Sunday, June 24 Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
 I'M JENNIFER MOULLIET, AND THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DISCONTINUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR LOUISIANA.
 THEY SAY THE LATEST FORECAST MODELS SHOW THE STATE IS UNDER LESS OF A THREAT FROM TROPICAL STORM DEBBY THAN INITIALLY THOUGHT.
 BUT THE FOLKS NEAR THE LOUISIANA COAST ARE STILL KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE STORM.
 MONICA HERNANDEZ TELLS YOU HOW ONE PARISH IS GETTING READY- AND WHERE THE BIGGEST CONCERNS ARE.

Nungesser
"we've been watching it all night, it's come up 1.5 feet since yesterday"

And with water already rising so quickly near myrtle grove in plaquemines, parish president billy nungesser says his biggest concern as he monitors tropical storm debby? The possibility water will overtop these vulnerable levees. It did so during tropical storm lee last year... shutting down the critical highway 23-- the only major evacuation route for parts of the parish.

"when that floods, it shuts down everything in south plaquemines"

(----standup----)
"Parish crews will be out here tomorrow morning to put sand bags all throughout this levee to bring it up to 4 feet. "

Nungesser plans to declare a state of emergency for the parish tomorrow morning.

Nungesser
"I think we need to be on our toes. There's no sense in panicking right now but we'll be watching all night. "

Mary Tucker is certainly on her toes.

tucker
" I had my son pick up all the loose stuff on the dock and put it in his boat. "

Tucker lives at the nearby Myrtle Grove Estates, which is outside levee protection. It quickly flooded during tropical storm lee.

Mary
"last year lee with lee, which was supposed to be nothing.. it was dry... we were under water. they had to get me out by airboat. "

But Tucker's neighbor, Bob Boo-day,(Boudet) is waiting for a more certain forecast before making sure his belongings are high and dry.

Boudet
"I'm not nervous at all but I will be prepared. "

Meanwhile, Nungesser says the state signed a contract with the corps of engineers last week... to double the height of levees here and make them part of the federal protection system. Construction is scheduled to begin next year
NUNGESSER PLANS TO CONTINUE MONITORING WEATHER CONDITIONS.
 IF THE STORM SURGE STRENGTHENS, CREWS WILL LINE HIGHWAY-23 WITH HESCO BASKETS.
 EVACUATIONS ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOUTH... BUT AGAIN THAT DEPENDS ON THE FORECAST
THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY IS HOPING TO INCREASE THE USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITH ... TRY TRANSIT WEEK... KEEPING MIDDLE GEORGIA MOVING.
 MOVE ASIDE PEACHES...BLUEBERRIES TAKE THE TOP SPOT AMONG GEORGIA'S FRUITS.
 ACCORDING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA DATA...BLUEBERRY SALES ARE FIVE TIMES WHAT THEY WERE IN 2003...WHILE PEACH SALES REMAIN STAGNANT.
(nat - i pick right and elft handed it just depends on what hand i have in the tree or in the bush)
 FRANK LOCHNER...WHO OWNS COUGAR CREEK FARM IN FORT VALLEY...HAS HALF AN ACRE FILLED WITH THESE BLUE GEMS.
 HE BOUGHT THE FARM 14 YEARS AGO...AND WITH IT CAME BLUEBERRY BUSHES.
 THE 69-YEAR OLD CREDITS THE ANTIOXIDANTS FOR HIS LONGEVITY...BUT FOR SIX YEAR OLD JILLIAN GOWEN...IT'S ALL ABOUT THE TASTE.
maybe thats why ive been here for so long. because i look forward to spring and coming out and stuffing my cheek pouches as much as i can during blueberry season.
i love to pick them. they are so delicious. yummy yummy yummy.
BLUEBERRIES MAY HAVE RISEN IN STOCK DOWN IN FORT VALLEY...
 BUT TODAY IN DOWNTOWN MACON... FOLKS WANTED A LITTLE DIVERSTIY ON THEIR PLATE.... AND THERE WAS PLENTY TO GO AROUND.
It gets you to talkin.. expressin what you feel about it or how it tastes. This tastes so good you gotta tell somebody about it.
NICOLE ABDOU THE MARKETING DIRECTOR FOR THE TUBMAN... SAYS SOME OF MOST POPULAR STOPS AT THE FESTIVAL... INCLUDED THE JAMAICAN JERK CHICKEN.... BANANNA PUDDING FROM AFRICA... AND AN EGYPTIAN STEW.

ALL EYES WILL FOCUS ON THE U-S SUPREME COURT THIS WEEK.
 THE JUSTICES' RULING ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT COULD HAVE FAR-REACHING CONSEQUENCES.
 ATHENA JONES SPOKE WITH ONE FAMILY BENEFITTING FROM THE PROVISION OF THE LAW ALLOWING YOUNG ADULTS TO STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE COVERAGE.
nats: My name is Christina and I'll be your server
TWENTY-THREE YEAR OLD COLLEGE STUDENT CHRISTINA WHITE WORKS TWO JOBS TO HELP PAY THE BILLS
NEITHER JOB OFFERS HEALTH INSURANCE -- SO LIKE MORE THAN THREE MILLION YOUNG ADULTS UNDER TWENTY-SIX, SHE'S NOW COVERED UNDER HER MOTHER'S PLAN BECAUSE OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.
I would have to have insurance. I mean, I don't think I could go without.
ONE BIG REASON? CHRISTINA -- AN AVID RUNNER AND ATHLETE -- SUFFERS FROM ASTHMA.
SHE PAYS ABOUT TWENTY DOLLARS A MONTH FOR HER DAILY MEDICATION. WITHOUT INSURANCE IT WOULD COST HER ABOUT TWELVE TIMES THAT.
AND IT'S NOT JUST MEDICATION.
A bad cold in an asthmatic can lead to an emergency room visit and an increased need for medication and so increased cost.
I wasn't able to be on my mother's plan I would have to probably find a job where they did offer health insurance.
ALLOWING YOUNG ADULTS TO STAY ON THEIR PARENTS' INSURANCE PLANS IS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL PROVISIONS OF THE LAW ALREADY IN EFFECT.
AMONG OTHERS--INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN NO LONGER TAKE AWAY COVERAGE IF YOU BECOME SICK OR IMPOSE LIFETIME DOLLAR LIMITS ON ESSENTIAL BENEFITS LIKE HOSPITAL STAYS.
THEY ALSO CAN'T DENY COVERAGE TO CHILDREN UNDER 19 WITH A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION.
BUT ALL THAT COULD CHANGE DEPENDING ON HOW THE SUPREME COURT RULES.
AT ISSUE IS A KEY PROVISION OF THE LAW THAT, STARTING IN 2014, WILL REQUIRE EVERYONE TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE OR FACE A FINE. THE COURT COULD STRIKE DOWN ALL OR PART OF THE LAW.
The court might strike down the mandate and leave the rest of the law in place and it would be up to Congress to decide whether that works or whether Congress has to make some changes in the law to adjust it and get it right.
IF THE COURT STRIKES DOWN THE WHOLE LAW, CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO STEP IN TO KEEP OTHER MEASURES IN PLACE -- AND ELECTION-YEAR POLITICS WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY DELAY ACTION.
LEAVING PEOPLE LIKE CHRISTINA WHITE HANGING IN THE BALANCE.
 HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS SAYS IF THE LAW ISN'T COMPLETELY THROWN OUT... THEY'LL VOTE TO REPEAL WHATEVER IS LEFT.
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 HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

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