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[TALENT=Keith]

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A massive tire recall involving the nation's most popular Sport Utility Vehicle.
We'll see what Firestone customers in this area are saying and doing about it.
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[TALENT=Keith]


And a trip to the Fiddler's Convention on NEWS 7 tonight.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, the Patrick Henry Patriots are in the Friday Football Extra preseason spotlight. JMU gets its share of NFL attention with the ascension of Tony Booth.
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And speaking of high flyers - Michael Vick soars on to the cover of Sorts Illustrated's college football preview issue.
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The storms are leaving as quickly as they arrived leaving us with the humid aftermath...

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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((THAT'S NOT RIGHT, THEY NEED TO CHANGE THEM ALL NOW.))
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A national tire recall leaves Virginia customers flat.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[GRAPHIC=NEws 7 at Six.]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Local-Firestone]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=jmi]
[TAPE#=00-30 TC50:36]
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Firestone announced today that it will recall and replace an estimated six and a half million tires.
In many cases, the tread separates from the tire, and the company says the cause could be heat-related.

[Double Boxes=Jennifer and Keith/Newsroom]


Jennifer Miele is in the Newsroom. Jen, I suppose heat-related means more accidents are happening in states where it's hot?
[Live=Jennifer Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1]



That's right Keith, warmer southern states like Alabama and Georgia are seeing the most accidents.
But here in Virginia, there's nothing but confusion at local dealerships.
Communication between Firestone and its dealers seems weak.
Some sites are turning customers away because they aren't sure what to do about the recall.
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[SUPER=01-Shawn Maguire/Firestone Customer]
[SUPER=01-Charles O'Donnell/Firestone Customer]
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(( After 46 deaths, 80 injuries and hundreds of complaints, Firestone has recalled millions of tires for light trucks and sport utility vehicles.
A day filled with announcements and confusion has left some customers ready to blow.
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[IN Q=They told me]

((SHAWN MAGUIRE/FIRESTONE CUSTOMER: THEY TOLD ME THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO ABOUT THEM YET, AND I COMMUTE 80 MILES A DAY ON THE INTERSTATE, AND I DON'T WANT MY TIRES COMING APART ON ME WHILE I'M DRIVING.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=while I'm driving.]


If the tire pressure is not correct, the tread may separate from the rest of the tire, causing the tire to split open or blow off.
Firestone recommends that tire pressure be between 26 and 30 P-S-I, so that heat can dissipate.
The company has ordered a three phase recall, where warmer states will be supplied with new tires first.
Virginia will be among the last of the states to see replacement tires.
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((CHARLES O'DONNELL/FIRESTONE CUSTOMER: I THINK I'M JUST GOING TO PARK THE CAR, JUST LEAVE IT AT HOME UNTIL THEY RESOLVE THIS PROBLEM.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=with a tire.]

BUTT BUTT BUTT BUTT ((IT'S NOT WORTH TAKING THE CHANCE OF MY LIFE WITH A TIRE.))
The company says they are seeing the most tread separation occur with tires manufactured in Illinois. They also say they will maximize production to speed-up recall completion. [PRE-PRO]
If you have a P235/75, R15, Radial ATX, ATX 2 or Wilderness tire, call customer service at 1-800-465-1904, or visit your local Firestone Dealer.))
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[Live=Jennifer Full/Newsroom]


There's also confusion as to what other makes and models will be recalled. Some dealers are turning customers away who's tires begin with DV.
[Double Boxes=Jennifer and Keith/Newsroom]


Keith, the best thing to do is keep an eye on your tire pressure and an ear out for when these recalls will happen in Virginia.

[Floyd-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A woman was killed and a sheriff's deputy seriously injured in a head-on collision this afternoon in Floyd County.

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It happened on Ridgeview Road around 2:30.
State police say 41-year-old Becky J. Gillespie from Floyd crossed the center line and hit Deputy Roger Dickerson head-on.
Gillespie died at the scene.
Dickerson, a road deputy for three years in Floyd County, was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
State police blocked off traffic on Ridgeview Road for three hours to reconstruct the accident.
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[Roanoke-Ax]


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[***WIPE***WIPE***]

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In Roanoke, deer and wet roadways appear to be factors in a late-afternoon accident that closed down Mud Lick Road for more than a half hour.
Accounts from the scene indicate the driver veered off the roadway in efforts to avoid two deer. The car slid off Mud Lick into a dry creekbed.
Crews had to pry open the car to free the driver, who was taken to Lewis Gale Medical Center for treatment.
No word yet on his identity or condition.
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Roanoke police say they rarely see the type of attack a woman suffered in her Old Southwest home last night.
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Cora Hodges is 61 years old. A man slammed her head and hand repeatedly with a brick shortly after midnight. She hadn't even heard him walk in because she had the T-V up loud and the front door open.
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((CORA HODGES/ATTACK VICTIM: BY THE TIME I HEARD A LITTLE SOMETHING AND IT DRAWED MY ATTENTION, TURNED AROUND AND LOOKED, AND HE WAS STANDING RIGHT THERE. I STOOD UP AND SAID WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? GET OUT OF HERE! HE SAID GIVE ME YOUR MONEY OR I'LL KILL YOU. I SAID I DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY. HE SAID WELL YOU BETTER GET SOME MONEY OR I'M GOING TO KILL YOU. AND I MEAN I'M GOING TO KILL YOU.))
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Hodges says the man snatched her purse with medicine and five dollars -- then took off. Her son will pay a thousand dollars for the name of the attacker -- described as black, about five feet eight inches tall, in his late 20's or thirties, with a white T-shirt or tank top, long kinky hair and a bandanna.
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((LT. WILLIAM ALTHOFF/ROANOKE POLICE: KEEP YOUR DOOR LOCKED AND USE THE SCREEN, SOMETHING THAT MAKES NOISE AND CAUSES PEOPLE TO SLOW DOWN SO YOU HAVE TIME TO RESPOND IF SOMEONE COMES TO YOUR DOOR.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. William Althoff/Roanoke Police Dept.;]
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Police say most so-called home invasions are tied to drug activity, but that this man simply saw an easy target.

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[Franklin-Renovations]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Rumors are flying among Franklin County parents who wonder when the high school will re-open and where their children will study. The principal says classes will start on time a week from Monday, but heavy construction will continue all year. Tina Tenret shows us what to expect.
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[RUNS:03] Noise, dust, confusion and hassle come with a big reward: Seven and a half million dollars worth of classroom space, plus air-conditioning. Of course the a-c won't be ready til next year, so kids will still go home early on unbearably hot days.
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((BENNY GIBSON/FRANKLIN CO. H.S. PRINCIPAL: WHEN THEY COME ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL THERE'S GOING TO BE ROOMS SUCH AS THIS ROOM RIGHT HERE. BASICALLY NO FLOOR TILE OR CEILING TILE.)) [RUNS:12]
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While crews remodel these rooms, kids will shuffle to this building's 14 new classrooms. The old Virginia Apparel plant will house the trade school and adult education. And all school offices will be in one building, not four.
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((BENNY GIBSON/PRINCIPAL: PARENTS ARE CONCERNED, IS THE SCHOOL GOING TO BE SAFE AND IS IT GOING TO OPEN ON TIME, AND THE ANSWER TO BOTH IS YES. butt butt butt TINA TENRET/NEWS7: ALL THIS CONSTRUCTION CANNOT FIX ONE PROBLEM: THE SEVERE SHORTAGE OF PARKING HERE AT FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL IS LANDLOCKED SO THEY CANNOT EXPAND THE LOTS. WITH MORE STUDENTS COMING IN, AND MORE OWNING CARS, THIS PROMISES AN EVEN FIERCER BATTLE FOR PARKING SPACES.)) [RUNS:22]
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Ditches wait for the heating and air conditioning pipes, and trailers cluster in a corner. This will be the landscape for a while -- short term pain, the principal says, for long term gain. Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County ))

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Still ahead on News 7, Chuck Robb makes a campaign stop in the Star City.
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The population of Galax is a little bigger this week thanks to thousands of musicians and music fans.
We'll head down to the Old Fiddler's Convention.
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[Robb]


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In June-- George Allen ran his first television ads which are now running state-wide.
But U-S Senator Chuck Robb has yet to invest in T-V advertising.
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Robb, who made a brief campaign stop in Roanoke today, says he doesn't have the funds to begin hitting the airwaves until after Labor Day.
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((CHUCK ROBB/D- SENATE CANDIDATE: WE HAVEN'T SPENT ANY MONEY ON PAID ADVERTISING. WE'RE DOING OUR BEST TO HANG ONTO ALL THE RESOURCES WE HAVE AND WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE AS WE HAVE IN THE PAST ON GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEER EFFORTS WITH PEOPLE THAT KNOW US, KNOW THE CAMPAIGN AND KNOW OUR RECORDS.))
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Two special interest groups have bought T-V spots on Robb's behalf.
The Sierra Club and Handgun Control Incorporated have spent 600- thousand dollars on ads in voter rich northern Virginia.
The special interest ads have been critical of George Allen.
Allen's ads, meanwhile, have been of a biographical nature.
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A computer software company in Blacksburg says it took a direct hit from Aenima E-mail Bomber.
In a complaint filed in federal court, nanocom says its systems were rendered useless by the thousands of e-mails it got in June.
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They contained seven lines of e-mail gibberish.
The suit claims the transmission came from Cybration, a company in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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Another message said simply: "You guys suck big time."
Nanocom claims 5-thousand dollars in actual damages. The company is also asking for 350-thousand dollars in punitive damages.

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Hooker Furniture plans to buy back millions of dollars of company stock .. and distribute it over time to its workers.
If the plan goes through, Hooker employees could eventually own 30 per cent of the company .. and become the largest single shareholding block.
Hooker is prepared to pay 12-50 a share. In recent months, its value ranged from 8 to 10 dollars a share.

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Two pharmaceutical companies were major movers on Wall Street today. Eli Lilly was down more than 31 and 1/2 points, while Barr Laboratories was up 31 and 1/4 on news that an appeals court cleared the way for generic equivalents of the drug Prozac. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW lost 71 points while NASDAQ gained five.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index fell about a point.
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[Fiddlers-Convention]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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This is the one week out of the year when the population of Galax swells by more than 30 percent.
It happens courtesy of the annual Old Fiddlers Convention.
Marya Jones tells us what's new this year at the world's oldest and largest gathering of bluegrass and Old Time musicians.
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[NATSOUND: MUSIC] ((NATSOUND: MUSIC)) [RUNS :03]
For a few days each year, this 20-acre park in the heart of Galax becomes a camper shantytown that's the center of the universe for bluegrass and Old Time music fans.
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((NATS: RED TOMMY MALBOEUF PLAYING)) [RUNS :02]
Tommy Malboef has been coming here from Troutman, North Carolina, for the last 40 years to compete ... and sometimes win ... as a bluegrass fiddler.
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((TOMMY MALBOEFF: PRICE WENT UP GETTING IN. BUT IT REALLY HASN'T CHANGED THAT MUCH. )) [RUNS :06]
Well, maybe SOME things have changed.
The event's so popular, it's been bumped up to SIX days.
This week, Malboeff is joining nearly 3-thousand competitors for the 65th Annual Old Fiddlers Convention.
And for the first time THIS year, some of the most accomplished fiddlers are anything BUT old.
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((NATSOUND: MONROE LOWE PLAYING FIDDLE.)) [RUNS :02]
Monroe Lowe from Jonesboro, Tennessee, took second place in the convention's new Youth Competition.
He's been playing for seven years.
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((MONROE LOWE/FIDDLER: FIRST TIME I EVER COME, I WAS REALLY NERVOUS CAUSE THIS WAS THE BIGGEST CROWD I'VE EVER BEEN IN, BUT I'VE BEEN COMING HERE ABOUT SIX YEARS AND YOU JUST LEARN TO GET OVER IT.)) [RUNS :10]
The newcomers have wowed some of the old pros with their skills.
And it seems they have more than just music in common as a reason for being here:
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(( HONESTLY, ALL THE GIRLS.)) [RUNS :01]
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((TOMMY MALBOEUF: SEEING A LOT OF PRETTY GIRLS WALKING ALONG IN THOSE SHORT SHORTS IS A BIG ATTRACTION TO ME. (LAUGH).)) [RUNS :06]
The Old Fiddlers Convention runs through Saturday in Felts Park. [NATS MUSIC] ((QUICK NATS MUSIC)) [RUNS :01]
Marya Jones, News-7, Galax. ))

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Tonight on News 7 sports, Vick lands on the cover of SI and talks about his relationship with his Mom. PH is the Friday Football Extra spotlight.
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And we'll head back to Panthers' camp and check in with James Madison University product Tony Booth.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Just when you thought it couldn't get any bigger for Michael Vick, the heisman trophy candidate from Virginia Tech has earned the ultimate - a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated's fabled college football preseason issue.
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Vick hits the ground running along with a bolt of lightning with the caption - Mr. Electric. The cover story examines how Vick has sparked a revolution at the quarterback spot in college football. Vick gets a lift from his teammates and reader's of the article will get a peak inside Vick's upbringing in Newport News. They also will get a chance to see just how special the relationship between Vick and his Mom, Brenda Boddie really is.
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What a difference a year makes is definitely the slogan for the Patrick Henry football team this preseason.
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Last year at this time, head coach Jeff Johnson had only 15 players for the opening day of practice. This time around, more than 60 Patriots are making noise on the practice field - and this team hopes to also make plenty of racket in the RVD.
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With such a veteran team - Johnson is able to pick up the pace in practice, as a result the players have literally put their coach on a pedestal.
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[S-Booth]


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Former college players from Virginia and Virginia Tech have been the main focus of our Carolina Panthers training camp stories so far. Today, Steve Mason checks in on former James Madison defensive star Tony Booth.
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((There is definitely a new excitement surrounding the Carolina Panthers defense this season. Former James Madison University standout and Panthers second year defensive back Tony Booth senses it and his enthusiasm has a lot to do with the addition of Reggie White. ((:))
Booth is more focussed this season. A torn ACL in his right knee ended his inaugural
NFL season last year. But he's back to help a defense back field that ranked 21st in the league against the pass a season ago. ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:)) ((:))
Booth and his secondary will also need help from a defensive front that was just 24th in the league against the run. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

























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People are already heading to the Salem Civic Center for a night of Music.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Microwave]


Jean Jadhon is there too. Jean what's going on there tonight?
[Live=Jean Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Jean1;]
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( roll cue: Third Eye Blind.)
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((NAT SOUND...))
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Jean ad lib over video... for a few...
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(Jean ad lib about lines crowds etc possible fan interview)
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(Question: Are tickest still available?)