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Thank you for joining us.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

We have an update to a story that we brought you earlier in the week.
According to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, 29-year-old Brandon Jordan has died after being shot in the head and chest Tuesday night when three people were shot on the 23-hundred block of Adams Avenue, that's off Anthony Road near Ballard Hudson Middle School.
42-year old Keith Valentino Jackson was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery and one count of firearms possession by a felon.
Jones says an autopsy will be performed on Jordan Monday morning.

A Warner Robins mother insists her daughter was murdered and did not commit suicide.
The C-B-S show 48 hours did their own investigation into her daughter's death.
Thelma Hinckley talked to 13WMAZ about her daughter Angel Downs.
Downs moved to Alabama and dated a married county commissioner.
Hinckley said her daughter was trying to break off the relationship when she was found dead in her driveway.
She died from one gun shot wound, inflicted by her own gun.
Hinckley says her daughter was murdered.
Tthelma Hinckley Warner Robins: "In order for her to pull the trigger she had to cock the gun I don't know nothing about guns but anyway she had to put it between her legs to be able to cock it and we knew form that that she didn't have the strength enough to do that."
Nodine said he did not kill Downs.
He was tried for Downs' murder but the jury couldn't reach a verdict.
When re-tried he plead guilty to a lesser charge.

An Adel man is in jail tonight after leading monroe county deputies on a twenty-three mile chase that ended in bibb county.
Officers clocked 42 year old Charles Heard's Nissan Sedan traveling at 97 miles per hour officers tried to stop the vehicle but according to officers heard refused to stop.
The chase ended at Tindall Heights, near Mercer University, that's when Heard lead officers on a foot chase.
According to a press release from the Monroe County Sheriff's office, Heard is wanted in Berrien and Cook Counties on charges of rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, theft by taking and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Crowds of people filled downtown Perry for the first day of the Dogwood Festival.
The Perry Chamber of Commerce has hosted the festival for 25 years.
Mayor Jimmy Faircloth says the festival drew a record number of 400 people for the annual road race.
The chamber also added some new events including the Dock Dogs competition.
The Dogwood Festival's first hot air balloon rally took flight tonight... At the georgia national fairgrounds in perry.
Judy Le was there and has more.
Jimmy Faircloth, Mayor, Perry: "It's quite an event. There are a lot of beautiful animals that are around and there's even an opportunity for you to try your own dog."
Kyle White, Thomasville: "The handler and the dog both have to do well to compete. If I had just thrown the object to the right, he would have went to the right and got the maximum distance... and I enjoyed that. It's a team effort between me and the dog."
The dogwood festival continues Tomorrow.
Events are free to attend.
Registration for the DockDogs competition starts at 9 a.m.

The Dogwood Festival's first hot air balloon rally took flight tonight at the Georgia national fairgrounds in Perry.
Judy Le was there and has more.
"Tonight there's going to be 15 balloons....we just came on down to see them."
Judy was there to see them setting up the hot air balloons....
And this is what they looked like when the sun went down.
They had around 15 hot air balloons at the Georgia National Fairgrounds
And numbers are in. President of Perry's chamber of commerce, Stacy Campbell says between eight and ten thousand people were at the fairgrounds and they were told they had a record crowd downtown but those numbers weren't in yet.
And what perfect weather they had for the dogwood festival today

Cyclists from across the state put their helmets on and peddled through the streets of downtown Macon Today.
The Macon Cycling Classic hosted the state championship criterium.
The criterium is a short circuit race where more than 300 athletes compete in four categories.
The winners are named state champions for the race season.
Reggie Pineda, Cumming: "The atmosphere is awesome. The race that we just finished... I am spent. I got caught in the lines so I don't think I came home with a jersey today, but I it was sure as heck fun trying."
Chad Davies, Registration Director, Macon Cycling Classic: "It continues to grow every year. We continue to have great interest. The state officials for cycling in Georgia have really been great about asking us to be the sponsors for this race."
State champions win a jersey that they wear for the rest of the year.
Other prizes include medals and up to 500 dollars.

Houston County Board of Education will induct four teachers into their teacher hall of fame tomorrow.
To qualify for the hall of fame each teacher must have at least 20 years of classroom experience in Houston County... Proof of quality teaching... Significant contributions to students success... And they must have been involved outside of the classroom too... Like sponsoring extracurricular activities.
The number of degrees each teacher holds is also a factor.... And each teacher must be retired for at least five years.
This year's inductees are Mrs. Linda Faraone... Retired in 19-97 after 31 years of teaching in Houston County... She was also a member of the committee that introduced the gifted program to the county.
Mrs. Mary Ann Gore... Retired in 2000 with 30 years of service to the county... And was also the first A-P teacher in the county.
Mrs. Gail R. Maye... Retired in 2004 with 28 years of teaching in the county... While teaching she also coached cheerleading for over ten years.
And Mrs. Pamela R. Stanescu... Retired in 2008 after 36 years with Houston County Schools... She was the first teacher to teach A-P United States History and A-P European History.
Congratulations to all four of these talented women.
Their induction ceremony will be tomorrow... At 2-30 at the Houston County Board Office in Perry.

Louisiana based Manda packing meat packing company... is recalling 468-thousand pounds of roast beef... Ham... Turkey... And pork.... Because of possible bacterial contamination.
No illnesses have been reported.
The products were shipped to retailers in several southern states including... Alabama... Florida... And Georgia.
A statement on the company's website says the recalled meats were produced at Manda's Baker facility between February 27th and April 9th.

Mental health advocates and some in congress worry the debate over keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people... could further stigmatize mental illness and prevent people from getting the help they need.
Many recent suspects in shooting rampages had mental health issues... yet were still able to obtain guns.
Athena Jones reports.
JAMES HOLMES IN COLORADO, JARED LOUGHNER IN ARIZONA, SEUNG-HUI CHO AT VIRGINIA TECH, ALL WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND ALL ABLE TO BUY GUNS TO KILL.
WOULD PROPOSED NEW BACKGROUND CHECKS STOP OTHERS LIKE THEM?
The common ground rests on a simple proposition and that is that criminals and the dangerously mentally ill shouldn't have guns.
BUT IT'S NOT SIMPLE AT ALL
FOR ONE THING WHO'S CONSIDERED DANGEROUSLY MENTALLY ILL?
UNDER FEDERAL LAW, IT'S SOMEONE FOUND BY A JUDGE TO BE QUOTE "A MENTAL DEFECTIVE OR SOMEONE COMMITTED TO ANY MENTAL INSTITUTION."
BUT STATE STANDARDS VARY WIDELY AND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS OFTEN DON'T MAKE IT INTO THE DATABASE USED TO MAKE FEDERAL BACKGROUND CHECKS.
AMONG THE CONCERNS?
PRIVACY PROTECTION.
THE SENATE BILL MAKES IT CLEAR THAT SHARING THESE RECORDS WON'T VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW.
What we need to do is we need to get all the records from the states into the federal system.
Today over 30 states barely report any records.
TAKE TENNIS MAYNARD, SUSPECTED OF KILLING A WEST VIRGINIA SHERIFF TEN MONTHS AFTER BEING RELEASED FROM A MENTAL HOSPITAL.
HE COULD BUY A GUN BECAUSE THE STATE WAS SLOW IN SENDING HIS RECORD.
A JUDGE DEEMED CHO, THE VIRGINIA TECH SHOOTER, MENTALLY ILL, BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP HIM FROM BUYING A GUN BECAUSE THOSE RECORDS WEREN'T IN THE SYSTEM.
HOLMES AND LOUGHNER FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS, TOO, BECAUSE NO COURT HAD DEEMED THEM DANGEROUS AND ORDERED THEM COMMITTED.
STILL, ADVOCATES WORRY THIS DEBATE IS STIGMATIZING THE MENTALLY ILL.
Our concern is that the way this discussion has taken place, mental illness is being equated with violence and that has a very very negative impact on people.
It not only feeds right into negative stereotypes about people but it could even serve as a deterrent to people being willing to seek treatment.

The US and China have agreed to work together to find a peaceful solution to the situation with North Korea.
CBS'S Erica Ferrari has more on Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the region.
SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY MET WITH CHINESE LEADERS IN BEIJING TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO PERSUADE NORTH KOREA TO GET RID OF ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY
KERRY: WE BOTH CALL ON NORTH TO REFRAIN FROM ANY PROVOCATIVE STEPS AND THAT OBVIOUSLY REFERS TO ANY FUTURE MISSILE SHOOT.
CHINA IS THE NORTH'S CLOSEST ALLY.
IT HAS BEEN RELUCTANT TO TAKE A FIRM STANCE AGAINST PYONGYANG'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS-- OVER FEARS INSTABILITY IN THE REGION COULD SEND NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES SPILLING OVER ITS BORDERS.
FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF, YANG JIECH- FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF YANG JIECHI AID: "We maintain that the issue should be handled and resolved peacefully through dialogue and consultation."
CHINA AGREED TO WORK WITH THE UNITED STATES TO DEFUSE TENSIONS.
WHILE BEIJING HAS OFFERED NO SPECIFICS, KERRY SAYS HE BELIEVES CHINA WILL PUT PRESSURE NORTH KOREA TO CHANGE ITS WAYS.
UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: "there's no question in my mind that China is very serious, very serious about denuclearizing. Today they made an unprecedented joint statement, they don't usually do that..."
NORTH KOREA HAS SAID REPEATEDLY IT WILL NOT BACK DOWN...AND DESPITE SANCTIONS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, LEADER KIM JUNG UN HAS GROWN MORE DEFIANT IN RECENT WEEKS.
There is no evidence North Korea has missiles that could reach the U-S mainland... But the united states has missile defense system in place to protect american military bases in the region.

That is the show for tonight. We'll see you back here at for weekend mornin at 7 a.m.
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com....
We'll see you tomorrow

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