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What a Federal Shutdown Means for Central Ga.

We could be facing a government shutdown, because once again Republicans and Democrats are at odds over spending and so far haven't agreed on a budget for the next year.

So if a shutdown actually happens next Tuesday, October first, what could that mean for you here in Central Georgia?

13WMAZ has been asking a lot of questions about what a shut down could mean to both federal employees and the general public.

We called Robins Air Force Base.  The defense department told base leaders to be ready, but no one could explain what those preparations are.

WEEK 4: Your Football Scores

Here are your scores from around the area.

Downtown Dublin to Host St. Patrick’s Arts and Crafts Festival

Downtown Dublin to Host St. Patrick’s Arts and Crafts Festival

The 49th Annual Dublin Laurens St. Patrick’s Festival Committee is excited to announce that the St. Patrick’s Arts and Crafts Festival scheduled for Super Saturday, March 22, 2014, will be held at the New Bicentennial Plaza and the Market on Madison.

A combined effort between the City of Dublin and the Festival Committee led to this change in venue. The event also has the support of the Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council and the Downtown Development Authority. With all the additional support, the Festival Committee is looking forward to the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Arts and Crafts Festival ever.

Tara Bradshaw, Arts and Crafts Festival Chairman, is hard at work contacting vendors for this event. She and her committee are planning for a larger number of vendors to fill the space behind Theatre Dublin, the Market on Madison, and adjacent side streets.

Week 4: Jones Zone

Ben and Lorra GO head-to-head each week picking their game winners -- and you have a chance to weigh in!

Week 4 of the Jones Zone is here! And this makes the second time in just three weeks that Lorra has had two perfect picks. Last week, she went 3-0, and Ben just couldn't pick 'em, not getting a single game.

The tally as we head into week 4 look like this:

Lorra: 7-2

Ben: 2-7

How will this week turn out? Vote now!

 

Bleckley vs. Dodge

West Laurens vs. Rutland

Macon vs. Peach

Almost Billy Joel Performs Live at Theatre Dublin

Almost Billy Joel Performs Live at Theatre Dublin

A tribute to Billy Joel, the show includes a 6 piece band of incredibly talented Nashville professionals that authentically and with great precision, re-creates the live sound of Billy Joel. The audience will experience a 90 minute journey of the life and music of the 3rd highest-selling recording artist of all time, surpassed only by Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

Hits featured include You May Be Right, Big Shot, New York State of Mind, Just The Way You Are, Piano Man, My Life, Honesty and many more!

The show is both a visual and audio Las Vegas style spectacular as the band often plays in sync with concert and video footage of the original piano man himself. It also features amazing lighting and sound of the highest caliber and will leave the senses awestruck! Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience and celebrate the life and artistry of the one and only, Billy Joel!

Nielsens: 'Honey Boo Boo' Finale Gets 3.2 Million Viewers

Gary Levin, USA TODAY

Summer finales: HBO's The Newsroom drew a modest 1.7 million viewers for Sunday's second-season finale, opposite Showtime's penultimate Dexter (2.4 million) and the third-to-last episode of AMC's Breaking Bad (6.4 million, another series high). Other finales: ABC's Mistresses (3.9 million viewers Monday) and Rookie Blue (4.7 million Thursday); Fox's Masterchef (6.3 million Wednesday) and So You Think You Can Dance (4.4 million Tuesday); NBC's Camp (3.2 million Wednesday); TNT's Rizzoli & Isles (5.7 million Tuesday); USA's Burn Notice (5 million for Thursday's series finale) and Royal Pains (3.7 million Wednesday); and TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (a series-high 3.2 million Wednesday).

Starbucks CEO Says Guns Not Welcome

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

Starbucks is becoming a gun-free zone.

After months of wrangling over the highly-emotional issue, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz late Tuesday announced that guns are no longer permitted in Starbucks stores - or in Starbucks outdoor seating areas.

Schultz made the comments in an open letter to his "Fellow Americans" that was posted on the company's website.

In an interview with USA TODAY, also Tuesday, Schultz says: "The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers."

But, to be clear, Starbucks will not slap an outright ban on guns, he says, because enforcing such a ban "would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers."

Full-page newspaper advertisements announcing the change will appear in Thursday's editions of USA TODAY, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.