Today on News 7 at 5, authorities in Salem want to know what is killing the fish in the Roanoke River.
Also it appears the prison murder of a convicted pedophile was planned for a while.
For the first time this year, the heat is on. And it will last for another couple of days. Details ahead.
Also today, dozens of people vow to stand their ground over the ten commandments monument in Alabama.
On Health Check, an electronic device could help people with severely damaged spinal cords.
Plus the Cavaliers prepare for their season opener.
News 7 at Five is next.
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The City of Salem is investigating a fish-kill in the Roanoke River.
Fire Chief Pat Counts says a few dead fish have surfaced in water near the Eddy Street Bridge and towards the end of Piedmont Avenue.
The City is issuing a safety advisory to anglers from Green Hill Park east.
Officials say they aren't sure what caused the kill.
Extensive testing following a fire at the True Value Hardware Store last Wednesday turned up *NO* contamaintion.
The E-P-A, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, D-E-Q, Virginia Department of Emergency Management and local health departments have all tested the city's water ways and issued a clean bill.
Governor Mark Warner says the state's economy is on the upswing but it is still facing fiscal challenges.
Warner told lawmakers that the state will avoid a repeat of last year's drastic budget cuts.
That's because Virginia finished the fiscal year with a 55 million dollar surplus.
It is the first budget surplus in three years.
The governor also says job growth in the state has increased for the past three months.
But Warner warns that despite signs of an economic recovery, the state still faces "significant fiscal challenges."
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THIS NEXT BUDGET WILL AGAIN TEST OUT ABILITY TO COME TOGETHER TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES THAT WILL NOT JUST BALANCE THE BUDGET, BUT BALANCE OUR BUDGET IN A WAY THAT MAKES THE STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS THAT WILL STRENGTHEN VIRGINIA'S FUTURE. THE EASY SOLUTIONS AND EVEN THE NOT-SO-EASY SOLUTIONS ARE PRETTY MUCH GONE.))
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Warner will present his budget plan to the same House and Senate money committees in December.
Things are not looking up in Henry County where more budget cuts are coming.
The recent closing of the Pillowtex Plant in Fieldale will result in a revenue loss of 915-thousand dollars for the county.
County leaders have already ordered the school system to absorbed fifty percent of that loss.
Today, the Board of Supervisors laid out how it plans to make up the rest.
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((BENNY SUMMERLIN/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE HAD SOME FUNDS THAT WILL NOT BE EXPENDITED DUE TO SOME STAFF CHANGES IN THE COUNTY SO WE REMOVED THOSE FROM THE BUDGET. ALSO SOME PROJECTS THAT WILL NOT BE COMPLETED IN THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR AND WE ALSO MADE SOME CUTS IN SOME CAPITAL EXPENDITURES.))
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Summerlin says there will be no cuts in services and no one will lose their jobs.
The Board of Supervisors also heard a progress report today on the water crisis in Fieldale.
We'll have more on that tonight on News 7 at six.
The first day of class may have come too soon for some Roanoke City and county schools.
At Mountain View Elementary, some mobile classrooms are still under construction.
The library has hundreds of boxes of books that need to be unpacked.
But after a weekend of hard work by volunteers, staff and their families, the building was ready to receive students.
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((I THINK WE DID A GREAT JOB. IT WAS A TEAM EFFORT. LOOKING AT OUR BUILDING LAST MONDAY AND LOOKING AT IT THIS MONDAY, IT'S LIKE TWO DIFFERENT PLACES.))
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At Lincoln Terrace Elementary in Roanoke City, roof repairs are still underway.
But teachers and classrooms were ready to greet the students.
They have new central air conditioning and bathrooms are still being renovated.
But despite the work-in-progress, principals at both schools say the first day of school went surprisingly smoothly.
The Search and Rescue is over almost one week after the bombing on Iraq's U-N headquarters.
Even though some people are reportedly still missing officials say they're done with search and rescue missions at the site.
Stacy Case has more.
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Coming up after the break, downtown Lynchburg gets a lift. We'll have the details.
Plus authorities say a Massachusetts prison inmate is proud of the murder of former priest John Geoghan.
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An autopsy has been done on Father John Geogahn- the priest who was murdered over the weekend in prison.
Geoghan was a convicted child molester- accused of molesting hundreds of children, mostly boys.
Investigators say the man accused of killing Geoghan is a convicted murderer Joseph Druce.
Authorities say it appears the murder was premeditated.
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((JOHN CONTE/WORCESTER DISTRICT ATTORNEY: THE DEFENDANT TIED GEOGAHN'S HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK WITH A T-SHIRT THREW HIM ON THE FLOOR AND TOOK SOCKS WHICH HE HAD BEEN STRETCHING FOR SOME TIME AND USED THEM TO STRANGLE.))
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Druce's father told a Boston newspaper his son was sexually abused as a child.
An investigation is now underway to figure out how Geogan could've been left alone with Druce. It appears just one guard was on duty in the area set aside for prisoners in need of special protection.
The fight over the Ten Commandments monument at an Alabama judical building is still going on. The monument could come down either today or tomorrow.
The state's chief justice Roy Moore was suspended last week, but there are dozens of his supporters who are standing by to make sure the monument stays put.
Elizabeth Sanchez reports.
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((The granite block of the Ten Commandments is standing firmly in
place. And Alabama's top judge is standing his ground.
Defying afederal court order, Judge Roy Moore refuses to move the
monument from the rotunda of the state judicial builidng even after
being suspended with pay.
SOT: Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice, Alabama
Nat sot prayers.
Track: Looking up for inspiration demonstrators who have come by the
hundreds , say they have faith their prayers will be answered. They
have filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order preventing
the biblical tablets from being removed.
SOT: Kenneth Garner, Demonstrator.
We need a judge who stands up and says we're not going to go by man's
law or man's opinion, we're going to go by what the constitution says.
Standup: Demonstrators have been out here day and night. The State
Attorney General says the two ton monumenet will be moved soon. But
these men and women are vowing to stand in the way. They're also
threatening anyone who helps.
SOT: Patrick Mahoney, Christian Coalition.
If you move this monument we will call for a nationwide boycott of of
Track: A smaller group, supporting the removel has brought their signs
and voices too.
SOT : Larry Darby, American Atheists.
The man has made a mockery of the rule of law and he deserves to be
permanently rremoved from office and disbarred.
Track: Judge moore now has two battles to fight. One for the monument
and the other to keep his job. Elizabeth Sanchez, CBS New, Montgomery,
A multi-million dollar renovation of an old Lynchburg building is paying big dividends for residents who receive social services there.
City and state leaders this morning helped dedicate Lynchburg's new Human Services building on Ninth Street.
The project involved renovating and restructuring a 90-year-old warehouse and is one of many ongoing improvements along the riverfront.
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((LT. GOV. TIM KAINE: SO IT IS A WORTHY PARTNERSHIP THAT COMES TOGETHER TO RECOGNIZE THESE STRUCTURES THAT HAVE BEEN RENOVATED, THE BEAUTY OF THE STRUCTURES THAT I'M LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW THAT ARE GOING TO BE RENOVATED AND WHEN YOU PUT THE RIGHT PACKAGE IN PLACE, WHAT A SPECTACULAR THING IT WILL BE.))
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The 9 and a half million dollar renovation created 70-thousand square feet of office and meeting space.
Human Services employs about 165 people.
Today on Healthcheck, we're looking at a new device that is offering hope to people with severe spinal injuries.
As Dr. Sean Kenniff tells us, it may someday help them stand and even walk.
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((IT'S CALLED F.E.S. OR FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION, AND AS DR. SEAN KENNIFF REPORTS IN TODAY'S HEALTHWATCH --- I
T HAS SOME PEOPLE WITH EXTENSIVE PARALYSIS LEADING MORE NORMAL LIVES.
"Now don't screw up Forrest."
NOBODY EVER THINKS IT WILL HAPPEN TO THEM, BUT IT HAPPENED TO 33 YEAR OLD FORREST WARD.
SOT: FORREST WARD/SPINAL CORD INJURY PATIENTDR. PATRICK JACOBS/THE MIAMI PROJECT, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
"It happened April 15th of last year. I was riding a motorcycle, and a car hit me, and I went over a retaining wall, landed on a rock, and the rock broke my back."
HIS SPINAL CORD WAS SEVERED, AND WAS HE WAS LEFT COMPLETELY PARALYZED FROM THE CHEST DOWN.
SOT: DR. PATRICK JACOBS/THE MIAMI PROJECT, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
"Approximately between 8,000 and 10,000 persons become spinal cord injured in the U.S. alone, annually."
"Until recently people with spinal cord injury, like Forrest were probably looking at spending the rest of their lives in a wheelchair. But now he's standing, even walking thanks to on-going research being conducted at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis called Functional Electrical Stimulation, or FES.
FES ALLOWS FORREST TO CONTROL HIS PARALYZED LEGS. WITH THE PUSH OF A FEW BUTTONS HE SETS OFF A SEQUENCE OF ELECTRICAL DISCHARGES THAT PASS THROUGH THE MICROPROCESSOR ON HIS BELT, CONTRACT HIS LEG MUSCLES IN A COORDINATED WAY, AND ALLOW HIM FIRST TO STAND ON HIS OWN, AND THEN WALK, SOMETIMES FOR HOURS.
DR. PATRICK JACOBS SAYS FES NOT ONLY GETS PATIENTS LIKE FORREST OUT OF THE WHEELCHAIR, IT ALSO DECREASES MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS, AND IMPROVES OUTLOOK ON LIFE.
"It feels great to get up and walk. I like going outside and walking around out here by the fountain, wherever I go it's great."
F.E.S IS STILL INVESTIGATIONAL AND NOT WIDELY AVAILABLE. SIMILAR IMPLANTABLE SYSTEMS ARE BEING DEVELOPED, USING RADIOFREQUENCY WAVES TO CONTROL THE CONTRACTIONS. DR. SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
Coming up next, Robin Reed will have the detailed forecast.
Then a little bit later, we'll see how a group of women is jumping at the chance to set a world record.
Coming up today in Sports, U-V-A gets ready for an A-C-C showdown.
Plus, we'll see if two movie monsters could scare up any more money at the weekend box office.
Wall Street drifted throughout the session with the market seemingly unimpressed by a surging housing market.
A trade group reported that sales of previously-owned homes jumped five percent last month, to the highest monthly rate on record.
Alexis Christoforous has more.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Monday ticker - and what is for all intents and puposes the start of the college football season.
The Virginia Cavaliers open the season this Saturday against Duke at Scott Stadium in a 7pm kick-off.
The game marks only the second time in nine years that the Wahoos have opened the year against an ACC opponent.
And Steve Mason says these Duke Devils are much improved over last year's 2 and 10 team.
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And coming up tonight on News 7 at Six we'll have the first installment in this year's Tech 2003 series.
The weekly feature will air just as it has the past three seasons - on News 7 at Six and on News 7 Tuesday Morning.
Tonight - we will literally turn cartwheels with Marcus Vick and Bryan Randall.
In the majors this afternoon - theBoston Red Sox are doing their best to earn the wildcard in the American League.
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This afternoon the Sox completed a four game sweep of the Seattle Mariners.
David Ortiz did the offensive damage as he blasted this two run homer early and added a two run single later.
That was all Pedro Martinex would need as he limited the M's to just one run in six innings as the Sox win it 8-to-1.
Take care everybody.
Have a great night.
Jean will be back in a moment.
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Freddy and Jason don't have much competition at the box office.
Thanks to a weak batch of new movies, ``Freddy versus Jason'' held on to the top spot at the box office for the second straight weekend.
The movie featuring a battle between the villains of ``A Nightmare on Elm Street'' and ``Friday the 13th'' took in more than 13 MILLION dollars. It's the first movie to retain the top spot for two straight
weekends since ``X-Men 2'' in early May.
``S.W.A.T.'' came in second with nearly eleven million dollars.
``Freaky Friday'' is tied for third with ``Open Range.'' Both made nine-point-four million.
Jackie Chan's movie "The Medallion came in fifth.
A group of women hopes to leap into the world Record books for a second time.
These woman are actually trying to break their own skydiving record.
33 women formed a maple leaf in the sky in an attempt at skydiving history.
They held the formation for 14 seconds before landing safely.
The group is trying to break its own record of 27 women set last year.
The Canadian Sport parachuting association will judge a videotape and decide if the jump is a record or not.