Eyewitness News at Six: May 11, 2013

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

Supporters of Sammie Davis Jr. took to the streets of downtown Macon this morning.
This time, marching to grab the attention of unregistered voters.
The march started at the Kroger on Pio Nono Avenue where Davis was shot and killed by Macon police officer Clayton Sutton last December.
Members of the local chapter of the NAACP led the march.
It ended at city hall with a prayer service then moved to Tattnall Square Park.
Local NAACP president Gwenette Westbrooks says the march was to inspire those who are unhappy with the current leadership in the city to vote in the upcoming election.
Robert Collier, Manager of Customer Service, U.S. Post Office: "There are a lot of hungry folks in our community and the post office want to make sure that we do our part."
Michael Burns, Customer Service Supervisor, U.S. Post Office: "It always feels good to help people that really need help. I think we all get in that point... At some point in our lives wee need some help. So, it's always good to give back."
Donated items in this area will support the Middle Georgia Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

Just weeks before the school year ends some students were able to learn about the NASA space program.
The Museum of Aviation's national STEM academy held young astronaut's day for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.
More than 300 students attended and There were 18 workshops setup for students to complete astronaut training activities like building model rockets and airplanes.
There were displays like the U- 2 pilot suit and tube food teaching students how astronauts survive in outer space.
Rahel Kefetew, 5th grade, Russell Elementary: "We learned how you can pressurize any kind of liquid and it can get really hard for humans in their suits."
Melissa Spalding, Director of Education, Museum of Aviation: "We want these children to grow up learning to love and be interested in STEM subjects so they'll want to fill those stem careers that are available here in our state of Georgia."
The STEM academy at the Museum of Aviation will offer summer programs throughout the month of June.
In July, they'll hold their annual Georgia STEM Day.

Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard rolled into Mercer University to celebrate graduation and to be celebrated.
Born in Macon, Little Richard was in town to be honored with a a Doctor in Humanities. He joined about 500 Mercer students waiting to claim their own diplomas. A short video documenting his success introduced the singer. Afterwards he was bestowed the honorary degree. He was unavailable to comment.
A hostage situation in New Jersey has entered its second day.
There are already two people dead and many more hostages at risk.
A gun man remains barricaded inside his home and police continue talking to him, hoping he'll release his hostages and surrender.
The standoff began friday afternoon and sources say a child and a woman are dead.
People in the area have been evacuated and police have been negotiating with the man all night. Including providing him a meal at his request.
There are still multiple hostages inside the home.


There have been many changes to services all over the nation because of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester.
But now, The Obama Administration has decided not to close air traffic control towers all over the nation.
Congress granted flexibility for the budget cuts two weeks ago before they went on vacation.
The F-A-A has already ended furlough days for air traffic controllers.
Almost one hundred and 50 control towers across the U-S will remain open.


The steering gear box for Ford Trucks has alerted U-S safety regulators.
They now investigate complaints that the trucks are experiencing loss of control.
A probe by the National Highway Safety Administration covers almost three hundred and 40 thousand F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Trucks from 2008.
According to the agency, there have been 5 complaints about an internal failure for the steering-gear box, which Completely disables the steering in the trucks.
Though there have been no injuries or fatalities reported, one driver did state he crashed into a parked vehicle.

Safety experts say drowsy driving is a growing problem and many americans admit they have done it.
A fatigue expert from the National Transportation Safety Board says drowsy driving and drunk driving can be equally bad.
Police have tools to determine a person's blood alcohol level or even if they are under the influence of drugs.
But detecting how drowsy a driver is not so easy.
Federal statistics show, 11 thousand deaths from 2000 to 20-10 were related to drowsy driving.


Fears that Syria's civil war will spill over its neighbors borders increase with a car bomb this morning that killed at least 30 people.
Cell phone footage caught the immediate aftermath from the explosions of twin car bombs that exploded near Syria's border with Turkey.
Turkey supports the uprising against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.
A Turkish Foreign Minister said the location of the attacks is no coincidence as diplomatic moves to end the conflict intensify.
No one has claimed immediate responsibility for the blasts.
The Turkish Prime Minister said the bombings may have been related to Turkey's own peace process with Kurdish militants or the conflict in Syria.
More than 70 thousand people have been killed in the civil war but there was hope for improved diplomacy this week.
Moscow and Washington announced a joint effort to hold an international conference with the Syrian Government and rebels.
A russian official has since said there is no word on who will represent the opposition nor whether a meeting will happen this month.
A joint effort from the United States and Russia may have prevented the Boston Marathon bombings.
Russia never mentioned to officials in the U-S that bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev sent his mother text messages about his interest in joining a militant group.
A law enforcement official in the U-S said Russia withheld details about Tsarnaev in 2011.
Although this information may have changed how authorities observed Tsarnaev. Some sources say the U-S would have also held similar details from Russia.

Officials in Connecticut have decided what to do with Sandy hook Elementary school.
The site from the massacre where 27 people were killed, including 20 students.
the town has decided to tear the existing structure down and replace it with a new building.
A 28 member task force unanimously voted on a plan for the future of the site.
The task force decided to start anew, instead of relocating or renovating the current school.

The Internal Revenue Service is under investigation for targeting certain political groups during the 2012 presidential election.
Now, A federal watchdog's reports says senior officials knew the agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011.
This contradicts an earlier statement from the IRS saying that only low level agents knew about the targeting.
Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted.
The IRS apologized yesterday for acknowledging the "inappropriate" actions towards political groups seeking tax-exempt status.
The Inspector general for the Treasury is expected to release early results from a year long investigation this week.


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