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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M FRANK MALLOY
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX..
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY..

THE STATE WILL CHANGE ITS REQUIREMENTS NEXT MONTH FOR KEEPING CHILDREN BUCKLED UP ON THE ROAD.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SHOWS YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW LAW AIMED AT KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE WHEN YOU'RE BEHIND THE WHEEL..
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CENTERVILLE FIRE CHIEF JASON JONES HELPS PEOPLE MAKE SURE THEIR CHILDREN ARE SAFELY BUCKLED IN... WHEN THEY RIDE IN THE CAR.
Nats Jones "There are a couple different kinds of seats, this right here is a low back booster."
NEXT MONTH... THE CERTIFIED CAR SEAT TECHNICIAN SAYS A NEW BOOSTER SEAT LAW WILL MAKE KIDS TRAVELING ON GEORGIA ROADS... SAFER.
STARTING JULY FIRST...
THE STATE RAISES THE AGE LIMIT FOR CHILDREN TO SIT IN CAR BOOSTER SEATS... FROM SIX... TO EIGHT.
THAT MEANS.. WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS... KIDS MUST RIDE IN A BOOSTER SEAT.. IN THE BACKSEAT... UNTIL THEIR 8TH BIRTHDAY.
IF DRIVERS GET CAUGHT DISOBEYING THE LAW.. THEY COULD FACE FINES UP TO FIFTY DOLLARS... AND GET A POINT ADDED TO THEIR LICENSE.
Jason Jones, Centerville Fire Department, Fire Chief: "vehicles are designed for adults, and if a child can't properly fit in the vehicle seat they need to be in some type of child restraint system"
YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM A HIGH BACK SEAT... THAT JONES SAYS SUPPORTS A CHILD'S HEAD... OR A LOW BACK BOOSTER SEAT.
Nats Jones "this boosts them up so the seat belt in the car fits them properly across the shoulder."
THE CHANGE AFFECTS PEOPLE WHO DRIVE PASSENGER VEHICLES... INCLUDING VANS AND PICK UP TRUCKS.
William Stewart, Macon: "I think it's a good thing for the kids."
Pamela Chapman, Macon: adults bounce around in cars when we get in accidents and we get hurt enough children don't need to have that risk, they don't need to get damaged that way"
JONES HOPES THE NEW LAW SAVES LIVES.
Jason Jones, Centerville Fire Department, Fire Chief: "the longer that children stay in a seat the safer they are
LAUREN DISPIRITO
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TO HAVE YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY SEAT CHECKED BY ONE OF CENTERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT'S FIVE CAR SEAT CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS ... YOU CAN CALL THE CENTERVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AT 478-953-4050.
THAT NUMBER AGAIN... 478-953-4050.

GEORGIA TEACHERS HOPING FOR A RAISE WILL SOON HAVE TO GET A LITTLE PICKY ABOUT THEIR CHOICE OF GRADUATE PROGRAMS.
UNDER NEW STATE RULES... TEACHERS WILL NEED A MASTERS OR DOCTORATE FROM AN ACCREDITATED PROGRAM TO QUALIFY FOR THE SIX THOUSAND DOLLAR AVERAGE ANNUAL CERTIFICATION UPGRADE PAY BUMP.
THAT MEANS SOME FOR-PROFIT COLLEGES NO LONGER QUALIFY.
THE HEAD OF THE GEORGIA PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMISSION SAYS THE CHANGES ARE AIMED AT CRACKING DOWN ON TEACHERS IN GRADUATE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE INADEQUATE OR IRRELEVENT CURRICULUM.

THIS WEEK ON OUR WHERE YOU LIVE SITES... WE ASKED YOU TO SHARE YOUR FAVORITE "DADISMS"... AND YOU RESPONDED WITH DOZENS OF SAYINGS AND LESSONS YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR FATHERS.
YOU CAN FIND THE LIST ON YOUR COMMUNITY PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
USE THE BOX ON THE HOMEPAGE TO SELECT YOUR AREA... THEN CLICK "MORE NEWS" TO GO TO THAT PAGE.
FROM THERE... JUST LOOK FOR THE ARTICLE.
SOME OF YOU ARE ALSO SHARING DADISMS WITH US ON FACEBOOK.
NANCY WROTE... "WHENEVER ONE OF US WAS WHINING AND COMPLAINING ABOUT SOME LITTLE THING, MY DAD WOULD SAY "I FEEL FOR YOU, BUT I CAN'T QUITE REACH YOU." STILL MAKES ME SMILE TO THINK OF IT.
LILLY COMMENTED... "I REMEMBER AND HATE IT WHEN HE SAID "LET'S TALK," AND I WOULD SAY "PLEASE JUST BEAT ME AND GET IT OVER, PLEASE!"
AND JENNIFER SAID... "WHEN I WAS LITTLE AND GOT HURT PLAYING (SCRAPED KNEE, ETC.) HE'D SAY "YOU'LL BE ALRIGHT, IT'LL GROW BACK!"
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK AND SHARE YOUR DADISMS... JUST VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.
YOU CAN ALSO ADD THEM IN THE COMMENTS SECTION ON THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGES.

FOR MANY FAMILIES, FATHER'S DAY IS A CHANCE TO GET DAD OUT OF THE HOUSE AND HAVE A LITTLE FUN AT THE LAKE..
TODAY WE FOUND PLENTY OF DADS ENJOYING SOME QUALITY TIME WITH THE FAMILY WHILE FIRING UP THE GRILL NEAR THE WATER.
OTHER FAMILIES VENTURED DOWN TO THE BEACH... HOPING TO COOL OFF WITH A DIP IN THE LAKE OR START UP A GAME OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL.
Walter Hewett Macon "if your not or if you are then you understand the prode that you get as a father there is no better feeling in the world then acutally having childern fellowshiping with friends are just being a dad"

SUMMER'S LANDING ASSISTED LIVING IN WARNER ROBINS TOOK A RIDE TO THE PAST FOR FATHER'S DAY... BY SHOWING OFF SOME CLASSIC CARS.
THEY HELD A CAR SHOW... FEATURING NEARLY 20 CARS FROM THE 40'S... 50'S... 60'S AND TODAY.
ORGANIZERS SAY THEY PUT THE SHOW TOGETHER IN ORDER TO SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION FOR THE FATHERS LIVING WITH THEM.
CAR LOVERS COULD ALSO BUY SOME WATERMELON AND DRINKS TO KEEP COOL.
CARLTON CRENSHAW'S FAMILY BROUGHT HIM TO THE CAR SHOW FOR FATHER'S DAY... AND HE SAYS IT BRINGS BACK MEMORIES.
Carlton Crenshaw Warner Robins " I just appreciate anybody that is an owner of one of these vintage automobiles and taking car of it because it always stimulates wonderful memories with us that were raised with same vintage automobiles."
THE HOME HELD A MOTORCYCLE SHOW FOR FATHER'S DAY LAST YEAR.

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION AND YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE ANSWERING IT ON YOUR OWN... WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU GET ANSWERS.
JUST SUBMIT A QUESTION TO OUR "GET ANSWERS" SEGMENT.
VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM... CLICK THE FEATURES TAB IN THE MENU BAR... THEN SCROLL DOWN AND LOOK FOR THE LINK THAT SAYS "GET ANSWERS. WE COULD ANSWER YOUR QUESTION ONE MONDAY DURING EYEWITNESS NEWS AT FIVE.

FOUR PEOPLE DIED IN AN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING AT A LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK PHARMACY..
POLICE CONFIRMED THAT TWO OF THE PEOPLE KILLED WERE CUSTOMERS AND THE OTHER TWO WERE EMPLOYEES.
POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED AROUND TEN THIRTY THIS MORNING.
INVESTIGATORS SAID THERE WAS ONLY ONE GUNMAN... AND HE LEFT THE SCENE.

THE F-B-I TEMPORARILY STOPPED FLIGHTS AT WASHINGTON'S REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT TODAY... AFTER A BOMB THREAT ON A PLANE.
AGENTS SAID THE THREAT WAS MADE AT A TICKET COUNTER AT THE DAYTON OHIO AIRPORT.
THE PLANE WAS ISOLATED AFTER IT LANDED IN WASHINGTON... AND INVESTIGATORS ARE INTERVIEWING THE 44 PASSENGERS.
F-B-I BOMB EXPERTS SWEPT THE PLANE WHEN IT ARRIVED AT THE AIRPORT..
THEY DID NOT FIND ANY EXPLOSIVES ON BOARD.
INVESTIGATORS SAID THE PERSON WHO MADE THE THREAT IS IN CUSTODY.

FLOOD WATERS IN CHINA RECEDED ENOUGH TODAY TO LET SOME VILLAGERS RETURN TO THEIR HOMES.
OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE EVACUATED THEIR HOMES THURSDAY AFTER DAYS OF HEAVY RAIN LED TO FLOODING.
TWO TOWNS AND 21 VILLAGES FLOODED AFTER TWO DYKES WERE BREACHED.
MORE RAIN IS PREDICTED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
THAT WILL SPREAD THE FLOOD DANGER TO PARTS OF SOUTHWEST CHINA.
CHINA MOBILIZED TROOPS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PROVINCES TO HELP VILLAGERS WITH FLOOD RELIEF.

ARIZONA FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE THEIR BATTLE WITH A PAIR OF WILDFIRES... BUT HIGH WINDS ARE MAKING THEIR JOB VERY CHALLENGING.
TWO HUNDRED RESIDENTS WERE ORDERED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES IN LUNA, ARIZONA TODAY.
THOSE HOMES WERE IN THE PATH OF THE WALLOW FIRE THAT IS STILL BLAZING THROUGH THE EASTERN PART OF THE STATE.
IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA... ABOUT 26-HUNDRED HOMES WERE EVACUATED AND AT LEAST 44 DESTROYED BY FIRE.
THAT FIRE IS NOW 27 PERCENT CONTAINED BUT STILL SPANS 33 SQUARE MILES.

RAIN THIS WEEKEND IN GEORGIA HELPED KNOCK BACK THE MASSIVE FIRES BURNING AROUND THE OKEFENOKEE SWAMP.
THE GEORGIA FORESTRY COMMISSION SAYS ABOUT AN INCH OF RAIN FELL ON TWO FIRES IN THE AREA.
THE AGENCY SAYS THAT EVEN THOUGH THE STORMS BROUGHT LIGHTNING... THEY ALSO HAD ENOUGH RAIN TO PUT ANY NEW FIRES CAUSED BY LIGHTNING STRIKES.
THE FIRES FUELED BY DROUGHT AND WIND HAVE BURNED ABOUT 250 THOUSAND ACRES NEAR THE SWAMP AND FORCED ROUGHLY 100 PEOPLE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES.

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JUST SEND AN EMAIL TO THE-GREAT-HANG-UP AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO LET US KNOW YOU'RE INTERESTED IN SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

MOST PEOPLE GO TO THE GROCERY STORE TO BUY FOOD AND HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES.. BUT SOME CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS ADDED A DIFFERENT ITEM TO THEIR GROCERY LISTS... WEDDING DRESSES.
HUNDREDS OF BRIDE-TO-BE'S LINED UP OUTSIDE OF A GROCERY STORE IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA IN HOPES OF FINDING THEIR DREAM DRESS.
OFFICIALS FROM THE GROCERY STORE SAY THE DRESSES WERE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THEIR BUYERS A BARGAIN.
THE DRESSES AT THE STORE USUALLY SELL FOR ABOUT SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS... BUT THESE BRIDES BOUGHT THE DRESSES FOR AROUND ONLY 99 DOLLARS.
BRIDES SAID THEY GOT IN LINE HOURS BEFORE THE STORE OPENED TO GET A CHANCE AT FINDING THEIR DRESS FOR A GREAT PRICE.


THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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