A final kiss goodbye from the former First Lady, as the late President Ronald Reagan is remembered today during his state funeral.
And, the C-E-O of an area hospital announces he's stepping down.
Showers and storms are in the forecast some of which could be on the strong to severe side. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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People with outdoor plans today may have to do some rethinking.
There is a threat of severe weather in the region today.
The Valley is looking at the possible of strong storms this afternoon. Let's go over to the weather center with meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner with the latest.
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A new poll by the L-A Times indicates more Americans are questioning the war in Iraq.
The survey says 53 percent of voters think the situation didn't merit war .
At the same time, a vast majority says the U-S should NOT abandon post- war efforts in Iraq.
Today in Baghdad, a car bomb blew up on a highway near a U-S convoy.
Authorities say two U-S Humvees were slightly damaged, but there's been no confirmation of any casualties.
Earlier today, U-S troops blew up a landmine in a controlled explosion just north of Baghdad.
The nation and the world is saying farewell at this hour to the late President Reagan.
You're looking at a live picture of the state funeral being held at Washington National Cathedral.
All living former Presidents are among the mourners at the cathedral, along with old friends, dignitaries and heads- of- state.
President Bush and his father, former President Bush will deliver eulogies. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher delivered a videotaped message.
Following the state funeral, President Reagan's casket will be returned to California for burial tonight.
The world is less soulful today--
Singer Ray Charles has died of liver disease.
He was 73.
Jim Axelrod looks at the man and his musical legacy.
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((NARR: BORN POOR.. BLIND BY 7.. ORPHANED AT 15.. RAY CHARLES WENT ON TO
WIN A DOZEN GRAMMIES.. MAKE MILLIONS.. AND SHAPE THE CULTURE OF THE
COUNTRY HE LOVED.
SOT/122627 we do have the freedom .. to say things we want to say.. and
we can .. if we have the will.. and the drive.. we can pretty much make
ourselves become whatever.
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NARR: RAY CHARLES DID MORE THAN ENTERTAIN FOR 57 YEARS... HE
CROSS-POLLINAT ED AMERICAN MUSIC. DURING ONE WEEK IN 1962 HE WAS NUMBER
ONE ON THE COUNTRY.. R & B AND POP CHARTS.
SOT/AHMET ERTUGEN/FOUNDING CHAIRMAN ATLANTIC RECORDS/0040 ray charles is
in many ways.. the father of modern american music.//
NARR: AHMET ERTUGEN IS THE FOUNDING CHAIRMAN OF ATLANTIC RECORDS.. RAY'S
LABEL FOR YEARS.
SOT/ERTUGEN/152 he embodied every form of American music in his
singing.. and in his playing.
AT THE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONIES FOR THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF
FAME LAST NIGHT. CHARLES WAS REMEMBERED
STEVIE WONDER/SINGER-SONGWRITER: "He has won the ultimate battle. He
truly will live forever in the hearts and souls and minds of people with
the legacy that he's left behind forever."
NARR: RAY CHARLES HAD HIS DEMONS -- BATTLING HEROIN FOR YEARS. BUT HE
NEVER WALLOWED. GLAUCOMA TOOK HIS SIGHT.. NOT HIS SOUL.
SOT/ SOT/Sunday am/702 I can do 98 percent of everything I want to do -
the only thing when I look at myself that I really can't do is drive a
NARR: RAY CHARLES HAS ONE MORE ALBUM OF NEW MATERIAL. IT'S SET FOR
RELEASE NEXT MONTH. HE WAS SIMPLY TOO BIG AN AMERICAN LEGEND TO SUDDENLY
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The chief executive officer of the Lewis-Gale Clinic is leaving this summer.
The resignation of Jon Ness will take effect at the end of next month.
He is leaving to take a new job with a non-profit health care provider in Billings, Montana where he worked in the early 90's.
Ness joined Lewis-Gale clinic in 1999, and is credited with putting the clinic in a better financial position, retaining employees, and attracting new patients.
The current Chief Financial Officer, Jonathan Arrington, will take over as C-E-O of the clinic in August.
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Coming up next on the newscast, two local school systems are contemplating a merger.
Plus former president George Bush says he has special plans to celebrate his 80th birthday.
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The school boards for Henry County and Martinsville are considering merging the two school systems.
Yesterday, a committee comprised of school board members and superintendents from both system presented its recommendation to city council and the county board of supervisors.
Members say joining forces could save the localities millions of dollars a year.
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((BARRY GREENE/COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: THE MAIN BENEFIT IS WE FELL LIKE WE CAN PROVIDE BETTER QUALITY AT LESS COST. THERE'S COST ADVANTAGES AND THERE'S QUALITY ADVANTAGES.))
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The school boards have until August to vote to agree *in principle* to a merger.
They will then have another four years to work out the details and make the transition.
The committee based its findings on a plan that would close three schools and eliminate seven administrative positions.
In January, Henry County approved a plan to close *five* schools and consolidate several others.
Lynchburg police have spoken to one person they believed was inside the home where a man was beaten to death Wednesday morning.
Authorities say 22-year old Talea DeShae Anderson came in last night.
But they still want to talk to 23-year old Mario Antwane Scott and 22-year old Carlton Hunter.
Police say they were attending a party at the home on Pierce Street where 39-year old Daniel Keith Jackson was found with injuries to his head and upper body. He later died at Lynchburg General.
The Commonwealth wants to make sure its older drivers are safe on the highways. Virginia has its eye on seniors.
Beginning July first, those 80 and older must pass a vision test to renew a drivers license.
Justin McLeod has more.
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At 69, Bob Hedge admits his driving skills are not what they used to be. As a result, he's had to make some changes.
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There are many just like him.
More than 400-thousand drivers in Virginia are 70 and older.
That's partly why the state has launched the GrandDriver program online and on the tube.
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You may have seen this spot featuring Governor Warner.
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Trouble that can include difficulty in changing lanes, driving at night or on the interstate.
GrandDriver offers tips to overcome some of these problems.
Supporters stress the program is meant to educate rather than punish older drivers.
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That's partly why the state has a mechanism where you can report dangerous drivers to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
This is for drivers of any age.
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((PAM GOHEEN/DEPT. OF MOTOR VEHICLES: WE REVIEW EACH CASE. WHEN WE DO WE MAY REQUIRE THE DRIVER TO PROVIDE SOME SORT OF MEDICAL REPORT FROM THEIR DOCTOR OR WE MAY REQUIRE A VISION SCREENING OR HAS SOMEONE COME IN AND TAKE A ROAD TEST OR A WRITTEN TEST TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IF YOU ARE A FAMILY MEMBER THE DMV CANNOT REVEAL YOUR NAME TO THE DRIVER WHO IS BEING INVESTIGATED. HOWEVER, THE STATE CAN IF YOU ARE A NEIGHBOR OR A FRIEND. JUSTIN McLEOD,NEWS 7.))))
Former President George Bush has some big plans for his 80th birthday this weekend--
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It'll be a repeat performance of how he spent his 75th birthday.
Bush plans to parachute with members of the Army's Golden Knights parachute team on Sunday.
On Saturday, a birthday party will be held for the 41st President in Houston.
Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush will return to Texas today from Washington DC, following the memorial service for former President Reagan.
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Coming up after the break, Brent Watts will take to a plant doctor about taking care of houseplants.
But first, some residents of eastern Arizona may have to evacuate as wildfires approach their homes.
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Residents in eastern Arizona are preparing to evacuate if necessary, as a wildfire continues to burn.
Authorities say the fire along the New Mexico border has blackened about six- thousand acres so far.
The fire is burning pine, spruce, and fir.
Authorities say the spruce and fir areas are proving especially troublesome, because they ignite easily and create a lot of sparks and flying embers.
The blaze is only about 10- percent contained, but firefighters are hopeful that they'll be able to hold it back.
Authorities believe a camper started the fire.
If your houseplants are not looking too healthy these days, Brent Watts has some news for you.
In this week's edition of Growin It, he speaks with a plant doctor who can help breathe new life into your greenery.
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The stock markets are closed today in honor of former President Ronald Reagan.
Still to come on the newscast, the N-B-A finals are firing on all Pistons.
Plus we'll tell you why some people are relishing their spot in a new Hall of Fame.
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Three nights after crowning its Stanley Cup champion, the NHL passed out its postseason hardware in Toronto.
The NHL awards are unique in that they are passed out at the end of the playoffs, and NOT the regular season.
Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis won the coveted Hart trophy as the league's MVP, while his coach John Tortorella - the man who got his foundation inside Henry Brabham's Lancerlot in Vinton won the Adams award, as the league's coach of the year.
The Virginia High School League's state championship blast -- also known as the spring jubilee-- opened three days of non-stop action yesterday on the campus of Radford University, with tennis.
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In the double A girls' singles - Cave Spring's Brittany Huddleston beat Jamestown's Kelly Collins in straight sets 6-1 and 6-2.
It's her first state title after losing in the final four each of the past two years - including one in the Group Three A semi-finals.
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Hidden Valley's Luke Wray wasn't as lucky - he lost to Yakov Diskin from Grafton in straight sets.
Wray fell 6-love and 6-2 in the boy's singles' title match.
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In the Group Two A boys' doubles semi-final - Wray and his partner Scott Gunter would come back and beat Abingdon's Kelly McCall and Ben Blevins 6-love, 6-1 to advance to the title match today at 4.
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The girls single- A doubles semi-finals would see Ashton Downs team up with Britton Camphouse, and advance to the state title match with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mathews high.
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Downs will go for the doubles title with her partner today at three.
Yesterday she captured her second straight single A individual state championship.
Steve Mason was on hand for the repeat performance.
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The PGA Tour is in Harrison, New York this weekend for the Buick Classic - a big time event that is also serving as a Major Tune Up this week.
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Vijay Singh shot an 8-under 63 for the first-round lead in the Buick Classic.
This is the final P-G-A Tour event before the U-S Open, and Vijay has won this event twice before.
Ernie Els, who also is a two-time Buick Classic champion and a man who is coming off his victory this past Sunday in the Memorial, is five strokes off the lead in a group at 68.
Phil Mickelson is at 69.
It's as American as apple pie-- the hot dog eating contest on New York's Coney Island.
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Over the years, thousands of hungry contestants have gorged themselves in Nathan's annual July 4th hot dog eating contest.
Now the amusement park is honoring champion eaters.
Nathan's Wall of Fame was unveiled yesterday, featuring photos of
It'll be a lot for this year's contestants to live up to.
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