UP next on News 7 at Six... a Danville doctor who tried to commit suicide with a bomb wants to practice medicine again...
And we'll meet some people who love history so much, they LIVE it..
And coming up, The Pacers beat the Knicks Tampa Bay downs the Orioles.
And the Salem Avalanche wrapped up a three game set with Frederick at Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
More Clouds on tap-- as well as some sprinkles here and there.
Your work week forecast is coming up.
Dozens of people had to be evacuated from a shopping center at Smith Mountain Lake this evening after a fire broke out.
It happened around three-thirty.
Fire fighters from Bedford County and Franklin County responded to Bridge Water Plaza.
The fire was contained to the roof and attic of one part of the building.
No one was injured.
Firefighters are still trying to figure out how the fire started.
One man is dead following a traffic accident last night in Wythe County.
The accident happened along the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 just after midnight.
According to police, 23 year old Christopher Lee Hendricks of Dublin lost control of his car and smashed into a tree.
Hendricks died at the scene.
A Danville Doctor who tried to blow himself up with a pipe bomb wants his job back.
In March, rescue workers found Dr. Carl Clark underneath an overpass. He had burns on his upper body, and nails stuck in his chest and thighs.
Police say Clark detonated a home-made pipe bomb strapped to his body.
Now Clark wants to return to his job in the emergency department at the Danville Regional Medical Center.
Hospital officials say Clark will undergo a review process that could last up to a year. The review does NOT guarantee he will be allowed to return to his practice.
After working on it for about a week, Roanoke officials are close to finishing their budget.
Mayor David Bowers said almost all the budget-related items have been approved.
One exception though, is changes to the retirement benefits programs for city workers.
Tomorrow Bowers plans to ask city council to wait a while before approving that item.
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR; MY FIRST OBLIGATION IS TO THE CITZENS OF ROANOKE AND THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET. SO I'M GOING TO BE ASKING COUNCIL TO CONTINUE SOME OF THE MATTERS. NOT ALL OF THE MATTERS FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS OR EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT BENEFITS, BUT SOME OF THOSE MATTERS UNTIL SEPTEMBER.))
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Bowers says, IF the money is there in September, retired employees SHOULD be getting more benefits.
That's what Governor Jim Gilmore is saying to Democrats and labor leaders in Virginia --
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-- who last week announced an all-out effort to save tobacco manufacturing jobs in Virginia.
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((WE ARE CALLING ON THIS COMMUNITY TO JOIN WITH THE WORKERS. AND THAT COMMUNITY INCLUDES THE POLITICAL PART OF OUR SOCIETY. THE CITY COUNCIL. THE BOARDS OF SUPERVISORS. THE GOVERNOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOT TRY TO POLITICALLY GRANDSTAND ON THIS. I THINK THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS BEEN VERY FAR BEHIND IN THIS. THEY HAVE ALWAYS CONSISTENTLY TAKEN A POSITION THAT HAS BEEN ALL THAT FAVORABLE TO VIRGINIA'S WORKERS. WE HAVE CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED VIRGINIA'S WORKERS AND ARE GONNA CONTINUE TO DO THAT. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO MAKE THIS A POLITICAL ISSUE.))
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Philip Morris union members in the Richmond area have high praise for Democratic Senator Chuck Robb, for his efforts to protect Virginia jobs in the tobacco fight.
Rising costs and declining visitors threatened to end a tradition in Natural Bridge.
Sunrise Easter Services have been held there for 52 years.
But, Natural Bridge Incorporated of Virginia, which puts on the event, was concerned it could no longer afford to continue the services.
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((DAVE PARKER/NATURAL BRIDGE INC. OF VA: I CAN'T SPEAK TO THE COSTS THAT WERE BACK IN THE 50'S, 60'S AND EVEN 70'S. BUT, WE'VE SEEN A GRADUAL INCREASE. AND, NATURAL BRIDGE OBVIOUSLY HAS BEEN VERY CONCERNED BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ENDING A 52-YEAR TRADITION AND A SERVICE THAT PEOPLE LOOK FORWARD TO IT REALLY CONCERNS US.))
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Parker said recent costs have neared 10 thousand dollars.
He said they've already gotten an offer from a local company to print the programs for free.
To further off-set costs and continue Easter services, Natural Bridge Incorporated may soon begin accepting donations.
Straight ahead on News 7--a marketing campaign pays off for officials at Ferrum College.
And, an 88-year old graduate is among those honored today at the college.
More on that in a few minutes--but first let's head over to Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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Life during the civil war was remembered today at Natural Bridge.
Re-enactors lived, and prepared for battle as many of their ancestors did more than a hundred years ago.
David Johnson was there and has this report.
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The men of the fifth New York Volunteer Infantry- the Duryee Zouaves- and the first North Carolina Battery A, spend 18 weekends a year reliving the Civil War.
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((ED STEWART/DURYEE ZOUAVES; WE'VE GOT FOLKS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN HISTORY. WE'VE GOT FOLKS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN THE UNIFORMS. SOME ARE DESCENDANTS AND DO THIS AS A WAY TO HONOR THEIR DESCENDANT'S MEMORY.))
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Made up mostly of civil war historians, some members of the group have served as consultants and appeared in such movies as "Glory", "Sommersby" and most recently "The Day Lincoln was Shot".
Their reenactments are a living history of life in 1863, complete from authentic uniforms to demonstrations of military drills.
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((STEWART; AND THE PUBLIC CAN LEARN SO MUCH MORE FROM SOMETHING LIKE THIS THAN THEY CAN BY READING IT IN A BOOK OR TAKING A CLASS ON IT OR WATCHING A TV PROGRAM.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; MEMBERS REENACTING THE ZOUAVES ARE SO WELL VERSED IN THEIR CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT, THEY'VE BEEN ASKED TO GO TO FRANCE, WHERE THE REGIMEN ORIGINATED.))
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((STEWART; WE'LL BE DOING A NUMBER OF DEMONSTRATIONS FOR SOME OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE. PARTICIPATING IN SOME OF THE FOLK LORE EVENTS THAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE FOR THAT WEEKEND. DOING A LITTLE SINGING ON SATURDAY NIGHT. WE'LL BE MARCHING IN A PARADE. AND THEN THE FRENCH ARE GOING TO TAKE US ON TOURS OF SOME OF THE WORLD WAR ONE BATTLE FIELDS.))
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The group will also be asked to return to Natural Bridge in the fall.
David Johnson, News 7, Natural Bridge.
An 88 year old graduate joined other students in receiving honors today at Ferrum College.
James E. Peters graduated from the school in 1929 when it was known as the Ferrum Training School.
The Franklin County native received the college's highest alumni award-- The Benjamin Beckham Medallion, named after the school's first president.
Peters is a former teacher.
He was honored for his career and his contributions to the community, including volunteer work for the Salem Lion's Club Eye Bank.
In two decades, Peters helped sign-up 33-thousand eye donors.
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((JAMES PETERS/ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT; OTHERS WAS OUR MOTTO, HELPING OTHERS. THAT'S WHAT WE'VE STUCK WITH ALL THESE YEARS, HELPING OTHER PEOPLE.))
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Peters is also credited with helping to establish eye donor registrations at D-M-V's more than 20 years ago.
Freshman enrollment at Ferrum College has dropped during the past several years.
But, now that's changing.
According to some preliminary figures, as of May first, enrollment was up 42 percent.
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Miller says at this rate the school should be able to meet its goal of a 10 percent increase by the fall.
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((MILLER; I THINK THERE'S MOMENTUM THAT COMES WITH THE SUCCESS THAT WE'RE FEELING NOW AND I THINK THERE'S MORE PEOPLE ABLE TO TELL ABOUT THE GOOD PROGRAMS AND SERVICES THAT ARE BEING PROVIDED AT FERRUM. IT'LL HELP CONTINUE THIS MOMENTUM.))
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On May first last year, 145-high school seniors had paid deposits to attend Ferrum.
This year that number jumped to 206.
It was another brutal week for the textile industry, as nearly 300-jobs went south of the border.
Scott Goldberg has that story and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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You can hear that giant sucking sound at Virginia's textile factories.
Three closed this week because they couldn't compete with cheap Mexican labor.
It's a bitter pill for American workers to swallow.
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The Bassett-Walker plant in Hillsville employed 203-workers.
Forty-seven worked at Turner and Minter in Eagle Rock.
And 38 people at the Buena Vista Manufacturing Company watched their jobs go south.
A group of ophthalmologists is looking forward to building a new eye-surgery center.
Carilion Health System fought the doctors, saying the health-care giant would lose too much money.
The center will charge less than half Carilion's rate for outpatient surgery.
A former Ericsson employee pleaded guilty to defrauding the company of one-and-a-half million dollars.
Prosecutors say 51-year-old Robert F. Sager used kickbacks to pay for vacations, cars and lottery tickets.
Former U-S Senate candidate Mark Warner is heading up a group of investors who want to give Southwest Virginia businesses a boost.
A new venture capital fund will offer more than five million dollars to start-up and expanding companies.
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Fears of an interest rate hike rattled Wall Street this week.
The Dow dropped 92 points.
The Nasdaq lost nine.
That's this week's review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Coming up later--Roy Stanley will be here with highlights from game four of the Knicks and the Pacers.
And, Andrew Freiden will have your extended weather forecast.
Legendary musician Ralph Stanley is keeping some pretty impressive company in his latest release.
The Double CD, Clinch Mountain Country, features performances with 30 different artists including Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, George Jones, even Bob Dylan. And Stanley says he could have filled a third record with performers who wanted to be a part of the project.
Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys have also remained true to the group's roots in the coalfields of southwest Virginia.
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((RALPH STANLEY: WE'VE ALWAYS TRIED TO STICK TO THE SAME KIND OF MUSIC THAT WE STARTED WITH, THE OLD MOUNTAIN STYLE TRADITIONAL. AND I THINK THAT PAYS OFF. WHEN PEOPLE HEAR RALPH STANLEY, THEY DON'T HAVE TO TURN AROUND TO LOOK TO SEE WHO IT IS.))
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At age 72, Stanley has no plans to slow down. He says his 19- year- old son and lead singer Ralph the second has given him new life. The band's booked solid in '98, and has shows scheduled into the year 2000. If the Lord's willing, Stanley says, he'll still be playing his own brand of Clinch Mountain Country then.
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Our viewer mail this week had some thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Israel.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
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((A rabbi in Roanoke gave us her thoughts on Israel's 50th birthday last month. Her remarks prompted a minister from Lexington to write:
True, Israel is a democracy with many more active political parties and political interests being formally represented than in our own country and Congress. But the requirements for Israeli citizenship excludes many of the majority population, the Palestinians. So I do not believe the banner of Israeli democracy can be touted without some further explanation. I think a deeper examination of who constitutes that democracy is in order, as well as the requirements of citizenship. Then, I believe, the democratic similarities between the U-S-A and Israel will cease to be parallel in many respects...Our country was also built upon the rebellion by settlers who had been established for more than 150 years, against an outside colonial power, namely England. In contrast, Israel was conquered from within and without by Jewish settlers, by Jewish World War II veterans and by those Jews who had thankfully escaped the holocaust...As the influx of immigrants increased during World War II, many of the Palestinians looked up the Jewish survivors of the holocaust with sympathy for the sufferings and horror they had endured at the hands of the Nazis. But the subsequent war to create the nation of Israel was not only physical, it was political. And it was waged against a resident population which did not want a totally Jewish state...Thank you for your efforts to show that world events do stir some local interest."
Whatever events stir your interest, we'd like to hear from you about them.
Write to News-7 Feedback at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
You can send a fax to 540-343-7269.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And on our home page you'll find a moderated forum, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
And coming up, Scores and Highlights from Major League Baseball The United Tennis Associations has set up shop in the Roanoke Valley.
And Reggie Miller leads the Pacers to a big win over the Knicks at the Garden this afternoon.
The Salem Avalanche was back at work this afternoon a Memorial Stadium completing a three game set with the Frederick Keys.
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Flowers were handed out today at the gate in honor of mothers day.
And the Avalanche went to work. Mark Hamlin hits this fly ball off the wall in centerfield scoring Blake Barthol and the Avalanche took a 1 to nothing lead.
Then Salem would score again in the second inning Rod Bair sends this shot over the left fielders head to score Hamlin from second and the Avalanche led 2 to nothing.
The Keys tried to sneak a run in on this play.
But Salem pitcher Shawn Chacon guns down Darrell Dent trying to steal and Home and Salem wins it 6 to 5.
The Baltimore Orioles were In Tampa today for another game against the Devil Rays.
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The Orioles looked relaxed in the dugout during the afternoon game.
But Tampa's Wade Boggs gives the Devil Rays the lead when he takes this Jimmy Key Pitch over the right field wall for a two run homer to make it 3 to nothing Tampa.
Baltimore answered with the long ball B.J. Surhoff gets all of this pitch sending it over the right field wall for a two run homer to make it 3 to 2 Tampa in the sixth.
Then the very next batter Joe Carter comes up big
he sends this shot over the left field wall for a solo homer and Tampa wins it 4 to 3.
The Atlanta Braves got homers from Andres Galarraga Andruw Jones and Ryan Klesko in an 8 to 5 win over the San Diego Padres.
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A player in the Padres bull pen checking the action with a pair of Binoculars.
The Padres stepped it up early Carlos Hernandez hits this line drive single to left field scoring Chris Gomez to make it 2 to nothing Padres.
Still in the fourth Andy Sheets sends this line drive to left field Klesko catches it on the short hop but Tony Gywnn scores to make it 3 to nothing.
Galarraga got the Braves on the board in the bottom
of the fourth when he sends this shot over the right field wall for a two run homer and the Braves win it 8 to 5.
Reggie Miller hit a three pointer to send it to overtime and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks 118 to 107 to lead the playoff series 3 games to 1.
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Jeff Van Gundy watches his Knicks take the lead in the fourth quarter.
Patrick Ewing goes in for the alley oop instead he passes to Larry Johnson for the easy layup to make it 97 to 89.
With three minutes left in the game the Knicks find Ewing wide open he hits the jumper and New York led 100 to 93.
But with 5 seconds left in the game the Pacers go to Miller who nails the three pointer to send it to overtime tied at 102.
The Pacers got a quick start in the overtime
outscoring the Knicks 10 to 2 and Indiana wins the game 118 to 107.
Plenty of baseball and N-B-A action today and now heres a look at the scores from the major pro sports.
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The United States Tennis Association is moving into communities like Roanoke to generate enthusiam for the game.
As Denise Allen tells us, the move has the Roanoke Vally Tennis Association optimistic about the future.
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Because of the valley's sport mindedness the U-S-T-A chose it as one of 45 cities to host USA Tennis Day clinics.
16 sites in Roanoke and surrounding counties offered free coaching to students of all ages.
Janine Underwood says she's encouraged that both the Roanoke and the Roanoke County Parks and recreation departments plan to hire a tennis director.
Janine Underwood has opened a USTA office in Roanoke County.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports))
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