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Up next on News 7--
Firefighters in Lynchburg say there isn't enough of them, and that a staffing shortage in the department is putting the public's safety at risk.
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And the owner of a local cable T-V station is sentenced today for stealing from Wal-Mart.
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Scattered showers and storms will redevelop across the region this afternoon...How long will this moisture last...I'll have your forecast...
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News 7 at Noon starts right now...

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Staffing shortages in the Lynchburg fire department have reached a critical level and public safety is being jeopardized.
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That's the word from the local firefighters union which says retirements and budget cuts have taken their toll on the department in recent years.
While things have improved with the recent hiring of ten new rookies, firefighters say there still isn't enough personnel to keep all the equipment in service every day.
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((ART LIPSCOMB/L'BURG FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: WE STILL TEETER IN A DELICATE BALANCE. CHIEF MARTINETTE WAS QUOTED IN THE PAPER AS SAYING THERE IS A DELICATE BALANCE OF WHAT COMMUNITY IS WILLING TO PAY FOR AND WHAT THE DEPARTMENT NEEDS. THIS IS VERY TRUE. I HOPE THAT AFTER TODAY, THE PUBLIC WILL START TO ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF PROTECTION THEY HAVE AND WHAT THEY NEED AND WANT.))
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Lipscomb says the firefighters association fully supports fire chief Buddy Martinette as he juggles a tight budget while keeping the city protected.
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[Roark]


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Martinsville media Mogul Charles Roark will have to pull 90 days in jail for stealing C-D's from Walmart.
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The cable television operator told the judge today he didn't know why he stole the discs. The prosecutor pointed out this was Roark's fifth larceny conviction and that he has yet to serve time for any of them.
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Roark may be allowed to serve his 90 day jail term on work release if some accomodation can be worked out between the sheriffs in Roanoke, Martinsville, and Henry County.

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The manhunt is on for two men who kidnapped a seven- year- old Philadelphia girl.
But thanks to the little girl's bravery, she's back home with her family.
Jon Frankel has the story.
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The ending was NOT as happy for five- year- old Samantha Runnion who was abducted and murdered last week.
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Her funeral will be held tonight in a large cathedral that seats 28- hundred people.
The public will be allowed to attend.
Meanwhile, police reportedly have some new evidence against the suspect in Samantha's murder.
Citing an un-named law enforcement source, the L-A Times reports that cell phone and credit card records place Alejandro Avila near where Samantha was kidnapped.
The report contradicts Avila's account that he was at a shopping mall at the time of the abduction.
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Two young sisters were killed this morning in Massachusetts when their home exploded.
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The huge blast tore the roof off the three- story, multiple family dwelling.
The sisters were ages four and five.
Four people were injured in the explosion, which happened just after 1- 30 this morning.
Authorities believe natural gas may have been the cause.
The bodies of the young victims were pulled from the wreckage this morning.
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Authorities want to talk to a camper who may have sparked the wildfire threatening sequoias in California.
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The fire has already scorched 48-thousand acres.
It's burning its way through the Sequoia National Forest, which has trees that are as much as 15- hundred years old.
Forest rangers say a woman apparently started an illegal campfire that got out of control.
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The Forest Service says the fire danger to the large trees is higher than usual because of weeks of extremely hot and dry weather.
It's also rough terrain, and officials say they can't guarantee they can protect the trees.
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Coming up after this break we will look at the connection between strokes and dementia,
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Also a judge decides if the arrest of a murder suspect was illegal.
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The fact that murder and robbery suspect Mark Neamo was arrested without a warrant will not keep the case against him from advancing.
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The armed robbery suspect was in court two weeks ago, as his attorneys argued that Neamo was improperly apprehended in Nebraska.
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He and Christopher Krug (kroog) are accused of the robbery at a Hershberger Road convenience store in February. Though police in Roanoke were in the process of swearing out warrants against the pair, police in Fremont, Nebraska actually made the arrests before the warrants were issued.
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Judge Clifford Weckstein has ruled their arrest does not violate the Constitution. Because of that, any statements Neamo made or physical evidence seized from him MAY be used against him.

[11Roanoke-Schools]


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The Superintendent for Roanoke City Schools says five more city schools have measured up to the state's standards of learning.
As Joe Dashiell tells us that includes both high schools.
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((Roanoke City schools continue to show steady improvement on the Standards of Learning.
While the city is still waiting for official notification from the state, Superintendent Wayne Harris says the number of schools achieving full accreditation should rise from six to eleven.
Last year, Crystal Spring, Fishburn Park, Grandin Court, Raleigh Court and Wasena Elementary schools and James Madison Middle School made the list.
Joining them this year are: Highland Park and Morningside Elementary Schools, Woodrow Wilson Middle School, and William Fleming and Patrick Henry High Schools.
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((WAYNE HARRIS/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: FOUR OTHER SCHOOLS, GRANDIN COURT, MONTEREY AND VIRGINIA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, AND WILLIAM RUFFNER MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE WITHIN A WHISPER OF FULL ACCREDITATION. I CONGRATULATE THE PRINCIPALS, THE TEACHERS AND ALL OF THESE SCHOOLS FOR STAYING THE COURSE TO THEIR GOAL.))
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Members of the school board say they are pleased with the progress.
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((WILLIAM SKEEN: I THINK TODAY, ACCORDING TO THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING, THE MEASUREMENTS THAT WE SEE, THAT YES WE'RE MEETING THE EXPECTATIONS, WE'VE RISEN TO THE MANDATE, AND THE EXPECTATIONS AND THE PERFORMANCE LEVELS THAT OUR STUDENTS CAN ACHIEVE.)) ((MELINDA PAYNE: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS VERY NEAR AND DEAR TO MY HEART HAPPENS TO BE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE STUDENTS, AND FORM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, FROM WHAT DR. HARRIS HAS SAID, THAT GAP IS CLOSING, AND THAT IS INDEED ENCOURAGING.))
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With 27 schools that must meet the state accreditation requirements, Harris and school board members say there is work to be done.
But they say they believe Roanoke schools are on schedule to reach full accreditation by the state's deadline of 2007.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[Strokes]


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You've most likely heard of Alzheimer's Disease and its devastating effects on the human mind--
But suffering a STROKE can also affect one's ability to think.
Vascular dementia accounts for up to 30- perecent of dementia cases-- and is the second- most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's.
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Here to talk more about it is Doctor Thomas Brott.
Good Afternoon, Doctor Brott.

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(Questions:)



(What happens when a person suffers a stroke?)



(What is vascular dementia? What are the common symptoms?)



(How does it differ from Alzheimer's Disease?)



(Are there any therapies available for vascular dementia?)



(How can you reduce the risk of having additional strokes?)



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Thanks for joining us today, Dr. Brott.

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He's known for calling attention to himself on the House floor--
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Today Ohio Representative James Traficant is expected to do more of that, during what COULD be his last appearance in Congress.
Traficant gets to make one more floor speech before the House votes whether to expel him.
He was convicted in April on charges of racketeering, bribery, and tax evasion.
Traficant will get at least 30 minutes to defend himself against expulsion.
He had requested eight hours.
A two-thirds vote is required for Congress to expel him.
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Next on News 7 at Noon, a skipper preparing for the Americas' Cup yacht race gets a sinking feeling.
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Also we will tell you why a Martinsville man is honored to get bugged by some New Yorkers.
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Hopes sank for an America's Cup victory, when a five- million- dollar racing yacht went down off the coast of California yesterday.
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The "Stars and Stripes U-S-A 77" is part of Dennis Connor's fleet.
It was likely to be his primary racing yacht in the upcoming competition.
The yacht sank in 55-feet of water after the rudder broke and left a hole that was too big for pumps and air bags aboard the boat to stop.
Officials say none of the sailors aboard was injured.
59--year-old Dennis Connor is America's best-known sailor.
He's won the America's Cup four times, the last time in 19-88.
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The Art Museum of Western Virginia is losing its executivie director.
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Judy Larson's been with the downtown Roanoke museum for a little over four years. She recently accepted the director's position with the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DCTERMS. Larson says deciding to leave Roanoke was difficult but that the DC museum holds special interest for her.
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((JUDY LARSON/ART MUSEUM OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: MY PHD FROM EMORY UNIVERSITY WAS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE AND INCLUDED ... MANY ASPECTS OF WOMEN'S STUDIES.))
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Larson expects to head north sometime in September. She says the Art Museum's board of directors is discussing the creation of a committee that will most likely conduct a national search for her replacement.
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[New-Species]


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A new species of bug found in New York's Central Park has been named after a local museum curator.
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What could be the world's smallest centipede was named after Richard Hoffman of the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.
The nearly half-inch centipede is the first new animal species found there in over a century.
The find came after the park asked scientists to catalog the species living in its wooded sections.
Researchers sent an assortment of centipedes and millipedes to Hoffman, who sent the ones he couldn't identify to Italian scientists.
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The Italians determined the centipede was a new species.
Hoffman says it probably came to New York in potted soil.

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 209 points. The NASDAQ has gained six.

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Coming up next in sports... this past weekend's race cost Dale Jarrett and his team some big bucks and some championship points...
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And Redskins training camp rolled into the campus of Dickinson College... Mike Stevens is there and has highlights from the sidelines...
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NASCAR has docked Dale Jarrett's team points and fined his crew chief 20- thousand dollars.
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Jarrett's Ford was about an eighth of an inch too low after his third- place run at New Hampshire on Sunday.
NASCAR fined crew chief Todd Parrott and took away 25- championship points and 25- owner points from the Robert Yates racing team.
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Heavy rains sidelined the Redskins for most of Day One of their training camp at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. New 7's Mike Stevens and photographer Scott Ayers are there and have some first impressions.
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