Up next on News 7 at Six, a sewage spill continues to contaminate the Roanoke River...
And a deal in a Grayson County murder case has angered some civil rights groups.
In sports, Gas mileage was the difference at Dover as Dale Jarrett took a ride to Victory Lane The Orioles hosted The Rangers at the Yard.
And the Salem Avalanche and Winston-Salem Warthogs slugged it out at Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
A break from the heat arrives tomorrow. But first we deal with some storms tonight.
Forecast details ahead.
A health department official says he's still investigating a sewage leak that's contaminating the Roanoke River.
Meanwhile, the man who reported that leak says he noticed the spill a month ago.
Tina Tenret has more.
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(( Michael Tabor was on a father-son canoe trip down the Roanoke River -- when he spotted raw sewage gushing from a pipe into the water.
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((MICHAEL TABOR: YOU COULDN'T MISS IT. IT WAS SO BIG. IT WAS A BIG GREY SPILL, AT LEAST A THOUSAND GALLONS A MINUTE DUMPING IN THERE. YOU COULDN'T MISS IT. YOU COULD SEE IT FOR 100 FEET AND YOU COULD SMELL IT FOR A QUARTER MILE.))
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He reported the leak to city officials, who put a red marker at the site.
That was at Eastertime.
A month later, on Memorial Day, more sewage was overflowing from the same hole.
This time Tabor called the health department.
Investigators say they have since found additional sewage spills.
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Roanoke, Roanoke County and Salem are building a 30-million-dollar sewer replacement facility.
Officials say the current system has too many customers, and that's what caused the overflow.
Now -- Tabor drives an hour and a half out of Roanoke, to fish in the James River instead.
But others hike down to the exact site of the sewage spill, unafraid.
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IT DON'T BOTHER THE FISH NONE SO IT SHOULDN'T BOTHER ME EITHER IF IT DON'T BOTHER THE FISH.))
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The health department says fishermen should stay on the bank and avoid touching this water -- although cooking the fish should kill bacteria.
The danger lies in someone swallowing the water directly -- when swimming or wading, for example.
Ingesting the water could cause e.coli infections, diarrhea or fevers.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: ROANOKE COUNTY AND SALEM USE THIS RIVER FOR DRINKING WATER. BUT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT IS SAFE, SINCE DRINKING WATER IS FILTERED AND SANITIZED.))
The health department says this river ranks well below swimming standards -- and even if the sewage pipe is fixed -- rain will still carry waste into this water.
Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke.))
Police say speed may to blame for a traffic accident today that sent two people to the hospital.
It happened at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Grandy Road.
Authorities say a Jeep sped into the intersection and slammed into two stopped vehicles.
The driver of the Jeep was ejected.
Rescuers took him and the driver of the car to a nearby hospital.
Police say their injuries do not appear to be serious but charges are pending.
Rescuers called in Lifeguard 10 to transport a woman to the hospital after she was injured in a traffic accident yesterday.
It happened near the corner of Hedgelawn Avenue and Plantation Road around 5-15.
The woman was a passenger in a truck when it was rear-ended by a car.
The impact caused the pickup to spin out of control then flip.
It took rescuers 30 minutes to get the woman out of the truck.
Police say she suffered serious cuts to her head and was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
No one else was seriously injured.
Police aren't releasing the woman's name and her condition is NOT known.
Authorities filed charges against the car driver for following the truck too closely.
A plea bargain spared Louis Ceparano a possible death sentence--but his legal battles may not be over yet.
Ceparano is one of two white men accused of killing Garnett Johnson-- who is black.
Some civil rights organizations are apparently angry about Ceparano's deal.
They've vowed to urge U-S- Attorney General Janet Reno to launch an investigation to determine if the killing was a hate crime.
They're hoping the investigation will prompt a federal trial focusing on the role race played in the murder.
The other defendent in the case-- Emmitt Cressell Junior is in jail and if convicted could get the death penalty.[VA
The Virginia Lottery is upping the ante--after having no overall winner from last night's drawing.
The winning numbers were 7-12-27-29 and 31.
The winning ticket would have raked in 21 point- 5 million dollars.
Now, the jackpot is up to around 25 million dollars.
The next Virginia Lottery drawing is Wednesday night.
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Up next on News 7--A couple of U-S Representatives from Virginia say "no" to a pay raise.
And, dozens of wives and mothers competed for the title of Mrs. Virginia today.
We'll tell you the results in a few minutes.
But, first let's head over to Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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Congressional leaders are reportedly gauging support for another pay raise, but two representatives from western Virginia say "no way."
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode were in Roanoke last week for a forum on the future of Social Security.
During interviews, both Goodlatte and Goode said they would not support the move to increase Congressional pay on January 1st.
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((REP. VIRGIL GOODE/D- 5TH DISTRICT: ABSOLUTELY OPPOSED. DID NOT SUPPORT THE PAST ONE, AND I WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS ONE. IT IS ABSURD AND SHOULD NOT BE DONE.))
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: THERE WAS JUST A PAY INCREASE PUT INTO EFFECT, AND I DON'T THINK THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR ANOTHER PAY INCREASE. DO YOU THINK THERE'S MUCH SUPPORT AMONG YOUR COLLEAGUES FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS? I HAVEN'T TALKED TO THEM. I'M SURE THERE'S ALWAYS INTEREST IN GETTING A PAY RAISE, BUT QUITE FRANKLY I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT.))
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The cost of living increase would amount to about three thousand dollars, and would give lawmakers an annual salary of just over 140- thousand dollars.
American Electric Power takes a step toward building its new power line.
And, Trigon joins the list of health-care providers putting tobacco companies under fire.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((This week on the Review:
It's up to Virginia now.
This week West Virginia approved American Electric Power's plan to build a new power line.
The line has to be approved in both states -- and the power company is confident Virginia will follow its neighbor's lead.
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((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: TWO INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS LOOKED AT THE NEED IN THE WEST VIRGINIA CASE. THEY BOTH CAME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION. WE HAVE NO REASON TO EXPECT ANYTHING DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CONSULTANTS WHO LOOK AT THE PROJECT.))
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A-E-P faces much tougher opposition in Virginia, where the line will have a bigger impact on the environment.
Other news from the power company.
Looking toward its merger with a Dallas utility, A-E-P doubled its shares of stock to 600 million.
If regulators approve the union with Central and South West, A-E-P will become one of the nation's biggest utilities.
Tobacco companies like Danville-based Dimon are thinking about joining tobacco unions in their boycott of the state's biggest health care provider.
All this...after Trigon announced it is joining a lawsuit against big tobacco.
Trigon said it doesn't like losing business, but suing big tobacco is -- quote -- the "right thing to do."
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Virginia is joining 43 other states in a settlement with America Online.
Under the deal, AOL won't hike its rates without warning consumers.
And the Internet provider will clearly explain how to cancel a membership.
Western Virginia's largest business park is building a high-tech training center.
Botetourt County officials hope the center will lure business to the Greenfield park, which has a lot of space, but still no tenants.
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It was a down week on Wall Street.
The Dow dropped 214-points to close under 89-hundred.
The Nasdaq lost 26.
That's this week's review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
A vacant building on ninth street in Roanoke is about to become a Boy's and Girls Club.
The group's board of directors will buy the building in July and begin renovations.
The building has about 12 thousand square feet, plenty of space for recreation and other activities.
Organizers say while there are many afterschool opportunities for young children, middle and high school students are left out... this club will be designed to fill that void.
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((JOHN DYER/BOARD CHAIRMAN; THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICAN FOCUSES ON URBAN AREAS SO WE'RE LOOKING AT ROANOKE PROPER ITSELF AS FAR AS A CLUB TO PROVIDE AFTERNOON AND WEEKEND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND WHILE WE'RE GIVING THEM A LITTLE FUN AND RECREATION, WE WANT TO ALSO IMPART SOME VALUES IN THE KIDS.))
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The club should be ready by the end of the year.
The groups long term goal is to develop another club site in Northwest Roanoke, and possibly in other areas of the valley.
A new Mrs. Virginia received her crown today.
The Mrs. Virginia International pageant was held at the Roanoke Civic Center this weekend.
This year's winner is Krista Price, Mrs. Russell County.
She plans to use her new title to help children.
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((KRISTA PRICE/MRS. VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL; MY GOAL IS TO TRAVEL ACROSS THE STATE TO EDUCATION EVERYONE ABOUT THE BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS PROGRAM, WHICH IS A YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM. AND I PLAN TO TRAVEL TO SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES, OTHER BIG BROTHER-BIG SISTER AGENCIES TO PROMOTE THE PLATFORM TO HELP THE CHILDREN OF THE STATE.))
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Price will represent Virginia in the national pageant.
Straight ahead--Christians pack the streets of Vinton in praise of Jesus Christ.
And, do you know your Constitutional rights? --many peope don't.
But, teachers in one Virginia school are making sure their students do.
More when the news continues.
More than one hundred Christians took to the streets in Vinton yesterday spreading their faith.
The event was called the "Jesus March" and it's celebrated around the world.
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TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WHY ARE YOU HERE? JESSICA RODGERS: BECAUSE I LOVE JESUS AND IT'S REALLY FUN AND I DON'T KNOW, I JUST LOVE JESUS. TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WHY? JESSICA RODGERS: BECAUSE HE HELPED ME THROUGH A LOT OF TROUBLES.))
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The crowd filed through area neighborhoods -- dancing, praying and praising Christ.
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Marchers say the event is meant to be peaceful and non-political.
According to a recent poll, many Americans don't know all of their Constitutional rights.
But, one school in Virginia is trying to change that.
Ellen Qualls has more in this week's edition of Virginia Profile.
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((AMENDMENT ONE. FREEDOM OF RELIGION. FREEDOM OF SPEECH.))
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((BILL GATEWOOD: THOMAS JEFFERSON AND JAMES MADISON CAME UP WITH A LOT OF GOOD IDEAS. THEY BORROWED A LOT OF IDEAS FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE. LIKE JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU AND VOLTAIRE.))
It's safe and regrettable to say Hanover County's Liberty Middle School has an above average knowledge of the subject.
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((SAM WIEBER: I DIDN'T KNOW WE HAD SO MANY RIGHTS REALLY.))
That's precisely the point behind the Liberty Dollar Bill Act.
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((RANDY WRIGHT/LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER: ONE NIGHT I WOKE UP AND I CAME TO SCHOOL AND I JUST LOOKED AT THIS FIRST PERIOD OF THE DAY AND SAID I THINK THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD BE ON THE BACK OF THE ONE DOLLAR BILL. WHAT DO YOU THINK?))
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((CHELSEA ASTON: AND SINCE THE ONE DOLLAR BILL'S THE MOST USED PIECE OF MONEY AROUND THE WORLD, WE DECIDED TO PUT IT ON THAT. AND SINCE WE'RE ALREADY CHANGING IT, WHY NOT PUT IT ON THAT.))
So into the redesign of U-S currency, the entire Constitution -- summarized to fit.
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((AMY STINNETT: THE FIRST THREE WORDS "WE THE PEOPLE," THOSE ARE VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT SAYS IT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE. BUT THE REST OF IT IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IN THE ARTICLES IT BREAKS IT DOWN TO YOUR BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT. AND THEN STATES' RELATIONSHIPS. AND THEN THE AMENDMENTS TELL YOU BASICALLY YOUR FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES.))
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((RANDY WRIGHT/LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER: THE REASON ALL 27 AMENDMENTS ARE IMPORTANT IS THAT NOT ONLY DOES IT GIVE US THE LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS. IT SHOWS US THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN PROGRESS AS WE IMPROVE THIS DOCUMENT. IT'S A LIVING DOCUMENT. IT'S STILL BEING WRITTEN.))
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((WHEN WE SEE A BEAR WITH A GUN WE THINK OF AMENDMENT TWO AND IT'S THE--? RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS.))
So do Mom and Dad know what's in the Constitution?
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((KELLY ROMMEL: NOT AT ALL.))
If Congress and of course the executive branch sign off on this, Mom and Dad will have a cheat sheet.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Hanover County.))
And coming up, Highlights from Major League Baseball this afternoon The Avalanche and Warthogs hooked up at Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
And Dale Jarrett takes the checkered flag winning the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover Downs.
Gas mileage was the difference and Dale Jarrett benefited from the situation as he led the last 8 laps taking the checkered flag winning the MBNA Platinum 400 at Dover.
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Jeff Gordon took off like a bullet at the beginning of the race and he would lead 151 of 165 laps around the concrete oval and Gordon picked up the bonus for leading at the halfway point.
Dale Jarrett made a move past Mark Martin to take over second place but he couldn't catch up with Gordon.
South Boston's Jeff Burton had a very fast car and he was in third place just behind Gordon and Jarrett.
Rick Mast was in the chase too. He passed Jeremy Mayfield to take over the sixth place Mast was as high as 5-th place early in the race.
Gordon was running away with the race but he was forced to the pits for gas with less than 10 laps to go.
Jarrett took over the second spot and he stayed on the track taking the checkered flag for his first win at Dover. His car went 103 laps on a tank of gas.
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Jeff Burton was second, Gordon third, Bobby Labonte fourth and Jeremy Mayfield fifth.
First place was at Stake this afternoon as the Salem Avalanche hosted the Winston-salem Warthogs at Memorial Stadium this afternoon.
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The fans showed up for the game to cheer the Avalanche as they challenged for the top spot in the Southern Division.
The Avalanche gets on the board first Blake Barthol belts the Warthog pitch to the left field corner for a triple scoring Doug Livingston from first and Salem led 1 to nothing.
The Warthogs would tie it up a couple of innings later when Greg Shepherd hits into the would be double play but the Avalanche short stop throws the ball away allowing Chris Hines to score making it 1 to 1.
Then in the bottom of the fifth, Bartol hits the
hot shot to third baseman Joe Crede he makes the diving stop but Brian Keck scores Salem led 2 to 1 but Winston salem wins it 5 to 3.
The Baltimore Orioles were at the Yard again this afternoon hosting the Texas Rangers.
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Righthander Scott Erickson was on the mound for the Orioles.
He gets in trouble in the top of the first Rusty Greer doubles down the left field line in the corner scoring Mark Mclemore from first to make it 1 to nothing Rangers.
Baltimore answered in the bottom of the second Jeffery Hammonds hits the hot grounder to short he's thrown out at first but Cal Ripken scores to tie it at 1 to 1.
Then the Rangers get four in the top of the third.
With the bases loaded Juan Gonzalez takes this pitch over the left field wall for a Grand slam and a 5 to 1 lead and Texas wins it 9 to 5.
The Yankees and Red Sox were knocking heads in the Bronx this afternoon.
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Joe Torre watch the action from the dugout.
Leading 4 to nothing, Boston's Lou Merloni hits a fly to short centerfield Bernie Williams gets a late jump the ball drops in for a single scoring a run to make it 5 to nothing.
The Red Sox continued to attack the Yankee Pitching Jason Varitek hits this shot to the wall in right field and Boston was up on top by a score of 8 to nothing.
It was all Boston the rest of the way. Mo Vaughn sends this grounder into right field for a single
scoring two more runs to make it 11 to nothing and Boston wins it 13 to 7.
The Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers will play game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final tonight in Chicago.
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It's the first time Chicago with Michael Jordan has been in a game 7 situation since 1992.
Jordan says he never makes promises but he said the Bulls will win game seven.
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The Pacers have lost two previous game sevens in the past five years. The winner advances to the finals to take on Utah.
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