Ahead on NEWS 7 at six...
Vietnam veterans gather in the Star City-- and prepare to fight to keep the Salem V-A hospital from closing.
And, Congressman Rick Boucher cruises to his eleventh democratic nomination.
In sports, Barry Bonds was up to his old tricks today in the Big Apple. Serena Williams picks up some Grand Slam hardware, and speaking of hardware,
the Radford girls tennis team adds to its trophy case in the state playoffs.
Cruising through the weekend with very pleasant outdoor conditions. Full forecast details coming up.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE: THERE'S BEEN AN AWFUL LOT OF HANKY-PANKY GOING ON IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DOWN THERE IN RICHMOND RIGHT RECENTLY.))
[OUT Q=IN RICHMOND RIGHT RECENTLY.]
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Speculation continues about the political future of House Speaker Vance Wilkins following news of a sexual harassment complaint.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Speaker Wilkins is still NOT commenting on recent allegations that he settled a sexual harassment suit, but his future in the state house remains the talk of the town.
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Reports that the 65-year-old lawmaker paid at least one hundred thousand dollars to a young woman in Amherst County is raising questions about his ability to continue to as Speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine say the Speaker of the House should either refute the claims...or step down.
Some Democrats, though, feel Wilkins may have garnered enough political power in Richmond to survive the latest controversy.
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[IN Q=THE MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS]
((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/(D) MARTINSVILLE: THE MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES WHO ARE REPUBLICANS IN MY OPINION FEEL VERY STRONGLY OBLIGATED TO SUPPORT VANCE BECAUSE OF THE EFFORTS THAT VANCE MADE IN HELPING THEM GET ELECTED TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))
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Wilkins has denied sexually harassing the woman but declined to discuss it further.
It's official...Democrat Rick Boucher is taking on Republican Jay Katzen in the Ninth district congressional race.
Boucher was nominated today as the Ninth's Democratic candidate.
Meghan Muldoon was in Dublin for the convention, and has more.
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This was the eleventh time Congressman Rick Boucher has stepped up to accept the Ninth District Democratic Party's nomination.
Boucher, who ran unopposed for the nomination, listed job creation, healthcare, education and transportation as his primary campaign issues.
Since defeating Congressman Bill Wampler in 1982, Boucher has easily won re-election, leading some Democrats to call him "unbeatable."
It's a distinction that the Congressman doesn't agree with.
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((CONGRESSMAN RICK BOUCHER: NO ONE IS UNBEATABLE. I DON'T BELIEVE FOR A SECOND THAT I HAVE ANY HOLD ON THIS SEAT.))
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Boucher now takes on former House Delegate Jay Katzen who was nominated by Republicans last week.
Although Katzen served eight years in the General Assembly and ran last year for Lieutenant Governor, Boucher says he knows little about the man challenging him for his seat.
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((CONGRESSMAN RICK BOUCHER: I DON'T REALLY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MY OPPONENT. HE'S NEW TO THE AREA.))
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In fact, Katzen moved to Abingdon in March.
Although that may become a major issue in the campaign, don't expect Boucher to dwell on it.
Boucher says he makes it a practice to never mention his opponent but will focus instead on his record in Congress.
That has worked for him in the past and Democrats are confident that it will be another easy win for the Congressman from Abingdon.
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((JANE TATE/MARION: RICK HAS ALWAYS RUN A POSITIVE CAMPAIGN AND I THINK HE'LL JUST RUN ON HIS RECORD AND I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE HARD AT ALL.))
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[IN Q=I mean there might]
((CREED JONES/DAMASCUS: I MEAN THERE MIGHT BE PEOPLE IN THE NINTH DISTRICT THAT CAN BEAT RICK, BUT NOT THIS GUY, FOR SURE.))
[OUT Q=NOT THIS GUY, FOR SURE.]
Democrats have reason to be confident.
The last serious challenge Boucher had was in 1998 and in that race against Republican Joe Barta, he won with sixty-one percent of the vote.
But many consider Katzen a better known candidate than Boucher has seen in the past.
Republicans believe he could be the one that can end Boucher's reign.
We'll find out in November but for now, the race is on.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Dublin.))
An explosion at the Radford Arsenal is under investigation.
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The explosion happened around 6-15 yesteday evening in the nintroglycerin premix.
No employees were in the building at the time---
However, three people were transported to the hospital complaining of ringing in their ears. All three have been released.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation, and it may be several days before they know what happened.
An arsenal spokesperson says the damage to the property was not signficant, and the plant will remain open.
Helping to transport moonshine from Franklin County to Pennsylvania has landed a Philadelphia man two years probation.
Maxwell Hamilton was also fined 15- hundred dollars.
He pleaded guilty earlier this year to arranging to receive shipments from a Ferrum-based moonshine ring run by Ralph Hale Senior.
Hamilton was one of more than 30 defendants indicted as a result of Operation Lightning Strike, a federal crackdown on the moonshine trade.
Vietnam Veterans from across the state gathered today in Roanoke.
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More than one hundred veterans are attending their state convention.
Cuts in veteran services remain one of their top concerns.
The Veterans Administration recently announced plans to close many V-A hospitals.
None of Virginia's three V-A hospitals are expected to close.
But area veterans say they're concerned about losing access to care.
They say they will fight any move to close the V-A hospital in Salem.
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((DENNIS PROAZ/ROANOKE VIETNAM VETERANS: THE VA HAS NOW GOTTEN TO THE POINT THAT ITS A BUSINESS. ITS NOT A PLACE WHERE THEY REALLY WANT TO SERVICE, TAKE CARE OF THE VETERAN. ITS JUST LIKE A BUSINESS AND IT SHOULDN'T BE LIKE THAT.))
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The Vietnam Veterans' two-day convention ends today.
Still ahead on News 7 at 6, the role Bedford residents played during the D-Day invasion is well known in the U-S
but now, some French filmmakers are giving people across the Atlantic an education on the American perspective.
More on that in just a few minutes, but first let's check in with Robin in the WeatherCenter.
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This week, the 58th anniversary of D-Day brought thousands of people to the National D-Day Memorial.
Among them were two French filmmakers who have produced a documentary on Bedford's role in D-Day... and who returned to present their work.
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[SUPER=01-Francois Ormain/Photographer; 1:02]
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((JEAN-LOUIS DOCHEZ: THE FIRST TIME I CAME TO THE CEMETERY OF COLLEVILLE SUR MER, I FEEL MUCH EMOTION. I CRIED, BECAUSE I REALIZE THAT MANY PEOPLE DIED FOR MY LIBERTY.))
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Jean-Louis Dochez is a french journalist who lives in Normandy.
When he heard about the National D-Day Memorial, Dochez says he wanted to bring Bedford's story to a French audience.
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((BEDFORD VIRGINIA BEFORE WORLD WAR II, A SMALL TOWN OF 32-HUNDRED INHABITANTS IN AN AGRICULTURAL AREA WHERE TOBACCO AND CEREALS ARE GROWN. IT IS A GREEN AREA, A BIT LIKE AMERICA'S GARDEN, IN A STATE WHERE THE HEART OF THE NATION BEATS.))
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Last year, he and Francois Ormain travelled to western Virginia to interview surviving veterans, relatives of those who died and others who spoke of Bedford's sacrifice in 1944.
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((FRANCOIS ORMAIN: I'M VERY GLAD. I'M VERY PROUD TO HAVE THIS MOVIE, BECAUSE FOR ME IT'S A WAY TO TOUCH THE GREAT HISTORY.))
[OUT Q=to touch the great history.]
On Thursday night, the filmmakers presented their documentary to D-Day veterans and others who helped with the production.
They are hoping the video will be broadcast in the United States, and distributed locally.))
The Grandin Theater Foundation is still looking for donations to complete building renovations.
The idea is to sell stars similar to those on the sidewalks of Hollywood. The proceeds would go toward renovations.
If you want your name immortalized in front of the Grandin Theater the cost is a thousand dollars.
The foundation has sold 400 stars so far, but hopes to sell another hundred by the end of the summer.
The plan is to raise over a million dollars for new chairs, carpet, lighting and a concession stand.
The renovations are expected to be complete in early fall.
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((KATHY JOHNSTON/GRANDIN THEATER: I JUST HOPE THAT PEOPLE REALLY RALLY GET OUT THERE AND BY STARS WHILE THERE ARE STILL SOME LEFT.))
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If you want to buy a star but can't afford a thousand dollars all at once, payment plans are available.
Still ahead, 4 high school teams from our area had their eyes on state championships today. Travis Wells will have highlights in sports.
and also, are you an avid gardener, but your thumb isn't so green? Shannon Young will have some tips on how to make your garden grow. Stay with us, there's much more ahead on News 7 at 6.
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Gardeners will tell you theirs is one of the top leisure activities in the world.
Even if you're a professional, there's always more to learn.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to the Beagle Ridge Herb Farm in Wytheville for a refresher course.
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[IN Q=You can have a garden...]
((ELLEN: YOU CAN HAVE A GARDEN ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF AN APARTMENT IN NEW YORK CITY. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE NORTH CAROLINA OR VIRGINIA TO DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=or Virginia to do that.]
Ellen Reynolds is a Master Gardener who's had her hands in the dirt for more than two decades.
Plants are her passion, second only to helping others cultivate their own green thumb.
[IN Q=If you don't get intimidated...]
((ELLEN: IF YOU DON'T GET INTIMIDATED BY THE FACT THAT IT'S NOT WORKING RIGHT, YOU'LL BE FINE. 'CAUSE STUFF IS GROWING OUT THERE IN SPITE OF US.))
[OUT Q=growing out there in spite of us.]
Beagle Ridge is an organic herb farm designed not only for its beauty but for the wildlife it attracts.
[IN Q=If you don't have the plants...]
((ELLEN: IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE PLANTS FOR THEM IN THE CATERPILLAR STAGE YOU'RE NOT GONNA HAVE 'EM WHEN THEY'RE ADULTS 'CAUSE THE ADULTS WILL USE THE REAL PRETTY NECTAR FLOWERS BUT, THE ROUX, PARSELY, DILL WILL BE USED FOR THE CATERPILLARS AND THEY WILL EAT THEM ALMOST TO THE GROUND. SO YOU HAVE TO REALIZE YOU'RE PLANTING THEM FOR THEM, NOT FOR YOU.))
[OUT Q=for them, not for you.]
Once a month, Beagle Ridge hosts gardening classes.
Learn everything from the best way to use your soggy soil...
[IN Q=If you've got any kind of wet area...]
((ELLEN: IF YOU'VE GOT ANY KIND OF WET AREA IN YOUR YARD YOU CAN EASILY TURN IT INTO A BOG AREA. WE'VE GOT A GAZILLION TADPOLES IN THERE NOW.))
[OUT Q=gazillion tadpoles in there now.]
...to attracting beneficial bugs to keeping your plants looking as fresh as the day you bought them...
[IN Q=Basically, if it's a flowering plant...]
((ELLEN: BASICALLY, IF IT'S A FLOWERING PLANT, IF YOU DONT' SHEAR IT BACK IT'S NOT GONNA KEEP PRODUCING.))
[OUT Q=it's not gonna keep producing.]
Even if your garden doesn't grow as you'd hoped, chances are you'll still reap positive results.
Reynolds says gardening teaches patience and humility and can help keep your feet planted firmly on the ground.
[IN Q=It's cheaper than a shrink...]
((ELLEN: IT'S CHEAPER THAN A SHRINK AND YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING TO LOOK AT WHEN YOU'RE DONE... BECAUSE IT REALLY IS THE BEST THERAPY IN THE WORLD.))
[OUT Q=best therapy in the world.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Wytheville.))
Coming up in sports, Shaq talks about his monster night in Game Two of the NBA Finals. A sister act from the French Open,
and highlights from the Spring Jubilee where four teams were gunning for state titles today.
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The Radford girl's tennis team captured the VHSL Group A state tennis team championship today. Steve Mason has more on this spring jubilee event from Radford University.
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[SUPER=01-Caroline Downs/Group A Girl's Singles State Champion; :50]
[SUPER=01-Ashton Downs/Radford Freshman Tennis Player; 1:22]
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((For opponent Gate City, playing Radford was like...well, the kiss of death. The group A tennis power house added to it's ever growing trophy case, signed a few autographs and dished out a lot of hugs in rout to its' fifth straight VHSL state title. Long before they began team doubles play the Bobcats had the championship wrapped up, but getting here, was not easy.
Caroline Downs completed a perfect season winning her final singles match of her high school career to end with a 22 and OH senior year record. But ask her to compare indivdual and team success and there is no comparison.
The Bobcats have now won the singles, doubles and team competition, what is called the triple crown, three years in a row. In Radford Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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In the girls group 2A state tennis championship competition, Blacksburg took on Jamestown.
The match would take place at Radford High School and the Indians fought hard but would come out on the short end of a 5-2 decision against Jamestown.
Katie Byers and Courtney Perry were individual team winners for Blacksburg.
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The Blacksburg boys tennis team also competed in the team group 2A state tennis championship. The Indians took on Potomac Falls on the campus of Virginia Tech. Potomac Falls beats Blacksburg 5-3.
The Indians' Judd Campbell, Jackson May and Ben Smoot won the individual team matches.
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The Blacksburg boys' soccer team is gunning for its seventh state championship. The unbeaten Indians are underway with Chancellor. Right now Chancellor leads Blacksburg 2 to 1 early in the second half.
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On the court in Paris today, the sister act of Venus and Serena Williams met in a grand slam final for the second time in nine months.
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Clay was supposed to be the worst surface for the two sisters, but each breezed thru to the French Open Final. Serena took the first set in a tiebreaker 7-5. Little sis broke Venus's serve in five straight games. She took the second set 6-3 in a match that included 101 unforced errors, and 14 double faults. Serena Williams is the French Open champ, claiming her second Grand Slam title and improving to 3 and 5 all time against her big sister.
Another heavy hitter continued to make history today as Barry Bonds inched a little further up the homerun list with career dinger number 588.
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Bonds was still looking for his first ever homer at Yankee Stadium.
And it didn't take very long. In the top of the first, Bonds steps in and crushes this pitch from New York starter Ted Lilly. The 3-run job finds a home in the upper deck in right field and the Giants led 3-nothing.
It was tied at 3 in the ninth when Benito Santiago pokes the little grounder to Alphonso Soriano. Soriano makes one of three Yankee errors on the day and that was the difference as
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the Giants beat the Yankees 4 to 3.
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Two of the game's best pitchers, Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez went at it today in Beantown. Former Lynchburg Hillcat, Jose Guillen gets the D-backs started with this homerun off Pedro in the second inning. The shot to center was Guillen's 4th of the season.
Martinez settled down though and struck out ten over 7 innings of work.
Schilling got the last laugh though, scattering 6 hits and striking out nine over 7 and a third innings.
Arizona knocks off Boston by a final of 3 to 2. Now here's a look at the rest of the afternoon numbers from the bigs.
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The N-B-A Finals shift to New Jersey on Sunday night with the L-A Lakers just two wins away from a third straight N-B-A Title.
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The Lakers won game two last night in L-A 106-to-83 behind a 40-point performance from Shaquille O'Neal.
In Two games O'Neal has scored 76 points. He looks and sounds like a man on a mission.
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[OUT Q=...gonna give up."]