Mars Pathfinder makes history as its rover's wheels touch the Martian
And people in Pittsylvania County say hogs don't make good neighbors.
In sports, Pete Sampras wins the Men's singles title at Wimbledon we'll check
in with the Roanoke Wrath.
And Randy Lajoie takes over the Busch points standings winning the Milwaukee
Plenty of clouds today...
We'll get rid of the clouds overnight, and another cool night is on tap.
The complete forecast is coming up.
Sojourner is ready to roam the rocky surface of Mars.
Late last night, NASA scientists moved the rover down the ramp of Pathfinder
and onto Mars itself.
In the process it became the first mobile vehicle to traverse another
NASA says despite earlier communications problems, everything is now going
IN Q=THE IMAGES
((JAKE MATIJEVIC/MPF ROVER MANAGER; THE IMAGES YOU SEE TODAY SHOW A COMPLETELY
DEPLOYED ROVER THAT WAS DRIVEN DOWN A PERFECTLY DEPLOYED RAMP AND GOT TO THE
SURFACE OF MARS MAKING ITS FIRST TRACKS IN THE SOIL OF THIS NEW PLANET. TO US,
IT'S OPENING A NEW ERA (CHEERS)))
SUPER=01-Jake Matijevic/MPF Rover Manager;
OUT Q=NAT CHEERS
Sojourner will use its high tech sensors to explore the red planet's
One of the things it's looking for are clues that might indicate some sort
One prominent science fiction writer says the mission is a milestone.
Arthur C. Clarke, author of "2001 A Space Odyssey", says it's an important
step towards putting a human colony on Mars.
Pathfinder also has a new name. Yesterday the small outpost was named Carl
Sagan Memorial Station, in honor of the late astronomer, and NASA consultant.
Sagan died last December.
Pittsylvania County residents are fighting plans to move a hog farm into
They're afraid the hog waste will end up in their drinking water.
Tina Tenret has the story.
IN Q=With ten thousand hogs
SUPER=01-Ran Witcher/Hog Farm Neighbor; :00
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :08
SUPER=01-Teresa Kleiman/Hog Farm Neighbor; :17
SUPER=01-Bobby Scearce/Pittsylvania Co. Supervisor; :39
OUT Q=News 7, Pittsylvania County
IN Q=With ten thousand hogs
((RAN WITCHER/HOG FARM NEIGHBOR: WITH TEN THOUSAND HOGS, WOULD YOU LIKE IT HALF
A MILE FROM YOUR DOOR AS YOUR NEIGHBOR? I CAN'T FIND NOBODY YET THAT SAYS
OUT Q=says yes
A North Carolina swine producer wants to set up a hog farm on 550 acres
The land is bordered by creeks that run into Bannister River.
IN Q=Once that hog waste
((TERESA KLEIMAN/HOG FARM NEIGHBOR: ONCE THAT HOG WASTE GETS UNDERWATER IT'S
GOING TO GO INTO ALL OUR CREEKS AND RIVERS. THE OTHER THING IS IT CAN REACH
THE HALIFAX COUNTY WATER SUPPLY AND SO THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE ALERTED IT'S A
POTENTIAL HAZARD FOR THEM AS WELL.))
OUT Q=as well
Last February, the Pittsylvania County supervisors made special permits and
public hearings unnecessary for facilities like these.
IN Q=Now you know
((BOBBY SCEARCE/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SUPERVISOR: NOW YOU KNOW IF IT WAS NEXT TO ME
AND THEY HAD TALKED TO ME AND GAVE ME THEIR CONCERNS, PERHAPS I WOULD BE AS
CONCERNED AS THEY. BUT FROM WHAT I'VE READ AND FROM WHAT I'VE STUDIED, THERE
IS NO REASON TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT RUNOFF.))
OUT Q=about runoff
There will be a public hearing on the issue Monday at 7 pm in the Chatham
TT, News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal
A state auditor says the new deputy director of the Department of
Environmental Quality knew about overtime payments that forced his predecessor
The agency paid former spokesman Michael McKenna more than 78-hundred
dollars in overtime after McKenna resigned in mid-January.
McKenna claimed he'd worked 261 extra hours in 1995 -- but he didn't have
the paperwork to prove it.
Criticism from the incident forced T. March Bell to resign as deputy
James McDaniel replaced him.
In a report dated June 24th, internal auditor Merritt Cogswell says
McDaniel was warned the overtime payment could be improper but did nothing to
McDaniel says it was Bell's
job to decide whether to allow the payment, not his.
The storm that ripped through Wytheville Friday knocked out windows, damaged
cars and in some cases DESTROYED homes.
Now residents are hoping their insurance will cover the damage.
Denise Allen has their story.
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SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kennedy/Storm Victim; :01
SUPER=01-Clara Callahan/Storm Victim; 1:02 QUICK!!
OUT Q=News 7
IN Q=I REALLY THOUGHT
((ELIZABETH KENNEDY/STORM VICTIM: I REALLY THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO TWIST IT
OFF THE GROUND AND TAKE US WITH IT. IT WAS SCARY WHEN IT WAS HAPPENING BUT
WHEN IT BLEW THE WINDOWS THAT'S WHEN I REALLY THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO DIE.))
OUT Q=GOING TO DIE
Elizabeth Kennedy's mobile home was pelted with hail.
Almost every inch of the siding is dimpled by what she calls baseball size
IN Q=GLASS, THIS
((GLASS, THIS, IT WENT EVERYWHERE. MATTER OF FACT THE HAIL WAS SO HARD THEY
WENT ACROSS MY BEDROOM TO THIS SIDE AND KNOCKED CRACKS IN THE OTHER
OUT Q=OTHER MINI-BLINDS
IN Q=THE WATER WAS
((THE WATER WAS SO EXTENSIVE THROUGH HERE IT WAS LIKE WALKING IN A PUDDLE AND
IT WEAKENED THE FLOOR IT FINALLY GAVE WAY.))
OUT Q=GAVE WAY
Clara Callahan lost all but two of her front windows.
She's lived in her house for 30 years and says she's never seen anything
like Friday's storm.
IN Q=HOW MUCH HALE
((HOW MUCH HAIL DID YOU GET?
CLARA CALLAHAN/STORM VICTIM: THE YARD WAS FULL AND THE PORCH RIGHT THERE WAS
UP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WINDOW.))
OUT Q=BOTTOM OF THE WINDOW
The national weather service is calling it a super cell thunderstorm.
Meteorologists say it's larger and lasts longer than normal thunderstorms.
And super cell storms have strong rotating winds and are often associated
Kennedy says those winds bent the frame of her trailer and she believes her
home is totaled.
IN Q=IT HAS WARPED
((IT HAS WARPED THE CEILINGS AND BUCKLED THE ROOF AND IT'S NOT SAFE.))
OUT Q=IT'S NOT SAFE
Insurance assessors will inspect the damage at both the Kennedy and Callahan
homes this week.
Both say they're anxious to find out if their home owner's policy will cover
damage done by mother nature.
Denise Allen News 7.))
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With the recent tobacco settlement threatening to increase the price and
government regulation of cigarettes, some smokers and tobacco companies are
turning to an alternative...
Reporter Staci Elgin tells us about natural cigarettes.
IN Q=Cletus Cranford has
SUPER=03-Lexington, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Cletus Cranford/Smoker; :11
SUPER=01-Staci Elgin/Reporting; :56
OUT Q=for CBS News
A spokesperson from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta says they
haven't studied whether natural cigarettes are better or worse than others, but
they add that smoking ANY type of tobacco is bad for your health.
It looks like they WON'T strike at G-E in Salem, and a Roanoke County
company has a big week.
Here's Len Besthoff with the News-7 Business Review.
IN Q=NAT SOT
SUPER=03-Salem/File Tape; :07
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wednesday; :18
OUT Q=NAT SOT
Nat Sot biz rev intro/outro
((Union workers at G-E, including 900 from its plant in Salem, will vote on
a new, three- year contract next Wednesday.
G-E and organized labor reached a tentative agreement on a new deal this
Two big milestones for Optical Cable this week.
The Roanoke County company has signed a deal to gain entry into the
difficult- to- penetrate Japanese market, and its stock is now being included
in the Russell 2000 Index.
Gas prices in our area dipped below the one- dollar mark just in time for
the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Crude oil prices have fallen, and analysts say retailers are passing the
savings along to consumers.
Uni Mart could close several stores in Virginia.
The Pennsylvania based company could close about 50 stores-- mainly in
Roanoke, Richmond and Hampton Roads, because of disappointing earnings.
A strong week for the financial markets.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 208 points, closing at a new record.
The Nasdaq Composite also finished in record territory, up 29.
Len Besthoff, with the News-7 Business Review.))
Still to come on News 7 at Six,
a Blacksburg group visits a Central American country to investigate reports of
But first here's a look at your weekend stocks..
[Bassett Fur/ Bedford Bancshares/Dimon/ETS]
[Main Bankshares/ Optical Cable/ Pulaski Furn./ Roanoke Elec. Steel]
[Roanoke Gas/ Stanley Furn/Tultex/Valley Bank]
Blacksburg's Witness for Peace Program says businesses in Nicaragua are
During a recent trip members say they saw child labor, poor working
conditions, and an unemployment rate of nearly 50 percent.
IN Q=Seven years
((PAUL CALDWELL/ DELEGATE TO NICARAGUA: SEVEN YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE NICARAGUA
WAS INTEGRATED INTO THE WORLD ECONOMY. YET, "REAL PROGRESS" HAS NOT COME TO
NICARAGUA;TO THE CONTRARY, THE COUNTRY HAS DETERIORATED. ))
SUPER=01-Paul Caldwell/ Delegate to Nicaragua;
OUT Q=seven years
The government has also decreased programs to improve literacy and help
IN Q=The government
((DALE WIMBERLEY/ DELEGATE TO NICARAGUA: THE GOVERNMENT HAS CUT BACK HEALTH AND
EDUCATION SPENDING SEVERELY AND HAS FIRED MANY GOVERNMENT WORKERS. WHILE IT
INVESTS LITTLE IN THE LIVES OF ITS OWN CITIZENS, THE NICARAGUAN GOVERNMENT HAS
CHANGED ITS POLICY TO EXPORT AS MANY RESOURCES AS POSSIBLE. ))
SUPER=01-Dale Wimberley/Delegate to Nicaragua
OUT Q=as possible
The Witness for Peace program hopes the trips to Nicaragua will help to find
solutions for these problems.
Hundreds of felines put their best paws forward in hopes of scratching out a
victory at this weekend's cat show at the Roanoke Civic Center.
The Star City Cat Fanciers Association hosted the event.
Breeders from all over the country stopped in Roanoke to have their cats
judged on beauty and body structure.
Each breed has different standards.
IN Q=I WANT A NICE
((BARBARA SUMNER/JUDGE: I WANT A NICE ROUND HEAD, SHORT SNUB NOSE WITH THAT
BREAK RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES. THEN I FEEL HERE FOR THE SMOOTHNESS IN THE HEAD
BECAUSE MANY TIMES YOU'LL FIND BUMPS AND RIDGES AND THAT IS WHAT YOU DON'T
OUT Q=YOU DON'T WANT
About 40 breeds were represented.
A win could earn the lucky cats points towards champion status.
And coming up, Highlights from the Braves and Orioles afternoon baseball
games Randy Lajoie wins a Busch race in Milwaukee.
And Pete Sampras wins his fourth singles title today at Wimbledon.
For the fourth time in the past five years Pete Sampras has won at
Wimbledon. He picked up his fourth title today beating Frenchman Cedric
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/NBC SPORTS; :
It's been sometime since a player has dominated at Wimbledon like Sampras.
In today's match Pioline earned only four points on Sampras's serve in the
first set and only three in the second a total of just 11 points in nine
Sampras's serve was only broken twice in the entire two week tournament.
Sampras has never lost to the Frenchman and he captured the title today
with a straight set 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win.
Sampras earned his 10th grand slam title tieing him with Bill Tilden on the
career list of Grand Slam singles title's.
Randy Lajoie made his move at the right time and he takes the checkered flag
winning the Milwaukee 250.
SUPER=03-Milwaukee, WI/CBS SPORTS; :
Kevin Lapage was crusing up front on lap 89 of the 250 lap race around the
Then on lap 121 Buckshot Jones, who won on the track a year ago, got lose
bringing out the caution.
Elliott Sadler was the leader on lap 167 with red hot rookie Steve Park
right on his rear bumper.
But the action heated up on the final two laps Todd Bodine was running
second when he ran into Chris Diamond and hit the wall bringing out the
Lajoie then took the checkered flag under caution winning the race and
taking over the points lead in the Busch Series.
IN Q="They said
((RANDY LAJOIE/MILWAUKEE 250 WINNER: ))
SUPER=01-Randy Lajoie/Milwaukee 250 Winner; :
OUT Q= .........THIS IS COOL."
Elliott Sadler was second and his brother Hermie third.
Montreal Pitcher Jeff Juden threw a six hitter striking out 11 as the Expos
beat Atlanta 6 to 2.
SUPER=03-Montreal, Canada/TBS; :
Expos manager Felipe Alou keeping a close eye on the game.
He had to like this Mike Lansing lays down the perfect bunt it rolls into
the outfield scoring a run and the Expos took the one to nothing lead.
Atlanta came back in the top of the fifth. Jeff Blauser comes through with
this two run homer over the left field wall to make it 2 to 1 Braves.
Expo rookie Vladimir Guerrero drove SUPER=35-Montreal/6/Atlanta/2/;in
three runs two with this homer over the left field wall and Montreal breaks a
four game losing streak with a 6 to 2 win.
The Detroit tigers banged out 10 hits over four innings on their way to a 14
to 9 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/WKBD; :
Detroit started in the bottom of the first Travis Fryman sends this Scott
Erickson pitch over the left field wall for a two run homer and a 2 to 1 Tiger
Then in the fourth, Brian Johnson takes Erickson deep over the left field
wall for a solo homer and the Tigers led the Orioles by a score of 6 to 4.
Baltimore got to within two runs SUPER=35-Detroit/14/Baltimore/9/;
Geronimo Berroa getting all of this pitch and sending it to the upper deck for
a solo homer but the Tigers win it 14 to 9.
The Roanoke Wrath is 7 and OH. The perfect record is somewhat of a surprise;
considering the team fighting through injuries to some key players. Steve Mason
has a mid season progress report.
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SUPER=01-Grayson Prillaman/Wrath Player-Coach; :18
SUPER=03-Roanoke/1996 Riverdawgs Season; :42
SUPER=01-Ian Spooner/Wrath Player-Coach; 1:01
SUPER=01-Gavin Spooner/Wrath Forward; 1:32
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
((While the Wrath was introduced to the media well before it's season began;
the team did not come together in time in registering with the USISL. So this
season the Wrath mainly plays glorified club teams. The players have made the
most of it.))
((The Wrath has also overcome some key injuries. Starting goalie and former
Roanoke College All-American Aaron Ewert has been sideline with a broken left
Ian Spooner; the leading scorer from last years River dawgs team has
missed the entire first half of the season while recovering from arthroscopic
knee surgery. Will he return this season?))
((Other Wrath players have picked up the slack and Roanoke's premiere soccer
team heads into the second half with momentum and confidence.))
(( The Wrath's next home game will be played at Rivers Edge sports complex July
12 against Atlas Football Club. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
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