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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - The heat wave is starting to fizzle out - Highs will be nearing 90 degrees. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up in just a couple of minutes.




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President Bush announced he will allow federal funding for LIMITED embryonic stem cell research - And that decision hit close to home for a Christiansburg couple.
News 7's Justin was with him and has his reaction.
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[SUPER=01-William Boyd/Stem Cell Research Supporter; :28]
[SUPER=01-Cricket Boyd/Stem Cell Research Supporter; :38]
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((NAT SOUND OF WIFE AND HUSBAND HUGGING; :06
Nothing but tears of joy as family and friends gathered at their home to hear the President's decision.
It may be limited but Boyd believes allowing some federal funding for stem cell research is a step in the right direction.
He hopes to be part of a experimential trial to have stem cells injected into his back bone to help correct a spinal cord injury.))
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[IN Q=It means maybe someday]

((WILLIAM BOYD/STEM CELL RESEARCH SUPPORTER: IT MEANS MAYBE SOMEDAY DOWN THE LINE I'LL BE ABLE TO WALK AGAIN AND I WILL BE ABLE AND I'LL BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THIS PRISON I'M IN RIGHT NOW.)) ((CRICKET BOYD/STEM CELL RESEARCH SUPPORTER: I THINK SOMEDAY THEY MAY COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT HE IS NOT ABLE TO WALK FULLY LIKE YOU AND I CAN BUT MAYBE WITH A LITTLE ASSISTANCE, BRACES, BUT YEAH HE WILL WALK.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE BOYD'S REALIZE STEM CELL RESEARCH IS NOT A PROVEN SCIENCE. BUT THEY SAY THEY'RE WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK, AFTER ALL, ITS THE MOST PROMISING NEWS THEY'VE HAD SINCE HIS ACCIDENT. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7, BLACKSBURG.))))

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What if an abundant supply of stem cells could be found -- and the source prompted NO ethical debate?
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville;]


A University of Virginia doctor is setting up a new clinic he hopes answers that question.
Stem cells derived from human fat -- liposuctioned out our own bodies -- could help prevent disease and save lives.

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[IN Q=It's something that's very abundant]

((DR. ADAM KATZ/UVA RESEARCHER: IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S VERY ABUNDANT... THEREIN LIES THE PRACTICAL APPEAL AND THE POTENTIAL CLINICAL POWER.))
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[OUT Q=and the potential clinical power.]
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So far, the fat cells have only yielded stem cells in the lab.
Human success stories are still a long way off.
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Virginia's level of education is rising - it's been ranked as the BEST educated state in the South. That's according to a census survey.
It is also one of the top ten in the nation.
The Commonwealth ranks Number 7 in the percentage of residents with at least bachelor's degrees at 28 percent.
The District of Columbia ranks highest at 39 percent. Massachusetts ranked second.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - An end to the heat wave is in sight - highs are cooling down to NEAR 90 today under partly sunny skies. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up after the news.




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An accident in Roanoke sent two people to the hospital.
Police say they are lucky to be alive.
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The accident happened about 10-15 last night on Old Vinton Mill Road.
Police say two people were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but their injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
The driver may have taken the curve too fast.
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A Pulaski County man drowned in the New River.
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[SUPER=03-Carroll Co.;]

Authorities recovered the body of Kenneth Akers Junior around 11:30 yesterday morning. The 20-year-old had been fishing near the Byllesby (Bills-bee) Dam in Carroll County. A family member says Akers had fished there several times but couldn't swim. The dam was shut down for divers to use a V-pattern search method to find him.
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((GLEN HYATT/TWIN CO. DIVING TEAM; JUST LOOKING AT IT FROM THE EDGE IT DOESN'T LOOK THAT DEEP BUT THERE ARE ROCK LEDGES ALL ALONG THROUGH THERE AND AS YOU WALK OUT YOU'LL STEP IN A HOLE WAY OVER YOUR HEAD, WE WENT IN PLACES 10-12 FEET DEEP.))
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Akers was married with two kids and another on the way.
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Virginia's highways will soon be patroled by Stealth cruisers.
Virginia State Police's new marked car known as a "slick top'' because it has no easy-to-spot emergency lights or antennae.
The vehicle still bears the familiar State Police markings on its sides, but the cruiser's flashing lights are hidden in the side mirrors and inside the passenger compartment.
Slick Tops are already are in service along Interstate 81 in Staunton and Wytheville.

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A Franklin County musician's life is getting better and better.
Dan Tyminski (tuh-MIN-ski) has received ten nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Awards.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./1998;]


Tyminski is a member of the band, Alison Kraus and Union Station... and a solo recording artist for Franklin County's Doobie Shea (SHAY) Records.
A resident of Ferrum, Tyminski supplied George Clooney's singing voice in the movie, "O Brother Where Art Thou."

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Western Virginia is well-represented in the nominations. Others up for awards include members of the Lonesome River Band, and Mandolin musician Herschel Sizemore.
Recordings from Doobie Shea, Roanoke's Acutab Publications, and Blacksburg's Hay Holler Records are also nominated.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom - Keep an umbrella handy today just in case. There is a chance for scattered showers this afternoon. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has details coming up in just a couple of minutes.




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The victim of an assault and robbery last month was in court HIMSELF yesterday.
Ben Chastang admits he received a one-pound shipment of pot in the mail last year, but insists he's not a drug dealer.
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Chastang survived an assault and robbery, as well as the murder of his friend in Roanoke last month.
The city prosecutor says the situation was just what it looked like: a drug deal gone awry.
Despite Chastang's guilty plea in Salem yesterday on a SECOND offense of single possession of pot, Chastang says what happened in Roanoke July 10th was not drug-related.
And he can't wait for the trial.
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((BEN CHASTANG; I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT, GET THE GUYS WHO DID THAT PUT AWAY.))
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On the marijuana charges in Salem yesterday, Chastang was fined 25-hundred dollars and ordered to serve five weekENDS in jail.
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[8-11KB-Toys]


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K-B Toys announced it will move into the old e-Toys distribution center in Blairs.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


One hundred fifty new full-time jobs and nearly a thousand temporary jobs will be created as early as September.

Officials say it was a good deal... the staff was already trained and the distribution equipment was already in place.
Plus, Governor Gilmore handed over a 250 thousand dollar grant made possible from tobacco settlement money.
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((GOV. GILMORE: THIS IS THE FIRST GRANT USED TO CLOSE AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND TO HELP CREATE JOBS IN THE COMMUNITY.))
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K-B plans to start shipping by September, and hopes to have at least five million toys moved out by Christmas.
The company is actively seeking employees.
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[8-11Dixie-World-Series]


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For the first time in forty years - Virginia will play host to the Dixie Youth World Series.
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Starting next Monday, twenty four teams from across the South will face off on fields in Bedford and Amherst County.
The two localities beat out sites in Alabama and Tennesse for the honor of bringing the games here.
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[SOT 1:21:07]
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((RONNIE ADAMS/MADISON HEIGHTS YOUTH BASEBALL: I THINK WITH THE TWO AREAS AND PLUS LYNCHBURG,WE HAVE ENOUGH MOTELS, WE HAD ENOUGH RESTAURANTS, WE HAD ENOUGH THINGS FOR PEOPLE TO DO WHEN THEY CAM HERE. AND PEOPLE HAVE WANTED TO COME TO VIRGINIA FOR A LONG TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Ronnie Adams/Madison Heights Youth Baseball]
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[OUT Q=for a long time.]
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The games will also have a local flavor.
As the host sites, Bedford and Madison Heights each get to field a team.
And the state champions in the Dixie major league and Triple-A league are from Amherst and Appomattox, respectively.
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