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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
Advice from health officials .. after new signs of the West Nile virus appear in the region.
And authorities break up a major Internet pornography ring.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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State police are investigating a fatal accident in Bedford County, not too far from Lynchburg.
Emergency crews were called out around 5-45 this morning to Water Lick Street in Forest. Dispatchers tell us two vehicles were involved .. one of them overturned .. and at least one person is dead.
Investigators are still at the scene .. and no further details are available at this time.
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Evidence of the West Nile Virus has been found in our area.
Three more infected birds were found-- two in Roanoke City and one in Lynchburg.
That brings the total number to four birds... including one previously found in Patrick County.
Health officials say infected birds pose no health risk to humans.
They are only being monitored to track the spread of the disease.
It's mosquitos that spread the virus to people.
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[IN Q=We need to protect ourselves]
((DR. MOLLY O'DELL/DISTRICT HEALTH DIRECTOR; WE NEED TO PROTECT OURSELVES END OF CONVERSATION. THAT' THE BEST WAY TO AVOID BEING EXPOSED TO THE WEST NILE VIRUS))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Molly O'Dell/District Health Director]
[OUT Q=the west nile virus]
Health officials say avoid getting bitten by mosquitos, use insect repellent, wear protective clothing and get rid of standing water around your house that can be a breeding ground for mosquitos.
In the meantime, if you find a suspicious dead bird contact your health department.
Officials are collecting crows, blue jays, and raptors.
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[IN Q=We test bird that are dead less than 24 hours]
((DICK TABB/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH MANAGER; WE TEST BIRDS THAT ARE DEAD LESS THAN 24 HOURS. WE TELL THAT BY LOOKING AT THE EYES OF THE BIRD, IF THEY'RE CLEAR, THEY DON'T HAVE INSECTS. THAT MAKES A GOOD SPECIMEN FOR US))
[SUPER=01-Dick Tabb/Environmental Health Manager]
[OUT Q=for us]
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To report a dead bird in the Roanoke Valley call 540-857-7663 or contact your local health department.
Meanwhile the death toll from the West Nile outbreak in Louisiana climbed to seven.
Health officials say two more people died yesterday -- a 76 year old woman and 94 year old woman.
The governor of neighboring Mississippi has declared a state of emergency as the number of cases increases.
How do we protect our nation's food supply from terrorism?
Presentations at Virginia Tech included the topic yesterday.
University faculty talked about agri-terrorism on a state panel that was created to make the Commonwealth safer.
Led by former Lieutenant Governor John Hager, Secure Virginia collects information and makes recommendations to Governor Warner.
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[IN Q=the result ]
((JOHN HAGER/COMMONWEALTH PREPAREDNESS; THE RESULTS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH HAVE COME DOWN ON US IF YOU WILL TO MAKE US STUDY THESE VULNERABILITIES GET INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC TRY TO BRING PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR SILOS TO WORK TOGETHER ))
[SUPER=01-John Hager/Commonwealth Preparedness Committee;]
Hager says Tech plays a large role in agri-terrorism because of its research capabilities.
The panel meets again on September 5th in Richmond.
Governor Warner is expected to announce steps to guard against agri-terrorism then.
Authorities bust a major Internet pornography ring.
More than a dozen people have been arrested for molesting their children or kids in their care and then trading pictures of the abuse on Internet.
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[IN Q=The normal safe haven]
((THE NORMAL SAFE HARBOR FOR CHILDREN,
WHICH IS THEIR PARENTS, TURNED OUT TO BE THESE CHILDREN'S CHAMBER OF
[SUPER=01-Robert Bonner/U.S. Customs Commissioner]
[OUT Q=childrens chamber of horrors]
For months authorities had been tracking the international child porn ring that included suspects from Denmark, the US, and Switzerland.
The ring involved 45 children ages two through fourteen. All the children have been removed and placed with other family members.
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 dose of morphine to a couple of his acquaintances.
There's some dispute over whether that's what caused the deaths of two other people from New England.
They were "string 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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((MIKE GREEN/SALEM POLICE DETECTIVE; 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.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Green/Salem Police Detective]
[OUT Q=then they crushed them up and snorted them.]
Sebas (SEE-bass) 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 (SEE-bass) to serve three years.
You don't have to pay it but many people ARE without even knowing it.
We're talking about a 2 dollar fee added onto your vehicle registration.
And As Justin McLeod found out - many drivers think the DMV is taking them for a ride.
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[SUPER=01-Pam Goheen/DMV Spokesperson; :30]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
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The next time you go to register your car here in Virginia, take a real close look at your bill.
You may be paying more than you need to.
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[IN Q=I'm glad you did]
((STEPHEN WOOLDRIDGE: I'M GLAD YOU DID TELL ME, MY TAGS ARE DUE THIS MONTH.))
((BERNADETTE HUFF: I HAD NO IDEA, I HAD NO CLUE.))
[OUT Q=had no clue]
Here's what most people have no clue about.
The General Assembly passed a new law that went into effect July 1st.
It authorizes the D-M-V to collect two dollars to go towards Virginia's 400th anniversary Celebration.
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[IN Q=If a customer receives]
((PAM GOHEEN/DMV SPOKESPERSON: IF A CUSTOMER RECEIVES THEIR RENEWAL NOTICE AND SEES THAT ADDITIONAL TWO DOLLARS FACTORED IN IF THEY DON'T WISH TO CONTRIBUTE THEY CAN CHECK THE BOX AND DEDUCT THAT TWO DOLLARS OR JUST LET US KNOW WHEN THEY VISIT A CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER.))
[OUT Q=customer service center]
So the 2 dollar fee is voluntary....if you know about it.
Take a look at this renewal notice.
The fee is already added onto your registration.
If you wish not to pay it you must check a box and then deduct two dollars from the amount.
[IN Q=It's kinda like sneaky]
((MICHAEL HOLLAND: IT'S KINDA LIKE SNEAKY. THEY SHOULD ASK FOR IT IN ANOTHER WAY IF THEY REALLY NEEDED IT.))
[OUT Q=really needed it]
That's because unless you read the fine print you'd probably have no idea you're paying more than you have to.
[IN Q=I had my check]
((LESLIE WILLIAMS: I HAD MY CHECK WRITTEN OUT FOR 30.50 AND NOW THAT I KNOW I AM ONLY PAYING THE 28.50.))
[OUT Q=paying the 28.50]
((NAT SOUND OF MORGAN TALKING "UNLESS YOU READ IT CAREFULLY; 4:56))
We brought these complaints to Delegate Morgan Griffith.
He voted for the bill but now says the law needs a second look.
[IN Q=What we thought we were]
((DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH: WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WERE DOING WAS HAVING A SITUATION WHERE YOU COULD OPT OUT VERY EASILY. HAVING SEEN THE FORM THAT HAS JUST BEEN SHOWN TO ME IT'S CLEAR THAT IT'S VERY CONFUSING AND IT'S NOT GOING TO BE CLEAR TO THE AVERAGE CITIZEN THAT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO OPT OUT OF THAT TWO DOLLAR OPTION AND SO I WILL BE SPEAKING WITH SOMEONE FROM D-M-V AT THE FIRST OF THE WEEK.))
[OUT Q=first of the week]
[IN Q=If you have a proble]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE FEE, GRIFFITH SUGGESTS YOU CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LEGISLATOR TO TELL THEM EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL. JUSTIN MCLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
The fee will be in effect until 2008.
The first five million dollars collected will go towards Virginia's 400th anniversary. Any money collect after that will goes towards open space preeservation.
Part of the U-S-S Monitor has returned to Virginia ... but as a relic of history instead of a ship of war.
The turret of the civil war ironclad was brought up the James River by barge yesterday.
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The artifact was saluted by ceremonial cannon fire at Fort Monroe, not far from the site of its famous battle with the Confederate ironclad Virginia.
The turret was taken ashore and received a hero's welcome at its new home-- the Mariners Museum in Newport News.
A conservation operation begins tomorrow and could last as long as 15 years.
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There's still a lot of work to be done... but officials say Hidden Valley High School will be ready when the bell to rings in two weeks...
Yesterday, crews put the finishing touches on the flooring, and a few painters touched up the walls... but most of the interior construction is complete.
County staff and volunteers were busy assembling furniture and moving materials into the new facility.
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[IN Q=A lot of boxes to move]
((DAVE BLEVINS/HIDDEN VALLEY PRINCIPAL: A LOT OF BOXES TO MOVE AND UNPACK. AND THE EXCITEMENT'S REALLY BUILDING NOW AS WE SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. AND REALLY FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Blevins/Hidden Valley Principal;]
[OUT Q=and really feel good about it.]
The 30-million dollar school has 200- thousand square feet of space. And with no senior class this year, about 750 students to start.
An open house is scheduled NEXT Saturday.
Q-99's back on top of the Roanoke-Lynchburg radio market.
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That's the result of the spring Arbitron survey.
Star Country was second.
Former number 1, W-R-O-V fell to third, followed by country station W-Y-Y-D and top 40 outlet K-92.
Star Country topped the ratings charts in the New River Valley.
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Still to come on News 7 Saturday Morning... blues fans can hear their favorite tunes today and support the National D-Day Memorial... we'll see what's going on in Bedford...
in this week's movie review find out if "Triple-X" has triple the action....
But first if you are traveling today...
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In "Triple X"...Vin Diesel plays a daredevil who's occasionally illegal stunts land him a job as a secret agent...
Anna and Brent take a look in today's movie review...
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MB Monitor -- FS N7 Movie Review
Vin Diesel is carving out a niche here as the
anti-James Bond. Instead of martinis, he drinks
something pink with Cr�me de Menthe and club soda; his
idea of formal wear is a clean black t-shirt; instead
of a Ferrari, he has an old GTO, and he's covered with
Like Bond, though, he has lots of fancy and dangerous
toys. Diesel is Xander Cage, also called Triple X for
his extreme stunts; which are dangerous, usually
illegal, and have made him an underground hero to
Generation Y fans. Triple X's latest stunt involves
driving a Senator's sports car off a bridge and
parachuting out at the last minute, all captured on a
series of video cameras. The senator is a target
because he tried to take Rap music and video games off
the market. Unfortunately, the stunt could put X in
prison for a long time.
When three American agents in Prague, Czech Republic,
are killed by a group called Anarchy 99, National
Security Agency Director, Gibbons, played by Samuel L.
Jackson, decides to stop using trained agents, and
look for tough guys, ex-cons and bad boys. He
blackmails Xander into going to Prague to infiltrate a
stolen car ring, but Gibbons has another agenda that
puts X and a young woman he befriends, Yelena,(Asia
Argento) in lots of danger.
XXX is non stop action, with amazing stunts and
effects. X puts his skills at motorcycle stunts,
snowboarding and sky diving to good use as, like so
many other agents before him, he tries to keep a
madman from destroying the world.
Diesel makes the movie work. He combines his tough guy
image, attitude and aura of invincibility,
with enough personality to make him appealing in a
XXX is mindless fun. The loud, pounding sound track
takes some getting used to, though.
Rated PG-13, but there's enough sex and violence to
make it inappropriate for pre-teens.
Grade B. A true B movie.
[SUPER=07-Anna's Grade "B";]
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