Eyewitness News at 6: June 8, 2013

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

The Medical Center of Central Georgia and its community partners will hold a bone marrow registry drive Friday.
And they say there is a need for marrow donors in our area.
Nancy White the Director of Oncology says they will hold the drive at the Ambulatory Surgery Center Lobby where people will fill out consent forms and get a cheek swab.
They are looking for adults between 18 and 44 in good health and are willing to donate to someone who is a genetic match.
Nancy White: "The more people on that registry the greater the odds they are going to find a match that's all there is to it we need more people on that registry to ensure an accurate match and you never know when it is going to be you."
The bone marrow drive will kick off June 14th from 7 to 10 am. and pick up again that afternoon from 3 to 6.
It will happen at the Medical Center's Ambulatory Surgery Center lobby in Macon.

The 20-13 Georgia Peach Festival brings in a lot of visitors each year.
Festival officials are expecting crowds of about 10-thousand visitors.
That also means it's good for local businesses.
Besides a boost in the economy, there are a lot of family fun events at the festival including parades, live music and fireworks.

The world's largest peach cobbler was the main attraction at the Georgia Peach festival.
Crowds waited in line for over an hour to taste the cobbler.
Head chef, Rich Bennett says the recipe includes 150 pounds of sugar and flour 32 gallons of milk and 75 pounds of peaches and butter.
He says the recipe has changed a little over 20 plus years.
This year, the cooking crew changed the oven by using metal sheets to provide indirect heat to the bottom of the pan giving the cobbler a crunchier crust.
Rich Bennett, Head Chef, World's Largest Peach Cobbler: "People are just really amazed that something that big can be cooked. They get a kick out of how we prepare it."
Hollie Saeger, Perry: "We've come every year since 2008, and it's really good so we stand in line an hour before they serve it. It's really good."
Bennett says it took 8 hours for the cobbler to cook.

The annual Daylilly festival wrapped up today in Gray.
The two day festival is sponsored by Gray Station Better Hometown as an effort to bring fun and entertainment to the community.
This year, more than 100 vendors set up shop offering handmade items, clothes and daylillies.
There was also a carshow and live music.
Kids were attracted to a train ride and water slides.
Board members of Gray Station Better Hometown were expecting a crowd of around 5 thousand people to turnout.
Lisa Feagin, Gray Station Better Hometown: "Everybody comes together and you see people you haven't seen in a while and you meet new people and people from other areas."
Mike Hufstetler, Milledgeville: "I've been in Afghanistan for several years and I'm home now and trying to experience life like a normal person and wanted to come out and attend the festival here in Gray."
Admission to the festival cost one dollar.
Proceeds will benefit revitalization efforts in downtown Gray.

The intersection of North Davis Drive and Highway 247 is now open.
The traffic lights weren't working properly and needed replacements from Atlanta.
Highway 247 remained open during the construction but you couldn't enter or leave North Davis there.
According to a city employee the intersection is now up and running.

An Airtran baggage handler from Stone Mountain is behind bars today. Accused of taking money to sneak drugs and weapons on planes.
The U-S attorney's office says they arrested Rasondo Norris after finding out he'd help bring contraband onto airplanes using his security clearance to by-pass security.
Special agents went undercover and say Norris passed along several items he thought to be drugs, money, and guns. For $600 to $800 dollars each time.
Norris now faces up to life in prison and $15 million dollars in fines.

President Obama is meeting with his chinese counterpart this weekend in California.
The two leaders are discussing a range of issues including trade and cyber security.
But Jessica Yellin reports the president is also spending a lot of time trying to fend off criticism over invasive national security agency programs.
PRESIDENT OBAMA UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT REVELATIONS OVER HIGH TECH GOVERNMENT SNOOPING.
My assessment and my team's assessment was that they help us prevent terrorist attacks.
HE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT'S JUST GATHERING PHONE NUMBERS AND DURATION OF CALLS....AND INSISTS THE PROGRAM TO CAPTURE INTERNET MESSAGES AS THEY FLOW THROUGH THE U-S TARGETS ONLY FOREIGNERS.
BUT IT'S OPENED HIM UP TO CRITICISM AND JOKES PRESIDENT BUSH FACED WHEN THE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS FIRST CAME TO LIGHT IN 2006.
REMEMBER THIS?
If anyone needs anything else at their tables just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers.
Someone from the NSA will be right over with cocktail.
THERE ARE SIMILARITIES.
BUSH THEN.
We do not listen to domestic phone calls without court approval
If the intelligence community then actually wants to listen to a phone call, they've got to go back to a federal judge.
NO WONDER LEFT LEANING HUFFINGTON POST MOCKED HIM AS PRESIDENT GEORGE W. OBAMA.
IN A 14 MINUTE Q-AND-A PRESIDENT OBAMA REPEATED 20 TIMES HIS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO OVERSIGHT BY CONGRESS AND THE COURTS
These programs are subject to Congressional oversight and Congressional reauthorization and Congressional debate.
That's why we also set up Congressional oversight.
We've got Congressional oversight and judicial oversight.
BUT ALL THAT IS DISCUSSED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
NEVER SUBJECT TO PUBLIC DEBATE TILL NOW.
It's a chilling thought to rely on Congress to protect our civil liberties.
IT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SUPPORTS THESE SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS.
EVEN THOUGH HE SAID THIS DURING THE 2008 CAMPAIGN
There should always be somebody watching the watchers.
HE VOTED TO RE-AUTHORIZE GOVERNMENT EAVESDROPPING IN 2008 AND SIGNED AN UPDATE TO IT LAST YEAR.
IT IS MORE THAN A LITTLE IRONIC ALL THIS IS COMING TO LIGHT JUST AS THE PRESIDENT PREPARES MEET WITH THE LEADER OF CHINA....AND PRESS HIM ON THAT COUNTRY'S INTERNET ATTACKS.
It's critical as two of the largest economies and military powers in the world that China and the US arrives at a firm understating of how we work together on these two issues.
The two countries have agreed to discuss rules of the road for cybersecurity going forward.

The crane operator who was helping tear down a Philadelphia building when it collapsed on Wednesday has turned himself into police.
An arrest warrant was issued for Sean Benschop late Friday or early this morning.
A law enforcement source says Benschop will be charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter,
Six people were killed and 13 others injured when a four-story wall collapsed on a downtown thrift store.
A source at Philadelphia's City Hall with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Friday that marijuana and pain medication had been found in the crane operator's blood.

Weeks after an explosion rocked their city, the graduating class of West High School in Texas, came together to commemorate their next step.
In April, 15 people died in a west fertilizer plant explosion just a few blocks away from the school.
The students are doing their best to put the tragedy behind them and focus on looking forward to a bright future.
The graduating class spent their final weeks of school in another building located in a nearby town.
Despite the devastation that shook the community, the students remain optimistic about their future.

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