor rarely keeps the dogs on leashes. 
<I tell this man over here to lock them up and he ain't listening and now they done got me>
   Maleik had surgery to patch up his legs. His mother.... Sherry Carr says doctors lost count of the number of stitches her son received.
   Animal control officers picked up the dogs...
  No word yet on what will happen to the animals or if their owners will face any charges.


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 Welcome back...
   Political offices weren't the only decisions voters in Georgia made in yesterday's election...
   There were a couple of constitutional amendments on the ballot...
   One had to do with charter schools..
   Amendment One  passed with a 58 percent approval.
  The issue is confusing for a lot of people...
   Rebecca Lindstrom from our sister station, WXIA, has more from Atlanta.


Supporters say this celebration has been long overdue.  Ivy Prep's sister school in Gwinnett was one of 16 charters ruled unconstitutional by the state supreme court last year, because it was not approved by the local school district.  Representative Alicia Morgan says on election day, voters fought back.


14:41  It's my hope that school districts will get one message.  That is they can have a strong partnership with charters and in the event that's not possible, there's an appeals process that will be in place.


That's because with this vote, the state can now create a commission to approve charter schools, as well as local school districts.  But more than that, these parents say the decision gives parents and students more choices, when public schools fail to make the grade.


17:50  As much as we'd like to say we'd send our daughter to private school, it was not even an option for us.  Both my husband and I are unemployed so charter school has saved us a lot of money.  It's easy on the budget and we also get the quality of the education at the same time.


Tag:  As thrilled as supporters are, they know the fight is not over.  There are already efforts in motion to take the constitutional amendment back to court.  Reporting at Ivy Prep in Atlanta, Rebecca Lindstrom, 11alive news.
The other amendment had to do with multi-year rental agreements involving state agencies.
   64 percent of voters approved the measure.
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   Mercer University has done it again... For the sixth year in a row Mercer has enrolled a record number of students.
     Student enrollment is at 8-thousand..3-hundred forty-one this fall... And the university enrolled an additional three hundred... Thirteen students in non-credit programs. 
     They also enrolled the largest... *ever* incoming undergraduate class of 766. 
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  Business and community leaders in Houston County were arrested and thrown in jail this morning.
     Don't worry... It's to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
     More than 165 people took part in the MDA Lock-up held at the Wellston Center in Warner Robins.
     Prisoners were put in jail and had to call friends and family to raise bail money to get out.
     Each person tried to raise 800 dollars - which is the cost to send one child to camp.
     The fundraiser also raffled off a grand prize Georgia Bulldogs gift pack.. including tickets to the Georgia-Georgia Tech Game.
     The money raised will go to families in Central GA dealing with the neuromuscular disease.



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