Today on news 7 at 5, police arrest a murder suspect in Botetourt County.
and actor Michael J. Fox returns to Washington to seek more money to help those people afflicted with Parkinson's disease.
Light sprinkles early today but a look to the west shows more showers headed this way.
Today in Sports, a star for the Dallas Cowboys is retiring.
and in Medical News, a central Virginia Health Foundation is working to help save the lives of heart attack victims.
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The state and the American Lung Association say something's in the air -- and it could mean real changes for cities like Roanoke.
A West Virginia woman who admits she killed her husband stopped in Botetourt County today.
35-year old Arminta Ramsey has been on the run with her five-year-old son for four days.
She stopped at the Troutville truck stop and called sheriff's deputies.
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Ramsey's husband was shot to death Saturday in the couple's Charleston home.
Police say Robert Ramsey owned a strip club, where she was a former dancer.
They say she was hitchhiking but agreed to go back to West Virginia with sheriff's deputies today.
Relatives are taking her son home.
Tonight on News7 at Six, Ramsey talks about shooting her husband.
Every region of Virginia-- except for Wythe County -- gets an "F" for air quality.
And Wythe County gets a "D."
That's according to the American Lung Association's new report card-- based on ozone levels reported to E-P-A.
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The State Department of Environmental Quality agrees.
D-E-Q officials are meeting with localities right now, on the eve of summer ozone alerts, to develop clean air plans.
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((BILL HAYDEN/DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY: ANY NEW SOURCES OF AIR EMISSIONS, INDUSTRIAL SOURCES FOR EXAMPLE, THAT COME INTO THAT REGION, WOULD HAVE TO MEET CERTAIN PERMIT REQUIREMENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE OVERALL AMOUNT OF AIR EMISSIONS DO NOT INCREASE. IN ADDITION, THAT REGION WOULD HAVE TO EVALUATE ANY ROAD BUILDING PLANS TO MAKE SURE THAT ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC WOULD NOT VIOLATE THE NEW AIR QUALITY RULES.))
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Roanoke is the only Southside or Southwest locality that had a red alert ozone day last year.
That means ozone exceeded the new, stricter E-P-A limits of 12 parts per million.
With NASCAR racing- riding an all time high in popularity, track owners say they need to make sure further expansion guarantees fan safety.
Owner says they don't want a repeat of this weekend's accident- A Pedistrial walkway gave way sending one hunred people onto the road- at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Surae Chinn is at the Martinsville Speedway with more on their efforts to keep a dangerous sport safe for the fans.
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Michael J. Fox is giving up acting and taking on a new challenge- finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease.
His goal- to find a cure in ten years or less.
As Bobbi Harley reports, Fox kicked off his campaign today.
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((On the eve of his final episode of "Spin City", the 38-year-old actor
kicked his Parkinson's Foundation into full gear...using a little
Hollywood glitter to gloss up his next role as a fundraiser...his hope:
to find a cure for the disease he's suffered with for the last nine years:
MJF : "We really want to seize the momentum here and create more momentum and
show gratitude for the support people have shown us and shown me."
Fox and "Spin City" wrapped up production here in New York and moved the
whole operation to Los Angeles where his character will be replaced next
season...but he's banking on his continued celebrity power to fight a
very public battle.
My role is whatever needs to be done and however I can help
A reaction that has supported cutting edge research. Lab tests have
already shown promise.
Dr. C. Warren Olanow/Mt. Sinai Hospital -
The question now is
will they do the same in human patients the only way we can tell is to really trials and they are expensive and time consuming.
In fact, just this year the National Institute for Health outlined a new 5 year plan that includes a billion dollars in research funding for
Parkinson's. With high profile victims of the disease like Fox, Attorney General Janet Reno and boxer Muhammad Ali, the search for a cure will remain in the public eye.))
Still to come on the broadcast, an accused burglar apparently makes it easy for local police,
and the murder trial for NFL player Ray Lewis begins in Atlanta.
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N-F-L Player Ray Lewis was not on the football field today- but in the courtroom.
The Baltimore Ravens all-star linebacker is charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men- The murders happened after the superbowl.
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Garland said Lewis did not stab anyone and that he actually tried to break up the fighting that night.
If convicted Lewis and two other defendants could face life imprisonment.
Wythe County investigators had no trouble finding their suspect in a burglary yesterday morning.
They say he dropped his address book with his name and social security number in it right outside the Old Fort Western Store, shortly after the crime.
They caught 24-year-old Jeremy Donald Smith about four hours later.
Deputies say he had about 70 dollars in rolled coins and 20 dollars worth of stamps on him, taken from the store's cash register.
He's charged with breaking and entering, destroying property and petty larceny.
The people who brought us low flush toilets have now unveiled the next generation of washing machine. It uses less water, and as Lisa Hughes reports, consumers might actually like this idea.
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((The Department of Energy and environmental groups insist-its no spin.
A few years from now, Americas energy bills could shrink as a result of
an agreement between appliance industry leaders and the government.
Washing machines made after 2004 would have to use less energy.
Super: Bill Richardson/Secretary of Energy
2:55:49 THE STANDARDS ANNOUNCED TODAY WILL SAVE ENOUGH ELECTRICITY TO
LIGHT 16-MILLION HOMES IN THE UNITED STATES.
Consumers who buy the more efficient machines, like this front-loading
unit, would get a tax credit. Manufacturers would get tax incentives to
create innovative designs.
Super: Lisa Hughes/Washington
FRONT-LOADING WASHING MACHINES HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS. BUT IN MANY
CASES, THEYRE TWICE AS EXPENSIVE AS THEIR TOP-LOADING COUNTERPARTS.
MANUFACTURERS SAY, AS A RESULT OF THE AGREEMENT, THE MORE EFFICIENT
WASHERS SHOULD BECOME MORE AFFORDABLE.
Super: Larry Johnston/General Electric
3:24:32 PLUS, THE SAVINGS THE CONSUMER WILL RECEIVE WILL MAKE THOSE
PRODUCTS MORE AFFORDABLE AS WELL.
The environment should get a break too. It takes energy-electricity or
oil or natural gas-to run a washer and a dryer. New machines would use
Super: David Nemtzon/Alliance to Save Energy
3:37:15 WHEN YOU THINK OF YOUR WASHER, YOU DONT THINK OF IT THE WAY YOU
THINK OF YOUR CAR. PEOPLE KNOW THEIR CAR POLLUTES. BUT THEY DONT KNOW
THEIR WASHER POLLUTES TOO IF ITS NOT USING ENERGY WISELY.
Right now, the average household uses 40-gallons of water a day to do
New machines would shrink that amount by more than a third. Lisa Hughes,
CBS News. Washington.
Coming up next on News 7 at 5, Patrick Evans will tell us why he spent the day today hanging out with some young chicks.
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Fishburne Park Elementary is celebrating a birth today--in fact, several.
Baby chickens, as part of a 4-H program, have been hatching all day, and Patrick Evans was on hand earlier to find out more about the program.
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Coming up today in sports, a man considered one of the best players in the N-F-L calls it quits,
and two Hollywood stars say they are also calling it quits... with each other.
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Saving the lives of heart attack victims is the goal of a new program in central Virginia called "HeartSave"..
The Centra Health Foundation is spending 45- thousand dollars to buy 40 automatic external defibrillators.. machines that shock a person's heart back into a regular heartbeat.
The machines are being given to local law enforcement agencies and rescue squads.
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((CAROL DRISKILL/CENTRA HEALTH FOUNDATION: SO WE THINK.. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF THEY'RE HAVING SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK.))
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Driskill says since police officers are often first on the scene of an emergency, they can use the defibrillators to stabilize a patient before emergency medical help arrives.
Two of the A-E-D's have been in use by sheriff's deputies in Amherst County for the past year.
Authorities there say they've already helped save several lives.
Welcome folks to the Tuesday ticker.
No one likes to see any athlete get hurt.
Even if you're a Redskins' fan and that ceertain player happens to be the Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin.
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Last September, Irvin toasted the Redskins before he was temporarily paralyzed in a game on October the 10th.
Doctors have since informed him that he has a geneitc spinal cord condition and they are now advising him to retire and not attempt a comeback.
The 34 year receiver has not indicated when he will formally step away from the game.
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The Blazers and Lakers squared off in game two of the Western Conference Finals last night.
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Actor Dustin Hoffman looked on as Portland thrashed L-A easily.
Kobe Bryant had 12 points on the night, only he and Shaq scored in double figures for Los Angeles.
The Blazers went on the attack, Bonzi Wells drives to the bucket, gets the score and draws the foul.
Rasheed Wallace lead Portland with 29 and made three 3-pointers in a 20-0 third-quarter outburst. And the Blazers win game 2 106-77.
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The series is tied at a game a piece. It resumes Friday in Portland.
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It's been a rough week for the folks at the Lowe's Motor Speedway and an even worse stretch of days for the families of those injured in the walkway collapse over the weekend.
But despite the tragedy, the track plans to open up its brand new "Dirt Track" facility this Thursday night.
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The brand new $9 million dollar facility is located just a few hundred yards from the fallen bridge across the street from the main speedway.
Coming up tonight on News 7 at six - we'll show you how they built this amazing facility in just five months. Plus, we'll take a spin on the 30 inch thick red-Carolina clay.
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Also, don't forget that this Saturday night at 7, News 7 Sports will have yet another of its NASCAR 2000 racing specials. Join us for a half hour preview of the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 - Saturday night.
Jean will be right back to wrap up News 7 at Five. Take care everybody.
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People studying the heavens are getting a better look at the planet Mars, and they don't even have to use a telescope. Patrick Evans has the details in today's website of the day.
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((Our website of the day is so far out, it's out of this world.
NASA is putting more than 20-thousand images of Mars on the Internet.
The pictures were taken by the orbiting Mars Global Surveyor and NASA says they represent the single largest release of images of any one planet in the history of space exploration.
The archive covers one MARS year which is 687 of our days.
Scientists say the photographs allow anyone with Internet access to explore Mars in much the same way as planetary researchers do.
So if you would like to get up close and personal with the Red Planet, you can find a link to the Mars photos through
a link to our website at WDBJ7dot-com. I'm Patrick Evans.))[5-Hurley-Grant]
Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley are going their separate ways... at least, temporarily.
It was five years ago that Grant made headlines with his arrest in a car with a Los Angeles prostitute.
But the movie star's relationship with his actress-model girlfriend survived.
They've been together for 13 years.
A statement from their publicist describes the breakup as ''a temporary thing with no third parties involved."
Grant is currently in Britain-- while Hurley is in New York.