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Authorities in Henry County are scaling back their search for 9-year old Jennifer Short even as her picture's being broadcast nationwide.
We'll have a live report.
Plus, motor-heads are hanging out near the Motor-city.
And, the Hokies will start the football season without three senior players.
We'll tell you why they were suspended.
News 7 is next.
The search continues tonight for nine year old Jennifer Short as well as for the murderer of her parents.
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Good evening I'm Shannon Young in for Jean Jadhon.
It's been almost two days now since Michael and Mary Short were found shot to death in their Henry County home.
There's still no sign of their missing daughter.
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Richard Lesko is at the Henry County Sheriff's office tonight.
What's the latest?
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More than 36 hours have passed since authorities discovered Jennifer Short missing, but they continue to hold out hope that she will be found alive.
As Joe Dashiell reports... those who know the nine year -old girl, and many who have never met her, are praying tonight for her safe return.
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[IN Q=Still missing]
[OUT Q=and we're still looking for her.]
Across US 220 from the murder scene, radio announcer Dan Taylor puts out the word.
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((ONCE AGAIN IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE WHEREABOUTS OF JENNIFER SHORT, YOU SHOULD CALL THIS NUMBER 276-638-8751))
And across the country, the disappearance of Jennifer Short continues to make headlines.
As helicopters search overhead, fliers appear in the windows of many businesses, and roadside signs ask everyone to pray.
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[IN Q=I asked her about]
((I ASKED HER ABOUT SCHOOL. SHE WAS VERY EXCITED ABOUT GOING TO SCHOOL, DRESSED REAL NEAT AND NICE AND JUST SMILING UP A STORM.))
[OUT Q=smiling up a storm.]
Store Owner Loraine St. Clair saw Jennifer on Wednesday when she and her mother stopped in to buy some gas.
Teachers at Figsboro Elementary were expecting her next week with the start of school, but now they're praying she'll be located safe and sound.
[IN Q=She is a model student]
((SHE IS A MODEL STUDENT, EXCELLENT GRADES, SOFT SPOKEN, JUST BUBBLY PERSONALITY. I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE WOULD DO THIS TO HER FAMILY OR HER BECAUSE SHE'S JUST A WONDERFUL STUDENT.))
[OUT Q=because she's just a wonderful]
Though many hours have passed, family and friends are not giving up hope that Jennifer will be found alive. And they're praying that the smiling nine year old in the photos we've seen will be returned safe and sound.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Henry County))
Eight more birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the Roanoke Valley... now the state says the need to test them may no longer exist.
Authorities say five of the birds were found in Roanoke City, two in Roanoke County, and one in Salem.
State health officials say they may end testing for the virus, now that they know it is definitely here.
But, they say people should still report dead birds to health departments, so the state can keep count.
So far no HUMAN cases of West Nile have been reported in Virginia.
However, that's not the case in Louisiana where eight people have DIED from the mosquito- born- illness.
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A Louisiana health official announced 62 NEW cases of the virus today bringing the total number of people infected to nearly 150.
And experts predict cases will continue to rise until Fall when temperatures cool off.
However, health officials say you shouldn't let fears of catching the virus alter your lifestyle.
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((DR. MARTIN BLASER/PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT: IT'S A BAD DISEASE BUT IT'S NOT HAPPENING IN OVERWHELMING PROPORTIONS. MORE PEOPLE WILL DIE ON THE ROADS OF LOUISIANA THIS SUMMER THAN WILL DIE FROM WEST NILE INFECTION.))
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A recent study in Baton Rouge found that 75 percent of homes in that city have standing water around them.
Health officials say people must take personal responsibility by eliminating standing water and wearing insect repellent.
Roanoke police believe they have solved several recent church burglaries, and they're checking to see if the same suspect may be responsible for similar cases in recent weeks.
40 year old Steven Eugene Davis is now charged with four church break-ins in the last month .. the ones at Forest Park Baptist, Trinity Missionary Baptist, St. John's Episcopal and Bethany Christian, all in Roanoke.
Items taken in those burglaries and others include food, electronic equipment, and petty cash. Davis is jailed without bond.
It's 30-years in prison for a woman believed to be involved in the murder of a Roanoke man vacationing in Myrtle Beach.
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Fifty-year-old John Milton Bird of Roanoke was found beaten and stabbed to death at a motel in September 2000.
Yesterday, Amanda Rankin entered an Alford plea to charges of voluntary manslaughter and strong-arm robbery.
An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but acknowledges the existence of enough evidence for a conviction.
Rankin's husband, Jeremy Shaw, and Douglas Hooper entered pleas for their role in the robbery and killing.
Around the world today, Elvis Presley fans marked the 25th anniversary of The King's death.
But Roanoke's own shrine to Elvis was quiet tonight.
Mini-Graceland has been the scene of candlelight memorial services before... but not this year.
Elvis died 25 years ago today... just eight days before a scheduled concert in Roanoke.
It's more surgery for one of the twins formerly joined at the head.
The latest on that when News 7 returns.
Plus, the boys of summer could move from the basepaths to the picketlines by the end of the month.
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((Hey, folks Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as three Hokies seniors set a poor example and draw multiple suspension from Frank Beamer.
The Chevys were hot in more ways than one during tonight's qualifying at Michigan.
Tiger is in the hunt at the PGA - and the high school football season is drawing closer with each passing day - tonigh
t on the Big 7.))[Baseball]
President Bush says fans will be "furious" if major league ball players go on strike.
Baseball management's chief negotiator agrees it's a step that causes ``great concern''.
Rob Manfred says major league owners are ``disappointed'' the players union has set a strike date of August 30th.
Arizona Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzalez says players are hoping the strike date will help push talks forward.
The sticking point remains a luxury tax that owners favor to reign in spending by high-payroll teams like the New York Yankees.
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((PETER ANGELOS/BALTIMORE ORIOLES OWNER: IT'S TIME TO GET THIS SPIRALING PAYROLL SITUATION UNDER SOME CONTROL.))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
((MARK GRACE/ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: TO A MAN NOBODY WANTS A STRIKE, IF THERE IS A STRIKE, I THINK IT'S
BECAUSE THE OTHER SIDE JUST DOESN'T WANT TO GET A DEAL DONE.))
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If players do walk out on August 30th, they stand to lose nearly 17 percent of their salaries.
Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez would lose more than three and a-half (m) million dollars from his 21 (m) million dollar
salary this year.
One of the Guatemalan twins separated last week is recovering from additional surgery .
Maria Teresa Quiej (kee-EHSH') Alvarez underwent three hours of surgery today to drain blood that may have contributed to a bacterial infection in the lining of her brain.
When the girls were separated August sixth, Maria Teresa had five extra hours of surgery to remove a similar buildup of blood.
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((DR. IRWIN WEISS/PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE SPECIALIST; I WOULDN'T CHARACTERIZE THIS AS A MAJOR SETBACK FOR MARIA TERESA BUT SOMETHING THAT IS EXPECTED IN ANYONE WHO HAS THIS REALLY EXTENSIVE NEUROSURGERY.))
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[OUT Q=this really extensive neurosurgery.]
Maria Teresa is in serious condition.
Her sister, Maria de Jesus (HAY'soos), is also in serious condition, but is feeding from a baby bottle and eating standard
It's more than just forgetting where you left your car keys.. elderly people worried about losing their memory may now have somewhere to turn.
A recent study by two Liberty University researchers shows an extract of the herb ginkgo biloba (GING-ko bi-LOH-buh) helps enhance cognitive functions and improve a person's memory.
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((DR. DAVID CREWS/CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST: I THINK IT SHOULD BE RECEIVED WELL. LIKE I SAID IT WAS A DOUBLE-BLIND PLACEBO-CONTROLLED TRIAL, A CLINICAL TRIAL, FOLLOWING GOOD CLINICAL PROCEDURES AND SCIENTIFIC PROCEDURES, SO IT SHOULD BE A VERY BALANCED STUDY THAT PEOPLE CAN REALLY EXAMINE MORE CLOSELY AND HOPEFULLY DO MORE RESEARCH ON THIS TOPIC.))
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The study involved 262 healthy people over the age of 60.
Those taking the supplement "Ginkgold" showed improved memory in 11 of 13 tests.
Researchers say the herb may also help delay the onset of Alzheimer's-related symptoms.
They're saying goodbye to a piece of the New River Valley this weekend.
The Pulaski and Radford Chambers of Commerce are hosting a Farewell Memorial Bridge party this Sunday to give residents the chance to say goodbye to the old bridge, before it's torn down.
The bridge was built in 1949 and connects the city of Radford to Pulaski County.
It will be replaced by two new bridges, one of which opened last Friday.
Organizers say the Memorial Bridge did more than connect towns, it connected people.
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((SANDRA STANWITZ: IT'S JUST BEEN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EXCITEMENT AND BEEN THE WHOLE TALK OF THE AREA. EVERYONE'S EXCITED ABOUT COMING UP AND TAKING A STROLL ACROSS THE MEMORIAL BRIDGE.))
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The Farewell party is scheduled from four to nine-p-m this Sunday on the bridge.
By the way, the event is free.
The earth will have a close encounter this weekend.
We'll explain when News 7 returns.
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Royal Oak Michigan is the place to be this weekend if your heart purrs to the tune of a '57 Chevy.
That's where the largest gathering of classic cars in the country can be found.
Drew levinson hits the strip for a cruise.
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[IN Q=For car enthusiasts who have oil...]
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((For car enthusiasts who have oil pulsating through their veins-this is vehicular heaven.
LOVE THIS STUFF, AWSOME!!
It's only appropriate-this area-dubbed the Motor City is hosting the world s largest gathering of classic cars.
The Dream Cruise as it s called, attracts a million and a half people along with 25-thousand muscle cars and hot rods dating back more than a half century.
For those who gear up for this event every year, it is a time to reminisce about days gone by when a Saturday night meant hanging a pair of dice from the rearview mirror and taking a spin.
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I GOT MY LICENSE A YEAR AFTER MY CAR CAME OUT.
LET S YOU REMINISCE HUH?
OH YEH, OH YEH, I WISH I WAS THE SAME AGE WHEN THIS CAR CAME OUT.
(STANDUP: DREW LEVINSON)
OWNING ONE OF THESE CLASSICS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. MANY PEOPLE SIMPLY DON T HAVE THE DESIRE TO KEEP AND MAINTAIN THEMBUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE TO SIT ON THE SIDELINES AND WATCH THESE BEAUTIES GO BY.
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(LOCATOR: BIRMINGHAM, MI)
THIS IS A 1967 PONTIAC TEMPEST LEMANS CONVERTIBLE.
Joe Roebuck has found a niche-renting classic cars. His lot is almost empty as he s putting non-owners behind the wheel, so they too can cruise.
(SOT JOE ROEBUCK/CLASSIC CAR DEALER)
SO THEY LOOK AT OUR MECHANISM AS A WAY OF ACQUIRING IT AND HAVING FUN WITH SOMETHING THAT OTHERWISE THEY JUST DON T HAVE TIME FOR.
SO INSTEAD OF AH JUST BEING A SPECTATOR, THEY BECOME A PARTICIPANT?
And in a culture where an overhead cam, a carburetor and a piston are part of the everyday vernacular-taking part in the dream cruise, is like being shifted into overdrive.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Birmingham, Michigan.))
You might want to spend some time Saturday night gazing into the sky.
Astronomers say an asteroid will pass so close to Earth -- from about 350-thousand miles out -- that it will be able to be viewed
There's no danger the half-mile-wide rock will hit the planet.
It's expected to be faintly visible from sunset on Saturday until early Sunday morning.
One scientist says it's uncommon for asteroids to come close enough to see.
The last time an asteroid came that close was in 1925.
Frank Beamer suspends three of his seniors including former Friday Football Extra star Lamar Cobb.
The bow tie brigade dominates qualifying at Michigan with Dale Junior winning the pole.
We're also in the huddle with UVa and the Martinsville Bulldogs tonight.
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But first in tonight's Extra Point - a number of area teams have shifted from two a day practices to the scrimmage mode.
Tonight, Hidden Valley and Fieldale Collinsville along with Giles worked on each other at Dwight Bogle Stadium.
This morning the Heritage Pioneers came to town to battle William Fleming.
The season kicks off in two weeks. Now tonight's scores.
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Earlier this week 42 Tech players were sickened by virus.
Last night three were sidelined by suspensions handed down by coach Frank Beamer.
Most disappointing to all involved is that all three are seniors.
The harshest penalty goes to outspoken senior cornerback Ronyell Whitaker.
The Norfolk native who was scheduled to start at the field corner position has been suspended for both the Arkansas State and LSU games.
Senior defensive end Lamar Cobb from Gretna has been suspended for the Arkansas State game along with redshirt senior receiver Terrell Parham, who was expected to be a leader on a young inexperienced receiving corp.
Beamer says all three suspensions were for a violation of team rules.
Rain delayed the start of qualifying for this Sunday's Pepsi 400 at Michigan until after 6:30 eastern time last night.
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And things got interesting in practice, which also was delayed. Mike Skinner in the Morgan McCluer Chevy completely destroyed the back end of his car. He had to go to backup and amazingly qualified 14th.
In the end, Dale Earnhardt Junior won the pole, while Chevy which got a little AERO help this week dominated with Kevin Harvick second.
Here's your complete rundown.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Bill Elliott//7. Jeremy Mayfield//8. Dale Jarrett//9. Ryan Newman//10. John Andretti//;]
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[SUPER=0107-31. Ricky Rudd//32. Ward Burton//33. Derrike Cope//34. Jimmy Spencer//35. Johnny Benson//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Dave Blaney//37. Rusty Wallace/Prov/38. Kyle Petty/Prov/39. Bobby Hamilton/Prov/40. Hut Stricklin/Prov/
[SUPER=0107-41. Casey Atwood/Prov/42. Mike Wallace/Prov/43. Tony Raines/Prov/;]
Stacy Compton also qualified a stout 5th for today's Busch Race.
For the second straight day bad weather delayed and suspended the PGA championship.
Lightning at Hazeltine suspended the second round late last night with former University of Maryland golf coach Fred Funk with the clubhouse lead at seven under par.
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Tiger Woods was unable to finish his second round of play. He will have to play 18 and few more today.
Tiger is currently at three under par - four shot out of the lead.
Today's and Tomorrow's rounds are right here on WDBJ-7.
We're with the Martinsville Bulldogs this morning as they get ready for the 2002 season in the Piedmont.
The Bulldogs lost 18 starters off of last year's 9 and 2 playoff team. Coach Taylor Edwards hopes this year's team can be more efficient on offense, and it all starts up front.
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Edwards says this year's version of the 'Dogs might not be as talented as the last couple, but the players' work ethic has been unmatched.
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Virginia can't afford to lose any more players this preaseason with Colorado State now just a few days away.
Tonight, Steve Mason talks with the Cavs Matt Schaub.
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((Now that Bryson Spinner is gone and attempting to enroll at Richmond, the quarterback job belongs to Matt Schaub and he has made sure to embrace his new role.
In the heated competition for starting jobs in big time division one football, Schaub is able to chill out for many reasons. He has a calm demeanor, he's confident and he has the undying support of his coach Al Groh, even when his QB makes bad decisions.
Schaub's take charge attitude is rubbing off on his teammates, who, in the midst of a UVa youth movement, are excited to have an experienced leader.
Schaub will be tested Next Thursday against a Colorado Sate team that won the New Orleans Bowl and finished the seas
on 7 and 5.))