Friday, July 29, Eyewitness News at 11

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     GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
      THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.


    THE REPUBLICANS SCORED A VICTORY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TONIGHT... BUT IT DIDN'T END THE DEBATE STANDOFF IN WASHINGTON.
     NOW... ONLY FOUR DAYS REMAIN BEFORE THE NATION DEFAULTS ON ITS LOANS.
     JESSICA STONE HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON.
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(nat vote in the senate)
 THE SENATE REJECTED HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER'S BILL, FRIDAY NIGHT, TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING AND CUT SPENDING BY 917 BILLION DOLLARS.
(nat of HOUSE vote)
IT COMES  JUST TWO HOURS AFTER THE HOUSE NARROWLY PASSED THE PLAN.
Not a single vote came from a Democrat.
(SOT:  John Boehner/Speaker of the House)
17:42:21  "It is time for the administration to put something on the table, tell us where you are."
BOEHNER - HOLDING THE VOTE AFTER NEARLY 24 HOURS OF CLOSED-DOOR ARM-TWISTING with Conservative Republicans who wanted A MEASURE TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING 
AT THE END OF THE YEAR ..ONLY.. IF CONGRESS PASSES A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT.
Rep. Phil Gingrey/R-GA: ((Trim top please)) "That is the thing I think the American people want and I am very enthusiastic about this."
  IT'S A POISONED PILL FOR DEMOCRATS.
(SOT:  Mel Watt/NC - D)
16:26:30  "Are we going to pass an amendment to the U-S constitution that literally holds a gun to the head of the economy of the united states of America?  We ought to be ashamed of ourselves for legislating this way."
(Standup Bridge:  Jessica Stone/CBS News/Washington)
BUT THE WAY THE SENATE REJECTED SPEAKER BOEHNER'S PROPOSAL ALLOWS THEM TO USE THE FRAMEWORK OF THE BILL TO REACH A COMPROMISE.
(SOT SEN. HARRY REID, D-NV, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER) "the last train is leaving the station. this is our last chance to avert default."
  WITH TIME RUNNING OUT, THE WHITE HOUSE IS URGING THE PUBLIC TO GET INVOLVED.
(SOT:  President Obama)
"Make a phone call. Send an email. Tweet. Keep the pressure on Washington, and we can get past this."
CONGRESS IS EXPECTED TO WORK THROUGH ANOTHER WEEKEND - TO TRY.  THE DATE FOR DEFAULT ON THE NATION'S DEBT - IS NOW JUST FOUR DAYS AWAY. 


>>         AMONG CENTRAL GEORGIA'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION... REPUBLICANS AUSTIN SCOTT AND JACK KINGSTON VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE MEASURE IN THE HOUSE... WHILE DEMOCRATS SANFORD BISHOP AND JOHN BARROW VOTED AGAINST IT.


     THE DEADLINE FOR IDENTIFYING PROJECTS FOR A NOVEMBER SPLOST BALLOT IS JUST WEEKS AWAY AND THE CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY STILL NEED TO COME UP WITH AN OFFICIAL LIST OF PRIORITIES.
A MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE MET THIS EVENING... TO COME UP WITH THEIR WISH LIST.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN HAS MORE. 
THE COMMITTEE VOTED FRIDAY EVENING TO SELECT THE TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE SPLOST BALLOT IN NOVEMBER, THE THINGS THEY'D MOST LIKE TO SEE GET ON THAT BALLOT.
THEY SELECTED RECREATION, UPGRADING THE E-911 CALL CENTER'S RADIO SYSTEM... AND REPAIRING THE SEWER SYSTEM AS THE THINGS THEY'D MOST LIKE TO SPEND THOSE DOLLARS ON.
THE SPLOST IS ESTIMATED TO BRING IN A TOTAL OF ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY MILLION DOLLARS OVER SIX YEARS, AND THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THAT IN NOVEMBER.
SEVERAL COUNCIL MEMBERS MENTIONNED CONCERNS THAT THE SPLOST WILL BE A TOUGH SELL TO THE PUBLIC... ESPECIALLY AFTER THE COUNTY VOTED TO RAISE THE MILLAGE RATE EARLIER THIS YEAR BY ABOUT TWO MILLS.
BUT COUNCIL PRESIDENT JAMES TIMELY SAYS THE THINKS THE COMMITEE GOT THE PRIORITIES RIGHT.
James Timley: "It has to be shown that they are direct needs for the city, and most of them are dire needs like storm water, 800 mega hertz radio."
COUNCIL ALSO VOTED TO SET A SECOND TIER OF PRIORITIES... THOSE ARE PROJECTS THAT WOULD COST TEN MILLION DOLLARS OR LESS.
SEVERAL PEOPLE MENTIONNED IDEAS LIKE FINISHING THE TUBMAN OR THE FORT HAWKINS COMMISSION.
THE RESULTS OF THAT VOTE ARE STILL BEING TALLIED.
STD
THE CITY STILL NEEDS TO SUBMIT THEIR OFFICIAL REQUEST TO THE COUNTY... WHO WILL ADD THEIR OWN PROJECTS... AND THEN BOTH OF THEM NEED TO NEGOTIATE HOW MUCH MONEY EACH ITEM WILL GET.
ACCORDING TO CITY OFFICIALS THE DEADLINE FOR THOSE NEGOTIATIONS IS AUGUST 15.


IT'S BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR RESTAURANTS IN THE CITY OF WRIGHTSVILLE  TWO DAYS AFTER OF A BOIL-WATER NOTICE WAS ISSUED.
THE GEORGIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION SAYS ITS NOW SAFE TO USE WATER FROM THE CITY AND AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... ONE RESTAURANT MANAGER IS GLAD ITS OVER.   
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MANAGER ROBIN HORNE SAYS SHE'S NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH A BOIL-WATER ADVISORY BEFORE...
"They let us know that there was a water issue in wrightsville and they was advising us to close."
SUBWAY AND ALL OF THE CITY'S RESTAURANTS HAD AVOIDED USING CITY WATER SINCE THURSDAY... FOR HORNE THAT MEANT BUYING A HUNDRED GALLONS OF BOTTHED WATER.
"I couldn't even answer that how many times we wash our hands a day so you know we probably use a lot of water."   
CHARLES BLACKBURN... WRIGHTSVILLE'S STREET AND WATER SUPERINTENDENT... SAID CITY WATER HAD TO BE BOILED FOR AT LEAST A MINUTE BECAUSE WATER SAMPLES TESTED POSITIVE FOR BACTERIA. 
"Fecal coliform and e-coli? They both are very serious, serious situation." 
HE SAYS WRIGHTSVILLE NEVER HAD TO DEAL WITH CONTAMINATED WATER BEFORE.
"First time I know that the city of wrightsville's ever boiled water and I've lived here all my life." 
Candace: "Blackburn says that water tank is the source of the contamination. They found a 15-inch hole at the top of the dome where animals and insects could have crawled in. 
""Odds of that happening again are one in a million i'd imagine."
BLACKBURN SAYS EVEN THOUGH THE CONTAMINATION WAS HIGHLY UNUSUAL... THE CITY WILL REMAIN CAUTIOUS. 
"We will be monitoring the system a little more than normal being that we've had this little situation because we certainly don't want nobody sick or noone in harm."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ.COM. 
>> WRIGHTSVILLE OFFICIALS SAY THEIR WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK...BUT PEOPLE MAY NOTICE A STRONG CHLORINE ODOR. THEY ALSO SAY PEOPLE SHOULD RUN THEIR TAPS FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES....TO FLUSH THEIR WATER LINES.


FOLKS VISITING THE TUBMAN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM WILL NOW FIND THE DOORS CLOSED ON MONDAYS.
THE MUSEUM IS MAKING SOME SCHEDULE CHANGES... STARTING NEXT WEEK.
SPOKESWOMAN STACEY BARRETT SAYS MONDAY IS USUALLY THE SLOWEST DAY OF THE WEEK FOR THEM.
INSTEAD OF OPENING MONDAYS... THE MUSEUM WILL ADD TWO EXTRA HOURS ON SATURDAYS.
THAT MEANS THEY'LL BE OPEN FROM 11 A-M UNTIL 5 P-M.
BARRETT SAYS ABOUT 25-THOUSAND PEOPLE VISIT THE MUSEUM ON WALNUT STREET EACH YEAR.


SCHOOL BELLS WILL RING FOR HOUSTON COUNTY STUDENTS ON MONDAY.
IT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A BIT OF AN EARLY START... BUT THEY'LL HAVE PLENTY OF COMPANY.
67 OF GEORGIA'S 180 SCHOOL SYSTEMS START CLASS NEXT WEEK.
nats- playing in pool
CHILDREN AT WARNER ROBINS' FOUNTAIN POOL SOAKED UP THE LAST FEW DAYS OF SUMMER TODAY.
THEIR PARENTS SAY IT SEEMS A LITTLE EARLY TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL... MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE HEAT.
TEACHERS AT RUSSELL ELEMENTARY SAY IT'S EARLY... BUT THEY'RE PREPARED TO KICK OFF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
Kendra Hudson, Russell Elementary Teacher: (1:25) "When I first started teaching, we were at the end of August. Now were back at the beginning of August. We get more breaks now, so it's a trade-off."
Joe Martin, Warner Robins: (12:10) "I really do. I think it's about a month too early. This is still summertime."
STUDENTS IN DOOLY AND WILCOX COUNTY HEADED BACK TO CLASS THIS WEEK.
THE LAST GEORGIA SYSTEM TO GO BACK WILL BE CATOOSA COUNTY IN NORTH GEORGIA.
CLASSES THERE START SEPTEMBER 6TH.


AN EASTMAN FAMILY OF SIX GOT A NEW HOME TODAY... COURTESY OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
SINGLE FATHER TIM SKEENS WORKS AS A MAINTENANCE WORKER FOR DODGE COUNTY.
HE SEPARATED FROM HIS WIFE NINE YEARS AGO... WHEN HIS TEN-YEAR-OLD TWIN DAUGHTERS... WERE ONLY SIX MONTHS OLD.
NOW... THE FIVE KIDS ARE BUSY CHOOSING THEIR ROOMS AND DECIDING HOW TO MAKE THE HOME THEIR OWN.
SKEENS SAYS HE NEVER THOUGHT HE'S SEE HIS DREAM OF OWNING A HOME... COME TRUE.
Tim Skeens, Father: " I figured somebody else would get it because it's only something you dream of and you see somebody else gettin' you don't expect it to happen to you so when it does you can't put it in words."
SKEENS SAYS HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING A FAMILY DINNER IN THEIR NEW KITCHEN... AND THEY PLAN TO FINISH  MOVING IN BY NEXT WEEK.


THE WEEKEND IS HERE... AND IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT HAS THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
<<WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....AMERICAN DELI HOUSE... AT 8-01 NORTH HOUSTON ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED AN 83... A "B"... AFTER A 96... AN "A"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN... AT 4-09 NORTH DAVIS DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS... ALSO GOT AN 83... DROPPING 11 POINTS FROM THE 94... OR "A"... THEY SCORED ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
AND LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE AT 29-01 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED AN 84... A "B"... FOLLOWING A 97 OR "A"... LAST TIME.
NOW FOR THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER...
OUR PLACE... AT 21-32 HIGHWAY 41 NORTH IN PERRY... SCORED A 96... AN "A"... FOLLOWING A PERFECT 100 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
HARDEE'S AT 28-29 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... SCORED A 95... AN "A"... COMING AFTER A 98... LAST TIME.
AND PAPA JOHN'S AT 100 NORTH HOUSTON LAKE ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS... WHIPPED UP A 98... AN "A"... AFTER A 99... ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FOUR SCORES... AND HAD AN UNUSUALLY CLOSE COMPETITION... EACH OF THE THREE TOP SCORES CAME OUT WITH A TIE... A FOUR SCORE AVERAGE... OF 97.25. BUT THE TIE BREAKER GOES TO...
PAPA JOHN'S IN WARNER ROBINS... WITH THE HIGHEST LAST SCORE... A 98.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT PAPA JOHN'S... JOIN US AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY... FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS. AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK THE FEATURES TAB... AND SCROLL DOWN TO RESTAURANT RATINGS. 


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    A HOT AIR BALLOON HITS THE FAST LANE... TIGER CUBS ARE READY FOR THEIR CLOSE-UP... AND A TRAFFIC STOPPING TORTOISE MAKES AN APPEARANCE IN CALIFORNIA.
     HERE'S ANDY ROSE WITH THE STORIES AND VIDEOS THAT WILL HAVE YOU TALKING IN "TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!"<<
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS! 
THE WIND WAS TO BLAME FOR AN UNPLANNED HOT AIR BALLOON LANDING IN MASSACHUSETTS THURSDAY. 
THE SIX PASSENGERS AND THEIR PILOT FOUND THEMSELVES COMING DOWN LOW OVER THE MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKE. 
BUT NO ONE ON BOARD WAS TOO WORRIED... 
Oh they're tooting and they're waving and we're waving back to them 
We didn't feel any fear at all. 
THE BALLOON TOUCHED DOWN ON AN ACCESS ROAD JUST ABOUT 100 FEET FROM THE HIGHWAY. 
NO ONE WAS INJURED. 
THREE TIGER CUBS ARE MAKING THEIR PUBLIC DEBUT AT FLORIDA'S PALM BEACH ZOO. 
THEY WERE BORN BACK IN MAY, AND NOW WEIGH ABOUT 15 POUNDS EACH. 
THE THREE MALES ARE JUST THE SECOND LITTER OF MALAYAN TIGERS EVER TO BE BORN IN THE U-S. 
THE ZOO EXPECTS TO KEEP THEM IN PALM BEACH FOR SEVERAL YEARS, BUT SAYS THE CUBS MAY ULTIMATELY BE SENT TO OTHER ZOOS FOR MATING. 
DONNY THE TORTOISE CAUSED QUITE A COMMOTION IN BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA RECENTLY. 
AFTER HIS OWNERS LEFT THEIR DOOR OPEN, DONNY MADE A RUN FOR IT. 
HE WAS SPOTTED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD -- THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SHUT IT DOWN TO KEEP HIM SAFE. 
THEY TOOK THE RUNAWAY TORTOISE DOOR-TO-DOOR UNTIL THEY FOUND HIS RIGHTFUL OWNERS.
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