Eyewitness News at 11, November 8, 2012

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 Good evening.
   Thanks for joining us.
   I'm Frank Malloy.
   And I'm Leah Johnson.
   This is Eyewitness News at 11.
   We begin with an update on story we first brought you on Eyewitness News at Six...
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    The Bibb County Sheriff's office has charged a second person in the death of a Macon toddler...
     According to a news release... the child's father 20-year-old Antwon Davis and stepmother, 36-year-old Amanda Davis are both charged with felony murder.
    Investigators say the child was found unconscious and taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia.. where she later died.
    Bibb County Coronoer Leon Jones.. identified the child as 18-month-old Breazia Davis.
   Jones says an autopsy was performed this morning and they're still waiting on the results.
    Both suspects are being held without bond at the Bibb County jail.
   The child's death remains under investigation..
   Anyone with information about this case...should call Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME...Again that number is 1-877-68-CRIME.
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A well-known central Georgia bar is shut down after 17 years of business...
     The owner of the Shamrock says a slow economy is the reason he is calling its quits..
   Dargan McAfee shut the doors of the Payne City establishment yesterday.
   McAfee says it's been slow for the past couple of years...and that recent DUI roadblocks in surrounding neighorhoods haven't helped.
    McAfee opened the bar at Riverside Drive and Wimbish Road in 1995...five years later he moved it to Rose Avenue in Payne City.
    He says the closing is probably permanent but hopes to reopen if he can line up investors.
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Bibb County schools crowned its latest teacher of the year tonight.
A pool of 42 contenders was whittled down to 5. 
Candace Adorka shows us the moment when the lucky candidate got the news. 
<I would like to welcome y'all to the 2012 2130 teacher of the year banquet. Making a choice for the next Bibb County teacher of the year fromt his amazing slate of canfdidates was no easy task. >
<and now the 2013 teacher of the year... Katie Wall>
<i'm speechless,  Without miss wall, I wouldn't be the student that I am now and I wouldn't have the confidence that I have today.>
<She has the passion to move a school, and Westside is a low performing school right now but she is right there with me as we try to move that school, she's just a warrior.>
<I'm completely humbled. I think that it's very evident by all of these videos that we've seen and every teacher in this room, our passion for our students. We know that Bibb county is not the easiest to teach in but when you love what you do, it's not hard at all. So thank you, thank you to everyone.>   
Katie Wall is now a contender for the state-wide teacher of the year. 
She has until the end of the month to submit her application. 
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 Former President Jimmy Carter will make a stop in Macon tomorrow.. as he is named to Mercer University's Board of Trustees..
     President Carter is among ten new members that will be named during the board's annual homecoming meeting.
     Jimmy Carter who is from Plains, Georgia was the nation's 39th President...serving one term from 1977 to 1981.
    Other new members include former Pentagon inspector general, Claude Kicklighter, and Jerry Wilson, former senior vice president for the Coca-Cola Company..
   Kicklighter and Wilson are Mercer alumni.  


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Georgia is becoming more diverse... and its presidential votes.... more competitive.
    that has some analysts wondering if the Peach State will turn blue sometime soon.
   Tuesday night...Republican Mitt Romney carried the state with 53 percent of the vote...and President Obama 45 percent.
     that was the second-closest margin of all the states won by Romney... And it may be due to the state's changing demographics.
     According to the Georgia Secretary of State's office... in 1996.... 74 percent of the state's registered voters were white.
     For this past election.... it was 60 percent.
     The number of minority voters has more than doubled in that time.
    Greg George with the Center for Economic Analysis at Macon State joined us during Eyewitness News at 6.
He talked about what that means to the state.
   George says over the next few election cycles he expects the state to move closer to a 50-50 split between Democrats and Republicans.. which means it could become a swing state.
<you become relevant.  Both parties are more interested in the 16 electoral votes we have in this state and there's only 7 states with more electoral votes so what we'll see in the primaries..we'll see a lot of  candidates competing for those Georgia votes.>
    The other one percent of Georgia's votes went to Libetarian candidate... Gary Johnson.
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A couple of Central Georgia animal lovers are teaming up to find homes for as many dogs as possible this weekend.
     The adopt-a-thon takes place in Perry... And they could have a pooch that's just the right for you and your family.
   Tammy Knowland... Who runs the Peach County Animal Rescue... And Alyssa Hillis who owns the Canine Clubhouse came-up with the idea.
     Between the two of them... The ladies care for 36 dogs.
     Knowland keeps most of them at her Peach County farm... But Hillis fosters a handful. 
     Saturday all of the pups will be available for adoption. 
<we decided to have a really big adoptathon here, so people can find the place easier and socialize with the dogs in a family friendly environment.>
<weve got some great dogs, a great variety of dogs. From ones that want to run every morning, to just watching TV on the couch. Your favorite couch potato.>
     The Adopt-a-thon is this Saturday November 10th at the Canine Clubhouse.
     That's on Kellwood Drive in Perry... Just across from the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
     It runs from 10 a.m. Until 4 p.m.
     Call 478-224-2640 for more information.
     Again that's 478-224-2640.


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 The people who survived the Tucson shooting rampage that critically injured former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords came face to face with their attacker today.
   Jared Lee Loughner was sentenced to seven life terms without the possibility of parole.
  Edward Lawrence has more from Arizona.
24 YEAR OLD JARED LEE LOUGHNER SHOWED NO VISIBLE EMOTION AS HIS VICTIMS ADDRESSED HIM IN FEDERAL COURT THURSDAY.


FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS STOOD TALL. HER HUSBAND, MARK KELLY, TOLD LOUGHNER:
"You may have put a bullet through her head, but you haven't put a dent on her spirit."


"After today, after this moment, Gabby and I are done thinking about you."


LOUGHNER TRIED TO ASSASSINATE GIFFORDS AT A SHOPPING PLAZA LAST YEAR. HE FIRED 31 SHOTS IN 30 SECONDS -- KILLING SIX PEOPLE AND WOUNDING 12 OTHERS.
PATRICIA MAICHE SAYS GIFFORDS GAVE HER THE COURAGE TO SPEAK IN COURT.
((sot)) Patricia Maiche/Witness   
 "She greeted me and she said I need to be strong because I was wet-eyed."
((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Edward Lawrence, CBS News, Tuscon.
LOUGHNER CHOSE NOT TO COMMENT IN COURT. HIS MOTHER CRIED THROUGHOUT THE HEARNG.. AND WHEN THE JUDGE HANDED DOWN THE SENTENCE... SHE SOBBED UNCONTROLLABLY.
LOUGHNER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA... AND FORCIBLY MEDICATED SO HE COULD PARTICIPATE IN HIS DEFENSE. MANY VICTIMS SAY THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM -- AND PEOPLE AROUND LOUGHNER -- FAILED HIM.
((SOT)) Rep. Ron Barber/(D-Arizona) Survivor    
"we need to be much more attentive to that and much more willing to intervene."
RETIRED COLONEL BILL BADGER SURVIVED A SHOT TO THE HEAD. HE FORGIVES LOUGHNER BECAUSE OF HIS ILLNESS.
((SOT)) Ret. Colonel Bill Badger/Survivor   
"If he wasn't mentally disturbed, why, then there's no way I could forgive him."
THE JUDGE RECOMMENDED LOUGHNER  SERVE HIS TIME IN THE MISSOURI FACILITY WHERE HE'S BEEN TREATED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.... SO HE CAN CONTINUE TO GET HELP.
Loughner could have faced state charges in the shootings.. but Arizona officials decided not to go ahead with them.
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WWII Veterans gathered in Warner Robins for a Veterans Day Luncheon...
   And their guest speaker was someone who made history of her own.  
  90-year old Helen Delton served in the Army where she typed the battle orders for General Dwight Eisenhower's D-Day invasion. 
      She remembers Ike as not just a good general, but a caring person ... 
     She says after handing him the orders, he went out of his way to reunite her with her brother who served in Patton's army.
<he said here's a pass, you're going to go spend the weekend with your brother ... And here's a man who knew thousands of men and yet he knew who I was and that I hadn't seen Jerry and I will always remember.    >
   Denton lives in Fayetteville, and says she's a written a book on her experiences, which she's selling for part of the profits to go to USO Georgia.  
   You can find it on our website at 13WMAZ.com.
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    Veterans Day falls on Sunday this year...   And there are several events  planned  across Central Georgia to honor those who have served our country..
   Sunday..a luncheon honoring combat veterans of foreign wars will be held at the Riverview Ballroom in Downtown Macon.
   It kicks off at one in the afternoon..with a viewing of the Falcons and New Orleans Saints game...followed by a meal from three to four..
   The guest speaker will be State Representative James Beverly.
    Also on Sunday..     The Veterans Day Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at Fort Hawkins on Emery Highway..   
    It begins at 4 p.m.
    You can find this and other Veterans Day events on the "where you live page" at 13wmaz dot com.
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Central Georgia woman says an eight year old banana tree in her backyard is finally bearing fruit... Despite the up and temperatures we've been having.
Pearlie Watkins of Macon says she first got the tree from a friend as a small plant. 
She says This past year it has doubled the size and for First time has sprouted bananas. 
She said she discovered them just yesterday.... But with frigid temperatures expected tonight... She's worried that the tree won't hold up. She says she's keeping her fingers crossed that her beloved tree will survive the elements in her yard tonight.
<if frost hits it, it's going to collapse. So, I'm going to try to use a heating bulb, anything I can do to prolong it because my understanding is that the weekend is going to have warm weather. So this would give more life to the tree.>
Watkins says she usually cuts the tree back in September or early October...
 But with the warm temperatures we recently experienced... She decided otherwise.

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