Up next on News 7 at 6... a head on collision traps accident victims in their cars...
And we'll show you how to check out a charity on the web, before handing over your money.
In sports, Michael Jordan talks about retirement today in North Carolina Mark Martin leads second round qualifying at Sears Point.
Play was stopped at Wimbledon again today but not before two top seeds in the women's division finished their matches.
The oppressive heat continues for a few more days.
Tonight, we'll see scattered showers and storms.
Details coming up.
A multi-vehicle traffic accident this morning left two people seriously injured.
It happened around 9 o'clock in the 38-hundred block of Cove Road.
One of the victims said another driver was travelling on the wrong side of the road.
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((RACHEL WADE/WITNESS; THE CAR THAT WAS COMING DOWN ON THE OTHER SIDE WAS ALL OVER IN OUR SIDE AND IT HIT HER. SO ALL I WAS THINKING ABOUT WAS GETTING OUT OF THE WAY, SO I SWIRVED OVER AND I HIT THE POLE. AND THEN HE STILL SIDE SWIPED ME. HIS CAR WAS SPINNING AROUND AND I WAS TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE WAY. BUT HE HIT HER HEAD-ON THE CAR IN FRONT OF ME.))
[OUT Q=FRONT OF ME.]
Rescue workers had to use the "Jaws of Life" to free some of the victims including Edith Mae Johnson.
Her car was hit head-on.
She was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is in "stable" condition.
The other driver's name and condition has not been released.
Trigon's Healthkeepers H-M-O is seeing things a little differently now on eye care.
After criticism from the Medical Society of Virginia and some customers, Trigon's reverting back to its original referral policy.
That means a patient can get a referral to an ophthalmologist directly from their primary care doctor-- without seeing an optometrist in between.
The Medical Society of Virginia had asked the State Corporation Commission to look into the policy before it was scrapped.
Ophthalmologists thought it violated state law by discriminating against them.
A growing Vinton company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate its new location.
M and W Fire Apparatus of Vinton
has moved to the Vinton Industrial Park on Third Street.
The six year-old company decided to relocate after outgrowing its old facility.
M and W builds and repairs all types of fire safety equipment and sells to customers as far away as New Jersey and Mississippi.
The company started as a two person operation in 1992 and now employs 18.
For first time buyers, home ownership can be an intimidating process.
But an annual housing conference
is lessening the fear and making the dream of owning a home, a reality.
David Johnson has more.
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[SUPER=01-Anthony Hughes/Prospective Home Owner; :01]
[OUT Q=DJO, News 7, Martinsville.]
[IN Q=WE'RE FIRST TIME]
((ANTHONY HUGHES/PROSPECTIVE HOME OWNER; WE'RE FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS AND WE'RE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON OBTAINING LOANS AND JUST FINDING OUT HOW HOME INSPECTIONS WORK.))
[OUT Q=INSPECTIONS WORK.]
Anthony and Courtnee Hughes were just a few of many people looking
to get as much information as possible about home ownership.
They found it at the Fifth District Housing Conference, which helps potential home buyers find different ways to get financing.
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((HUGHES; I'M A VETERAN AND I'VE LEARNED HOW I CAN OBTAIN FUNDS FROM THE V-A. A V-A GUARANTEED LOAN AND ALSO SOME HOME INSPECTIONS TECHNIQUES. AND SOME COMPANIES I CAN REFER TO FOR HOME INSPECTIONS.))
[OUT Q=HOME INSPECTIONS.]
The conference is considered a one stop shopping opportunity for people hoping to become home owners and those trying to improve their property value.
[IN Q=WE HAVE LENDERS]
((VIRGIL GOODE/FIFTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN; WE HAVE LENDERS HERE. WE HAVE REALTORS HERE. WE HAVE PERSONS THAT INSPECT HOMES RELATING TO THE MANY ASPECTS OF GETTING SOMEONE INTO A HOME.))
These services have been available for the past several years, but this time around the scope of the program changed a little.
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[IN Q=IN THE PAST]
((GOODE; IN THE PAST, IT'S BEEN FOCUSED ON PEOPLE WHO WOULD SPREAD THE WORD, IF YOU WILL. THIS YEAR THE FOCUS HAS BEEN MORE ON GETTING THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DIRECTLY INTERESTED. TO LET THEM HAVE A BUFFET OR SMORGASBORG, IF YOU WILL. AND LET THEM GO FROM BOOTH TO BOOTH, TABLE TO TABLE AND LET THEM TALK WITH WHO THEY WANT TO.))
[OUT Q=THEY WANT TO.]
This year, about 60 couples attended the event.
Most left with the confidence of knowing how to purchase a home and
the lenders willing to help.
David Johnson, News 7, Martinsville.
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Straight ahead--Virginia's congressmen weigh in on a bill to reform the tax codes.
And, beginning next month, tougher legislation will be putting the brakes on teenage drivers who break the law.
We'll have those stories in a few minutes, but first let's get an update on the heat with Andrew Freiden.
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Legislators hope a new law that goes into effect July first, will lower the number of teenage accident victims.
Governor Jim Gilmore put pen to paper yesterday at the Capitol to draw attention to the new teen driving law.
Teens with one moving violation go to driver improvement school.
Two violations mean a 90 day license suspension.
The third violation could mean a full year without a license.
It's the brainchild of Lieutenant Governor John Hager.
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((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: IT IS A SERIES OF SANCTIONS ON VIOLATIONS TO TRY TO GET THE ATTENTION OF THOSE WHO ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEM.))
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Last year in Virginia, 16-thousand-540 teens were behind the wheel in car accidents.
Somewhat surprisingly, 495 of them were under age 15 -- too young even for a learner's permit.
A court found a former member of the Lexington Rescue Squad guilty of assualting two teenagers a couple of months ago.
Now, remaining squad members are left with the difficult task of rebuilding the department's image.
Stacey Martin has more.
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[SUPER=01-Patrick Warner/Lexington Rescue Squad;:23]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7 Lexington.]
((Dragging the river--looking for a body --or a body bag double in this case--is one of many training exercises members of the Lexington Rescue Squad perform every month.
They're training to prepare for pressure situations involving OTHERS.
But, they've had less luck in dealing with their own.
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((PATRICK WARNER/LEXINGTON RESCUE SQUAD: THE SUPPOSED ACTIONS OF ONE PERSON CAN UNDERMINE A WHOLE CREW AND SORT OF KIND OF GIVE US A BAD REPUTATION. IT'S BAD AND WE ARE TRYING TO WORK AGAINST THAT AND GET OUR GOOD NAME BACK.))
[OUT Q=good name back.]
That person was Butch Grant, who used to serve among their ranks until he was convicted last April of assualting two teenage victims in a car accident.
Since then squad members have changed their procedures in an effort to regain the trust of the victims they treat.
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((PATRICK WARNER/LEXINGTON RESCUE SQUAD: WE'RE MORE AWARE OF THE TOUCHING OF PATIENTS AND IF WE HAVE A FEMALE PATIENT WE TRY TO MAKE SURE THERE'S A FEMALE emt TO RIDE IN THE BACK.))
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But, other problems still remain including a lack of public confidence and decreasing funds.
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: FOR ITS FUNDING THE SQUAD RELIES MAINLY ON DONATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN LOW OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS. THEY PLAN TO HOLD A DONATIONS DRIVE SOON HOPING THAT WILL TURN THINGS AROUND. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7 LEXINGTON.))
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Tax reform and military base closings came up this week in Congress.
Here's how Virginia's legislators voted.
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The overhaul of the federal tax code passed the House by a huge margin-- 402 to eight.
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Congressmen Rick Boucher, Virgil Goode and Bob Goodlatte all voted for it.
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The Senate voted to limit the president's power to close military bases.
That measure passed 48 to 45.
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Both Senator Chuck Robb and John Warner, opposed the idea.
When it comes to the Internet, Congress doesn't want your money... at least not yet...
And you can now check out your favorite charity on line.
More in todays' webwatch.
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The House of Representatives approved a bill that bans any new internet taxes for three years...
It would stop local goverments from adding an additional charge to things like internet access.
Existing taxes are grandfathered in.
A similar bill is pending in the Senate.
If you want to change congress, first you have to vote, and NetVote 98 makes it easier to register... you pick your state and sign up, and they'll send you a completed registration form to sign and send back....
They'll even send you an e-mail reminder to vote on election day.
If a charity wants your money, you should find out what they're doing with it... you can check them out at the National Charities Information Bureau website.
You can check the quick reference list to see if the charity meets NCIB standards.
You can also order a written report.
It's not the Truman Show, but Cornell University's nestbox network gives you a peek in on life in a family of tree swallows.
The nestbox cam updates every 2 to 5 minutes...
Better check it out now, word is the youngsters will be leaving the nest in a week or so...
The site also has plans you can use to build your own nestbox.
For links to all these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website at WDBJ7-dot com.))
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Up next, residents in the star city chip in to help renovate an historic house.
And, we'll check in with Iris, the Asiatic Bear cub.
She was in Roanoke, for a little T-L-C today to prepare her for her stay at a local zoo.
That's coming up when the news continues.
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Amateur radio operators are being put to the test.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Services and the Southwest Virginia Wireless Association are hosting a competition on Mill Mountain for the next day.
Operators will attempt to make as many contacts as possible across the country and in Canada using only emergency power.
Participants hope their efforts will increase public awareness about wireless radio technology.
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((GORDON GARRETT/SVAWA PRESIDENT; WE USE MORSE CODE. WE USE PHONE CONTACTS, RADIO TELETYPE IN SOME CASES. PACKET DIGITAL MODES AND WE'LL SEND MESSAGES TO OUR STATE EMERGENCY COORDINATOR. WE'LL GET 100 POINTS FOR DOING THAT. WE GET A 100 POINTS FOR USING SOLAR POWER. WE GET BONUS POINTS FOR DOING CERTAIN THINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Gordon Garrett/Association President;]
[OUT Q=FOR US TOO.]
The competition ends tomorrow.
People were dancing, singing, and reciting a little poetry to give new life to an old house.
Today, the first annual "Taste of Africa" was held at the Dumas Hotel and Music Center on Henry Street.
Proceeds from the African Bazaar will go toward the restoration of a former tavern and caretaker's house in Washington Park.
[IN Q=WE ALREADY WON]
((FREDERICA MONK/ICSD PRESIDENT; WE ALREADY WON A 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND THAT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE HOUSE. OF PUTTING ON A NEW ROOF AND DOWNSPOUT AND WE NEED SOME OTHER THINGS TO FIX IT UP AND USE IT AS AN INFORMATION CENTER.))
[SUPER=01-Frederica Monk/ICSD President;]
[OUT Q=INFORMATION CENTER.]
Although the house was built in the 1800's, it is considered to be in good condition.
Monk says historical preservationists have told her the structure has a lot of "potential".
A couple of months ago, we told you about a new addition to the Natural Bridge Zoo.
Well today, Iris--the Asiatic Himalayan bear cub-- was on display at Pet City, a pet store in Roanoke.
Iris is part of an endangered species and is being prepared for lifelong captivity.
[IN Q=BIG CAGE.]
((CHARLIE HARVEY/PET CITY OWNER; BIG CAGE. LOTS OF CONCERT. LOTS OF CHAIN LINK FENCING. A PRIVACY AREA. A DEN-TYPE AREA WITH A BIG POOL FOR THEM TO SWIM IN. WHENEVER THEY GET A LITTLE WARM LIKE TODAY THEY CAN JUST JUMP IN, COOL DOWN GO IN THEIR DEN AND LOUNGE BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Charlie Harvey/Pet City Owner;]
[OUT Q=and lounge back.]
Customers were allowed to pet llamas and goats at the store but NOT Iris.
And coming up, Hingis and Seles advance at Wimbledon Mark Martin leads second round qualifying at Sears Point. The Yankees beat the Mets.
And the Indians and Astros slug it out this afternoon in Cleveland.
The Roanoke Express is expected to have its new head coach in place by the end of next week.
General Manager Tony Mancuso and former Express coach Frank Anzalone interviewed three candidates this past week at the N-H-L draft.
Mancuso said a candidate was chosen but he declined to name the candidate until he is approved by the Express board of directors.
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[SUPER=01-Tony Mancuso/Express General Manager; :]
[OUT Q=...Roanoke Express."]
Mancuso said he's confident the board will approve the new coach and he expects to introduce him at a press conference on Thursday.
Last week Phil Jackson turned down an offer to coach the Chicago Bulls next season Well, Yesterday in Greenville, North Carolina Michael Jordan said he's leaning toward retirement.
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Jordan was playing in the 14-th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Golf Classic. He said while he may be leaning toward retirement he wants to weigh all his options and hasn't yet reached a decision but he thinks he will soon.
Danville's Johnny Newman wrapped up his week long camp yesterday. Newman played with Jordan in Greensboro recently and he says even if Michael retires he will stay close to the sport.
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[SUPER=01-Johnny Newman/Denver Nuggets Forward; :]
[OUT Q=....the sport."]
The subway series continued in New York today with the Yankees beating the Mets 7 to 2.
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In Cleveland, Jose Lima on the mount for the Astros as they take on the Indians.
The score was tied at 1 to 1 then the Indians came up with the long ball. Mark Whitten sending this pitch over the centerfield wall for a two run homer and the Indians took a 3 to 1 lead.
Then in the bottom of the sixth, Manny Ramirez gets
all of this pitch it ends up over the left field wall for a 4 to 1 lead but Houston comes back to win it 9 to 5.
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Riders and their horses braved the heat today to compete in the Commonwealth Games' Equestrian Competition.
The teams were able to compete in three sports, dressage, combined training and stadium jumping which is new to the show this year.
Each year the competition grows. Now it's the biggest one at the park.
So as the show grows the park benefits.
[IN Q=the park is]
((TAMMY NICHOLS/COMPETITION DIRECTOR: THE PARK IS RUN BY A VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE. ALL THE MONEY FROM THIS SHOW GOES TO CAPITOL IMPROVEMENTS, FOR EXAMPLE WE'RE GOING TO PUT UP LIGHTS AND WE'VE ENCLOSED THE SECRETARY STAND. WE'VE PUT UP VINYL FENCING ON THE SECOND RING AND ALL THAT IS DONE THROUGH DONATIONS AND HORSE SHOW PROFITS.))
[SUPER=01-Tammy Nichols/Competition Director;]
[OUT Q=HORSE SHOW PROFITS]
The committee also plans to put up a third ring and may be stables.
The competition may even be expanded to two days.
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The field is set for tomorrow's Save Mart Kragen 350 at Sears Point. Mark Martin, who crashed yesterday, led second round qualifying with a speed of 98 point 147 he'll start 26-th.
Now, Lets look at the rest of second round qualifying.
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[SUPER=0107-26. Mark Martin/98.147/27. Ken Schracer//28. Rusty Wallace//29. Terry Labonte//30. Brett Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Rich Bickle//32. Ernie Irvan//33. Ron Hornaday//34. Jimmy Spencer//35. Chad Little//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Robert Pressley//37. Wallay Dallenbach//38. Dick Trickle//39. Steve Grissom//40. Lake Speed//;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Derrike Cope//42. Kevin Lepage//43. Bill Elliott;]
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Play was stopped twice at Wimbledon because of rain and just 16 ringles matches were completed.
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One of the matches involved defending champion Martina Hingis. Hingis advances with a straight set, 6-2, 6-1 win over Elena Lik-hovt-seva of Russia.
And Monica Seles moves on to the next round. Seles, the sixth sed beat Yayuk Basuki also in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to advance.
Play was stopped on court 18 when a fire broke out on the upper floor of a 12 story apartment house adjacent to the Wimbledon grounds.
One woman in the building was treated for smoke inhalation but no other injuries were reported.
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