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I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
President Obama is taking a new approach since the gridlock in Washington led to $85 billion in forced spending cuts.
Last week, Obama took a dozen Republicans to dinner, and will head to Capitol Hill this week to meet with both parties.
Some lawmakers view this as an olive branch, while others are saying this may be more about politics than pact-making.
Cristina Mutchler has more.
The President's charm-offensive comes a few weeks ahead of the March 27 deadline to avoid a government shutdown and an expected need to increase the federal debt limit this spring or summer.
Washington's budget cuts have trickled down to military flight teams that means air shows across the U-S are faced with thinner crowds without the big air performers.
When the 85 billion dollar automatic cuts went into affect March first. The famous formation-flying pilots, the Thunderbirds, the blue angels and the Golden Knights parachute team are all being grounded.
The Associated Press Reports, John Cudahy of the International Council of Air Shows says at least 150 U.S. air shows each year count on military performers.... Without them, he estimates up to a third of the shows might cancel altogether.
Gas prices continue to fall... Triple A reports a gallon of regular is down half a cent... Which may not seem like a lot... But this is the 11th consecutive drop in gas prices.
the national average is now about 3-70 a gallon... 42-cents cheaper than the record high of 4-11 a gallon set back in July of 2008.
Those in Hawaii are seeing the highest prices for fuel... At 4-41 a gallon... The least 3-31 in Wyoming.
100 years ago Harriet Tubman died. Today, the Tubman African American Museum off Walnut street is celebrating her legacy.
Earlier in the afternoon, people could visit art and watch a re-enactment to remember the woman who led hundreds to freedom through the underground railroad. Admission is free for members. Non-members pay 10 dollars. Tubman shared several survival secrets..including using sap to throw off the scent of bloodhounds and reading the constellations to find the North Star.
Nicole Abdou/ Tubam African America Museum: "100 years is a really big deal........and giving people an opportunity to understand the history of her life."
In 2014, the Tubman African American Museum will move into Cherry Street Plaza.
This weekend Hazzard County was in Peach County as thousands of good ole' boys and girls lined to to see their favorite character from Dukes of Hazzard...
Tom George was there and talked to crowd favorite Bo and Daisy Duke.... And the whole gang...
Just some good ole' boys ... And girls ... Standing in line...
As Byron became Hollywood... Fans eagerly waited for a chance to see their favorite Dukes of Hazzard.
"I mean the General Lee, what else is more awesome than that?"
But for Bo, Daisy, & the gang, it was a chance get trade the bustle of LA for some Southern hospitality.
"I feel much more at home on Georgia clay than I do on California concrete, always have , always will. It's about fun and it's about family, it's not so much about who you are or who you were or who you think you may be."
"I had a very, very, country kind of feeling, down home experience when I was growing, and this reminds me of it."
"Nothing like the South. The hospitality is something that's unique to South, feels very friendly, very homey, and the food's good!"
And fans showed their love for show ... And its cast, in some interesting ways...
"I had a seven-year-old here earlier that carved his own pinewood derby car into a General Lee. We're talking seven-years-old in 2013 that's a big enough fan of the Duke of Hazzard that they want to spend the time to carve a pinewood derby car."
For the cast, though, it was just like old times again...
"You know being back in Byron, Georgia is giving me De ja vu ... Even this weather, I used to wear a bikini in weather like this..."
A weekend of fun ... Before the Sheriff gets back to work....
"and as old Roscoe P. Coltrane would say, put your gun down and petal to the floor, I'm in hot pursuit."
In Byron, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
Although the reunion was held here in Byron, the actual show was actually shot in other parts of Georgia, including Conyers and Covington.
This could be the last Sunday the Catholic Church is without a leader.
Voting for a new Pope is expected to begin Tuesday.
This morning people packed masses in Rome to see some of the candidates.
Danielle Nottingham is in Vatican City with the latest.
Cardinals celebrated mass in parishes throughout Rome... and asked the faithful for their prayers.
CARDINAL W FROM DC: "THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS PRAY FOR GOD'S BELESSING AND THE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT ON ALL OF THE CARDINALS AS WE GO INTO THE CONCLAVE."
People attended Sunday services to see the men in the running to become the next leader of the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley: "LET US PRAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT ILLUMINE THE CHURCH TO CHOOSE A NEW POPE WHO WILL CONFIRM US INTO OUR FAITH AND MAKE MORE VISIBLE THE LOVE OF THE GOOD SHEPARD."
Some of the most talked about - Italy's Cardinal Angelo Scola and Americans including New York's Timothy Dolan.
Voting for the next pope begins Tuesday.
DOLAN: "A WEEK AGO WE WOULD HAVE SAID WOW WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO. BUT NOW YOU SEE A SENSE OF RESERVATION AND TRUST AND FAITH."
115 cardinals will cast ballots. White smoke will flow from the chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel when at least 77 of them agree on one man to be the next pope.
Father Robert Dodaro/ professor at Pontificia Lateranense University: "THE CARDINALS ARE AT A POINT WHERE THEY REALIZE UM. WE'VE HAD A LOT OF TALKING GOING ON THRE IS NOTHING REALLY MORE TO BE SAID AT THIS POINT. IT IS TIME TO DECIDE NOW."
(2 shot) In the past an American wouldn't be considered a strong candidate but Many church observers say times have changed.
Father Robert Dodaro/ professor at Pontificia Lateranense University: "THAT PERIOD OF TIME HAS PASSED AND NOW A POPE THAT CAME FROM THE UNITED STATES MIGHT BE A WELCOME BREATH OF FERSH AIR."
Vatican officials expect the voting will only last a few days.
Cardinals will meet one more time on Monday to Discuss the qualities they want in the new pope.
In the past century, no conclave has lasted more than five days.
Six Ohio teenagers are dead, all killed in a single vehicle rollover crash near Warren, Ohio.
It happened between 7 and 7:15 this morning.
Police say an S-U-V swerved off the road... struck a guardrail.. flipped over and landed in a pond.
The victims were all between 14 and 19-years-old.
Two people survived the crash and are now hospitalized.
It's unclear at this time whether alcohol was a factor.
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