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<I have noise from the current shopping center, and this one is going to be much closer to my home, and I think it's going to adverly affect my lifestyle and I think it's going to adversely affect my property values. >

     25 acres of land... 180 people at a planning and zoning meeting... And a two week postponement on any action.

     We explain what it's all about...and why so many people are angry.

     Plus...

     He's accused of grabbing a child at a Bibb Elementary School...

     But his lawyer says...his client's misunderstood.

     We'll tell you where the case leads next.... On Eyewitness news at Eleven tonight.

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     Hello, everyone. 

     I'm Frank Malloy... We'll have more on those stories...

     Plus... Marvin James reveals the updated price tag on the Falcon's stadium up the road in Atlanta...and it's no small sum.

     All that ahead...but first, we look back at some of the news that made up your world on this Monday...October 28th... In sight and sound.

     And those are just some of the stories that made headlines on this Monday.

     Tonight at eleven, we begin with plans that would bring a north Macon shopping development...and as many as 500 jobs.

 

     But those who live in the Zebulon Road area say... It's not worth the hit to their quality of life.

     Many of them showed up to voice those thoughts at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting... But as Anita Oh reports...the commission delayed action.

     She was there to talk to the developer and community members.

<there's no compromise. We don't want this>

     Neighbors who live in subdivisions off Zebulon Road in Macon were angry,

     when Blackwater Resources proposed a 25-acre re-zoning...

     that would create space for a 250-thousand square foot shopping center close to their backyards.

     But they're even angrier now.

<I think it was a cop-out. These people were hired to do a job, and they didn't do it>

     A split vote between 4 members of Macon's Planning and Zoning Commission deferred a decision on whether the land will be commercially re-zoned...

     Until at least November 12.

<they did not listen to us. They have stacks and stacks of letters from all of the neighbors, they have got petitions with many hundreds of names on them... And we all showed up!>

     There weren't enough seats for more than 180 people who showed up at City Hall for the Monday afternoon meeting...

     Many of them were neighbors with signs opposing the re-zoning.

     But a developer with Blackwater Resources says commercializing the area is a 30-million dollar investment into the community... That will provide up to 500 new jobs.

<it would be great for the community. Plus a lot of new retail businesses and restaurants and shops here so there's a big community benefit>

     But it wouldn't be enough to convince some people to stay.

<my next door neighbor, who i prize very highly, has said if this goes through, she's going to sell her house and move>

     These neighbors say they're ready to keep fighting... For the houses they've turned into homes.

<we don't want our neighborhood to be sacrificed... For some development company to make big bucks...while our livelihood is going down the drain >

     Anita Oh, 13wmaz eyewitness news.

The planning and zoning commission's next meeting is on november 12th...That means that's the soonest action could be taken.

But they can delay the vote even further, if they so decide.

     Macon native and country performer Jason Aldean today shared some sad news from the road.

     He tweeted that a man died...after stepping out in front of his tour bus.

     According to TV station W-F-I-E and the Knox County Sheriff's Office in Indiana, the man likely walked into the middle of the road into the bus's path.

Aldean tweeted this to his followers Monday afternoon:

"With a heavy heart, I'm sad to say that a man passed away last night after stepping out in front of my bus in Indiana.

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 I'm praying for Albert Kennedy's family and friends today and ask that you do the same."

 Knox County Sheriff Michael Morris said the bus driver was "absolutely not" at fault in the crash. He said there had been numerous reports of Kennedy walking along the highway in the past.

 

     Tomorrow, the man accused of trying to snatch a child outside

Springdale Elementary School will go before a judge for a bond hearing.

     He is....Maduabuchi <mah-dwa-BOO-chee> Christian Ogo.

     Last week...Bibb County officials gave us an incorrect name for the suspect...who's reportedly a native of Nigeria who speaks only a sub-dialect of Nigerian.

     He's been in the Bibb County jail without bond....since last Wednesday night.

     Ogo is charged with kidnapping...battery...and false imprisonment.

     Last week....his lawyer...Keith Fitzgerald...told us the charges were all a misunderstanding.

     He said Ogo was trying to pick up a grandchild at Springdale, as he's done in the past with the signed approval of the child's parents.

     Ogo is scheduled to appear tomorrow in Bibb County Superior Court...before Judge Howard Simms.

     The White House says it recognizes the need for more constraints on U-S intelligence gathering in a new digital age.

     The U-S government has faced international backlash over reports the N-S-A tapped the phones of about 35 world leaders.

     A White House spokesman Jay Carney says the U-S intelligence community is constantly trying to adapt to changes in information technology.

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"If were going to keep our citizens and allies safe we have to continue to stay ahead of these changes and that's what our intelligence community has been doing well extraordinarily well.  These capabilities are part of reason we've been able to foil numerous terrorist plots and adapt to a post 911 security environment. At the same time with new capabilities we recognize that there need to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence."

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     Questions surrounding the N-S-A's surveillance programs shifted this week to what president Obama knew and when.

     The Wall Street Journal reported the White House ordered a stop to some of the phone taps after they were revealed in an internal review this summer.

     But european leaders are upset about the extent of the n-s-a spying program.

     And german officials say their confidence in the U-S is shaken

     British newspaper 'The Guardian' published some of the leaked information several months ago.

     Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald says the U-S excuse for the extensive monitoring and spying has been to prevent terrorism, but it just doesn't hold up.

     He cited the tapping of Germany's chancellor's phone as an example.

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"If were going to keep our citizens and allies safe we have to continue to stay ahead of these changes and that's what our intelligence community has been doing well extraordinarily well.  These capabilities are part of reason we've been able to foil numerous terrorist plots and adapt to a post 911 security environment. At the same time with new capabilities we recognize that there need to be additional constraints on how we gather and use intelligence."

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     Questions surrounding the N-S-A's surveillance programs shifted this week to what president Obama knew and when.

     The Wall Street Journal reported the White House ordered a stop to some of the phone taps after they were revealed in an internal review this summer.

     But european leaders are upset about the extent of the n-s-a spying program.

     And german officials say their confidence in the U-S is shaken

     British newspaper 'The Guardian' published some of the leaked information several months ago.

     Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald says the U-S excuse for the extensive monitoring and spying has been to prevent terrorism, but it just doesn't hold up.

     He cited the tapping of Germany's chancellor's phone as an example.

 

Is Angela Merkel a terrorist? Are 60 or 70 million Spanish and French citizens terrorists?  Are there terrorists at Petrobras ?  This is clearly about political power and economic espionage. And the claim that this is about terrorism is seen around the world as what it is, which is pure deceit.   >

 

Germany is sending a group of senior intelligence officials to Washington to discuss the reports.

     The team has yet to break ground or hammer-in a single nail...but tonight we're learning the price tag of the new falcons stadium has spiked by 200 million dollars!!!

     Let's send it over to Marvin James...to do some math.

     Well Frank, it appears The falcons have driven-up the costs...and owner Arthur Blank says he'll pick up the bill.

     Doug Richards is with our sister station WXIA 11 Alive in Atlanta.

     He takes a closer at why the cost has actually jumped.

 

It is eight-sided, angular, edgy and expensive.  It's a succession of triangles, from the retractable roof to the rest of the superstructure.  It's the look the Falcons call "iconic," with a new price tag of one-point-two billion dollars-- a twenty percent jump.

 

148 the increases probably include the iconic design itself. And the complexity of the building.

 

4244 it is money that I think we contemplated from the beiginning. We wanted to control that abiality to drive that design, to make sure that design wasn't compromised in any way shape or form because of the budget.

 

The stadium design is long on lighting -- with programmable exterior lighting to fit the event.  But much of the lighting focus is indoors, where outdoor light will flood in not only from the opening in the roof, but also from translucent walls and windows that surround the stadium. 

 

 

 

 

     From the initial proposal...to finding a place to build... Then buying the land from two churches... And now finding parking...

     Nothing about the stadium building process has been easy, Frank.

     Turns out...it's not been a cheap process either.

 

     There will be plenty of treats for car companies this october.

     kelley Blue Book predicts auto sales in the u-s will increase seven-percent this month.

     A forecast from l-M-C automotive and J-D Power is even stronger.....with analysts expecting an eight-percent hike in sales.

     These positive predictions come despite the partial government shut-down....and drop in consumer confidence.

     Among the automakers expected to see strong sales.....Toyota, General Motors and Ford.

 

From the best sellers list...to a list that may been more important to you... When you put your precious cargo inside.

But as it turns out... some of the most reliable cars sold in America... aren't even made in America.

Consumer Reports latest dependability rankings find that cars made by Toyota, like Lexus - are on average - the most reliable.

The findings are based on subscribers' experience with more than a million vehicles.

In the large/upscale category... the lexus e-s takes the top spot.

Another lexus vehicle - the r-x - is also the top "luxury s-u-v."

Among smaller vehicles: the Subaru Legacy is the most reliable mid-sized car.

The company's Forester tops the small S-U-V list...

and the honda fit is the best subcompact.

 

Looking at lower-ranked cars... the magazine pointed to the increase in technology for the weaker scores.

Ford, in particular, has been plagued with problems with its "my ford touch" system.... with drivers complaining about frozen screens, and lags in touch-controls.

It's important to note though... Consumer Reports didn't test ALL vehicles...so its list is really more of a sampling...

And this also isn't a safety rating.

Some of the accessories that can make a car more or less "reliable"...are considered extras...and don't necessarily relate to how well...or how safely.. the car performs.

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