Coming up on NEWS 7 at six...
A happy ending for the nine miners rescued in Pennsylvania.
And, it's equipment from a Roanoke County company that helped make it all possible.
Plus, a local singing group prepares to hit all the right notes in front of a crowd of thousands.
In sports, we'll go camping with both the Panthers and the Redskins, the Wizard of Oz follows the yellow brick road to the Hall of Fame, and in Paris
everyone followed the guy in the yellow jersey. Lance Armstrong cruises to his 4th straight victory in the Tour de France.
The heat was on across the region today. Temperatures in the mid to upper 90's. And it looks like Monday will be a repeat performance. I'll have your forecast details coming up.
Nine miners are rescued safe and sound from a Pennsylvania mine ...
And a local company had a hand in it.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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A Roanoke County plant made and delivered the drill bits that helped save the workers' lives.
The Ingersoll-Rand plant here assembles drill bits and hammers used in mining.
Last Thursday, the company got a call that had its employees scrambling against the clock.
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Marya Jones has been working on this story and joins us now with details.
Teresa, you may recall that last week a drill bit broke, further delaying efforts to rescue the miners.
That's when the call came to Ingersoll-Rand here in Roanoke County.
The company had the equipment rescuers in Pennsylvania needed.
And its employees traveled up there personally to deliver it.
Ingersoll-Rand supplied three large drill bits and three parts known as "hammers" used to dig a 240-foot-deep hole to the miners.
Employees at the plant delivered the equipment Thursday and Friday, after rescuers called and asked for it.
The Ingersoll-Rand plant quit manufacturing equipment in 2000, when hundreds of employees were laid off.
But about 40 are still there to assemble the parts.
The plant's Engineering and Marketing Director tells me: "Everybody in the facility is real proud to know we contributed to the success of the operation."
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I talked to one man who drove some of the parts up there tonight.
He tells me that the whole drive from Roanoke to Somerset, Pennsylvania, he was nervous that if he got stuck in traffic, it might delay a rescue.
He says he stopped once for gas -- that's it.
All 350 Ronile (ROW-nile) employees are back at work today ... after a deadly explosion rocked the plant last week.
Workers are busy fixing the room where a boiler exploded, burning two men Wednesday.
Another boiler was brought back on line today, so the plant could run again.
Ronile officials say they now know more about what set off the explosion.
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((PHILLIP ESSIG/RONILE CEO: WE KNOW THAT THERE WAS SOME FUEL IN THE BOILER THAT MADE IT'S WAY IN DURING THE TROUBLESHOOTING. WE ALSO KNOW THERE WAS AN IGNITION. WE HAVE DETERMINED THAT NONE OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT ROOM CAUSED THAT IGNITION.
IT WAS A COMPLETELY RANDOM, UNFORESEEABLE EVENT THAT CAUSED THE IGNITION OF THE FUEL. ))
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John Gregory -- a contractor from Collinsville who was fixing the boiler -- later died of his burns.
His funeral is scheduled for tomorrow.
Jeff Jones -- a Ronile maintenance worker who was also burned -- is recovered and back at work.
Plant officials say that some workers are receiving counseling because of the blast.
A Virginia lawmaker is going back on his word-- but says his decision is in the best interest of voters.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte broke a pledge he made a decade ago by announcing yesterday he intends to seek re-election in 2004.
The Republican made a promise when he originally ran for Congress in 1992 that he would not serve for more than 12 years.
Goodlatte says not running would put western Virginia at a disadvantage because the area would lose valuable seniority in Congress.
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It's been nearly four months since a tornado turned lives upside down in Bedford and Campbell Counties.
The storm uprooted trees as well as destroyed several homes and businesses including one area church.
Justin McLeod tells why church members believe the disaster was a blessing in disguise.
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((((NAT SOUND OF SINGING A PRAYER; ))
The enthusiasm here at Lawyers Missionary Baptist Church shines brightly these days.
In many ways, they're prayers have been answered.
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((REV. CARLTON JOHNSON/MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: I KNOW THAT GOD CAN BRING GOOD OUT OF ANY SITUATION.))
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That situation began in late April.
A tornado swept through the church, collapsing the walls and blowing off the roof.
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((MARLO DAVIS/CHURCH MEMBER: THE CHURCH BUILDING IS A BUILDING. OUR CHURCH IS IN HER HEARTS SO WE HAVE BEEN JUST BLESSED.))
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Blessed because of the support of nearby Timberlake United Methodist Church.
Shortly after the tornado, Timberlake invited Lawyers Missionary to move into an unused sanctuary.
The church has worshiped here ever since.
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((REV. LARRY DAVIES/TIMBERLAKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: WE'VE HAD A GOSPEL SING. WE HELPED THEM WITH A REVIVAL. WE'VE HAD SOME LUNCHES TOGETHER. IT'S BEEN EXCITING. WE, REALLY BOTH OF US I THINK HAVE LEARN A LOT FROM THE EXPERIENCE. WE'RE ALMOST NOT SURE WE WANT THEM TO GO.))
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But one day they will go.
Lawyers Missionary plans to begin rebuilding sometime this fall.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THIS IS WHAT REMAINS OF MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH. CONTRACTORS CAME IN THE MONTHS AFTER THE STORM AND REMOVED WHAT WAS LEFT OF THE BUILDING. NOW THE CHURCH HOPES TO REBUILD AND EVEN EXPAND ON THIS SITE BUT THEY FIRST NEED MONEY TO DO SO.))
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The church has received 12,000 dollars in donations and another 71,000 thousand dollars in insurance money.
But it will take another several hundred thousand dollars to rebuild the church.
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((REV. CARLTON JOHNSON/LAWYERS BAPTIST CHURCH: JUST LIKE THE LORD MADE A WAY FOR US TO WORSHIP HE IS GOING TO SUPPLY ALL THE FUNDS THAT WE NEED.))
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It is a need made easier thanks to the generosity of one church, and the faith of another.
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Justin McLeod, News 7, Campbell County. ))
The church that donated its facilities is not only known for its generosity but also for saving lives.
Timberlake United Methodist runs a prayer network on its website sewing-seeds-of-faith dot com.
Recently a woman from Illinois emailed the prayer chain threatening to commit suicide.
That is when area church members sprung into action.
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((GEORGE HATMAKER/ASSOCIATE PASTOR: I WENT DIRECTLY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES IN THE STATE THAT SHE WAS IN AND I WAS ABLE TO FIND A PHONE NUMBER AND AN ADDRESS AND REACH A LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL IN HER CITY. I CONTACTED THEM, THEY WERE DISPATCHED. I GOT THROUGH THE PHONE LINE TO HER AND TALKED PERSONALLY WITH HER AND PRAYED WITH HER.))
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The woman is doing fine and credits the prayer chain with saving her life.
Making this story even that more amazing is the fact that flooding had knocked out most of the phone service in that area when the call for help went out.
Still to come on News 7 at 6, the City of Salem hands over the keys to an unusual vehicle...
and a local singing trio will find itself on a national stage. We'll have that and more coming up, but first, let's check in with Brent in the WeatherCenter.
Recent child abductions nationwide highlight the need for law enforcement to be on alert.
The Roanoke Police Department is one of few localities in Virginia that takes part in the AMBER alert program.
Under AMBER alert, radio and television stations interrupt programming to broadcast information about a missing child.
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((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.: WHEN SOMEONE HEARS THAT THERE IS AN AMBER ALERT TO KNOW THAT IT IS A SERIOUS SITUATION AND WE CAN'T JUST USE IT EVERYTIME A PARENT CALLS IN. IT HAS TO BE VERY STRICT CRITERIA, THE CHILD HAS TO BE IN DANGER. WE HAVE TO KNOW FOR FACT THAT THERE IS A STRANGER SITUATION AND THE CHILD IS IN DANGER INORDER FOR US TO USE IT. WE WOULDN'T USE IT JUST FOR A RUNAWAY SITUATION.))
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Attorney General Jerry Kilgore announced this week a plan to push legislation to expand the AMBER alert program statewide.
A vocal group from Roanoke is about sing its way onto a whole new playing field.
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They call themselves "In Harmony."
They're a Christian trio that has been together since middle school.
The group recently recorded a C-D and will soon perform in front of thousands.
They've been invited to sing the national anthem at a Cincinnati Reds game.
That takes place August 13th.
Volunteers at the Craig County fire department are tickled pink over their new red fire engine.
Last week, the community of Simmonsville was given a 1977 fire truck by the City of Salem.
The keys were handed over during a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
Rather than sell the trucks it no longer needs, a spokeswoman for Salem says officials would rather give the trucks away.
If Simmonsville were to buy a new truck it would set the community back at least 2-hundred thousand dollars.
Several years ago, Salem donated a fire truck to the Volunteer Fire Department in Upper Craig's Creek.
Lance Armstrong rides home in style, winning his fourth straight Tour de France.
Travis Wells will have highlights in sports...
and also, the war on terrorism has been raging for months, now some of the soldiers are back on the homefront. We'll have that and more coming up...
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While the war on terrorism continues on the other side of the world, many soldiers are on their way home.
One local soldier just returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.. and had a chance to thank some fellow veterans for their months of support.
Steve Smallshaw has more in this week's "Virginia Profile".
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(( Tim Greenway left his hometown of Lynchburg a soldier.. he returned this week a hero.
((IT'S REALLY GOOD TO SEE YOU.. ESPECIALLY COMING HOME IN ONE PIECE. YES SIR, I REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU ALL HAVE BEEN DOING FOR US DOWN HERE.))
Greenway is a First Lieutenant with the 101st Airborne, and for the past six months he's been on the front line of the war on terrorism.
He survived an earthquake, a helicopter crash and firefights with Al Qaeda terrorists.. but he found it more difficult speaking in front of a crowd at Monument Terrace.
((I HAD SO MUCH I WANTED TO SAY WHEN I CAME DOWN HERE, NOW I'VE GOTTEN NERVOUS AND FORGOT IT ALL..))
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But here handshakes and hugs, smiles and salutes speak volumes.
((IT'S AMAZING HOW MUCH SUPPORT IS DOWN HERE.. IT' REALLY.. IT'S GREAT.))
For eight months, these local veterans have been staging weekly rallies in support of the U-S troops in Afghanistan.
On Friday, they finally got to meet one of the reasons why they're here.
((LT. TIM GREENWAY/101ST AIRBORNE: I KNEW THAT THEY'D BEEN DOWN HERE SUPPORTING US FOR ABOUT THE LAST 35 WEEKS AND I TOLD MY PARENTS TWO OR THREE TIMES HOW I COULDN'T WAIT TO GET HOME AND COME DOWN HERE AND HELP 'EM OUT AND TELL THEM HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE THEIR SUPPORT.))
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Greenway is now enjoying a month-long leave before he returns to his unit at Fort Campbell.
He's already experienced a lifetime of memories.
((YOU HAD SO MANY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES. I FEEL THAT IT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT I WOULD DO FOR THIS COUNTRY AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT. AND I SUPPORT EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON OVER THERE AND IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE PEOPLE BACK HERE SUPPORTING US.))
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((I ALWAYS THINK OF LYNCHBURG AS MY HOME AND AFTER SEEING ALL THE SUPPORT I'VE GOTTEN FROM LYNCHBURG, I CAN'T WAIT TO MOVE BACK HERE ONE DAY.))
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Coming up in sports, the Tour de Lance comes to a close in Paris, the Wizard gets the call to the hall,
and the Washington Redskins weigh in on their first week of training camp with new coach Steve Spurrier.
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The king of the Tour de France reigned again today in Paris. Lance Armstrong finished the 20th stage in the main pack of riders, but the ultimate prize was his.
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The cancer survivor became the 4th person to win four Tour de France titles and just the third to win them consecutively. His final winning margin over Joseba Beloki of Spain was 7 minutes and 17 seconds. Armstrong has turned the world's premier cycling event into his own personal showcase. The three week event covered 2,032 miles and the 30 year old Armstrong will try and tie Miguel Indurain's mark of five straight tour titles next year.
The Washington Redskins got this morning off as they wrapped up their first week of training camp under first year head coach Steve Spurrier.
At this point, all indications are that the coach and his players have the perfect marriage.
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[OUT Q=...make them the next time."]
The Skins only have a couple of practices this week as they leave for Japan on Wednesday.
Mike Stevens will have more on the Japanese influence in camp Monday night on News 7 at Six.
The Carolina Panthers open their preseason against the Skins on August 10th. The Panthers are in day two of their first training camp under head coach John Fox.
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The former Giants assistant hopes to turn around a franchise that has lost its last 15 games. Fox has brought plenty of intensity to Carolina.
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[SUPER=01-Mushin Muhammed/Panthers Wide Receiver; :18]
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The Winston Cup cars are back on the track at Pocono at this hour after two red flags that lasted nearly 3 hours. The first came on the very first lap after a scary crash that involved Rusty Wallace, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Steve Park. All three were o-k, and then track officials went to work repairing a damaged guard rail. The drivers then ran 22 laps before rain held things up again. Right now, Sterling Marlin leads just past the halfway point. 95 of 200 laps remain. We'll have complete highlights tonight at 11.
Perhaps the greatest fielding shortstop in the history of baseball was inducted into the Hall of Fame this afternoon in Cooperstown, New York.
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Ozzie Smith played 19 seasons in the big leagues, including 15 in Saint Louis. He won 13 consecutive Gold Gloves, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Nicknamed 'the Wizard', Smith also made 15 All-Star Game appearances.
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On the field today, the Braves tried to add to their huge lead in the N-L East. But Scott Rolen and the Phillies had other plans. Rolen and Doug Glanville both homered off Tom Glavine who gave up 5 earned runs on 8 hits. Philadelphia beat Atlanta 7 to 1. Now the rest of today's numbers.
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