Coming up on News 7-
A bioweapons expert says he had nothing to do with mailing anthrax spores that killed five people.
A former 9-0-2-1-0 star is in serious condition after crashing at the Kentucky Speedway.
Plus, some safety changes are coming to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
News 7 is next.
Will the nation's seventh largest airline stay in the air after filing for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection?
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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An airline that frequents some area airports is the latest company to find itself in financial trouble.
U-S Airways has filed for Chapter Eleven bankruptcy protection.
The airline lost over two- billion dollars last year and had mentioned bankruptcy was a possibility.
However, all flights ARE expected to continue without interruptions.
Fear of flying after September Eleventh hit the airline hard.
And the Arlington based company has reportedly received 500 million dollars to keep operating.
The fall foliage season is just around the corner.
And many of you will enjoy it from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
But before you hit the roadway there's some important information you need to know.
Justin McLeod reports.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Buxton/Park Ranger; :25]
[SUPER=01-Ed Clark/Park Ranger; 1:10]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke Co.]
((((NAT SOUND OF CAR DRIVING BY AT 15:45:57))
It is a place that attracts people locally and from around the country (QUICK NAT SOUND OF MOTORCYCLES AT 15:48:48)...all 469-miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
[SOT 58:44; 58:24; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=I just love it]
((BRENDA BURKES: I JUST LOVE IT. IT'S BEAUTIFUL.))
((OWEN BURKERS: OH YES, PRETTY SCENERY.))
[OUT Q=pretty scenery]
Pretty scenery but also the scene of many accidents.
The number of crashes on the parkway is up 43-percent from five years ago.
[SOT 15:52:03 TAPE 1]
[IN Q=When people are distracted]
((STEVE BUXTON/PARK RANGER: WHEN PEOPLE ARE DISTRACTED FROM OBJECTS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD THAT TENDS TO INCREASE ACCIDENTS.))
[OUT Q=increase accidents]
It is an increase that rises significantly from now until late fall.
Last year, the Parkway recorded 130 accidents during the months of August, September, and October.
[SOT 56:26; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=A lot of those accidents]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: A LOT OF THOSE ACCIDENTS ARE HAPPENING IN CURVES. PARK RANGERS SAY THEY SOMETIMES CLOCK DRIVERS GOING 70 TO 80 MILES PER HOUR IN A CURVE. THAT'S WHY THEY PLAN TO PUT UP MORE WARNING SIGNS IN THE COMING MONTHS TELLING YOU TO SLOW DOWN.))
[OUT Q=to slow down]
((NAT SOUND OF CLOSING DOOR 15:49:47))
((NAT SOUND OF TURNING ON CAR 15:49:55))
The Park Service is also launching operation 11 to 7.
All available rangers will now patrol the parkway on Saturday and Sunday when many of the accidents seem to happen.
[SOT 15:33:21; TAPE 2]
[IN Q=We would ask folks]
((ED CLARK/PARK RANGER: WE WOULD ASK FOLKS TO STOP, SLOW DOWN, TO TAKE IN THE SIGHTS BUT TO TRAVEL SAFELY AND REALLY OBSERVE THAT 45 MILE A HOUR SPEED LIMIT SIGN.))
[OUT Q=speed limit sign]
((NAT SOUND OF MOTORCYCLES DRIVING BY))
The Park Service has found motorcyles are involved in a high number of accidents.
((NAT SOUND OF RANGER ON RADIO SAYING "I CAN'T MAKE THE MODEL OF THE VEHICLE" AT 15:57:48 TAPE 1))
Rangers don't know why but plan to study ways to reduce that number.
It is all in an effort to make your ride on the park enjoyable without taking a turn for the worse. (SHOT AT 59:28, TAPE 2)
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.))
Financial help is on the way for the former head of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.
It comes just as his September third fraud trial approaches.
[VO-NAT - :25+]
Richard Burrow's supporters have raised nearly 100-thousand dollars to help pay for his defense. The 55-year-old Roanoke man was indicted in June on federal charges of bank, wire, mail and loan-application fraud. He has pleaded innocent.
Burrow's backers say he needs financial help because the government prosecutors he's up against have unlimited resources.
They also say they believe Burrow did nothing illegal in raising money for the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
There's plenty of rhythm in Franklin County this weekend.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF DRUMS PLAYING]
[OUT Q=NAT SOUND OF DRUMS PLAYING]
The annual Mid Atlantic Band Camp is taking place at Ferrum College.
Marching bands from Christiansburg, Radford, Staunton River, Cave Spring, and Hidden Valley High School are taking part in the five day event.
Practice lasts nearly ten hours and usually goes well into the night.
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[SOT 4:58:19; 5:10:17]
[IN Q=It is really a great]
((SARAH McGOWAN/CHRISTIANSBURG HIGH SCHOOL: IT IS REALLY A GOOD EXPERIENCE. WE LEARN A LOT OF DISCIPLINE AND HOW TO DO THINGS. IT BUILDS SELF ESTEEM AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL GREAT EVEN THOUGH IT IS A LOT OF HARD WORK AND YOU SWEAT A LOT.))
((LAUREN EUBANK/CAVE SPRING HIGH SCHOOL: A LOT OF STUFF WE'VE BEEN WORKING AS A TEAM AND DANCING IN THE AFTERNOONS AND IT'S A REALLY BIG BONDING EXPERIENCE AND WE'RE REALLY WORKING HARD ON OUR SHOWS SO IT'S GOOD FOR THE FOOTBALL GAMES.))
[SUPER=01-Sarah McGowan/Christiansburg High School; :03]
[SUPER=01-Lauren Eubank/Cave Spring High School; :11]
[OUT Q=for the football games]
The camp wraps up Tuesday morning with a grand finale performance by all the bands.
[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
Musicians are just wrapping up in Galax.
Last night-- the 67th annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention came to a close at Felts Park.
This morning-- crews with the Carroll County Search and Rescue began the hard work of cleaning up.
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[IN Q=WE HAVE TO ]
[SUPER=01-Peanut Turman/Carroll Co. Search & Rescue; ]
((WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE GROUNDS ARE GOOD AND CLEAN AND TURN IT BACK OVER TO THE PARK SERVICE HERE AND THE MOOSE THEY TAKE CARE OF US WITH A DONATION TO TAKE CARE OF THIS AND THIS IS ONE OF OUR FUNDRAISERS ONE OF OUR TWO FUNDRAISERS THAT WE USE TO SUPPORT OUR ORGANIZATION.))
[OUT Q=SUPPORT OUR ORGANIZATION.]
This year's fiddler's convention attracted more than sixty thousand people.
It took another 25- people to help with the cleanup which lasted the entire day.
The head of the "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" says West Nile virus may spread to the West Coast.
Dr. Julie Gerberding says birds and mosquitoes infected with West Nile are now in most states east of the Mississippi River and
some to the west of it.
She also says West Nile is "having an unusually high human toll this year.''
Seven people with West Nile virus have died in Louisiana this year, and Mississippi officials are investigating a death that may be linked.
The virus has been detected in 35 states and Washington, D-C.
A bioweapons expert says the F-B-I anthrax investigation is ruining his life.
At a news conference today-- Dr. Steven Hatfill said he's never worked with Anthrax... and has always worked to protect America, not destroy it.
Andrew Stack reports.
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[IN Q=Nearly a year ]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Steven Hatfill/Biomedical Scientist; ]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Stack/CBS News; ]
[OUT Q=CBS News. ]
NEARLY A YEAR AFTER ANTHRAX ATTACKS KILLED FIVE PEOPLE -- AND FRIGHTENED
(nat sot - hatfill - "I am a loyal american...")
DR. STEVEN HATFILL, A BIOWEAPONS EXPERT, UNDER SCRUTINY FOR THE
ATTACKS, IS STEPPING FORWARD TO CLEAR HIS NAME...
SOT - DR. STEVEN HATFILL/BIOMEDICAL SCIENTIST - "No one, no one has come
up with a shred of evidence, that I had anything to do with the anthrax
HATFILL IS CONVINCED THE FBI IS TARGETING HIM AS A FALL GUY IN THE
SEARCH FOR THE ANTHRAX KILLER.
WITH NEWS HELICOPTERS HOVERING OVERHEAD, FBI AGENTS HAVE SEARCHED
HATFILL'S MARYLAND APARTMENT THREE TIMES -- EVEN SWABBING THE WALLS FOR
THEY POLYGRAPHED HIM MONTHS AGO, AND COMBED THROUGH HIS STORAGE SPACE IN
...ALL THE TIME -- NEVER CALLING HIM A SUSPECT.
STANDUP BRIDGE - ANDREW STACK/ALEXANDRIA, VA
"So it's at this point, dr. steven hatfill decided to make a public
statement...categorically denying any involvement in last fall's anthrax
SOT - HATFILL - My experience, knowledge, dedication and service
relative to defending the united states against biological warfare has
been turned against me in connection with the search for the anthrax
HATFILL IS ONE OF 30 SCIENTISTS ON THE FBI'S RADAR SCREEN - BUT THE ONLY
ONE WHOSE NAME HAS BEEN MADE PUBLIC.
IT'S NO SECRET TO THE FBI, HATFILL ONCE SPONSORED A STUDY ON HOW ANTHRAX
COULD BE SPREAD BY MAIL.
AND HE ONCE LIVED NEAR THE GREENDALE SUBURB OF HARARE, ZIMBABWE..
WHICH MATCHES PART OF THE RETURN ADDRESS, OF THE ANTHRAX LETTERS SENT TO
CAPITOL HILL LAST FALL.
ANDREW STACK, CBS NEWS.
Hatfill was laid off from his job as a bio-weapons scientist at a Maryland army base and and has since been been put on paid leave from his job at Louisiana State University.... where he worked to develop programs for biological warfare defense.
Still to come on News 7 at 11... A former Beverly Hills 9-0-2-1-0 star
is in serious but stable condition after crashing his race car at more than 180 miles an hour. We'll have the story coming up.
A former "Beverly Hills 90210" star is in serious condition tonight.
Jason Priestley crashed his race car into a wall today going more than a hundred- miles- per hour.
Drew Levinson has more on the accident.
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[IN Q=Minutes after he crashed]
[SUPER=03-Sparta, KY/ESPN; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jason Priestley/Saturday; :47]
[OUT Q=Drew Levinson, CBS News]
Minutes after he crashed his race car---actor Jason Priestley was
airlifted to the hospital with injuries to his face and legs.
Priestley was going about 180 miles an hour when he crashed into a wall
at the Kentucky Speedway.
It was the final practice for the Kentucky 100--a race that would be
held later in the day.
(NATSOUND FROM TV SHOW TC: 22:37:39)
"HAVE A NICE DAY"
Priestley--best known for his role on the TV Show "Beverly Hills 90210"
has been racing on and off since 1991.
Last season he was a broadcast analyst for the Indy Racing League.
This year he started participating in new league with similar but
smaller and less powerful cars.
Just after he qualified for the race Saturday Priestley admitted he's
trying to get as much experience as quickly as he can.
(SOT JASON PRIESTLEY/SATURDAY 120630)
""WE ARE ALL TRYING TO LEARN AS MUCH ABOUT THESE CARS AND FIGURE OUT HOW
TO MAKE THEM GO FASTER IN AN REALLY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME."
Those who saw the crash--said Priestley's car turned sideways--he was
able to straighten it but then he slammed into the wall.
Back in 1999--while in London Priestley talked about his love for racing
and living on the edge.
(SOT APRIL 1999)
"WELL I JUST LIKE THE ADRENALINE RUSH YOU KNOW? THE ONLY TIE YOU REALLY
GET ONE IS WHEN YOU'RE CLOSE TO DYING AND NOBODY REALLY WANTS TO DO
For the 32-year old Priestley--this was an adrenaline rush he didn't
want--and he is lucky to be alive.
Drew Levinson, CBS News.))
Taxes on cigarettes and turmoil in the Middle East were the topics of this week's viewer mail.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
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((The city of Salem's plan for a 15 cent per pack tax on cigarettes left a couple of viewers fuming about fairness.
(Barry Thompson/Salem) "I think this is definite discrimination against smokers. Why should we be the only ones paying
for a school when a lot of us do not even have children going to school anymore? I feel if money is needed for a school it should be everybody's responsibility, not just one group of people."
A non-smoker wrote: (John E. Rowan, Jr./Roanoke) "I disagree with the raising of the cigarette tax anywhere: city, county, state or even throughout the US. I disagree not because I'm a smoker but every time a budget revenue or money for any cause needs to be raised or increased the tax on cigarettes or other tobacco products are mentioned or increased....I believe if the tax on alcoholic beverages was increased it would bring in more revenue than an increase in the cigarette tax."
Our extended interview last weekend with activist Nathan Musselman about the conflicts in the Middle East brought some critical comments.
From Woolwine: (John and Leah Matthews) "With our country at war against terrorism, we were disappointed with the notoriety you are giving this young man. Why can't you be interviewing those who are fighting for and giving their time for us here at home? It seems that would serve our community a lot better than talking to someone who is trying to cause dissension."
And from Floyd County: (Yvonne Shelor/Check): "The media drives me nuts when they echo the lies of the Palestinians. You need to learn the facts and report them. There has never been a Palestinian state and until the 1970's "Palestinian" referred to "Jews". Arafat is not only trying to wipe the Jews from the face of the earth as Hitler did, he also repeats lies as Hitler did because ignorant people will believe a lie if it is repeated often enough. When Americans spread the propaganda of the Arabs they are being just what the Arabs say about us, that we are ignorant about the rest of the world."
We appreciate any comments on our news coverage or issues in the news. Send them to us by mail...fax...or email.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Still to come on News 7 at 11, it was a sweet Sunday for Miss Virginia and some local senior citizens...
and last week, Tony Stewart made headlines for punching a cameraman, this week he gets a win at Watkins Glen. Travis Wells will have highlights in sports.
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They're not the usual gang that you would see cruising around...
We're referring to a group of mostly grandmothers who're riding high on Smith Mountain Lake.
Richard Lesko has more in this week's Virginia Profile.
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[IN Q=They're ]
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake; :00]
[SUPER=01-Carolyn Trogdon/She-Doos; :12]
[SUPER=01-Ann Shelton/She-Doos; :22]
[OUT Q=Richard Lesko, News 7.]
(( They're all over 50 years old, most of them are grandmothers, and they're going wild on the water on jet skis.
Meet the She-Doos.
[SOT - 15:15:37]
[INQ=I have two children]
((CAROLYN TRODGON/SHE-DOOS; I HAVE TWO CHILDREN AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN. REPORTER: AND WHAT DO THEY THINK OF THIS? CAROLYN TROGDON: THEY THINK IT'S REALLY NEAT. THEY'RE GLAD I'M HAVING A GOOD TIME.))
[OUTQ=having a good time.]
[SOT - 15:13:51]
[INQ=He doesn't like them...]
((ANN SHELTON/SHE-DOOS; MY HUSBAND THINKS THEY'RE DANGEROUS, HE DOESN'T LIKE THEM. IT'S TAKEN ME THREE YEARS TO GET THIS ONE.))
[OUTQ=to get this one.]
20 or so women meet once a week to share stories, cruise the waters, and just to talk.
It's the newest, and most unique social club around Smith Mountain Lake.
[SOT -- 15:12:37]
[INQ=We go to breakfast...]
((ANN SHELTON/SHE-DOOS; WE GO TO BREAKFAST, AND THIS WEEK WE TOOK OUR LUNCH TO THE SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE STATE PARK, AND WE HAVE ALL SORTS OF DESTINATIONS ON THE LAKE THAT WE PLAN TO GO TO.))
[OUTQ=plan to go to.]
They do have a couple of rules that must be followed for each meeting, all in the name of boating safety.
[SOT - 15:13:14]
[INQ=First rule is...]
((ANN SHELTON/SHE-DOOS; FIRST RULE IS EVERYBODY HAS TO SHOW UP WITH A FULL TANK OF GAS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE YOUR OWN ROPE, AND SOMEBODY HAS TO HAVE A CELL PHONE. ))
[OUTQ=has to have a cell phone.]
They've been riding the waves since the beginning of the summer, and they say only the cold weather will make them stop.
[SOT - 15:12:52]
((ANN SHELTON/SHE-DOOS; WE FIGURE WE CAN RIDE ALL THE WAY UP TO NOVEMBER.))
And while they may get a few strange looks from other boaters, they don't seem mind.
[SOT - 15:14:44]
[INQ=We had y]
((CAROLYN TROGDON/SHE-DOOS; WE HAD ONE YOUNG MAN TO ASK US WHETHER WE WERE LIKE THE HELLS ANGELS, I SAID WE'RE JUST A MILDER VERSION.))
[OUTQ=just a milder version.]
And now these women are showing even past fifty, you can still make waves.
Richard Lesko, News 7.))
Some local senior citizens socialized with a statewide celebrity today.
[VO-NAT - :15]
Miss Virginia, Jennifer Pitts attended an ice cream social with residents at "The Park Oak Grove Retirement Community".
Pitts signed autographs and performed a tap dance routine.
She says that serving as Miss Virginia has been a rewarding experience.
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[IN Q=I tell everybody that being...]
((JENNIFER PITTS/MISS VIRGINIA; I TELL EVERYBODY THAT BEING MISS VIRGINIA IS THE BEST JOB IN THE COMMONWEALTH, BECAUSE I GET TO MEET SO MANY PEOPLE, I GET TO TRAVEL THE STATE, AND GO TO ALL KINDS OF FUN APPEARANCES. THEY HAVE ME HERE AT THE ICE CREAM SOCIAL TODAY, AND I LOVE ICE CREAM, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ICE CREAM, THAT'S MY FAVORITE THING TO EAT.))
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Pitts/Miss Virginia;]
[OUT Q=my favorite thing to eat.]
Pitts leaves for Atlantic City in about three weeks to compete in the Miss America pageant.
She'll be there for about three weeks to prepare for the pageant which wraps up on September 21st.
If the Salem Avalanche is to make a push for the Carolina League playoffs, the time is now. The Avs started the night five games back of Myrtle Beach, and the first place Pelicans were in town for the first game of a three game set.
Salem Memorial Stadium was a packed house tonight, and the folks got to see plenty of offense.
In the top of the third, the Pelicans Richard Lewis smacks one off the centerfield wall, good for a run scoring double as Adam Stern crosses the dish for a 2-nothing Myrtle Beach lead.
The Pelicans weren't done yet. Kelly Johnson rips a shot down the line, scoring Lewis for a three run cushion.
The Avs retaliate though in the 4th. Ronnie Merrill smokes a shot of his own off the wall in center. Merrill trucks into third with a triple.
Merrill would score a short time later on the wild pitch, but the Avs still trailed 3-1.
And Myrtle Beach goes on to win a slugfest 8 to 6.
In the Appalachian League tonight, the Martinsville Astros knocked off the Danville Braves 5 to 3. The Stros find themselves in the hunt for the Appy League pennant thanks to some solid starting pitching. Martinsville pitching coach Jack Billingham is a former big leaguer who has been a valuable resource for the Astros staff.
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[SUPER=01-Jack Billingham/M-Astros Pitching Coach; :15]
[SUPER=01-Chance Douglass/M-Astros Pitcher; 1:11]
[OUT Q=in the Appalachian League."]
A week full of fines and apologies ended in victory lane this afternoon for Tony Stewart. Stewart led 34 of 90 laps today at Watkins Glen to claim his second road course victory.
[SUPER=03-Watkins Glen, NY/NBC Sports; :00]
It was a tough day for points leader Sterling Marlin who suffered a mechanical failure and finished 30th.
Kurt Busch didn't fare much better. Busch blew an engine and literally went up in smoke.
The caution flag waved seven times on the afternoon. Dale Earnhardt, Junior brought out the yellow when he locked up the brakes and skidded through the kitty litter.
Then with 5 laps to go, Kenny Wallace went on a wild ride after breaking a brake rotor. Kenny says thank goodness for styrofoam.
That wreck brought out the red flag for about 12 minutes to clean up the mess.
On the restart , Tony Stewart appeared to jump early, but Nascar didn't see it that way and Stewart held off Ryan Newman for his first victory on the road course at Watkins Glen.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/First Watkins Glen Victory; :05]
[OUT Q=give up on them."]
[GO TO BOARDS]
[SUPER=0106-1. Tony Stewart//2. Ryan Newman//3. Robby Gordon//4. P.J. Jones//5. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0106-6. Scott Pruett//7. Jeff Burton//8. Todd Bodine//9. Michael Waltrip//10. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. John Andretti//12. Jeff Green//13. Boris Said//14. Kevin Harvick//15. Jeremy Mayfield//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Jimmie Johnson//17. Rusty Wallace//18. Dave Blaney//19. Bobby Hamilton//20. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Bill Elliott//22. Jeff Gordon//23. Bobby Labonte//24. Tom Hubert//25. Johnny Benson//;]
On the links today, Tiger Woods, the top ranked player in the world was looking for his 33rd tournament victory. Esteban Toledo, a former boxer from Mexico was looking for his first Tour win.
[SUPER=03-Grand Blanc, MI; :00]
Esteban Toledo started the day trailing Tiger by one, but it all came unraveled at the 13th hole. Toledo puts his chip in the water. He had to take a drop and made bogey.
Tiger, meanwhile dropped in his birdie effort for a three shot lead and never looked back. Tiger Woods wins the Buick Open by four shots and now gets set for next week's PGA Championship.
[SUPER=03-Ayrshire, Scotland/ABC Sports; :23]
And speaking of majors, on the women's side, Karrie Webb claimed her 3rd Women's British Open title today, shooting a final round 66 at the Turnberry Golf Club for a two shot win.