Saturday, July 30, Eyewitness News at 6

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LAWMAKERS PLOW THROUGH THE WEEKEND... WITH ONLY TWO DAYS TO GO UNTIL TIME RUNS OUT... ON THE DEADLINE TO REACH AN AGREEMENT ON THE NATIONAL BUDGET...

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE... I'M BRITTINY BARBER.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS IS IN SESSION ALL WEEKEND...

WADING THROUGH THE LAST FEW DAYS AND HOURS LEFT TO SETTLE CONFLICT OVER THE NATIONAL BUDGET.

JESSICA STONE TAKES US THROUGH THE NEGOTIATIONS.

nats house) "The bill is not passed"

The Republican controlled house rejected Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan to raise the debt ceiling even before the senate could take up the bill.

Democrats aren't giving up on the plan which would cut 2-point-4 trillion in spending over 10 years and give the President the ability to raise the debt ceiling in three steps.

(SOT REP. ROBERT ANDREWS (D-NJ) 1346) "I think you'll see the Reid plan become the basis for the final deal which will pass on Monday night."

Reid's bill faces an uphill battle in the senate.

43 Republican senators signed a letter Saturday rejecting the measure calling it reckless.

It requires the backing of at least seven republicans to clear a test vote scheduled for 1 o-clock Sunday morning

(SOT Sen. Mitch McConnell / R - Kentucky ) "The American people are frustrated with us and they want us to come together and reach an agreement."

The President says he wants a bill on his desk by Tuesday..

(SOT OBAMA) ``The time for compromise on behalf of the American people is now. .''

(STANDUP Jessica Stone/Washington) Congress pledges to work through the weekend. If both sides can't agree by Tuesday - - the government says it won't be able to pay all its bills.

That includes social security checks and veterans' benefits.

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Soldiers on the frontlines in Aghanistan asked the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if they'll get their pay checks if the nation defaults. .

(nat sot) "I honestly don't know the answer"

President Obama is keeping a close eye on negotiations. He called Democratic leaders back to the White House for more talks this afternoon.

Jessica Stone, CBS News, Washington.

THE HOUSE PASSED REPUBLICAN SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER'S PLAN TO TRIM 917 BILLION DOLLARS FRIDAY NIGHT.. BUT THE SENATE QUICKLY TABLED THE BUILL.

REID SAYS THAT PLAN MAY STILL BE USED AS A FRAMEWORK IN A COMPROMISE DEAL.

CENTRAL GEORGIA'S U-S REPRESENTATIVE... ISSUED A STATEMENT ABOUT THE DEBT NEGOCIATIONS...

EIGHTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN... REPUBLICAN AUSTIN SCOTT ... VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE (BAY-ner) BOEHNER PLAN.

HE SAID... "JUST AS I WOULD DO ALL THAT I COULD.... TO PREVENT MY OWN FAMILY BUSINESS FROM DEFAULTING.... I WILL DO ALL THAT I CAN TO PREVENT AMERICA FROM DEFAULTING ON OUR OBLIGATIONS.

"THAT IS WHY I VOTED FOR THIS REASONABLE..... RESPONSIBLE BILL.... THAT CUTS GOVERNMENT SPENDING.... AVOIDS A DEFAULT.... AND HELPS CREATE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR JOB CREATION IN AMERICA."

MEANWHILE... GEORGIA'S STATE REPRESENTATIVES HAVE A MASSIVE TASK OF THEIR OWN...

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF REDISTRICTING IN THIS STATE... REPUBLICANS ARE IN CHARGE OF DECIDING HOW LINES WILL FALL.

LAWMAKERS WILL HEAD BACK TO THE GEORGIA CAPITOL ON AUGUST15TH... TO REDEFINE THE GEOGRAPHIC POLITICAL BOUNDARIES FOR OFFICES... INCLUDING LEGISLATIVE AND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS... AND COUNTY PRECINCTS...

THE PEACH STATE'S INCREASE IN POPULATION..... EARNED US A NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT...

IT WILL MOST LIKELY BE IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE... WHERE THE MOST GROWTH OCCURRED... AS PEOPLE FLOCKED TO THE AREA FOR JOBS.

A BULLET GRAZED A BIBB COUNTY WOMAN'S LEG.... AFTER WITNESS SAY A SHOOTER FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS AT HER HOUSE...

ACCORDING TO THE BIBB COUNTY SHERRIFF'S OFFICE... 50-YEAR OLD JOANN DURHAM.... WAS INSIDE THIS HOME IN THE END OF THE 33-HUNDRED BLOCK ON EAST ROYAL COURT LAST NIGHT...

WHEN WITNESSES SAY... SHOTS RANG OUT.

ONE OF THE BULLETS RICOCHETED OFF THE WALL.... AND GRAZED DURHAM'S THIGH.

PARAMEDICS TREATED HER ON THE SCENE.

MEANWHILE, INVESTIGATORS ARE WORKING WITH WITNESSES TO GET A DESCRIPTION OF THE SHOOTER.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON EITHER INVESTIGATION... YOU'RE ASKED TO CALL THE BIBB SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-746-9441...

THAT NUMBER IS...

478-746-9441.

ABOUT A MONTH AGO.... A 21-YEAR OLD MAN WAS INJURED ON THAT SAME STREET...

HE HEAD WAS GRAZED BY A BULLET.

HUNDREDS OF KIDS FILLED THEIR SCHOOL BOOKBAGS A LITTLE EARLY THIS YEAR....

IT WAS PART OF A FUNDRAISER BY WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH IN WARNER ROBINS... CALLED "BACK TO SCHOOL COMMUNITY COOK-OUT."

THEY GRILLED UP SOME HOT DOGS... AND HANDED OUT NOTEBOOK PAPER.. PENS... AND PENCILS TO KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY.

ORGAINZER CRAIG LAYTON SAYS IT'S A WAY TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE IN NEED...

Craig Layton, Director Pardoned Ministries westside baptist Church: "Some people especially in this area are having to decide whether to pay their rent or buy their kids supplies to go to school and maybe we can just in some way offset some of that and help them to relieve some of that burden."

LAYTON SAYS ANY LEFT OVER SUPPLIES ARE DONATED TO THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

CLAYTON COUNTY WILL KICK OFF ITS SCHOOL YEAR WITH GOOD NEWS....

THE DISTRICT REGAINED FULL ACCREDITATION.

IN 2008... THE SYSTEM LOST ITS STATUS.... BECAUSE OF CONFLICTS ON THE SCHOOL BOARD.

IT WON ACCREDITATION BACK IN MAY 2009... BUT REMAINED ON PROBATION FOR TWO YEARS TO ADDRESS LINGERING ISSUES.

ACCORDING TO THE CERTIFYING STATE BOARD,... THOSE ISSUES ARE ALL SETTLED NOW.

THAT MEANS THE CLASS OF 20-12 WILL WALK ACROSS THE STAGE AT ITS COMMENCEMENT NEXT SPRING... WITH DIPLOMAS FROM FULLY ACCREDITED SCHOOLS.

MACON IS FULL OF SWEET MUSIC RIGHT NOW... AS BRAGG JAM 20-11 KICKED OFF JUST ABOUT AN HOUR AGO...

BUT FESTIVITIES LEADING UP TO THE CONCERT SERIES TUNED UP LONG BEFORE...

(sound of band playing)

CHERRY STREET PLAZA WAS FILLED WITH THE SOUNDS... AND THE WORK OF LOCAL ARTISTS TODAY...

FOR "ARTS AT THE PARK"...

VENDORS SOLD ALL KINDS OF ARTWORK... HAND-MADE CRAFTS... AND TASTY TREATS.

FOR THE KIDS... FACE-PAINTING BOOTHS... TIE DYE STATIONS... AND GROUP PROJECTS MADE FOR A FULL DAY.

PLENTY OF LOCAL PERFORMERS ALSO GAVE VISITORS A PREVIEW OF SOME OF THE MUSICAL ACTS TO COME.

NOW... EVENTS CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT WITH MUSIC FROM THREE DOZEN AREA BANDS.

WE'LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION ON THAT...LATER IN THE SHOW.

DOZENS OF PEOPLE CAME OUT TO WELCOME BACK WARNER ROBINS HOMETOWN TEAM...

THE EAST ALL-STARS ROLLED BACK INTO CENTRAL GEORGIA.... AFTER WINNING A STATE TITLE YESTERDAY SUZANNE LAWLER SHOWS US HOW THEY CELEBRATED....

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THE TEAM OUT PACED COLUMBUS-AMERICAN FRIDAY IN CARTERVILLE... BEATING THEM 4 TO 2....

AND TODAY THEY BROUGHT THE TROPHY BACK TO WARNER ROBINS....

AS THE BUSES ROLLED IN... FAMILY AND FRIENDS CHEERED.... FOR THE TEAM THAT'S NOW MOVING ON TO THE LITTLE LEAGUE SOUTHEAST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT THAT'S RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO FLINT ENERGIES FIELD.

THE PLAYERS POURED OFF THE BUSES.... BRINGING WITH THEM THE COVETED STATE TITLE.

THE TOOK SOME TIME TO POSE FOR PICTURES...

COACHES AND PLAYERS SHOWED THEIR EXCITEMENT ABOUT TAKING HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE IN THE NEXT ROUND.

10Buddy DEal, Coach WR AMerican Little League East: "Just being able to come back home and as big as baseball is in Warner Robins being able to be on the big stage in your own home town knowing youre going to have the sport you're going to have. I mean you couldn't ask for more."

15Jacob giles pitcher and third: "Its great you got like the momentum behind you and everybody there to cheer you on you're not far away."

Trey Odom, 1st baseman and pitcher: "It was pretty big cause we're gettign to go to regionals and we're the first team to ever go to the new stadium.."

WARNER ROBINS WILL PLAY THE TENNESSEE STATE CHAMPION... FRIDAY AT 1 P-M.

YOU'VE GOT TO LIKE THEIR CHANCES... IN THE GEORGIA STATE TOURNAMENT THEY WENT UNDEFEATED AND OUTSCORED THIER COMPETITION 66-14.

REGION PLAY GETS GOING ON THURSDAY.... THE BOYS PLAY FRIDAY AT ONE P.M.

BRITTANY THE GIRLS ARE IN ACTION TONIGHT... GEORGIAS SOFTBALL STATE CHAMPION WHICH IS FROM BARTOW COUNTY HITS THE FIELD AT SEVEN THIS EVENING... DON'T FORGET ADMISSION FOR THE GIRLS THIS WEEKEND AND THE BOYS NEXT WEEK IS COMPLETELY FREE.

THANKS SUZANNE

WHAT *WAS* TROPICAL STORM DON... SCOOTED ACROSS SOUTH TEXAS EARLY THIS MORNING...

THIS VIDEO IS FROM CORPUS CHRISTIE...

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NOW ...DON HAS BEEN DOWNGRADED..

IT IS NOW A TROPICAL DEPRESSION...

AND BRITTINY... THIS THING REALLY ONLY PRODUCED A COUPLE OF INCHES OF RAIN...

MUCH LESS SEVERE THAN ORIGINALLY PREDICTED.

A LITTLE EARLIER IN THE SHOW... WE TALKED ABOUT BRAGG JAM... A MUSICAL EVENT FEATURING MORE THAN 36 AREA BANDS...

THE LOCATION? ALL OVER DOWNTOWN..

THE EVENT STARTED ABOUT 5... AND CONTINUES UNTIL 2 A.M... IF YOU'RE UP FOR THE LONG HAUL...

FOLKS CAN START AT THE ROOKERY... MELLOW MUSHROOM... OR THE SHAMROCK... WHERE ORGANIZERS ARE SELLING OFFICIAL BRAGG JAM T-SHIRTS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON VENUES.. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE...

AND... CANDACE ADORKA IS OUT ON THE MUSIC SCENE RIGHT NOW... SO WE'LL HAVE A WHOLE LOT MORE ON THE EVENT AT 11.

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