Up next on News 7 at Six, police are looking for a hit and run driver who ran a motorcyclist off the road.
And Sixth District republicans choose their candidate for congress.[Sports-Head]
In sports, The N-B-A Playoffs continued today Buckshot Jones wins on the Busch Circuit.
And Ohio Wesleyan bulls its way over Washington and Lee to advance in the Division Three lacrosse playoffs.
Cloudy Skies dominate your Saturday-- maybe some sprinkles overnight and tomorrow morning.
But guess what? No Severe Watches and Warnings!
Forecast details coming up. [Bedford-Ax]
A motorcyclist was injured this morning after a hit-and-run accident in Bedford County.
It happened around 10:30 on Route six-19 in the Stewartsville area.
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((G.R. SNEAD/STATE POLICE; ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, WHAT HAPPENED, THE MOTORCYCLE WAS COMING AROUND THE CURVE BACK BEHIND US. IT MET A CAR THAT WAS OVER ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD.))
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The motorcycle fell onto its side, skidded off the road and hit a tree.
The driver, Cecil Michael Campbell of North Carolina, was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. His condition is NOT known.
State Police say they have little information about the car involved in the accident.
A Virginia congressional representative is vying for his fourth consecutive campaign victory.
Today, Bob Goodlatte took his first official step towards his goal by getting his party's nomination at the Sixth District Republican Convention.
David Johnson reports.
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((BOB GOODLATTE/SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN; THIS IS AN EXCITING DAY FOR ME AND MY FAMILY TO AGAIN RECEIVE THE NOMINATION OF OUR PARTY FOR ME TO RUN FOR CONGRESS.))
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Goodlatte has had that distinction since 1992.
His platform this go round continues to focus on issues faced by people, not just in Southwest Virginia, but throughout the nation.
They include balancing the budget, slowing the growth of government and scraping the tax code.
[IN Q=THE INTERNAL REVENUE]
((BOB GOODLATTE/SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN; THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF THIS COUNTRY IS A DISGRACE. IT'S SEVEN MILLION WORDS LONG. IT'S CONFUSING, IT'S UNFAIR. PEOPLE CAN'T DO THEIR OWN TAX RETURNS, THEY DON'T TRUST THE SYSTEM. WE NEED TO THROW IT OUT AND START OVER AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=OVER AGAIN.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; GOODLATTE IS THE ONLY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GOP. ACCORDING TO THE STATE'S PARTY CHAIR, THAT'S BECAUSE HE CONTINUES TO GET THE JOB DONE.))
[IN Q=NOT ONLY DO]
((DONALD DUNCAN/VIRGINIA GOP CHAIR; NOT ONLY DO REPUBLICANS, BUT THE INDEPENDENTS AND DEMOCRATS SUPPORT BOB IN WHAT HE DOES IN WASHINGTON. SO, IT MIGHT BE SOMEONE WHO COMES FORWARD, I THINK THEY WOULD HAVE TO HAVE SOME OTHER AGENDA THEN JUST WANTING TO RUN FOR CONGRESS.))
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Roanoke Mayor David Bowers, the incumbant's lone opponent, says his only agenda is that of the voters in the sixth district.
Bowers does acknowledge he's struggling early on to battle Goodlatte.
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR; MAY I REMIND YOU THAT MARY SUE TERRY SHOULD HAVE BEEN GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA. IF YOU HAD ASKED HER IN MAY OF THAT YEAR, MARY SUE TERRY WOULD HAVE BEEN GOVERNOR. BUT GEORGE ALLEN BEAT HER.))
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Another re-election would mean Goodlatte's fourth two-year term.
When asked what he might do when his time is up as a congressman, Goodlatte says he hasn't thought that far ahead.
David Johnson, News 7. ))[Congress-Votes]
The Senate this week approved a bill designed to reform the Internal Revenue Service.
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The vote was unanimous, with Virginia's Chuck Robb and John Warner among the 97 senators voting that day.
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Over in the House, there was another vote on education savings accounts.
This question dealt with ideas for resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
But, it was rejected.
Democrats Rick Boucher and Virgil Goode voted yes.
Republican Bob Goodlatte voted no.
Governer Jim Gilmore told Virginia Tech graduates today they are well prepared for life after college.
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Some graduates were better prepared than others at the ceremony this morning, they had their umbrellas handy when the weather changed from overcast skies to pouring rain, just before the Governor took the podium.
He led by example and made the keynote address anyway, urging students to be ready for life's challenges.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE; YOU HAVE THE DETERMINATION AND PERSISTANCE TO SUCCEED, OR YOU COULD NOT HAVE COMPLETED THIS FLAGSHIP OF VIRGINIA'S SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION. SO I URGE YOU TO PERSEVERE, EVEN WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH AS IT SURELY WILL, EVEN WHEN THE TASK BEFORE YOU IS DIFFICULT.))
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Earlier, Astronaut Roger Crouch, Tech's first alumnus in space, presented the University with a pennant he took into space with him.
When we return we'll tell you why postal carriers were picking up more than just the mail today.
And, we'll visit a local playground some parents say was a danger to children.
That's until they took matters into their own hands.
But, first let's head over to Andrew Frieden in the weather center.
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People were making great strides at a walk-a-thon at Hollins College today.
The event was one of several fundraisers nationwide, collecting money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
This is the tenth year for the event.
Organizers say more than 95 percent of the money raised will go directly toward research.
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((DEBI GOLDEN/CFF VA. CHAPTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; NOT ARE WE RAISING MONEY BUT WE'RE RAISING AWARENESS IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT CYCTIC FIBROSIS AND WE'RE RAISING THE VISIBILITY OF THIS AS A VERY IMPORTANT CAUSE. CF IS THE NUMBER ONE FATAL GENETIC DISEASE OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY AND THE LIFE EXPECTANCY RIGHT NOW IS 31-YEARS OF AGE.))
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Last year, more than eight million dollars was raised around the country for research. About 100-thousand of that was raised in Virginia.
This year organizers in the Commonwealth hope to bring in a total of about 150-thousand dollars.
The walk-a-thon in Roanoke exceeded its goal by taking in 12 thousand dollars.
News earlier this week of a possible cure for cancer was a source of hope for many particpants at a fundraiser yesterday for the American Cancer Society.
Cancer survivors and their supporters took to the track for the fourth annual Relay for Life in Rockbridge County.
Stacey Martin has more.
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((There were many warm welcomes at this finish line--this hug from Elizabeth Reynolds to her mother Susan Reynolds who was diagnosed with cancer five years ago.
Susan Reynolds joined 52 other cancer survivors who faced the disease step by step and lived to tell about it.
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((ELIZABETH & SUSAN REYNOLDS: SHE SURVIVED AND IT'S A SURVIVAL LAP. IT'S NOT SAD. IT'S HAPPY. AND, WE'RE REMINDED EVERYDAY THAT ESPECIALLY DURING THE SPRING I THINK WHEN THINGS ARE COMING ALIVE AGAIN THAT WE HAVE TO REMEMBER IT'S A NEW BEGINNING AND WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT. AND, THIS SORT OF HELPS ME REMEMBER IT ALL.))
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After the first lap survivors were joined by other relatives and friends--teams of relay participants walking this track for 24 hours.
And, optimism was high that news of a possible cure might make this event their last.
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((FRANK WARD/PRES. ROCKBRIDGE CO. UNIT OF AMER. CANCER SOCIETY:I'M SO OPTIMISTIC ABOUT IT AND I FEEL THAT VERY SHORTLY THE MAGIC BULLET IS GOING TO WORK AND THAT WE'RE GOING TO CONQUER THIS INSIDIOUS DISEASE.))
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((BUDDY DERRICK/LEXINGTON'S MAYOR: I'M REALLY DELIGHTED THAT SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY WOULD GIVE THEIR TIME AND MONEY TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. IT SHOWS WHAT KIND OF A CITY, TOWN AND COUNTY WE HAVE HERE.))
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: BUT, A CURE IS STILL A WAYS OFF AND MANY SURVIVORS HERE SAY THEY'RE TAKING THINGS IN STRIDE, ONE STEP AT A TIME. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7 ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY.))
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You may have noticed postal workers handling more than just the mail today.
The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U-S Postal Service teamed up with the United Way and the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank, to participate in what they say is the nation's largest food drive.
Customers helped stamp-out hunger by putting non-perishables near their mail boxes.
Then postal carriers collected them along their route.
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((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POSTMASTER; I DON'T THINK ANY OF US BEFORE THE ANNUAL FOOD DRIVES BECAME KNOWN THAT HOW MANY PEOPLE IN OUR OWN STATE AND COMMUNITY ARE GOING TO BED HUNGRY. THE CHILDREN AND PEOPLE THAT REALLY NEED IT.))
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Last year the postal service collected more than 26-tons of food in the Roanoke area alone.
The food is taken to the Food Bank, where it's distributed to the needy.
A playground at the Virginia Heights Elementary School in Southwest Roanoke is finally getting a facelift.
Parents who have been working on the project, say the equipment on the old playground was dated and dangerous.
Members of the school's Parent-Teacher Association say they began raising money four years ago.
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((CAROL BRASH/VA. HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY PTA PRESIDENT; AND WITH SOME MATCHING FUNDS WE RECEIVED FROM ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS WE WERE ABLE TO INCLUDE IT WITH OUR FUNDRAISING MONEY. WE PURCHASED THIS EQUIPMENT FOR A FITNESS UNIT, A LINEAR FITNESS UNIT WITH LOTS OF STRENGTH BUILDING EXERCISES FOR THE KIDS. AND ALSO A SLIDE. WHAT PLAYGROUND IS COMPLETE WITHOUT A SLIDE.))
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[OUT Q=WITHOUT A SLIDE.]
The work is mostly done by volunteers. They hope to have half of the two-part project complete in about a month.
Once the first playground is finished, they plan to build a second playground for preschoolers.
Straight ahead--Roy Stanley will be here with highlights from the NBA playoffs.
And, some people were getting a green thumbs up from their teacher, as they learned how to save the environment.
More when the news continues.
Some residents were learning how to be more environmentally-friendly when doing their yard work today.
They took part in a workshop on ecology held at Fishburn Park Elementary School.
Composting and grass mulching were just a few lessons taught by the Valley Clean group.
Another was cutting down on trash.
Roanoke city recently issued new large trash binds to some residents.
One expert at the workshop encouraged participants to convert their old trash cans into composters, instead of throwing them away.
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((KAREN LANE/MASTER GARDENER; WE COULD PREVENT THE FILLING UP OF THE LANDFILL AND PEOPLE CAN HAVE A FINISHED PRODUCT OF COMPOST THAT BENEFITS THEIR PLANTS. THEY CAN USE IT FOR MULCH AND INCREASE THE FERTILITY OF THEIR SOIL.))
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The workshop lasted about three hours.
A riding mulch mower was given away as a grand prize.[Profile-Preview]
Bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley has more than 150 records behind him.
And, he typically performs 200 dates a year... But at age 72, Stanley has no plans to slow down.
His latest recording is a collaboration with some of the biggest names in commercial country and it promises to bring his traditional sound to a wider audience.
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((RALPH STANLEY: WE'RE SOLID FOR '98. AND WE'VE GOT SHOWS BOOKED IN '99. EVEN A FEW IN 2000. AND I HOPE I'M STILL AROUND AND CAN DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=and can do that.]
Hear more from Ralph Stanley on News 7 Sunday morning, in this week's edition of Virginia Profiles.
There's a "power struggle" underway in Southwest Virginia.
American Electric Power says we need a new, high voltage power line to handle future demand.
Opponents say the line, running from West Virginia to just north of Roanoke, would destroy too much, and isn't needed.
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Next week we begin an in-depth look at the controversy, the people and places involved.
Join us for part one of "Power Struggle", beginning Monday on News 7 at Six and 11.
You can travel back in time to the Civil War era tomorrow at The Natural Bridge Easter Grounds.
An encampment there will feature Civil War re-enactors who starred in the movies "Glory" and "Gettsyburg".
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((DAVE PARKER/NATURAL BRIDGE INC.:THEY'RE GOING TO PUT ON AN ENCAMPMENT THAT'S COMPLETELY EDUCATIONAL, VERY HISTORIC. EVERYTHING IS AUTHENTIC--ALL OF THEIR EQUIPMENT, UNIFORMS, EVERYTHING. AND, THEY'RE GOING TO BE EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ON WHAT CAMP LIFE WAS LIKE AS WELL AS DOING VARIOUS ARTILLERY DRILLS, MUSKET DRILLS, BAYONET DRILLS. ))
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The event goes on tomorrow from 10 a-m to four in the afternoon.
And, we'll have highlights for you tomorrow on News 7 at Six.[Sports Tease]
And coming up, The Valley celebrates tennis month Washington and Lee is knocked out of the Division three lacrosse playoffs.
And the New York Knicks beat Indiana in the Eastern Conference Semi finals.
Washington and Lee and number one ranked Ohio Wesleyan met on the Generals turf today in the quarterfinals of the NCAA division three men's lacrosse championships.
The Generals said no one would beat them on their own field and they would have to work hard to prove it.
W and L got on the board early when Bernie Norton finds Colin Dougherty who finishes with the quick release tying it at 1 to 1.
O Wu would answer. David Maguire looks and feeds to Dan Stroka who fires this shot in from the top.
And the Battling Bishops kept the fire going. Darren McGurn battles through the crowd for this unassisted shot making the score 4-1 Ohio Wesleyan.
But the Generals close the gap as Matt Dugan charges around to the crease for the slam dunk.
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O Wu went on to win 17 to 8 and will advance to the semifinals on May 16.
The New York Knicks got a big lift from center Patrick Ewing this afternoon in game three of the Eastern Conference semi finals against the Indiana Pacers.
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Ewing being introduced to the crowd at the Garden in his second game since returning from a wrist Injury.
The big guy came out hot hitting his first shot for two of his game high 19 points.
Indiana trailed at the half but took the lead in the third Reggie Miller hitting two of his 23 points.
But the Knicks got some help from the bench on
this play Chris Mills hits the three pointer and the Knicks win it 83 to 76 and trail 2 to 1.
Meantime, San Antonio and Utah were back on the court this afternoon and the Spurs win it 86 to 64. [S-Bulls]
Last night in Charlotte, The Chicago Bulls beat the Hornets 103 to 89 to take a 2 games to one series in the Eastern Conference Semi Final.
Michael Jordan scored 27 and Scottie Pippen 18. The Bulls will take the win but they still need to fine tune their game to make it back to the championship.
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The Bulls worked out in Charlotte today and after practice Michael Jordon went out and played a round of golf.
Game four is tomorrow afternoon in Charlotte.
The San Francisco Giants beat Chicago this afternoon 5 to 1 in game one of a doubleheader.
Cubs manager Jim Riggleman checking the action early in the game.
In the top of the first, San Francisco's Barry Bonds hits this shot off the wall in left field for a double driving in a run to make it 1 to nothing Giants.
The Giants were also tough in the outfuelder Kevin Tapani singles to right field Darryl Hamilton comes
up throwing and gets Sandy Martinez at the plate.
San Francisco would add a run in the top of the ninth Brent Wayne hits a single to right field scoring
a run and the Giants go on to win it by a score of 5 to 1.
The Winston Cup Drivers have the weekend off but the drivers on the Busch Grand National Circuit were in Loudon, New Hampshire for the Long Life 200.
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Buckshot Jones, who was involved in a crash on the very first lap, would lead the final 58 laps and take the checkered flag winning the race for his second career win on the Busch circuit.
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[OUT Q=...pick it up.]
Jones will pick up a new Harley Davidson from his dad. Tony Stewart was second, Kevin Lepage third, Jeff Purvis fou
rth and Randy Lajoie fifth.[S-Tennis]
The United States Tennis Association wants to make Southwest Virginia a tennis player breeding ground.
Today the field was tilled as area players benefited from free clinics.
May is USA tennis month. And the U-S-T-A wants everyone to get in the game.
The clinics were held at 16 locations and equipment was provided for those who don't have a racket.
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((KENNY ROPER/TENNIS STUDENT: IT'S JUST DIFFERENT THAN BASKETBALL OR FOOTBALL. SOMETHING NEW TO TRY OTHER THAN EVERY DAY SPORTS.))
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The U-S-T-A is spending 50-million dollars for a two year program which it hopes will introduce tennis to as many people as possible.
Beginning July First, Athletes tempted to transffer to a better team next year may want to think again.
The Virginia High School League says students who move in with a family member other that their parents must sit out a year before becoming eligible to play sports.
Under the old rule students could join their new teams after one semester. [Wx-Tape]
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