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I'm Frank Malloy...and these are the stories making headlines in your world on this Wednesday night.
<the latest twist in the two year old Lauren Giddings case may lead to Pike County. In a federal lawsuit filed this week, the parents asked for permission to search there fore their daughter's missing head, arms, and legs.
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Today, the stock market plunged in reaction to good news. The news from the head of the federal reserve was that the economy was doing better. Here's the part that Wall Street did not like. Ben Bernanke said the economy is doing well enough that the FED is likely to ease back on one of it's stimulus programs.
The nation's largest medical group now recognizes obesity as a disease. Previously, the American Medical Association called it a public health problem.
I've been overweight my whole life. I joke that I was born overweight. I was 10.4 pounds.
The new distinction could lead to new treatment and preventive measures.
With this new AMA ruling, hopefully more insurances are going to cover weight loss surgery.
Elise Brown is live at the Mulberry Street market where one group is selling its goods for the very first time.
The Macon rescue mission started it's garden this spring as a way to provide those in need with healthy food. Now that includes those who live there and those who just drop by. But fruits and vegetables aren't the only things growing at the mission.
I had no relationship with Jesus Christ. I hated myself. I hated everyone else. Was on a path to destruction trhough drugs and alcohol and self-medicatinng.
Now that I'm here, God's answered all my prayers.
There may be a Pike County connection...in murder case against Stephen McDaniel.
He's the Mercer Law graduate accused of killing classmate Lauren Giddings two years ago this month.
In a recent development... Her parents are asking for the right to search property McDaniels' grandfather owned.
William and Karen Giddings think he may have been there a few days before their daughter was killed and dismembered.
The land is off Dripping Rock Road...near Molena.
It's 63 acres known as Browning place.
McDaniel's grandfather, who died sometime after his grandson was charged, lived there.
In a federal lawsuit filed this week....the parents ask permission to search there for their daughter's missing head.. Arms and legs.
The property has pastures, a house...lots of woods...and a lake, which a neighbor describes as murky.
Prosecutors say surveillance video captured McDaniel looking at boat anchors at Wal-Mart.. even though McDaniel didn't own a boat.
The parents' suit claims that McDaniel looked at anchors as possible devices to submerge body parts.
Jill Pritts bought her adjoining Pike County property from Hollis Browning. She says she's familiar with the lake.
<it's all beautiful woods it's all gorgeous as you can see mine is too. And he's got a pond over there as well. it's real murky. You can't see, it's not clear. It should be full right now with the rain. It's not that deep.>
But Pritts called Hollis Browning a friendly person who let folks hunt on his land. Since then.. Pritts says no one is allowed on the Browning Place.
Stephen McDaniel doesn't face the possiblity of the death penalty in that case...but the man accused in another murder...the killing of Gail Spencer...does.
That's after Bibb District Attorney David Cooke said he will seek the death penalty -- again --
for Michael Brett Kelly.
The accused killer allegedly suffocated and sodomized the 58 year old at her Macon home...and entered a guilty plea last month.
But now, Kelly wants to withdraw it.
When Kelly pleaded guilty....he agreed to testify against three other defendants in the case... Including his sister.
In the new motion filed yesterday - Kelly said....he felt rushed into the plea deal... and feared for his life.
Cooke says he plans to re-indict Kelly.
<as i've said before, those who plan and commit violent and abhorrent crimes and show no remorse are the most dangerous and deserve the ultimate penalty.>
Judge Howard Simms will hold a hearing Monday on Kelly's new motion.
Macon city council tonight passed its 2014-2015 budget by a 9-4 vote.
The budget does not contain a tax increase for property owners..
Henry Ficklin, Henry Gibson, Elaine Lucas, and James Timley opposed the new budget.
Lonnie Miley and Rick Hutto were absent from the meeting..
Ficklin told 13WMAZ's Katelyn Heck he opposed a change in who would lead the economic community development and urban development authorities.
He also didn't like the allocation of money to the mcon transit authority.. He says he wants the agency to explain how it handled an employee bringing a gun onto government property.
The new budget provides plans for a full year... But consolidation is actually set for January... So more changes will likely happen with the merging of many city and county offices and services.
Reading, writing, and arithmetic? How about business management, administration, and world languages?
State education officials have announced they've developed courses for a new education model geared toward helping students find potential career paths.
Officials from the Georgia Department of Education say the career clusters framework will allow students to choose one of 17 career pathways based on what they'd like to study in college.
The General Assembly voted in 2011 to allow the Department of Education to implement the career pathways program. State School Superintendent John Barge said many students drop out of school because they can't connect classroom experiences to real world needs.
Barge says the "new career pathways will keep students focused on graduation".
Celebrity cook Paula Deen says she has used racial slurs in the past but insists she and her brother, who are accused of racial and sexual discrimination in a lawsuit by a former manager of their restaurant, do not tolerate hateful behavior.
In a court deposition filed Monday in federal court, an attorney for former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson presses the 66-year-old Deen about her racial views and those of her brother, Bubba Hiers.
According to the deposition, part-time Savannah resident Deen was asked if she's ever used "the N-word." She responded: "Yes, of course."
Deen says she likely used the slur in the 1980s after a black man held her at gunpoint at the Georgia bank where she worked.
Deen insists she and her brother object to slurs being used in "any cruel or mean behavior."
In our text poll tonight... We're wondering...if Deen's statement would make you less likely to visit her Savannah restaurant...or watch her shows?
You can text your answer...yes or no.. to 25543
We'll check on your feedback, at the end of the newscast.
Even Deen's faithful fans may not recognize all her culinary creations as health conscious.
And when you think Donuts...you're probably not thinking too much about nutrition either.
But one chain is broadening it's horizons.
A spokesperson for Dunkin Donuts says, it'll be offering gluten-free cinnamon-sugar donuts and blueberry muffins, by the end of the year.
The chain wants to allow customers with gluten allergies and conditions like Celiac disease to be able to enjoy its products too.
It's hardly a sweet treat...noneless...folks from the Central Georgia food industry say...there's a lot more to alligator meat that meets the tastebuds.
Butcher Boy Meat on Pio Nono in Macon, managers say even before several recent gator sightings in Macon, people starting becoming interested in gators because of shows like Swamp People.
They say alligator meat is one of their most expensive items, but also one of the most popular...
< Shoot, really, you can prepare it so many different ways. It can anything from the entree for a perfect meal to just a perfect appetizer if you want to do something with your friends, so really for $14.99 you can take that and make a perfect appetizers for four that everyone'll be impressed with. >
Butcher Boy Meats imports its gator meat from the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia.
At Peacock meats in Warner Robins, you'll also find gator tail, and "gator brats," which are sausages with a little taste of gator meat.
Some sad news tonight...James Gandolfini...the actor who played tony soprano on hbo's "the soprano's" has died.
He was only 51-years old.
An hbo spokeswoman and the actor's manager says Gandolfini suffered a possible heart attack in Italy.
Gandolfini is best known from his award-winning mobster role on "the sopranos."
In the fifties, nearly every able man in the country was working.
Today, men are increasingly disappearing from the labor force.
98% of men ages 18 to 24 were in the workforce in 1956...
By 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that number dropped to 88%.
Now, the trend is most visible among the less educated...where blue-collar jobs have disappeared in large numers, and college educated men are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Women born in 1975 were 23% more likely than their male peers to get a college degree...giving them the edge in today's skilled-labor force.
So as blue-collar jobs disappear, so do the working men.
Some men are out of the work force for other reasons.
In 2012, 3% of working age men were on disability, up from 1.9% in 1982...
and an alarming number of men have spent time in prison, which makes it harder to find work once they complete their sentences.
This vanishing act has broader implications for the u-s economy.
Fewer working men means fewer taxpayers...and fewer men in stable family relationships stunts economic mobility for the next generation.
Some economists however...are hoping that...as the economy continues a recovery already in progress...the disappearing act on the job...can be undone.
Earlier in the show...we told you about a deposition celebrity chef Paula Deen gave.. In which she admitted to using racial slurs in the past...but also said, she doesn't tolerate hate or cruelty.
We asked in our text poll...if Deen's statements would affect whether or not you'd watch her...or go to her popular Savannah restaurant.
Of those of who voted tonight...and 55 percent said, yes... Deen's deposition would affect whether or not you'd be interested in her programs or products.
45 percent of you said no... It really wouldn't have any effect.
Thank for you for participating in that poll tonight.