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Coming up on NEWS 7 at Six we'll see what may be different about this year's Independence Day celebrations.
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The Clark Family Experience will be part of the show at Victory Stadium, despite bankruptcy proceedings. We've got details on today's hearing in the case.
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In sports, news surrounding Ahmad Brooks and Kenan Carter, two of UVa's top football recruits, the Avalanche talks about facing the Hillcats tonight,
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and the Elliott Sadler to Robert Yates racing story takes a new twist today.
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[WX-Head]
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Another day of thunderstorms brings hail and heavy rain. How long will this last? Details just ahead.
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News 7 at Six is next.
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Final preparations are now underway for Roanoke's Independence Day celebration at Victory Stadium..
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry..
Shannon is off tonight.

[July-Fourth]


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Organizers say this year they are expecting one of their biggest crowds ever.. [**NEWS 7 @ 6 FS]
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Intern Reporter Chris Schaffer is here with more on the last-minute preparations -- Chris?

Keith despite tonight's rain, the dry conditions in Roanoke do pose some concerns for the celebration..
[LIVE=Chris Full/Pulpit]
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Fire crews have been planning to water down areas near Victory Stadium, where exploded fireworks are expected to land.
But worries about the weather won't stop the show from going on tomorrow night..
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(( (nats - box opening - 00:46:59)
Right now Roanoke's massive fireworks display sits in the back of a moving van.

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Tomorrow -- 12-hundred shells will be loaded into these tubes, and launched into the skies over Victory Stadium.

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(((les) "THEY HAVE A BIGGER VARIETY, LARGER SHELLS IN THE SHOW, A BIGGER PRE SHOW WITH ADDED SET PIECES AND GROUND LEVEL DISPLAYS.")) [RUNS:09]
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As always the event is free -- this year organizers expect more than 30-thousand people to attend.. They say memories of September 11th bring special meaning to this show.

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(((jan) "THIS IS THE FIRST JULY 4TH SINCE THEN ... I FEEL THAT AMERICANS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY ARE GOING TO BE ATTENDING JULY 4TH CELEBRATIONS IN GREAT NUMBERS")) [RUNS:09]
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You will not be allowed to park at Victory Stadium -- busses will shuttle spectators from the Virginia Western Community College Parking lots, and the downtown garage at Williamson and Franklin.

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(((jan) "THE MORE DIFFICULT CHALLENGE IS AT THE END WHEN YOU GET THEM OUT")) [RUNS:03]
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The fireworks show follows a day of entertainment, including the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and local favorites the Clark Family Experience. But the biggest stars of the evening might just be those fireworks..

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(((les) "ONCE YOU'RE DONE WITH THE SHOW AND YOU HEAR THE CROWD CHEERING THAT UH, THAT MAKES UP FOR WORKING ALL DAY."))

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[LIVE=Chris Full/Pulpit]


Some of the ground rules tomorrow...
Spectators *will* be allowed bring coolers into the show..
But organizers stress that it will be very hot outside, and this is a family show so they hope people don't use those coolers to bring in alcohol.
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Spectators are also *not* allowed to bring in their own fireworks -- Keith this year that includes sparklers..
So if you have them, you have to use them at home before you head out to the stadium.


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You can remember cruising down Williams Road tonight, as part of the other Fourth of July festivities going on in Roanoke.
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Tonight the Star City Motor Madness revs up beginning at 7 until 10 o'clock. You can cruise up and down Williamson Road with some antique cars and hot rods. It's all an effort to help raise nearly 1-point-5 million dollars to build an auto exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
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[VO-NAT]

The Star City Motor Madness continues tomorrow. There will be a classic auto show at the Market Building downtown, and then a parade of classic cars up Williamson Road beginning at 2 o'clock
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[County-Body]


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It was a 54-year old Roanoke Valley resident who apparently committed suicide last night in Roanoke County.
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The medical examiner's office reports the victim suffered multiple traumatic injuries consistent with a high fall. The body was discovered by fishermen around 10 o'clock last night beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge over the Roanoke River. County police concluded all facts were consistent with suicide.
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It's been a tough day for a local trucker driver. First he had to be pulled from his burning rig. Once he was rescued, state police cited him for reckless driving.
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Northbound traffic on Interstate 81 was blocked for a couple of hours this morning .. after the tractor trailer crashed and caught fire near the Fancy Hill exit in Rockbridge County.
State Police say 21 year old Larry Darrell Altis Junior, of Christiansburg was driving too close to the side of the road, hit a guardrail and went over an embankment.
Police credit Jonathan Miles of Natural Bridge with pulling Altis out of the truck.
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[C'Burg-Ax]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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Speed is being blamed for a fatal accident in the New River Valley. Officials say a woman was driving this car at speeds up to 70-miles an hour on Roanoke Street, when she lost control.

Her Thunderbird struck a wrecker in the parking lot of Robert's Towing. The 55-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene; her identity is being withheld until her family is notified. The owner of Robert's Towing says his wrecker will be out of service for weeks. No one else was injured.
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[Benzenhafer]


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A woman who admits selling drugs to a teenager who then overdosed and died .. is heading to prison . 24 year old Melanie Benzenhafer (ben-zen-HAFE-er) plead guilty to second degree murder today in Botetourt County Circuit Court. She admitted selling the prescription pain-killer Lortab to Brian Osborne, 17 year old neighbor, in January. Osborne was found dead of an overdose the next day. Benzenhafer was sentenced to two years .. one in prison, another in a boot camp and work-release program. Prosecutors say the conviction sends a message that people who sell drugs to juveniles who overdose will be prosecuted for murder.


[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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One of Central Virginia's biggest employers is getting a little bigger.
That's still ahead on News 7 at Six.
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[VO-NAT]


And a country band on the verge of bankruptcy faces the music and its creditors.
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[Clark-Family]


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Tomorrow night, the Clark Family Experience will headline the Music for Americans Concert in Victory Stadium.
Today, the six brothers had a date in bankruptcy court.
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Joe Dashiell was at the creditors meeting this afternoon, and has more tonight on the band's financial troubles, and their bid for a fresh start.
Keith, the Clarks say they owe others more than 700-thousand dollars,
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and do not have adequate income to pay their debts.
Today, they acknowledged they want out of recording and management contracts they believe are unfair.
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((The six brothers have been members of the band since the day they were born.
Playing bluegrass and gospel with their parents, the Clarks are talented, veteran performers.
And they appeared to be on the verge of country music success with a recording contract and a hit single.
But now more than two years after going into the studio with country music superstar Tim McGraw, their first major album is still on the shelf.
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Representatives of Curb Records say they're disappointed the brothers have chosen bankruptcy.
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Another hearing has been scheduled for September, and we're told the normal course of a bankruptcy proceeding would require four months.
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In the meantime Keith, the brothers will continue to perform, and their next appearance is the Music for Americans Concert tomorrow night in Victory Stadium.

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A Lynchburg minister and his wife are facing charges after police had to use pepper spray to break up a near-riot in a CHURCH last night.
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Authorities were called to the White Rock Baptist Church on Florida Avenue around 7 to break up a fight among several members of its congregation.
The church-goers apparently were voting on whether to remove their pastor, Reverend Antoine Edwards, the Third.
Police say Edwards punched two people during the melee.
His wife is also accused of assaulting a police officer.
The Edwards' could not be reached for comment.
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[Barr-Labs]


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One of Bedford County's biggest employers just got a little bigger.
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Local and state officials today helped celebrate the opening of Barr Laboratories' new 7-million dollar warehouse and quality control lab.
The 150- thousand square foot expansion will create another 75 new jobs at the facility in Forest.
Company officials say they're reaping the benefits of a growing pharmaceutical industry.
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((BRUCE DOWNEY/BARR LABS CEO: I THINK IT'S SYMBOLIC THAT WE'RE CUTTING THE RIBBON HERE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, THE BEGINNING OF THE COUNTRY AND THE BEGINNING NOW OF A NEW ERA AT BARR LABORATORIES. WE HAVE I GUESS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY CONTINUE TO ACHIEVE AND CONTINUE TO BUILD AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING THAT WITH EVERYONE HERE.)) ((JERRY KILGORE/VA ATTORNEY GENERAL: AT A TIME WHEN MANY INDUSTRIES ARE CUTTING BACK, AT A TIME WHEN MANY INDUSTRIES ARE SEEING THEIR BOTTOM LINE DWINDLE, WE'RE PLEASED THAT BARR IS ENJOYING THE SUCCESSES IT IS AND ENJOYING THEM RIGHT HERE IN THE GREAT COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
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Barr Labs produces more than 100 name-brand and generic medicines. Its annual sales are now in the billion-dollar range.
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Late-day bargain hunting gave stocks a boost by the close as the market retraced earlier losses. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 47 points.
NASDAQ rose 22.
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A good book is helping children overcome language disorders at Radford University.
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An eight-week clinic is helping children develop better speech and expression skills. Participants have difficulty in vocalizing thoughts or are hearing impaired. The program uses books to help. Each week a new book is introduced, activities and therapy revolve around its contents. The clinic is in its fourth week. Parents say they already notice improvements.
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((MORGAN ALLEN/PARENT; SHE'S DEFINITELY MUCH MORE CONFIDENT IN HER VERBALIZATION AND HER, SHE'S LOUDER AND SHE'S MUCH BETTER AT COMMUNICATING. SHE'S LEARNING THINGS LIKE TAKING TURNS THAT TYPE STUFF.))
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Kids in the program range in age from three to seven. Therapy sessions are done on a group and individual basis. Director Pat Rossi says a benefit for the kids is that they get to take the books home - - it helps them further their progress.
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Will Elliott Sadler be part of a third Robert Yates racing team? can the Avalanche stop the Carolina league homerun leading Hillcats,
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and Ronde Barber talks about playing under new head coach John Gruden in Tampa Bay.
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[S-UVA]


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News 7 sports learned today that two of the University of Virginia's top two football recruits might NOT be playing in Cavalier colors next season. Fork Union head football coach John Shuman said this afternoon that he has started the process of enrollment at Fork Union for Virginia star recruit defensive end Kenan Carter.
Shuman also said he is awaiting official word on whether or not the nations number one high school linebacker and C.D. Hylton standout Ahmad Brooks will enroll at Fork Union next year and not play as a freshman at UVa. Shuman is awaiting Brooks A.C.T. score. UVa officials could not be reached for comment. Shuman will meet with the players at the VHSL East/West all star game next week.

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Tiki and Ronde Barber are set to begin their 6th season in the NFL. Tiki already has a trip to the Super Bowl under his belt, while Ronde is still searching for a trip to the big game.
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Ronde has started 43 of the past 45 games for the Bucs and has developed into one of the top young cornerbacks in the league. This season he'll take his cues from a different coach, because Tony Dungy is out and Jon Gruden is in in Tampa.
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The Avalanche opens a three game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats tonight. The Hillcats lead several Carolina League team statistical categories.
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Salem pitchers will face a Hillcats team that has over 80 homeruns so far this season and the next closest team to the Cats in that area is 20 below that figure.
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Tonight marks the first of nine games on the road for the Avs who will be on the road for the next 12 days. But the Southern Division leading Avalanche, despite riding a six game home win streak, is OK about traveling.
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Winston Cup drivers are preparing for Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the race that begins the second half of the Winston Cup season.
Qualifying is set to begin tomorrow night at eight o'clock. Wood Brothers driver Elliott Sadler is again the focus of rumors linking him again to Robert Yates.making headlines once again.
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Sadler will be headed to Robert Yates Racing in 2003 but, according to an article on NASCAR.com, the move will not be at the expense of Ricky Rudd. The sources says that instead, Sadler could acquire the M & M's sponsorship and become a teammate of Rudd and Dale Jarrett as a third team in the Yates racing program. Sadler has been the topic of rumors since he was released from his Wood Brother s contract this season.
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On to open wheel racing where this morning, Indy League president Tony George held a news conference and rejected the appeal of the controversial Indianapolis 500 finish between Helio Castroneves and Paul Tracy, declaring Castroneves the race winner.
Ending the feud, which has gone on for a little over a month, George concluded that the split-second decision by the League's vice president Brian Barnhart - that Tracy's pass of the Brazilian driver occurred after the yellow caution flag flew - was unappealable and that even if it was, Barnhart still made the right call. This win is Castroneves' second straight Indy 500 victory.
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One big name fell today at Wimbledon. Amelie Mauresmo (ma-rizz-mo) ended Jennifer Capriati's streak of six consecutive Grand Slam semifinals with a rain-interrupted 6 - 3, 6 - 2 victory.
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In the quarter final match that was delayed three hours due to rain, third-seeded Capriati received treatment twice from her trainer for a pulled neck muscle.
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