Eyewitness News at 6:00- December 29, 2012

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Good evening and thanks for joining us for eyewitness news at six. I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

 

Family, friends and some community leaders gathered to say goodbye to Sammie Davis Jr., today.
Davis was killed last week after being shot by a Macon police officer.
His funeral was held at Bentley and Sons Chapel in Macon.
Those who attended the service say it was a reflection of his sweet personality.
Friends call Davis "June Bug" and describe him as a nice guy who was humble and reserved.
They are trying to understand why his life ended in a way that was so different from how they say they'll remember him.
Dorrisa Merriweather- "Never seen any altercations out of 26 years just very reserved and to himself. He loved to smile, loved to make you smile. He was a great person.
Willie Clark- "As far as I know he wasn't the type of person to bother anybody. He would do anything he can for you."
Davis was buried at Woodlawn Memorial park in Macon.

 

If the Georgia General Assembly approves a proposed ethics reform measure in the upcoming session it could endanger an important fall tradition for lawmakers - free football tickets.
The proposed ethics reform includes a lobbyist gift ban that could include football tickets.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the games are an important lobbying tool for big state schools since lawmakers vote on a state budget.
Some say lawmakers should get rid of the free tickets all together but others argue the tickets are a way to get lawmakers on campus to give them a look at what the schools are doing.

 

With the new year brings changes to Georgia's tax code and would-be restrictions on abortion are on hold.
New laws ban abortion starting 20 weeks after fertilization but one judge in Fulton County put a temporary block on the law while she considers a constitutional challenge.
Also starting in January one manufacturers will be exempt from paying the state sales tax on energy used to produce their goods.
The agricultural industry will enjoy a similar tax break and The personal exemption for married couples filing jointly will rise from $5,400 to $7,400.

 

People have been busy packing at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport this year.
Packing heat that is.
Friday-- screeners picked up the 100-th weapon of the year.
Even before that, more guns and banned items have turned at our airport than anywhere else in the country.
Nationwide, T-S-A agents have seized more than 15-hundred guns, 85 percent have been loaded.
And it's not just handguns. T-S-A Agents have found grenades, stunguns and in Newark, even Shot gun shell Christmas Lights.
You can legally transport many weapons on planes but you need to have a case that locks and it has to be checked.

 

Former President George H.W. Bush's health condition has improved.
He's been moved from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital in Houston.
Doctors were initially treating him for bronchitis and a cough.
He was preparing to go home until he developed a fever and other complications last week.
Bush is 88 years old.

 

Time is ticking for the Nation's leaders as the deadline to avoid the fiscal cliff rapidly approaches.
President Obama said this morning he's optimistic that Congress will reach a deal in time.
Chris Mozingo has the story.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
CONGRESS NEEDS TO REACH AN AGREEMENT TO PREVENT THE COUNTRY FROM GOING OVER THE FISCAL CLIFF - WITH THE DEADLINE JUST DAYS AWAY.
PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID IN HIS WEEKLY ADDRESS REACHING A DEAL WILL NOT BE EASY, BUT POLITICS CAN'T GET IN THE WAY.
" We just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. The economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to Washington have to do their jobs."
SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL WAS SEEN ARRIVING ON CAPITOL HILL SATURDAY JUST HOURS AFTER CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS MET WITH OBAMA.
"We'll be working hard to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours, so i'm hopeful and optimistic."
MISSOURI SENATOR ROY BLUNT SAYS POLITICIANS ON BOTH SIDES HAVE AN IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITY BUT SAYS THE PRESIDENT'S TAX HIKE WON'T DO MUCH TO ADDRESS THE NATION'S DEBT.
"The presidents proposal to raise taxes on the top 2% of Americans won't even pay 1/3 of the annual interest that is now owed on this massive $16 trillion debt."
THE HOUSE RETURNS TO WASHINGTON SUNDAY EVENING, JUST ONE DAY BEFORE A DEAL NEEDS TO BE REACHED.
IT'S LIKELY THAT NEGOTIATORS WILL BE BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL AS THE CLOCK TICKS DOWN....I'M CHRIS MOZINGO, REPORTING IN ATLANTA. .
The deadline for congress to reach a deal is Monday at midnight.

 

 

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