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Explaining the Regional Transportation SPLOST

Wednesday on Eyewitness News Mornin', 13WMAZ's Randall Savage talked to Georgia State Senator Cecil Staton about what would have to happen for an eleven county Central Georgia region to collect a regional transportation tax.

If approved, Staton says it could generate more than $748 million to fund transportation projects in the Middle Georgia Regional Commission's 11 counties.

Those counties include Bibb, Houston, Baldwin, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Pulaski, Twiggs, and Wilkinson.

Staton says collection would begin on Jan. 1, 2013.

Voters will decide on the issue July 31.

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Forum Warns Houston Teens about Sex and Drugs

About 2,200 Houston County teens converged on the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry Tuesday morning to learn about sex, drugs and the consequences of bad decisions.

The students from Houston public and private schools say the four hour lesson left them better prepared for the future.

Warner Robins Middle School 8th grader Madison Andrews says the teen health forum offered lessons that she's never encountered in a classroom.

She said, "It has been educational. The pictures were nasty. I didn't want to look at them."

She's talking about pictures of sexually transmitted diseases shown on big screens to the students to warn them about the dangers of sex.

8th grader at Northside Middle Destine Hughes said, "I didn't know all the diseases you could get from it. I didn't know it was like that serious, that it could cause your kids to have certain diseases and stuff."

Air Force Leader: Some Pilots Want to Avoid F-22

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) -- An Air Force leader says some F-22 Raptor pilots are asking to be moved into other jobs because of a series of oxygen-deficit problems aboard the stealth fighter.

The nation's F-22 fighter jets were grounded for four months last year after pilots complained about experiencing a lack of oxygen that can cause dizziness and blackouts. Air Force officials say they have taken steps to mitigate the problem, but they still haven't pinpointed what's causing the hypoxia-like symptoms. Hypoxia is when the body doesn't receive enough oxygen.

Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of the Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., told reporters Monday that a small number of pilots have asked not to fly the jets or to be reassigned. Hostage didn't provide exact figures.

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Robins Security Test Could Cause Delays

Robins Air Force Base is warning people to be ready for delays entering and leaving the base over the next two weeks.

It's all part of a management exercise that will test base security. It runs through the first two weeks in May.

They'll act out different scenarios for different security threats.

Some of those could include a simulated lockdown of Central Georgia's largest employer. That would stop the traffic flow on and off the base.

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Installation Commander Thanks Air Show Participants, Guests

Installation Commander Thanks Air Show Participants, Guests

 

Robins Installation Commander Col. Mitchel Butikofer thanks everyone who attended the Robins AFB Air Show:

Robins Air Force Base salutes the thousands of patriots who came out this

weekend to show their outstanding support to our nations finest. From the

Navy Blue Angels, Air Force F-22 and civilian aerial demonstration teams,

our guests were able to witness American air superiority firsthand. I want

to extend my personal gratitude to the numerous community and mission

partners who were fundamental to the success of this record-breaking event.

I would also like to thank our guests for their patience and understanding

as we worked through some logistical challenges on day one, accommodating an

unexpected, but appreciated tremendous turn out.   I hope you left the air

show with a renewed sense of patriotism and appreciation for living in the

nation's best defense community.

Robins Air Show Called 'Record-Breaking Success'

The Robins Air Force Base Air Show soared to new heights this weekend.

PHOTOS | Robins Air Force Base Air Show

Base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner estimates between 150,000 and 170,000 people descended on the International City to see the Blue Angels and other acts in flight.

In a statement Robins Installation Commander, Col. Mitchel Butikofer, called the air show a record breaking success. 

Butikofer also addressed the long lines that plagued the show on its first day saying, "I would also like to thank our guests for their patience and understanding as we worked through some logistical challenges on day one, accommodating an unexpected, but appreciated tremendous turn out."