Eyewitness News at Six: May 12, 2013

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The president was speaking on how the Affordable health care act impacts women and families. When he broke away to wish all mothers across the nation a Happy Mother's Day.
Today is May 12 and we want to wish all the mother's in Central Georgia a Happy Mother's Day.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet and this is Eyewitness News at six.

Thank you for joining us here in Central Georgia, families spent Mother's Day at Washington Park with a party for Second Sunday.
The event started at 6 and lasts two hours, so you still have time to catch it.
Music and different food vendors came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and celebrate moms.
This is the second, Second Sunday of the season.
The events start in April and end in October.
Mother's Day is generally a big hit for families and this year is no different.
J-R Olive, The college hill alliance program coordinator says he expects about one thousand people at the celebration.

We continue this broadcast with a story we have been following since last October.
There will be a murder plea in the Gail Spencer case this Monday.
Spencer is the 58-year-old woman who was found dead in her home last October.
Michael Kelly, one suspect in the case was charged with aggravated sodomy in addition to the murder.
Kelly and three other suspects were indicted on murder charges last fall.
They were allegedly involved in an embezzlement scheme at the law firm of Macon attorney Calder Pinkston and killed Spencer when she refused to go along.
We will have more updates on Monday.

The Transportation Security Administration says it's reviewing claims that a bomb-sniffing dog bit a woman at the Atlanta airport.
Susan Dubitsky of Rome says while she and her husband were waiting at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport a police dog bit her.
The incident happened on May 2nd and Dubitsky says an Atlanta police officer was with the animal.
She says the dog lunged at her again when the officer returned to check on her.
The woman says she didn't provoke the dog which is used to detect explosives in the baggage area.
T-S-A says it's working with the Atlanta police to determine what happened.
Dubitsky says the incident shouldn't have occurred.

Three states have been in a long standing battle over waterways from Metro Atlanta and now Congress is getting involved.
A bill that allows the government to construct and manage river and harbor projects, also includes a rule threatening north Georgia's ability to take water from Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona.
Senators from Georgia were able to remove a part of the bill where Congress gives its approval anytime U-S authorities earmark 5 percent or more of stored reservoir water for new purposes.
But senators from Alabama and Florida want it in there.
The threshold has been exceeded at Lake Lanier which supplies water for metro Atlanta and lake Alatoona.

A task force says Jekyll Island may have exceeded how much land it can develop.
The task force was appointed to make recommendations on the future of the coastal state park.
The Jekyll Island Authority who governs the island asked Attorney General Sam Olens for a second opinion when they received the conclusions from the task force.
The task force says officials wrongly included marsh when calculating the island's total acreage for decades.
A 1971 state law restricts development on Jekyll Island to 35 percent of its land area.
If marsh is not included, then the task force says 38 percent of the island's acreage was developed.
A spokesman for Jekyll Island says the state authority will accept or reject suggestions from the task force once they know if the task force complied with state law.

CBS has obtained cell phone footage of officers trying to open the home where three women were held captive for almost ten years.
Adriana Diaz is in New York as the three victims celebrate Mother's Day at home.
CELL PHONE VIDEO OBTAINED BY CBS NEWS, SHOWS POLICE BREAKING INTO ARIEL CASTRO'S CLEVELAND HOUSE.... GINA DEJESUS AND MICHELLE KNIGHT STILL TRAPPED INSIDE
EARLIER AMANDA BERRY HAD ESCAPED WITH HER DAUGHTER AND CALLED 911.
"im amanda berry. Ive been on the news for the last 10 years"
THE VIDEO WAS RECORDED ON THE PHONE OF EYE WITNESS JASMINA BALDRICH
Jasmina Baldrich/ eyewitness: "im forever going to feel shocked."
SUNDAY THE FREED WOMEN ISSUED STATEMENTS FOR THE FIRST TIME
THEY THANKED THE COMMUNITY FOR IT'S SUPPORT AND SAID THEY'RE HAPPY TO BE HOME
JIM WOOLEY IS THEIR ATTORNEY.
Ms Berry, Ms DeJesus and Ms Knight have asked, in fact have pleaded, for privacy at this time so they can continue to heal and reconnect with their families and their lives.
THEIR LAWYER SAYS THE WOMEN MAY ONE DAY SPEAK PUBLICALLY ABOUT THEIR ORDEAL....BUT NOT WHILE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS ARE UNDERWAY
AMANDA BERRY, THE ONLY MOTHER OF THE THREE, SPENT MOTHER'S DAY WITH HER FAMILY AND DAUGHTER JOCELYN. THE GIRL'S FACE IS BLURRED BECAUSE OF HER AGE IN THIS PICTURE TAKEN AFTER THEIR ESCAPE.
DNA EVIDENCE CONFIRMS THAT ARIEL CASTRO, WHO IS ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING AND RAPE, IS JOCELYN'S FATHER.
THE 6-YEAR-OLD WAS BORN IN CAPTIVITY ON CHRISTMAS DAY 2006. ACCORDING TO A POLICE REPORT, BERRY GAVE BIRTH IN A PLASTIC POOL IN CASTRO'S BASEMENT...WITH NO DOCTOR, NURSE, OR MEDICATION.
An official in cleveland says 50 thousand dollars has been raised for each woman to become financially independent.

A standoff in Trenton has ended and the suspect is dead.
The standoff ended before four this morning when officers stormed the house and shot 38 year-old Gerald Tyrone Murphy.
Murphy was threatening one of the children in the home.
Police were called to the home on Friday when they received reports that a man had barricaded himself inside.
When police arrived, they saw the man holding a gun, they retreated and called in a SWAT team.
The Three children that were inside the house are now safe.
But there is still no word on whether or not the man was related to the hostages or why the standoff took place.

Today is most notably, Mother's Day.
But one Supreme Court justice took time out to observe women's rights in general.
Justice Ruth Bater Ginsberg weighs in on the 40 year old decision that legalized abortion.
During a forum at the University of Chicago, Ginsberg said Roe versus Wade motivated the opponents of abortion.
She is one of the most liberal justices and says that the decision should not have been argued as a privacy issue... But instead a matter of women's rights.
Ruth Bader-Ginsberg: "WHAT A GREAT ORGANIZING TOOL IT IS, BECAUSE YOU HAVE A NAME, YOU HAVE A SYMBOL. ROE V WADE, YOU CAN AIM AT THAT. THIS DECISION WAS MADE NOT IN THE ORDINARY DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, BUT BY THESE 9 UNELECTED MEN."
Ginsberg supports a woman's right to choose.

Members of Congress react strongly to news that the IRS has targeted conservative political groups for tougher scrutiny when applying for tax exempt status.
Congressman Mike Rogers from Michigan says it "should send a chill up your spine..." and it's "as dangerous a problem the government can have."
The IRS blamed the move on low-level employees and has since issued an apology for "inappropriate" actions.
But Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says if this were the case then higher-level supervisors "would have rushed to make this public fired the employees involved apologized to the American people and informed Congress."
"This is truly outrageous and it contributes to the profound distrust that the American people have in government. It is absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review."
Collins voiced disappointment that President Barack Obama "hasn't personally condemned this."
A draft report from a watchdog group claims that senior IRS officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 20-11.
The report is due sometime this week.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is showing a new attitude towards aging inmates.
A new stance on compassionate release, raises hopes of freedom for them.
The inspector general department of justice recently called the thirty year old compassionate release program "poorly managed."
They added that the Bureau of Prisons usually recommends about two dozen prisoners a year for release because of terminal illness.
The bureau indicates they may follow some suggestions from the inspector general to release more.

"The Great Gatsby", tarring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan surprised some at the box office this weekend... Coming in as a strong runner up to comic book blockbuster Iron Man three.
Gatsby raked in 51 point one million dollars in it's debut weekend.
"Iron Man 3", Starring Robert Downey Junior pulled in 72 point five million raising it's total in just over ten days in theaters to 284 point nine million dollars.
"The Great Gatsby" far exceeded industry expectations, which had pegged its opening weekend as low as 30 million dollars.

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