Up next on News 7 at Six, a small child is killed in a Beford County trailer fire.
And a huge pileup shuts down the interstate between Roanoke and Charlottesville.[Sports-head]
In sports, the Express practice this morning and want serous support from the fans tomorrow, a VMI Keydet athelte makes history,
and pole winner Bobby Hamilton and the wrest of tthe Winston Cup drivers will have to wait another day for the Goodys 500 as rain ruuules at Martinsville.
Heavy rain bringing creek and stream flooding, plus tornado activity in North Carolina.
Forecast details ahead. [BigIsland-Fire]
A two-year old girl is dead following a trailer fire this morning in Bedford County.
Firefighters were called out just before eight, and arrived to find this home near Big Island engulfed in flames.
Authorities say John Lee left his two children in the trailer with his brother while he went to work.
Lee's brother and five- year- old son escaped the trailer when it caught fire, but his two- year- old daughter was trapped inside.
[IN Q=The sheriff's department]
((DAVE NICHOLS/PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER: THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS IN THE PROCESS OF INTERVIEWING THE ADULT PARENT THAT HAD LEFT FOR WORK THIS MORNING AND THERE WAS AN ADULT RELATIVE THAT WAS IN THE HOUSE WITH THE TWO JUVENILES THIS MORNING AND THEY WANT TO INTERVIEW THAT PERSON AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY SAW, WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED THAT AROUSED THEM TO THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A FIRE IN THE TRAILER.))
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[OUT Q=in the trailer.]
Authorities believe the fire started in a recliner in the living room and spread to the rest of the house.
They've ruled out an electrical problem as the cause, but believe the fire was accidental.
One of the victims injured in the Louisa County bombing Friday is improving.
Doctors have upgraded Sabrina Johnson Brewer's condition from critical to serious.
She was injured Friday when a bomb exploded in a Louisa Pizza Hut Parking lot.
Earlier Friday morning a bomb in a tackle box exploded inside a house in Mineral, Virginia.
Two men were burned but they were not seriously hurt.
A 65 vehicle pileup on Afton Mountain shut down interstate 64 eastbound for about 3 hours this afternoon.
It happened in dense fog at the 100 mile marker, police closed the east bound lanes at mile marker 96.
The crash involved both cars and tractor trailers. There's no word on how many people were hurt, but police say there were no life-threatening injuries.
Westbound traffic on I-64 is also moving slowly because of the rain and heavy fog.
V-Dot is asking Richmond bound drivers who want to avoid the dangerous driving conditions should bypass the mountain by taking Route 4-60 to Lynchburg and Route 29 to Charlottesville.
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The Dave Matthews Band concert is over, but now the clean-up begins.
And, a lot of Roanoke residents aren't too happy about it.
David Johnson explains.
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It would be expected that the day after such an enormous event, there would be some trash--
both at Victory Stadium where the concert was and the Roanoke Civic Center where there was designated parking.
But in nearby neighborhoods? Concert goers apparently left their mark everywhere they went. Property owners were not pleased and complained to community leaders.
[IN Q=I DIDN'T SEE]
((EVELYN BETHEL/HISTORIC GAINSBORO DISTRICT PRESIDENT; I DIDN'T SEE IT. BUT FROM THE TONE AND VOICE OF MY NEIGHBORS, IT MUST HAVE BEEN OUTRAGEOUS. SOME NEIGHBORS HAVE ALREADY CLEANED THEIR LAWNS AND THEY'RE WALKING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD PICKING UP TRASH.))
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Some residents feel the city is ignoring people who live in certain areas.
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((BRENDA ALLEN/GAINSBORO RESIDENT; SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH ROANOKE, THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN TOLERATED. IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED. WHEREVER EVENTS ARE HELD, WE NEED TO RESPECT CITIZENS ALL OVER ROANOKE. REGARDLESS.))
A solid waste supervisor denies that neighborhoods are being ignored.
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((DEAN SPANGLER/ROANOKE SOLID WASTE MGMT.; WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE INDIVIDUAL TRASH CREWS GO OUT AND BROOMS GO OUT AND TRY TO HIT THE COMMUNITIES AS WE CAN GET TO THEM, STARTING TOMORROW.))
City Manager Bob Herbert says a thorough clean-up effort will begin Monday, after all the weekend's festivities are finished.
David Johnson, News 7.[Tease#1]
Straight ahead on News 7--the rain didn't stop people from coming out to celebrate local colors.
And, a driving lesson in Salem has these motorists on the defensive--we'll tell you why when the news continues.
But, first let's head over to Andrew for an update on the weather.
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It was a big week for the banking industry.
From mega-mergers to earnings reports, Scott Goldberg has those those stories and the rest of the week's business headlines in the News-7 Business Review.
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This week on the Review, it's expected to forever alter the landscape of this country's banking industry.
A merger between NationsBank and BankAmerica would create the country's first bank with coast-to-coast branches.
It's the latest example of an explosive trend where big banks keep getting bigger.
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Consumer groups say watch out.
They warn bigger banks charge customers higher fees.
In other banking news, First Union won federal approval for its merger with CoreStates.
And the Charlotte bank beat analysts' predictions, with first-quarter earnings 20-percent stronger than the same period last year.
Roanoke's home-grown bank is taking off.
Valley Bank announced first-quarter earnings are more than seven times higher than the first three months of 19-97.
Last year was the first year the start-up bank turned a profit.
The State Corporation Commision is halfway through its series of power line hearings.
The commission hopes to decide by the end of the year if there's a need for a new high-voltage line, and, if so, where it should go.
There's a new union contract for workers at Tultex.
Martinsville and South Boston employees are getting better wages and benefits, even though the textile manufacturer is coming off its first quarterly loss in 61 years.
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An active arts and culture industry means a stronger local economy.
That's according to the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
A study out this week says cultural organizations add hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the Roanoke region.
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Finally, on Wall Street, the Dow finished the week at 91-67.
The Nasdaq closed a record high 18-67.
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The eighth annual "Local Colors" got underway today in downtown Roanoke.
It's a celebration honoring international cultures, cuisine, arts and performances.
Heavy rains caused the event to close down early today.
But the bad weather didn't soak the spirits of some first-time participants.
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((GOKMEN EKMEKCI/TURKISH NATIVE; THIS TIME IT WAS TOO WET. WE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH RESPONSE TO OUR STAND HERE. NOT AS MUCH AS WE EXPECTED.))
((LIANA ARIAS/SPANISH NATIVE; HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR WE'LL DO BETTER. THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGH. A LOT OF PEOPLE CONSIDERING THE RAIN. I THOUGHT ABOUT COMING.))
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[OUT Q=ABOUT COMING.]
Pearl Fu, who has organized Local Colors since it began, announced she is stepping down.
[IN Q=WHEN IT BEGAN]
((PEARL FU/LOCAL COLORS COORDINATOR; WHEN IT BEGAN IT WAS SMALL AND SO EASY TO MANAGE WITH ONLY FOUR COUNTRIES. AND IT HAS BLOSSOMED TO MORE THAN 50. SO IT HAS BECOME SO OVERWHELMING.))
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Fu says she doesn't know who will organize next year's event.[Deal-Profile]
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Whether it's fighting fires or helping to organize Sunday School classes--Thomas Deal is almost always serving the community.
Christy Hubley has more on Deal and his work in this week's edition of Virginia Profiles.
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((You can say he saves lives and saves souls.
Tommy Deal is Associate Pastor and Minister of Education at Mount Hermon Baptist Church.
And right down the street from his church is the Mount Hermon Volunteer Fire Department... where Tommy has been a firefighter for seven years.
[IN Q=It's always been a part of]
((THOMAS DEAL: IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE. SINCE MY DADDY BECAME A VOLUNTEER FIREMAN 35-YEARS AGO AND WOKE ME UP DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A VOLUNTEER FIREMAN. 25-YEARS AGO I STARTED BACK IN MY HOMETOWN AND I'VE BEEN DOING IT EVER SINCE.))
[OUT Q=doing it ever since.]
Most of Tommy's work at the church is done "behind the scenes."
With the help of the Minister of Music... who just happens to be his wife... he prepares the sanctuary for holiday services.
From his desk, Tommy coordinates the Sunday School and looks over plans for a new addition to the church.
[IN Q=That's a gift of mine]
((TOMMY DEAL: THAT'S A GIFT OF MINE... ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANIZING. SO GOD TOOK WHO I WAS-- HE MADE ME INTO WHO I AM-- TO DO WHAT HE WANTED ME TO DO.))
[OUT Q=wanted me to do.]
His pastor says his committment to God and the community makes Tommy a role model for all people.
[IN Q=He is a believer in Christ]
((PASTOR DON DAVIDSON/MT. HERMON BAPTIST CHURCH: HE IS A BELIEVER IN CHRIST AND THAT'S HIS JOB PROFESSIONALLY. IT'S NOT HIS JOB TO DO THIS OTHER. THIS IS FROM HIS HEART. AND I THINK EVERY CHRISTIAN NEEDS TO FIND A WAY TO SERVE NOT ONLY GOD BUT TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND WHEN YOU DO THAT YOU ARE SERVING GOD.))
[OUT Q=you are serving God.]
Tommy is never far from his scanner.
And when he's called to a fire, the church is very flexible to allow him to respond.
Tommy says even though he's not paid to be a firefighter, he could never give it up.
He says it's a calling from God... just like his ministry.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Pittsylvnia County.))
When we return Andrew Freiden will have a complete update on severe weather in the area.
And, Steve Mason will tell us about the latest players to make the draft.
That's coming up when the news continues.
Motorists got behind the wheel at the Salem Civic Center today to improve their defensive driving skills.
The lesson was part of the Decisive Driving Car Control Program sponsored by Car Guys Incorporated.
The class teaches motorists how to steer clear of problem driving situations.
[IN Q=IT'S AN EXERCISE]
((KENLEY SMITH/"CAR GUYS" PRESIDENT; IT'S AN EXERCISE THAT REALLY FORCES A DRIVER TO USE EVERY RESOURCE. NOT JUST THE PHYSICAL SKILLS, BUT THE ABILITY TO THINK, TO PLAN AHEAD. AND AS MUCH ANYTHING ELSE, THE VISUAL SKILLS. IF YOU'RE NOT LOOKING WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET THERE.))
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Smith says the program is not meant to be a basic driver's education course.
Instead, these students learn to handle real world problems.
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((HEATHER GADDIE/DECISIVE DRIVER STUDENT; JUST PRACTICE FOR SITUATIONS THAT YOU NORMALLY CAN'T PRACTICE FOR, LIKE ACCIDENTS. I MEAN, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO.))
[OUT Q=GOING TO DO.]
The program is an intensive one-day course which lasts about eight hours and costs 250-dollars per student.
The course is open to drivers of all ages.[Road-Report]
V-DOT begins plans to widen parts of the longest road in Virginia.
And, work is almost finished on a major road in Roanoke.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's Road Report.
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In Roanoke, much of the work on Brandon Avenue/Route 11 is complete.
But, crews will still be there this week doing minor construction and flaggers will be in the area.
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Also, V-DOT announced it's planning to widen Route 58 - in Patrick County.
[IN Q=Some pieces are]
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: SOME PIECES ARE ALREADY FOUR LANES BUT THERE ARE COUNTIES LIKE PATRICK COUNTY THAT HAVE NO FOUR LANE ROADS AT ALL AND I'M PLEASED TO TELL YOU THAT WE'RE NOW RECONSTRUCTING A PORTION OF ROUTE 58 IN PATRICK COUNTY. WORK IS UNDERWAY THERE TO WIDEN THE ROAD TO FOUR LANES.))
[OUT Q=to four lanes]
Elsewhere around the region...
In Botetourt County crews have completed work to replace the bridge along Route 6-51.
And, that's it for this week's edition of Road Report. I'm Stacey Martin.
Mike Stevens will have all the soggy details from the Martinsville Speedway on the Goody's rainout, tech and UVa players go in the draft late rounds,
and it's the final round for the Express as they practice for the final game of the kelly Cup playoffs tomorrow night.
For the second straight year, one of the Martinsville Speedway's main events has been postponed by rain.
A persistent drizzle and the threat of violent storms throughout the evening forced NASCAR to reschedule the Goody's 500 for 11am tomorrow.
Mike Stevens has more.
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Salem's Marcus Parker and his teammate Ken Oxendine played in the same backfield in college. They were selected back to back in the NFL draft.
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Oxendine was the 12th pick selected in the 7th and final round of the draft. Ox goes to the Atlanta Falcons as the 201st overall pick.
Marcus parker was right behind Ken as the 13th pick in the 7th round; 202nd overall. Parker goes to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tech offensive lineman Todd Washington was the 12th pick in the 4th round. He goes to Tampa Bay.
Tech lineman Genarro DiNapoli was the 17th pick in the 4th round; going to the Oakland Raiders.
Virginia lineman Doug Karzewski was the 18th pick in the 5th round; selected by the New York Jets.[S-Express]
With the series tied up at 2 apiece; the Express returns to the Round House tomorrow night for the fifth and deciding game of the Kelly Cup playoff second round against Hampton Roads. The team is trying to get as many fans out for the game as possible.
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The team practiced this morning at the Ice station. Express offical are trying to get goalie Daniel Berthiuame reinstated for tomorrow night's game.
In the meantime; the Express practiced today with emergency back up Rick Kelly, Berthiuame did work out with the team as well.
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Kelly Sullivan, one of VMI's first female scholarships, has made her mark on post.
her hammer throwing prowess has earned her a spot in the record books.
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((With this award Kelly Sullivan becomes the first WOMAN at V-M-I to place in a conference competition and earn All Southern Conference honors.
All this and she had never even competed in the hammer throw.
The Keydets men's track team won their second straight Southern Conference Championship this weekend.
The women compete as individuals because there aren't enough of them to make a team.
Her dad traveled all the way from Denver to witness this historic moment.
The Sullivans are a military family and dad was not surprised his daughter chose VMI and he has no doubt she'll achieve her career goal.
But first she'll add the javelin thrown when competition resumes next season.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
In men's action Darius Jackson won the long jump and the 200 meter dash. Keydet coach Mike Bozeman won outdoor coach of the year honors.
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