Coming up on News 7-
Firefighters in Wyoming continue to face an uphill battle.
It's not fire but rain that continues to threaten Southwest, Virginia.
About a hundred people turn out in Radford to save a local landmark.
And, police make an startling discovery in India.
News 7 is next.
Strong winds and possible dry thunderstorms are making for a serious situation in Wyoming where a dozen aircraft are the main line of defense against a raging wildfire.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
The fire near Jackson,Wyoming continues to burn stronger tonight.
Although no homes have been burned, the fire has grown to 37-hundred acres.
Firefighters say now they'll face the toughest battle yet.
Jennifer Miller has more.
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[SUPER=03-Wilson, WY; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Carvelho/Incident Commander; :13]
[SUPER=01-Bryan Connelley/ Division Supervisor; :43]
[SUPER=01-Cavin Fitzsimmons/Firefighter; :57]
[SUPER=01-Ken Sutton/Fire Chief; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/Reporting; 1:31]
((ITS UNUSUAL TO FIGHT A FIRE THAT GETS STRONGER EVERY DAY, BUT THATS
EXACTLY WHAT THIS ONE IS DOING.
(Bobby Kitchens/ Public Information Officer)
The biggest enemy is definitely weather."
HUMIDITY IS DROPPING AND WINDS ARE GUSTING UP TO 60 MILES PER HOUR.
(Joe Carvelho/Incident Commander)
"That spells extreme kind of disaster in the fire behavior world, it'll
be extreme fire behavior situations that will be out here."
ANXIOUS HOMEOWNERS GOT THE NEWS SATURDAY MORNING.
LIVING WITH LITTLE MORE THAN THE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACK, THEY LEARNED
FIREFIGHTERS HAD SAVED THE MILLION DOLLAR HOMES IN ONE SUBDIVISION.....
BUT MORE MODERATELY PRICED HOUSES LIKE THIS ONE ARE HARDER TO DEFEND
BECAUSE OF TALL TREES THAT SURROUND THEM....
AND FIREFIGHTERS WORRY ABOUT CROWN FIRES ... WHERE FLAMES JUMP FROM ONE
TREETOP TO ANOTHER.
(bryan Connelley/ Division Supervisor 21:43 - :51)
"That's one of your firefighters worst fears, because the only thing you
can do with a crown fire is get out of the way."
THAT'S WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE PREPARED TO DO. .. BUT IT'S DIFFICULT WHEN
THE HOME YOU'RE TRYING TO SAVE IS YOUR OWN.
(SOT: CAVIN FITZSIMMONS/FIREFIGHTER)
BUT THESE FOAM SPRAY SPRINKLERS ARE AN OMINOUS SIGN. THEYRE TURNED ON AS
A LAST RESORT.
(Ken Sutton/Fire Chief)
"We're going to get this thing and uh you guys just hang in there."
BUT FIRE MANAGERS ARE CONCERNED "HANGING IN THERE" IS GETTING DIFFICULT
THEY'RE WORKING 12-HOUR DAYS AND FLYING CONTINOUSLY OVER THE BLAZE'S
COMMANDERS WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS FIRE ... THAT'S ALREADY TAKEN CLOSE TO
4-THOUSAND ACRES .... DOESN'T TAKE ANY LIVES.
AND THAT'S ALSO A CONCERN FOR HOMEOWNERS.
IN FACT THE FIRST QUESTION ONE EVACUEE ASKED AT SATURDAY'S MEETING WAS
... "HOW ARE THE CREWS HOLDING UP."
JENNIFER MILLER, CBS NEWS, WILSON, WYOMING.))
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The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross spent the day cooking up some help for flood victims in West Virginia.
The chapter held a bake sale at two Kroger stores in Roanoke and one in Salem this morning.
The sale raised more than 850-dollars.
The Red Cross will use the money to help victims devastated from the July 8th flooding in West Virginia.
In the coming weeks, youth volunteers will also travel to the area to learn how their bake sale money will help disaster victims.
Another fundraiser planned today at Mill Mountain Zoo had to be canceled because rainy weather.
Organizers hope to re-schedule it for next weekend.[Relief-Flooding]
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Flood victims in Tazewell County are also getting some assistance.
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Officials say the first batch of grants are ready to go out today to those suffering UN-insured losses there, earlier this month.
The state grants total just over a quarter-of-a million dollars.
Nearly 700 homes and 50 businesses were damaged by flooding and mudslides.
Several bridges were washed-out, but no injuries were reported.
As you might imagine--- recent rain is also creating a new set of headaches for Southwest Virginia.
The state Department of Emergency Management has declared Dickenson County a local emergency.
An official says Clinchco and Counts were hardest hit by the five-and-a-half inches of rain that fell late Thursday.
No injuries were reported - but water rushed down the mountainside and INTO homes...
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Today's rain did NOT stop some New River Valley residents from trying to keep a local theater from exiting stage left.
A recent fire heavily damaged the site of the Long Way Home historical drama.
Justin McLeod has more.
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[IN Q=Nat sound]
[SUPER=01-Eric Miller/Native American Heritage Assoc.; :13]
[SUPER=01-Kate Harsberger/Former Perfomer; :40]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Stanwitz/Organizer; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Kris Kramer/Walker; 1:22]
[OUT Q=News 7, Radford]
((((NAT SOUND OF RAIN AND THE BURNED OUT SITE))
You'd expect to find these chairs empty on a rainy day.
But even on a good day, a long running summer tradition in Radford remains closed.
[IN Q=It was a real heart breaker]
((ERIC MILLER/NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION: IT WAS A REAL HEART BREAKER. I AM REALLY SAD THAT THAT HAPPENED BUT I'VE SEEN TODAY A SPIRIT OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO WORK TO BRING IT BACK.))
[OUT Q=bring it back]
This is what they want to bring back.
It's a play that chronicles the life of Mary Draper Ingles.
In 1755, the Indians held Ingles captive, taking her all the way to Kentucky.
She eventually escaped only to endure more hardship.
She battled hunger, fear, and brutal weather conditions during her more than 800 mile journey back home.
[IN Q=We just need to let]
((KATE HARSHBERGER/FORMER PERFORMER: WE JUST NEED TO LET FOLKS KNOW WHAT SPECIAL STORY THIS IS AND HOW MUCH COMMUNITY NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=to know about it]
But it will be awhile before you see this story played out on this stage again.
A fire this spring destroyed the pavilion and all the equipment.
It forced organizers to cancel all performances for the summer.
[IN Q=We need about 37-thousand]
((SANDRA STANWITZ/ORGANIZER: WE NEED ABOUT 37-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REPLACE THE SOUND AND LIGHTNING EQUIPMENT. AND THATS THE BIG HURDLE THAT WE HAVE TO OVERCOME AND THATS WHY WE HAD THE WALK TODAY.))
[OUT Q=the walk today]
More than a hundred people turned out for that walk here at Bisset Park in Radford.
Organizers raised nearly three thousand dollars...not bad when you consider mother nature rained on their parade.
[SOT 12:17:23; 12:19:41]
[IN Q=We had our umbrellas]
((CHLOE KRAMER/WALKER: WE HAD OUR UMBRELLAS AND I PUT MY HOOD UP.))
((KRIS KRAMER/WALKER: WE HAD A GOOD TIME TODAY AND I THINK A HOT BATH IS IN ORDER AND MAYBE A CUP OF HOT CHOCOLATE WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER BUT WE HAD A GOOD TIME.))
[OUT Q=we had a good time]
This time next year, the cast hopes to raise the curtain again on the Long Journey Home.
It's a survivor story that's about to experience its own survival.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Radford.))
Police in Calcutta, India made an alarming discovery this week.
They recovered nearly 500- human skulls and skeletons in a house.
A trader has since been charged with stocking the skulls without a valid trade license.
The man told police he's been trading skulls and skeletons for the past 11- years and that there was nothing illegal about his trade.
Police also recovered a price list which suggests the skeletons were sold for about 200- U-S dollars.
In South Asia-- skulls and skeltons are sold as anatomical models and for local crafts.
A gunman opened fire during a night of renewed rioting in Northern Ireland leaving one man injured by a stray bullet.
[SUPER=03-Belfast, Northern Ireland;]
Police were pelted with gasoline bombs, stones and bottles as around 300- rioters took to the streets on Friday night.
The incident was captured by a news crew that was interviewing a senior official in the Irish Republican Army.
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(( THERE WAS. Reporter says: GET DOWN, GET DOWN, GET DOWN, GET DOWN.))
[OUT Q=get down. (repeated several times.)]
The news crew was NOT injured.
The violence followed an afternoon of direct clashes between Republicans and Loyalists in a part of north Belfast where the two communities are separated by a high fence.
Still to come on News 7 at Eleven, the National D-Day Memorial is seeing brisk business...
and for a while you can check out some dino's and tornados on a new day. We'll explain coming up in just a few minutes. Stay with us!
More than a month after its dedication, the National D-Day Memorial is still seeing thousands of visitors each week.
Thousands were, of course, on hand when the memorial was dedicated in June.
Officials say since then visitation hasn't let up-- with the largest number of visitors flocking to the memorial on the weekend.
[IN Q=On the weekend]
[SUPER=01-William A. McIntosh/Interim Foundation President; :00]
((ON THE WEEKEND WE NORMALLY ANTICIPATE ANYWHERE FROM 10 THOUSAND ON A SATURDAY OR A SUNDAY. DURING THE WEEKDAYS, THE AVERAGE SEEMS TO BE AROUND 12- HUNDRED.))
[OUT Q=around 12- hundred.]
[VO-NAT 12 plus pad]
This week, your Hometown Station presented a check for 10- thousand dollars to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.
The funds are the result of videotapes we sold-- showing our broadcast of the D-Day Memorial Dedication.
[TAPE#=01-22 - 1:45:10]
A gift will allow the Science Museum of Western Virginia to temporarily extend its hours.
[VO-NAT 18 plus pad]
Thanks to a generous donor-- the museum will be opening on Sundays for several weekends.
The first Sunday will be tomorrow-- from one to five pm.
The extended hours will run through September 16th.
The Science Museum had to cut back its hours because of state funding cuts.
The Museum will continue to be closed on Mondays.
A local bank merger may lead to the sale of several local branches and a Roanoke Company says it's time to close up shop.
Jennifer Miele has those stories in this week's business review.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape; :08]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Fisher/CBI President; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Mike Drzal/Attorney; 1:31]
[OUT Q=business review.]
If the merger with First Union goes through, Wachovia says it will sell 38 of its branches.
That includes nine in our area.
The branches include those at Towers Mall, Franklin Plaza, Crossroads Mall, Cave Spring, 460 East and West Salem.
Other area branches slated for sale include Bedford, Hardy and Chilhowie.
Wachovia says once buyers are identified, customers will begin to receive information about the process... but do NOT need to do anything at this time.
[INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
Vishay Vitramon announced today it will close by the end of March.
Employees say 71 of the plant's 300 workers were laid off today.... more cuts are expected in September and February.
Vishay Vitramon is a multi-billion dollar electronic parts manufacturer.
The company blames the cutbacks on the slow economy.
[INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
The Carilion Biomedical Institute isn't waiting for new buildings .. to start turning out new products. It's ready to put three of them on the market this year.
CBI President Dennis Fisher says there is no better place to start up companies to manufacture these products than Roanoke.
((DR. FISHER: WE HAVE A STRONG MEDICAL CAPABILITY HERE THAT AGAIN IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY, AND THAT REALLY FORMS THE NUCLEUS FOR BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY.))
All of the products that come out of the CBI need to be patented.
Two New River Valley attorneys are working round the clock to secure them.. just one spin off market of the biomed industry.
[IN Q=IT JUST GIVES]
((MIKE DRZAL/ATTORNEY; IT JUST GIVES THE AREA A LEG UP ON OTHER AREAS THAT ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM OLD ECONOMY TO NEW ECONOMY.))
[OUT Q=NEW ECONOMY]
Here's a look at your Dow and Nasdaq numbers for the week.....
For News 7, I'm Jennifer Miele and that is this week's business review.))
Still to come on News 7, Roy Stanley will join us with notes from the world of sports...
and flying ash from Mount Etna has grounded air travel in parts of Italy. We'll have details coming up in just a minute.
A popular Southern rock band with an upcoming tour date in the Roanoke Valley has lost a founding member.
Lynyrd Skynyrd bass guitarist Leon Wilkeson was reportedly found dead at a hotel outside of Jacksonville, Florida yesterday.
A cause of death hasn't been released,
but it appears the 49-year-old died in his sleep.
Wilkeson was a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd - and survived the 1977 crash that killed band founder Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, singer Cassie Gaines and three others.
Lynyrd Skynyrd is scheduled for a September 5-th appearance at the Salem Civic Center.
No word yet on how Wilkeson's death will affect the tour.
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Recent rains may have you in deep water... but there's a way you can enjoy it.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to the Maury River to discover the allure of fly-fishing, with Reel-Time Fly Fishing in Rockbridge County.
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[IN Q=Year 'round, rain or shine...]
[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Scott Bunten/Reel Time Fly Fishing; :09]
((Year 'round, rain or shine, you can find them on the river.
They are disciples of nature and fishing is their religion.
[IN Q=There's nothing that soothes the heart more than running water.]
((There's nothing that soothes the heart more than running water. There's nothing better than casting to rising fish, picking the right fly, making the right presentation and catching a fish. It's a great thing.))
[OUT Q=It's a great thing.]
Scott Bunten says he's been fishing since he could hold a fly-rod.
He shares his passion with others through teaching... everything from casting to tying flies to communing with nature through catch and release.
He, like so many others, says fly-fishing is addictive.
[IN Q=There are so many aspects...]
((There are so many aspects to the sport that it just sucks you in and you can't get away from it.))
[OUT Q=you can't get away from it.]
[IN Q=If you're new to fly-fishing...]
((If you're new to fly-fishing don't be intimidated by those who say it's an art form. Scott says anybody can master this with a little... or a lot of practice.))
[OUT Q=with a little... or a lot of practice.]
[IN Q=Standing from afar and looking...l]
((Standing from afar and looking at it, it looks like an art form but, really, it's nothing more than a combination of timing and power.))
[OUT Q=combination of timing and power.]
And even if you never get the hang of it... well, as anglers like to say, "There's no such thing as a bad day fishing."
[IN Q=Trout and bass don't live in ugly places.]
((Trout and bass don't live in ugly places. So, no matter where you're going it's beautiful. There's nothing better than being in the outdoors... especially standing knee high in water.))
[OUT Q=Especially standing knee high in water.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Rockbridge County.))
The eruption of Mount Etna has disrupted activity at a nearby airport.
Officials are concerned about ash raining down from the volcano, so they have temporarily closed a local aiport.
Late Friday, two new fractures opened on the side of Etna, and it's hoped that they will help ease the pressure propelling the two main lava fonts.
Brandy Bailey of Northside and Nikki Childress of Cave Spring led the Lady Gators to the Pony National Championship.
Childress drove in the winning run in the Gators 1 to nothing win over the Shamrocks in the championship game.
Bailey won 4 games in the tournament played in West Palm Beach.
One other note, Bailey will play with the Extreme Force in the A-S-A nationals coming to Salem August 6th through the 12-th.
Jeff Purvis wins the Busch Race, more later on Sunday Morning.[S-Yankees]
Roger Clemens became the majors first 15 game winner as New York dumped Toronto 12 to 1.
[SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada/MSG; :]
Clemens allowed one hit and no runs before leaving in the fifth with cramps in his right groin.
In the top of the fifth, Tino Martinez belts this two run homer over the right field wall scoring Pedro Borbon and Bernie Williams and the Yankees led 4 to nothing.
And Williams would connect for a two run homer over the centerfield wall later in the game and the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 12 to 1.
New York's Robin Ventura hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets beat the Phillies 4 to 3.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/FOX SPORTS; :]
The Mets got on the board first.
In the bottom of the first, Jay Payton hits this single to centerfield scoring Todd Ziele and the Mets took the 1 to nothing lead.
Leading 2 to nothing in the fourth, Benny Agbayani gets all of this pitch for a solo homer over the left field wall to make it 3 to nothing Mets.
The Phillies tied it at 3 then in the bottom of the 9-th Ventura belts this solo homer over the right field wall and the Mets win it 4 to 3.
[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/FOX SPORTS; :]
In Chicago, Todd Hundley returned to the Cubs lineup but Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire provided the sparks.
Big Mac gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a solo homer his 17-th this season. He has 571 career homers.
Then in the very next inning Sosa goes deep over the centerfield wall for his 35-th of the season and career homer 329 but the Cardinals beat the Cubs 7 to 4.
And here are tonight's numbers.
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[OUT Q=...last score."]
Mike Tyson is back in the media spotlight after a woman says he sexually assaulted her at his rental home in Big Bear, California last week.
[SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/KSAZ; :]
Tyson was in Phoenix today preparing for a September fight. The Sheriffs office in California confirmed the claim has been made. They have not spoken to Tyson and no charges have been filed and no warrant for his arrest has been issued.
Jeff Purvis made a trip to victory lane yesterday winning the NAPA AutoCare 250.
[SUPER=03-Fountain, CO/NBC SPORTS; :]
Purvis pulled away from the field over the final laps and he held off Jeff Green winning the AutoCare 250.
It's his first win in 5 years on the Busch Circuit.
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[IN Q="I hadn't...]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Purvis/NAPA AutoCare 250 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=.....great deal."]
Green was second, Kevin Harvick third, Jason Keller fourth and Greg Biffle fifth.
Lance Armstrong is in command at the Tour De France with one stage remaining.
[SUPER=03-Evry, France/OLN; :]
Armstrong, the 2 time defending champion, finished 30-th in yesterday's stage, but his overall lead is almost 7 minutes.
Armstrong again held the leader's yellow jersey. He leads Jan Ullrich of Germany but six minutes and 44 seconds in the standings.
The tour ends today in Paris.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 sports]
The Inner City Athletic Association held it's football and Cheerleader camp yesterday.
The two day event wrapped up yesterday at Lincoln Terrace. Rain forced both camps inside. The football segment welcomed around 75 kids. Roanoke Steam receiver and linebacker Anthony Drakeford joined an all star cast of pro and college players who spoke to the kids about the importance of school and practice.
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[SUPER=01-Anthony Drakeford/Roanoke Steam Receiver & Linebacker; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tony Joyce/Hampden Sydney Standout; :21]
[OUT Q=...getting an education"]
About 40 young ladies came out for the cheerleaders camp which was run by Ferrum College cheerleading. Franklin County high school cheerleaders also helped out.
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[SUPER=01-T.J. Agagee/Ferrum Cheerleading Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=......help them in their future"]
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody!
The Duane Whitenack City County swim meet got underway yesterday morning at the Dedmon Center at Radford University.
Over a thousand swimmers are competing this year but the meet would be nothing without volunteers.
This year over 600 volunteers are working the 2 day meet.
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[IN Q="This is....]
[SUPER=01-Ron Spellman/Meet Director; :]
[OUT Q=....this smoothly."]
Some of the Volunteers are connected to the meet through their children.
Tom Hubbard, who serves as the announcer, started when his son competed and he's been a familar face at the event for 35 years.
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[IN Q="It's so....]
[SUPER=01-Tom Hubbard/Announcer; :]
[OUT Q=.....they do."]
And finally tonight, the Major League Soccer all star game may have ended in a tie, but the game may be a little reminicient of the american women's World Cup win.
[SUPER=03-San Jose, CA;]
Landon Donovan, the San Jose Earthquakes' 19-year-old rookie forward had four goals in the game for the West all stars, but he may have made a name for himself by celebrating sporting a sports bra, a la Brandi Chastain...