Today on News 7 at 5, a new study says that S-U-V's may NOT be safer than cars.
Plus authorities in Roanoke accuse two city residents of animal cruelty.
Thunderstorms along the southside turn severe but for most it was a sunny and warm day.
Also a vice presidential candidate is scheduled to appear in Roanoke this weekend.
U-S war planes bomb the Iraqi city of Najaf.
Plus the victims of Hurricane Charley get a small part of their lives back.
News 7 at 5 is next.
Many people think Bigger is Better. But a new government study says that may not be the case when it comes to the vehicle you drive.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has evidence showing S-U-V owners are more likely to die in a crash than car owners.
Stacey Case reports.
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((TRACK: LEE CROCKER WANTED AN SUV FOR 2 REASONS.... SPACE.
NAT: slamming door
TRACK: AND SAFETY.
SOT DRIVING:this thing is so nice. i love this thing.
TRACK: NOW-- IN JUST HIS 3RD WEEK OF OWNERSHIP, NEW GOVERNMENT DATA
HAS CROCKER DRIVING IN CIRCLES. THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY
ADMINISTRATION SAYS DRIVERS OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED SUV'S ARE NOW 11
PERCENT MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN AN ACCIDENT THAN SOMEONE IN A CAR.
STAND UP BRIDGE: STACY CASE/REPORTING
THIS SAFETY GAP BETWEEN CARS AND THEIR LARGER COUNTERPARTS ON THE ROAD
IS THE WIDEST EVER RECORDED.
AND FEDERAL DATA SHOWS THERE'S ONE THING THAT BRINGS SAFETY TO A
SOT: NO SUPER TOO QUICK.
SUV's are prone to roll over 06:39
TRACK: FORMER AUTO SAFETY REGULATOR JOAN CLAYBROOK SAYS THIS ROLLOVER
RISK UNDERMINES AN SUV'S SAFETY PLUSSES---
SUPER: JOAN CLAYBROOK/PRESIDENT CONSUMER ADVOCACY GROUP 'PUBLIC CITIZEN'
The auto industry spends billions advertising and most of it is SUVs,
SUVs, SUVs, and they show them doing fantastic things.
TRACK: S-U-V OWNERS OF AMERICA, FINANCED BY INDUSTRY LOBBYISTS, SAYS
THE GOVERNMENT'S DATA IS INCOMPLETE. AND IN FACT THE NON-PROFIT
INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY FINDS THE SHEER BULK OF THESE
VEHICLES DOES PROTECT OCCUPANTS IN MOST CRASHES.
SUPER: RON DEFORE/SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE OWNERS OF AMERICA
an suv can roll easier than most passenger cars, but it's going to be a
lot safer in other types of crashes which are more common.
TRACK: CROCKER JUST PLANS TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL.
SUPER: LEE CROCKER/SUV OWNER
it makes me wonder just hitting someone just going down street at 10mph
is that going to create a roll over?
TRACK: IT'S SOMETHING NO ONE CAN ANSWER. HE KNOWS NOW SIZE MAY NOT
ALWAYS EQUAL SAFETY. STACY CASE CBS NEWS WASHINGTON.))
Charges are pending against a Roanoke couple accused of animal neglect.
Roanoke police say they were responding to a complaint of animal neglect, when they raided a home in the 900-block of Winchester Avenue this morning.
Authorities condemned the home and took seven animals, including four dogs and three cats.
The animals are now undergoing treatment at an animal hospital.
Police say the owners, George and Susan Reedy could face charges.
Coming up at Six, we'll hear from the couple, and why they say THEY are the real victims.
The killer of three people in Halifax County is scheduled to be executed tomorrow night.
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James Bryant Hudson pled guilty last year to murdering two brothers, Walter Stanley Cole and Thomas Wesley Cole.
Hudson also killed Tom Cole's wife, Patsy.
The 2002 slayings were the result of a driveway dispute.
Hudson is not contesting his sentence and has instructed his attorney not to file any appeals on his behalf.
He is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 9 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center.
Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards is coming to Roanoke.
Edwards is expected in the city on Saturday morning, but the details have yet to be released.
He tells The Associated Press that he will talk about bringing jobs and technology to rural Virginia and southwestern Virginia.
Residents of Punta Gorda, Florida are celebrating a small victory in the wake of Hurricane Charley.
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The post office reopened today.
Postal employees cheered as the flag at the main post office was raised this morning.
Customers can't reach their P.O. boxes because of damage to the building, so a drive-through service has been set up.
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((ALLENE DOGGETT/MAIL OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR: WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THE MAIL IS TO BRING THIS CITY BACK TO LIFE. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF INSURANCE PAPERS THAT PEOPLE NEED TO GET. THEY HAVE MONEY COMING FROM RELATIVES. IT.S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE GET MAIL SERVICE BACK ON TRACK.))
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FEMA says two (m) million dollars in disaster aid has already been distributed to hurricane victims and that more is on the way.
At least 150-thousand people have no phone service, and 640-thousand are still without power.
State officials say it could be weeks before all the lights are back on.
Still to come on the newscast, Iraqi officials try to negotiate a deal with a militant cleric as Americans begin to drop bombs on Najaf.
Plus closer to home, we'll see what one group is doing to make sure some Botetourt County residents are not lost to history.
U-S planes have bombed a cemetery in Iraq's holy city of Najaf.
Three were killed and 15 others wounded.
As Elaine Cobbe reports, the unrest stretches all the way to the Capital.
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(((Baghdad, Sadr City vehicle attack)
In the Sadr City district of the capital, militants targeted an American
armored vehicle with an Rocket Propelled Grenade cheering as the smoking
remains were towed away.
American forces are still being attacked....as is the interim government.
While it strives to forge an identity for itself, the insurgents still
see it as only a puppet of the US - and therefore a target.
AND THE NATIONS 'S Religious, political and civic leaders couldnt
agree on candidates for a National Council, to act as a watchdog over
the interim government, ahead of next years elections.
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They did agree on the need to send a delegation to the troubled holy
city of Najaf.
TO MEET WITH THE MAN BEHIND THE UNREST.
But the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr refused to meet the eight
delegates - saying he was concerned for his security.
Skirmishes continue between his militiamen and American and Iraqi
And their message hit home in Baghdad Tuesday , where several people
were killed and dozens wounded in a mortar attack on a busy city center
Until the problem of the rebel cleric is resolved...it seems other
issues on the road to progress must stay on hold. ELAINE COBBE, CBS
It's tough enough undercovering one-family's history, but imagine doing it for an entire community.
That's what some folks in Botetourt County are doing.
Members of the Countywide League are working to identify and catalogue African-American history in the area.
A handful of people started the process in January and discovered more than 200-family names.
There isn't a lot of documentation from the 1800's- so the group relies on stories from the elders in the community.
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((RON PIERCE, COUNTYWIDE LEAGUE: TRADITIONALLY THAT'S A BIG PORTION OF THE HISTORY IT'S DISTRIBUTED VERBALLY BETWEEN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. IT'S PASSED DOWN IN THE FAMILY THROUGH GENERATIONS TO GENERATION AND THAT'S TO KEEP THEIR DREAMS ALIVE AND THEIR HISTORY ALIVE.))
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Coming up tonight on News 7 at six, we'll have more on the group and see what you can do to help fill in the branches of their family trees.
The initial figures are in- and things look good for Botetourt County Schools.
Preliminary results from the Standards of Learning tests have come back, and according to John Busher, who's in charge of testing within the school system, it seems the county's 11-schools will be fully-accredited.
The SOLs test students in the third, fifth and eighth grades, as well as high schoolers who take courses with verified credits.
Busher says the school system is expecting "official" results in October.
Next on the newscast, Brent Watts has details on why there's standing room only at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
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Finding a seat might be a little hard to do at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium, but *not* because of an upcoming sold-out performance.
Brent Watts explains.
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Next on the newscast, an American athlete is officially banned from the Olympic games.
Then a little bit later, we'll tell you why Oprah Winfrey is expected to spend a lot of time in a Chicago courtroom.
A key member of the American team is out of the Olympics.
Torri Edwards lost a last minute bid to overturn her ban due to a doping problem.
Jennifer Miller has the latest from Athens.
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AMERICAN TRACK STAR TORRI EDWARDS RUN FOR AN OLYMPIC MEDAL HAS BEEN
SIDELINED BY DOPING ALLEGATIONS.
TODAY, THE COURT OF ARBITRATION DENIED HER APPEAL AND UPHELD A TWO-YEAR
BAN IN THE SPORT EDWARDS HAS TRAINED A LIFETIME TO LEAD. BUT SOME
AMERICANS ARE NOT SO SYMPATHETIC.
(Hillary Gerardi/American (Vermont)
I think that it is tough, but a rule is a rule and they shouldnt make
THE COURTS DECISION IS FINAL, BINDING AND DEVASTATING.
EDWARDS HAD HOPED TO WIN AN OLYMPIC MEDAL IN THE 100-METER.
SHE COULD HAVE ALSO MEDALLED IN THE 200 METER SPRINT AND THE 400 METER
RATHER THAN TAKING HOME SHINING MEDALS SHE LEAVES WITH A TARNISHED
EDWARDS ROAD TO ATHENS IS MARKED BY STRANGE TWISTS OF FATE. SHE BECAME
THE WORLD 100-METER CHAMPION WHEN FELLOW AMERICAN, KELLI WHITE ACCEPTED
A TWO-YEAR BAN AND ADMITTED TO TAKING PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS.
EDWARDS MUCH-HYPED WINNING STREAK GOT OFF TRACK AFTER A MEET IN
MARTINIQUE. SHE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE STIMULANT NIKETHAMIDE.
SHE SAYS HER DOCTOR BOUGHT MEDICATION WHILE IN THE CARIBBEAN AND GAVE IT
TO HER BECAUSE SHE WASNT FEELING WELL. SHE SAYS SHE DIDNT REALIZE IT
CONTAINED A BANNED GLUCOSE SUPPLEMENT.
NO LONGER ON THE OLYMPIC ROSTER EDWARDS JOINS A LIST OF AMERICAN
ATHLETES KEPT OUT OF THE GAMES BY ALLEGATIONS THEY USED DRUGS TO TRY TO
JENNIFER MILLER CBS NEWS, ATHENS.))
Good afternoon everybody.
Before we get rolling with the ticker - just a quick reminder that the Roy Stanley Memorial golf tournament is coming up this Sunday at Hanging Rock.
There is a morning and an afternoon flight.
Spots are still open if you want to get a foursome in.
Just call us here at WDBJ-7 or get more information at Hanging Rock.
The NFL preseason game last night in Tampa was full of local flavor.
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Just three days after the hurricane hit - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Bengals in a game that was originally set for this past Saturday night.
Former Friday Football Extra stars dominated this thing.
In the first quarter - Ronde Barber with a juggling interception off of Carson Palmer as he catches it after hitting his bottom to set up the first score of the night.
Later in the first half - the Bucs' defense does it again - this time former Bassett star Devone Claybrooks recovers the Bruce Perry fumble to set up another Bucs' score. Claybrooks played at east Carolina.
And on the Bengals' side - Shayne Graham was perfect in for the game. He nailed this 36 yard field in the first quarter and later came back in the second to split the uprights with a 32 yard kick.
But Shayne couldn't do it all as the Bucs take down the Bengals 20 to 6.
The Friday Football Extra preseason caravan has rolled into Vinton tonight where the William Byrd Terriers are getting ready for another season.
Jeff Highfill, is one of a handful of coaches who has been a part of Friday Football Extra since its creation in 1984.
This year he'll have to work some creative magic of his own as he tries to replace 17 seniors who graduated off of last year's team.
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Highfill's namesake Jeff Junior is the biggest graduating senior he must replace, but he also has to deal with the loss of a coach who was just like a son - new Hidden Valley boss J.R. Edwards.
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The Terriers open up on Friday night September 3rd at Hidden Valley.
Friday Football Extra opens up its 21st season next Friday night - August 27th with a special preseason primetime half hour show at 7pm. That's next Friday at 7 - right here on the Big 7.
Shannon will be back to wrap up News 7 at Five in just a moment.
Have a safe night everybody.
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On Wall Street today, the stock markets gained for a second day, though the gains were modest as oil prices reached new highs.
Jean Lee has more.
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The third time was the charm for Oprah Winfrey.
After getting out of two previous summons, the talk show host was ordered to report for jury duty in Chicago yesterday.
Although she had expressed hope that she would not be chosen, attorneys picked her and seated her on a murder trial.
An attorney in the case said Winfrey was chosen because she was seen as being a fair juror.
But a one-time defense attorney says he would have pushed for her dismissal because she reportedly said that she would have a difficult time being impartial if the defendant didn't give his side of the story.