A syphilis epidemic in Danville. We recite the numbers and see what's being done about it.
And we'll take to the air- -along with state police- -as they begin actually clocking motorists on the Interstate from an aerial vantage point.
It might get rather noisy later tonight. We are watching an area of thunderstorms to the north. The forecast for the 4th is coming up.
Today in sports, we'll see if Jennifer Capriati can continue her comeback at Wimbledon,
and NASCAR driver Kyle Petty says he can't stand to return to the New Hampshire Speedway so soon after his son's death.
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Danville is leading the state in a category it wishes it didn't.
With 99 cases, the city reported more cases of syphilis than in any other city in Virginia last year.
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Surae Chinn is in our Danville newsroom to let us know what's being done about the problem.
Keith, this has been a major problem in Danville in the past few years and it's becoming worse.
Many would say the numbers have reached epidemic proportions. And some people in the community are no longer ingnoring that fact.
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[SUPER=01-Lovelle Maxwell/Community Health Coalition; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Hamlin/Danville City Mayor; :40]
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((LOVELLE MAXWELL JR./COMMUNITY HEALTH COALITION: YOU CAN'T SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG THAT'S THE THEME OF THE WHOLE THING.))
And that's the theme of the Community Health Coalition of Danville that Lovelle Maxwell is a part of.
The goal of the group is to address health problems in the city, mainly the high rate of syphilis.
((LOVELLE MAXWELL JR./COMMUNITY HEALTH COALITION: THERE IS NO OTHER LOCALITY THAT HAS THIS PROBLEM. WE ARE VERY CONCERNED. AND OF THE 99 CASES 91 ARE AFRICAN AMERICAN.))
Maxwell says people need to get tested and screened for the sexually transmitted disease.
And like him others in the community believe education is the key.
((JOHN HAMLIN/DANVILLE MAYOR: MORE EDUCATION AND INFORMATION NEEDS TO GET OUT THERE AND FIND OUT WHY THIS HAS TAKEN A RAPID HOLD WHEN WE ARE NOT CAREFUL.))
((LOVELLE MAXWELL JR./COMMUNITY HEALTH COALITION: MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE A LARGER HEALTH FAIR A PARADE LIKE THING FORCED TO SEE THIS IS GOING ON.))
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The health coalition will continue to work on those types of events.
According to the center for disease control, Danville is ranked 11th in the nation for having the most cases of syphilis.
Authorities have identified the victim in a fatal shooting over the weekend in Pulaski County.
Deputies say 23-year-old Sherry Lynn Wiley was shot by her female roommate inside their Dublin house.
26-year-old Sherry Lisa Cressell is charged with second-degree murder.
Authorities say Cressell shot Wiley during a quarrel early Sunday morning.
Cressell is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail.
She's expected to be arraigned Wednesday.
The Washington Monument is all polished up and ready for Independence Day.
It's been closed for repairs for four YEARS.
The newly refurbished monument won't open to the public until the end of the month.
But it has long served as the focal point for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display on the Mall.
So they held a ceremonial preview party today on the eve of Independence Day.
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Gospel-Country performer Amy Grant joined the U-S Air Force band for ``America the Beautiful.''
One thousand square-feet of the monument has been cleaned, stones patched on the outside.
Inside, a new elevator cab is being installed. Also, workers also spruced up the interior
walls and nearly 200 commemorative stones.
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Coming up after this break,
we'll tell you how a newspaper was able to report the correct lottery numbers before they were even drawn.
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Motorists with a heavy foot beware.
State police are cracking down on speeders along Interstate 81 with the help of one more tool.
Teresa Hamilton is on the Interstate-- where state police are now issuing tickets with some help from above.
Keith, as of today, state troopers are now monitoring motorists from the sky. They say the goal is to catch speeders and aggressive drivers who are difficult to spot from the ground.
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[SUPER=01-Capt. Charles Compton/State Police;]
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((nat sound of plane starting up))
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State police will now be using single- engine planes, like this one, to catch speeding motorists along Interstate 81.
The General Assembly legislation allowing for the aerial enforcement went into affect over the weekend.
Today-- state police officially put the bill to work.
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((CAPT. CHARLES COMPTON/VA STATE POLICE: WE'VE ONLY GOT ONE PLANE FLYING IN THIS AREA AND THEY'RE USING PLANES IN OTHER PARTS BUT ONE PLANE IS ALL WE''LL BE USING ON THESE OPERATIONS.))
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A state trooper rides inside the plane where he uses VASCAR to monitor motorists below.
VASCAR is a time and distance computer that clocks a vehicles average speed between two reference points.
In this case-- the reference points are white lines painted on the interstate.
The state trooper then radios the information to an officer waiting on the ground below.
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(( CAPT. CHARLES COMPTON/VA STATE POLICE: WE JUST FEEL LIKE THAT WE NEED TO BE USING ALL THE TOOLS THAT WE CAN USE, WE GOT LASER RADAR THAT WE'RE USING NOW, RADAR DETECTORS ARE INEFFECTIVE AGAINST, AND WE FEEL LIKE WITH THE SITUATION WE GOT ON THE INTERSTATES WE NEED TO BE USING ALL THE TOOLS WE CAN. ))
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Keith, troopers say it's also an effective tool against drivers who rely on CB's and flashing head lights to relay information to other drivers.
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The National Transportation Safety Board says a heart attack was the probable cause of a plane crash last year in Augusta County.
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The twin engine piper crashed in a wooded area near the community of Deerfield last July. The pilot, Doctor Brian Hawley of Forest City, Arkansas, was the only person on board.
Witnesses told investigators the plane's engines were functioning when it crashed, and the wreckage indicated the plane was under power at the time of the impact.
An autopsy wasn't possible, but the N-T-S-B reports the pilot's father, two uncles and a cousin had all suffered fatal heart attacks.
Danville has a new mayor.
This afternoon, city council elected John Hamlin mayor.
Hamlin is a 14 year veteran on council.
He got seven votes. Former mayor Ruby Archie received two. The former mayor said she decided to accept the nomination, despite her announcement earlier in the year that she would not run.
Her loss does not come as a surprise.
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((RUBY ARCHIE/FORMER MAYOR: BECAUSE I ALREADY KNEW PRIOR TO TODAY THAT THE POSSIBILITY THAT COUNCIL MEMBER JOHN HAMLIN BECOME THE NEW MAJOR SO THAT WAS NOT A DISAPPOINTMENT AT ALL.))
((JOHN HAMLIN/DANVILLE MAYOR: I PLEDGE TO DO MY VERY VERY BEST. I PROMISE TO BE THERE NOW AND TO BE THERE IN THE FUTURE.))
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[SUPER=01-John Hamlin/Danville Mayor; :10]
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New council members David Luther and Danny Marshall also took the oath of office today along with three other incumbents elected in May.
Roanoke City Council has a new look... and new leadership. Today, three new council members took their seats, and Mayor Ralph Smith officiated his first council meeting.
Smith said he felt like he was memorizing his ABCs and learning to ride a bicycle at the same time.
But he promised a city government that will be responsive to its citizens.
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((WE OWE OUR CITIZENS NOTHING LESS THAN THE BEST POSSIBVLE SERVICES FOR THE TAXES THEY'RE PAYING AND I INTEND TO SEE THAT THEY GET IT. AGAIN I SAY, THEIRY VOICES HAVE BEEN HEARD.))
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Today, was also the first council meeting for Bill Bestpitch and Bill Carder. As the top vote getter among the council candidates, Carder will serve as Vice-Mayor.
A newspaper in Vancouver, Washington, published the winning numbers in the Oregon lottery the other night.
That's not unusual except for the fact they did it BEFORE the drawing AND they got them right.
Officials sent a state police detective to see how the paper knew what the winning numbers were.
Turns out, it was a remarkable coincidence.
A computer at the newspaper had crashed, and an editor who tried to re-construct a page that was lost had mistakenly pulled the winning ``Pick 4'' numbers from here in Virginia.
A few hours later, the real Oregon numbers were drawn --6-8-5-5, the exact same numbers that had been drawn here.
A lottery official says the odds for that happening are quote "a gazillion to one."
A local park has become a tent city tonight as hundreds of travellers stop in the Valley. Tina Tenret will tell us what they're pedaling.
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Mexico has reached the end of an era.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party's control over Mexican politics - since its creation in 1929 - has ended.
For the first time in 71 years the opposition party led by Vicente Fox has won the
Manuel Gallegus reports it is more than a brand new day for the people of Mexico.
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(( MEXICO CITY'S MAIN SQUARE, EL ZOCALO, IN THE SHADOW OF THE PRESIDENTIAL
PALACE, THE TALK IS OF CHANGE
"this was the last chance we have to change our country."
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"I will dedicate myself completely to you and mexico"
IN A TRIUMPHANT VICTORY, OPPOSITION CANDIDATE VICENTE FOX DEFEATED
MEXICO'S INSTITUTIONAL REVOLUTIONARY PARTY, THE PRI--
TOPPLING THE WORLD'S LONGEST RULING SINGLE GOVERNMENT..
POLITICAL ANALYSTS SAY LAST MINUTE UNDECIDED VOTING, AND YOUNG PEOPLE
DESPERATE FOR CHANGE ARE WHAT LED TO FOX'S OVERWHELMING VICTORY. THAT,
AND WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE CLEANEST ELECTION IN MEXICO'S HISTORY.
-SOT-YOUNG WOMAN -
"most of my friends voted for fox"
THE DIVISION BETWEEN MEXICO'S WEALTHY AND POOR IS GREATER THAN EVER.
IN A COUNTRY RICH WITH NATURAL AND INDUSTRIAL RESOURCES, THE AVERAGE
LABORER MAKES FIVE DOLLARS A DAY.
I HOPE FOX BRINGS WORK AND HIGHER SALARIES HE SAYS
ONE A POSITIVE SIGN, THE PESO IS ALREADY FIVE PERCENT STRONGER AGAINST
AND FOX KNOWS BUSINESS THE FORMER CEO OF COCA COLA MEXICO PROMISES TO
IMPROVE EDUCATION, TO CREATE JOBS AND WORK WITH WALL STREET.
-SOT-VICENTE FOX, MEXICO PRESIDENT ELECT
"We must transfer good ideas from other countries and adapt them to
AN IMPROVED ECONOMY WOULD SLOW EMIGRATION TO THE U.S.
AND IT COULD BEGIN TO CURB RAMPANT CORRUPTION HERE, WHICH POLLS SHOW IS
A MAJOR WORRY FOR MEXICANS.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS MEXICO CITY))[5-Bike-VA]
Roanoke's Washington Park has turned into a tent city for cyclists.
Some charged into the Star City after biking for more than a month -- with a Bike South Two Thousand tour that started in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Tina Tenret joins us now from Washington Park.
Keith, imagine pedaling up the Blue Ridge Parkway in today's sweltering heat ...--
[SUPER=01-Jessica Fagan/Girl Scout from Blacksburg;]
[SUPER=01-Tom Doyle/Cyclist from Richmond;]
Once we establish the interview, we have :45 vo.
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Today in Sports, David Wells tries to make Baltimore his 14th victim of the year. Mike Stevens will have the latest,
also we'll tell you why it was a great weekend for George and Mel, but not so great for moose and squirrel.
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CBS is hoping lightning will strike twice in the same season. Already boosted by "Survivor's" strong showing, it hopes its "Big Brother" will continue to beat up on the competition.
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[SUPER=01-Julie Chen/Show Host;]
[SUPER=01-Teri Okita/CBS News;]
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((EVEN GEORGE ORWELL COULDN'T HAVE PREDICTED A BIG BROTHER LIKE
THIS: STRANGERS CONFINED TO A SMALL HOUSE OVER THE ENTIRE SUMMER WHILE
MILLIONS LOOK ON.
(Douglas Ross/Executive Producer)
(8:57:50) With all the other reality shows that have started down the
path, this is the ultimate one. It's almost live. What happens one day
will be on the air the next day. (:10)
TRACK: THE HOUSEGUESTS ARE CUT-OFF FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD. NO
PHONES, T-V, OR NEWSPAPERS. PRODUCTION CREWS WILL USE MORE THAN
TWO-DOZEN CAMERAS AND 60 MICROPHONES, ROUND-THE-CLOCK … SO VIEWERS
CAN WATCH THE DRAMA UNFOLD.
(Julie Chen/Show Host ; QUICK BITE!)
SOT: (2:42-:47) Let' face it. We' re all nosy people. We all want to get
in everyone's business. (:05)
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TRACK: LIKE ITS POPULAR PREDECESSOR, SURVIVOR, BIG BROTHER WAS A BIG HIT
IN EUROPE, BUT CONTROVERSY SURFACED OVER ITS VOYEURISTIC APPROACH. SOME
SAY THE HOUSEGUESTS WERE BEING EXPLOITED FOR THE SAKE OF ENTERTAINMENT.
STANDUP: (26:31-:39) not so, say producers who add that these
contestants want to be here. There's no pressure on them, and they can
walk out this door at any time. (:08)
TRACK: BIG BROTHER SEPARATES ITSELF FROM THE REST OF THE REALITY PACK BY
ADDING A LIVE, STUDIO AUDIENCE AND A NEWS CREW …WHO ASK QUESTIONS
IMMEDIATELY AFTER A CONTESTANT HAS BEEN BANISHED. BUT CRITICS CLAIM THE
SHOW BLURS THE LINE BETWEEN NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT.
(Julie Chen/Show Host)
SOT: (12:17-:24) journalists have the best interviewing skills, whether
they're print or
t-v, so it made perfect sense to have me on board. (:07)
TRACK: VIEWERS CALL IN TO VOTE ON WHICH HOUSEGUEST TO BANISH. THE
FINAL CONTESTANT WINS 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS … BUT ULTIMATELY, MAY
LOSE ALL SEMBLENCE OF PRIVACY. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.))
Welcome folks to what for many folks is shortened work week to the Fourth of July Holiday tomorrow.
This afternoon's two minute sports ticker begins with the
boys of summer, who always find a way work overtime around holidays.
This afternoon the the red hot Toronto Blue Jays, the front runners in the American League East were in Baltmore taking on the Orioles.
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The Orioles came into today's game seven and a half games behind the Jays.
They would quickly fall behind on the scoreboard as Carlos Delgado singles in Shannon Stewart. Raul Mondesi is out down trying to go to third, but it's 1-to-0 Blue Jays in the 1st.
The O's would tie the game, but then fall behind bigtime in the third as Tony Bautista hits his 23rd homer of the season. It's a grand slam as Jason Johnson, Homer Bush, Mondesi and Bautista cross the plate. It's 5-to-1 Jays.
The Orioles would get another run in the 3rd on the balk by David Wells.
But he would settle down and win his 14th game of the year. Jays take it 6-to-4.
Kyle Petty has decided to skip this weekend's Winston Cup stop in New Hampshire.
Understandably, Kyle is still working through the grieving process concerning his 19 year old son
Kyle and the family believe a trip back to the track where Adam was killed would simply be too painful at this time.
Steve Grissom, Petty Enterprise's truck series driver, will again step in for Kyle and drive the Hot Wheels Pontiac this weekend. Grissom subbed for Kyle at Charlotte in May, but failed to make the race.
Week number of the Wimbledon tennis championships featured most of the big names in action today.
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Pete Sampras, the men's top seed overcame his less than perfect ankle and Jonas Bjorkman today to advance.
On the women's side, top seed Martina Hingis beat 11th seed Anke Huber in straight sets. She will next play Venus Williams.
Lindsey Davenport beat back the challenge of Jennifer Capriati today topping her 6-3 and 6-3.
And Monica Seles is playing well.
She defeated Aranxta Sanchez Vicario 6-3 and 6-4.
Coming up on New s7 at six, we'll hear from former UVa tight end Casey Crawford and see what he thinks about his upcoming rookie season with the Carolina Panthers.
Take care folks and have a safe night.
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"The Perfect Storm" has blown away the competition at the box office.
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George Clooney's new movie about a killer storm brought in nearly 42 million dollars this weekend.
That's almost twice as much as Mel Gibson's Revolutionary War epic, "The Patriot."
Gibson can take some satisfaction that he was also in the third place movie, "Chicken Run."
It was not a good debut for Bullwinkle. His new movie got off to a Rocky start bringing in just six-point-six million dollars to open in fifth place.