Area traffic accidents kill one person and slow down interstate travel.
And history came to life as the union and confederacy battled once again
In sports, the Berglund Soccer festival tournament wraps up, we will tell you how some local teams faired, The Roanoke Orthapedic Hill Climb churned and burned today,
and we will have highligths from the Indy 500...coming right at ya in sports.
Same story as yesterday-- Morning storms and a cloudy afternoon.
Looks like another batch of storms is getting ready to come through the area.
Details are coming up.
Traffic was tied up on I-81 this morning after a woman smashed her car into the back of a tractor-trailor.
The accident happened about 7:15 near exit 143.
State Police say the woman was driving in the left lane, fell asleep, ran onto the median, then under the back of a truck.
She was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, though her injuries did NOT appear to be serious.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was NOT hurt.
Southbound traffic was stopped for a short time while the car was hauled away.
A single car accident early this morning in Alleghany County left one person dead.
State Police identified the victim as 48- year- old Phyllis Byer of Hot Springs.
The accident happened on route 687 just north of route 721.
Police say the vehicle Byer was driving ran off the road, struck several trees and overturned.
Joe Barta faces an uphill battle for the Ninth District seat in Congress, but the G-O-P nominee says the voters will have a clear choice in November.
Barta won the Republican nomination yesterday, at the district convention in Wytheville.
Though Democrat Rick Boucher was first elected to Congress in 1982, and has easily turned away all challengers since, Barta says 1998 will be different.
[IN Q=This is the]
((JOE BARTA/R- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: THIS IS THE BEST CHANCE IN A LONG TIME TO UNSEAT MR. BOUCHER AND ONE OF THE REASONS IS THIS TIME THERE'S GOING TO BE A CLEAR CHOICE IN THE CANDIDATES. MR. BOUCHER AND I ARE NOT MUCH ALIKE. I'M A CONSERVATIVE, HE'S NOT. I'M MARRIED AND I HAVE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, HE DOESN'T. I'M A VETERAN. HE'S NOT A VETERAN.))
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[OUT Q=not a veteran.]
Barta predicts his campaign will raise more money than any of the Republican challengers since 1984.
And with a relatively low turnout expected in the November election, he says a strong Republican showing could mean defeat for Boucher.
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The Roanoke City Police Department is stepping up its bike patrols.
Starting this weekend, additional officers are patrolling four neighborhoods. That number will expand as more uniforms and equipment arrive.
A grant from the U. S. Justice Department is paying for the program, and so far 60 officers have completed the bicycle training course.
[IN Q=Everyone I've talked]
((OFFICER DAVE BOYER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: EVERYONE I'VE TALKED TO IS DYING TO GET OUT THERE AND RIDE AND USE THE SKILLS THEY'VE LEARNED IN THE SCHOOLS AND GET OUT THERE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I THINK EVERYONE WANTS TO TRY TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS AND WITH THE AID OF THE BIKE HOPEFULLY WE CAN DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Officer Dave Boyer/Roanoke City Police;]
[OUT Q=hopefully we can do that.]
Officials say the goal of the program is to strengthen the partnership between the community and the police department. The additional bike patrols will not take away from the department's normal patrols.
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It wouldn't be Festival in the Park without a little rain, and today was no exception...
But Roanokers and visiting vendors made the best of a soggy situation.
The rain fell hard this morning, giving a late start to the festivities in Elmwood Park.
Food vendors and craft show exhibitors were counting on clearer skies for the afternoon.
[IN Q=We don't have]
((ROBERTA FAVITTA/CRAFT SHOW EXHIBITOR: WE DON'T HAVE THE WEATHER CHANNEL IN MY ROOM AND I'M A WEATHER CHANNEL ADDICT, SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO, BUT I'VE GOT MY FINGERS CROSSED.))
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[OUT Q=my fingers crossed.]
With a festival that spans two weekends, organizers say they've learned to prepare for the rain, and enjoy the breaks between the clouds.
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[IN Q=We haven't had any major problems]
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS. THE WEATHER HELD OFF FOR US MOST OF THE DAY YESTERDAY. UNFORTUNATELY WE DID HAVE TO CANCEL THE CMB MORTGAGE ROAD RACE YESTERDAY MORNING, WHICH WAS REAL DISAPPOINTING, BECAUSE A LOT OF FOLKS HAD WORKED REAL HARD ON THAT, BUT THE COURSE WAS JUST TOO TREACHEROUS.))
[SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival Director]
[OUT Q=just too treacherous.]
The weather did improve this afternoon, and the bicycle time trial on Mill Mountain came off as planned.
Festival in the Park continues tomorrow with activities in Elmwood Park, and the Saturn Festival Cup Bike Race downtown.
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Up Next on News 7--the budgets are in and real estate taxes are up--we'll tell you where in a few minutes.
Also-- rollerbladers, in-line skaters and skateboarders now have a place of their own in Lexington.
We'll have more on that in a few minutes but first let's check in with Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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Real estate taxes are on their way up in at least two cities in Rockbridge County.
Lexington's City Council recently approved a three-cent tax hike.
That raises the total tax to 72-cents for every 100 dollars of assessed value.
The increase prompted some concerns that city residents are being overtaxed.
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[IN Q=Any time you]
((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MGR.: ANY TIME YOU RAISE TAXES IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT LEXINGTON HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST TAX RATES OUT OF ANY OF THE OTHER CITIES IN VIRGINIA. LAST TIME I LOOKED WE WERE ABOUT THE FIFTH LOWEST. AND, I THINK RAISING IT THREE CENTS IS REASONABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Jon Ellestad/Lexington City Mgr.]
[OUTQ=cents is reasonable.]
Buena Vista residents will also likely get a three-cent hike in their real estate taxes.
However, city officials are currently reassessing the value of area real estate.
And, they say that increase could change when their reassessment is complete.
Glasgow officials voted NOT to change real estate taxes this year.
Increases in Buena Vista and Lexington go into effect July first.
Rollerbladers and skateboarders in Lexington will soon be able to practice their sport without breaking any laws.
It's now illegal in most parts of the city for many skaters to go joyriding.
In January, city council approved construction of a skate park.
And, now the project is almost complete.
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[IN Q=It was very]
((MARY HARVEY/SKATE PARK SUPPORTER: IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO GET A FACILITY LIKE THIS IN THE AREA BECAUSE THERE'S NO LEGAL PLACE FOR THESE KIDS TO DO THEIR TRICK BIKES, THEIR IN-LINE SKATES AND THEIR SKATEBOARDS. SO, WE ASKED THE CITY FOR HELP AND THEY CAME THROUGH.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Harvey/Lexington Skate Park Comm.]
[OUT Q=they came through.]
Some local skaters think the park will help change the image of skating enthusiasts.
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[IN Q=Where ever you wanted]
((FORREST SMITH & ALLEN BLICKLE: SO, WHERE EVER YOU WANTED TO DO THIS, IT WASN'T ALLOWED. SO, IF YOU'RE JUST DOING STUFF THAT YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO, PEOPLE JUST LABEL YOU AS BEING UP TO NO GOOD AND NOW THAT WE HAVE A PLACE TO DO IT I THINK PEOPLE WILL REALIZE THAT IT'S JUST ALL FOR FUN.))
[OUT Q=all for fun.]
The skaters are hoping to raise 20 thousand dollars from Rockbridge County and local businesses to add ramps and rails to the skate park.
It's expected to officially open next week.
Another textile plant gets hit with bad news.
And a new high-tech company says, "Today, South Boston; tomorrow, the world!"
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((This week on the Review:
Yet another textile plant is shutting down.
And once again, the company is saying it can't compete with the cost of cheap foreign labor.
This time it's in Rocky Mount...
Where one hundred-50 people will lose their jobs when Virginia Apparel closes in July.
The plant manager said his biggest clients have been shipping work to Guatemala and Mexico.
On the southside...
It's a high-tech company with goals reaching far beyond its South Boston headquarters.
The Software Company opened this week.
It hopes to help clients across the globe develop software and solve the year-2000 computer bug.
Bad weather could mean a good deal on your new car.
Dealers up and down Salem's East Main Street are slashing prices after last week's hail storm left its mark on hundreds of new cars.
So far, it's been a good year at Roanoke Electric Steel.
Second quarter earnings came in at four million dollars -- up 17-percent from the same period last year.
For the first six months of the fiscal year, earnings are up 37 percent.
As America hits the road this holiday weekend, a new report shows travelers are spending record amounts of money in Virginia.
Tourists brought just over 11-billion dollars to the Commonwealth last year.
That's a 6-and-a-half percent increase over 19-96.
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On Wall Street...
The stock market survived another threat to raise interest rates.
But technology stocks took a beating.
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When the week ended, the Dow was up 18 points.
The Nasdaq lost 42 and closed at 18-05.
That's this week's review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Straight ahead on News 7--a group in Danville is helping adults with a problem many of them say is embarrassing--illiteracy.
And, they fought and died defending the confederate states.
Today those soldiers were remembered.
More when the news continues.
The holiday weekend brought a memorial to confederate soldiers in Bedford.
Union forces and members of the Liberty militia met near Bedford in June, 1864.
Today, Reenactors from central and western Virginia recreated the skirmish on the grounds of the Elks National Home.
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((BETTY MCKINNEY/BEDFORD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: ALTHOUGH THEY WERE PUSHED BACK, THEY DID HOLD THEM OFF LONG ENOUGH TO LET GENERAL JUBAL EARLEY GET HIS TROOPS IN PLACE. THEN WHEN THEY WENT TO LYNCHBURG, THE UNION TROOPS WERE PUSHED BACK ALL THE WAY TO THE PEAKS OF OTTER.))
[SUPER=01-Betty KcKinney/Bedford Chamber of Commerce;]
[OUT Q=the peaks of otter.]
The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored today's event. A memorial service and 21- gun salute followed the re-enactment at the Bedford County Courthouse .
A Danville volunteer group is giving a valuable gift to some members of the community.
Christy Hubley tells us more about Project Literacy.
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[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
(( Sarah Price dropped out of school in the sixth grade.
She couldn't write much more than her own name.
[IN Q=My family had]
((SARAH PRICE: MY FAMILY HAD FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES AND I HAD TO DROP OUT TO HELP THE FAMILY.))
[OUT Q=to help the family.]
[NATS of Sarah reading]
At 49, Sarah is now trying to earn her high school diploma.
And she's doing it with the help of Project Literacy-- an organization of voluteers aimed at teaching people to read.
The group's facilitator says people want to learn for so many different reasons.
[IN Q=Everything from I just]
((NANCY JIRANEK: EVERYTHING FROM I JUST WANT TO BE LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE, I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP A MAGAZINE OR NEWSPAPER AND KNOW WHAT I'M READING, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF MY OWN BUSINESS WITHOUT HAVING MY WIFE OR SOMEBODY ELSE DO IT TO I WANT TO BE ABLE TO READ THE SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON.))
[OUT Q=the sunday school lesson.]
[NATS of George reading]
Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks?
George Hutchings is 72 and learning how to read.
He says he wasted the few years he did spend in school.
[IN Q=I went to the 7th]
((GEORGE HUTCHINGS: YOU WANT ME TO TELL YOU WHAT I DID? I USED TO FIGHT FOR THE GIRLS. THE GIRLS WORKED MY LESSONS, I THROW SPIT BALLS, AND I CAME UP EMPTY HEADED AND THEY COME WITH EDUCATION.))
[OUT Q=come with education.]
For these adults, admitting they can't read well can be embarrassing.
And sometimes understanding the words on the page can be frustrating.
George says he's doing this for himself and tries to stay focused.
[IN Q=I think the teachers might]
((GEORGE HUTCHINGS: EVERYBODY I TALK WITH THEY SAY DON'T QUIT, KEEP TRYING. SO THAT'S WHAT I'M GOING TO DO. I'M GOING TO KEEP TRYING.))
[OUT Q=going to keep trying.]
[IN Q=I read now more]
((SARAH PRICE: I READ NOW MORE THAN I EVER READ IN MY LIFE. IN FACT, THE MORE I LEARN THE MORE I WANT TO LEARN. THE MORE I'M EAGER TO LEARN.))
[OUT Q=eager to learn.]
If you're eager to learn, Project Literacy can help.
Sarah and George say they're proof it's never to late.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
The 82 second running of the Indy 500 is in the books, the NCAA Division III baseball championships continue in salem,
and a cyclists will was tested today in the Roanoke Orthtapedic Hillclim as thte saturn Cup festival weekend roll s onward..or upward I should say.
Avoiding a crash filled afternoon, Eddie Cheever recored won the 82nd Indianapolis 500 today.
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The race was delayed about 40 minutes to dry the track but once the gree flag dropped, tthe weather helpd up.
It did not take long for the first caution flag to fall; on lap one J.J Yeley spins out and gets up close and personal with the field camera.
Tony Stewart was leading until he had engine trouble and was forced out.
Then, Sam Scmidt's car spins out and hits the wall, but his collision did nott compare to the hit Jim Guthire took. Tthe ambulance came out and Guthire was taken to the hospital.
Cheever stayed relatively free of trouble and takes the checkered flag, winning the 82nd Indy 500.
The Coca-Cola 600 is underway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. One quick Winston Cup note. Hut Sttricklin, who did nott make the race, is out of the Cicuit City car. He's missed five races this year. Buckshot Jones takes over for the n
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Cyclists from all over the country took the challenge.
The Roanoke Orthopaedic Center Hillclimb started at one this afternoon and cyclists are still winding their way up Mill Mountain.
Riders in 11 different categories participated in the time trails.
Here racers compete against the clock, and of course the mountain.
The climb itself is nearly 850 vertical feet with an 8-percent grade.
[IN Q=The first time]
((T.K. MILLER/CYCLIST: THE FIRST TIME I DID IT I ACTUALLY TRAINED BY COMING OUT AND DOING IT A FEW TIMES A WEEK AND RIDING IT THIS YEAR I TRAINED BY SITTING IN THE BASEMENT ON A TRAINER WHICH IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO DO IT.
AMY LOGAN/CYCLIST: IT'S JUST SOMETHING YOU DO TO TEST YOURSELF AND SEE HOW MISERABLE YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF AND HOW GOOD YOU FEEL AT THE END.))
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[SUPER=01-Amy Logan/Cyclist; :17]
[OUT Q=at the end]
It felt so good for some, that once just wasn't enough.
Junior State Cycling Champion, Brandon Tate, rode the course in two divisions.
[IN Q=just for experience]
((BRANDON TATE/JUNIOR STATE CHAMPION: JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TO CHECK THE COURSE OUT. THE NEXT RACE IS JUNIORS AND IT PAYS PRETTY GOOD MONEY, SO.))
[SUPER=01-Brandon Tate/Junior State Champion;]
[OUT Q=good money, so]
Olympians and national champions were among the entrants today.
The professional cyclists start their climb up the mountain in just a few minutes at 6:30.
Atlanta's Tom Glavine and Chicago's Steve Tracksel staged a pitchers duel; giving up a combined 3 runs on six hits.
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In the first, Chicago's manny Alexander clocks a solo shot off Glavine to give the Cubs a 1-nothing lead.
Some defense please...watch Atlanta's Michael Tucker make the awesome diving catch to end the Cubs [SUPER=35-Atlant
a/2/Chicago/1;]threat in the third. Nice grab!
Tucker does it with the bat asw ell, bring in the game wiining run in the bottom of the ninth, Braves win 2-1.
In other NL action, Florida over Pittsburgh 4-3, Rockies beat the Reds 3-1, Montreal tops Philadelphia 6-4 and the
Mets beat Milwaukee 8-3. Toronto and the Ney York Yankees were winner in the AL.[S-MLB]
Detroit dominated Dallas on the defensive side to win it's NHL Western Conference finals opener.
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Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood only had to stop 14 shots for his 10th career playoff shut out. Both team managed only a shot a piece in the fiorst 10 minutes of the game.
martin Lapointt had a goal and an assist for the Redwings. Game two is Tuesday in Reunion arena. Red wings win game one against the \stars 2-notrhing.
Back tot the diamond and some Carolina league scores for you. The salem Avalanche beat the Kinston Indians 6-1 today.
The Lynchburg Hillcats lost to Winston-Salem 7-6 on the road,
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It was trophy day for some of the 180 girls and boys soccer teams that participated in the Berglund Festival Soccer tournament.
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The two day event wrapped up today at it's three sites. At Rivers Edge, the Roanoke local u-16 team lost to Richmonds Pocushock; but 7 of 9 Roanoke Stars girls teams won championships!
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[SUPER=01-Steve Holt/Roanoke Stars U-12 Girls Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=....get into it"]
I boys, two Charlotte teams needed penalty kicks to decide a champion. The Lightning beat the Hurricanes 2-1.
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