Sunday, May 15, Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M BRITTINY BARBER.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

A CENTRAL GEORGIA TEACHER WILL HEAD TO WASHINGTON D-C LATER THIS MONTH FOR A NATIONAL EDUCATORS CONFERENCE.
SUZANNE LAY FROM PERRY HIGH SCHOOL WAS PICKED FROM A POOL OF HUNDREDS OF APPLICANTS TO ATTEND THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS... TEACHING WITH PRIMARY SOURCES SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE.
SHE'LL LEARN STRATGIES THAT SHE CAN BRING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.... APPLY IN THE CLASSROOM, AND PASS ALONG TO COLLEAGUES.

NEWT GINGRICH SAYS HE'S SERIOUS ABOUT HIS RUN FOR COMMANDER IN CHIEF... BUT HE HAS NO PLANS OF BEING ON THE BALLOT FOR *VICE* PRESIDENT.
THIS MORNING ON N-B-C'S "MEET THE PRESS"... WHEN ASKED ABOUT ACCEPTING THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL SPOT ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET... HE SAID...
"CAN YOU IMAGINE ANY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE WHO PICKED ME TO BE THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE?"
THE REPUBLICAN ALSO SAID TAKING THE SECOND SPOT ON THE TICKET "STRIKES HIM AS IMPLAUSIBLE."

GEORGIA'S TECHNICAL COLLEGES HAVE STARTED A NEW WEBSITE TO EXPLAIN THE CHANGES TO THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP.
TECHNICAL COLLEGES COMMISSIONER RON JACKSON SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT THAT CURRENT AND POTENTIAL STUDENTS UNDERSTAND HOW TO QUALIFY FOR AND USE THE STATE SCHOLARSHIP.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SIGNED A LAW THAT MADE DEEP CUTS TO THE HOPE PROGRAM THIS YEAR.
LET US CONNECT YOU TO MORE INFORMATION ON THIS.
LOOK FOR THE LINK TO THIS STORY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

ART ENTHUSIASTS FLOCKED TO CENTERVILLE TO CHECK OUT SOME UP AND COMING ARTISTS
MORE THAN 20 AMATEUR ARTISTS SHOWED OFF OVER 100 PIECES...
THE EVENT WAS HOSTED BY THE FINE ARTS SOCIETY OF MIDDLE GEORGIA .
THOSE WHO CAME OUT TO GOT TO SEE DIFFERENT TYPES SCULPTURES.... AND DISCUSS PAINTINGS.
SOME ART LOVERS EVEN BOUGHT THEIR FAVORITE PIECES.. THAT RANGED IN PRCE FROM 10 TO ONE-THOUSAND DOLLARS...
PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED EVENT SAY THE SHOW HELPS THEM APPRECIATE AND GET INSPIRED BY THE ART .
Leslie hoops-wallace coordinator of the fine arts society member arts show "we could have art under our bed, in the closet, at our studio; whats the point in that we want it out so that every one can see it"
Sandra Wettstein Bonaire "some people that does have a talent may see these works and decide to start panting again which is great"
10 PERCENT MONEY RAISED FROM SALES GOES TO THE FINE ARTS SOCITEY OF MIDDLE GEORGIA ... AND THE REST GOES TO THE ARTIST.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA STOPPED IN GEORIGIA TODAY... SHE WAS WELCOMED WITH CHEERS AND APPLAUSE AS SHE SPOKE TO SPELMAN COLLEGE'S GRADUATING CLASS.
MOST OF THE 10 THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE WERE MOTHERS... GRANDMOTHERS... AND OTHER FEMALE RELATIVES OF THE 550 GRADUATES.
THE HISTORICALLY BLACK WOMEN'S COLLEGE BEAT OUT SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY... WHO ASKED THE FIRST LADY TO SPEAK AT THEIR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES.
SPELMAN OFFICIALS SAY SHE WILL ALSO RECEIVE AN HONORARY DEGREE FROM THE COLLEGE.

WE'RE ASKING YOU TO TAKE A PLEDGE TO STOP DISTRACTED DRIVING...
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THE SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR IS SCHEDULED TO LIFT OFF TOMORROW... FOR IT'S LAST TRIP TO SPACE.... AND THE NEXT-TO-LAST MISSION FOR THE ENTIRE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM.
MISSION MANAGERS GAVE THE LAUNCH A GREEN LIGHT YESTERDAY.
KAREN BROWN HAS MORE FROM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER.
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AS ENDEAVOUR STANDS READY FOR ITS FINAL LAUNCH...NO ONE IS MORE RIVETED TO
IT'S COUNTDOWN THAN INJURED REPRESENTATIVE... GABRIELLE GIFFORDS. HER HUSBAND,
CAPT. MARK KELLY IS THE COMMANDER.

(Sot Pia Carusone/Giffords Chief of Staff 3:44'ish)
"She is so excited...it's a big moment for everyone"

PIA CARUSONE IS GIFFORDS' CHIEF OF STAFF...AS THEY ARRIVED SUNDAY.. SHE TOOK
THIS PICTURE OF THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

( Sot Pia 3:54:25 )
"It's both a triumphant moment that she can be here, but it's alos very
sad/cut to Not what we would have expected when they started talking about
this mission two years ago.

(nats of Tucson scene? 9-11 call over video?) CARUSONE WAS IN TUCSON THE DAY
THE ARIZONA CONGRESSWOMAN WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD DURING A JANUARY ASSISSINATION
ATTEMPT ...

(Sot Pia/ 3:47:09)
"Most of the day was spent in disbelief"

AND SHE'S BEEN BY HER BOSS' SIDE AS SHE RECOVERS IN A HOUSTON HOSPITAL.

(Sot Pia 3:52:23)
"She is a sense of comfort/we joke that the injured one provides us comfort,/
but she is present, the conversation may not be what it was but her
personality is there.

(BRIDGE)
AFTER APRIL'S LAUNCH ATTEMPT WAS SCRUBBED...GABRIELLE GIFFORDS INSISTED ON
RETURNING HERE TO THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. SHE'S TRAVELING WITH TWO
NURSES...AND THE FIRST THING SHE DID WAS VISIT HER HUSBAND .

( Sot Pia/ 3:54:54 )
"We had a nice lunch with Mark at the Beach House, they had a private moment
and then said goodbye."
GIFFORDS WILL CHOOSE THE SONG THE ASTRONAUTS FIRST WAKE UP TO...AND DURING THE
MISSION TO TAKE A 2 BILLION DOLLAR PHYSICS EXPERIMENT TO THE INTERNATIONAL
SPACE STATION...CAPT. KELLY WILL BE ABLE TO CALL HIS WIFE.
SOMETHING THE ? A MILLION PEOPLE EXPECTED TO WATCH THE LAUNCH ARE FOLLOWING
CLOSELY.

GIFFORDS IS AWARE OF ALL THE SUPPORT AND CARUSONE BELIEVES SHE COULD GO BACK
TO WORK.

(Sot Carusone 3:50:13)
"We do hope she will return to her full private life and her full professional
life. Any doubts? Sure there are doubts."

BUT AS HER HUSBAND GETS READY TO HEAD TO THE HEAVENS...THAT DREAM SOMEHOW
SEEMS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO KNOW GIFFORDS BEST.

>> FORECASTERS GIVE THE LAUNCH 70 PERCENT ODDS FOR ACCEPTABLE WEATHER.
IT WILL BE THE SHUTTLE'S FINAL MISSION.
THE LAST SHUTTLE MISSION IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE OFF LATER THIS SUMMER.
SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS SOARS ONE FINAL TIME IN JULY.

THE HEAD OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN NEW YORK.
DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN IS WAITING TO APPEAR IN COURT ON CHARGES CONNECTED WITH AN ALLEGED VIOLENT SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A HOTEL MAID.
ACCORDING TO POLICE... THE 32-YEAR-OLD ALLEGED VICTIM TOLD OFFICIALS... SHE CAME INTO STRAUSS-KAHN'S HOTEL SUITE WHEN HE CAME OUT OF THE BATHROOM WITHOUT CLOTHES ON... HE THEN ALLEGEDLY CHASED HER DOWN A HALLWAY AND ASSAULTED HER.
STRAUSS-KAHN WAS CONSIDERED A POSSIBLE CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OF FRANCE.

THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PLANS TO OPEN TWO MORE FLOODGATES TO DIVERT EVEN MORE WATER FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER INTO A LOUISIANA FLOODWAY.
THAT WILL KEEP FLOODWATERS FROM HITTING BIG CITIES LIKE BATON ROUGE AND NEW ORLEANS.
BUT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LIVING IN THE WATERS' PATH COULD LOSE THEIR HOMES.
BY TUESDAY... EVERYTHING IN A 3-THOUSAND SQUARE MILE AREA WILL BE FLOODED... AND WATER COULD RANGE BETWEEN SIX AND 25 FEET IN SOME AREAS.
PEOPLE IN MISSOURI... MISSISSIPPI AND TENNESSEE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH FLOOD WATERS FOR MORE THAN A WEEK.
PRESIDENT OBAMA IS EXPECTED TO MEET WITH SOME FLOOD VICTIMS ON MONDAY WHEN HE TRAVELS TO MEMPHIS.

TONIGHT WE'LL DROP TO THE LOW 50'S WITH CLOUDY SKIES. TOMORROW HAS A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH HIGHS IN THE LOW 70'S. TOMORROW NIGHT DROPS TO THE UPPER 40'S

IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... SPRING BRINGS THE SWEET TASTE OF PEACHES.
THE FIRST CROP OF THE SEASON HAS ALREADY ROLLED OUT AT LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS... TEN DAYS EARLIER THAN LAST YEAR'S.
JENNIFER MOOLAY EXPLAINS WHY THE PEACHES RIPENED SO SOON.
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FROM THE TREE...TO THE FACTORY...TO YOUR MOUTH...THESE HAND-PICKED PEACHES MAKE QUITE A JOURNEY.
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Jennifer Moulliet; "Now these big peaches right here look ripe to me but Lane says that with the early crop there's still a little yellow on the peaches so there not quite ready to be picked."
BUT THANKS TO THE WEATHER... PLENTY ARE RIPE AND READY.
Duke Lane Jr."We had a tremendous amount of cold weather and that was a good thing because the peaches getting what we call chill units which is required for them to bloom out at a normal time frame."
AFTER THEY'RE PICKED THEY TRAVEL TO THE ASSEMBLY LINE WHERE THEY'RE RINSED AND COOLED TO THIRTY EIGHT DEGREES.

THIS MACHINE TAKES A SNAP SHOT OF THE PEACHES... COUNTS THEM... AND SORTS THEM ACCORDING TO SIZE.
Grady Pouders, Control Tower Operator "We probably do four or five bins per day so with that I'd have to say close to about two million peaches a day "

MARY BOND STOPPED IN TO SAMPLE THE GEORGIA FLAVOR.
Mary Bond, Neosho Missouri"Melt in your mouth wonderful, sweet, probably could eat a whole bushel."
TO MEASURE THE SWEETNESS OR BRIX... THEY USE A REFRACTOMETER.
IT USES LIGHT TO GAUGE HOW MUCH SUGAR IS IN THE JUICE.

LANE SAYS A NORMAL READING THIS TIME OF YEAR IS BETWEEN NINE AND TEN... AND THESE SWEET TREATS SCORED A THIRTEEN.
Duke Lane Jr."Some of the sweetest early peaches we've ever had out here and that's simply for the reason that we have not had any rain."
AND HE SAYS RIGHT NOW GEORGIA' PEACHES ARE AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION.
Duke Lane Jr "We always try to get a jump start on our competition out west and they're late this year California won't start really picking a lot of fruit until Labor Day."
LANE SAYS THE PRICES ARE GOOD NOW... BUT WHEN OTHER STATES START PRODUCING PEACHES... THE COST COULD GO UP.
JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> LANE SAYS IF YOU WANT YOUR PEACHES TO RIPEN DO NOT REFRIDGERATE THEM... COOLING THE PEACHES STOPS THE RIPENING PROCESS.
THE SEASON IS JUST BEGINNING... SO THERE'S PLENTY OF TIME TO STOP IN AND GET YOUR SWEET FIX FOR THE FRUIT.

HERE'S A STORY OF OVERCOMING ALL THE ODDS. AUSTIN WHITNEY SPENT THE LAST FOUR YEARS IN A WHEELCHAIR.... AFTER A CAR CRASH SEVERED HIS SPINAL CORD.
AT GRADUATION YESTERDAY HE ACHIEVED THE UNIMAGINABLE... BY WALKING ACROSS THE STAGE TO GET HIS DIPLOMA
LAST YEAR, WHITNEY STARTED WORKING WITH A TEAM OF U-C BERKELEY ENGINEERS.... DEVELOPING ROBOTIC LEG BRACES THAT HE COULD WEAR.
THAT'S WHAT'S HELPING HIM WALK.
BY THE WAY... AUSTIN EARNED HIMSELF A DOUBLE-MAJOR IN HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE.

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