Thursday, May 31, Eyewitness News at 11

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OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... STRONG STORMS BLEW THROUGH PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA... SPARKING A COUPLE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS.
LET'S JOIN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IN THE WEATHER CENTER FOR THE LATEST... BEN?

THROUGH THEIR LAWYER.... A BUTLER COUPLE DENIES MISTREATING THEIR TEENAGE DAUGHTER.
THE G-B-I IS INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS THAT SAMUEL AND DIANA FRANKLIN LOCKED THEIR 15-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER INSIDE SOME KIND OF SHED FOR MONTHS... WITHOUT FOOD AND WATER.
THEY HAVE NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME.
AUSTIN LEWIS LEARNED THAT A G-B-I CHILD SPECIALIST OFFICER WAS IN COLUMBUS TODAY.... TO INTERVIEW THE DEPUTY WHO FIRST RESPONDED TO THE COMPLAINT LAST WEEK.
WE TALKED TO SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE WAYNE SMITH... WHO WOULD SAY ONLY THAT THE GIRL IS SAFE... AND THAT HE THINKS SHE'S STILL IN DFACS CUSTODY.
WE ALSO LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE FRANKLINS.
THEY MOVED TO EAST OLD WIRE ROAD IN 2009.
WE ALSO REACHED OUT TO THE FRANKLIN'S ATTORNEY IN MACON... KEVIN BRADLEY.
HE DECLINED TO SPEAK TO US ...BUT EMAILED A STATEMENT.
IT SAYS... THE FRANKLIN'S DENY ALL ALLEGATIONS THAT THEY HAVE MISTREATED THEIR DAUGHTER.
THEY LOVE THEIR DAUGHTER AND LOOK FORWARD TO HER RETURNING HOME.
THE FRANKLINS INTEND TO HANDLE THIS MATTER IN THE COURTS AND NOT TO TRY THIS CASE IN THE MEDIA.

THE CAMPAIGN FRAUD CASE AGAINST JOHN EDWARDS ENDED IN A MISTRIAL TODAY.
JURORS COULDN'T AGREE WHETHER LARGE SUMS OF MONEY EDWARDS RECEIVED FROM WEALTHY DONORS WERE COMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS OR GIFTS TO HELP COVER UP HIS PREGNANT MISTRESS.
MANUEL GALLEGUS HAS MORE FROM GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA.
JOHN EDWARDS LEFT THE GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA COURTHOUSE SAYING HE BROKE HIS MARRIAGE VOW, BUT NOT THE LAW.

SOT - Edwards

"While I do not believe I did anything illegal, or ever thought I was doing anything illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong and there is no one else responsible for my sins."

EDWARDS WAS ACQUITTED OF ONE COUNT OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE FRAUD... BUT THE JURY DEADLOCKED ON THE OTHER FIVE. PROSECUTORS HAD SAID EDWARDS ACCEPTED ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS FROM TWO WEALTHY SUPPORTERS AS CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS - WELL ABOVE LEGAL LIMITS. EDWARDS'S DEFENSE ARGUED THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CONSIDERED THE DONATIONS GIFTS.

THE PROSECUTION RELIED HEAVILY ON THE TESTIMONY OF FORMER EDWARDS AIDE, ANDREW YOUNG. YOUNG TESTIFIED HE ACCEPTED THE MONEY TO PAY LIVING EXPENSES FOR RIELLE HUNTER - EDWARDS' PREGNANT MISTRESS.

SOT - Kieran Shanahan/Former Federal Prosecutor

"The witnesses who did testify - Andrew Young and his wife - obviously the jury did not find them credible enough to bring about a guilty verdict."

STANDUP BRIDGE: EDWARDS DID NOT TESTIFY IN HIS OWN DEFENSE. BUT AFTER THE JUDGE DECLARED A MISTRIAL, HE THANKED HIS FAMILY, AND SAID HE MIGHT NOT BE THROUGH WITH PUBLIC LIFE.

SOT - Edwards 17:13:11

"I don't think God's through with me. I really believe He still thinks there's things I can do."

BUT HIS LEGAL PROBLEMS MIGHT NOT BE OVER. PROSECUTORS COULD STILL MOVE FOR ANOTHER TRIAL, ALTHOUGH LEGAL EXPERTS SAY THAT IS UNLIKELY.
EDWARDS COULD HAVE FACED UP TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON IF HE WAS CONVICTED ON ALL COUNTS.

ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A... A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED GAS COSTS AN AVERAGE OF 3-26 IN MACON TODAY.
BUT IF YOU BUY YOUR GAS IN JONES COUNTY... YOU'RE PAYING ABOUT 20 CENTS MORE THAN THAT.
AS JUDY LE FOUND.... THAT MIGHT ALL CHANGE NEXT YEAR.
nat - pump gas
GAS PRICES IN JONES COUNTY MIGHT DIP IN A YEAR. FOR NOW...PEOPLE IN THE AREA ARE FILLING UP THEIR GAS TANKS A FEW DOLLARS AT A TIME...
sot eddie barnes, gray - 31 i'm gonna get about 15 dollars of gas 33
HE'LL FILL UP THE REST OF THE TANK...SOMEWHERE ELSE.
sot tj heath, gas station owner - 30 in jones county, today, we're paying 19 cents a gallon more
sot barnes - 55 it's cheaper to go to macon to get some, you know, it's the chepaest around 100
THE STATE THE ENVIORNMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION LISTS JONES AS ONE OF 45 COUNTIES THAT CONTRIBUTES TO ATLANTA'S POOR AIR QUALITY .
THAT MEANS STATIONS IN JONES COUNTY MUST SELL A SPECIAL BLEND OF FUEL...THAT CAUSES LESS POLLUTION.
BUT NOW THE STATE E-P-D HAS RELEASED A TIMETABLE...THAT SAYS THEY'LL TAKE JONES COUNTY OFF THE LIST BY JUNE 20-13
standup - jones county commissioner tommy robinson says the timeline is filled with estimates and maybes. he says he wanted to hear a more definte answer.
CHANGES DEPEND ON HOW FAST THE FEDERAL E-P-A APPROVES THE REQUEST.
sot heath - 252 i think they know we're tired and not going to deal with it anymore 254
sot jeremy wiggins, macon - 204 i think itll help a lot of people in jones county. it'll help a lot of people, especially since they won't have to make that drive all the way to macon or a surrounding county just to get some cheaper gas 215
THE PROCESS MIGHT TAKE ABOUT A YEAR -- MAYBE MORE...MAYBE LESS.
JUDY LE...13WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
JONES COUNTY IS REQUIRED BY GEORGIA'S ENVIORNMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION TO SELL A SPECIAL BLEND OF GAS THAT RAISES THE PRICE.

THERE ARE ABOUT 12 MILLION CANCER SURVIVORS IN THE U-S... AND THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA CELEBRATED THEM TODAY.
THIS MARKS THE 25th YEAR OF THE CANCER SURVIVOR DAY CELEBRATION.
STORYTELLER AND CANCER SURVIVOR BARBARA DOOLEY SHARED HER STORY... USING A LITTLE HUMOR.
SHE INTRODUCED WHAT SHE CALLS... THE TEN POSITIVES OF CANCER... INCLUDING... NOT HAVING TO COOK OR CLEAN.
Barbara Dooley: "There's so many of us that went into cancer frightened... scared... and had no idea what was ahead. I really try to talk to people and make them realize that its the beginning of a new period in their lives rather than an end."
DOOLEY IS ALSO THE WIFE OF LEGENDARY U-G-A FOOTBALL COACH VINCE DOOLEY.

THE COX CAPITOL THEATER WILL PRESENT A BENEFIT FOR COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER NICK MALLOY... TOMORROW NIGHT.
HE'S THE 23-YEAR-OLD SON OF OUR OWN FRANK MALLOY..
NICK WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A CAR CRASH IN APRIL.
WE SPOKE WITH FRANK TODAY ABOUT NICK'S RECOVERY AT THE SHEPARD CENTER IN ATLANTA.
"He's doing better. The upper body is good. He can use both of his arms now. He's finally got the left arm working very well now and he's manuvering now pretty well in the wheel chair now. He's graduated from the power wheel chair to the manual wheel chair and is able to get around very, very well and I think he's looking forward to getting a chance to seeing a lot of friends and a lot of people who have been showing their support for him and I know he's looking forward to that too."

TOMORROW'S BENEFIT CONCERT WILL FEATURE LIVE MUSIC AND AN AUCTION.
THE AUCTION INCLUDES SOME GREAT NOSTALGIC ITEMS... LIKE AUTOGRAPHED POSTERS OF MOTHER'S FINEST... AND KELLER WILLIAMS.
NICK'S GODFATHER... BILL ELDER HOPES TOMORROW'S PROGRAM WILL INSPIRE THOSE CLOSE TO HIM... AND THE PUBLIC TO COME OUT.
Bill Elder, Macon: "We're supporting them and encouraging Nick and whatever he's facing as far as his recovery is concerned. It continues to be a day to day thing. He's doing very well... but this is going to take awhile. We want to be sure that the family knows and he knows that we're there for them."
THE BENEFIT FOR NICK MALLOY STARTS AT 7 P.M. TOMORROW NIGHT... AT THE COX CAPITOL THEATER.
BALCONY SEATS ARE FIFTEEN DOLLARS AND FLOOR SEATS ARE 20.

IT'S THE FIRST WEEKEND OF JUNE AND SCENE 13 HAS A FEW OPTIONS TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR DAYS.
FIRST UP... THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT IS GETTING IN ON THE FRIDAY FEST FUN WITH FAMILY FUN FEST.
IT'S GOING DOWN AT CHERRY STREET PLAZA BETWEEN THE SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND THE GEORGIA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM.
FAMILY FUN FEST FEATURES GAMES... LINE DANCING... FOOD... AND PLENTY MORE.
THAT'S FROM 6 P-M TO 9 P-M TOMORROW NIGHT.
AND WHAT'S NINE DAYS LONG AND INCLUDES THE WORLD'S LARGEST PEACH COBBLER?
IT'S THE GEORGIA PEACH FESTIVAL... AND THE FIRST WEEKEND IS KICKING OFF IN BYRON WITH A LUNCHEON TOMORROW.
THEN ON SATURDAY... HEAD TO THE BYRON DOWNTOWN MARKET FOR THE PEACH DESSERT CONTEST.
AND SHANE BRIDGES IS HAVING A BUSY WEEKEND... HE'LL BE PLAYING A FREE CONCERT AT NORTH PEACH PARK AT 4 P-M.
AND YOU CAN CAP OFF THE PEACHY DAY... WITH FIREWORKS AT 9-45 SATURDAY NIGHT.
OR TAKE A TRIP TO JONES COUNTY... FOR THE DAY LILY FESTIVAL.
THAT'S HAPPENING TOMORROW AND SATURDAY ON RAILROAD STREET IN GRAY.
YOU CAN ENJOY THE FOOD... BROWSE THE ARTS AND CRAFTS... TAKE IN THE TEDDY BEAR PARADE... THE CAR SHOW... LIVE ENTERTAINMENT... AND THAT'S ONLY ABOUT HALF THE ACTIVITIES ON DECK.
CATCH THE FUN FRIDAY NIGHT FROM 6 TO 9 AND THEN AGAIN ON SATURDAY FROM 9 A-M TO 4 P-M.
YOU CAN ALSO COME PLAY IN MILLEDGEVILLE... FOR THE CITY'S FIRST EVER BEACH BASH.
60 TONS OF SAND WILL FILL THE PARKING LOT NEXT TO THE POST OFFICE TOMORROW AS PART OF THE FIRST FRIDAY FUN.
YOU CAN GET YOUR FACE PAINTED... OR ENJOY SOME SUMMER TUNES.
THEN... AT 9 P-M... CHECK OUT THE FIRST FILM OF THE SUMMER MOVIE SERIES... "GREASE."
FINALLY... IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IN A PLAY THIS WEEKEND... THE DOUGLASS THEATRE HAS AN OFFERING FOR YOU.
"THE RED SPIDER" IS A STORY OF LOVE... JEALOUSY... ENVY AND RAGE... WRITTEN BY LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT WINSPHERE JONES.
IT OPENS FRIDAY NIGHT AT 7-30... WITH ANOTHER SHOWING AT THE SAME TIME SATURDAY.
TICKETS ARE TEN DOLLARS IN ADVANCE... AND 15 DOLLARS AT THE DOOR.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... JUST CALL THE THEATRE AT 742-2000.
THAT'S 742-2000.

AND IF YOU'VE GOT MOVIES ON YOUR MIND... A TWIST ON THE CLASSIC STORY OF SNOW WHITE HITS THE BIG SCREEN THIS WEEKEND.
THE TIMELESS FAIRY TALE RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN IN "SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN."
"TWILIGHT'S" KRISTEN STEWART PLAYS THE YOUNG BEAUTY... AND CHARLIZE THERON TAKES ON THE ROLE OF THE EVIL QUEEN.
THE HUNTSMAN SHE SENDS AFTER SNOW WHITE... PLAYED BY CHRIS HEMSWORTH... INSTEAD BECOMES HER PROTECTOR AND TEACHES HER TO FIGHT.
"SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN" IS RATED PG-13.

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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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