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Mayor Robert Reichert's plan to revitalize 2nd street is underway... starting with some input form the community.
The city invited leaders, business owners, and other community members for a collaborative planning session to improve second street.
Reichert has advocated for a greener, walkable corridor that better connects downtown to other parts of the city.
He says it's a chance to create a more unified downtown by revamping street and transit systems.
Today, dozens of people came out to pick up a marker and add to the Mayor's vision.
<It's about drawing what the Mayor wants to do on the road>
<We don't need another high speed path through downtown Macon. We need something that's pedestrian friendly, bicycle friendly, retail friendly>
There are public meetings Monday and Tuesday.
For a list of times... Find this story on our homepage 13-wmaz-dot-com.
A Warner Robins woman wants an apology from a Kroger manager...after she says he ridiculed her for using food stamps.
Cindy Nerger says she went grocery shopping at the Kroger off Watson Boulevard with food stamps... But there was a a problem at check out.
She says they charged her full price for deli meat... when it should have been paid for with food stamps.
Nerger says it took about 30 minutes for Kroger employees to confirm her food stamps did, in fact, cover the meat.
<Cindy Nerger, Warner Robins:I was upset so I was like you know I told you that it was covered under food stamps you know so there was no need for all of this you know and he said well excuse me that I work for a living and don't rely on food stamps like you. >>
She says that's when she felt humiliated at the store.
<Cindy Nerger, Warner Robins: I honestly was angry, I was angry at first, but it turned into tears because when I turned around and I saw the people there I was like oh my goodness and I just started crying >
Kroger corporate sent us this statement about the incident.
"We deeply regret that a Kroger customer had an unpleasant shopping experience. Kroger is conducting an ongoing investigation, and look forward to resolving the customer's concern.
We hope she will continue to shop at Kroger in the future.
New York City police say they plan to arrest a man who's now hospitalized after he was mauled by a tiger.
Earlier today, 25-year-old David Villalobos jumped into the tiger exhibit at the Bronx zoo.
He told investigators he wanted to... quote... "be one with the tiger."
The 400-pound cat bit Villalobos in the back.
He also suffered broken bones from jumping from the elevated train that circles the exhibit.
An NYPD spokesperson says Villalobos will be charged with trespassing.
<you have to be determined to do so. As I said the monorails been operational for 35 years and we have millions of people who have ridden it in that time. And this is the first incident of its kind. You know the tragedy here is, as we all know because we read the headlines, when someone is determined to do something harmful to themselves, it's very hard to stop them.>
The police spokesman says that when a police officer asked Villalobos why he did it, the victim responded, "Everybody in life makes choices."
He remained remains hospitalized in stable condition.
The Senate voted in an after-midnight session to fund the federal government for the next six months.
That means there is no immediate threat of a government shutdown.
The vote was 62-to-30.
The bill now goes to the president's desk to be signed and passed into law.
The votes were scheduled late to accommodate senators who had campaign duties back in their states and who could not return to D-C until late Friday.
The Senate is expected to return to work after the November sixth election.
It was the battle of the Vice Presidential candidates today.
Joe Biden wrapped up a two-day trip to New Hampshire-- while Paul Ryan trekked across Florida.
As Cristina Mutchler reports, both brought up key topics -- including leadership in Washington.
BOTH VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WASTED NO TIME HITTING THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL THIS WEEKEND. PAUL RYAN TOOK A DIG AT PRESIDENT OBAMA AT AN EVENT IN MIAMI, FLORIDA.
We send presidents to change and fix the mess in Washington and this president has admitted that he can't change washington well we need to change presidents
IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN SHOT BACK AT THE ROMNEY/RYAN CAMPAIGN.
We're in a position now where the policies they're proposing are just going to take us right back to where we were. We're beginning to make progress. 30 straight months of economic growth. We've got a long way to go but we're moving, and they just wanna go back.
IN HIS WEEKLY ADDRESS, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID CONGRESS WAS TO BLAME FOR UNFINISHED WORK.
When they skipped town, Members of Congress left a whole bunch of proposals sitting on the table. The American people want to see them passed. But apparently, some Members of Congress are more worried about their jobs and their paychecks this campaign season than they are about yours.
WHILE THE WEEKLY G-O-P ADDRESS SHOWED A DIFFERENT OPINION.
people should know that the republican led house on the other hand met its obligations. most significantly it passed a budget to rescue america from debt crisis.
WHERE WERE THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES THEMSELVES?
THE PRESIDENT HEADED TO WISCONSIN, WHILE MITT ROMNEY STAYED OUT WEST IN CALIFORNIA.
Election day is now... six weeks away.
General Motors has recalled more than 400-thousand sedans... because of a transmission problem.
The company says a defect causes the cars to roll when they're supposed to be in park.
Drivers reported four crashes so far... but no injuries.
The recall list includes Chevy Malibu, Saturn Aura and Pontiac G6 models built between 2007 and 2010.
If you think you have one of the affected cars... contact your dealer.
For the 7th year, man and man's best friend rallied for a day of fun and charity.
Woofstock brought out more than 200 people and their pooches to Gray in Jones County.
There were free dog demonstrations, live music, food, dog washes-- and other activities.
But the main goal was to find new homes for dogs... so there was also a live adoption.
<there are a lot of animals that need homes and events like this are what finds animals homes. We have a serious problem in middle ga with all the centers being full and all the rescues being full. >
Vice President of Forever Friend Humane Society... Stephanie Parker says they hold Woofstock to bring awareness to the unwanted animals in Central Georgia and the importance of spaying and neutering your pets.
15 little girls got a chance to be a princess for a day at a tea party where they learned about manners and being respectful.
Today, the Miss Macon organization held a Tea Party and Manners Class at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
2012 Miss Georgia, Leighton Jordan spoke to the girls-- aged 5-12-- about the importance of using your manners.
The class taught the girls basic etiquette skills, like table manners, and how to meet and greet people with respect.
<all children need to know etiquette whether it is basics or the extreme cotillion, but this is just a good basis for her because she can use etiquette at home, in a restaurant, at school whatever she does, etiquette is important.>
<I want them to walk away with the feeling of joy, happiness, inspiration and to not remember Miss Georgia for the crown or the sash but to remember me for how I made them feel and I hope that's a positive feeling>
All proceeds from the party benefit the Miss Macon Scholarship fund.
In 2009, a young boy named Joshua Solomon died of an inoperable brain tumor... And today... Hundreds came out to a fundraiser in his honor.
The 3rd Annual Joshua Wish Walk brought out more than 200 people to Mercer University.
Families enjoyed some fun in the sun with live music, train rides and a magic show-- all to raise finds to research into a cure for pediatric brain tumors.
<there is a worthy need to bring people together, bring awareness to raise funds to bring about better treatment plans and to ministry to the families that are going through cancer themselves.>
<it can happen to anyone, It happened to my family. We never so many children were diagnosed and died with cancer each day, so it can happen to anyone. Cancer does not discriminate.>
<it's a way to promote the unity that we need in order to get together to again raise money, it really is all about raising money in order to funds cancer research.>
The event is one of several this month recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
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