Eyewitness News at 11: February 24, 2013

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Thank you for joining us for Eyewitness News at Eleven.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

Three kids, two girls and one boy, all under the age of ten died in a house fire on James street off Log Cabin Drive. A three-year-old boy was left in critical condition.
Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says the mother was not inside the house when the flames started. He said she appeared when the children were brought out. Firefighters responded to the fire around 1:30 a.m. and found the four children trapped inside the burning house. Crews were able to resuscitate the youngest child.
Kristy Buckner/ Family Friend: "These were like my little sisters and brothers and I really hated that this happened because I was just over here yesterday talking to them. I didn't give them my cookies and my candy but I told them that I'd bring them by the time I come today."
Police investigators interviewed the mother but will not tell us about her whereabouts when the fire started. Police have not determined the cause of the fire because it is still under investigation.

Eight people went to the Emergency Room in Macon this morning after a shooting at the intersection of Mercer University and Grosso Street.
That's according to Coroner Leon Jones.
Jones said some were transported by ambulance and some took their own vehicles to the ER.
Macon Police spokeswoman, Jami Gaudet says one victim had a critical wound to the thigh and the others received non life threatening injuries.
Gaudet says police are still gathering evidence.
Check back with 13WMAZ dot com for more updates as we get them.

Macon police are also investigating the death of 23-year-old Chastity Johnson.
Johnson was hit by a 2003 Chevy Tahoe around midnight on the 3900 block of Pio Nono Avenue.
Macon Coroner Leon Jones says Johnson later died at the hospital.
Police Spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says a 22-year-old man was driving the Tahoe and says police took a blood sample from him.

You won't find any red carpet on Capitol Hill, but the drama is worthy of an Oscar as the government stumbles ever closer to automatic budget cuts.
Cuts that would be felt across all 50 states, regardless of partisan tilt.
Cristina Mutchler has more.
THERE ARE ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT BEFORE FORCED FEDERAL SPENDING CUTS GO INTO EFFECT.
AS THE CLOCK TICKS TOWARD THE MARCH 1ST DEADLINE, THE POLITICAL BLAME GAME IS HEATING UP.
"I'm a republican. My audience is trying to persuade my former colleagues they need to come to the table with a proposal, which, frankly, they haven't done. The president has. The republicans haven't."
ON SATURDAY, THE PRESIDENT MADE ANOTHER PLEA FOR ACTION...
WARNING OF CUTS IN EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION, AND THE MILITARY THAT HE SAYS WOULD ONLY SLOW THE ECONOMY.
PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THE CUTS DON'T HAVE TO HAPPEN -- THE PROBLEM IS REPUBLICANS WON'T COMPROMISE.
"Are they seriously prepared to inflict more pain on the middle class because they refuse to ask anything more of those at the very top?"
LOUISIANA'S REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR, BOBBY JINDAL CALLED THE ADMINISTRATION'S DIRE WARNINGS, "POLITICAL THEATRE."
"Families, businesses have had to tighten their belts and do more than less. We're talking less than 3%. We're talking about a federal budget that's still going to grow. Let's be clear about this, only in Washington, D.C. Is that a cut."
SIX WEEKS INTO HIS TERM AS VIRGINIA'S SENATOR, DEMOCRAT TIM KAINE SAYS WASHINGTON SHOULD GO BACK TO THE BASICS.
"Let's get rid of the gimmicks, sequester, continuing resolution... get back to ordinary budgeting, just like what happens in every state capitol every year."
SENATE DEMOCRATS PLAN TO VOTE ON A MEASURE THIS WEEK TO REPLACE THE CUTS FOR ANOTHER YEAR...
BUT WITH 85 BILLION DOLLARS AT STAKE, THERE IS STILL NO DEAL IN SIGHT.

The White House sent out a report today on just how the 85-billion dollars in budget cuts will affect each of the 50 states.
In Georgia, President Obama's administration is warning of millions of dollars of cuts in education, public health and defense.
To break it down... If sequestration takes effect March first, Georgia will lose approximately 28 point 6 million dollars in funding for primary and secondary education. That puts 390 teacher and aide jobs at risk and eliminates Head Start services for around 17-hundred children in the state.
Georgia will lose approximately 925-thousand dollars in funding to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats like infectious diseases, natural disasters, biological, chemical, nuclear or radiological events.
In addition to that, the state will lose two point five million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse and health departments will lose 571-thousand dollars, which results in 14,000 fewer H-I-V tests.
Sequestration will also cut military funding.
Approximately... 37-thousand civilians will be furloughed. Reducing their pay by around 190 million dollars total.
Funding for Army bases will be slashed by 233 million and funding for Air Force operations will be cut by five million dollars.
For more information on how these cuts may affect you.... Visit our website... 13WMAZ dot com.
We've posted the White House's full description on how sequestration will impact Georgia.

 

A massive winter storm is bringing snow to the Northeast and rain to the South this weekend.
It's the same storm that plowed through the Plains this week.
Kansas saw a record amount of snow and a family in found a way to make the best of it.
This photo was snapped by the Pointelin family in Shawnee, Kansas.
IReporter Ashley Pointelin took this picture of her two daughters Friday. Ashley says they had fun building a snowman doing a handstand in their front yard.

 

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