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Posted: 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Georgia film industry needs workers; T-Mobile accused of 'cramming' customers 

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By Veronica Waters

Tropical Storm Arthur may drench some July 4th vacation plans.  The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is gaining strength off the Florida coast, and is forecast to be a hurricane by Thursday.  A tourism official in Savannah says people are just keeping one eye on the weather.  Along Florida's Space Coast beaches, red flags are warning of rough surf.

T-Mobile customers: look at your bills, line by line.  You may be paying for features you never requested. The Federal Trade Commission accuses T-Mobile of making hundreds of millions of dollars from what's called "cramming."  That's the practice of tacking on charges to a consumer's bill.  In this case, they often cost $9.99 for third-party texting services sending things like trivia, horoscopes and celebrity gossip, and the "usage charges" or similar naming make it difficult to understand exactly what the service is when looking at the bill.  

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act into law, which banned legal discrimination based on race, sex, religion, or national origin.  At the time, President Johnson called it a time of testing, saying, "All men are created equal, yet many are denied equal treatment."  Congressional leaders recently commemorated the anniversary by posthumously bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal upon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King.

Being Mary Jane, The Walking Dead, Ant-Man: those are just some of the film and TV projects being shot here in Georgia that could need you on payroll.  The state's booming film industry is struggling to find trained staffers to work behind-the-scenes jobs.  They need people to work on special effects, sets, costumes and stunts, and without more hometown workers, a lot of those jobs go to out-of-state residents.  Movie producers and studio operators say they want to work with the state to provide more job training.  

An Atlanta police recruit is now on extended probation after a weekend shooting.  According to neighbors in Gwinnett County, the recruit's teenage brother fired the service revolver and hit their home.  The homeowner says the bullet came within a few feet of her daughter, who was in an upstairs bathroom.  Atlanta Police say Internal Affairs is investigating; the recruit has been cited for failure to secure his weapon.  

The mayor of one of Ohio's biggest cities is putting together a plan to stop hiring smokers. In Toledo, tobacco and nicotine users would not be hired for city jobs as a way to save money by reducing health care costs.

Under pressure from safety regulators, Graco recalls 1.9 million rear-facing infant car seats in what's now the biggest seat recall in American history.  The harness buckles are faulty and could get gummed up with food and drinks; some parents had to resort to cutting the straps to get kids out of the car seats.

An Iowa science teacher loses more than 60 pounds eating nothing but McDonald's, three times a day.  Inspired by the documentary "Super Size Me," John Cisna stuck to a 2,000-calorie diet.  Breakfast was two egg white delights, maple oatmeal and 1% milk; salad for lunch; and dinner, a value meal--fries included.  When they heard what he was doing, his local restaurant fed him for free.  Cisna's book, "My McDonald's Diet," contends it's not fast food that makes us fat--it's our choices there.

The woman who hit a tractor-trailer head-on in Hall County should not have been behind the wheel.  Amanda Pardue's grieving fiance tells Channel 2 Action News that she had epilepsy, and wasn't supposed to be driving.  He believes she had a seizure, causing the accident.  Pardue, a 53-year-old grandfather, and three kids were killed.  

The KISS 104 weather forecast:  mostly sunny, slight chance of afternoon storms, highs in the low to mid-90s.

Veronica Waters

About Veronica Waters

Veronica Waters is the morning news anchor on KISS 104.1 and B-98.5FM. She is also an anchor and reporter for News/Talk WSB.

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