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Today on News 7 at 5, a candidate in the state's Lieutenant Governor's race withdraws after she finds out she has cancer.
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and several people are sent to local hospitals in what police say may have been a drunk driving accident.
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Temperatures down a bit today and the forecast continues that trend. Tell you why in just a few moments.

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In medical news, a robot is about to be used in heart surgery,
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also ministers and residents of Danville seek guidance from above to help stop that city's recent rash of violent crime.
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State police say a drunk driver is to blame for an accident that sent seven people to the hospital this afternoon in Montgomery County.
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Two cars collided around one on Route 460 in Elliston.
Both cars ended up on someone's front lawn.
The crash threw an eight year-old boy at least 70 feet through a window.
The boy and a female passenger were flown to Roanoke Memorial hospital.
State police say neither appeared to be wearing seatbelts.
They say the driver of the gray Chevy - Donna Renee McNeil - plowed through a stop sign and was hit by a white Oldsmobile.
Police found alcohol in McNeil's car.
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Two adults, two children and a baby were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.
Troopers charged McNeil with drunk driving and say they'll probably bring more charges.
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A shocker today in Virginia politics.
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Charlottesville state senator Emily Couric -- sister of N-B-C Today Show host Katie Couric -- says she will NOT run for higher office.
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((SEN. EMILY COURIC/D-CHARLOTTESVILLE: AS YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY OF SEEKING THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION TO RUN FOR THE POSITION OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA. I AM ANNOUNCING TODAY THAT I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE THAT EFFORT. YESTERDAY, I LEARNED THAT I HAVE CANCER OF THE PANCREAS, AND THAT THIS CANCER HAS SPREAD. MY DOCTORS, FAMILY, AND I ARE NOW WORKING ON DESIGNING THE BEST COURSE OF TREATMENT TO ADDRESS THIS CANCER.))
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Couric was the all-but-certain Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor next year.
She says she will keep her Senate seat.
She just received the cancer diagnosis from her doctors yesterday afternoon.
We'll have more on NEWS 7 at SIX on what this means for Virginia's Democratic party.

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Fire destroyed a home in Campbell County this afternoon and sent one resident to the hospital.
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Firefighters from four area departments were called to this home on Sleepy Hollow Road around 1:30.
Smoke and flames were billowing from the two- story brick house.
Crews were able to pull 63-year old Peggy Allen to safety.
She's being treated for smoke inhalation at Lynchburg General.
It took firefighters more than an hour to bring the blaze under control.
The cause is under investigation.
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Meanwhile a fire inspection company in Salem is being accused of performing faulty fire extinguisher inspections.


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The owner of Fire Master says she didn't know they needed to be certified to inspect fire extinguishers. The company has contracts with over 2-hundred businesses in the Valley to inspect extinguishers. An investigation by the Fire Marshal showed the company did not place valid tags on the equipment and did not do a thorough inspection. The owner says the company is fixing the problem.
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((LINDA PORTER: WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING THEM CERTIFIED WE'RE CALLING A COMPANY IN AND WE'RE WORKING ON GETTING EVERYONE CERTIFIED ON THE RIGHT WAY TO DO EXTINGUISHERS.))
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Two men who work for Fire Master have been charged with a felony and misdemeanor for faulty fire inspections. In the meantime they continue to work for the company.
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Senators and congressman worked out a compromise on the Marriage Penalty tax-
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Today the house passed a compromise version of the marriage penalty tax cut-
Now lawmakers will wait and see if the President will sign it.
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((SEN. TRENT LOTT/R- MAJORITY LEADER: THE PRESIDENT CALLED IN THE STATE OF THE UNION FOR ELMINATING THE MARRIAGE PENALTY NOW THE DAY IS HERE. MR. PRESIDENT DON'T LEAVE AMERICANS STANDING AT THE ALTAR.))
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If the President does sign the bill, married couples would reap the benefits beginning this year.

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A website run by the major airlines is about to go online, but after this break, we'll tell you why some people think it'll hurt consumers-
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also the middle east peace talks are going into overtime.
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The President is on his way to the Far East while talks in Washington continue on peace in the Middle East.
The parties have been left to talk informally at Camp David until Clinton arrives back late Sunday.
Lee Cowan has more.
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(( Last night's last minute anouncement that the talks had broken down was not a negotiating ploy -- nor was it done for simply high drama.

The talks WERE over, says the State Department -- plain and simple -- they couldn't have gotten any closer to failure. RICHARD BOUCHER, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: All the cars were lined up, the bags were packed, people were ready to go at any moment, we could have gotten int he motorcade and departed. This was real.
For now, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright wil take over the discussions -- most of which will be informal -- focusing on the least contentious issues such as water rights, and other civil matters.
Butg the hardest discussions will most likely be held off, until the President returns from the G-8 economic summit in Japan Sunday night.
Tops on that list is the status of east Jerusalem -- what many say remains the most daunting obstacle to any comprehensive agreement.
SHIBLEY TELHAMI, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND: Ultimately, the question of legal soverignty over the old city may be too big for either one of the two leaders to chew at this time.
Which may leave open the possibility of at least a partial agreement on OTHER ISSUES. The President already hinted some progress has been made -- but warned the gaps are still wide. These are in fundamental ways the hardest peace issues I've ever dealt with. But the short asnwer to why we are still here, after everybody thought we were through is that nobody wanted to give up. Lee Cowan/CBS News: This game of brinkmanship has been played before -- the 1978 accords at Camp David took much the same ride. This time, President Clinton hopes to be as lucky as President Carter was then -- reaching a deal, that may surprize even the participants. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington..))

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People in the Danville area hope their prayers are answered and the recent rash of violent crimes is brought to an end.
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There have been seven murders in as many months in the city.
Today about 200 people gathered on the steps of city hall in Danville to listen to ministers at a prayer vigil.
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((KATHLEEN GABRIELLE: THE MESSAGE IS GOD CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF DANVILLE AND WE ARE VERY ENCOURAGED THAT HE LEAD US HERE. WE HAVE GREAT HOPES FOR THE CITY OF DANVILLE.))
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((VIOLENCE INVADES AND PERMEATES ALL OF OUR FAMILIES THEREFORE I'M PLEASED AND GOD IS PLEASED WE HAVE COME AS A PEOPLE AND SOMEHOW SOMETHING GOOD IS GOING TO BE BORN OUT OF THIS.))
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At six we'll hear from victim's family who felt compelled to attend the afternoon vigil.
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A state grant of 500- thousand dollars will help Roanoke County place resource officers in five middle and junior high schools next year.
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Roanoke County was competing with other Virginia localities for grants from the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
And county officials say they were surprised to receive the full funding they requested.
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R- SALEM: A LOT OF FOLKS WANTED THESE RESOURCE OFFICERS AND WE WERE VERY FORTUNATE TO GET THE FOUR THAT WE REQUESTED. WE GOT ALL OF THEM. WE THOUGHT WE MIGHT ONLY GET A COUPLE, BUT WE GOT ALL FOUR OF THEM. AND I THINK A LOT OF CREDIT HAS TO GO TO THE ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A FANTASTIC PROPOSAL.))
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Resource officers are already serving in the county's high schools. The new officers should be on the job, for the start of the new school year.

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If you're like many travellers, you make plane reservations on the internet-
Today the chairman of a new internet travel site run by the major airlines- defended his company on capitol Hill.
Orbitz is set to launch this fall- the web site chairman says it'll help consumers.
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((JEFFERY KATZ/ORBITZ CHAIRMAN: WE ARE THE UNDERDOG NOT THE BIG BAD GUY WITH HUGE OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME TO EVEN BECOME NUMBER THREE IN ONLINE TRAVEL.))
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Orbitz competitors charge the new enterprise would hurt travelers.
The President of Travelocity dot com says the way Orbitz has been set up would make it an unfair comptitor that would have better access to low fares than other sites.
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Writer Stephen King is taking his next work to the internet.
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Following the online success of his last novella, "Riding the Bullet." he says he will post his new novel on his website .
"The Plant" will be published in three installments. It will not cost anything to download, but he is asking readers to send him a dollar after each installment.
While he is using an honor system, King says he will only publish the third installment if he gets 75 percent payment on the first two.
Unlike previous "E" books this one can be printed and passed around.
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King says this could be a publishers worst nightmare. But he warns, " Pay and the story rolls, steal and the story folds."
The first installment is published Monday. [Take Pinnacle Full] You can find Stephen King's official website through a link to our site at WDBJ7-dot com.

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The last couple of years have not been kind to local orchards. Steve Pardon will join us next to let us know if things are peachy keen this year or the pits.

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The last two years have not been good for the orchards around the region. Now as the peach crop begins to come in, we thought we would send Steve Pardon to Ikenberry Orchards to see how things are doing this year.
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Still ahead in Sports, we'll have a report from the Redskins training camp,
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And then we'll introduce you to a Kansas family that is absolutely nuts about squirrels.
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A New York city medical center gave a peek into the future for heart bypass patients. Imagine not needing open heart surgery to fix a clogged artery.
Bobbi Harley shows us the robot that will perform surgery on a patient Monday.
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((67-YEAR-OLD EUGENE BEMS MEETING THE SURGEON WHO WILL PERFORM HIS HEART BYPASS SURGERY. ITS NOT THE DOCTOR STANDING NEXT TO HIM WHO WILL MAKE THE INCISIONS - INSTEAD ITS THIS SIX FOOT FIVE INCH TALL ONE MILLION DOLLAR ROBOT.

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PEERING THROUGH THIS VIEW FINDER - THE DOCTOR MANIPULATES FOOT AND HAND CONTROLS - AND THE OPERATING TOOLS CARRY OUT THE PROCEDURE - WITH A GREATER RANGE OF MOTION AND A STEADIER SO-CALLED HAND THAN HUMANLY POSSIBLE.

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That robot takes away all those fine tremors and gives you an even much further level of precision.
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The bigger the incision, the longer the recovery period because theres a lot more healing to happen.
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MORE PATIENTS LIKE EUGENE BEM MAY FIND THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE. BH, CBS NEWS, NY))


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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday two minute ticker.
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We begin at the St. Andrews old course the site of this years British Open were Ernie Els fired a 6 under 66 for a one stroke lead after round one.
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The conditions were perfect for the opening round.
Tiger Woods opened his run at golf's Grand Slam by parring the first 8 holes on the front side. He would finish the day shooting a 67 putting him at 5 under par.
Woods would share second place with Steve Flesch. Flesch, who has never won a P-G-A tour event also shot a five under par 67.
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Several golfers were a couple of shots back that group included Tom Lehman and 51 yeyar old Christy O'Connor Junior.



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The Redskins opened training camp in Northern Virginia today with everyone expect Rookie Levar Arrington and Running back Stephen Davis.
Mike Stevens now checks in from Ashburn on a day that was made for the fans.
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We'll have more from Redskins camp coming up at six and Jean will be back in a Moment.

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Gardening and bird watching are the top two past times in America.
And both have a mutual enemy, the squirrel.
But as Steve Dawson shows us, there is a t least one family in Kansas who gardening just to feed the squirrels.
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