Up next on News 7 at Six... more than a dozen people are hurt when a tour bus from Martinsville crashes in West Virginia.
And Ninth District Republicans prepare for another battle with incumbent Rick Boucher.
In sports, D-III championship baseball highlights for ya, we will also check in on the carquest Auto Parts 300 at Charlotte, a local hoops team is going to Indiana,
and the Berglund festival soccer cup invaeds the valley.
A rough morning, but the afternoon went by without incident.
Guess what-- More showers on the way.
Details are coming up.
13 people on a Martinsville tour bus were hurt when another car hit the bus head-on early this morning.
It happened on Interstate 81 in Martinsburg, West Virgina around 2:30 a-m.
The bus was traveling from Martinsville to New York on a church outing.
Police say 27 year old Bart Jason was driving in the wrong lane when he hit the bus.
He was killed.
The 13 victims on the bus were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries and released.
A 52-year old man is the fourth victim to be identified from Monday's apartment fire in Roanoke.
Medical examiners used fingerprints to identify Robert Comteh.
Authorities would not say whether he lived in the building or was visiting at the time of the fire.
One more victim remains unidentified.
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Five people were killed Monday morning when fire swept through the 13-unit apartment building.
The cause of the fire is NOT known.
Investigators are hoping forensic tests will help them determine if the fire was deliberately set.
Ninth District Republicans met in Wytheville today to nominate a candidate for the Ninth District seat in Congress.
Joe McKean reports they went with a new face, but a traditional message.
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Gathering under gloomy skies, Republican delegates adopted resolutions against abortion rights and gun control, ate a barbecue lunch, and then listened to the two candidates roast Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher.
[NAT SOUND BARTA DEMONSTRATION]
Radford eye doctor Joe Barta's prescription for defeating the eight-term unmarried lawyer now representing the district: a wife, four children, a business, money and a conservative message.
[IN Q=We've had enough]
((JOE BARTA/R- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: WE'VE HAD ENOUGH OF RICK BOUCHER. YOU KNOW WHAT HE STANDS FOR AND WHAT HE'S AGAINST. PEOPLE SAY HE'S GOT TOO MUCH MONEY TO BEAT, BUT LET ME TELL YOU, THIS ELECTION IS NOT GOING TO BE ABOUT MONEY. THIS ELECTION IS GOING TO BE ABOUT PEOPLE AND ISSUES.))
[OUT Q=people and issues.]
[NAT SOUND MULDOON DEMONSTRATION]
Giles County's Patrick Muldoon, trying to repeat his triumphant speech that won him the nomination two years ago misfired this time, as he raised some questions about Barta.
[IN Q=Where was he]
((PATRICK MULDOON/R- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: WHERE WAS HE IN THE OTHER SIX CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS WHEN WE DEARLY NEEDED HIS HELP. WHERE WAS HE WHEN GEORGE ALLEN AND MIKE FERRIS AND JIM GILMORE ASKED FOR HIS VOTE.))
[OUT Q=for his vote.]
[NAT SOUND BARTA MARCHING TO STAGE]
The day though belonged to Barta, and Muldoon moved to give him the nomination by acclimation.
A couple of themes have dominated Congressional politics in the Fighting Ninth since the early eighties. Republicans have lambasted Rick Boucher as a liberal, and Boucher's always won, the last six times getting at least 59 percent of the vote.
A look at Boucher's voting record, compiled by the non-partisan Project Vote Smart, shows some sympathy with liberal groups. He's voted with Planned Parenthood's views on abortion most of the time, gets a good rating from the ACLU, poor ratings from the Christian Coalition. However, he's also solid with the National Rifle Association, and with many women's groups.
But the liberal label is what the GOP still wants to paste on Boucher.
And while it's on with law school for Patrick Muldoon,
Republicans have picked Joe Barta for the prosecution of Rick Boucher in the 1998 campaign.
Joe McKean, News-7.
The U.S. Senate this week failed to complete action on the proposed settlement with the tobacco companies.
But, lawmakers did take some important preliminary votes.
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The price of cigarettes may be on its way up.
This after, the Senate killed an amendment that would have excluded a provision to increase the price of a pack of cigarettes by a dollar and ten cents.
The vote was 72-26, with Chuck Robb voting to keep the increase in the bill and John Warner voting to take it out.
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Minutes later, the Senate defeated a move to push that price hike even higher, to a dollar fifty a pack.
The vote to kill that bill was 58 to 40, with both Robb and Warner voting with the majority.
Over in the House, there were several votes on defense spending.
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One measure authorized the military to help patrol U.S. borders in the war on drugs.
The defense bill amendment passed, 288 to 132.
All three congressman from Southwest Virginia, Rick Boucher, Virgil Goode and Bob Goodlatte were in favor of that bill.
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Straight ahead on News 7--a prostitute tries to get her daughter started in the business and may soon pay the price.
And, a few residents in Rockbridge County say getting rid of this tree is like uprooting a part of history.
They're appealing to V-DOT to change their plans for construction.
We'll have those stories in a few minutes but first let's check in with Andrew in the weather center.
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Charges against a woman accused of offering her 14 year old daughter as a prostitute will go to a Roanoke grand jury.
A General District court judge certified a felony pandering charge Friday.
The woman, whose name has not been released, allegedly arranged a deal for an undercover police officer to have sex with the girl for 40 dollars.
The mother faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Dennis Nagel says there may be additional charges.
The 14-year-old has already pled no contest to a prostitution charge.
A man from Henry County got a life sentence plus 18 years in prison after shooting his estranged wife and killing her friend.
The shooting happened July 17th of last year.
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Danny Steve Hall says he couldn't stand seeing his estranged wife with another man, so he shot Dewayne Lawson repeatedly with an assault rifle, even as the man lay on his back begging for his life.
Then he shot his wife Sandra once, crippling her.
Hall says Lawson shot first but police never found a second gun.
Some residents in Rockbridge County say V-DOT is barking up the wrong tree.
The agency is paving a road that runs in front of Broad Creek Presbyterian Church.
But, a Dogwood tree stands in its path and some church members want to see the tree saved.
Stacey Martin has the story.
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No one's too sure of her name--maybe it was Maple, or Oak or Willow.
She was perhaps in her twenties but like her friends just-- STUCK in the path of progress or PAVING in this case.
But, none of them have managed to splinter the community like this Dogwood has.
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((LEE MILLER/BROAD CREEK CHURCH MEMBER: JUST A DOGWOOD--BUT, A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THERE--BUT IT'S BEEN THERE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND IT'S A BEAUTIFUL TREE IN A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.))
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((HENRY BRYANT/BROAD CREEK CHURCH MEMBER: I DON'T SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THE TREE BUT THERE'S PLENTY MORE LIKE IT AROUND. I DON'T THINK IT'S SACRED OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.))
[OUT Q=anything like that.]
No one is quite sure of her age, but her roots go back a long way--possibly as far back as part of the church behind it.
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((DOROTHY SWARTZ ARNDT/BROAD CREEK CHURCH MEMBER: IT'S A-- OH, I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT TREES BUT, I WOULD SAY MAYBE 20. BUT, IT'S BEEN HERE. WE PLANTED FLOWERS AROUND IT.))
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: V-DOT WOULD MOVE THE ROAD TO THE LEFT BUT MOTHER NATURE HAS ALREADY STAKED HER CLAIM AND BROAD CREEK CHURCH ROAD ISN'T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH.))
[OUT Q=enough for both.]
So, VDOT is planning to launch a rescue mission to save Dogwood.
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[IN Q=That may be]
((JIM WHITE/VDOT: THAT MAY BE A POSSIBILITY THAT WE HAVE TO MOVE THE TREE. BUT, WE'RE GOING TO TRY EVERYTHING WE CAN TO NARROW THE ROAD DOWN A BIT.))
[OUT Q=we'll certainly explore.]
And, many residents like both ideas--as long as Dogwood lives to blossom another year.
Stacey Martin, News 7 Rockbridge County.))
Still to come on News 7--an old monster makes a comeback in one of this year's summer movies.
And, the days of the lumberjack are long gone in many parts of the country.
But, the art of ax-throwing and log rolling was revived for at least one day at Festival in the park.
More when the news continues.
The rain did affect some events at Festival In The Park this morning...
But contestants were still able to hit the water for the River Race...
And, of course a little bad weather won't stop a lumberjack.
The Great American Lumberjack Show gave the audience a look at what life was like in the old-fashioned logging camps before the invention of the chain saw.
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((JAMES FREEMAN/GREAT AMERICAN LUMBERJACK SHOW; THE LUMBERJACKS THEY WERE VERY COMPETITIVE-TYPE PEOPLE, AND THEY WERE ALWAYS ISSUING CHALLENGES SAYING I WAS BETTER THAN YOU OR I CAN DO THIS FASTER, BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY ENTERTAINMENT IN THESE CAMPS, THIS IS WHAT THEY DID AT NIGHT AND ON WEEKENDS BECAUSE THEY WOULD STAY IN THE CAMPS FOR THE WHOLE WINTER.))
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The old logging camps began to disappear after transportation improvements eliminated the need to camp out in the woods for an entire season.
It's a monster that's been around for decades.
And, Godzilla is once again returning to the silver screen.
Patty Spitler spoke with Matthew Broderick--one of the monster's co-stars-- and has this report.
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The Berglund festival soccer classic takes the valley by storm, a storm forced the CMB road race off the road, Busch highlights from charlottte,
and mike stevens checks in from Charlotte with a focus on the fans; stay tuned for all the hot details in sports.
The Carquest Auto Parts 300 burned up the Charlotte Motor Speedway today and luck would continue to follow Mark Martin.
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Fans brought their coolers and their enthusiasm to the speedway for the Busch race.
Watch the in car camera angle as Buckshot jones sees a cloud of smoke and then he wrecks.
Dale Earnhardt Junior, who was third in the points, also had a bad day as he gets caught up in this crash and was through for the day.
Mark Martin passed Jimmy Spencer with 4 laps to go to claim his 33rd career Busch race. Joe Nemechek was second, followed by Spencer and Michael Walttrip.
When the Coca-Cola 600 fires up tomorrow night in Charlotte, more than the cars will be cooking.
Mike Stevens tells us why.
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One local racing note. The South Boston Speedway has announced that the Jesse Jones 150 race has been cancelled for tonight and will be reshceduled att a later date.
The saturn Festival Cup CMB bycicle road race was cancelled do to thunder and lightning. Chief race offical Ruth S
tornetta called the race around 9:15 this morning. The race should make it's debut next year.[S-Soccer]
The first of two days of youth soccer has hit the valley as the Berglund Festival Cup got under way this morning.
Teams began play at 8 am at three different sites. In addition to this action at Rivers Edge teams played at Greenhill Park and at Berglund Soccer complex. The girls division got it's kicks at Rivers Edge this morning. 180 teams from 9 different states are represented. If you missed today's games, no worries, play resumes tomorrow at 8 am.
The NCAA Division III baseball championships were in full swing in Salem. Eastern Connecticut beat Winsconsin Oshkosh 9-3 in the opener.
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Cal's Donny Churchman beats the double play to score Joseph Jauregai, making it 2-z Kingsmen in the bottom of the first.
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ne come on in to score.
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In basketball, The Dell Curry Stars are headed into Bobby Knight country this summer.
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The 16 and under AAU boys basketball team will play in the America Youth Basketball tour; a national tournament from July 22nd through the 26th. 85 teams will compete and the Dell Curry Stars is the only team from Virginia that is going. Teams from as far as canada will be there and the highlight for the Stars will be staying on the Indiana University campus.
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