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 <<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>
     GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY... THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
  LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE NIGHT OFF..


   GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SIGNED A BILL THAT CHANGES THE AGE REQUIREMENT FOR CHILDREN TO BE IN SAFETY SEATS.
    THE NEW LAW REQUIRES CHILDREN EIGHT AND YOUNGER WHO DON'T MEET HEIGHT AND WEIGHT CRITERIA TO BE IN A CHILD SEAT.
     IT RAISES THE AGE REQUIREMENT FROM SIX AND YOUNGER.
     THE GOVERNOR SIGNED THE BILL TODAY.... IT GOES INTO EFFECT ON JULY FIRST.


       A BUDGET SHORTFALL OF NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IS PUTTING SOME PERRY JOBS AND CITY PROGRAMS IN JEOPARDY.
       THE CITY'S PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT COULD SEE ONE OF THE BIGGEST SLASHES IN CITY FUNDING.
THE CITY SAYS IT'S CONSIDERING SCRAPPING THE ENTIRE ATHLETICS PROGRAM... INCLUDING YOUTH SPORTS AND OTHER REC PROGRAMS.
THE PLAN ALSO INCLUDES ELIMINATING ONE PART-TIME AND TWO FULL-TIME POSITIONS.
THE PROPOSAL HAS SOME PARENTS UPSET... 
BUT MAYOR JIMMY FAIRCLOTH SAYS THE CUTS ARE NEEDED... AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS WILL LIKELY HAVE TO TRIM AS WELL.
Faircloth "Everybody's going to have to take a hit of some kind, but I wouldn't go out on the limb and say that all programs in the rec department will be cut because that decision simply hasn't been made yet."
FAIRCLOTH SAYS RISING HEALTH INSURANCE... ELECTRICITY... AND GAS PRICES... ARE FORCING THE CITY INTO A 465 THOUSAND DOLLAR BUDGET SHORTFALL.
CITY MANAGER LEE GILMOUR SAYS CUTTING ALL ATHLETIC PROGRAMS... AND ELIMINATING THE THREE POSITIONS WOULD SAVE THE CITY ABOUT 220 THOUSAND DOLLARS.


HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS' FINANCE DIRECTOR SAYS NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET... "ISN'T AS BAD AS THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS"... WITH NO FURLOUGHS OR CALENDAR ADJUSTMENTS.
STEPHEN THUBLIN WILL PRESENT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WITH A PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOR THE 2011- 2012 FISCAL YEAR... AT A WORK SESSION TONIGHT.
THE BOARD MEETING IS TOMORROW AT ONE P-M. IN PERRY. 
THUBLIN SAYS REVENUES ARE EXPECTED TO FALL SHORT OF EXPENDITURES.... BY ABOUT SEVEN AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.
HE SAYS THEY'LL USE MONEY FROM THE RESERVE FUND TO MAKE-UP THE DIFFERENCE.
THE BOARD ADOPTS NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET IN JUNE. 


THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY SET A TWO WEEK DEADLINE TO KEEP THE MUSEUM OPEN IN MACON.
      THAT'S AFTER THE PEYTON ANDERSON FOUNDATION SENT A LETTER WITH TERMS THEY WANTED MET... TO ENSURE THEIR 750 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FUNDING... 
THE FOUNDATION WANTS A THREE YEAR CONTRACT...  AND TO MAKE A NEW GOVERNING BODY.
BUT THE AUTHORITY VOTED TO LIMIT THE CONTRACT TO ONLY ONE YEAR... MAKE SURE ALL THE PROMISED MONEY WILL COME THROUGH.. AND NOT CREATE A NEW GOVERNING BODY.
IF THE NEGOTIATIONS FAIL.. BOARD MEMBERS SAY PLAN B WOULD BE TO SEND THE COLLECTION TO A LIBRARY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA 


PROGRESS ON THE NEW WARNER ROBINS LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER INCHED FORWARD TODAY.
THE NEW REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY BOARD LEARNED THERE'S ABOUT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS IN THE BANK... FOR AN ESTIMATED FIVE-POINT-NINE MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT.
THE BOARD.... MADE-UP OF LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS... BRIEFLY TALKED ABOUT POSSIBLE FINANCING OPTIONS.
THEY INCLUDE BONDS OR ASKING VOTERS TO APPROVE ANOTHER PENNY SALES TAX.
THE FOUR MILLION CURRENTLY SET-ASIDE... COMES FROM A 2006 SPLOST.
R-D-A EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GARY LEE SAYS A CONTRACTOR IS ABOUT TO START A SITE SURVEY ON THE L-E-C PROPERTY.
IT'S LOCATED BETWEEN WATSON BOULEVARD... MARSHALL AVENUE AND FIRST STREET.


    A BUDGET SHORTFALL OF NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IS PUTTING SOME PERRY JOBS AND CITY PROGRAMS IN JEOPARDY.
       THE CITY'S PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT COULD SEE ONE OF THE BIGGEST SLASHES IN CITY FUNDING.
THE CITY SAYS IT'S CONSIDERING SCRAPPING THE ENTIRE ATHLETICS PROGRAM... INCLUDING YOUTH SPORTS AND OTHER REC PROGRAMS.
THE PLAN ALSO INCLUDES ELIMINATING ONE PART-TIME AND TWO FULL-TIME POSITIONS.
THE PROPOSAL HAS SOME PARENTS UPSET... 
BUT MAYOR JIMMY FAIRCLOTH SAYS THE CUTS ARE NEEDED... AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS WILL LIKELY HAVE TO TRIM AS WELL.
Faircloth "Everybody's going to have to take a hit of some kind, but I wouldn't go out on the limb and say that all programs in the rec department will be cut because that decision simply hasn't been made yet."
FAIRCLOTH SAYS RISING HEALTH INSURANCE... ELECTRICITY... AND GAS PRICES... ARE FORCING THE CITY INTO A 465 THOUSAND DOLLAR BUDGET SHORTFALL.
CITY MANAGER LEE GILMOUR SAYS CUTTING ALL ATHLETIC PROGRAMS... AND ELIMINATING THE THREE POSITIONS WOULD SAVE THE CITY ABOUT 220 THOUSAND DOLLARS


HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS' FINANCE DIRECTOR SAYS NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET... "ISN'T AS BAD AS THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS"... WITH NO FURLOUGHS OR CALENDAR ADJUSTMENTS.
STEPHEN THUBLIN WILL PRESENT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WITH A PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOR THE 2011- 2012 FISCAL YEAR... AT A WORK SESSION TONIGHT.
THE BOARD MEETING IS TOMORROW AT ONE P-M. IN PERRY. 
THUBLIN SAYS REVENUES ARE EXPECTED TO FALL SHORT OF EXPENDITURES.... BY ABOUT SEVEN AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS.
HE SAYS THEY'LL USE MONEY FROM THE RESERVE FUND TO MAKE-UP THE DIFFERENCE.
THE BOARD ADOPTS NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET IN JUNE. 


THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY SET A TWO WEEK DEADLINE TO KEEP THE MUSEUM OPEN IN MACON.
      THAT'S AFTER THE PEYTON ANDERSON FOUNDATION SENT A LETTER WITH TERMS THEY WANTED MET... TO ENSURE THEIR 750 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FUNDING... 
THE FOUNDATION WANTS A THREE YEAR CONTRACT...  AND TO MAKE A NEW GOVERNING BODY.
BUT THE AUTHORITY VOTED TO LIMIT THE CONTRACT TO ONLY ONE YEAR... MAKE SURE ALL THE PROMISED MONEY WILL COME THROUGH.. AND NOT CREATE A NEW GOVERNING BODY.
IF THE NEGOTIATIONS FAIL.. BOARD MEMBERS SAY PLAN B WOULD BE TO SEND THE COLLECTION TO A LIBRARY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA 


PROGRESS ON THE NEW WARNER ROBINS LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER INCHED FORWARD TODAY.
THE NEW REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY BOARD LEARNED THERE'S ABOUT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS IN THE BANK... FOR AN ESTIMATED FIVE-POINT-NINE MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT.
THE BOARD.... MADE-UP OF LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS... BRIEFLY TALKED ABOUT POSSIBLE FINANCING OPTIONS.
THEY INCLUDE BONDS OR ASKING VOTERS TO APPROVE ANOTHER PENNY SALES TAX.
THE FOUR MILLION CURRENTLY SET-ASIDE... COMES FROM A 2006 SPLOST.
R-D-A EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GARY LEE SAYS A CONTRACTOR IS ABOUT TO START A SITE SURVEY ON THE L-E-C PROPERTY.
IT'S LOCATED BETWEEN WATSON BOULEVARD... MARSHALL AVENUE AND FIRST STREET.
Gary Lee, RDA Director: (17:50) "It will be a great opportunity for the city to show something going up in this area."
LEE DID NOT SET A TIME TABLE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE L-E-C.


     MORE THAN 400 CENTRAL GEORGIANS FILED INTO THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE TONIGHT FOR MACON'S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL CELEBRATION.
 THE EVENT'S THEME WAS "A NIGHT TO HONOR ISRAEL"..
    IT'S AIM - GIVE CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH COMMUNITIES A CHANCE TO SHOW THEIR LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL.
       MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT PRESETNED A PROCLAMATION MARKING THE EVENT.
     KEYNOTE SPEAKER GARY BAUER SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT FOR CHRISTIANS AND JEWS TO COME TOGETHER.
Gary Bauer:  "The Jewish community and the Christian community are often dvided because of our perspective faiths, but we have a lot of things in common, a lot of values that we share."
     CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL PLANS TO CELEBRATE 100 CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES.


BIBB'S NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL DID A LITTLE BRAGGING THIS AFTERNOON... 
(CLAPPING) ... I DIDNT EVEN CRY AT THE CEREMONY.
TEACHERS AND STAFF AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL HONORED ONE OF THEIR OWN...  GEORGIA'S NEXT TEACHER OF THE YEAR... JADUN ((ja-don)) MCCARTHY.
THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT NAMED MCCARTHY TO THE TOP HONOR AT A CEREMONY FRIDAY.
THEY CELEBRATED WITH CAKE AND TREATS... AND TALKED ABOUT MCCARTHY'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS...
STUDENTS ... STAFF  AND COLLEAGEUES STOPPED MCCARTHY IN THE HALLS TO CONGRATULATE HIM.
HE TEACHES ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES.
MCCARTHY GRADUATED FROM THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL WHERE HE NOW TEACHES... 
ON THE NIGHT OF HIS GRADUATION FROM  LAW SCHOOL... HE SAYS HE DECIDED TO BECOME A TEACHER INSTEAD.
TEACHERS SAY MCCARTHY'S HARD WORK INSPIRES THEM AND THEY'RE PROUD OF HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO BIBB COUNTY'S EDUCATIONAL GROWTH.
Quintin Green, NORTHEAST PRINCIPAL:"it is an example for all the teachers in our schools that when you  put excellent teaching before our students ... then all teachers can be great teachers."
ERICKA WRIGHT, ENGLISH TEACHER: "its definately different and its great to know that some from Macon area can acheive such a goal."
MCCARTHY TAKES OVER FOR THE STATE'S CURRENT TEACHER OF THE YEAR.. ON JULY FIRST.


      TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION... DOES JADUN MCCARTHY WINNING TEACHER OF THE YEAR CHANGE YOUR OPINION OF BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS?
     SO FAR 90 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
     10 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.. IT DOES.
     VOTE NOW... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


A WARNER ROBINS WOMAN WHO TOOK A NASTY SPILL ON HER BICYCLE.... IS BACK AT IT.
            AND SHE'S URGING DRIVERS TO SHARE THE ROAD.
LAST MONTH JOAN FALLDINE SAYS SHE WAS RIDING ALONGSIDE A CAR ON HOUSTON LAKE ROAD... WHEN IT MADE A RIGHT TURN... KNOCKED HER OFF HER BIKE ... AND RAN OVER HER.
FALDINE SAYS SHE STILL HAS A CONCUSSION AND NUMBNESS FROM THE ACCIDENT.... AND SO FAR... THE DRIVER HAS NOT BEEN TICKETED.
AUTHORITIES SAY THERE'VE BEEN SEVEN SERIOUS CYCLING ACCIDENTS THIS YEAR.... THREE OF THEM ON HOUSTON LAKE ROAD.
FALDINE SAYS GETTING BACK ON THE THE BIKE WAS SCARY... BUT SHE HAD TO DO IT TO LET PEOPLE KNOW RESPECT AND COURTESY ON THE ROAD IS A TWO-WAY STREET. 
Joan Faldine, Warner Robins. "I wanna use my horroble experience to just make people aware that, hey people in the cars, we can't have fun at our sport if you don't help us. Will you help us? will you just look out for us and give us a minute to make the turn. And we'll try to do our best to let you know where we're going and when we're doing it."  
WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY SUMMER'S A GOOD TIME TO REMIND YOURSELF ABOUT THE RULES FOR SHARING ROADWAYS...
CYCLISTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO RIDE ON SIDEWALKS... THEY HAVE TO TRAVEL WITH TRAFFIC...NOT AGAINST IT... AND CARS NEED TO GIVE AT LEAST THREE FEET WHEN PASSING A CYCLIST.   


THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT GAVE OUT 31 NEW CARS TO A SELECT FEW TODAY.
CAPTAINS CHOSE OFFICERS FOR THE NEW RIDES BASED ON THEIR FIELD PERFORMANCE.
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Mayor Reichert: "To keep some of the older equipment on the road not only was it unsafe and unreliable it was also costing us an arm and a leg"
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS THE NEW PATROL VEHICLES ARE REPLACING CARS THAT ARE CLOSE TO FIFTEEN YEARS OLD.
THEY COME WITH ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES... LIKE TOP OF THE LINE LIGHTS... SIRENS... CAGES... AND GUN RACKS.
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER JAMI GAUDET SAYS THE NEW EQUIPMENT WILL BENEFIT EVERYONE IN THE CITY.
Jami Gaudet, Public Information Officer, MPD "They need to be safe and when we need those officers at break neck speed to go to the site of an accident or to thwart crime we want the best of the best for the best of the best and we think those vehicles are that and we think these officers are that, we care very deeply about their safety as well as the public's saftety."
       THE DEPARTMENT MADE THE PURCHASE AS PART OF A FIVE-YEAR PLAN THROUGH ITS CAPITAL ACCOUNT... WHICH IS USED TO PAY FOR BIG-TICKET ITEMS.


     IT WAS A SHOWDOWN BETWEEN A SUPERHERO... SOME FAST CARS... AND A COUPLE OF MOTHER'S DAY THEMED WEDDING FLICKS AT THE BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND.
     HERE'S BEN WITH THE BREAKDOWN IN A SCENE 13 SNIPPET.
     HANGING ON FOR THE NUMBER FIVE SPOT... THE ANIMATED TALKING PARROT FILM "RIO"... WHICH BROUGHT IN JUST OVER EIGHT MILLION THIS WEEKEND.
     AND OPENING AT NUMBER FOUR... NUPTIAL NEWCOMER "SOMETHING BORROWED" BROUGHT IN 13 MILLION IN TICKET SALES.
      THE SURPRISE IS AT NUMBER THREE... "JUMPING THE BROOM" WITH 13 AND A HALF MILLION BUCKS AT THE BOX OFFICE.
      THE WEDDING COMEDY WEIGHED IN ABOUT THREE MILLION DOLLARS ABOVE EXPECTATIONS.
      SPEEDING INTO THE SECOND SPOT... CAR-RACING SEQUEL "FAST FIVE" ADDED ANOTHER 32 AND A HALF MILLION TO ITS OVERALL TAKE.
       THAT'S A 60 PERCENT DROP FROM ITS OPENING LAST WEEKEND.
       AND THUNDERING TO THE TOP OF THE BOX OFFICE THIS WEEKEND... "THOR" SMASHED ITS WAY TO A 66 MILLION DOLLAR OPENING.
        ANALYSTS SAY THE HAUL MEANS THE FILM... BASED ON THE MARVEL COMIC... BODES WELL FOR THE SUPERHERO FILMS TO FOLLOW THIS SUMMER.
    IF YOU'RE KEEPING TRACK... THOSE INCLUDE "GREEN LANTERN"... "CAPTAIN AMERICA"... AND "X-MEN: FIRST CLASS."


     IF YOU JUST DON'T GET THE SAME FEELING LISTENING TO AN M-P-3 THAT YOU DO WHEN YOU PUT A NEEDLE ON A RECORD... YOU'RE NOT ALONE.
  A BROOKLYN MAN WHO SHARES THE PASSION... OPENED A VINYL-PRESSING PLANT.
     HE SAYS HE TURNS OUT MORE THAN TEN THOUSAND RECORDS A MONTH... FROM INDIE-ROCK TO EUROPEAN DANCE RECORD LABELS.
     THE OWNER SAYS THE SOUNDS OF VINYL... JUST CAN'T BE REPLICATED IN ANY OTHER MEDIUM.
      HE SAYS WHILE ALBUMS MAY NOT BECOME A MAINSTREAM MEDIUM OF CHOICE... IF HE HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT... TURNTABLES WILL KEEP SPINNING FOR A LONG TIME YET.


      AND TOURISTS OUTSIDE BUCKINGHAM PALACE HAD A LITTLE MORE EXCITEMENT BESIDES THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD TODAY.
      MORE THAN 100 DANCERS GATHERED FOR A FLASH MOB IN HONOR OF THE RECENT ROYAL WEDDING.
       THEY PERFORMED HITS SUCH AS "WE WILL ROCK YOU" BY QUEEN.
       THE PALACE ORGANIZED THE EVENT TO HONOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE PERFORMING ARTS... AND MOST OF THE STUDENTS WERE FROM A LOCAL UNIVERSITY.


    HISTORIC SWELLING OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS AFFECTING EIGHT STATES... AND SOME NEIGHBORHOODS IN MEMPHIS TENNESSEE ARE SEEING THE WORST OF IT.
    THE RIVER COULD CREST THERE OVERNIGHT... AND PEOPLE DOWNRIVER ARE GETTING READY.
    JOEL BROWN HAS THE LATEST FROM NEW ORLEANS.<<
((NARR-1))


In Memphis, Tennessee, the Mississippi River is rising to near-record levels.  It's nearly 3 miles wide in some spots.


One look at the street sign, and you can see how high the water is on Lynn Manor.


Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes 


((NATS)) ---WALKS THROUGH BASEMENT


((NARR-2))


But in south Memphis, Danny Lee Mitchell wades through his basement.   He's staying put -- more afraid of looters.


((SOT)) Danny Lee Mitchell, South Memphis Resident


"We got two evacuation notices, but you have to think for yourself."


((NARR-3))  


Emergency Officials say that while the river is dangerous and unpredictable, they are confident the levees will hold up . 


((STANDUP  BRIDGE)) Joel Brown, New Orleans, LA


"Downstream in New Orleans, the rising Mississippi is putting the levees that protect the city to the test. Earlier, engineers took a big step to relieve some of the pressure. "


(( NATS-floodgates))


((NARR-4)


28 gates in the Bonnet Carre spillway were opened to divert water from the rising river into Lake Pontchartrain.  If necessary, the Army Corps of Engineers could open more.


 ((SOT)) Col. Ed Fleming/U.S. Army Corp of Engineers  (2-shot)


"If we have to open them all up, sure where we're standing right here will be filled with water.  But it's serving its purpose, this is what it's made for."


((NARR-5)


Crowds gathered along the banks for a spectacle they don't see very often.


((SOT)) Rhonda Thompson, Laplace , LA Resident  


 "This is something that's just amazing for us to see."


((NARR-6))


But Louisiana's governor is warning curiosity-seekers:


 ((SOT)) Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) Louisiana


"In many parts of the state, they're warning folks to stay away from the levees, to stay away from the operations to fortify those levees."


((NARR-7))


Engineers expect to keep the spillway open for three or four weeks... until all that water makes its way out.
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     SO FAR, THE FLOODING IN MEMPHIS HAS SPARED FAMOUS LANDMARKS LIKE GRACELAND AND BEALE STREET.


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