Two teenagers riding in the bed of a pick-up truck are thrown out of the truck to their deaths on I-81.
We'll see whether a state law set to take effect next week would have prevented it.
A see a local middle school cast in the supporting role for the state lottery.
Tonight on News 7 sports, qualifying from Sonoma, a big signing for the Express, a Grand Prix update from the horse show,
and a visit with five time super bowl champ Charles Haley are all on the way.
A fine summer day with temperatures just a touch above normal. Another one just like it tomorrow.
A young couple let their son and niece ride in the bed of a pickup truck-- with fatal results.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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The Georgia family was driving down Interstate 81 when their pick-up overturned, killing the two teenagers in back.
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Tina Tenret is at the Hollins exit on I-81 to tell us what happened.
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Earlier today- -just a few miles south, a family's vacation was ruined by an accident on Interstate 81.
Melanie Griffin and her family were heading for Tennessee from Pennsylvania when Griffin lost control of her vehicle near Salem.
A camper hitched to the family's Ford Expedition came undone and flipped over.
No one was injured but Southbound traffic was tied up for nearly two hours.
Griffin is charged with failing to maintain control of the vehicle.
Emergency crews took one person to the hospital after shots rang out in Danville.
It happened shortly before three o'clock this afternoon on Sandy Court in front of Bojangles restaurant.
At least 16 bullets shell casings were counted.
Investigators are questioning witnesses but have not released much detail about the incident.
No word on the victim's condition.
Arson- murderer Earl Bramblett has been denied a new trial.
Attorneys for the 58-year old death- row inmate cited eight reasons Bramblett should have a new trial.
But the Virginia Supreme Court ruled last week that his claims either had no merit or were barred by previous case law.
Bramblett was condemned to die for the 1994 murder of Blaine and Teresa Hodges and their two daughters. He set fire to the house- -where he'd been a frequent visitor himself.
Today Bramblett's attorneys applied for a rehearing before the Supreme Court.
Virginia schoolchildren are being used to make you feel good about gambling.
That's one view of a new TV ad campaign starting across the state next week.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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(( Ask the Lottery, and the goal was simple.
These ads will answer:
((PENELOPE KYLE/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: THE MOST OFTEN ASKED QUESTION OF THE LOTTERY. AND THAT IS WHERE DOES ALL THAT MONEY GO?))
At the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, the Lottery hopes to turn over more than 321 million dollars -- all its profits -- to the state Department of Education.
For perspective, this year, the state gave local schools more than four BILLION dollars in direct aid.
((BILL KINCAID/FAMILY FOUNDATION: THEN IT'S ONLY ONE PERCENT OF THE EDUCATION BUDGET. WHERE ARE THEY GETTING OFF TAKING CREDIT FOR ALL THE IMPROVEMENTS IN EDUCATION THAT HAVE BEEN DONE BY STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS?))
Critics of the lottery, including the Family Foundation, question the costly campaign linking schools and a gambling enterprise, in a slick and glowing presentation.
((JO LYNNE DEMARY/VIRGINIA SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: WELL I'M COMFORTABLE WITH THE FACT THAT-- UH, MAYBE NOT COMFORTABLE IS THE WORD. IT'S THE LAW. THAT'S THE REALITY OF IT. AND SO WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS MAKE SURE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THOSE PROFITS ARE USED FOR.))
Lottery officials say they were very careful NOT to exploit children.
((PENELOPE KYLE/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: WE LOOKED AT A VARIETY OF WAYS TO PRODUCE THESE. AND OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THE TACKS WE COULD HAVE TAKEN WOULD HAVE BEEN TO HAVE PICKED-- AND THEY'RE OUT THERE -- STUDENTS THEMSELVES WHO HAVE THE HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENT.))
Roanoke City's Woodrow Wilson Middle School is featured.
It was one of the state's most improved schools on its 1999 SOL test scores.
The Lottery's spin?
The kids are the big winners.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
The skies above Danville will be filled with planes this weekend-- model planes that is.
More on that story later on News 7 at Six
And next hundreds say goodbye to a Danville legend-- football coach Ed Martin is laid to rest.
The head football coach of Danville's George Washington High School was laid to rest today.
Ed Martin died of heart failure on Wednesday.
Earlier today hundreds gathered for his funeral at the high school.
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Surae Chinn attended the service, and she is in our Danville Newsroom.
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Keith, everyone who ever met Eddy Martin had a story to tell. Stories that made them laugh, made them angry and today made them cry.
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(( Eddy Martin's family, friends, coaches, and players all came to listen and tell more stories about his life.
((FREDDY VICKS/REVEREND: AFTER THE CONFRONTATION WITH THOSE OFFICIALS EDDY WOULD KIND OF LOOK AT ME WITH THAT SMILE AND WINK AT ME. THOSE GUYS WERE HIS FRIENDS.))
Team chaplain Reverend Freddy Vicks gave the eulogy today. He says it was an especially difficult one.
((FREDDY VICKS/REVEREND: IT'S HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO A FRIEND.))
No one knows that more than Anthony Walker one of Eddy's first players at GW in 1986. Walker is now an assistant coach there.
((ANTHONEY WALKER/ASST COACH: IT'S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT HAVE THE FIRST PRACTICE WITHOUT HIM IN THE CAGE IN THE LOCKER ROOM...I DON'T..YOU HAVE TO EXCUSE ME.))
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Now that Eddy is gone from the field, silence, emptiness and uncertainty fill the stadium.
((NICK WALTON/CURRENT PLAYER: I DON'T KNOW HOW I'M GOING TO DEAL WITH PRACTICE MONDAY AND NOT SEEING COACH MARTIN IN THE LOCKER ROOM TELLING ME WHAT TO DO.))
Nick Walton-- Number 25 is the captain of his team. Walton and assistant coach Walker will have their first summer practice this monday.
They now face a game they love with out the coach they love.))
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Ed Martin was 50 years old.
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He leaves behind a wife and two sons.
A Salem man was killed this morning in an accident at a Montgomery County quarry.
Sheriff's deputies say 47-year-old Gary McKee was crushed when a 15-hundred pound tire fell on him.
It happened at the Acco (ACK-O) Stone Quarry on Jennelle Road.
McKeen is an employee of Brad Ragan tire company. He was servicing the large tires on a piece of heavy-duty construction machinery.
Workers at the quarry found him pinned between the tire and his truck.
He died before he reached the hospital.
The U-S Department of Labor is investigating the accident.
An elderly Lynchburg man was injured when a runaway truck rolled over him this afternoon.
76- year- old Jesse Gilbert was unloading a lawnmower from the back of a friend's pickup when the truck's parking brake apparently failed.
The vehicle crushed a cinder block, rolled over Gilbert's leg and ended up hitting a tree.
He's still being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital.
No charges will be filed.
Pulaski County is losing its administrator of 14 years.
Joe Morgan turned in his resignation today to Pulaski County's Board of Supervisors.
He'll be taking over the County Administrator's job in Halifax County September first for 84-thousand dollars a year.
He held the job once before in the mid-80s.
Morgan says he wanted be closer to his family in North Carolina.
His colleagues say he's parting on good terms ... and that he leaves a strong legacy of work in economic development.
Old economy stocks sopped up some of the losses in new tech issues on Wall Street.
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The DOW gained 29 points, as NASDAQ dropped 91.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index was off by a fraction of a point.
We have an update on that shooting in Danville this afternoon.
Police now say the victim has died.
No word on his or her identity.
We'll have more details tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
The skies around the Danville Regional Airport are usually filled with planes, but this weekend, they're a little smaller than usual.
They're radio controlled scale-models.
This is the 11th year the Danville Model Airplane members have put on this event for the public.
Admission is two dollars.
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((JOHN ESTLOW/DANVILLE AEROMODELER: WE'LL BE FLYING FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY UNTIL DARK OR EVEN AFTER. WE HAVE SOME THAT HAVE LIGHTS ON THEM AND THOSE WILL BE FLYING.))
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Many of the model planes cost thousands of dollars.
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, qualifying is underway at Sears Point.
The Express inks its top goal scorer from last season.
We'll check in with Charles Haley,
and head out to the horse show where the big guns are getting to rumble for $50 thousand tomorrow night.
The Winston Cup stars are out in Calirfornia trying to negotiate the 10 turn, 2 mile long Sears Point road course this weekend.
Jeff Gordon has won the last five road course event dating back to 1997.
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But so far today the man is Kyle Petty. KP wore his late son Adam's Spring racing cap before putting on his helmet.
He whipped the Hot Wheels Pontiac onto the provisional pole with a lap at 98 point 639 miles an hour.
Right now with only a handful of cars to to go he is on the pole.
Ward Burton had a terrible time in qualifying rolling the Cat Pontiac.
New Roanoke Express head coach Perry Florio continues to stockpile talent for the next season.
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This afternoon the team signed its leading goal scorer from a season ago, Ben Schust.
He will be back for his third season in Roanoke next year after racking up 27 goals last year.
Schust had a total of 52 points last season.
The Salem Avalanche plays game two of its four game set with Frederick tonight at Salem Memorial.
Last night the Avalanche won 4-to-2 thanks in part to Chone Figgins' play.
The all-star second baseman also was named the Carolina League's player of the week for the final week of the first half. He's currently riding a 10 game hitting streak.
The Roanoke Wrath begins the first of 3 straight home games tonight as the team takes on the Houston Hurricanes tonight at 7:30.
Tickets are six for adults, four bucks for kids 12 and under.
Former Cowboy and 49er Charles Haley wrapped up his football camp at his alma mater William Campbell high school today. Steve Mason was there.
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After five days of competition, The 29-th annual Roanoke Valley Horse show is gearing up for 50 thousand dollar Grand Prix of Roanoke on Saturday night.
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The favorite has to be defending champion Aaron Vale.
His 4-th win last year tied the record set by the legendary Rodney Jenkins.
And Vale is off to a good start this year. He has won the night classes in open jumpers all three nights this week.
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((AARON VALE/DEFENDING GRAND PRIX CHAMPION: THE COMPETITION'S TOUGH AND THE SMALL RING HERE LEAVE NO ROOM FOR ERROR. YOU CAN'T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF YOU GOT TO BE REAL PATIENT BECAUSE THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT OF TIME TO CORRECT YOURSELF IF YOU DO GET AHEAD OF THE GAME. MAKES YOU CONCENTRATE AND STAY RIGHT ON TOP OF IT.))
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Entrees in the Grand Prix had to be registered by 6 this evening. The field usually includes as many as 32 riders.
And several riders today pointed to Aaron Vale as the man to beat.
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((CHUCK WATERS/WATERWORKS: AARON IS A VERY GOOD RIDER AND IS INCREDIBLE LUCKY IN THIS ARENA. THIS PLACE JUST SUITS HIM. HE'S HARD TO BEAT ANYWHERE BUT HE'S JUST MURDER HERE. I'M VERY CONFIDENT AARON WILL BE A FACTOR HERE I JUST HOPE I'M A FACTOR HERE.))
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The Grand Prix is set for 6:30 Saturday evening.
He was an education pioneer for African Americans and served as an advsior to several presidents.
And tomorrow Booker T. Washington will be honored once again for his contributions to this country.
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Jean Jadhon joins us with details.
This weekend descendants of Washington are having a family reunion in Franklin County. Tonight they are meeting in Roanoke.
Tomorrow they are heading to the Booker T. Washington National Monument were a new statue will be unveiled.
Tonight, on News 7 at 11 we'll introduced you to some family members of this noted educator and author.
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