Lynchburg Police say a teen drowned in the James River last night.
They say three teenagers were fishing around Ninth Street when the group decided to go swimming.
Only two of the teens came back in- and they told another group of fisherman that their friend was missing.
Authorities have recovered the body- but have not released a name pending the notification of the family.
The cause of the drowning is still unknown.
We'll have more on this story later this morning as more details become available.
The first day of July brings in hundreds of new laws for Virginia.
Beginning today, car safety or booster seats will be required for children through age five.
The new law also doubles the fine for violations to 50 dollars.
Also beginning today, police will be able to arrest a motorist if they find an open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment.
And a new ``aggressive driving'' misdemeanor will give
authorities an additional weapon for combatting road rage[Terrorism-Alert]
Americans are being urged to be on alert this Fourth of July--
Secretary of State Colin Powell says there's been a variety of intelligence reports that suggest people must be especially vigilant.
The F-B-I is planning to monitor and protect major Independence Day parades and festivities.
The F-B-I has also issued a law enforcement bulletin asking
police to be on heightened alert.
A morning deadline faces Worldcom officials--
They've been asked to filed a detailed report about the company's accounting scandal.
Last week, the parent company of M-C-I admitted to disguising nearly four- billion dollars in expenses from investors.
The Securites and Exchange Commission says if there is even ONE false statement in the company's report, people will pay heavily.
The S-E-C has filed civil fraud charges.
For Roanoke residents, conserving water is nothing new... the city has been under mandatory water restrictions since mid-June.
And now some Henry County residents could be headed in the same direction.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Week;]
Last week, the Henry County Public Service Authority announced voluntary water restrictions for county residents served by the Marrowbone Water Plant.
Officials say water flow into the plant is a fraction of the normal flow, but they hope voluntary restrictions will be enough.
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[IN Q=Track records indicate]
((TIM HALL/HENRY CO. SPOKESMAN: TRACK RECORDS INDICATE THAT IF WE GET THE WORD OUT TO THE PEOPLE AND THEY'RE WILLING TO HELP US VOLUNTARILY THEN THAT'S GOING TO BE SUFFICIENT.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/Henry Co. Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=to be sufficient]
Residents are asked not to water their lawns or wash their cars at home.
And they're asked not to water gardens during the hours of 6 AM to 7 PM.
The county also asks residents to only wash dishes and clothes when they have a full load.
NASCAR driver Kyle Petty is hitting the road-- rather than the racetrack.
It's time once again for Petty's annual Ride across America to raise money for various charities.
And as Justin McLeod discovered, his latest venture is a very personal one.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Russell/Charity Rider; :39]
[SUPER=01-Pattie Petty/Kyle Petty's Wife; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Kyle Petty/NASCAR Driver; 1:25]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF MOTORCYCLES DRIVING BY))
It is a trip like no other.
Several hundred riders, thousands of miles, and plenty of momentum all make up the annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.
And this year, it made a stop in Roanoke.
[IN Q=When they said]
((KYLE PETTY/NASCAR DRIVER: WHEN THEY SAID WE ARE GOING BY THE CIVIC CENTER I'M THINKING WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO AT THE CIVIC CENTER AND THEN YOU PULL AROUND THE CORNER AND SEE ALL THESE PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=all these people]
More than a thousand people to be exact.
They all came out Sunday morning to see Mayor Smith proclaim this "Kyle Petty Charity Ride Day" in the city of Roanoke.
It is a ride that started seven years ago with a just handful of riders, now it totals more than 250.
[IN Q=On a ride like this]
((JIM RUSSELL/RIDER: ON A RIDE LIKE THIS YOU MEET A LOT OF PEOPLE, A LOT OF FRIENDS AND YOU BECOME WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST FAMILY I'VE EVER KNOW, THE PETTY'S AND YOU JUST WANT TO HELP THE CHILDREN AND HELP THEM OUT.))
[OUT Q=help them out]
Help that totals more than two and half million dollars.
The money raised from this ride has helped various charities and children's hospitals.
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[IN Q=This year's event]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS YEAR'S EVENT HAS SPECIAL MEANING FOR THE PETTY FAMILY. MONEY RAISED FROM THIS RACE WILL HELP BUILD A CAMP IN MEMORY OF THEIR SON ADAM WHO WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN A RACING ACCIDENT.))
((PATTIE PETTY/KYLE PETTY'S WIFE: I DON'T THINK ANYBODY CAN UNLESS YOU'VE LOST A CHILD CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO MAKE SOMETHING GOOD OUT OF THE SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SENSE.))
[OUT Q=whole lot of sense]
The camp is scheduled to open in the summer of 2004 in North Carolina.
The Victory Junction Gang Camp will work to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
[IN Q=It allows kids to come]
((KYLE PETTY: IT ALLOWS KIDS TO COME AND KINDA HANG OUT WITH KIDS OTHER KIDS THAT HAVE THE DISEASE, THE SAME PROBLEMS AND THEY HAVE THE SAME ISSUES, SO IT IS A SPECIAL CAMP FOR SPECIAL KIDS.))
[OUT Q=special kids]
A special camp made possible thanks to a ride in victory lane.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
In business news, Optical Cable is urging its shareholders to approve a measure designed to keep the company listed on Nasdaq.
[VO-NAT - :24]
Its board of directors has scheduled a special meeting for July 30th.
At that time it will ask shareholders to authorize a reverse stock split.
If that goes through, shareholders would wind up with one share of common stock for every EIGHT shares they now own. However, the value of each share SHOULD be greater.
Optical Cable's president says the company's value won't change if the plan is approved.
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[IN Q=Reverse stock splits...]
((NEIL WILKIN/OPTICAL CABLE PRESIDENT; REVERSE STOCK SPLITS IN MY VIEW OR FORWARD STOCK SPLITS DON'T CHANGE THE FUNDAMENTAL VALUE OF THE COMPANY. IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF HOW MANY SHARES AND WHO OWNS THOSE SHARES. AND IT REALLY DOESN'T CHANGE THE UNDERLYING FUNDAMENTALS OF THE COMPANY AND BEING ON THE NASDAQ NATIONAL MARKET SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE SHAREHOLDERS.))
[SUPER=01-Neil Wilkin/Optical Cable President; ]
[OUT Q=benefit the shareholders.]
[VO-NAT - :09+]
Nasdaq notified Optical Cable earlier this year that it faces delisting from the National Market if its stock price stays below a dollar per share.
After a miserable second quarter, investors will be hoping for better in the second half of the year.
On Friday, stocks retreated from a solid advance to end the session mixed.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=Marketwatch New York]
IT'S A NEW QUARTER, AND THAT SPELLS A FRESH START FOR CORPORATE
A CRISIS OF CONDIDENCE CONTINUES FOR INVESTORS.
A POSSIBLE QUARTER ENDING RALLY WAS SPOILED BY XEROX FRIDAY, WHEN THE
DOCUMENT COMPANY REPORTED IT HAD IMPROPERLY BOOKED AS MUCH AS SIX
BILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUES.
WALL STREET TRIED TO SHRUG OFF THE NEWS, BUT LATE SESSION SELLERS
DRAGGED THE DOW BACK INTO NEGATIVE TERRITORY.
THE NASDAQ SQUEAKED OUT A SLIGHT
GAIN, BUT FOR THE YEAR, IT'S OFF 25 PERCENT, THE WORST SIX MONTH
PERFORMANCE IN THE HISTORY OF THE INDEX.
THE DAY COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE...THE FINAL TRADING DAY OF THE QUARTER
BROUGHT OUT MUTUAL FUND BUYERS...WHO BALANCED THE SELLING IN AN EFFORT
TO PUT THEIR PORTFOLIOS IN THE BEST POSSIBLE LIGHT.
PRESIDENT BUSH PERHAPS FEARING AN INVESTOR --SLASH VOTER BACKLASH SAYS
HIS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD CORPORATE EXECUTIVES ACCOUNTABLE WHEN
COMPANIES ARE MISMANAGED THROUGH QUOTE..DECEIT OR CORRUPTION...
CONSUMERS ARE BEGINNING TO REIN IN SPENDING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ABOUT
8 MONTHS....IT DROPPED A TINY ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT...WHILE PRESONAL
SPENDING JUMPED 3 TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT....
THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WILL SHUT THE MARKETS THURSDAY...FRIDAY WILL
SEE AN ABBREVAITED SESSION...AMONG THE KEY REPORTS, FRIDAY'S TAKE ON
FOR MORE HEAD TO OURWEBSITE, CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.
I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH NY.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
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Wildlife and the Pledge of Allegiance top this week's viewer mail.
Assignment Editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
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((The city of Roanoke is looking into ways to cut down on wild critters who create a nuisance in some neighborhoods.
A viewer from Salem (Kaili Hutchison) wrote in the animals' defense:
"I find it unacceptable that people are getting together and complaining that deer, and other wildlife, are disrupting their ways of life. The reason that these animals are "disrupting our lives" is because we have run them out of their habitats. We have cut down their forests and used their resources. I think trying to control the deer by birth control and guns is just ridiculous."
A court ruling that forcing students to recite the pledge to the flag brought this response from a viewer in Blacksburg (Susan Blackwelder):
"I think that Christians today need to take a stand against what the courts and the non-believers are trying to do....I believe George Washington and Abraham Lincoln would be so disappointed if we let this kind of stuff continue to let's put a stop to it. Remember "In God We Trust" has and will continue to be America's motto."
To offer your thoughts about issues of public concern, write to us at PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007; fax us at 343-7269. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
If you're looking for something to do this Independence Day, the Mill Mountain Zoo may be the place to go.
The zoo officially turns 50 years old this Thursday July 4th.
Special activities will take place throughout the day such as a cake cutting, live music, and a proclamation from the Mayor.
Zoo officials say it will be a day to celebrate the past as well as look to the future.
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[IN Q=We want to expand]
((LAURIE SPANGLER/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: WE WANT TO EXPAND TO A FEW MORE ACRES AND ADD SOME NEW AND INTERESTING ANIMALS PARTICULARLY FROM THE NORTHERN ASIAN REGIONS OF THE WORLD AND EXPAND OUR EDUCATION EFFORTS AND ADD SOME NEW FUN PROGRAMS.))
[SUPER=01-Laurie Spangler/Mill Mountain Zoo]
[OUT Q=new fun programs]
The City of Roanoke operated the zoo when it first opened back in 1952.
A non-profit organization took it over more than twenty years later after the city decided to close it due to repeated monetary loss.
Today, the zoo is open year round, has nearly two hundred animals, and attracts more than fifty thousand visitors each year.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)