Robotic surgery. Some are saying it's the biggest medical break-through in a decade. A late-LIVE report from Ric
hmond up top on NEWS 7 tonight.
And we show you the money flow at the gas pump... where people THINK their dollar and a half goes and then the reality of who's making money here.
Tonight on News 7 sports, a dugout full of baseball news from the Avalanche to the Yankees.
Plus, Jeter talks about his place in the pinstripe pecking order.
And if you want to see Vick you better be quick - ticket for all regular season home games are sold out!
Plenty of clouds and temperature down a bit. Periods of showers will also move through. Details ahead.
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((I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS GONNA BE THE FIRST ONE TO EVER HAVE IT DONE EITHER, SO...))
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The F-D-A approved it last night.
Today, a Virginia hospital became the first in the nation to perform surgery with robotic eyes and hands.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
A 35 year old Richmond woman became America's first robotic surgery patient this afternoon.
All went smoothly.
And her doctor says this is the biggest advance in surgery since the laparascope was first used a decade ago.
Ellen Qualls in our Richmond newsroom.
Do we really want robots cutting us open?
Keith, if you have to have it done, the da Vinci system sounds like the way to do it.
It's just an extension of the surgeon's hands -- only steadier -- and his eyes, with a 360 degree view.
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(( Richmond administrative assistant and mother of three Kimberly Briggs had a gall bladder that needed to come out this morning.
Last night, the F-D-A surprised Dr. William Kelley with approval of the da Vinci system.
He'd trained on it three times.
This afternoon, he used its arms and eyes to do the first robotic surgery on a human in America.
((KIMBERLY BRIGGS: UM, HE EXPLAINED IT TO ME. I WAS REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT. I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS HAPPENING THIS QUICKLY. AND HE CALLED ME, I THINK I SAW HIM MONDAY, AND MONDAY EVENING HE CALLED ME AND I WAS JUST SCREAMING AND HOLLERING YAAAAY! I WAS IN A LOT OF A PAIN. AND I REALLY FEEL GOOD. I FEEL SO GOOD.))
How big an advancement is this?
Dr. Kelley says it's the biggest thing in surgery in ten years, since the laparascope.
((DR. WILLIAM KELLEY/SURGEON: THIS INSTRUMENT, WE HAVE NOT EVEN BEGUN TO REALIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES. YOU'D HAVE TO TALK TO ME IN ABOUT THREE YEARS TO EVEN BE ABLE TO BEGIN TO GIVE YOU AN ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION.))
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So far, the F-D-A's only approved surgeries from the diaphragm down.
But the surgeons at Henrico Doctors' Hospital are giddy about the possibilities.
((DR. MARK KATZ/CARDIAC SURGEON: AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, HEART SURGERY IS DONE STANDARDLY BY SPLITTING THE BREASTBONE. WHAT THIS TECHNOLOGY WILL ALLOW IS THREE INCISIONS THAT ARE ONE CENTIMETER IN DIAMETER EACH.))
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They're already doing cardiac surgery with this machine in Europe.
And at Henrico, they've got another gall bladder and a bladder scheduled for robotic surgery tomorrow.
Q&A KEITH: Why did this happen first at Henrico Doctors' Hospital instead of, say, Johns Hopkins?
A Lynchburg man who gunned down another man in front of two small children has been found guilty of first degree murder.
23- year- old Norman Douglas White kicked in the door of this home on Stuart Street last July and shot Morris Anthony six times.
Prosecutors say the murder apparently stemmed from a drug dispute between the two men.
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((STEPHANIE MADDOX/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THE MOTIVE WAS THAT THE DEFENDANT BELIEVED THAT MORRIS ANTHONY HAD STOLEN ABOUT 40- THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF CRACK FROM HIM AND HE WAS GOING TO GET RETRIBUTION FOR THAT AND HE DID. IT'S VERY AGONIZING, VERY CONCERNING TO EVERYBODY WAS THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A FOUR- YEAR- OLD AND A NINE- YEAR- OLD IN THE HOUSE WHEN THE SHOTS WERE FIRED.))
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White's first trial in March ended in a hung jury.
Today's jury set the sentence at life 28 years in prison.
He'll be formally sentenced in August.
An elderly nurse killed her husband then herself in Roanoke County.
Police say 77-year-old Jean Dymond shot her 80-year-old husband Robert inside their home yesterday.
Their daughter found the couple.
Neighbors say Robert Dymond suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome.
The Danville murderer who shot himself yesterday has died.
Authorities had been looking for 40 year old Clyde Scott Pruitt for days.
Officers spotted Pruitt in the back room of a house on Overby Street.
That's when he shot himself in the head.
He died later at the hospital.
Pruitt was charged with murder for the shooting death of 29 year old Chris Gill last week.
A Henry County teenager died in a house fire this morning.
It happened in the Stanleytown section of the county.
The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 8:30.
Two people escaped unharmed. A 15-year-old was taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem with burns.
A 19-year-old died in the fire.
The victims' names haven't been released.
Gasoline prices have gone up more than 70 cents since December.
But where does the money go? Who's getting rich off this?
Business Reporter Jennifer Miele has some answers.
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(( Pat Flint has been selling gas for over 27 years. His customers say high gas prices aren't keeping them away from his Amoco Station.
((WELL, THERE ISN'T MUCH YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT, YOU JUST GOTTA PAY IT AND GO ON.))
A majority of Flint's customers know that high gas prices are a direct result of OPEC polices.
What they aren't sure about is... who exactly is making the money from these pumped up prices?
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((WE ASKED CUSTOMERS HOW MUCH MONEY FROM EACH GALLON OF GAS THEY THOUGHT GOES TO RETAILERS LIKE FLINT, HOW MUCH GOES TO THE GOVERNMENT, AND HOW MUCH GOES TO THE OIL COMPANY.))
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Out of a $1.50, how much does Flint get?
((I'D SAY ABOUT TEN CENTS. I HAVE NO IDEA, I HAVE NO IDEA. PROBABLY A NICKEL PER GALLON.))
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Flint gets 10 cents per gallon, 7 if a customer uses a credit card to pay.
How much goes to the government?
((I'D SAY ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT CENTS A GALLON, I REALLY NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT. AT LEAST ABOUT 15 CENTS. ))
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The Federal Government Actually gets 18 and a half cents per gallon, as does the State for a total of 37 cents.
How about the oil companies?
((PROBABLY MORE TO TAXES. PROBABLY A DOLLARS AND 25 CENTS OF IT. I WOULD IMAGINE THE OIL COMPANY GETS AT LEAST HALF.))
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The oil companies get an average of $1.03 per gallon, that's 65% of the money from every gallon of gas you buy.
The federal Energy Department says the price of crude oil is expected to fall sharply next year.
But Flint says today's prices are not as bad as everyone thinks.
((YOU GO OUT TO EAT, YOU AND YOUR WIFE, IT'S 40 TO 50 DOLLARS. EVERYTHING HAS GONE UP. AND THE PRICE OF FUEL, IN MY OPINION, A DOLLAR AND A HALF A GALLON AS COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES, IS NOT COMPLETELY OUT OF REASON IN TODAY'S PRICING MARKET.))
For now, Flint's customers will have hit the breaks on gas-guzzling.
Jennifer Miele, News 7.))
Two New River Valley banks are teaming up.
More on that when News 7 returns.
And a change in product could spell sweet success for failing tobacco farms.
Virginia's Department of Corrections says a Connecticut inmate who died in a supermax prison in southwest Virginia did NOT die as a result of stun guns used by corrections officers.
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((RON ANGELONE: I'M ABLE TO TELL YOU THAT WE HAD AN INDEPENDENT STUDY, DONE BY A DOCTOR, WHO RESEARCHED EVERYTHING ABOUT WAS THE STUN GUN INVOLVED IN ANY OF THIS, HIS INDEPENDENT STUDY SAYS ABSOLUTELY NOT...I'D LIKE TO PUT THAT TO REST.))
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Corrections officials say Larry Frazier was hypoglycemic.
Two weeks ago, he refused to take the medicine Wallens Ridge prison staffers tried to give him.
He allegedly became belligerent, kicked an officer in the head, and had the stun gun used on him.
He died a short time later.
His death is still under investigation by the department's Inspector General.
Despite today's announcement, the state autopsy has NOT come back yet.
A Japanese city is aligning its biomedical research resources with Roanoke today.
City Manager Darlene Burcham revealed the new association with Kobe, Japan at a Kiwanis Club luncheon.
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((I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I CHOSE TO BE HERE TODAY RATHER THAN SAN FRANCISCO WHERE THERE IS A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT AS I SPEAK ABOUT A NEW PARTNERSHIP OF OUR BIOMEDICAL INSTITUTE AND AN INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. AND SO WE ARE ON THE CUTTING EDGE, AND WE ARE MOVING FORWARD.))
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Burcham says the alignment is a much-needed attempt to diversify the Roanoke community.
Kobe's own biomedical center will be modeled after Carillion's Biomedical Institute.
The agreement gives University of Virgina staff the opportunity to have an office in at the Japanese site.
Some Southwest Virginia bank customers could soon be cashing in on convenience.
Community National .. The New River Valley's newest and smallest independent bank .. is combining forces with Christianburg- based First National Bank.
The combined bank will have 14 branches and 25 A-T-Ms .. if approved by Community National shareholders.
They'll have the option of either converting to First National stock or taking cash.
Both banks will operate under their respective names and be managed by their own board of directors.
Upbeat earnings reports gave Wall Street a boost today.
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The DOW gained 57 points while NASDAQ climbed 143.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained half a point.
New research in Southside might help farmers find an alternative to tobacco.
And some think they have the answer.
Surae Chinn has more on what could soon become the crop of choice.
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(( Bill Confroy is a tobacco farmer in Halifax County.
((BILL CONFROY/TOBACCO FARMER: I ALSO GROW TOMATOES AND BROCCOLI BUT I'M LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE CROP IN ADDITION TO TOBACCO.))
And he's heard through the grapevine that there is an option he might like.
Larry McPeters with the Virginia Cooperative Extension office is looking in to it too.
((LARRY MCPETERS/EXTENSION OFFICE: WINE PRODUCTION IS ON THE INCREASE IN VIRGINIA. THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THE CONTRACT GROWING OF GRAPES.))
((BILL CONFROY/TOBACCO FARMER; THIS IS THE BEST OPTION I'VE SEEN IN A DECADE AND ALL THE ONES I'VE BEEN LOOKING AT.))
But the idea of growing grapes comes at a price.
((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: TURNING AWAY FROM TOBACCO DOESN'T COME WITHOUT RISKS. FARMERS NEED TO KNOW WHICH GRAPE GROWS BEST AND LANDSCAPE AND HOW MUCH IT WILL COST...WELL THAT'S WHAT SOME RESEARCHERS IN OUR AREA ARE TRYING TO FIND OUT.))
((OF THE VARIETY WE PICKED WE HAVE 5 WHITES AND 7 REDS.))
Greg Poirier is testing the potential to grow grapes in Southside.
((GREG POIRIER/TESTING GRAPE GROWING: IT'S A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE AND PART OF THE SOLUTION.))
But researchers say the production is costly about a 10 thousand dollar investment for one acre of and the average farmer won't see a return for about 6 years.
((GREG POIRIER/TESTING GRAPE GROWING: THAT'S PART OF THE FARMER'S ISSUE--THERE IS NO INSTANT GRATIFICATION.))
((BILL CONFROY/WANTS TO GROW GRAPES: GRAPES CAN PRODUCE INCOME BUT NOTHING CAN MATCH TOBACCO.))
But Cofroy is taking that chance that grapes will become his new cash crop. Surae Chinn, News7, Halifax County.))
Legislators hope Virginia's tobacco crop has the potential to make people healthy.
The state tobacco commission voted today to give some settlement money to two Blacksburg biotechnology firms.
CropTech and (tuh-By-oh) ToBio promise to turn tobacco plants into medicines and vaccines.
The companies asked the commission for 12-million dollars back in April.
The commission says it WILL support them.
HOW MUCH and WHEN will be determined in a meeting next month.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Avalanche looks to rebound from last night's killer game with Kinston.
The Yankees are wheeling and dealing a day after Jeter gets MVP honors.
And another local soccer team is heading to Europe this week.
If you have thinking about getting some tickets and taking the family to a Virginia Tech football game this fall - forget it!
The Tech athletic department announced this afternoon that all six regular season home games at Lane Stadium are sold out.
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This marks the first time in school history that Tech has sold out it's entire home schedule before the start of the season.
However, there are still tickets left for the Black Coaches Association game that will be played on Sunday night August 27th against Ga. Tech. That is your only chance.
The Salem Avalanche plays game three of a four game series tonight against the Kinston Indians.
Steve Mason has a preview.
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Last night in the All Star game, New Yorks Derek Jeter went 3 for 3 driving in two runs to lead the American League to a 6 to 3 win over the National League.
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In his career with New York, Jeter was rookie of the year and he has three World Series rings.
And check this out, Jeter is the first Yankee to win the M-V-P honor in an all star game.
But the Yankee shortstop says his work is just beginning as he strives to be one of the top Yankees of all time.
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((DEREK JETER/ALL STAR MVP: BEING A YANKEE GREAT I DON'T THINK SO. YOU HAVE TO PLAY FOR A LOT OF YEARS BEFORE YOU CAN BE CONSIDERED A YANKEE GREAT AND I'VE ONLY PLAYED 4 YEARS. THIS IS MY FIFTH YEAR SO HOPEFULLY I CAN PLAY FOR A FEW MORE YEARS AND THEN START THAT DEBATE BUT AT THIS POINT I'M STILL VERY YOUNG IN MY CAREER.))
((JOE TORRE/AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGER: HIS HEADS SCREWED ON RIGHT AND THAT'S NOT EASY FOR A YOUNGSTER WHO'S SEEMINGLY HAD THIS THING GOING FOR HIM AND REALLY HASN'T HAD A WHEN HE'S HAD A BAD TIME HE'S BEEN ABLE TO DEAL WITH IT. HE JUST SEEMS LIKE HE'S FAR BEYOND HIS YEARS IN EXPERIENCE.))
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Jeter and the Yankees picked up some more help on the hill this afternoon.
The Yanks acquired pitcher Denny Neagle from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for four minor leaguers.
Neagle is 8-and-2 this season, and the Yanks had to give up some top prospects to get him - including Drew Hanson, who is a quarterback at the University of Michigan.
The Roanoke Stars under 15 boys soccer team leaves for Europe tomorrow for the biggest tournament of these young players lives.
The team has been practicing for the last two months at Berglund Soccer Complex in Vinton. The tournaments that the team will play in will be comprised of the top youth soccer talent in the world.
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