Monday, August 1, 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.
LEAH JOHNSON IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE..

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CAST ITS VOTE ON A DEAL TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING... AND CONGRESSWOMAN GABRIELLE GIFFORDS MADE A SUPRISE VISIT TO THE CHAMBER FOR THE VOTE.
TARA MERGENER HAS MORE ON THE HOUSE VOTE... WHAT'S NEXT IN THE SENATE... AND GIFFORDS' RETURN.
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((nats)) Boehner - vote has passed

A reluctant House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the debt limit and cut the deficit.

Lawmakers spent the day clashing over the deal .

((SOT)) Rep. Maxine Waters (D) California
"I want to congratulate the tea party for extorting a deal made in their image and their image alone."
((SOT)) Rep. Eliot Engel/(D) NY
"This bill to me is a pig in a poke and I'm not willing to buy a pig in a poke."

((NARR-2))
Many Democrats said Republicans would have to put forth the votes for passage because the GOP got the better end of the deal.

((SOT)) Rep. Sean P. Duffy/(R) WISCONSIN

"It's about time this congress come together and figure out a way to live within our means

((SOT)) Rep. Tim Griffin/(R) Arkansas
"I believe this is about as good as we're gonna get. And I am supporting it."

(( NATS APPLAUSE ))

((NARR-3))
During the vote, the House united to welcome back wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords . She returned to the floor for the first time since the shooting in Tuscon to support the deal.

((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Tara Mergener, CBS News, Washington
The plan would raise the borrowing limit into 2013... in exchange for one trillion in spending cuts. It creates a bipartisan Congressional committee to recommend more cuts by November.

((NATS MONEY PRINTING))

((NARR-4))
What it doesn't call for directly is new tax revenue, which the White House says President Obama will continue to push for:

((SOT)) Jay Carney/White House Spokesman
"He fully expects that the joint committee will include tax revenue as part of its consideration and its product."

((SOT)) Rep. John Boehner/(R) House Speaker
"I'm confident their focus will be on reducing expenditures in Washington."

((NARR-5))
Passage by a larger margin is more likely in the Senate, which is scehduled to vote Tuesday. Tara Mergener for CBS News, Washington.
>> CENTRAL GEORGIA'S CONGRESSMEN DIVIDED ALONG PARTY LINES DURING TONIGHT'S VOTE.
DEMOCRATS JOHN BARROW AND SANFORD BISHOP VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE BILL... WHILE REPUBLICANS JACK KINGSTON AND AUSTIN SCOTT VOTED AGAINST IT.
THE HOUSE WILL BE IN RECESS STARTING TOMORROW THROUGH SEPTEMBER SEVENTH.

A MACON WOMAN DIED AFTER A CAR HIT HER WHILE SHE WALKED ACROSS BLOOMFIELD ROAD..
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAID 72 YEAR OLD ERNESTINE SMART DIED AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA SHORTLY AFTER 7:30 TONIGHT..
MACON POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAID SMART WAS HIT BY A 2005 TOYOTA COROLLA TRAVELING NORTH ON BLOOMFIELD ROAD..
GAUDET SAID SMART WAS IN A CROSSWALK WHEN THE CAR HIT HER..
THE DRIVER WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO YIELD TO A PEDESTRIAN..
THE CASE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION..

THE PEACH COUNTY CORONER IDENTIFIED TWO PEOPLE FOUND DEAD IN A MOBILE HOME PARK NEAR BYRON TODAY.
CORONER KERRY ROOKS SAYS THEY WERE 63-YEAR-OLD CAROLYN FOUNTAIN AND HER SON 38-YEAR-OLD DAVID GIDDENS.
THE BODIES WERE FOUND AT A MOBILE HOME PARK OFF HIGHWAY 41.
SHERIFF TERRY DEESE SAYS FOUNTAIN'S DAUGHTER HAD BEEN TRYING TO REACH HER MOTHER AND BROTHER FOR SEVERAL DAYS.
HE SAYS THE DAUGHTER DROVE DOWN TO CHECK ON THEM... FOUND THE DOOR LOCKED... AND ASKED A NEIGHBOR FOR HELP.
DEESE SAYS THE TWO SMELLED AN ODOR AT THE DOOR... THEN CALLED THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
Terry Deese, Peach County Sheriff: "We really don't have a clue. There is no gas, all the appliances are electrical. All the doors were secure, no sign of forced entry. Really nothing to let us know that anything of foul play went on, but at the time, we're not ruling anything out."
PEACH COUNTY CORONER KERRY ROOKS SAYS THE BODIES WILL BE SENT TO THE G-B-I CRIME LAB TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH..

A WOMAN WHO THREATENED A FELLOW HUDDLE HOUSE EMPLOYEE WITH KNIVES WAS SENTENCED MONDAY TO EIGHT YEARS IN JAIL..
46 YEAR OLD CHRISTINA ROBBINS PLEADED GUILTY TO A REDUCED CHARGE OF FALSE IMPRISONMENT AND ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ACCORDING TO HOUSTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE HARTWIG.
KIDNAPPING CHARGES WERE DROPPED AS PART OF A PLEA AGREEMENT.
LAST SEPTEMBER , POLICE SURROUNDED THE HUDDLE HOUSE RESTAURANT ON RUSSELL PARKWAY AFTER ROBBINS THREATENED LISA YOUNG WITH TWO KNIVES, TIED HER TO A CHAIR AND VANDALIZED THE RESTAURANT.
POLICE USED A FLASH GRENADE TO TAKE ROBBINS INTO CUSTODY INSIDE THE RESTAURANT AFTER A STANDOFF.

THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT DOESN'T PLAN TO RAISE THE MILLAGE RATE THIS FISCAL YEAR.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO SYSTEM SPOKESMAN CHRIS FLOORE.
FLOORE SAYS MEMBERS VOTED IN FAVOR OF TENATIVELY IN FAVOR OF KEEPING THE MILLAGE RATE AT NEARLY 18 MILLS... WHERE IT'S BEEN FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS.
THAT MEANS THE SYSTEM WOULD TAKE IN MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS LESS PER YEAR IN TAXES.
SYSTEM CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER RON COLLIER SAYS THE DISTRICT'S BUDGET IS MORE STABLE NOW THAN IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.
HE SAYS THEY BUDGETED FOR CUTS THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN... AND USED FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS TO PAY FOR SOME JOBS.
THE VOTE IS TENTATIVE... BECAUSE THE SYSTEM PLANS TO HOLD A HEARING AT 5-45 P-M ON AUGUST 18TH.... JUST BEFORE THEY TAKE A FINAL VOTE ON THE MILLAGE RATE.

EARLY VOTING FOR THIS MONTH'S RUNOFF ELECTIONS WILL START TOMORROW AT THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS.
VOTERS CAN CAST A BALLOT FOR FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS OR CURRENT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT IN THE MAYORAL RUNOFF... AND FOR FORMER CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT MIRIAM PARIS OR FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS FOR THE STATE SENATE 26 SEAT.
THE OFFICE ON PIO NONO AVENUE IS OPEN FROM 8-30 TO 5-30 MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.
THE LAST DAY FOR EARLY VOTING WILL BE AUGUST 12TH... THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE ELECTION.

MORE THAN 30 MACON STREETS COULD GET A FACELIFT SOON.
A CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE APPROVED NEARLY 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR CITY STREET REPAIRS.
CITY ENGINEER BILL CAUSEY SAYS THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO PATCH UP 15 CONCRETE ROADS... SUCH AS CURRY PLACE IN EAST MACON.
THEY'LL ALSO REPAIR 16 ASPHALT STREETS... SO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CAN REPAVE THEM.
CAUSEY SAYS SOME OF THE ROADS... LIKE BOULEVARD IN EAST MACON... ARE DAMAGED WHEN UTILITY CREWS DIG INTO THEM TO FIX GAS OR SEWER LINES.
Bill Causey, City Engineer: This road is not at a point of being a hazard it's more at the point of being an annoyance to drivers and people that live on the street and it just shows a lack of repair in neighborhoods all neighborhoods look better when their streets are kept up.
FULL COUNCIL STILL HAS TO VOTE ON THE PLAN... THEN MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT WOULD HAVE TO SIGN CONTRACTS WITH CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES FOR THE REPAIRS.
CAUSEY SAYS HE EXPECTS WORK TO BEGIN IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS.

IF YOU'RE DRIVING PAST THE MACON MALL LATER THIS MONTH... YOU MAY NOTICE THAT THE BUILDING IS A LITTLE SMALLER.
MALL MARKETING MANAGER MISHAY BINGHAM SAYS THEY'RE GOING TO START KNOCKING DOWN THE EAST WING ON AUGUST 15TH.
THAT'S THE NEWER WING... THAT ONCE HOUSED DILLARDS AND VICTORIA SECRET.
BINGHAM SAYS THEY'LL ADD A PARKING LOT AND GRASSY AREA WHERE THE ATRIUM NOW SITS.
SHE SAYS THE OLD DILLARD'S BUILDING WILL STAND ON ITS OWN... WHILE THEY LOOK FOR A NEW TENANT.
"its just what we thoguht would be the best thing to do to be able to focus on the tenants that we have inside the mall, attracting national tenants, and utilizing the space we have over by where the food court is, what we call the west wing."

HOUSTON COUNTY STUDENTS ARE BACK HOME FROM THEIR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL... AND GETTING READY TO DO IT ALL AGAIN TOMORROW.
VIDEOJOURNALIST JENNIFER MOULLIET WAS ON HAND FOR THE FIRST DAY AT DAVID A. PERDUE PRIMARY SCHOOL TODAY
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"bus pulling up"
"bus doors swing open"
"hey Malik"
"bus engine"

Amanda Yoh, Assistant Principal:"We have lots of little boys and girls coming in they're so excited to have their first day and meet their new friends and new teachers and just enjoy school. it's just a wonderful place to be."

"cheese"
Leslie Shultz, Principal: "so good to see you, you boys I have missed you"

Cindy O'Reilly, parent: "I've never seen such welcoming from the principal and the staff, he's going to be in good hands."

Fred Wilson, Board of Education Member: "You have a great day okay and a great year. Good morning, good morning, good morning you have a great day and a great year okay."

"claps"

Amanda Yoh, Assistant Principal: "Parents and kids coming in from everywhere there's lots of new ones. New little faces that didn't know where to go so we had lots of help though to direct them and get them where they needed to be."

Dawn Ferrai-Kriechbaum, parent: "My daughter is five she just started her first year in kindergarten, no tears so, so far so good?"

Leslie Shultz, Principal: "We're so excited that you are back in the building we have missed you so much. Let's start our day by standing together to say the pledge of allegiance."

"See ya later"

"bus drives away"
>> BIBB COUNTY STUDENTS START SCHOOL A WEEK FROM TOMORROW... ON AUGUST NINTH.

THIS WEEKEND'S BOX OFFICE BATTLE WAS SO FIERCE... IT WASN'T DECIDED UNTIL TODAY.
MEANWHILE... HARRY POTTER JOINED A SPECIAL CLUB
"HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART TWO" GETS A SPECIAL MENTION AT NUMBER FOUR WITH 22 MILLION IN TICKET SALES.
IT DIDN'T CONJURE UP ENOUGH CASH TO MAKE THE TOP THREE... BUT IT DID HIT THE ONE BILLION DOLLAR MARK AT THE WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE.
IT'S THE FIRST OF THE EIGHT "HARRY POTTER" FILMS TO JOIN THE BILLIONAIRES CLUB.
POWERING ITS WAY TO NUMBER 3 ON THE COUNTDOWN... "CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER."
IT BROUGHT IN 25.6 MILLION DOLLARS THIS WEEKEND.
THE MOVIE STARS CHRIS EVANS IN THE TITLE ROLE.
AND COMING IN AT NUMBER TWO... BY LESS THAN A MILLION DOLLAR-MARGIN... THE LITTLE BLUE SMURFS.
THE BLUE GUYS AND GAL... RAISED 35-POINT6 MILLION THIS WEEKEND.
THE LIVE ACTION MOVIE STARS.. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER STAR... NEIL PATRICK HARRIS.
YESTERDAY'S ESTIMATES HAD THE SMURFS TIED FOR THE TOP SPOT... BUT TODAY'S NUMBERS TOLD A DIFFERENT STORY.
(PAUSE FOR NATS)
JUST SQUEAKING BY THE BLUE GUYS FOR THE TOP SPOT... COWBOYS AND ALIENS..
THE SCI FI WESTERN OPENED WITH 36 POINT 4 MILLION DOLLARS.
THE FILM STARS DANIEL CRAIG AND HARRISON FORD.

JUST IN TIME FOR THE START OF THE FALL SEMESTER... THE PRINCETON REVIEW HAS RELEASED ITS LIST OF TOP PARTY SCHOOLS... AND TOP STONE-COLD SOBER SCHOOLS IN THE U-S.
AND ON BOTH SIDES... THE TOP THREE FEATURED A SCHOOL RIGHT HERE IN THE PEACH STATE.
ON THE PARTY SCHOOL SIDE... U-G-A DROPPED FROM ITS FORMER NUMBER ONE POSITION... TO THE NUMBER TWO SPOT BEHIND OHIO UNIVERSITY.
ON THE STONE-COLD SOBER SIDE... WESLEYAN MADE NUMBER THREE... BEHIND BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY AND WHEATON COLLEGE IN ILLINOIS.

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