Eyewitness News at 11, 1-3-13

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     A woman... reportedly bleeding from a gunshot wound in her back... crying for help on a Macon street corner.

     You'll hear more from the man who found her...  In tonight's top story.

   Good evening.

   Thanks for joining us.

   I'm Frank Malloy.

   And I'm Leah Johnson.

   This is Eyewitness News at 11.

     Anita McDaniel is reportedly stable tonight.. That's after she was taken to the hospital with a bullet wound,

     The Bibb County Sheriff's Department says first responders found the 37-year-old in a lot at Houston and Pio Nono Avenues this morning.

     A news release says she was looking at used cars at a business on Pio Nono...when she asked another couple for a ride.

    After she got in the car...the release says...the couple demanded money...and the man sitting in the back seat...shot her in the backside of her shoulder.

    Then...the couple dropped her off near a gas station.

     Witnesses called police after hearing her cry for help.

< We heard a lady call for help, and we looked over and Steve looked over and saw that she was bleeding, and I came over and saw that she had been shot in the back. You could see a bullet hole and her shirt was covered with blood. So I immediately got my cell phone and called 911 and they had me stay on the line until the ambulance and police got here.  >

    Anyone with information on the case can call Macon regional crime stoppers....at -877-68CRIME.

     Again... that's 877-68-CRIME.

     No word from Judge Howard Simms' office tonight...on whether the 73-year old accused of shooting a woman at a gas station...will have a chance to get out of jail on bond.

     This is Frank Louis Reeves at another court appearance last month.    

     He uses a wheelchair to get around...and his lawyer says...he's not healthy enough to stay in jail until his case goes to trial.

     Back in December, Reeves was arrested for allegedly shooting 65-year old Linda Hunnicut in the chest.

     It happened a few moments after Reeves' wheelchair and Hunnicut's car collided.

     Prosecutors say, the surveillance video from the Murphy Express on Gray Highway shows him falling from his chair.

     Moments later, they say, you can see Reeves reaching for something in his lap...and Hunnicut falling.

     In court today, her daughter said... her mother's life was worth more than the 30 thousand dollar bond the defense requested.

     When a social worker handles a child abuse case...Division of Family and Childrens Services policy says...the case information has to be entered immediately.

     But an audit shows, that's not happening.

     The audit, which reviewed a one year period ending in June of 2011...found employees immediately submitted their data...just 69 percent of the time.

     That translates to 19 thousand out of some 60 thousand cases.

     Data tracking is important to ensure quick action against abuse...the state's Health and Human services commission says new controls could vastly improve documentation.

    A school board member in the Atlanta area is accused of running into a student in her own district... with her S-U-V.

     Authorities say Bartow County school board member Angie Cornett hit the 17 year old in the leg in a dispute over a parking space at Walmart.

     They say the teen was trying to hold the spot for her brother's girlfriend, who had recently given birth.

     Police released this surveillance video of the incident, in which the girl wasn't seriously hurt... and a photo showing what is said to be a black tire mark on the teen's jeans.

     Police say Cornett told them the teen got the mark from leaning on her S-U-V.

     But police say the video speaks for itself.

<You can't tell close up how she was struck or how hard she was struck or exactly how hard she was struck but you can see that she was standing there when the vehicle lurched forward and had to move out of the way. >

     Cornett was arrested on misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct...and has since been released on bond.

     Today... The United States Congress convened for its 113th session... with choosing a Speaker of the House among the first tasks.

     This morning... some Republicans chose not to support John Boehner, citing displeasure with the way he handled the fiscal cliff deal... and aid to hurricane Sandy victims.

     Representative Paul Broun, from Georgia's tenth district fell in that column.

He voted for outgoing Florida Representative Allen West.

     Austin Scott however... did back the current speaker,

     192 voted for former speaker and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

     The winner needed 214 votes, which makes a straightforward majority among 427 house members.

     Shortly after his narrow reelection, Speaker Boehner addressed his colleagues.    

 

<To our new members and their families, let me just say welcome.  (applause)  I know you're feeling awestruck at this moment. History runs through this building and now you are among a select few to share in this privilege and for those of you who are returning, who've walked these aisles before, maybe it's time we get a little awestruck again.>

     As lawmakers reconvene... the hallowed halls of Capitol Hill are filled with new faces... creating an unprecedented makeup, particularly in the House.

     Jim Acosta introduces you to the 113th Congress.

--REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS --

(nats)

THE NEWLY SWORN-IN 113TH CONGRESS IS SO DIVERSE.. IT'S REDEFINING THE TERM "LADIES OF THE HOUSE."

THERE ARE MORE WOMEN THAN EVER BEFORE. 

ROUGHLY 100... ADD THAT TO THE APPROXIMATELY 43 AFRICAN AMERICANS. 31 LATINOS, 12 ASIANS, AND SEVEN GAY AND BISEXUAL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE... AND EVEN THE POLITICIANS THEMSELVES HAVE TAKEN NOTICE.

"It means that we reflect America more.  You know the district where I come from is a very diverse district and it is good to see Congress starting to look more like the rest of America."

(nats)

SOME THINGS WILL STAY THE SAME ON CAPITOL HILL. 

JOHN BOEHNER SURVIVED SOME GOP DEFECTIONS TO REMAIN HOUSE SPEAKER. 

NOT SURPRISINGLY, THE EYES OF THE FAMOUSLY EMOTIONAL OHIO REPUBLICAN WELLED UP WITH TEARS.

"The American Dream is in peril so long as its namesake is weighed down by this anchor of debt. Break its hold, and we begin to set our economy free."

THAT WILL BE NO EASY TASK. 

NOT WITH SO MANY MODERATES NOW GONE FROM THE SENATE.

(nats)

"I'm here as the first woman from Massachusetts. (cheers)"

IN SOME OF THEIR PLACES. MORE PARTISANS. LIKE DEMOCRAT ELIZABETH WARREN.

Jim:  "Do you think both parties can work together up here?"  

"I hope so. I really hope so."

THE BANKING INDUSTRY CRITIC WILL NOW SIT ON THE BANKING COMMITTEE... AS A HERO TO LIBERALS.

"There are people who sat in that seat who would do anything to stop her and to stop the kinds of consumer protections that she was fighting for and now she's a colleague and now..."

Jim: And now they have to deal with her?"  

"And now they have to yield the floor."

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE... TEA PARTY BACKED TEXAS REPUBLICAN TED CRUZ SIGNALED HE WILL BE FIGHTING FOR CONSERVATISM.. NOT COMPROMISE.

Jim:  "Were you disappointed in how the fiscal cliff went down?"  

Cruz:  "I was. I think it was a lousy deal. I think it raised taxes by $620 billion, which is going to hurt the economy, it's gonna kill jobs."

HIS PARTY IS ALREADY FEELING FEISTY. ON THE NEXT BATTLE TO COME. WHETHER TO RAISE THE NATION'S DEBT CEILING.

"We cannot agree to increase that borrowing limit without agreeing to reforms that lower the avalanche of spending that is creating this debt in the first place." >

     Central Georgia is represented pretty evenly in the U.S. House...

     Two Republicans... Austin Scott in District 8, and Paul Broun in District 10.

     And two Democrats... John Barrow in District 12, and Sanford Bishop in District 2.

     Georgia's two Senators, senior Senator Saxby Chambliss... and Senator Johnny Isakson, are both Republicans.

     Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will reportedly visit Newtown, Connecticut tomorrow...

 where last month's deadly school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary happened.

     The school resumed classes today in a new building in the nearby town of Monroe.

Giffords is still recovering after being shot in the head at a campaign event in her home state in January of 2011...but is said to be doing well, and makes an increasing number of public appearances. 

     The auto industry is taking it as a sign of things to come.

     Detroit's big three automakers are posting the highest sales numbers since the recession.

GM reports sales were up nearly 5-percent in December.

Likewise, Chrysler sales were up 10-percent in the same month.

Ford sales were up 2-percent - to the highest level since 2006.

     More carmakers are expected to release sales numbers in the coming weeks.

     Some similar trends have emerged internationally too.

     The auto industry is taking it as a sign of things to come.

     Detroit's big three automakers are posting the highest sales numbers since the recession.

GM reports sales were up nearly 5-percent in December.

Likewise, Chrysler sales were up 10-percent in the same month.

Ford sales were up 2-percent - to the highest level since 2006.

     More carmakers are expected to release sales numbers in the coming weeks.

     Some similar trends have emerged internationally too.

     Another increase...represents not-such-good news.

     Nationally, First-time jobless claims are on the rise once again.

     Some 10-thousand Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week.

     The Labor Department is reporting 372-thousand total claims for the week ending December 29th.

     But there's good news, too.

     Payroll processor A-D-P is reporting private sector employers added 215-thousand jobs last month.  

     You get them from political campaigns, non-profits... and sometimes, businesses.

     But the Federal Trade Commission wants your help to stop robocalls to cell phones and landlines.

     It's putting money on the line in a new contest that's open to the public.

     The winning submission gets 50-thousand dollars and a trip to Washington to present the solution. 

     The F-T-C has already received 230 submissions.

     The deadline to send in ideas is five P-M eastern on January 17th.

     The winner will be announced on April 15th. 

Some of you might remember the old Facebook "poke."

You know, the little nudge you'd give someone to remind them you existed.

Well, the social media site has re-launched "poke" as an app... and it's not getting great reviews.

In fact, some are calling it a dud.  

Basically, the new poke feature copies Snapchat, the app where users' messages self-destruct.

A research expert from Altimeter Group claims Facebook just created the app to keep up with the younger users... but that the app is very badly done.

The app hit number one in Apple's App Store on day one, it fell out of the top 50 just as quickly, according to an article from Fortune magazine.

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     This weekend at the Box Office... Not one for the faint of heart.

     If you were around in 1974... There's a chance the original had you gripping your chair in theaters...

     And now... It's happening again...

     Texas Chainsaw 3-D...picks up where the original horror film left off.

     Decades after a vigilante mob believed they had taken care of every member of the Sawyer family... a young woman travels with her friends to Newt Texas.

     It seems she's inherited a mansion there from a grandmother she new she had.

     She also inherited a whole bunch of trouble.

     No surprise here... Texas Chainsaw 3-D is rated R.

     And there's another new release out there.

     It's called "the Dark Truth"... And Eva Longoria's in it.. It's an environmental thriller with a plot about a corporate whistleblower.

     Forest Whitaker co-stars.

     Here's another tid-bit of entertainment news...

     Rapper Jay-Z is reportedly composing the score for the latest film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby."

     Producer Jeymes <jay-MEZ> Samuel of The Bullitts revealed the news on Twitter.

     He posted that he and Jay-Z have been working on the score.

     The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

     It's expected in theaters this summer.

 

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