Up next on News 7 at Six... A Thaxton man is shot after a fight over a gun...
And are officials at Smith Mountain Lake doing enough to protect swimmers from disease?
In Sports, The Yankees and Twins hooked up in the big Apple Bill Elliott is back.
And the Winston Cup Drivers begin 9 days of activity at the Charlotte Motor Speedway tonight.
Severe Thunderstorms Watches up for Montgomery and Bath Counties. And there could be more on the way.
We'll track the storms on radar coming up.
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A Thaxton man is still in critical condition today after being shot last night.
Police say Maurice Brammer and his neighbor Gerald Profitt were arguing, when weapons were drawn.
The two apparently fought over a gun, which went off, hitting 66-year old Brammer three times.
Police say they know of no history of disagreements between the two men.
Charges have not yet been filed.
Last year an E-coli outbreak scared many visitors at Smith Mountain Lake and made many others sick.
But, one year later many people still can't agree on what caused the outbreak and therefore what to do to prevent another one.
David Johnson joins us live in our newsroom with more.
Eric, last summer three children got sick after coming in contact with E-Coli bacteria at Smith Mountain Lake.
And, the health department says it knows of even more cases.
But, many people say new safety measures now in place, aren't doing enough to protect swimmers.
(Rollcue:to protect swimmers.)
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Elizabeth Roycroft/Henry-Martinsville Health Dept.; :01]
[SUPER=03-Smith Mountain Lake; :15]
[SUPER=01-Bill Berry/SML Chamber of Commerce; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Brian Heft/SML State Park Mgr.; 1:23]
[IN Q=THE TWO YEAR]
((DR. ELIZABETH ROYCROFT/HENRY-MARTINSVILLE HEALTH DEPT.; THE TWO YEAR OLD WHO WAS SO ILL HAD WHAT WE CALL HEMOLITIC UREMIC SYNDROME, WHICH CAN RESULT FROM AN E COLI 0157 INFECTION. HER KIDNEYS WENT INTO FAILURE.))
[OUT Q=INTO FAILURE.]
That little girl was swimming at Smith Mountain Lake's state park on the July 12th weekend last summer.
She was one of three youngsters diagnosed with symptoms from the E-Coli bacteria.
But a follow-up investigation by the health department turned up more cases.
After checking with other families camping in the Smith Mountain Lake area that same weekend, the department found six other people who had similar symptoms.
[IN Q=THIS MEANS THAT]
((ROYCROFT; THIS MEANS THAT WE HAVE MANY MORE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THIS SINGLE OUTBREAK THAN MIGHT SEEM WITH THE THREE CULTURE-PROVEN CASES. AND THIS MEANS THERE WAS PROBABLY AN EXTENSIVE CONTAMINATE IN THE LAKE.))
[OUT Q=IN THE LAKE.]
But, some people who live and work in the area dispute the findings--claiming the lake was safe until visitors took their young babies in the water.
[IN Q=THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR]
((BILL BERRY/SML CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF EPIDEMIOLOGY, HIS RECOMMENDATION ALSO HAD TO DO WITH DIAPER-AGE CHILDREN AT PUBLIC BEAHCES. WE PRETTY MUCH FIGURE, ALTHOUGH IT WAS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT, THAT WAS THE DIRECTION TO ATTACK.))
[OUT Q=TO ATTACK.]
That attack included cleaning up the state parks and posting more warnings for parents.
[IN Q=WE HAVE INSTALLED]
((BRIAN HEFT/SML STATE PARK MGR.; WE HAVE INSTALLED A SIGN HERE AT THE SWIMMING AREA TO REMIND OUR GUEST NOT TO LET CHILDREN WITH SOILED DIAPERS IN THE WATER. WE'VE INSTALLED TWO BABY CHANGING STATIONS IN OUR BATH HOUSES. AND WE'LL BE SELLING A BABY SWIM PANT PRODUCT THAT IS DESIGNED FOR THE YOUNG SWIMMERS AND OF COURSE IT'S PLASTIC.))
[OUT Q=IT'S PLASTIC.]
But, others think these changes don't go far enough.
They say boaters and the sewage they dump overboard is what really needs to be regulated better.
Eric, I'll talk more about that coming up on part two of this report tomorrow on News 7 at Six.
Many VMI cadets had a sense of closure and accomplishment today at the school's graduation.
It marked the end of VMI's first year, assimilating women among their ranks.
[IN Q=TODAY, WE CAN]
((COL. MIKE STRICKLER/VMI SPOKESMAN; TODAY WE CAN MAYBE COLLECTIVELY EXHALE A LITTLE BIT. IT HAS GONE QUITE WELL. WE'VE HAD SOME BUMPS. PEOPLE HAVE READ ABOUT THEM IN THE PAPER, SEEN THEM ON TV, BUT CERTAINLY NOTHING EARTH SHATTERING. AND I THINK WE CAN DECLARE THIS FIRST YEAR VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=very, very successful.]
23-of the first 30-female "rats" made it through their first year.
There are plans to bring in another 30 to 35 next fall.
By the year 2001, the school hopes to have at least 100 female cadets.
[IN Q=AS LONG AS]
((RANDY BROWN/CLASS OF 1999; AS LONG AS VMI STAYS CO-ED AND THEY'RE GETTING THE FEMALES IN THAT REALLY WANT TO BE AT VMI FOR THE RIGHT REASONS AND NOT THE WRONG REASONS. I BELIEVE IN THE FUTURE IT'S GOING TO HELP VMI, BECAUSE WE HAVE SHOWN THIS YEAR THAT IT HAS WORKED OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Randy Brown/VMI Cadet;]
[OUT Q=HAS WORKED OUT.]
213 young men graduated from the school today.
A U-S Senator today questioned a proposal that would increase taxes on cigarettes.
Texas Senator Phil Graham said he's opposed to teen smoking and drug use.
And, he said he may consider the bill as long as it does NOT unfairly burden working-class Americans.
[IN Q=WHAT I'M SAYING]
((PHIL GRAMM/TEXAS SENATOR; WHAT I'M SAYING IS IF WE WANT TO RAISE TAXES ON CIGARETTES AS PART OF IT, I'M WILLING TO LOOK AT IT. BUT, I WANT TO GIVE THE MONEY BACK IN TERMS OF OTHER TAX CUTS. I DON'T WANT TO USE THIS ALL AS A BIG EXCUSE TO REALLY HURT WORKING PEOPLE WITH A MASSIVE NEW TAX AND TO END UP SPENDING MORE MONEY ON GOVERNMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Phil Gramm/US Senator, (R) Texas;]
[OUT Q=ON GOVERNMENT.]
Graham was the keynote speaker today at VMI's graduation.
According to the senator, if approved the bill would impose the largest tax in the nation's history.
The U.S. Senate this week approved a bill to restore food stamps to about 250-thousand legal immigrants.
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The vote was 92 to 8.
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Both Chuck Robb and John Warner voted "yes".
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Over in the House, a bill dealing with competition in the financial services industry was approved.
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That measure passed 214 to 213.
Sixth District Republican Bob Goodlatte voted for it.
Fifth district Democrat Virgil Goode and Ninth district Democrat Rick Boucher voted against it.
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Straight ahead on News 7--a new golf green opens in Lynchburg.
But, you won't need any clubs.
And, a local DJ who plays music from the Big Band era remembers Frank Sinatra.
First, though let's head over to Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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The Big Band era faded long before Frank Sinatra's death Thursday night.
But, the Sinatra sound just can't be replaced...
That according to one Big Band era expert.
Doug St. Clair says Sinatra leaves behind a legacy that will long be remembered.
[IN Q=i think it's]
((DOUG ST. CLAIR/WLQE RADIO; I THINK IT'S THE CASE WITH ALMOST ANY MAJOR STAR PASSING THAT YOU WILL SEE MANUSCRIPTS, SECOND TAKES OF RECORDS, ALBUMS, THINGS LIKE THAT THAT PERHAPS WERE IN THE CAN WERE UNDISCOVERED. AND PROBABLY A FEW THINGS HIS WIDOW WOULD LIKE TO SEE RELEASED AND USED FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.))
[SUPER=01-Doug St. Clair/WLQE Radio;]
[OUT Q=CHARITABLE PURPOSES.]
St. Clair says the new releases should not diminish the star's legacy.
He says it's unlikely the world will ever see the likes of another Frank Sinatra--although St. Clair considers singer Harry Connick Junior to be a close second.
If you missed VDOT's public hearings on the I-73 corridor, you can catch up on-line.
And the president is the hero of a hot new on-line game.
More in tonight's Webwatch.
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VDOT has an online version of its I-73 newsletter. The site has a map showing the possible routes for the new interstate that emerged from hundreds of citizen's suggestions.
Sinatra fans can share an on-line tribute at Sinatra-dot-com.
The site includes a letter from Sinatra to his daughter, and a note from his family to his fans...
C-span lets you hear those Web Hubble tapes for yourself...
the site has Real-audio and transcripts of the recordings released by Congressman Dan Burton...
It's the on-line game that's burning up the beltway... with NVision Design's Good Willie Hunting, you help the President battle his problems with a mallet and a sense of humor... but whatever you don't hit Sox the cat!
Play on-line with shockwave, or download to play whenever you want.
Parents, this game makes rude noises, so if you don't want your kids repeating them... play with the sound turned off...
To get the game, and for links to all these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com. ))
Lynchburg has a new golf course, and it doesn't cost a dime to play on it.
Central Virginia's newest DISC golf course was dedicated this morning at Peaks View Park.
The Lynchburg Rotary Club paid to have the course designed and also rounded up sponsors for each of the 18 holes.
[IN Q=We're really excited]
((PROCTOR HARVEY/LYNCHBURG ROTARY CLUB: WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT. IT'S REAL BIG OUT IN THE WEST AND MID-WEST AND FINALLY LYNCHBURG HAS GOT IT. WE'RE REAL PROUD OF IT, IT'S AN 18- HOLE CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE, WHICH A LOT OF THESE AREN'T. A LOT OF THEM ARE JUST NINE HOLE COURSES, SO WE THINK WE'LL EVEN HAVE SOME TOURNAMENTS THAT WILL BE BROUGHT HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Proctor Harvey/Lynchburg Rotary Club; :00]
[OUT Q=be brought here.]
There are over 500 disc golf courses across the United States.
Enthusiasts say the game can be played by people of all ages and skill levels.
Coming up--rumors of a Lexington business shutting down prove to be false.
And, police came out in force today--washing cars to help a fellow member.
We'll explain when the news continues.
Police officers are sworn to serve and to protect the community.
But, they also take time out to care for their own.
Some of Roanoke County's officers shed their uniforms long enough today to hold a fundraiser for fellow officer Carol Paxton.
[IN Q=SHE WAS DIAGNOSED]
((OFFICER R.J. WYGAL/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE; SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO RAISE A COUPLE OF DOLLARS FOR HER TO HELP PAY HER MEDICAL BILLS.))
[SUPER=01-Officer R.J. Wygal/Roanoke Co. Police;]
[OUT Q=MEDICAL BILLS.]
Wygal (WHY-GULL) said the group cleaned more than 100 cars today and took in plenty of donations.
Drive-in movie theaters are pretty much a thing of the past, except in Rockbridge County.
But, when Sebert Hull died in February, many people there thought Hull's Drive-In would close.
But, as Stacey Martin reports
that's not exactly what happened.
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[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.; :05]
[SUPER=01-Bob Goodman/Movie Go-er; :14]
[SUPER=07-Effie Hull; :34]
[SUPER=01-Charlie Goad/Owner; :54]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7 Rockbridge Co.]
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[IN Q=How ya'll doin']
((HOW YA'LL DOIN' TONIGHT? OH, JUST FINE. THAT'LL BE SEVEN DOLARS. ENJOY THE MOVIE.))
[OUT Q=enjoy the movie.]
For many people in Rockbridge County it's a welcome return to a nightime attraction they thought would not re-open for another summer season
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[IN Q=When Mr. Hull]
((ROBERT GOODMAN: WHEN MR. HULL DIED I WAS DEVESTATED. I WAS DOWN WITH THE FLU AND COULDN'T EVEN GO TO THE FUNERAL AND I WAS REALLY, REALLY DEPRESSED UNTIL I HEARD IT WAS GOING TO RE-OPEN.))
[OUT Q=going to re-open]
Sebert Hull owned and operated this drive in-- one of less than half a dozen left in the Commonwealth. He passed away this February leaving his widow with their legacy.
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[IN Q=I knew that]
((EFFIE HULL: I KNEW THAT I COULDN'T DO IT MYSELF BECAUSE I'M NOT MECHANICALLY INCLINED. BUT, I HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE APPROACH ME.))
[OUT Q=people approach me.]
She in turn sold it to W.D. and Charlie Goad, hoping with her guidence that the brothers would keep the movies rolling.
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[IN Q=And, what we]
((W.D. GOAD: AND, WHAT WE TRIED TO DO WAS CREATE A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE HERE LIKE HE HAD. YOU KNOW, MOM, DAD AND THE KIDS COME HERE, EAT POPCORN, WATCH A MOVIE, LAYING ON BLANKETS AND THAT'S THE WAY IT'S BEEN ALL ALONG.))
[OUT Q=been all along.]
[IN Q=And, that's the]
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: AND THAT'S THE WAY THEY SAY IT WILL BE FOR YEARS TO COME WITH BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES INCLUDING U.S. MARSHALLS AND NEXT WEEK TITANIC. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=SM, Rockbridge County.]))
And coming up, Radford wins the Three Rivers Soccer tournament championship Bill Elliott's on the pole for the Winston tonight.
and the New York Yankees were on the rebound after back to back losses earlier this week.
The 123-rd running of the Preakness was held this afternoon at Pimlico in Baltimore.
And Kentucky Derby winner "Real Quiet" crosses the line first.
Lets listen to the call by A-B-C's Dave Johnson.
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[SUPER=02-Dave Johnson/ABC SPORTS; :]
[OUT Q=.....gets the preakness."]
"Real Quiet" has a shot at the Triple Crown. "Victory Gallop" was second and "Classic Cat" third.
Last night in Charlotte, The Winston all-star weekend began with qualifying for the Winston and a couple of qualifying races for the Winston Open.
Bill elliott will start on the pole for the running of the Winston Elliott turned in a speed of 142 point 084.
Now, here's the rest of the field.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Bill Elliott/142.084/2. Terry Labonte//3. Bobby Labonte//4. Jeff Gordon//5. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Sterling Marlin//7. Dale Jarrett//8. Michael Waltrip//9. Darrell Waltrip//10. Kenny Irwin //;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Geoff Bodine//12. Ricky Rudd//13. Bobby Hamilton//14. Jeff Burton//15. Ernie Irvan//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Rusty Wallace//17. Rich Bickle//18. John Andretti//19. Dale Earnhardt//;]
[OUT Q=....LAST DRIVER."]
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Tonight's race is just begins a two week stretch of events at the Charlotte Motor Speed.
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Pole Night for the Coca Cola 600 is on Wednesday night and the race is scheduled for Sunday.
And a lot of racing fans are expected to go through the gates in the next nine days.
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[OUT Q=....more than that."]
The New York Yankees were at home this afternoon hosting Minnesota and trying to recover from back to back losses sin
ce the first of the season.
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Umpire Richie Garcia holding down his spot early in the game.
Leading 1 to nothing the Yankees would score in the third Tino Martinez hits into the 1-6-3 double play but Derek Jeter scores from third to make it 2 to nothing New York.
The Twins would get on the board in the top of the fifth Ron Comer grounds out to second but Marty Cordova scores from third to make it 2 to 1.
New York would get on the board in the sixth Martinez singles up the middle and Jeter would score
from third to make it 3 to 1 and New York wins it 5 to 2.
The Boston Red Sox kept pace with the Yankees in the American League east beating Kansas City this afternoon 5 to nothing.
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Royal manager Tony Muser watching the action from the dugout.
He did not want to see this Damon Buford getting all of this pitch and sending it into the net above the Green Monster in left field for a two run homer to make it 2 to nothing Red Sox.
Then first baseman Mo Vaughn hits this high fly
ball it carries over the right field wall for for a solo homer and the Red Sox took a 3 to nothing lead in the third.
Steve Avery gets his first win since returning to
to the team and Tom Gordon earned his 15-th save in the 5 to nothing win.
Plenty of action in the American League this afternoon lets take a look at those scores.
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[SUPER=0096-/Los Angeles/77/j/Utah/112//Jazz Leads 1-0/;]
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[SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Storm Possible/58-60/Mostly/Sunny/83-85;]
[SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Scattered Storms/53-58/Mostly Sunny/& Pleasant/78-82;]
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