Eyewitness News at 11, 3-1-13

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<I am not a dictator, I'm the president.> The president today... Telling reporters...and the American people...there was little he could do...to stop congressional leaders from leaving a White House meeting without a sequestration solution.

 

Good evening.

Thanks for joining us.

I'm Frank Malloy.

And I'm Leah Johnson.

This is Eyewitness News at 11.

The president made his remarks today...after a last-minute meeting at the White House ended in an hour, with no deal.

Now, military installations like Robins Air Force Base... Border Patrol agents, the FBI...and civilians who work for the department of defense... face significant pay cuts and furloughs.

Tonight... Tara Mergener explains how this road to 85 billion dollars in budget cuts started... and where it's likely to end in an hour.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED THE ORDER SETTING IN MOTION 85 BILLION DOLLARS IN SPENDING CUTS.

THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS HAD A YEAR AND A HALF TO FIND A WAY TO COMPROMISE.

BUT IT WAS CLEAR FRIDAY WHEN LAWMAKERS LEFT WASHINGTON AN AGREEMENT WASN'T GOING TO HAPPEN.

PRESIDENT OBAMA BLAMED REPUBLICANS.

((SOT)) Obama

"Let's be clear. None of this IS necessary. It's happening because of a choice that Republicans in Congress have made."

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(gfx) THE CUTS ARE SPLIT BETWEEN DEFENSE AND DOMESTIC SPENDING - WITH THE PENTAGON TRIMMING 8%... OR 46 BILLION DOLLARS.

GOVERNMENT WORKERS MAY BE FURLOUGHED, AND THE WHITE HOUSE IS WARNING OF EVERYTHING FROM FEWER COPS ON THE STREETS TO LONGER LINES AT THE AIRPORTS.

((SOT) OBAMA

"It's just dumb. And it's going to hurt."

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BUT REPUBLICANS SAY THE AUTOMATIC CUTS WERE THE PRESIDENT'S IDEA -- AND SOME SUGGEST IT MIGHT NOT BE THE WORST THING FOR WASHINGTON.

((SOT)) Sen. Mitch McConnell/(R-KY) Minority Leader

"We all agree it's not the best way to reduce spending but it's time we did that."

((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Tara Mergener, CBS News, The White House

THE IMPASSE IS OVER TAXES. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES -- BUT REPUBLICANS SAY THEY ALREADY COMPROMISED ON TAXES IN JANUARY, WHEN RATES WENT UP.

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THOSE DIFFERENCES COULD SPILL OVER INTO THE NEXT BUDGET BATTLE. GOVERNMENT FUNDING RUNS OUT AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

((sot)) Rep. John Boehner/(R-OH) House Speaker

"I did lay out that the house is going to move a continuing resolution next week to fund the government past March 27th."

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THE SPEAKER AND THE PRESIDENT DO AGREE ON ONE THING -- NEITHER ONE WANTS TO DEAL WITH A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ON TOP OF SPENDING CUTS.

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One agency in an exceptional situation... the IRS.

Leadership says... There won't be any furloughs until after the spring tax season is over.

Robins Air Force Base...has already felt the strain.

That's according to Chrissy Miner.

She's a 13WMAZ Meteorologist, but today she spoke in the capacity of her job with 21st Century Partnership, a group that advocates for the base.

She explained to Lorra Lynch Jones... How Robins was forced into preventive measures.

< There already have been impacts, Lorra, because when they were having these serious discussions, they started to implement near-term measures, which was temporary and term employees, and also making sure that no essential travel, you know, anything that's not mission essential is cut out, so they have very limited travel right now, cut out conferences, things of that nature. So, that's going to have an impact to the local community when you talk about things such as conferences and travel. You know, a lot of our local economy depends on that besides the base itself. >

Miner says the next step in a few weeks is civilian furloughs, which for a smaller base, wouldn't have such a severe impact.

But for a large depot, like Robins, 15-thousand people stand to be affected.

A Bibb County man has filed a complaint...after he says a jail guard let three other inmates beat him in his cell.

Robert Shane Turner claims... on the night of January 6th... An officer opened up all the cells on his block... and allowed the other men in.

Turner says they beat him so badly he had to get medical attention the next day.

Today... 13WMAZ spoke to a friend of his... who claims his most basic rights were violated.

< The consensus in people's minds is oh, well once you go to the jail, you've lost everything. You just lost all your rights. You just lost everything. That's the general concensus, but that's not the facts of life. >

Turner has been in jail since 2010... facing a murder charge.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office confirms... His grievance is under investigation.

A law that has passed one house of the state legislature... would require immediate medical attention for student athletes who take a blow on the field.

An overwhelming 161 to 7 vote in the State House of Representatives would mandate coaches to take a player with signs of a concussion out of the game.

That bill now heads over to the senate.

Central Georgia Lawmaker Jimmy Pruett, of Eastman, urged his colleagues to support a compromise plan.

A similar bill failed last year... Because some legislators were worried about the financial burden school systems would have to shoulder.

A bill that became law last year... Took effect today...doing away with that annual car tag tax you pay each year on your birthday...but only for some people.

Here's an explanation...

The new tag law allows car owners who bought between Jan 1st, 2012 and March 1st, 2013 a choice to opt in to the one-time title tax.

People who buy a car after today will now pay a one-time tax without the option.

But this doesn't mean the birthday tax is disappearing altogether.

Older car owners... are grandfathered in under the old system.

As for everyone else... Let's break it down by the numbers.

In 2013...car owners WHO CHOOSE THE ONE-TIME TAX....will pay 6.5 percent of the vehicle's market value.

So if you bought a 10-thousand dollar car...

Count on forking over 650 dollars.

Will that cost you more or less than the current system?

That depends on the sticker price... And on how long you keep your new car.

This week's heavy rain may have caused the deaths of two college students in what authorities are calling a freak accident.

20-year-old Jonathan Bell... and 19-year-old Kevin Camp both from Jasper County.... died after a tall pine tree fell on their pickup truck in Montgomery County.

That's according to Corporal Eric Wilkes... of the Georgia State Patrol in Helena.

Wilkes said it happened Thursday afternoon.. on Highway 280 near the town of Ailey...in Montgomery.

Both Bell and Camp are baseball players at Brewton Parker College...and were headed to baseball practice.

Wilkes said there was only a slight wind at the time.. and the roots were weakened by this week's heavy rains.

Florida man Jeff Bush is missing after a sinkhole suddenly opened under his bedroom at his home in Tampa.

A fire official says the man called out to his brother for help.

But his brother was unable to save him.

<I started digging and started digging and the cop showed up and pulled me out of the hole and told me the floor was still falling in. >

The man is presumed dead, after monitoring equipment lowered by engineers detected no signs of life.

The victim's brother Jeremy Bush is grief-stricken and wants the search to continue.

<Just to get closure I guess. Make sure he's not dead, see of he's alive. I know in my heart he's dead, but I just want to be here for him because I love him. He was my brother, man. >

It's still too dangerous for search crews to go into the hole.

Authorities say they worry the hole is still growing and that the house could collapse at any time.

They have also evacuated nearby homes.

Actress Bonnie Franklin has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The 69-year-old is probably best known from her role in the long-running TV show "One Day at a Time."

Franklin played a single, working mother to teenage daughters.

One of her on-screen children, Valerie Bertinelli, says her heart is breaking and called Franklin one of the most important women in her life.

Franklin died at home earlier today.

A private memorial will be held next week.

Comedy, action and horror hit the box office this Friday.

A revamped classic tale, an action packed thriller, a 21st birthday bash and the last exorcism.

We'll get the scary out of the way first...

Evil strikes again in the second installment of "The Last Exorcism."

Apparently part one.. wasn't actually the last one.

Nell, played by Ashley Bell, faces terror and possession once again.

"The Last Exorcism: Part Two" is rated pg-13.

On to something less intense... we all know the classic story of jack and the beanstalk, but you've probably never seen it like this.

"Jack the Giant Slayer" takes an action packed twist on the classic tale with a war between good and evil.

Jack fights to slay the "Giant" while trying to win the love of a princess.

"Jack the Giant Slayer" is rated pg-13.

Ed Harris plays the Captain of a Soviet submarine in the movie, "Phantom."

If he's going to save the world, he must lead the sub and its crew on a dark, mysterious mission.

Phantom is rated R.

The writers of the "Hangover" bring a new comedy to theaters.

"Twenty-One and Over" follows a college student and his two best friends on the night of his twenty-first birthday.

Comedic adventure and chaos are sure to be highlights of the escapades the night before the birthday boy's medical school entry exam.

"Twenty one and over" is rated R.

 

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