Today on News 7 at 5, a Campbell County school bus driver is charged with reckless driving following an accident this afternoon.
Plus a local urban group is accused of mishandling its money.
It was a super-soaker day but now things are winding down. Clouds remain in the Saturday forecast. Details ahead.
American veterans return to the French beach they invaded 60 years ago.
An U-S war relic is uncovered in France.
Plus a former Governor wants a new political office, but it's not without controversy.
[SUPER=#4063; Headline Banner]
[GRAPHIC=School Buss Accident]
State police say a Campbell County bus driver was going too fast for conditions when she ran off the road and into a ditch this afternoon.
About two dozen children were on the bus when it crashed on Depot Road around 12:30.
Most of them were students from Rustburg Middle and High Schools.
Three children suffered minor injuries.
The driver.. 35-year-old Saundra Griffiths.. is charged with reckless driving.
The weather is forcing Auburn High School to move tonight's graduation ceremony indoors.
It will now be held at Christiansburg High School.
Graduates need to report by 6:30.
The ceremonies will begin at seven.
Also, tonight's Festival in the Park concert with Kimberly Locke will go on rain or shine at Elwood Park.
One of Roanoke's most active and respected neighborhood organizations is being investigated for possible mismanagement.
The Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization has been responsible for renovating many homes, building new ones and spearheading larger projects such as McCray Court.
But it now appears that N-N-E-O has failed to pay taxes and other debts totaling more than 100-thousand dollars.
The executive director of the Blue Ridge Housing Development Corporation, Alvin Nash, was asked to investigate.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=This is a glitch]
((ALVIN NASH/BLUE RIDGE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION: THIS IS A GLITCH, BUT IT IS NOT A TERMINATING POINT. AND I THINK THE POSITIVE THING IS THAT THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO DO, AND NNEO IS QUITE CAPABLE OF REORGANIZING AND GETTING IT DONE.))
[SUPER=01-Alvin Nash/Blue Ridge Housing Dev. Corp.]
[OUT Q=and getting it done.]
At this point, Nash says it is difficult to say whether the actions of a former office manager are simple mismanagement or amount to a more serious offense.
Results of the investigation will be turned over to the Commonwealth's Attorney.
World War Two veterans are marking the anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.
Many are returning to the French beach they stormed 60 years ago.
Stacy Case has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Stacy Case/CBS News;]
[SUPER=01-F.W. Glaze/D-Day Veteran;]
[SUPER=01-Jack Schegel/D-Day Veteran;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS Normandy]
((IN A TINY FRENCH VILLAGE--- (woman crying) EVERYONE
REMEMBERS--- AND FOR THOSE TOO YOUNG TO--- THEY'RE BEING TAUGHT (kids
putting flowers on grave)
SOT UNDER VIDEO OF CEREMONY MUSIC STILL PLAYING UNDER SOT
it gives us a feeling of we didn't waste our time coming here.
TRACK: D-DAY VETS ARE WELCOMED BACK AS HEROES. ( signing autograph) 7
AMERICAN PARATROOPERS WERE CAPTURED AND KILLED HERE BY THE GERMANS.
STAND UP BRIDGE: STACY CASE/REPORTING
THE BODIES OF THE 7 WERE DISCOVERED BY A FARMWORKER WHO BROUGHT THEM
HERE TO THE CEMETERY FOR TEMPORARY, BUT PROPER BURIAL.
SOT: a little nat of french speaker followed by: Voice of translator
we have an enormous debt with regards to pay with regards to the people
that helped us to freedom and to liberate our territory.
TRACK: THIS FLORIDA VET, NOW CRIPPLED FROM PARACHUTING, SAYS HE'S OLDER
AND WISER-- HIS MOTTO NOW--- IF THE PLANE IS BROKEN, DON'T LEAVE IT.
SUPER: F.W. GLAZE/D-DAY VETERAN- CLEARWATER, FLORIDA
I was pushed i never jumped pushed 5 times in training 3 times in combat
everytime... hollars (as if he's falling)
TRACK: AS THEY TRADE OLD WAR STORIES-----
NAT: one of the rounds came hit that tank directly blew it to bits
TRACK: --- THEY'RE REMINDED OF THE GOOD TIMES. JACK SCHEGEL LANDED 3
MILES OFF COURSE ON A FRENCH FARM--- AND WAS QUICKLY TAKEN IN.
SUPER: JACK SCHEGEL/D-DAY VETERAN-BRONX, NY
we're sitting there drinking wine and eating bread... til chick miller
who recently died said hey i think we're supposed to be fighting not
TRACK: SCHEGEL WAS CAPTURED AS A POW 4 TIMES, ESCAPED THREE TIMES AND
SURVIVED FRIENDLY FIRE TWICE.
THERE ARE ONLY 6 LEFT IN HIS ORIGINAL GROUP. FOR MANY THIS WILL BE
THEIR LAST TRIP TO NORMANDY--- TIME ENOUGH TO REMINISCE, TO BE SHOWERED
WITH KISSES (woman kissing vets) AND TO TAKE ONE LAST SPIN (Shegel
driving off in jeep and shot from inside moving jeep)
SOT UNDER VIDEO OF HIM RIDING IN JEEP:
it makes us feel good because we're so appreciated here
STACY CASE CBS NEWS NORMANDY.))
One more reminder of World War II is being unearthed in France.
[SUPER=03-Le Caude, France;]
What's left of an American plane that crashed on French soil after being shot down is being dug up near Lisieux.
The plane was hit by German artillery on June 10, 1944 - four days after the start of the American landing that signalled the end of the Nazi regime and the war.
The pilot, 22-year old Rudolph Augartem, was rescued by a local farmer who took care of him during the month of the Normandy battle.
The wreckage of the American aircraft will be exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Ouistreham.
Coming up next on the newscast, opponents say the election of a Richmond mayor will dilute minority voting.
Plus a Roanoke hospital makes contributions to an important study on heart failure.
[NEWSCAST= 5 p.m.]
President Bush says his economic policies are working.
While traveling in Rome today Mr. Bush told reporters that nearly 248-thousand jobs were created last month and 1-point-4 million jobs have been created since August of 2003.
(///// SOT at :11 /////)
[SOT :38 - :52]
[IN Q=The policies in place are working...]
((PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: THE POLICIES IN PLACE ARE WORKING. THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT IS STRONG. THE SMALL BUSINESS SECTOR OF OUR ECONOMY IS VIBRANT. AND I'M PLEASED THAT THE AMERICAN WORKERS ARE DOING THEIR JOBS.))
[OUT Q=American workers are doing their jobs.]
President Bush addressed reporters outside the American Embassy in Rome where he is traveling to make an appearance in Normandy for the 60th anniversary of D-Day.
Former Governor Doug Wilder will be running for the Mayor of Richmond during the city's first at-large election.
But not everyone is in favor of the at-large system.
Congressman Bobby Scott told the U-S Justice Department yesterday, the plan will dilute black voting strength.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=And we've worked to hard]
((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR:AND WE'VE WORKED TO HARD TO BEGIN TO LAY THE GROUND WORK OF UNITY HERE IN RICHMOND AND I WILL NOT BE A PART OF ALLOWING ANYBODY, BOBBY SCOTT, OR ANYONE ELSE TO KILL WHAT THE PEOPLE OF RICHMOND HAVE SAID THEY CHOOSE TO DO.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Wilder/Former Governor]
[OUT Q=said they choose to do.]
In the past, the mayor's been appointed by city council.
But that responsibility will now fall to the citizens of Richmond.
In health check tonight,
Carilion Medical Center and the Roanoke Heart Institute took part in a nationwide trial that is changing the way doctors treat patients with heart failure.
The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine last month.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2 shot]
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with details.
[ANCHOR=Joy 2 shot]
Every year more than 250-thousand Americans die from heart failure.
But the study found there is a way to significantly reduce the patients' risk of death .
[IN Q=Patients suffering from]
[SUPER=01-Dr. John Schmedtje/Carilion Medical Center;23]
[OUT Q=what's the right thing to do]
About a dozen patients from the Roanoke Valley actually participated in the trial.
[ANCHOR=Shannon/Joy 2 shot]
Coming up later in Sports, we'll have NASCAR qualifying from Dover.
Plus, Mike Stevens will preview Smarty Jones' bid to win the Triple Crown.
First their was water skiing, now wakeboarding. The popular sport is the focus of a festival taking place this weekend.
Brent Watts is here with more on the Mid-Atlantic Wakeboard Series.
Smith Mountain Lake will be the host of one of the biggest Wakeboard Festivals on the east coast.
I talked with the sponsor who says if you can ride a wakeboard, you can enter the festival. It's an event where everyone's a winner.
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=While the...]
[SUPER=01-Scott Dickens/Wakeboard Series Organizer;]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :17]
[OUT Q=...an easy transition.]
(Brent Adlibs tag about the event)
Mike Stevens is up next with sports,
After that we'll see why a Lynchburg group is dancing for joy.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the weekend which has gotten off to a soggy start. The wet weather has played havoc with the VHSL playoff schedule. The Region Three baseball contest between William Byrd and Cave Spring has been moved to tomorrow night at 7 at Salem's Kiwanis Field. In addition, the Region C softball title tilt between James River and PH Glade Spring will now be played Saturday at 5 at Green Hill Park.
Rustburg and Jefferson Forest will play on Sunday at 2pm in the regional softball final at Heritage.
And Jefferson Forest's boys soccer team will travel to Blacksburg Sunday for the Region Three soccer championship at 6pm.
After spending the entiremonth of May in Charlotte, the Nextel Cup drivers headed north today for a fun-filled weekend in Dover.
Jeremy Mayfield won the pole by smashing the track record by circliing the concrete track more than a mile and half faster than Rusty Wallace did in 1999.
[SUPER=03-Dover, DE/Speed; :00]
Michael Waltrip was fast enough on his first lap to earn the 8th starting spot, but when he tried to pick up the pace on lap number two - he lost control coming out of the corner and hit the outside wall hard.
Here's the entire starting grid for the MBNA "Salute to Heroes 400."
[GO TO RACE LINEUP]
[SUPER=0107-1. Jeremy Mayfield/161.522/2. Ryan Newman/160.643/3. Brian Vickers//4. Rusty Wallace//5. Brendan Gaughan//;
[SUPER=0107-6. Elliott Sadler//7. Mark Martin//8. Michael Waltrip//9. Jamie McMurray//10. Tony Stewart//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Kurt Busch//12. Kasey Kahne//13. Jeff Gordon//14. Jimmie Johnson//15. Ken Schrader/;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Sterling Marlin//17. Casey Mears//18. Bobby Labonte//19. Jeff Green//20. Stanton Barrett//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Scott Wimmer//22. Jeff Burton//23. Scott Riggs//24. Robby Gordon//25. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//27. Dave Blaney//28. Ricky Rudd//29. Dale Jarrett//30. Kyle Petty//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Ricky Craven//32. Joe Nemechek//33. Kevin Harvick//34. Terry Labonte//35. Tony Raines//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Mike Wallace//37. Johnny Sauter//38. Kevin Lepage//39. Matt Kenseth/Prov/40. Greg Biffle/Prov/;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Jimmy Spencer/Prov/42. Morgan Shepherd/Prov/43. Kirk Shelmerdine/Prov/;]
[OUT Q=...last driver]
Smarty Jones fever has hit the small town of Belmont, New York in anticipation of Saturday's running of the Belmont Stakes.
[SUPER=03-Belmont, NY; :00]
The horse is bidding to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, and the first since Affirmed 26 years ago. Smarty Jones has been getting acquainted with his surroundings this week with a light workout Thursday followed by another this morning. He has a perfect record of 8 and oh.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-John Servis/Smarty Jones Trainer; :00]
[OUT Q=starting to get anxious."]
Take care folks and have a safe weekend.
[GO TO BREAK]
On Wall Street today, investors were optimistic after a long-awaited employment report
showed the economy added jobs in May.
Alexis Chistoforous has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/CBS Marketwatch;]
[OUT Q=News 7 at 5.]
A dance company that helps bring the arts to Lynchburg's inner city children is celebrating its fifth birthday this weekend.
The Dance Theatre now has its own spacious building on Commerce Street, where 250 students attend classes every week.
The buildings were supposed to be torn down several years ago, but Theatre director Keith Lee bought and renovated them.
His classes used to meet in the basement of the local "Y".
(///// SOT /////)
[IN Q=The children]
((KEITH LEE/DANCE THEATRE DIRECTOR: THE CHILDREN WERE DEFINITELY INTERESTED IN THE ARTS, IT GAVE THEM A TOTALLY DIFFERENT OUTLET. IT WAS NOT HERE BEFORE, IT JUST DIDN'T EXIST DOWNTOWN, A PLACE FOR THE CHILDREN TO COME AND HAVE THE ARTS.))
[SUPER=01-Keith Lee/Dance Theatre Director]
[OUT Q=have the arts.]
The Dance Theatre will marks its anniversary with a recital and block party this weekend.