HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...
A NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CUT ANOTHER STUDENT WITH A KNIFE DURING A FIGHT THIS MORNING.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE.
IT SAYS THE FIGHT HAPPENED AROUND 9:30 BETWEEN TWO 10TH-GRADE GIRLS... A 15-YEAR-OLD AND A 16-YEAR-OLD.
ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE... THE YOUNGER GIRL CUT THE OLDER GIRL ON THE TIP OF HER FINGER.
SHE WAS NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED.
THE 15-YEAR-OLD FACES CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND POSSESSING A WEAPON ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.
A 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO HANDLED THE KNIFE AFTER THE FIGHT AND A 17-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO HID THE KNIFE UNDER A COMPUTER... ARE ALSO CHARGED WITH WEAPONS POSSESSION IN SCHOOL AFTER OFFICERS FOUND THE WEAPON.
DAVID GOWAN WITH THE BOARD OF EDUCATION SAYS SCHOOLS HAVE CAMPUS POLICE AND EMERGENCY PLANS.... BUT SCHOOL SAFETY STARTS AT HOME.
We can try to search our campuses, be proactive, try to catch things but we really need parents help because you know they're with their student at the beginning of the day so anything tey can do at the home to try to make sure their student is not bringing any weapons to campus that helps us a lot. So, we're asking for their help. We really need it.
GOWAN SAYS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HOPES TO IMPLEMENT NEW STRATEGIES FOR SCHOOL SAFETY AFTER AN ASSESSMENT FROM AN OUTSIDE AGENCY THIS SUMMER.
LAWYERS FOR ACCUSED KILLER STEPHEN MCDANIEL WANT THEIR CLIENT RELEASED ON BOND.
IN A MOTION FILED TODAY IN BIBB COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT... THEY SAID DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS FAILED TO TAKE MCDANIEL'S CASE TO A GRAND JURY WITHIN 90 DAYS OF HIS ARREST.
THEY'RE ASKING A JUDGE TO SET REASONABLE BOND.
MCDANIEL IS CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS NEIGHBOR AND FELLOW LAW STUDENT LAUREN GIDDINGS IN JUNE.
HE WAS INDICTED IN NOVEMBER.
LAST YEAR... WINTERS SAID THAT HIS OFFICE HAD ADDITIONAL TIME TO INVESTIGATE THE CASE BEFORE THE 90-DAY RULE KICKED IN... BECAUSE MCDANIEL FACED OTHER CHARGES LIKE BURGLARY AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.
WE COULD NOT REACH WINTERS FOR COMMENT TODAY.
GEORGIA LOTTERY GAMBLERS WON BIG... AS THE BIGGEST SUCKERS IN THE NATION.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BLOOMBERG NEWS.
CENSUS NUMBERS SHOW.... THEY SPENT THE SECOND-HIGHEST AMOUNT OF THEIR INCOME ON STATE-RUN GAMES.
AND AS JUDY LE TELLS US.... THESE GAMES HAVE THE WORSE ODDS OF ANY FORM OF LEGAL GAMBLING.
(NAT: I've been a sucker ever since i've got here)
GEORGIA LOTTERY PLAYERS DISHOUT THE BIG BUCKS...TAKING FIRST PLACE AS THE BIGGEST SUCKERS IN THE NATION.
ACCORDING TO THE 20-10 CENSUS... GAMBLERS SPEND FIFTY-THREE-BILLION-DOLLARS A YEAR IN TICKETS FOR STATE-RUN GAMES... LIKE CASH THREE AND MEGA MILLIONS.
SOT BREEZE- 48 my grandmother hit 10-thousand, two times a couple years ago so that's why I play 52
SOT APPLING - 130 it's an addiction. you just want a ticket and you win...you just want to keep going. it feels good to win 138
APPLING SHELLS OUT SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS A WEEK ON SCRATCH-OFFS. SHE SAYS SHE WINS ANYWHERE FROM THREE TO FIFTY DOLLARS EVERYTIME.
(NAT - 305 play to win, right? (woman answers) yup, play to win 307)
STANDUP - Georgians spend 471 dollars a year.that money goes toward pre-school and college scholarships.
FELLOW RISKTAKER ...LARRY WARREN ...SPENDS 18-DOLLARS A WEEK ON CASH THREE.... BUT HE SAYS IT'S FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
SOT WARREN - 253 if they helping the kids, that's fine with me. it ain't help me. i'm too old to go to school 259
SOME ...LIKE DENISE WILLIAMS AND ROBERT STEWART...ARE MORE CAUTIOUS. THEY'RE NOT FANS OF THE BIG GREEN DISAPPEARING ACT.
SOT WILLIAMS - 226 the money...i mean, you play the lottery, you have the anticiaption built up waiting on the lottery...and less than five minutes...it's gone! 35
SOT STEWART - 56 i'm just tired of my money going to places where i don't see anything shown back for it. 101
THE BIGGEST PLAYERS ROLL OUT THE DOUGH TO BUY A CHANCE...THAT ONE DAY...THEY MIGHT HIT BIG.
JUDY LE...13 WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THE GEORGIA LOTTERY CALLED THE BLOOMBERG ARTICLE UNFAIR AND INACCURATE.
IT RELEASED A STATEMENT... SAYING IN PART...
"ADULTS HAVE THE FREEDOM AND THE RIGHT TO SPEND THEIR DISCRETIONARY DOLLARS AS THEY CHOOSE, AND WE APPRECIATE THAT GEORGIANS SUPPORT
THEIR LOTTERY AND THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IT FUNDS."
THE GEORGIA LOTTERY ALSO SAID CALLING PLAYERS "SUCKERS" IS QUOTE...."DISRESPECTFUL, UNFAIR AND IRRESPONSIBLE."
LOTTERY MONEY PAYS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS... LIKE THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP...AS WELL AS PRE-KINDERGARTEN... AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS.
A DANISH COMPANY PLANS TO BRING 250 JOBS TO LAURENS COUNTY OVER THE NEXT SIX YEARS.
GLOBAL VEHICLE SUPPLIER DINEX GROUP WILL OPEN ITS FIRST U-S MANUFACTURING PLANT IN DUBLIN.
AUSTIN LEWIS TALKED WITH THE CITY'S MAYOR AND C-F-O ABOUT WHAT THAT WILL MEAN.
GREEN IS THE CITY COLOR OF DUBLIN....
BUT IT ALSO MEANS NEW BUSINESS FOR THE EMERALD CITY.
CITY AND COUNTY LEADERS WELCOMED THE DANISH COMPANY... DINEX...TO THE FORMER ELDORADO STONE BUILDING.
Mayor Phil Best, Dublin: Man, this is more fantastic news for Dublin and Laurens County, we need the jobs our people need to work and these folks are going to come in and provide some of those jobs.
THE COMPANY'S C-F-O KIM TOFT JENSEN SAYS DUBLIN FIT THEIR NEEDS PERFECTLY...BECAUSE HE SAYS THEY OPERATE IN A SMALLER CITY BACK IN DENMARK.
Kim Toft Jensen, CFO Dinex: QOur head office in Denmark is two hours away from Copenhagen so we ourselves is placed in a small society THE DANISH COMPANY WILL TRANSFORM THESE EMPTY ROOMS
AND SPACIOUS WAREHOUSE...INTO A SITE WHERE THEY WILL MAKE EXHAUST AND EMISSION PRODUCTS.
IN THE NEXT SIX YEARS...THEY PLAN TO HIRE 250 PEOPLE.
Kim Toft Jensen, CFO Dinex: Different kind of jobs will be welders, engineers, warehouse people.
AND JENSEN SAYS HE EXPECTS TO FIND QUALIFIED WORKERS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
AND THE COMPNAY IMMEDIATELY FELT WELCOMED INTO THE EMERALD CITY.
Kim Toft Jensen, CFO Dinex: I didn't expect that big announcement here with so many people coming in and the green jackets and all these things here but we are very very honored about that.
AND BOTH LOCAL LEADERS AND DINEX SAY THEY ARE EAGER TO CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> COMPANY OFFICIALS WOULDN'T DISCUSS WHAT THEY EXPECT TO PAY WORKERS IN DUBLIN.
BUT YOU CAN FIND THE LISTINGS AT THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IN DUBLIN.
DINEX HOPES TO OPEN ITS DOORS BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.
THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL KICKS OFF TOMORROW... AND YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH ALL THE EVENTS USING YOUR I-PHONE.
JUST SEARCH "CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL" IN THE APP STORE TO DOWNLOAD THE OFFICIAL APP.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE DAILY MAP... TO FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON AND WHERE.
THE APP ALSO FEATURES A GUIDE TO THE TOURS AVAILABLE DURING THE FESTIVAL... IN EITHER MAP OR LIST FORM.
YOU CAN EVEN PICK UP TICKETS FOR THE EVENTS YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT.
THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINSITRATION PROPOSED NEW GUIDELINES FOR CARS.... AND INCLUDES DISABLING SOME ELECTRONIC DEVICES WHILE PEOPLE DRIVE.
THE FEDERALLY PROPOSED RECOMMENDATIONS ENCOURAGE CAR MAKERS TO ENSURE DEVICES IN VEHICLES ARE LESS LIKELY TO DISTRACT THE DRIVER.
THEY INCLUDE DISABLIING SOME OPERATIONS WHILE MOVING.. LIKE MANUAL TEXT MESSAGING.. INTERNET BROWSING...SOCIAL MEDIA BROWSING..
ENTERING AN ADDRESS FOR A NAVIGATION SYSTEM.. TEN DIGIT PHONE DIALING AND DISPLAYS WITH MORE THAN 30 CHARACTERS OF TEXT.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS MORE ABOUT THE GUIDELINES AND WHAT THEY COULD MEAN FOR DRIVERS... IN TODAY'S GREAT HANG UP REPORT.
ELIZABETH SUTTON'S CAR COMES WITH MANY BELLS AND WHISTLES.
Elizabeth Sutton: "I have a 2008 bmw 550 i sport loaded, navigation bluetooth.
NOT THINGS SHE NECESSARILY USES EVERYDAY.
Sutton: " I use the navigation sometimes but I need to get it updated."
LIKE SUTTON'S.. SOME NEW CARS NOW COME WITH SYSTEMS THAT CAN DO ANYTHING FROM NAVIGATING YOUR WAY..... TO MAKING PHONE CALLS...
BUT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINSITRATION HOPES TO CUT SOME OF THOSE POSSIBLE DISTRACTIONS.
David Strickland, NHTSA Adminstrator: "We just wnat to make sure the task the drivers undertake, are ones that are absolutely making that you're gaze away from the road is no longer than two seconds that's what we seen that, we did our own research shows that you can maintain the driving task safely while undertaking a task."
N-H-T-S-A ADMINISTRATOR DAVID STRICKLAND SAYS THAT INCLUDES LOCKING OUT SOME TECHONOLGIES... AND LIMITING THE TIME IT TAKES TO COMPLETE TASKS BEHIND THE WHEEL.
Strickalnd:"They're just not sutable for driving tasks, such as internet browsing, posting on facebook or putting a tweet. Those things are not within the scope of a driving task for the support of the driver."
THE GOAL-- TO MAKE THE ROADS SAFER... AND STRICKLAND SAYS HE EXPECTS CAR MAKERS TO FOLLOW.
Strickland: "Car manufacutrers really do value the fact that they try to do things in the safest way possible, so I really do think the guidelines as sort of a framework and frankly the marketing pull, I think that we're going ot have complete complinace."
Sutton: "Pretty much anything you do inside your car besides looking straight ahead and driving is going ot be a distraction
FOR SUTTON TEHCHNOLOGY CAN MAKE DRIVING MORE CONVENIENT... BUT SHE SAYS IT SHOULD BE MONITORED TO HELP KEEP PEOPLE SAFE..
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THE FORTY-FOURTH ANNUAL MACON OLD BOOK SALE OPENED ITS DOORS TODAY... TO HUNDREDS OF BOOK LOVERS.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OFFERED MORE THAN 100 THOUSAND BOOKS... FOR DEALS SOME SAY THEY COULDN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE.
JENNIFER MOULLIET GIVES YOU A PEEK INSIDE THE BOOKWORMS' PARADISE.
THE NEW... BIGGER... LOCATION DREW A LARGE CROWD.
READERS LINED UP HOURS BEFORE THE SALE BEGAN... CARTS... AND SUITCASES IN TOW.
CHELSEA CRAWFORD BRAVED THE CROWD WITH HER GRANDPARENTS.
Chelsea Crawford, Macon: "I was like this is a lot of books like where did all of these books come from?"
SHE SAYS THE DEALS nats ARE GREAT.
Chelsea Crawford, Macon: "It's a huge book and it's only three dollars so it's a really huge book and it's going home with me today."
nats "hey do you need a box"
PAPER OR HARD BACK... THESE WORMS SPENT HOURS SEARCHING.
AND THE CROWD GREW.
Duncan McDonell, Board of directors: " the line behind me right now two hundred fifty to three hundred feet long to check out."
nats "down on the right"
BUT THE LINE DIDN'T STOP THESE BARGAIN HUNTERS
nats "cash register"
nats "one dollar"
KENESSA O'NEILL WAITS FOR HER MOTHER TO MAKE A FINAL SWEEP FOR DEALS.
. Kennesa O'Neill, Juliette: "She went back in she missed some books."
WITH OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND CHOICES... IT'S EASY TO MISS A FEW.
Duncan McDonell, Board of directors: "You've got mysteries, cookbooks, religion, psychology, textbooks, military, civil war, macon books, year books every book you can imagine we have."
A FEW HOURS... AND CLOSE TO FORTY BOOKS LATER... CRAWFORD CALLS IT A DAY.
Chelsea Crawford, Macon: "I actually found a lot of what I was looking for so this was a great experience I'll definitely be back next year."
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE... HOW TO GET IT ALL BACK TO YOUR CAR.
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE OLD BOOK SALE CLOSES FOR THE NIGHT AT SEVEN BUT RE-OPENS TOMORROW MORNING AT TEN.
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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.