Man it's hot!
You knew that though.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
We'll tell you HOW hot it got where you are and how it affected some
And an up-date on a local school teacher with meningitis.
Tonight in sports, it's been a hot day on the base paths in Salem at the Blue
Ridge baseball tournament.
UVa will play Notre Dame in its NCAA baseball tournament opener.
And Michael Jordan soars again, winning his fourth fourth MVP award.
One more day and the heat will break. By Wednesday temperatures drop into
the low 80's. The chilly details straight ahead.
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The heat wave continues in Western and Central Virginia.
We didn't set any records but it did feel like mid-summer in most of the
Many students around the area got a break from school today because of the
Classroom temperatures at Cave Spring Junior High School topped 80 degrees
before school was let out...making it uncomfortable for both students and
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IF IT'S A HOT DAY KIDS GET LETHARGIC AND THE TEACHERS DO TOO. IT'S TOUGHER FOR
THE KIDS TO CONCENTRATE AND TOUGHER FOR THE TEACHERS TO MOTIVATE THEM.))
OUT Q=to motivate them
For now the school is without air conditioning. But, Boyer says that'll
change in about a year.
The board of supervisors recently gave its approval for air conditioning and
renovations for the school.
Meanwhile, some Valley residents worked through today's heat...or found a
cool spot in the shade.
Doctors warn the elderly and children should stay indoors on days like
They also say that if you have to work outside drink plenty of fluids and
wear light clothing.
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WEATHER AT 6PM AT THE TOP
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The heat has caused some school systems to alter their class schedules for
For Tuesday, Henry County middle schools will dismiss students at 11-30;
High school students will go home at 11-45 and elementary students at 12-30.
In Martinsville grades Kindergarten through three will dismiss at 11-30
tomorrow morning, grades four through six at noon, and grades seven and eight
Also Patrick County schools will close at 1:30 on Tuesday.
Two key players from a mock hostage drill at Martinsville Memorial Hospital
were in court today.
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Kimberly McBroom joins us with from outside the Courthouse. Kimberly what
was the outcome of today's hearing?
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(Rollcue: criminal intent)
Kimberly Mic Hot
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A Floyd County High School Vocational Department teacher is out of the
intensive care unit, after being diagnosed this weekend with meningitis.
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Connie Stevens joins us with more from the newsroom.
Keith, the teacher is being treated at a Winston-Salem hospital, and is in
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The teacher's family, and about five students have been given antibiotics to
ward off meningitis-- just in case.
But really, students shouldn't be at risk.
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER VALLEY HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR: HOUSEHOLD
CONTACTS, A PERSON LIKE A SPOUSE OR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS, CHILDREN, SOCIAL
CONTACTS-- CASUALLY AND CLASSROOM CONTACTS-- ARE NOT CONSIDERED AT RISK FOR
ACQUISITION OF THIS INFECTION. ))
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OUT Q=this infection.
Right now, experts are sub-typing the teacher's strain of bacterial
meningitis-- not all states do this, but this really helps to track the course
of the disease and to link it to other cases.
About five to ten percent of the population carries the meningococcus
bacteria in their nose and throats-- though very few people actually get sick.
Each year in Virginia there are about 70 infections reported.
((QUESTION: And what about symptoms, let's go over those?))
Sure, symptoms of meningitis may
include fever, headache, a stiff neck and back, nausea and a rash.
But the patient might also be sleepy or confused, with muscle aches and
If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor at
Rockbridge County's Commonwealths Attorney has decided not to prosecute
V-M-I's rifle instructor in the shooting death of a young boy.
Last month 10- year- old John Pickral died after an accidental shooting at
the school's rifle range.
The youngster was hit when a gun that belonged to Jim Thorpe went off.
Thorpe told authorities he thought his 3-80 caliber pistol was empty when he
pulled the trigger.
In a prepared statement, Commonwealth's Attorney Gordon Saunders said the
incident did not warrant charges, because it was not a willful act... and that
Thorpe had no intention of endangering the boy.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7, Eastern Virginia lands another high tech factory,
and in Buena Vista, everything that was old is new again as new owners try to
build on Southern Virginia's 130 years of education.
MUSIC UP FULL
Montgomery County sheriff's deputy J-L Puckett just wanted to stop 24 year-
old James W. Reed for driving a car without license plates.
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But after a half-mile chase on Coal Hollow Road, Reed lost control and ended
up over an embankment.
Now he's charged with driving under the influence and attempting to elude
Reed sustained minor injuries. No one else was hurt.
How can you tell if your son or daughter is really making the grade in
Short of going to class with them... you can't.
That's according to officials at Virginia Tech.
The question was raised after a Bristol, Tennessee couple went to Blacksburg
to attend their son's graduation.
But without them knowing it, Brad Wagner dropped out of school more than
three years ago.
Under Federal law, parents have NO access to their children's transcripts...
even if mom and dad pay all the college bills.
IN Q=The law
((LARRY HINKER/VIRGINIA TECH: THE LAW SAYS THAT THE RECORDS AT THE UNIVERSITY
FOR THE STUDENT BELONG TO THE STUDENT AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE GRADES AND THAT
WOULD INCLUDE TUITION PAYMENTS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. ))
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Hinker says there's only one way for a parent to get the records.
The student must give consent... and sign a release form.
But even if that happens, the school's correspondence with the parent is
kept to a minimum.
A 130- year- old tradition will continue in Buena Vista.
The Southern Virginia College stays open but takes on NEW owners.
Ron Jones report.
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SUPER=01-David W. Ferrel/SVC President; :00
SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :07
SUPER=01-Howard P. Mckeon/California Congressman;
SUPER=01-Jim Jefferies/Buena Vista Mayor;
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
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((DAVID W.FERREL/SVC PRESIDENT:EFFECTIVE THIS LAST WEEK IT BECAME A FOUR YEAR
This was the announcement by the NEW president of Southern Virginia College.
This once seemingly doomed academic institution was recently resurrected by
a group of educators and businessmen with ties to the Mormon Church.
The school lost its accreditation because of financial woes.
But with a little political PUNCH from Congressman Bob Goodlatte-- and
California Congressman Howard Mckeon, chairman for an educational sub-committee
in Congress, they fought through the red tape to have the college reconsidered.
((HOWARD P. MCKEON/CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN: I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF PLUSES
WHY THIS SHOULD BE SAVED. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO THE COMMUNITY, IT'S
IMPORTANT TO THE STUDENTS WHO COME HERE, AND WHO POTENTIALLY WE'LL BE COMING
HERE. I THINK TO LET THIS INSTITUTION DIE WOULD BE A REAL TRAVESTY.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((JIM JEFFERIES/BUENA VISTA MAYOR: THE CITIZENS OF BUENA VISTA ARE ELATED BY
THE INCREASED EMPLOYMENT THAT WE WILL BRING AND IT'S JUST ALMOST TO GOOD TO BE
School officials say the college will be the Brigham Young University of the
However, they also say it will NOT be affiliated with the Mormon Church.
((NEW SCHOOL OFFICIALS HAVE ALLOCATED 50 MILLION DOLLARS TO LAUNCH THIS
COLLEGE. THAT'S TO PAY FACULTY MEMBERS, SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, AND NEW
School officials hope to be officially accredited by the summer-- and as
construction begins they hope to welcome 250 students by fall.
Ron Jones, News Seven.
Virginia is cashing in on chips.
Microchips that is.
Japan's Motorola and German-based Siemens Corporation announced today
they'll build a one-point-five BILLION dollar plant in the Richmond area.
Governor George Allen crowed about the state's third big semiconductor plant
score in a little over a year from his east Asian trade mission.
IN Q=All across
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE, FOCUS TODAY IS ON HENRICO COUNTY,
VIRGINIA. NOW MY FRIENDS, THERE ARE PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT SIGNS OF CONFIDENCE
THAT ARE EMANATING FROM THIS DECISION BY MOTOROLA AND SIEMENS TO INVEST IN
VIRGINIA. AND WE CERTAINLY THANK SIEMENS AND MOTOROLA FOR THEIR CONFIDENCE.))
The Motorola-Siemens plant is expected to employ 15- hundred workers.
Another Motorola plant in the Richmond area, announced last spring, is
expected to employ up to five thousand.
And a four BILLION dollar IBM- Toshiba joint venture in the Manassas area is
expected to employ four thousand workers.
A central Virginia bank has merged with another bank from West Virginia.
The Cooperative Savings Bank, which has branches in greater Lynchburg and
Danville, is now part of One Valley Bank.
One Valley Bank is based in Charleston, West Virginia.
The two banks agreed to merge back in January, but they just got federal
Cooperative Savings says it began switching its signs today.
The bank has 102 employees.
One Valley Bank's Virginia president says no jobs will be lost because of
An U-N agreement that will allow Iraq to sell oil for food helped boost the
stock market to a record high today.
Analysts say the prospects of lower gas prices sent the DOW surging 61
points to close at 57-hundred-49.
NASDAQ rose six points.
The Quibell Corporation may still be in hot water.
Nationsbank has filed papers in Roanoke Circuit court to keep the sparkling
water company from selling its assets until it pays the 900- thousand- dolllars
it owes the bank.
The bank cites an affidavit from a former Quibell employee that says its
owners have been trying to convert the company's property into cash, and
possibly move to SOUTH AFRICA.
Quibell stopped production last month following a dispute with its bottle
But the company's attorney said it planned to resume operations soon.
Nationsbank won't talk about the matter.
No one from Quibell could be reached for comment.
Senator John Warner says new poll numbers show him ahead of challenger Jim
Miller in next month's Republican primary.
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Warner told reporters today he holds a 2 to 1 advantage over Miller among
registered voters who say they'll be going to the polls.
This follows the cold receptions Warner and his surrogates received at
various GOP conventions across the state this weekend.
In the Fifth District, a Warner spokesman was nearly booed off the stage
before he was allowed to continue.
IN Q=The 5th District
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R- VIRGINIA: THE FIFTH DISTRICT WAS THE GRAND CHAMPION
NOISEMAKER OF ALL THE CONVENTIONS IN THE STATE, BUT THAT'S ALL RIGHT, THAT'S
ONLY POLITICS. THEY HAD SOME BOOS THERE FOR OTHER FOLKS, RIGHT? RIGHT. ))
OUT Q=other folks, right? Right.
Warner says between the Senate and the campaign trail, he's putting in 15-
He was in Prince Edward County today to help dedicate the new Sandy River
Coming up tonight in sports, Air Jordan soars to another MVP award, Horace
feels too horrible to play tomorrow night.
UVa gets ready for the NCAA baseball championships in Alabama.
And the Blue Ridge district baseball tournament has been cooking today at
Salem Memorial Stadium.
Steve Mason will have a report on today's happenings when we come back.
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The Blue Ridge District baseball tournament is in full swing over in Salem.
The tourney begins and finishes today and Steve Mason has the early semi
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SUPER=01-Rodney Spradlin/William Byrd Coach; :58
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((Mid 90 degree temperature turned the Rockbridge Wildcats into cool cats
as players guzzled fluids during their semifinal battle with Salem.
The Spartans were thirsty for hits. In the bottom of the second salem scored
3 runs on 4 hits to take a 3-1 lead that they never would give up. Jeff Akers's
singled in Greg Harrison and Seth More for runs 1 and 2.
Highlights for the cats included flashes of domination from pitcher greg
Stubblefield. In the third, he sent three salem batters down swinging.
But salem advanced to the title game with a 5-1 win.
((:SCOTT ATKINS/SALEM COACH:))
The other semi final was played at Salem Memorial Stadium as William Byrd
hosted Lord Botetourt. The Terriers could only muster 3 runs against some tough
pitching from the Cavs J.W. Snyder.
In the Bottom of the fifth, Tim Sink plates Jaime Edwards on a one bagger
to center that made the count 2-nothing Byrd.
The Terriers collected an insurance run to advance with a 3-nothing win.
((RODNEY SPRADLIN/WILLIAM BYRD COACH:))
While we are waiting for the results of the title game, we can tell you this.
Thia afternoon, Alleghany's Gary Rice was selected Blue Ridge District coach of
Rockbridge County all star Greg Stubblefield was chosen as the player of
the year. In addition to his pitching duties, the senior was second in the
district in batting with a .519 average. He also tied for the Blue Ridge lead
for homers with 4.
((GREG STUBBLEFIELD/DISTRICT PLAYER OF THE YEAR:))
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The newly crowned ACC champion Virginia Cavaliers are now getting ready for
their opening round game in the NCAA tournament laster this week.
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Yesterday, in the championship game the Cavs hammered perennial power Florida
State 12-to-1 to claim the title.
The fifth seeded Cavs got all the runs thay would need in a four run first
inning when E.J. Anderson plated two runs with this shot off the wall in left.
He also hit two homers, and Seth Griesinger, the Cavs ace threw a no
hitter for 6 and third innings.
It's UVA's first ACC title since 1973.
The Cavs will now travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to play Notre dame in the
South regional first round game Thursday at 4 eastern.
Michael Jordan is this year's most valuable player in the NBA.
This is the fourth time Jordan has picked the honor tying him Wilt
Chamberlain on the all-time list.
Jordan led the Bulls to a league record 72 wins this season by averaging 30
points a game.
He also pulled down 543 rebounds and recorded 352 assists.
The award comes at great time for Jordan an his agent as they begin their
quest to a multi-million dollar deal.
Earlier today Jordan told the "Chicago Tribune" that he plans to play two
more years in Chicago and his bottom line asking price in 36 million for the
That is probably a bargain when you consider Patrick Ewing made 18 point 7
million this past season.
Jordan needs to couple more to get he all-time record of 6 MVPs won by Kareem
The Eastern conference finals resume tomorrow night, but the Magic will not
have the services of forward Horace Grant.
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Grant twisted his left elbow yesterday, and although an MRI exam shows no
signs of a fracture, Grant is in too much pain to play.
In fact, he may miss the rest of the series.
The West finals resume tonight with the Sonics hosting the Jazz in game two.
Marcus Camby removed any doubt that he WILL be leaving the Atlantic Ten for
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Earlier this summer Camby declared his eligibility for the June 26 NBA Draft.
Today, the former Minutemen center signed
with an agent, ruling out any possibility of returning to the college courts.
(toss to Jean)
What do ostriches, emus and rheas (REE-uhs) have in common?
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom to help us out on that one.
Keith, they are all flightless birds called ratites.
They're characterized by their long skinny necks and legs- and their amazing
Now ratites are also becoming recognized for their low fat, low cholesterol
meat, which tastes a lot like beef.
But farmers say state regulations are keeping the industry from taking
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tonight on News 7 at 11.
We'll tell you more about that plus all the latest news, weather, and sports