It'll be anything BUT a race today on Interstate 81.
VDOT and State police are expecting heavy traffic.
With thousands of college students returning to campus and 160-thousand NASCAR fans headed to Bristol, the highway's going to be pretty busy.
State Police say all troopers on duty in the region will pay close attention to Interstate 81, and more troopers are on standby.
Three British troops are dead after an apparent ambush in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
Witnesses say the troops were riding in a sport utility vehicle that came under fire.
Eleven British troops have died in combat since the end of major fighting on May First.
Rescue teams in Kentucky are searching this morning for two people swept away by flash floods.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co., KY;]
A woman and a young girl are missing after a flooded creek washed away their home last night.
A neighbor said he saw the woman in the window, just before the home was swept off its foundation.
Crews found the body of a young boy who also lived in the home along the creek's banks.
A wave of violent thunderstorms rolled through the area last night, dumping five to six inches of rain.
[GRAPHIC=West nile Virus]
Expect more people to become infected with West Nile Virus.
Health officials say the two probable cases of West Nile in Virginia won't be the last.
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[IN Q=Yes we have had]
((RICHARD TABB/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH MANAGER: YES WE HAVE HAD A HUMAN CASE IN BOTETOURT, WE WILL HAVE MORE HUMAN CASES, BUT I WILL SAY THIS WAS PREDICTED. WE HAD ONE CASE LAST YEAR, WE WILL PROBABLY HAVE MORE CASES THIS YEAR. IT IS NOT AN EMERGENCY.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Tabb/Environmental Health Manager;]
[OUT Q=not an emergency]
Tabb says those who are fifty or older OR have a weakened immune system are most at risk for developing life- threatening symptoms.
There's no human vaccine for West Nile, but Tabb says most people can protect themselves by wearing bug repellent and removing standing water.
He also says MOST mosquitoes do NOT carry the virus.
They've come a long way, but they still have a long way to go.
The staff at one Roanoke County school is scrambling to get classes ready after an unexpected delay.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Judy Price/Mt. View Elementary Principal; :31 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Linda Weber/Roanoke Co. School Superintendent; :47]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Stewart/Mt. View Elementary Teacher; 1:07]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF TEACHER PUTTING UP BULLETIN BOARD))
They're working day and night here at Mountain View Elementary school.
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF LUMBER DROPPING))
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF WEED WACKER))
((QUICK NAT SOUND OF RIPPING PAPERS AT 10:31))
[IN Q=It's been very busy]
((SANDRA STEWART/MOUNTAIN VIEW TEACHER: IT'S BEEN VERY BUSY. PEOPLE SCURRYING HERE AND THERE AND EVERYWHERE.))
[OUT Q=and everywhere]
The school is about to undergo a six million dollar renovation project.
It will begin with the demolition of the old kindergarten wing.
Until a new one is built, many classes will be held in mobile units.
There's just one problem, some of the mobile classrooms arrived late.
[IN Q=We're going to open]
((JUDY PRICE/PRINCIPAL: WE'RE GOING TO OPEN SCHOOL MONDAY MORNING. IT WILL HAPPEN.))
[OUT =it will happen]
It will happen thanks to volunteers.
They've been moving, unpacking, and building decks for the mobile classrooms.
Parents, teachers, students, even the county's superintendent have all pitched in.
[IN Q=They needed extra]
((LINDA WEBER/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THEY NEEDED EXTRA HANDS TO DO WHAT HAD TO BE DONE, YOU JUST DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO.))
[OUT Q=have to do]
Construction workers will soon take over.
They'll be renovating existing classrooms and building eight new ones.
The school will also have a canopy bus area and an expanded library.
The project will be completed in about two years.
[IN Q=It's just a wonderful]
((SANDRA STEWART/TEACHER: IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL IMPACT ON EDUCATION WHEN CHILDREN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN A NICE CLEAN BUILDING WITH GOOD FACILITIES, STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY AND THIS TYPE OF THING IT IS GOING TO BE WORTH IT.))
[OUT Q=going to be worth it]
[IN Q=Volunteers will work throughout]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: VOLUNTEERS WILL WORK THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND TO GET READY FOR MONDAY MORNING. INCIDENTALLY, TWO OTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, OAK GROVE AND HERMAN HORNE ARE ALSO GETTING MAJOR OVERHAULS. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
[GRAPHIC=Focus on Health]
The Little League World Series is underway in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The young pitchers in these games try to emulate their big league idols, but that's not necessarily a good thing.
[Take FS Focus on Health]
In today's Focus on Health, Doctor Sanjay Gupta tells us more about the dangers of children trying to pitch like the pros.
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[SUPER=01-Joe Jennings/19 Year Old Pitcher; :10]
[SUPER=01-James Wachendorf/18 Year Old Pitcher; :50]
[SUPER=01-Dr. James Andrews/American Sports Medicine Institute; 1:34]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sanjay Gupta/Reporting; 2:10]
[OUT Q=young players need to realize.]
((NAT - throwing baseball
Joe Jenning's been playing baseball since he was 5.. and started pitching at 12.. the pain came just 4 years later...
"IT WAS BAD.. IT HURT TO MOVE IT, I COULDN'T MOVE IT IN CERTAIN DIRECTIONS AND IT WAS VERY PAINFUL."
a torn ligament in his elbow.
"IT JUST STARTED HURTING EVERYTIME I WOULD THROW WITH ANY KIND OF VELOCITY."
Joe went to see Dr. James Andrews, orthopedic surgeons to the pros...
"WHAT HE DID WAS TAKE THE LIGAMENT FROM HERE AND PUT IT AROUND HERE AND MAKE THE LIGAMENT TIGHTER AND THAT'S THE SCAR FROM WHERE HE OPENED IT UP."
dr. Andrews is convinced many ligament problems begin at a young age. In many cases, pitchers in youth leagues play in too many games and throw too many pitches.
"AFTER THE HIGH SCHOOL SEASON I PLAY THE AMERICAN LEGION SEASON AND RIGHT AFTER THAT GOES I PLAYED THE FALL LEAGUE TEAM AND PLAYED INDOOR LEAGUE AFTER THAT AND THEN I STARTED UP LEGION LEAGUE AGAIN IN THE SPRING - SO I PLAY ALL YEAR ROUND."
but now, this 18 year old left hander faces a year of rehab after his operation... For others... it's the curveball.
"DON'T THROW A CURVEBALL UNTIL YOU ARE SHAVING."
"that's because the growth plates in the arm of a child under 14 haven't yet fused together. Throwing a curveball requires the arm to twist unnaturally and bones or tendons can be damaged. Sometimes permanently... but sometimes you don't find out until later."
"A LOT OF THESE INJURIES DON'T SHOW UP IN THE YOUTH LEAGUES"
"IT MAY NOT SHOW UP UNTIL A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER.. SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL - BUT IF YOU LOOK BACK - THAT INJURY STARTED AT THE YOUTH LEVEL."
dr. andrews says parents can be another problem. Hoping for a call from the major leagues .... they allow their kids play too many games -- James' dad admits he did
"AS A PARENT - YOU LOVE TO SEE YOUR KID PLAY "
"YOU DON'T EVER TURN DOWN A TEAM THAT COMES ALONG WANTING YOUR KID TO THROW FOR THEM."
"THEY NEED TO DECIDE DOES HE WANT TO BE A SUPERSTAR IN YOUTH LEAGUES OR DOES HE WANT TO BE A SUPERSTAR IN PROFESSIONAL BALL."
he says the arm has only so many pitches in it.. something parents, coaches AND young players need to realize.))
That was Doctor Sanjay Gupta reporting.
Stay with us News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.
[toss to sports bump]
An attorney in the Logan Bowman case says his client won't get a fair trial in Grayson County.
Dennis Schermerhorn's (Skim-er-horn's) trial is set for November 20th.
He and his ex-girlfriend Cynthia Davis were charged with felony homicide, for the murder of Davis' five-year-old son, Logan Bowman.
Yesterday, Schermerhorn's attorney filed a motion for a change of venue, saying the case has gotten too much media attention.
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[IN Q=i think]
((MARTY PARKS/SCHERMERHORN'S ATTY.: I THINK I'M JUST DOING WHAT I NEED TO DO TO PROTECT MY CLIENT'S RIGHTS AND THAT'S JUST ONE AVENUE I'M GOING TO PURSUE.))
[SUPER=01-Marty Parks/Schermerhorn's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=to pursue]
Schermerhorn's bond was set at 100-thousand dollars.
Davis, on the other hand is being held without bond in the New River Regional jail.
Her trial is scheduled for October 31st.
Logan Bowman disappeared in January.
Authorities have NOT been able to locate his body.
A South Boston man is headed to prison for killing his 85 year old neighbor.
As part of a plea agreement, 30-year-old Daryl Dwayne Glass pleaded guilty yesterday to the murder of Joseph Conley last November.
Glass was sentenced to life in prison for capital murder and robbery.
He also got a total of 100 years on ten other charges.
The regional water authority being formed by Roanoke City and County is expected to be up and running by next July.
City Council and the Board of Supervisors met yesterday to more clearly define the shape the authority will take.
Members still must pick a name for the panel and decide how many people will be appointed to serve.
They're also considering the authority's responsibilities.
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[IN Q=We began as water only, drinking water...]
((ELMER HODGE/ROANOKE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: ))
[OUT Q=leased from the city for years.]
Hodge says the authority may also manage storm water.
Informational meetings for the public are expected to start in September.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from a disease that has no cure - and no defined cause.
But the Multiple Sclerosis Society is working to help.
Brent Watts recently spoke with coordinators from the Blue Ridge Chapter about an event coming up in Danville that is just one of many planned to raise awareness.
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[IN Q=Over 400 Thousand ]
[SUPER=01-Monica Johnson/Client Program Coordinator; :25]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Simmons/Development Coordinator; 1:16]
[BRING WEBADDRESS FS 2:26]
[OUT Q=back after the break]
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He's refused to budge -- now, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended by a judicial ethics panel.
Moore was suspended over his refusal to remove his Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judiciary Building.
A nine-member Judicial Inquiry Commission suspended Moore without pay.
Moore told the panel he upheld his oath of office by acknowledging God.
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[SOT @ :40]
[IN Q=Our oath]
(( OUR OATH OF OFFICE SAYS WE'RE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION OF ALABAMA AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THAT'S THE LAW. NOT WHAT A JUDGE SAYS. IF THE RULE OF LAW WAS WHAT A JUDGE SAYS, WE'D STILL HAVE SLAVERY AND THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WOULD BE A MEANINGLESS DOCUMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Roy Moore/Suspended Alabama Chief Justice;]
[OUT Q=a meaningless document.]
Moore is petitioning the Supreme Court to hear his argument.
In the meantime, the stone tablet remains inside the judicial building's rotunda ... despite a federal order to remove it.
Court officials are still trying to figure out how to move the 53-hundred pound monument and where to put it.
[GRAPHIC=CA Recall Vote]
It appears even Gray Davis' political appointees think their boss won't survive the October recall election.
Hundreds of people hired by the California governor's administration are already looking for work.
Employers in Sacramento say they're being "deluged with resumes."
Meanwhile, a new Los Angeles Times poll suggests things aren't SO bad for Davis.
Among those surveyed, half of likely voters support recalling Davis, while 45 percent are opposed and 4 percent are undecided.
(toss to weather)[Movie-Review]
[ANCHOR=Marya @ BAM]
[TAPE#=Movie Review #3; TC ]
[2-SHOT Marya and ANNA BAM]
[BAM Monitor -- FS Movie Review ]
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[SUPER=04-"The Medallion" - Sony Pictures;]
[MB Monitor -- FS N7 Movie Review]
((Movie Review "The Medallion" Sony Pictures This latest Jackie Chan vehicle is entertaining enough if you like Jackie and you can suspend lots of disbelief, since the movie deals with a medallion that bestows powers that include being able to bring the dead back to life. This time, Chan, who is getting a bit long in the tooth to do those elaborate stunts he has been famous for, actually uses some special effects to tell his tale. Jackie is Eddie Yang, a Hong Kong policeman who is working with Interpol to catch a smuggler named Snakehead. They almost catch up with him in a Hong Kong temple when he tries to kidnap a young boy. It turns out that the boy is a special 'chosen one' who has the ability to endow a medallion with supernatural powers and Snakehead wants both the boy and the medallion in order to gain super powers and immortality. Chan's Eddie is paired with a bumbling Interpol agent named Watson (Lee Evans) and Eddie also finds himself working with an old girlfriend, Nicole, played by Claire Forlani. The action moves from the streets of Hong Kong to the Irish countryside, where Snakehead is headquartered. Eddie, Watson and Nicole try to keep the boy safe, and capture Snakehead and his men. When both Eddie and Snakehead gain super powers, they fight for the life of the boy in a fantasy Matrix-like sequence. In scenes where Jackie can't be killed, even after gunshots or falls from tall buildings, it looks like Jackie Chan as Wil.E.Coyote. Chan as usual, brings an engaging sweetness to even the most ridiculous of scenerios. There is not much to the movie. The plot is by the numbers, and not particularly logical. The comedy is extremely broad, particularly the character, Watson, who is totally silly. He wouldn't last a day in a real investigator job. One joke has Watson's family believing that instead of working for Interpol, Watson is a librarian; that job would suit him much better. The violence is cartoon-like, and Jackie never shoots a gun, although he does use them as weapons. This one is for Jackie Chan fans who aren't too demanding. It's an OK movie, but if you aren't a fanatic Jackie Chan fan, wait for the video. Rated PG-13 Grade: C ))
[SUPER=07-Anna's Grade "C";]
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[Marya INTRO BIZ REVIEW ]
A tentative contract agreement at Goodyear, race horse betting in Vinton and booming construction business at Smith Mountain Lake were the top business stories of the week.
Here's Justin McLeod with this week's Business Review.
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[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape; :07]
[SUPER=01-Brandon Bell/(R) State Senate Candidate; :50]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; 1:12]
[OUT Q=Music and graphics.]
[Tape tosses to bump]
We're back on track and ready to find out if residents of Alberta Virginia think off-track betting was worth the gamble.
, Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan has the story
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[IN Q=I THINK THEY'RE JUST A REAL]
[SUPER=01-Melissa Parrish/Mayor of Alberta; :14]
[SUPER=01-C. B. Waller/Former Mayor; :39]
[SUPER=01-Joan Glenn/Business Owner; 1:05]
[OUT Q=MM, NEWS 7, ALBERTA]
((MELISSA PARRISH/MAYOR OF ALBERTA: I THINK THEY'RE JUST A REAL ASSET TO THE COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=to the community.]
This Colonial Downs off-track betting parlor is one of four in the state.
The facility seats 250 people and brings about 57-thousand dollars in additional revenue to the area.
[IN Q=IT'S A VERY FAMILY ATMOSPHERE]
[OUT Q=fishing hats on.]
OTB supporters say the initial concerns about social decay that killed efforts to bring gambling to Roanoke and Martinsville have been unfounded.
[IN Q=I don't know anybody]
[OUT Q=or anything from this.]
In fact, Brunswick County police say they have seen no increase in crime since the parlor opened five years ago.
It may not have brought crime but what has it brought?
Colonial Downs is promising that an off-track betting parlor will bring economic benefits to Vinton but there's little evidence that Alberta has experienced the type of growth they were hoping for.
[IN Q=NOT AT THIS TIME]
((JOAN GLENN/BUSINESS OWNER: NOT AT THIS TIME NOT A LOT OF ADDED BUSINESSES HAVE COME IN BUT ANYWAY HOPEFULLY THEY WILL.))
At least in this small town, both the expected dangers and hopes for off-track betting may have been off-base.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Alberta.))
The cat's going to be okay.
Tigger was rescued Thursday from a big fire in a condo complex in the Starkey section of Roanoke County.
She'd apparently inhaled a lot of smoke, before firefighters got her out of the burning building.
Her owner says Tigger remains in the "hospital," recovering.
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[SOT 1:07:55 ]
[IN Q=She's still at]
((LORI HARTSOCK/WOODS CROSSING RESIDENT; SHE'S STILL AT VETERINARIANS TO CATS, AND SHE'LL PROBABLY BE THERE ANOTHER DAY OR SO, BUT SHE DOING REALLY GOOD.))
[SUPER=01-Lori Hartsock/Woods Crossing Resident]
[OUT Q=doing really good.]
Hartsock's neighbor refinanced her mortgage yesterday, as it turned out.
When Betty Blalock (BLAY-lock) set out a couple of months ago to find a better interest rate, she couldn't have imagined she'd be closing on a burned out shell of a home.
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[IN Q=I could have]
((BETTY BLALOCK/WOODS CROSSING RESIDENT; I COULD HAVE CANCELED IT, BUT THEN I WOULD HAVE HAD TO STAY WITH THE HIGHER MORTGAGE RATE. I CUT MY PAYMENT IN HALF.))
[SUPER=01-Betty Blalock/Woods Crossing Resident]
[OUT Q=payment in half.]
She expects to be back in the condo once repairs are completed in three or four months.