Up next on News 7 at Six... Smith Mountain Lake tries to head off a pollution problem before more people get sick...
And the last graduates of Hollins College recieve their diplomas...
In Sports, Scores and Highlights from Major League Baseball some area doctors will hit the basketball court for a good cause.
And the Devil Rays sting the Orioles at Camden Yard this afternoon.
As the weekend winds down, the temperatures stay up. Details on a warm start to the work week coming up.
One year after a deadly balcony collapse, graduation ceremonies at the University of Virginia went off without a hitch.
25 thousand people were expected to attend the commencement events today. More than 4,400 degrees were given out.
And keynote speaker Governor Jim Gilmore urged graduates to promote liberty and democracy through service.
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((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE; AND I BESEECH YOU TO ENGAGE IN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM. AND TO BECOME INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT YOURSELF. YOUR EDUCATION REQUIRES IT, YOU FREEDOM DEMANDS IT.))
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Last year's balcony collapse killed one person and injured 18 others during graduation ceremonies.
Since then the school has spent a half million dollars to repair THAT balcony, and renovate several others.
Commencement exercises were held for the last time today at Hollins College.
In a few months, the liberal arts school will be known as Hollins University.
But, while the name is changing, school officials say the traditions will remain the same.
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((JANET RASMUSSEN/HOLLINS COLLEGE PRESIDENT; WITH OUR COMMITTMENT TO WOMEN'S EDUCATION AND ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE AND LOOKING TO THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HOPE OUR GRADUATES WILL MEET IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AS THEY GO OUT INTO THE WORLD. AND AS HOLLINS UNIVERSITY, WE WILL CAPTURE THE BEST OF OUR HOLLINS COLLEGE TRADITION AND CARRY THAT ON INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.))
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There are 11-hundred students currently enrolled in the state's first chartered women's college.
As a university, the school has plans to gradually increase enrollment to about 15-hundred.
A total of 271 students received diplomas today.
Children with soiled diapers will soon be banned from swimming at Smith Mountain Lake.
That's just one of the steps state park officials are taking to prevent illness related to the E-Coli bacteria.
David Johnson is in our newsroom with more on this report.
Eric other steps include tightening restrictions on boaters at the lake--and monitoring its water quality with help from a local college.
(Rollcue: from a local college.)
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An investigation including Smith Mountain Lake officials led them to believe a dirty diaper may have been to blame for an E-Coli outbreak last year that left three children seriously ill.
Health department officials became concerned about the spread of the bacteria when they noticed a green scum-like substance on one of the youngsters that couldn't be washed off.
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((DR. ELIZABETH ROYCROFT/HENRY-MARTINSVILLE HEALTH DEPT.; SO THIS IMPLIES A RATHER LARGE QUANTITY OF CONTAMINATE, NOT SIMPLY A SOILED DIAPER.))
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One possible source of that scum was sewage dumped from boats into the lake.
The boating community denies such activity goes on.
Still, measures are being taken to ensure the practice doesn't continue.
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((BRIAN HEFT/SML STATE PARK MGR.; WE WILL BE INSTALLING SIGNS OVER AT THE BOAT RAMP REMINDING BOATERS THAT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE IS A ZERO DISCHARGE LAKE AND THE LOCATIONS OF THE NEAREST PUMP OUT FACILITIES.))
((THOM MAYNARD/SML BOATING ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT; WE FEEL THAT THERE'S VERY LITTLE DUMPING GOING ON. WE'RE TAKING ACTION ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS WITH THE MARINAS TO SEE THAT THERE ISN'T ANY ABILITY TO DUMP.))
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Federal law prohibits the dumping of sewage into the lake.
And, one of the lake's largest marinas is taking aggressive measures to enforce that law.
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((FRANK ROBBINS/SHORELINE MARINA CO-OWNER; WE ALSO SENT RENEWAL LETTERS TO OUR CUSTOMERS THIS YEAR AND TOLD THEM THAT IF THEY ARE GOING TO STAY IN OUR MARINA AND THEY HAVE A Y-CROSSOVER WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM TO DUMP INTO THE LAKE, EVEN THOUGH THEY DON'T, THAT THAT Y-HAS TO BE SEALED OFF OR WE WOULD NOT RENEW THEIR LEASE.))
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Some marinas have installed new sewage pump-out stations to accommodate boats with holding tanks-- and port-a-potties.
Other forms of protecting the lake include increased testing for fecal matter in the water.
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((JIM SPITZ/SML ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT; WE HAVE BEEN TESTING FOR THREE YEARS 12 SITE LOCATIONS. SIX MARINA AND SIX NON-MARINA LOCATIONS.))
((WE PROPOSE TO DOUBLE IT FOR 1998.))
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Ferrum College will be working with the lake's association to test the water quality.
And, state park officials say the Henry-Martinsville Health Department will do the same.
But, according to officials at the lake the bottom line in all of this is to spread the word about the seriousness of the problem.
And, they hope their efforts so far will be enough to prevent another E-Coli outbreak from occuring this year.
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Up next on News 7--we'll hear from one of the newest members of the Roanoke City School Board.
Also, a few homeowners at Smith Mountain lake fear some renters are bad for the area.
And, they're taking steps to have them banned.
We'll have more on that in a few minutes, but first let's check in with Andrew Freiden.
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Some homeowners at Smith Mountain Lake are concerned about their property values.
And, they're pushing Franklin County officials to BAN short-term house rentals near the lake.
Tina Tenret has more.
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(( A week at the lake offers all kinds of fun -- but if you're planning on staying at a home, you'd better be staying for a while. That's because Franklin County may make it illegal to rent a house for less than a month.
Year-round lake residents are pressuring the county -- they do NOT want short-term renters in their neighborhood.
Residents say they spend thousands of dollars improving their homes, but short term renters do not have the same stake in the community.
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((JOE BURKARD/RESIDENT: I'VE HAD KIDS IN THE DRIVEWAY, THROWING STONES AGAINST THE SIDE OF MY HOUSE. THEY GO ACROSS THE PROPERTY LINES TO FISH OFF MY DOCK. THEY CLIMB THE TREES. THEY ROLL THE RIP-RAP DOWN INTO THE WATER. I HAVE TO GO BACK AND RE-ASSEMBLE IT AGAIN.))
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Visitors would be allowed to rent CONDOS for less than a month, as long as they're in a development.
But realtors say houses should be available too.
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((PAT BAILEY/CB RENTALS AND SALES: THE LAKE NEEDS TO ATTRACT ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE. PEOPLE THAT RENT CONDOS ARE NOT FAMILIES. WE WANT FAMILIES IN THIS AREA AS WELL AND FAMILIES WANT PRIVATE HOMES.))
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Realtors say many potential homeowners want to RENT houses before making a purchase.
In the meantime, renters spend lots of money at lake stores -- realtors say the county is throwing that revenue away.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: COUNTY LEADERS WILL TELL YOU IT'S ALREADY AGAINST THE LAW TO RENT A HOUSE AT THE LAKE FOR FEWER THAN 30 DAYS. BUT THE STATE SUPREME COURT DISAGREES, SAYING THE COUNTY MUST SPECIFICALLY BAN SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN WRITING BEFORE THE LAW CAN BE ENFORCED.))
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There are NO restrictions on renting houses on either the Bedford or Pittsylvania sides of the Lake.
County planners there say they have heard few complaints.
The Franklin County supervisors will decide whether to tighten their laws after a public hearing next Tuesday night.
Tina Tenret News7))
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When Roanoke City Council filled two seats on the city School Board last week, Ruth Willson received the most votes.
A newcomer to the board, Willson is no stranger to the school system.
She has been active in the PTA, and she chaired a chamber of commerce committee supporting the 1997 bond issue for capital improvements.
During a public interview with city council last month, Willson said the system should work harder to improve test scores, and alternative education programs.
But, she also expressed confidence in the administration of superintendent Wayne Harris, and the contributions of classroom teachers.
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((RUTH WILLSON/NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I MUST SHARE WITH YOU SOMETHING, FOUR OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS I VISITED, WHEN I ASKED THE QUESTION, "WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF," WITHOUT HESITATION I WAS TOLD, "MY STAFF." AND I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF.))
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Willson will take her seat on the Roanoke City School Board in July.
A group of doctors don't see eye-to-eye with Trigon.
And, cigarette makers want you to pay more for a pack of smokes.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((This week on the Review:
The state's biggest health-care provider and Virginia doctors don't see a new policy the same way.
Trigon's Healthkeepers program says your primary care doctor can't refer you to an ophthalmologist unless it's an emergency.
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((ELLEN HARRISON/TRIGON HEALTHKEEPERS: WE'RE REALLY LOOKING TO HAVE SKILLED PRACTITIONERS IN THAT PARTICULAR SPECIALTY LOOK AT THE UTILIZATION AND COORDINATE WITH THE PHYSICIANS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS TO MAKE SURE THAT SERVICES ARE DELIVERED IN THE MOST APPROPRIATE SETTING.))
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Physicians say they're perfectly capable of recommending eye doctors, and a health-care company should not interfere.
Other business news:
Another tobacco settlement sparked another hike in cigarette prices.
The tobacco industry announced an increase of five cents a pack ... just days after settling a 6-billion dollar lawsu
it with Minnesota.
It's another guilty plea from a man accused of bilking the Ericsson Corporation.
Calvin Kelly was charged with stealing more than a million dollars.
He and partner Robert Sager will be sentenced this summer.
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It's down to just a few alternatives for the new Interstate-73.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking input from people who live near proposed routes.
A final route won't be chosen for another year.
[Dow Jones pre pro]
A mixed week on Wall Street.
The Dow picked up 41 points.
The Nasdaq dropped 18.
That's this week's review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
When the news continues Roy Stanley will be here with racing highlights from The Winston.
And, we know it as soccer.
But, most of these athletes call it football.
Either way, it's a game bringing different cultures together.
More when we return.
Cultural diversity is alive and kicking these days on local soccer fields in Roanoke.
It's in part due to the Over 30 League.
Denise Allen explains.
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((JUAN, TAKE A BREAK.))
Mike Mirzayan has played in the over 30 soccer league for seven years.
The Armenia native is captain of the Misfits.
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((MIKE MIRZAYAN: I'D SAY ABOUT 14 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. WE HAVE 16 PLAYERS AND OUR TEAM IS THE ONE IN THIS LEAGUE THAT CAN BE CALLED THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE BECAUSE WE HAVE PLAYERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.))
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The league has been around since the early eighties.
Immigration and Refugee Services has directed many of their clients to Roanoke's soccer fields.
Bosnia, Brazil, Cuba, and El Salvador are just some of the countries represented.
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((BARBARA SMITH/IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICES: SPORTS ARE A NATURAL TO GET INVOLVED IN. IT'S THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEAK A GREAT DEAL OF ENGLISH TO BECOME INVOLVED AND GET CLOSE TO YOUR TEAMMATES.))
((MIRZAYAN: ROANOKERS DON'T MIX WITH FOREIGNERS. THEN THEY COME TO THIS GAME AND THEY GET TO KNOW US AND SEE THAT WE ARE GOOD PEOPLE THEN WE BECOME GOOD FRIENDS.))
[OUT Q=become good friends.]
In addition to making friends the league also makes players out of adults who may have never played soccer.
Surgeons learn to operate on this field. Attorneys find out about the legalities of a hand ball.
And head game takes on a whole new meaning to psychiatrists.
Mike Angelidis is from Greece and has been in the league since '81.
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((MIKE ANGELIDIS: IT'S GETTING BETTER. THE QUALITY OF PLAYERS. WE'RE GETTING OLDER BUT WE'RE GETTING BETTER.))
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Most of the teams in the coed league have foreign players.
They share their culture and love for soccer during every game.))
And coming up, Mark Martin wins a wild Winston at the Charlotte Motor Speedway last night.
And the Salem Avalanche gets a win at Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
The Weather was perfect for a ball game and the Salem Avalanche was at home this afternoon taking on the Kinston Indians.
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This guy enjoying a cool drink at Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
And Salem would score first. Brian Anthony hits this high fly ball to the corner in left field Mark Hamlin tags at third to score and the Avalanche led 1 to nothing.
Salem's defense kept the Indians off the board with plays like this Centerfielder Bryan Warner making this catch on the line drive.
But the Indians would get on the board in the fifth
Brian Benefield hits a grounder into left field scoring a runner from third to tie it and Salem wins it 2 to 1.
The Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays slugged it out at Camden Yard this afternoon.
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Oriole Manager Ray Miller watches as the game was scoreles through 6 innings.
Then in the top of the seventh John Flaherty sends this pitch deep over the left field wall for a two run homer and a two to nothing lead in the inning.
But Baltimore answered with the long ball in it's
half of the seventh Brady Anderson sending this shot over the left field wall for a three run homer But Tampa goes on to win it 7 to 3.
Yankee Pitcher David Wells pitched a perfect game today against the Minnesota Twins.
Wells struck out 11 its the first perfect game for a Yankee pitcher since Don Larsen's in the 1956 World Series.
For all of today's scores lets check the boards.
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The Ronald McDonald house is getting help from some Roanoke doctors outside of the exam room. Intern reporter Jennifer Kraska tell us about some M.D.'s who are ready to operate on the court.
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(( We're accustomed to seeing doctors work their magic in the operating room, but not on the basketball court.
However, local doctors and resident physicians are planing to do just that in the name of charity in the fourth annual Crockett Cup Basketball Challenge.))
((DR. PAUL DALLAS/CROCKETT CUP COORDINATOR:))
(( Many of the participants have high school and even collegiate basketball experience like former Alabama star Wendy Tipton but, for to make sure things don't get out of hand two old veterans are coming in to call the shots.
Virginia Tech head coach Bobby Hussey will head up the team of resident physicians and UVA athletic director Terry Holland, who won 418 games during his 21 years as a head coach, will coach the doctors team.))
(( The participants come from all areas of the medical field, but once on the court they're on even ground.
And the competition is often as fierce as it is friendly.))
((WENDY TIPTON/RESIDENTS TEAM MEMBER:))
Jeff Gordon ran out of gas with one lap to go and Mark Martin cruised by him to take the checkered flag in the Winston.
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Gordon pulled away from the cars on the start of the final 10 lap segment but he slowed on the white flag lap.
Martin, who was running a strong second, would pass Gordon and take the checkered flag winning his first Winston.
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Bobby Labonte finished second and Dale Jarrett third.
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