Just ahead on NEWS 7 at six.
Investigators step up their efforts to find the killer of a Martinsville teenager.
And, neighbors make some noise of their own over plans to build a drag strip in Pittsylvania County.
In sports, Defense is a major priority as the Virginia Cavaliers go through 2 a day practices in Charlottesville.
And Jeff Gordon becomes NASCAR's all time winner on the road course taking the checkered flag today in the Global Crossing at Watkins Glen.
Heavy rain and storms continue to push east through our region. The latest on flash flooding information is coming up next.
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The Henry County Sheriff's Department tells us they expect to make several arrests from a shooting as early as tonight.
The shooting took place outside the Horse Pasture Ruritan Club on Highway 58 just after eleven Friday night.
Deputies say a fight erupted with as many as 30 shots being fired.
16 year old Lorenzo Hairston died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Two other Martinsville men wounded in the shooting are recovering.
A Salem police officer was injured in a wreck on Route 4-19 today.
The wreck happened shortly before 5 this evening near the Lakeside Plaza.
Police say Officer Brian Jenkins was responding to a call when he went off the road, hitting a light pole on the drivers side.
Jenkins was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A neighborhood dispute in Southside is about to head back to the courtroom.
At issue-- whether a Pittsylvania County man can build a drag strip near Java.
Many area residents oppose the project.
News 7's Justin McLeod tell us where the dispute stands and where it goes from here.
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[SUPER=01-Leslie Redd/Area Resident; :15]
[SUPER=01-Stone Gregory III/Property Owner; :36]
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Anderson-Hager/Opponent; 1:24]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Pittsylvania County]
((((NAT SOUND FILE OF DRAG STRIP))
A drag strip much like the one you see here could arrive in Pittsylvania County in less than a year.
Its would be located in an area that's generally pretty quiet.
[IN Q=That was the reason we moved out here]
((LESLIE REDD/AREA RESIDENT: THAT WAS THE REASON WE MOVED OUT HERE AND STARTED WITH BECAUSE IT WAS FARMING COMMUNITY AND MOST PEOPLE AROUND HERE ENJOY THAT PEACE AND QUIET.))
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That community is here in Java off Route 832.
Many residents believe the 1/4 mile strip would generate too much noise, pollution, and traffic.
[IN Q=My brother has a saw mill]
((STONE GREGORY III/LANE OWNER: MY BROTHER HAS A SAW MILL ABOUT A MILE DOWN THE ROAD FROM HERE. AND HE HAS 45 TO 55 TRACTOR TRAILER LOADS GOING IN AND OUT OF THERE OF LUMBER AND LOGS. I DONT THINK THE RACE TRAFFIC WILL BE ANY WORSE THAN TRUCK TRAFFIC ON 832.))
[OUT Q=truck traffic on 832]
Stone Gregory is the man who wants to build the drag strip.
He believes the project would bring much needed revenue and jobs to Pittsylvania County.
The Board of Zoning Appeals agreed, aprroving the strip by a 4 to 1 vote.
[IN Q=The residents headed]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE RESIDENTS HEADED TO COURT IN FEBRUARY TO SEEK AN INJUNCTION TO PREVENT ANY CONSTRUCTION ON THIS SITE. IT WAS REJECTED. NOW THEY'RE HEADING BACK TO COURT, THIS TIME TO SUE THE COUNTY.))
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((NAT SOUND OF RESIDENTS LOOKING AT THE LAWSUIT))
Ten residents are suing hoping a judge will overturn the board's decision.
They argue the county failed to consider the general welfare of residents.
[IN Q=If thats the only way]
((BONNIE ANDERSON-HAGER/OPPONENT: IF THATS THE ONLY WAY THAT A COMMUNITY WHO IS AT THE EDGE OF THE COMMUNITY WHO IS SEEMINGLY NOT BEING HEARD BECAUSE SOMEONE WHO LIVES 30 MILES AWAY IS MAKING THE DECISIONS FOR THIS PARTICULAR COMMUNITY, THE ONLY WAY IT CAN BE HEARD WITHOUT A MOTION IS LEGALLY.))
[OUT Q=motion is legally]
A hearing is set for a week from Tuesday.
Gregory hopes to win and have the drag strip open by sometime next Spring.
Area residents remain hopeful a judge will stop him dead in his tracks.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
Two bands from Hillsville and a fiddle player from Wythe County took top honors this year at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax.
Thousands of fans of bluegrass and old-time music crowded into Felts Park this week for the 66th annual convention.
More than 2000 contestants competed in more than a dozen different categories for cash prizes and bragging rights.
Bluegrass Tradition won the bluegrass band competition, while Southern Pride took the Old Time Band competition.
Honors for Best All-Around Performer went to fiddler Eddie Bond of Austinville.[Armenian-Asylum]
It looks like the gay Armenian refugee who was beaten outside a church in Roanoke earlier this month will get to stay in the U-S.
Months after applying for asylum, 28-year-old Armen (grih-GOR-ee-an) Grigoryan got the answer he was hoping for: he was recommended for asylum in the United States.
Earlier this month, Grigoryan and another man were attacked outside the predominantly gay Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge in Roanoke.
Grigoryan says he just has to pass an F-B-I background check.
More than 8 years ago, the Petersburg area was hit with a vicious storm...
A tornado ripped through a shopping center killing four people and injuring dozens more. We'll take a look back in just a few minutes, but first a look at today's stormy weather with Jacey in the Weather Center.
Sometimes Mother Nature's wrath hits in unexpected places.
It was eight years ago this month that some communities in Central Virginia were crushed by a twister.
In today's Virginia Newsreel, we revisit Historic Petersburg and Colonial Heights as they marked the one - year anniversary of the tornado that killed several - and injured dozens more.
Here's part of former News 7 reporter Richard Real's report, as it aired in 1994.
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[SUPER=01-Rosalyn Dance/Petersburg Mayor; 1:37]
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[OUT Q=the process continues still.]
((Without warning. That's how tornadoes work. The twister that cut a destructive swath through this Wal- Mart store in Colonial Heights last August 6th, was true to deadly form-- ripping a path from the front to the back of the busy store.
Four died here, at the site of Colonial Heights largest employer.
[sot 01:9 dub tape]ME AND A BUNCH OF GUYS, WE WERE IN THERE. WE HAD A COUPLE OF PEOPLE TRAPPED INSIDE. LOT OF CUTS. I S
AW ONE CHILD IN THERE.
IT'S DEVASTATING.YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT. YESTERDAY YOU COME IN HERE AND IT WAS JUST A STORE. TODAY, IT'S A JUNKPILE.
A few miles away in Historic Petersburg, the scene was equally bizarre; the core of the city's long- struggle toward revitalization-- it's Old Towne section-- was left a mess, as well.
Roofs caved in or just plain gone.
Life's work scattered like confetti.
On Pocahontas Island-- site of the oldest African- American community in Virginia-- the wreckage was grimly similar; ninety percent of the modest homes on the tiny island were damaged or destroyed.
Today-- the historic church remains a battered shell, initial damage estimates of ten- MILLION dollars proved naive.
But others have rebuilt their lives and their homes.
Petersburg is still digging out.
The historic Southside Station, gem of the city's rebirth effort, still has its rough edges.
Some have recovered-- some have not, but from the rubble has come something other places lack: a sense of community.
[sot 16:29]ROSALYN DANCE/PETERSBURG MAYOR: YOU FIND IN A TIME OF NEED, YOU FINE WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE, THE BECOME REAL C
LOSE KNIT FAMILY. YOU KNOW, THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LITTLE DIFFERENCES GOING ON BEFORE THE TORNADO, BUT THEY FOUND THAT THEY NEEDED EACH OTHER. THEY ALL CAME TOGETHER AS FRIENDS.
The rebuilding has not been easy.
Petersburg knows much about the red- tape it takes to get federal and state help; the process continues still.))
Again, that was Richard Real (REE-all) reporting for News 7 in 1994.
He was considered as the founder of American literary criticism, and his life in Richmond made him a legend.
In just a few minutes, we take a look at museum dedicated to the dark genius Edgar Allen Poe. Stay with us, there's more to come on News 7 at 6.
In this week's Health Check ---
We'll show you the latest technology now used to detect cancer and other diseases.
Plus - details on the President's decision to fund stem cell research.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has those stories and more.
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[SUPER=01-Mona Sams/Heartland Rehabilitation Ctr.; 1:22]
[OUT Q=I'm Joy Sutton]
"Should the government fund embryonic stem cell research?"
The President says yes --but with restrictions.
Earlier this week, Bush announced that funds should only be given for research on existing stem cell lines -where the life and death decision has already been made.
That means no new embryos will be made available to scientists using federal funds.
Also making medical headlines--Doctors in our area now have another tool in the fight against cancer.
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It's called at PET scan or Positron Emission Tomography Test.
The technology can help with detection and treatment of cancer and other diseases.
Doctors say its even more accurate than a CT scan.
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((CT MIGHT PICK UP 60 MAYBE 70 PERCENT OF THE TUMORS --PET SCANNING IS PICKING UPWARDS OF 90 PERCENT))
[OUT Q=upwards of 90 percent]
The PET scan works by measuring the metabolic activity of cells.
Because tumors grow rapidly --they use a lot of energy. So when a radioactive form of blood sugar is given to the patient-- tumors show-up on the PET scan.
In other health news,
Some local kids find therapy in the comfort of animals.
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Twice a week Heartland Rehabilitation Center brings pet therapy to the West End Center. The program is called Mona's Ark.
By interacting with the animals the children learn the art of patience and respect. But also how to handle their emotions in a positive way.
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((MONA SAMS/HEARTLAND REHABILATIONS:ANIMALS ARE THE CATALYST TO THE INTERACTION--AND ANIMALS DON'T PASS JUDGMENT SO THIS IS VERY SIGNIFICANT FOR THESE CHILDREN WHO'VE HAD DIFFERENT BUMPS IN THEIR LIFE AND THE ANIMALS COME IN AND RESPECT THEM AND THEN WE TEACH THE CHILDREN TO RESPECT THE ANIMALS...AND THEN A BONDING JUST GROWS BETWEEN THE CHILD AND THE ANIMAL ))
[OUT Q=and the animal]
That's this week health check. I'm Joy Sutton.))
This week's Virginia Profile takes us to Richmond... where a tiny museum is dedicated to the life, work and dark genius of Edgar Allan Poe.
Ellen Qualls has more on the man considered the founder of American literary criticism.
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[SUPER=01-Steve Hicks/Poe Museum Director; 33]
[SUPER=01-Valerie Lipinksi/Tourist; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Chris Sempter/Head Tour Guide; 1:36]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(( NO visit to an historic place, or chronological review of the facts would give you the flavor alone of Edgar Allan Poe.
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(( WHILE I NODDED, NEARLY NAPPING, SUDDENLY THERE CAME A TAPPING, AS IF SOMEONE GENTLY RAPPING, RAPPING AT MY CHAMBER DOOR. TIS SOME VISITOR I MUTTERED, TAPPING AT MY CHAMBER DOOR. ONLY THIS AND NOTHING MORE.))
But if you're into the guy they call America's Shakespeare, there's a shrine for you in Richmond.
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((STEVE HICKS: HE LEFT RICHMOND WHEN HE WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, AND WHEN HE SORT OF BOMBED OUT OF THERE HE ENDED UP LIVING IN BALTIMORE FOR A WHILE. HE CAME BACK HERE TO LIVE AS A YOUNGER MAN WHEN HE CAME BACK HERE TO WORK FOR THE SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER.))
Largely independent of the state budget debacle, the Poe Museum has launched a new effort to raise private funds and expand its educational mission at a time other Virginia museums are being forced to cut back.
The tiny building is the oldest structure still standing in the original city.
It was never home to Poe -- but he walked in the garden, and lived and worked nearby.
An eighth grade teacher from California happened onto the museum, and found it the most compelling tourist attraction in the city.
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((VALERIE LIPINSKI: HE IS ABLE TO DEVELOP THE IMAGINATION AND I THINK.... MOST 13 YEAR OLD BOYS REALLY DO ENJOY HIS STORIES.))
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Chris Sempter is the head tour guide.. and was once himself a 13 year old boy.
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((CHRIS SEMPTER/HEAD TOUR GUIDE: THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT HIM THAT JUST STUCK IN MEMORY. ALL THE CREEPY THINGS, AND PEOPLE GETTING SEALED UP INSIDE OF BASEMENTS AND UNDER FLOOR BOARDS.))
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((STEVE HICKS: POE WAS A BRILLIANT GUY. AND I LIKE TO TELL PEOPLE NOT TO EMPHASIZE THE CREEPY SO MUCH AS THE GENIUS OF A MAN WHO WAS TRULY THAT.))
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The kids like the lock of hair.
A daguerrotype is considered the best likeness of the man in existence.
But while a trip to the museum may clear up the myths, it's the aura of mystery that will stay in your memory.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Jeff Gordon continued his dominace on the road course today taking the checkered flag in the Global Crossing at Watkins Glen.
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After the first pit stop, Robby Gordon came out and was running second with Jeff Gordon running a close third.
Joe Nemechek slides off the road course in turn one and runs through the gravel and gets his car back on the track.
Ron Fellows was leading the race after 33 laps but he broke an axle.
Jeff Burton took the lead and he and Dale Earnhardt Junior would battle but Burton kept his car in the front spot.
Jarrett worked his way back to 13-th but he and Mark Martin hook up in turn one leaving Jarrett in the sand and the 35-th position.
After a couple of cautions inlcuding one on the final lap Gordon takes the checkered flag for his second win in a row and his seventh road course win.
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[OUT Q=.......Michigan, I think."]
Jeff Burton was second, Jeremy Mayfield third, Ricky Rudd fourth and Todd Bodine fifth. Dale Jarrett was 31-st.
Montreal used a big sixth inning to beat Milwaukee 5 to nothing.
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The Expos took the early in in the fourth.
Orlando Cabrera hits this shot for a single to left field scoring Peter Bergeron to make the score 1 to nothing in the fourth.
Then the Expos rallied for four runs in the sixth. Vladimir Guerrero hits this shot to centerfield scoring another run to make it 2 to nothing and Montreal downs Milwaukee 5 to nothing.
Greg Maddux's National League record streak without a walk ended today at 72 and a third innings.
Maddux with an intentional pass issued to Arizozna's Steve Finley in the third inning today in Atlanta.
For all of today's scores lets check the boards.
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The Virginia football team must replace 11 starters for the upcoming season. One of the areas the wahoos have struggled in the last few years has been on the defense. Steve Mason says Al Groh hopes to change all that.
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[SUPER=01-Shernard Newby/UVa Safety; :20]
[SUPER=04-2000 Season; :36]
[SUPER=01-Monsanto Pope/UVa Defensive Tackle; :44]
[SUPER=01-Al Groh/UVa Head Football Coach; 1:20]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
((Al Groh was a two sport star at Virginia. He played on both the football and lacrosse teams. In each sport he played defense. Those instincts and the fact he has spent 13 seasons in the NFL will come in handy as he tries to shape a cavalier defense that must replace five starters from last years unit.
Some good news for the defense, the front four returns all of the starters and this group might just be the spark for the entire defense.
The defense will face a big test August 25th against the high scoring Wisconsin Badgers. Steve Mason news 7 sports.