Today on News 7 at 5, local firefighters are heading west to battle the wildfires burning through parts of Washington, Oregon and Nevada,
and a local man convicted of capital murder will NOT get a new trial.
For many local school kids this last summer weekend looks to be a typical one with Highs in the mid 80's with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
In other news, a new drug combination is showing promise in preventing further heart attacks,
and a troubled automaker says it is laying off ten percent of its North American workforce.
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((ON THESE COMPLEX FIRES, WE'RE DEALING WITH ERRATIC WINDS, HIGH TEMPERATURES... TODAY WE'RE SUPPOSED TO GET INTO THE HUNDREDS.))
[OUT Q=into the hundreds.]
Firefighters are calling for more help as they battle the blazes out west...
While in Virginia firefighters are answering the call.. preparing to head that way to help.
More on the local effort in just a moment...
But first the latest on what they'll find when they get there.
Jennifer Miller is in Oregon where fires are getting bigger.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Hayden/Smoke Jumper;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/CBS News;]
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((IT'S A FRANTIC CALL FOR MORE RESOURCES ...
We are stretched to the limit.
AND THIS FIRE IN MONUMENT OREGON IS JUST ONE REASON WHY. THE BLAZE MORE
THAN DOUBLED IN SIZE OVERNIGHT AND NOW COVERS AT LEAST 20,000 ACRES.
IT's STILL JUST ONE OF DOZENS OF FIRES BURNING IN THE WEST.
CLYDE ZELLER/FIRE FIGHTER
"CONDITIONS OUT HERE ARE DRY AND HOT...WE COULD REALLY USE A BREAK IN
CREWS FIGHTING FIRES LOOK TOWARD THE NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER IN
BOISE FOR HELP. HERE, SMOKE JUMPERS, ELITE CREWS THAT PARACHUTE DOWN TO
THE FIRE ARE ON STANDBY.
" NO MATTER HOW MUCH PREPARATON THEY DID .., IT ENDS UP, WE DON'T HAVE
ENOUGH PEOPLE, WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH RESOURCES."
SO COMMANDERS IN THE North West HAVE CALLED IN THE TROOPS. FRIDAY,
NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL LEFT THEIR BASE IN MEDFORD, OREGON AND THIS
WEEKEND, TWO MILITARY BATTILIONS WILL BEGIN TRAINING TO FIGHT FIRES.
FIRE-FIGHTER (NO NAME) WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF SPACE
AT THIS FIRE CAMP IN SOUTHERN OREGON, CREWS STAND ON LONG LINES DURING
MEALTIMES AND THE HEAT IS ALMOST UNBEARABLE.
FIREFIGHTER (NO NAME)
"IMAGINE YOURSELF TRYING TO SLEEP IN 95 DEGREE HEAT AFTER WORKING A 12
HOUR SHIFT. YOUR WHOLE BODY BEING SORE."
WITH MANY FIRES STILL BURNING... IT'S HOPED THE MILITARY RE-INFORCEMENTS
WILL BRING MUCHED NEEDED RELIEF TO WEARY FIREFIGHTERS.
And the airforce is flying SIX, C130-S, to the national inter-agency
fire center here in Boise. The aircraft , typically used to transport
military personal ..will be used to drop fire retardant. An indication
crews need more air support if they are to gain control of over these
fires. Jennifer Miller.))
Some firefighters from Virginia are heading out west to help fight those fires.
More than 100 firefighters from all over the state are leaving tonight from the Naval Reserve Center.
They'll spend the next two weeks stationed in areas across the west including Nevada and Washington.
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((GARY BRUNK/U.S. FOREST SERVICE: THEY MAY BE WRAPPED CONSTRUCTING A FIRE LINE WITH AN ACTIVE FIRE THAT IS BURNING. THAT WILL BE THE CLAMOR OF IT. THE LESS CLAMOR OF IT IS ACTUALLY GOING IN AND PUTTING WATER ON THE SMOLDING LOGS AND MAKING SURE THEY'RE OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Brunk/U.S. Forest Service]
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The firefighters will be working day and night living in tents at a base camp.
They leave around nine tonight on a chartered plane.
Condemned killer Brandon Wayne Hedrick will NOT get a new trial in Appomattox County.
Hedrick was convicted in 1998 of the capital murder of Lisa Yvonne Crider.
He appealed his conviction, claiming his attorneys had not prepared enough for trial, failed to cross- examine key witnesses and failed to strike jurors who were supportive of capital punishment.
In a 35-page ruling issued today, Judge Richard Blanton denied all of Hedrick's claims.
An execution date for Hedrick has not been set.
A museum dedicated to the work of photographer O. Winston Link will be established in Roanoke.
Officials from Center in the Square and the History Museum of Western Virginia made that announcement today, after reaching agreement with the late photographer's estate.
The tribute to Link will share the old Norfolk and Western Passenger station with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The project includes a 10-thousand square foot museum quality gallery that will be built on the east side of the building.
Link's black and white railroad photographs are considered among the finest black and white images of the 20th century, and the museum is expected to attract international attention.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/ROANOKE CITY MANAGER: A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HOUSING THE O. WINSTON LINK COLLECTION HERE, BUT WHEN THE MUSEUM OPENS I THINK PEOPLE WILL REALIZE HOW SIGNIFICANT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT THAT REALLY IS.))
((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE: AND WE HAVE ALREADY HAD CONTACTS FROM RUSSIA AND CHINA AND GREAT BRITAIN AND GERMANY FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT AND WILL BE HERE TO SEE IT.))
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[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square; :11]
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The vintage steam locomotive 1218 was one of Link's favorite subjects.
Today, the Norfolk Southern Corporation transferred the title to the city of Roanoke.
Now housed in the East End shops, the engine will be displayed at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
Ford has announced it will cut thousands of white collar jobs. The automaker will eliminate between
four-thousand and five-thousand positions in North America this year.
As Drew Levinson tells us, that is ten percent of Ford's salaried work force in the U-S.
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[SUPER=01-John McElroy/Automotive Expert;]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
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In the shadows of a giant fundraiser celebrating Ford's history --the
headlines shout out the automakers future.
Up to five-thousand white-collar jobs will be cut by the end of the year.
That's 10 percent of Ford's salaried workforce in North America.
Ford President Jacques Nasser calls it "early retirement."
In a statement he said--"The vountary separation program is a difficult
but necessary action."
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"FORD IS IN A LOT OF TROUBLE ANY WAY THAT YOU LOOK AT IT."
John McElroy monitors the car industry in Detroit. He says Ford is in
danger of having its credit rating downgraded--that means it will cost
the company more to borrow money. That's bad news for stockholders and
for analysts watching on Wallstreet.
(SOT JOHN McELROY/AUTOMOTIVE EXPERT)
"SO ITS GOT TO SHOW THE STREET THAT IT IS DOING SOMETHING TO CUT COSTS
AND RIGHT NOW, THAT'S WHAT THESE JOB CUTS ARE ALL ABOUT."
(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON)
"THIS MOVE NOT ONLY COMES AT A TIME OF SLUMPING SALES FOR FORD...BUT IT
IS STILL L DEALING WITH SAFETY QUESTIONS OVER THE EXPLORER. THERE IS
ALSO THE FIRESTONE DEBACLE AND MOST RECENTLY A MAJOR SHAKEUP AT THE
Nasser who was making all the calls has had some of his power taken
Many auto experts believe Nasser could be the next one to go.
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"SOMEBODY IS GOING TO TAKE THE FALL FOR THE NUMBER LOSSES THE COMPANY IS
GENERATING RIGHT NOW AND MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT FALL IS GOING TO HAPPEN
RIGHT AT THE TOP."
Though analyst were talking non of those cut were..
So on a weekend in Detroit--where more than a million people have
gathered to pay homage to classic cars--the World's number two automaker
is stuck in reverse. Drew Levinson, CBS News, Detroit.))
A blow to Microsoft today- It lost it's latest round in court.
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A federal appeals court will not delay the case.
That clears the way for the case to go to the penalty phase with a new judge.
The computer giant was found guilty of anti-trust violations which Microsoft promptly appealed.
Microsoft had argued that the federal judge was biased- and the case should have been taken away from him the first time he bad-mouthed the company to reporters.
The Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to take up Microsoft's appeal.
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Still to come on the newscast, prosecutors decide if they will seek new rape charges against boxer Mike Tyson,
Also a millionaire's dream to fly across the globe is grounded. We'll tell you what brought Steve Fossett back to earth after this break.
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A shooting at a Buffalo hospital....
A man shot two people and stabbed a third at a Veteran's Administration hospital this morning.
Police say the man pulled into an ambulance entrance heading in the wrong direction.
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((ARLENE KELLY/HOSPITAL SPOKESPERSON: HE WAS INFORMED BY THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT THAT HE WAS GOING THE WRONG WAY. AT THAT POINT HE STOPPED HIS CAR, GOT OUT... SHOT THE PARKING LOT ATTENDANT WITH A RIFLE.))
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The man then went into the building and shot another staff member... and stabbed a van driver who was in the hospital dropping patients off.
All three victims are in stable condition-
Police caught up with the suspect at his Buffalo home.
A lack of oxygen has let the air out of a millionaire adventurer's dream to balloon around the globe.
Teri Okita has more.
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[SUPER=01-Joe Ritchie/Mission Control Director; :41]
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ADVENTURER STEVE FOSSETT HAD HOPED HIS 5TH ATTEMPT TO CIRCLE THE GLOBE
IN A BALLOON WOULD BE THE ONE THAT WORKED.
BUT IT WASN'T MEANT TO BE.
BAD WEATHER OVER SOUTH AMERICA FORCED The 57 YEAR OLD MILLIONAIRE TO
DITCH HIS GIANT BALLOON IN SOUTHERN BRAZIL.
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FORECASTERS SAY THE PROBLEM WAS A HUGE WEATHER FRONT OVER THE ATLANTIC
OCEAN THAT WOULD HAVE SLOWED THE BALLOON AND FORCED IT TO FLY AT
DANGEROUSLY LOW ALTITUDES.
Sot: JOE RITCHIE/DIRECTOR OF FOSSETT'S MISSION CONTROL.
THERE COMES A POINT WHERE EVEN BY ROUND THE WORLD BALLOONIST STANDARDS,
RISKS JUST SEEM TOO HIGH."
BEFORE THE LANDING FOSSETT HAD TRAVELED OVER 12,000 MILES, THE SECOND
LONGEST SOLO FLIGHT EVER.
EVEN THOUGH FOSSETT DIDN'T MAKE IT, HIS TEAM INSISTS A SOLO BALLOONIST
CAN MAKE IT AROUND THE GLOBE. IT'S JUST A MATTER.. THEY SAY.. OF
PICKING THE RIGHT TIME TO START.
T.O., CBS NEWS.
Prosecutors will not pursue new rape charges against boxer Mike Tyson.
California authorities say they looked very carefully at accusations Tyson sexually assaulted a woman recently in San Bernadino.
They decided they couldn't prove the woman's allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.
Tyson denied the accusations and said he was vindicated by the prosecutors' decision.
A landmark study in the United Kingdom --could have great significance for people with cardiovascular disease.
The study found that by combining aspirin with heart disease medication known as Clopidogrel (kloh-PID-oh-grel)--patients drastically reduced their risk of suffering another heart attack or stroke.
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((DR. MARCUS FLATHER:WE THINK IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST BREAKTHROUGHS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF ASPIRIN IN THE 1980S. IN THE 1980S, RESEARCH SHOWED THAT ASPIRIN WAS BENEFICIAL FOR THESE TYPES OF PATIENTS, ACTUALLY A WIDE RANGE OF PATIENTS, AND SO WHAT WE HAVE DONE NOW IS ACTUALLY ADDED TO ASPIRIN))
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Clopidogrel is sold under the brand name Plavix (PLAH-VIX) and has been used in the U-K for emergency treatment of heart disease for several years.
Currently the two drugs are NOT licensed to be used in combination.
Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will tell us about a new product that is allowing people with blemishes to put their best face forward.
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Doctors, surgeons and makeup artists to the stars have been using special scar and blemish covering makeup for years.
But now everybody can get their hands... and faces... on the product said to make skin 'appear' flawless.
Jacey Birch is at the Aesthetics Surgery of Virginia office now to test out the new make up... now Jacey I would expect this to be a pricey or even time consuming effort, right?
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Up a little later
our website of the day will feature a tribute to a man who made millions of people too afraid to take a shower.
Analysts say it was an ugly day on Wall Street today. Investors threw in the towel after a string of bad news sent the markets reeling.
Alexis Christoforous explains in today's Marketwatch.
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Welcome everybody to the end of the work week two minute ticker.
The Winston Cup warriors rolled in Michigan today for this weekend's Pepsi 400.
And qualifying produced a dramatic and shocking ending.
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44 cars had hit the track before Ricky Craven wheeled the "Tide Ride" onto the asphalt.
He was the final driver to take his turn at making the field.
He took advantage of a cooled down surface and not only made the field but won the pole.
Here's the complete starting grid.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Ricky Craven/188.127/2. Bill Elliott//3. Ricky Rudd//4. Elliott Sadler//5. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Casey Atwood//7. Michael Waltrip//8. Hut Stricklin//9. Bobby Labonte//10. Tony Stewart//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Jason Leffler//12. Dale Earnhardt Jr.//13. Jeff Gordon//14. Rusty Wallace//15. Sterling Marlin//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Jeff Burton//17. Dale Jarrett//18. Jimmy Spencer//19. Mike Skinner//20. Jeremy Mayfield//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Todd Bodine//22. Johnny Benson//23. Kurt Busch//24. Kevin Lepage//25. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Kevin Harvick//27. Steve Park//28. Stacy Compton//29. Andy Houston//30. Robert Pressley//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Jerry Nadeau//32. Mike Wallace//33. Matt Kenseth//34. Ron Hornaday//35. Bobby Hamilton//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Kyle Petty//37. Ward Burton/Prov/38. Ken Schrader/Prov/39. Terry Labonte/Prov/40. Dave Blaney/Prov/;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Brett Bodine/Prov/42. Joe Nemechek/Prov/43. Rick Mast/Prov/;]
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The Redskins play their first home preseason game of the new year tonight at Fed Ex field against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Skins can only get better after their dismal showing last weekend against the Chiefs.
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Michael Vick also hopes to get better.
After sparking the Falcons in the team's first preseason game, Vick struggled against the Jets.
Tonight he will play the third quarter against the Redskins. We'll have hilites for your on News 7 at 11.
Phil Mickelson is again in position to win one of those elusive major championships.
Mickelson shot his second straight 66 today at the PGA championship and he's now just one shot out of the lead at the turn.
Tiger Woods is on the course right now. He needs to get hot just to make the cut for the weekend.
Coming up at the top of the hour, Bath County is in the Friday Football Extra spotlight, plus a former FFE star is injured in his first week of college practice. And we'll check in with the Hokies.
Take care everyone and have a safe weekend.
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Finally today, our website of the day wishes a happy belated birthday to famed director Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock was born August 13th, 1899. To celebrate we picked a website of the day dedicated to his most famous movie.
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Recently the American Film Institute named PSYCHO the number one thriller of all time. That movie's shower scene is one of the most terrifying scenes ever filmed.
Its elaborate staging has been the subject of many film classes and several books.
While it is hard to imagine you could improve it, the Psycho Studio is willing to let you try. You can use your mouse to rearrange the sequence of shots.
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To try your hand at re-editing it, head to the Psycho Studio page.
You can find it through our page at WDBJ7-dot-com.