Today on News 7 at 5, local health officials say four birds from Southwest Virginia are diagnosed with the West Nile virus.
Plus one of Hollywood's best loved actors announces he has a serious disease.
It's an easy going weekend forecast with increasing temperatures and bright sunshine. Details coming up.
A new school prepares to open in Roanoke County.
Plus, more than 400 thousand models of a popular car are recalled. We'll have the details.
And Mike Stevens will have NASCAR qualifying from Watkins Glen.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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[OUT Q=with Alzheimer's Disease]
Actor and N-R-A president Charlton Heston says he refuses to give in or give up despite a grim diagnosis.
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The actor made the announcement today as he told the nation he had Alzheimer's Disease.
Drew Levinson has more.
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[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/CBS News;]
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Charleton Heston wanted to play Moses in the 10 Commandments
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And he wanted to be the star of Ben Hur--the most honored film of all
But his latest role is one he's being forced to accept.
In a recorded statement the 78-year old actor said it appears he has
Heston wanted to make the annoucement now because later he might not be
(SOT: CHARLETON HESTON)
"FOR AN ACTOR, THERE IS NO GREATER LOSS THAN THE LOSS OF HIS AUDIENCE.
I CAN PART THE RED SEA, BUT I CAN'T PART WITH YOU, WHICH IS WHY I WON'T
EXCLUDE YOU FROM THIS STAGE IN MY LIFE."
Heston won an Oscar in 1959 for Ben Hur...but his most notable credit
lately has come as President of the National Rifle Association.
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"HESTON'S ANNOUNCEMENT IS REMINISCENT OF WHEN RONALD REAGAN WROTE A
LETTER TO AMERICA REVEALING HE TOO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER'S.
THEY ARE JUST TWO OF APPROXIMATELY FOUR MILLION AMERICANS WHO HAVE THIS
DISEASE . IT AFFECTS THE BRAIN AND EVENTUALLY THE MEMORY."
Heston said like Reagan, Martin Luther King, and JFK he's a fighter and
he plans to keep working.
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"FOR NOW, I'M NOT CHANGING ANYTHING. I'LL INSIST ON WORK WHEN I CAN.
THE DOCTORS WILL INSIST ON REST WHEN I MUST."
And Heston doesn't want sympathy.... just a little patience.
(SOT HESTON )
"IF YOU SEE A LITTLE LESS SPRING IN MY STEP, IF YOUR NAME FAILS TO LEAP
TO MY LIPS, YOU'LL KNOW WHY. AND IF I TELL YOU A FUNNY STORY FOR THE
SECOND TIME, PLEASE LAUGH AGAIN ANYWAY."
With 150 TV and movie credits to his name Charleton Heston said as an
actor he's lived not one life but many, and for that he's thankful.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, New York.))
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Health officials say it's inevitable that the West Nile Virus will become a regular summertime threat.
So far this year four birds in Southwest Virgina have tested positive for the virus.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with the latest on your risk of being exposed to the virus.
Health officials announced this morning that... Two birds were found in Roanoke City.
One in Lynchburg and another in Patrick County.
Health officials say infected birds are no threat to humans but are only used for surveillance reasons. It's mosquitos that transfer the virus to humans.
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[SUPER=01-Dick Tabb/Environmental Health Manager;1:09]
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Infected birds might be an indication that the West Nile Virus is in or headed to Southwest, Virginia. But health officials say what they are mainly concerned about is infected mosquitos. For humans to get the disease they have to be bitten by an infected mosquito.
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((THE POSITIVE BIRD DOESN'T MEAN WE HAVE INFECTED MOSQUITOS. THAT'S WHY THE POSITIVE BIRD DOESN'T HAVE HUMAN HEALTH SIGNIFICANCE))
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So far no mosquitos west of Henrico County have tested positive with the West Nile Virus.
But health officials believe before long they will be tracked in our area.
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[IN Q=We need to protect ourselves]
((WE NEED TO PROTECT OURSELVES. END OF CONVERSATION. SO THAT'S THE BEST WAY TO AVOID BEING EXPOSED TO THE WEST NILE VIRUS))
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To protect yourself from the virus you should use insect repellent, wear protective clothing and get rid of standing water around your house which is a breeding ground for mosquitos.
As for the birds, health officials say report any suspicious dead bird to the health department...they are collecting blue jays, crows, and raptors.
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[IN Q=We test bird that are dead less than 24]
((WE TEST BIRDS THAT ARE DEAD LESS THAN 24 HOURS 20 WE TELL THAT BY LOOKING AT THE EYES OF THE BIRD, THEY'RE CLEAR, THEY DON'T HAVE INSECTS 2 THAT MAKES A GOOD SPECIMEN FOR US ))
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Health officials say place the bird in a plastic bag and cover it with ice.
To report a bird in the Roanoke Valley call 540 -857-7663 or your local health department.
Now even if you are bitten by an infected mosquito only 1 out 300 people will get sick... and only a very small majority after that will become seriously ill or possibly die.
The symptoms of the west Nile virus or similar to a cold or flu.
Children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk.
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He could have gotten 160 years in prison. Instead a young man from Connecticut faces drug treatment and no more than three years incarceration.
Matt Sebas (SEE-bass) had admitted to police that he was the one who provided a tablet and a half of morphine.
There's some dispute over whether that's what caused the deaths of two other young people from New England.
They were "dead heads," followers of a band called the String Cheese Incident.
Following a concert in Lexington last November, the group stopped at the Knight's Inn in Salem to "party."
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((AND HE STATED THE NIGHT OF THE PARTY AT KNIGHT'S INN HE THOUGHT SOMEONE, HE THOUGHT PERHAPS MR. BRIGGS, HAD ASKED, "DID ANYONE HAVE ANY DRUGS?" HE REMEMBERED HE HAD THOSE ITEMS, PRODUCED THEM, THEN THEY CRUSHED THEM UP AND SNORTED THEM.))
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[OUT Q=then they crushed them up and snorted them.]
Sebas entered an Alford guilty plea, not admitting guilt but acknowledging that he might be found guilty. He goes first to Hegira (heh JEER-rah) House for drug treatment and counseling.
If that goes well he may not have to serve any active prison time, even though the judge formally sentenced Sebas to serve three years.
The man charged with the kidnapping and brutual murder of Samantha Runnion has begun his journey through the justice system. Manuel Gallegus reports.
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[SUPER=01-Erin Runnion/Samantha's Mother;]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/CBS News;]
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((HE IS ACCUSED OF A CRIME THAT SCHOCKED THE NATION THE ABUDCTION, SEXUAL
ASSAULT AND MURDER OF FIVE EYAR OLD SAMANTHA RUNNION.
THIS MORNING -WITH HIS COURT APPOINTED DEFENSE ATTORNEY SPEAKING FOR
HIM, ALEJANDRO AVILA PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO ALL OF IT.
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AS IS CUSTOMARY IN THE SANTA ANA COURTROOM, AVILA APPEARED BEHIND THICK
GLASS SURROUNDED BY BAILIFFS.
THE 27 YEAR OLD HAD LITTLE REACTION TO THE PROCEEDING.
SAMANTHA RUNNION WAS TAKEN FROM NEAR HER OWN YARD JULY 15TH. THE
BOLDNESS OF HER ABDUCTION HORRIFIED HER COMMUNITY. WITHIN A DAY HER BODY
WAS DISCOVERED. BY THE END OF THE WEEK AVILA WAS IN CUSTODY.
AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR SAMANTHA HER MOTHER WAS GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF
THE SUPPORT SHE RECEIVED FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
SINCE HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY, AVILA WILL NOW GO THROUGH A PRE-TRIAL
HEARING - TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE FOR TRIAL.
PROSECUTORS SAY THEY WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY
LAST YEAR AVILA WAS ACQUITTED OF MOLESTING TWO NINE YEAR OLD GIRLS NOW
ONE OF THEM IS COMING FORWARD WITH ADDITIONAL CLAIMS AGAINST HIM.
MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS LOS ANGELES.))
The are conflicting reports about the number of casualties caused by an explosion in Afghanistan today.
A military commander at the scene blames a car bomb but other officials suspect explosives stored at the site may have sparked the blast.
At least 10-people were killed, and 25-injured.
Other reports say as many as 80-people may have been hurt when the explosion ripped through a construction company building in Jalalabad.
Officials say dozens of homes were also damaged.
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[IN Q=This explosion was in their warehouse...]
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((MANOEL DE ALMEIDA E SILVA, UNITED NATIONS
SPOKESMAN: THIS EXPLOSION WAS IN THEIR WAREHOUSE WHICH IS EIGHT KILOMETRES OUTSIDE THE CITY OF JALALABAD ACROSS FROM THE UNIVERSITY, THE EXPLOSION WAS A DIMENSION, MAGNITUDE THAT DAMAGED OR DESTROYED HOUSES IN THE VICINITY.))
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The explosion also rocked a nearby hydroelectric dam, damaging its electrical works and crippling the city's power supply.
Coming up after the break, we'll tell you why a popular writer says he is responsible for the deaths of untold numbers of people.
Also, we'll be there as a piece of U-S history is delivered to its new Virginia home.
Chrysler is recalling more than 464 thousand of its 2001 and 2002 P-T Cruisers.
A government crash test caused a fuel leak in the car.
Now Chrysler wants to install a secondary seal on the Cruiser's fuel pump.
Chrysler said it knew of no incidents or complaints involving the leak problem, but it initiated the recall to reduce the possibility in a severe collision.
About a quarter of the same vehicles will also be recalled for a separate safety issue involving the under hood fuel supply line.
The line could rub against the air conditioning service port, resulting in a leak.
The state group created to make sure the Commonwealth is ready for a terrorist attack is hearing presentations from Virginia Tech faculty today.
The Secure Virginia Panel is meeting to concentrate on agriterrorism issues.
Tech faculty and researchers talked about food safety risks and steps needed to protect the food chain
The panel, led by former Lieutenant Governor John Hager, will make recommendations to Governor Warner.
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((JOHN H HAGER/COMMONWEALTH PREPAREDNESS; WE EXPECT TO HAVE THEM TO THE GOVERNOR IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND CERTAINLY THEY WILL BE ANNOUNCED HIS REACTION AND APPROVAL TO HOW MAY ARE APPROVED WILL BE ANNOUNCED PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER THE 11TH.))
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Other presentations heard by the panel today include cybersecurity and the development of a vaccine for anthrax.
The gun turret from the USS Monitor is finally in Virginia.
The Civil War armored turret received a ceremonial welcome when it arrived in Newport News this morning.
Mayor Joe Frank joined the Vice Admiral of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet in celebrating the artifact's arrival and its future role at the Mariners Museum.
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[IN Q=Visitors, scholars and students will come in even greater numbers...]
(( VISITORS, SCHOLARS AND STUDENTS, WILL COME IN EVEN GREATER NUMBERS TO OUR CITY TO SEEK OUT THE HISTORY, THE STORIES AND THE SIGHT OF A SHIP BROUGHT BACK BY THESE INTREPID SAILORS FROM A WATERY GRAVE.))
[OUT Q=from a watery grave.]
The Monitor sunk off the North Carolina coast in December 1862.
This week, Navy divers used a crane to retrieve the turret from under 240-feet of water off Cape Hatteras Island.
With such movies as "Basic Instict" and "Showgirls," Joe Eszterhas (EHS'-turh-hahs) was once Hollywood's best paid screenwriter.
Now he says he has blood on his hands.
In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Eszterhas reveals he has throat cancer and is sorry that his movies glamorized smoking.
He says he is an accomplice to the murders of untold numbers of people because he made cigarettes look cool.
After losing much of his larynx to cancer, Eszterhas is urging Hollywood to stop showing people smoking.
He says he has quit smoking and drinking since his cancer was diagnosed 18 months ago.
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin Reed will let us know if this beautiful weather will continue through the weekend,
And we'll see how the progress is going as Roanoke County prepares to open its newest high school.
Coming up today, we'll see if the Stock Markets can finish the week on the rise,
And Mike Stevens will see how Winston Cup drivers are doing as they deal with making *right* hand turns for a change.
On Wall Street today, stocks ended a winning week with a mixed session as blue chips gained ground for a fourth straight day.
Alexis Christoforous wraps it all up in today's Marketwatch report..
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A very pleasant good afternoon to you folks as the two minute ticker begins with qualifying results in Watkins Glen.
The Cup cars are on the road course this weekend and the road master Ricky Rudd won the pole this afternoon.
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Amazingly rookie driver Ryan Newman, who has never raced on this tough track before almost took the top spot he ended up with a strong fourth place qualifying effort.
Now here's the complete start grid for Sunday Sirius Radio at the Glen.
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The racing excitement is also right here on Your Hometown Station tomorrow night.
WDBJ -7 is back in the Late Model Stock car business as we bring you
flag to flag coverage of the SHELOR DODGE 200 presented by Checkered Flag.
A full field of 36 drivers is expected for the race.
Last year 45 showed up and nine had to go home.
We hope you'll head out to the track, and if you can't please join us LIVE at seven tomorrow night right here on Your Hometown Station.
The TV part is free - but it will cost you to get in the track. Gates open at four, qualifying is set for five.
Coming up at the top of the hour - they are racing on two wheels at the Virginia International Raceway this weekend.
We'll let you know what's up in Alton, plus the Friday Football Extra preseason world tour takes us to Pulaski County tonight.
Take care folks and have a great evening.
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Former Miss American Heather Whitestone McCallum may soon be able to hear her sons speak.
McCallum is the first deaf woman to win the Miss America pageant.
She's back home in Atlanta after undergoing surgery at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital to receive a computerized
implant in her right ear. Doctors say the ear will need about six weeks to heal before they can activate the device.
McCallum is now a 29-year-old wife and mother of two, and says she decided to have the operation when her two-year-old son fell in
the back yard and she couldn't hear him crying.
A childhood illness left McCallum with no hearing in her right ear and the ability to discern only low frequencies in her left.
The countdown is on for students and teachers at Hidden Valley High School.
Roanoke County officials say the new school will open on time and under budget.
Landscaping will wait until fall, but inside the building, most of the construction work is complete.
Classes start in just over two weeks, so county staff and volunteers have been busy assembling furniture, and preparing for the students' arrival.
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((RICHARD FLORA/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOLS: IT'S MORE THAN GRATIFYING. IT'S EXTREME RELIEF TO BE TO THIS POINT, KNOWING THAT WHEN AUGUST 26TH COMES ALONG, WE'RE GOING TO BE READY FOR THE STUDENTS.))
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[OUT Q=going to be ready for the students.]
Hidden Valley High is planning an Open House one week from Saturday.
And we'll take a closer look at the new school tonight on News 7 at Six.