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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11..LEAH JOHNSON IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE..

POLICE ARE STILL WAITING FOR FORENSIC RESULTS IN THE LAUREN GIDDINGS HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION.
LAST WEEK... THEY SAID THOSE RESULTS SHOULD BE BACK TODAY OR TOMORROW... BUT THEY HAVE NOT COME IN YET.
HER FAMILY HAS RETURNED TO MARYLAND AFTER SPENDING A WEEKEND IN MACON.
LAUREN DISPIRITO HAS MORE.
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I spoke with Lauren Giddings' mother Karen Giddings by phone this afternoon. She and her husband Bill are back in their hometown of Laurel, Maryland after a visit to Macon this weekend. They were here both to go through their daughter Lauren's Georgia Avenue apartment and for a memorial service that was held in her honor on Saturday. She says there is no new information in the case. They had not spoken with police since Thursday when they arrived and plan to call them sometime this evening but said she thinks the next piece of information that they do get in the case will be some type of decisive factor, key information that hopefully will answer questions about what happened to her daughter. She says that police have done everything they can from what she can tell. It was a thorough search what they did in the apartment and that they're trying to be very careful not to jeopardize any of the evidence or anything that could lead to finding the person who did this to her daughter. She said she wasn't sure that she wanted to come to Macon, that it would be very difficult for her and her family. But after having been here she said she felt peace here, especially being at her daughter's apartment, on her daughter's ballony where she used to sit. She said she really felt Lauren's presence there. She also talked about the outpouring of support from the Macon community, especially the Mercer Law School at the ceremony saturday which I attended. You could tell that they were a close knit law school family and spoke about how much Lauren loved life and her passion for debate, for her career, and for her family and for her faith. Lauren's mom said that it was comforting to be around people who loved her daughter here in Georgia. She says now that they're back at home, she's not sure when they plan to return to Macon but they hope for new evidence soon and new information soon on what happened to their daughter.
>> LAUREN GIDDINGS WAS LAST SEEN ON JUNE 25TH..HER BODY WAS FOUND ON JUNE 30TH NEAR THE APARTMENTS WHERE SHE LIVED ON GEORGIA AVENUE..

THE CITY OF MACON IS A STEP CLOSER TO A NOVEMBER VOTE ON ALLOWING SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES IN THE CITY.
THE COUNCIL'S COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY APPROVED TWO MEASURES THIS AFTERNOON.
ONE ASKS THE COUNTY ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR TO SCHEDULE A NOVEMBER BALLOT QUESTION... ON ALLOWING RETAIL SALES ON SUNDAYS... FROM 12-30 P-M TO 11-30 P-M.
THE SECOND WOULD AMEND CITY ORDINANCE TO ALLOW THE SALES... IF THE BALLOT QUESTION PASSES.
COUNCILMAN LOUIS TOMPKINS SAYS SELLING ALCOHOL ON SUNDAY COULD HELP ATTRACT MORE INDUSTRY TO MACON.
Louis Tompkins: "And when industry comes they take a look at the entire area and see what kind of offerings there are as far as social life activities because many of their constituents as they get here come from places where they have this.
THE ORDINANCE WOULD ALLOW BUSINESSES TO SELL BEER WINE AND LIQUOR BETWEEN THE HOURS OF TWELVE THIRTY P.M. AND ELEVEN THIRTY P.M. ON SUNDAYS.
FULL COUNCIL COULD VOTE ON THE ISSUE AS EARLY AS NEXT TUESDAY.

MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT HAS RAISED MORE MONEY... SPENT MORE AND HAS MORE CASH ON HAND THAN THE THREE MEN CHALLENGING HIM FOR THE MAYOR'S OFFICE COMBINED.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORMS FILED WITH THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION.
THE REPORTS FROM REICHERT... PAUL BRONSON, ROBERT BROWN AND C.JACK ELLIS SHOW THEIR CAMPAIGN FINANCES THROUGH JUNE 30.
AS OF THE END OF JUNE... REICHERT RAISED ABOUT 118 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH AND SPENT SPENT ABOUT 90 THOUSAND.
THE REPORTS SHOW ELLIS RAISED ABOUT 58 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH AND THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DONATED GOODS AND SERVICES.
HE SPENT ABOUT FOURTY TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS THROUGH JUNE 30.
ROBERT BROWN RAISED ABOUT 23 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH AND EIGHTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF GOODS AND SERVICES.
ACCORDING TO THE DOCUMENTS... HE SPENT ABOUT THIRTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.
PAUL BRONSON RAISED EIGHT HUNDRED AND EIGHTY DOLLARS IN CASH... AND ABOUT NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF GOODS AND SERVICES.
ABOUT EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF THOSE GOODS AND SERVICES HE DONATED TO HIS OWN CAMPAIGN.
ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS... BRONSON SPENT FIFTY DOLLARS THROUGH THE END OF JUNE.

A CENTERVILLE SALON OWNER FACES CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGES.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO SERGEANT KEEL BROOM WITH THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
BROOM SAID MATTHEW CALEB PIERCE... MANAGER OF THE MATTHEW CALEB SALON IN CENTERVILLE... TURNED HIMSELF IN SUNDAY NIGHT AFTER THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE CONTACTED HIM.
BROOM SAYS PIERCE IS IN THE HOUSTON COUNTY JAIL.
THE JAIL'S WEB SITE SAYS HE FACES ONE COUNT OF CHILD MOLESTATION...TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATE CHILD MOLESTATION..AND OTHER CHARGES.

A CENTRAL GEORGIA MAN IS BACK AT WORK AND WILL GET BACK-PAY AFTER THE COURTS DECIDED HE WAS ILLEGALLY FIRED.
MICHAEL WALD WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SAYS THE AGENCY SUED BLUE BIRD BUS MANUFACTURER FOR REFUSING TO REHIRE THE WORKER.
COURT RECORDS SAY THE MAN'S NAME IS RICKY DYE.
WALD SAYS BLUEBIRD FIRED DYE IN 2004 AFTER HE COMPLAINED IT WASN'T SAFE FOR HIM TO USE A BUCKET LIFT BECAUSE HE DIDN'T HAVE PROPER TRAINING.
AFTER LOSING IN DISTRICT AND APPEALS COURT... BLUE BIRD AGREED TO PAY MORE THAN 170 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BACK WAGES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S COSTS FROM THE CASE.
WALD SAYS THAT JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW THE LAW PROTECTS WORKER'S RIGHTS.
WHEN A WORKER HASA CONCERN, A SAFETY AND HEALTH CONCERN. THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO GO TO MANAGEMENT AND REQUEST THAT THAT BE FIXED. IF THE EMPLOYER RETALIATES AGAINST THE WORKER. FOR MAKING THAT REQUEST, THAT FALLS UNDER THE WHITSLE BLOWER ACT ELEVEN OF THE OCCUPATION AND HEALTH ACT. OSHA WOULD GET INVOLVED
BLUE BIRD DID NOT RESPOND TO OUR CALLS FOR COMMENT TODAY.

THE BIBB COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY WON'T TAKE ANY ACTION ON A COMPLAINT FILED BY MACON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CHRIS HORNE AGAINST HIS OPPONENT ELAINE LUCAS.
LAST WEEK... HORNE ASKED THE PARTY TO INVESTIGATE CLAIMS LUCAS' ALLEGEDLY MADE THAT HORNE WAS PART OF A REPUBLICAN CONSPIRACY..
TODAY - BIBB COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE CHAIR DARYL MORTON RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING... IN PART... "IN MY CAPACITY AS CHAIR, I AFFIRM THAT ALL OF THE CANDIDATES CURRENTLY ON THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY BALLOT FOR THE JULY 19TH ELECTION, INCLUDING MR. HORNE, ARE PROPERLY QUALIFIED DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES.
MORTON ALSO SAID THE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE REMAINS NEUTRAL IN DEMOCRATIC PARTY RACES.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH CONGRESS TO REACH THE LARGEST DEAL POSSIBLE TO CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND RAISE THE NATION'S BORROWING LIMIT.
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER SAYS HE AGREES WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT THE DEBT CEILING MUST BE RAISED.
BUT HE SAYS REPUBLICANS WON'T SUPPORT A DEAL THAT INCLUDES TAX INCREASES.
Boehner Sot: "I understand that this is going to take sacrifice and it's going to take political capital on both sides, and I'm certainly willing to take my fair share of it. But if we're going to take political capital, then let's step up and do the big thing and the right thing for the country."
THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS ARE WORKING TO COMPLETE A DEAL TO CUT SPENDING AND RAISE THE DEBT CEILING BEFORE AN AUGUST 2ND DEADLINE.
IF THEY DON'T COME TO AN AGREEMENT BEFORE THEN... AMERICA COULD DEFAULT ON ITS BILLS.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN TO OUR FEDERAL DEBT?
SO FAR 53 PERCENT OF VOTERS SAY WE SHOULD RAISE THE DEBT CEILING.
47 PERCENT SAY WE SHOULD DEFAULT ON OUR DEBT.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

A FEDERAL GRANT WILL HELP UPGRADE A BUSY STREET IN DOWNTOWN MACON..
THE 300 THOUSAND DOLLAR FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT GRANT COMBINED WITH STATE AND LOCAL MONEY
WILL IMPROVE THE TRAFFIC FLOW AROUND THE INTERSECTION OF NEW AND PINE STREETS.
THE PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE PLANTING TREES ADDING CROSSWALKS AND UPDATING THE SIDEWALKS.
ALSO ON-STREET PARKING WILL BE ELIMINATED AND REPLACED WITH DESIGNATED LOADING ZONES.
Robert Reichert, Mayor: "It is a huge asset to us in addition to being an economic engine with a lot of jobs of course that brings a quality of life and medical care services second to none."
MAYOR REICHERT SAYS IN THE FUTURE HE PLANS TO IMPROVE FORSYTH STREET FROM DOWNTOWN TO THE INTERSTATE.

HARRY POTTER MANIA DESCENDED ON THE BIG APPLE TONIGHT.
THE CAST TURNED OUT FOR THE U-S PREMIERE OF "HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2".... THE EIGHTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT IN THE EPIC SERIES.
AS MANUEL GALLEGUS FOUND OUT... THOUSANDS OF SCREAMING FANS LINED THE RED CARPET TO GREET THEM.
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-SOT-DANIEL RADCLIFFE/SCREAMS

CHEERS AND SCREAMS FOR DANIEL RADCLIFFE AT THE U.S. PREMIER OF THE FINAL HARRY POTTER...

WHAT WILL HE MISS MOST ABOUT BEING HARRY? THE ACTION...

-SOT-DANIELLE RADCLIFFE, "HARRY POTTER" 19:07:33

Bursting out of a lake surrounded by a ring of fire...or falling down a forty foot roof. That's fun...that stuff is crazy and mad and fun and you don't really get to do it that much as an actor. So I will miss that.

THOUSANDS OF FANS CAMPED OUT (AROUND LINCOLN CENTER) -SOME FOR DAYS TO GET JUST A GLIMPSE OF RADCLIFFE... EMMA WATSON. OR RUPERT GRINT...THE LIKEABLE STARS WHO ARE FOREVER A PART OF THEIR CHILDHOOD.

SOT - JENNIFER KRUMM/FLORIDA FAN

"WE WANTED TO BE THE FIRST ONES. WE WANTED TO MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT AND LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT WE WERE DIEHARD AND INSANE AND INTENSE ABOUT IT."

-STAND-UP-MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS NEW YORK

By movie standards-- Harry potter is a phenomenon--the biggest franchise in Hollywood history. // More than 2-billion dollars in U.S. ticket sales for the first 7 movies.

REMARKABLY THE ORIGINAL CAST STAYED TOGETHER 'TIL THE END.

-SOT-TOM FELTON "DRACO MALFOY" 19;09;51

"It's kind of like an unspoken bond between us all I think, we've come through this all together and we're very lucky to have that."

AND FOR A DECADE-- FANS NEVER LOST INTEREST...AND IT'S HARD TO SAY GOODBYE.

-SOT-MOS 5;16 7:09

It's bittersweet because it's exciting to see the last film, but mostly it's sad.

FOR THE YOUNG ACTORS THEMSELVES-IT IS A NEW BEGINNING...

-SOT-EMMA WATSON, "HERMIONE GRANGER" 19;09;52

It's exciting... I'm going to go traveling after all this. Where are you going? I'm not even sure yet.

-SOT-DANIELLE RADCLIFFE, "HARRY POTTER"

I will also miss the crew and cast and everything that was my day to day life for ten years

THEY ARE NO LONGER THOSE WIDE-EYED KIDS WHO ENTERED HOGWARTS SO LONG AGO.

>> THE BOX OFFICE BATTLE ROYALE AT THE END OF THE WEEK MIGHT INCLUDE A LITTLE WIZARDRY... BUT THIS WEEKEND'S MATCHUP SAW MAN VERSUS ANIMAL... VERSUS MACHINE.
LET'S GET TO THE COUNTDOWN TO SEE WHO MANAGED TO DRIVE THE CROWDS... AND TAKE HOME THE TOP HONORS.
"ZOOKEEPERS" STARRING KEVIN JAMES MONKEYED ITS WAY INTO THE NUMBER THREE SPOT.
THE FLICK... STARRING A LOVELORN ZOOKEEPER AND A FEW HAIRY MATCHMAKERS... RAKED IN A COOL 21 MILLION DOLLARS IN TICKET SALES.
SOME TRULY AWFUL EMPLOYERS TERRORIZED THEIR WAY INTO THE NUMBER TWO SPOT IN "HORRIBLE BOSSES."
FEATURING A STAR-STUDDED CAST THAT INCLUDED JENNIFER ANISTON... KEVIN SPACEY... AND JASON BATEMAN TO NAME A FEW... "HORRIBLE BOSSES" BROUGHT IN 28-POINT-ONE MILLION IN TICKET SALES... A LITTLE MORE THAN EXPECTED.
AND HOLDING STRONG IN THE NUMBER ONE SPOT... "TRANSFORMERS... DARK OF THE MOON" WITH 47 MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES.
THE 3-D SEQUEL HAS PULLED IN 261 MILLION DOLLARS IN TWO WEEKS... MAKING IT THE BIGGEST MOVIE OF 2011... FOR NOW.
IF YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT ANY OF THESE BOX OFFICE GIANTS... LET SCENE 13 BE YOUR GUIDE.
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A HEAT WAVE CONTINUES TO BLANKET ITSELF ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED HEAT ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS IN EIGHTEEN STATES... AS FAR NORTH AS MICHIGAN AND REACHING SOUTH TO GEORGIA.
nats- pouring water
AT A HOUSTON COUNTY DAY CAMP... COUNSELORS HELPED THE GROUP BATTLE THE HEAT WITH ICE WATER.
LILY GREENBURG.. DIRECTOR AT THE VOLUNTEER HOUSTON COUNTY CAMP... SAYS THEY KEEP A CLOSE WATCH FOR ROSY CHEEKS... AND SIGNS OF OVERHEATING.
SHE SAYS TODAY... THE BROUGHT IN THE POPSICLES... AND AS THE HEAT CONTINUES.. THEY'LL SURPRISE THE CAMPERS WITH ANOTHER REFRESHING TREAT.
Lily Greenberg, Volunteer Houston County: (2204) "We will also have water day once a week, where they play. We get the slip in slides out, the pools out. we fill them up with water and they have a blast with that."

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