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11 Things You Need to Know Thursday, July 11

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ATLANTA -- Top local and national stories that will make news through the day on Thursday, July 11. It's everything you need to know to start your day informed in Metro Atlanta.

1. Stolen truck crashes in DeKalb

A Thursday morning police chase ended when a stolen truck crashed into the porch of a DeKalb County home.

2. Hemy Neuman is unlikely to testify

Alleged co-conspirator is unlikely to provide prosecution testimony against the Mrs. Sneiderman, whom prosecutors say conspired with Hemy Neuman to kill her husband Rusty.

3. Water main break in Cherokee Co. 

A large water main break at South Holly Springs Road and East Cherokee Drive caused authorities to close the intersection to traffic early Thursday morning.

4. NBC's American Ninja Warrior contestant visits 11Alive 

Ryan Stratis stopped by our studio Thursday morning, and did push-ups during his interview! 

5. The vote continues for Freddie Freeman 

Fans can vote for Freddie Freeman as many times as they want to help him clinch the last MLB All-Star roster spot on the National League. 

6. Crime meeting in East Atlanta 

About 400 people attended the Joint Neighborhood Crime and Safety Meeting at the Zoo Atlanta auditorium to address the recent wave of crime affecting a number of communities in the area. 

7. Students in limbo with interest rate on loans

Students are hoping Congress decides something soon, so they'll know whether they'll be able to afford to take out a Stafford loan for the next school year.

8. Chantal takes a downgrade 

Mike Francis tells us why Chantal is just a tropical wave. 

9. Quebec train crash death toll rises

Canadian officials are now telling the families of the 30 people missing in a runaway oil train crash over the weekend that all are presumed dead.

10. Piedmont Park sculpture honors Nelson Mandela

The giant rock with a metal Mohawk is actually the work of a famous artist, and it's been honoring Nelson Mandela in Atlanta for decades.

11. Tomorrow is Friday - time to start planning your weekend!

Check out our event calendar to make your weekend a great one! 

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