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

Macon police need your help locating 28 year old Derwin Eric Lawson. Lawson has been missing since Friday afternoon.
He was last seen on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and third street in downtown Macon.
Lawson was wearing a red t-shirt and blue shorts and police believe he may be heading to south Bibb county.
If you've seen Derwin Eric Lawson or know where he may be. Please contact Macon Police at 478-751-7500.
That number again is 478-751-7500.

We have an update to a story that began earlier this month.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says fifty-seven year old Harold Green died at the hospital just after one this morning.
Green was trying to recover from a beating that happened April 4th at Second and Poplar Streets.
According to Macon Police, Green was thrown to the ground and kicked in the head by Lonnie Floyd Layson.
Layson remains in the Bibb Law Enforcement Center.

 

The city of Boston is starting to get back to normal today.
One suspect from Monday's Boston marathon bombings is in custody and the other is dead.
Stacey Cohan has the latest.
A FIVE-DAY NIGHTMARE FOR THE ENTIRE BOSTON AREA CONCLUDED FRIDAY NIGHT AS 19-YEAR-OLD DZHOKAR TSARNAEV WAS FOUND AND CAPTURED -- FROM HIS HIDING PLACE -- A BOAT IN THE BACKYARD OF A WATERTOWN HOME.
We had a couple thousand police officers on scene. We had tactical people to close the scene down and secure it. We took our time to make sure that everyone was safe in the neighborhood.
POLICE LAUNCHED A MASSIVE MANHUNT LATE THURSDAY -- CHASING DZHOKAR AND HIS BROTHER TAMERLAN TSARNAEV -- WHO LATER DIED IN A SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE.
WHEN DZHOKAR WAS FOUND -- THE BLOODIED MAN INITIALLY REFUSED TO COME OUT OF THE BOAT.
We could tell he was alive and moving and began negotiations that way and over a long period of time we were able to get him to surrender.
THE SUSPECT WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL AND WATERTOWN RESIDENTS GATHERED IN THE STREETS TO CHEER LAW ENFORCEMENT
TODAY, THE SUSPECT'S UNCLE IS URGING HIS NEPHEW TO BE HONEST AND TELL AUTHORITIES EVERYTHING
I'm relieved that he's alive first of all that there's now a chance to find out who was behind it. Second of all I stress that there is a chance for Dzkhohar to seek forgiveness from those who he put into suffer.
AND THIS AFTERNOON AT FENWAY PARK -- ONE OF THE FIRST LARGE PUBLIC EVENTS SINCE MONDAY'S BOMBING -- BOSTONIANS SHOW THAT LIFE HERE IS GETTING BACK TO NORMAL.
So good, so good, so good.
57 people are still in the hospital fighting to recover from traumatic injuries received the day of the bombing.

Senator Saxby Chambliss, Vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released this statement this afternoon in regards to the capture of (JOH'-kahr tsar-NY'-ehv) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It reads, "Given what we know, and more importantly don't know, about (JOH'-kahr tsar-NY'-ehv) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, this terrorist should be fully interrogated as an enemy combatant before any consideration is given to providing Miranda warnings."
Senator Chambliss says he's disappointed that it appears the administration is relying on Miranda's public safety exception to gather information... Which only allows at best a 48 hour waiting period... Which could expire since the suspect was critically wounded.
He says, "I urge this administration to do the right thing and deem this suspect as an enemy combatant so that we get as much intelligence as legally possible before the suspect is mirandized."

Federal assistance will hopefully ease the recovery efforts in west Texas.
The death toll from a Texas fertilizer plant rose to 14 on Friday, two days after a massive fire and explosion.
Answering President Obama's declaration of a state of emergency, FEMA says federal disaster assistance is now available to Texas.
The assistance from FEMA supports state and local response efforts.
Residents have quite a bit of cleaning up to do and the explosion damaged not only the plant but nearby homes, too.
The blast even registered as a 2-point-1-magnitude earthquake.
Some people in the small town of 28-hundred are now staying with friends or in hotels after their homes were damaged or destroyed.

You might have noticed more pesky biters in the air recently that's because the mosquito population is on the rise.
Judy Le found out why.
"We are looking at a map of Bibb county with 30 geographical areas we spray."
Spraying for mosquitoes are scheduled for April 1st but Bibb County mosquito spraying coordinator Joe Bridges says he's seen an increase in calls as early has March.
"It varies from day to day but generally we get five to 10 calls a day.(is that a lot?) for this time of year? "yes."
The county is divided into 30 sections.
"Each night, monday through friday, we spray 2 of those areas."
That means the program sprays 10 areas a week. It takes 3 weeks to complete the entire county and then starts over again.
"During an average season we will spray an average of between nine and 10 complete cycles."
If the problem worsens, Bridges says the spraying will increase to three 15 areas a week. Mosquitoes breed in places with standing water.
"That can mean old tires, bird baths, rain gutters on your house, kiddie pools. Keep them washed out and clean."
For places you can't drain...the health department will provide free briquettes
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
The Health department off Emory Highway will give away free large sized briquettes.
Briquettes are pellets that will dissolve in mosquito breeding habitats.

The nation's airlines are asking a federal court to stop the impending furlough of air traffic controllers.
The airlines say the cuts could cause major delays up to 67-hundred flights a day with wait times up to four hours.
The FAA is starting the furloughs on Sunday and says travelers could see an impact as soon as Monday.
The FAA and the airlines disagree on whether the furloughs are necessary.
The FAA says it must furlough all 47-thousand of its employees, including its air traffic controllers, to meet congressionally mandated spending cuts of 637-million-dollars.
But the airlines say the furloughs aren't necessary and that the FAA could make other cuts that would not impact the traveling public to the extent the furloughs will.

Five backcountry snowboarders were found dead Saturday after being trapped by an avalanche in Colorado's White River national forest.
They'd been snowboarding at loveland pass... about 50 miles west of Denver.
Authorities say one member of the group survived.

Earth Day is just around the corner. So what efforts has Macon done to be more green?
13WMAZ talked to some local environmental leaders who say they have notice more people picking up litter off of major streets in Macon.
Also there are more options to fill up a fuel-efficient car with E-85 fuel stations in Macon.
But they say we can always be greener.
Stephen Lawson, Grounds Superintendent for City of Macon: "I think that we're doing a good amount for our green efforts and everything but we can always do better."
Pam Carswell, Executive Director, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful: "I would like to see it come to a point where I can reduce those type of litter clean ups because people are now taking pride in their community and putting trash in trash cans and not putting it out on the streets."
Stephen Lawson, Macon's grounds superintendent says they've started to plant more trees. The Mayor wants 250 trees to be planted and they have already planted 187.

Some middle school students in Baldwin county spent the day advocating for better recycling practices.
Members of the Eco club at Oakhill Middle School convinced some Kroger shoppers to make a switch from using plastic bags.
The students sold over 200 re-useable bags to those who were willing to make the change.
They also displayed a tree with plastic bags hanging from it to show where most end up in the environment.
Chuck Claxton, Teacher, Oakhill Middle School: "Riding up and down the highways of Baldwin County or any small town or anywhere in the country you see a lot of plastic on the roadside."
Olivia Pelton, 8th grade, Oakhill Middle School: "It litters in our community and it looks bad, but when it gets into the ocean and it breaks down, the fish mistake it for food. So, they'll eat it and it killing a lot of our fish."
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2010 we generated 31 million tons of plastic waste only 8 percent of it was recycled.

Crowds of people are enjoying the nice weather and activities surrounding Cherry Street Plaza in Downtown Macon.
That's where the Pan African Festival of Georgia is taking place.
The festival is an annual celebration hosted by the Tubman Museum.
It celebrates African culture through dance, music and art.
This is the second time that the festival is taking place in front of the new Tubman Museum where organizers hope to attract more tourists over the next couple of years.
Summer Robinson, Atlanta: "I really like the festival. I think it's really nice. It's a lot going on out here and I'm glad to see that it's not only African Americans out here."
Andy Ambrose, Executive Director, Tubman Museum: "It's an embracing celebration. We find that it's so hearting to see kids, families, people from all kinds of backgrounds coming together and just enjoying themselves."
The Pan African festival wrapped up tonight around 11 o'clock with more performances and a film.

Imagine this, 40 people in dragon boats racing along Lake Tobesofkee.
It was all in good fun and for a good cause.
The dragon boat race is an annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
12 teams of sponsors showed up to help bring in funds for the cause
The race is their largest fundraiser and organizers say more money will ensure more mentors for the program.
Nayshla Garcia, Macon: "I get time with Linda. It's just fun being with everybody and raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters."
Dianna Glymph, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters: "We really want it to be a wholesome family event because we're about building families. We're about helping kids grow up to be strong family members."
Big Brothers Big Sisters is celebrating 60 years of service to Macon.
Their next big event will take place in May when they will honor father's day.

Some took the streets to run Roanoke's Blue Ridge Marathon while others spent they day at Green Hill Park enjoying the Kite Festival.
Temperatures were ideal and the winds were perfect for getting kites airborne.
The annual free event invited people to bring a chair and a kite and try their luck.

That is the show for tonight. We'll see you back here 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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