Coming up on News 7, the manhunt continues in Lynchburg as police look for a suspect who shot at them this morning.
and a 172 million dollar contract is good news for one Roanoke plant.
A few passing sprinkles to the south but the rest of the area remains dry. The forecast through the holiday coming up.
A medical advancement using cancer cells could be the answer to reversing the damage of strokes.
And do you know how to avoid getting poison ivy? The plant and it's cousins are in full bloom this season.
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A manhunt is still on in the city of Lynchburg as police look for a suspect who they say shot at officers.
A domestic argument turned violent this morning in Lynchburg.. it ended with police conducting a widespread manhunt for a man they believe was armed with two handguns.
Around 6 a-m, authorities say 22-year old Germaine Delaney fired a gun several times outside Building 808 at the Greenfield Apartments.
Delaney then fled into the nearby woods, and heavily- armed officers gave chase.
Police say tracking an armed suspect through the woods can be a difficult and dangerous thing to do.
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((CAPT. MIKE SPENCER/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT CAN BE A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION, NOT KNOWING EXACTLY WHERE THE SUSPECT IS LOCATED AND WHAT HE MAY BE ARMED WITH, PARTICULARLY DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS, IT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS.))
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Police were unable to locate Delaney after an hour of searching.
No one was hurt in the shooting.
Wind is making firefighting tough in Brevard County, Florida-
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500 people near Mims, Florida are still being kept from their homes- while firefighters try to keep the flames back.
Fires are now close to 250 houses.
((BILL FARMER/DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF: WE HAD HOPED EARLY IN THE MORNING WE WOULD GET A SEA BREEZE THAT WOULD HELP ASSIST US IN BLOWING THE FIRE BACK TOWARD THE WEST WHERE IT CAME FROM BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE GOT SOUTHWEST WIND AND IT'S NOT HELPING US LIKE WE HOPED IT WOULD.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Farmer/Deputy Fire Chief;]
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Fires are also burning farther North in Volusia County where 300 residents are being told to stay away from their homes.
Mike Stevens is in Daytona Beach covering the Pepsi 400. He will have more on the fires coming up a little later.
Eight people are dead as a result of two car crashes near Phoenix-
The accidents happened on Interstate 10 about 40 miles west of the city-
The first crash happened when a man changing a car tire was struck and killed by a vehicle that drifted into the emergency lane.
About an hour later a truck ran into the back of another truck that had slowed down becuase of traffic restrictions.
The driver in the back truck was killed on impact.
The front truck barrelled onto a car- killing six people inside- including four children.
A new contract with the United States Army means 172-million dollars for I-T-T Night Vision.
The army is buying thousands of I-T-T's high-tech goggles.
The technology allows soldiers to see in the dark.
The Roanoke County company has been selling night vision products to the military for more than a decade.
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((JOHN DOMALSKI/ITT NIGHT VISION: WE HAVE BEEN THE MARKET LEADER SINCE 1985. THIS AWARD WILL HELP US CONTINUE TO BE THE LEADING SUPPLIER TO THE U-S ARMY.))
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The new contract begins in April and will last for two years.
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The city of Lynchburg has a new mayor. We'll tell you who it is after this break.
and then a little later, wedding bells could be ringing today for singer Barbara Streisand.
and in HealthCheck, we'll take a look at the dreaded summer problem of poison ivy.
We'll that and more, stay tuned.
Virginia's largest town just got LARGER.
The town of Blacksburg has expanded it's Southern boundary.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from Blacksburg with more on the arrangement.
Jean, the court approved agreement went into affect today-- giving the town an additional 408 acres or six tenths of a mile.
It's the first boundary adjustment for Blacksburg in roughly 25- years.
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[SUPER=01-Ron Secrist/Blacksburg Town Manager; :44 QUICK!!!!!!!!!!!]
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The annexation means the Comfort Inn, as well as neighboring Montgomery Regional Hospital and the Blacksburg Industrial park are now located in town limits-- along with several areas in between.
Town Manager Ron Secrist says more than anything-- the deal ensures Blacksburg will have control of its southern entranceway-- which includes the future 3-A Bypass and Smart Highway.
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((RON SECRIST/BLACKSBURG TOWN MANAGER:WHEN I SAY CONTROL I MEAN BOTH AESTHETICALLY AND FROM A ZONING PERSPECTIVE. ))
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Very few homeowners are actually impacted-- the boundary adjustment mainly affects vacant land and businesses.
It's a deal that's been in the works for a while-- which is one reason Secrist believes it's been a smooth transition.
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((WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON SOME SORT OF ARRANGEMENT LIKE THIS, AT OUR MUTUALLY HELD BOUNDARY, FOR WELL OVER TWO YEARS SO IT WASN'T A TREMENDOUS SURPRISE OR SECRET TO ANYONE. ))
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80-percent of college fraternity brothers admit to excessive or binge drinking.
So six national fraternities made history in Virginia today with a pledge to ban alcohol from their houses by the year 2000.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: TO SIGN THAT PLEDGE, I THINK IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP. NOT JUST FOR VIRGINIA BUT FOR THE NATION.))
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((KINGSLEY HARROP-WILLIAMS/PHI GAMMA DELTA: IT'S GONNA AFFECT THE HOUSE A LOT I THINK...IT'S ONE OF THE LIKE, MAIN THINGS YOU KNOW?))
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It was part of the final meeting of the Attorney General's task force on campus drinking.
Among the controversial recommendations: delay Greek rush until the second semester and look into changing federal privacy laws so parents can be notified about their college students' behavior.
Two new faces took their place on Lynchburg city council today, and for the first time in four years, the Hill City has a new mayor.
Republican Jim Whitaker was replaced this morning by councilman Pete Warren in the mayor's seat.
Warren is one of five Independent- slash- Democrats on city council.
Whitaker and Robert Garber are the only Republicans.
Both sides say they're willing to put partisan politics aside and work together.
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((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THE ISSUES REMAIN THE SAME AND I THINK THESE GUYS THAT ARE COMING IN AND THE GUYS ON THERE HAVE A LOT OF GOOD IDEAS, AND WE'LL JUST WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE LYNCHBURG A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.))
((PETE WARREN/NEW LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I DON'T SEE ANY PROBLEM IN TERMS OF THE SEVEN OF US WORKING TOGETHER ON CITY COUNCIL BECAUSE I THINK COUNCILMEN GARBER AND WHITAKER BOTH HAVE THE CITY IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS, AND I THINK THEY WILL WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS.))
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[SUPER=01-Pete Warren/New Lynchburg Mayor; :10]
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Carl Hutcherson was elected vice mayor of the city.
New members Bert Dodson and Stewart Hobbs have spent the last two weeks in orientation sessions and say they're ready to hit the ground running.
Things are getting out of hand at the Science Museum...but in a good way.
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((There's a new exhibit at the Science Museum of Western Virginia. You can have fun and get your hands dirty. We'll have more when News 7 at Five continues.))
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We use our hands all the time-- but do we know how they really work?
Let's HAND IT OFF to Andrew Freiden in Downtown Roanoke.
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Coming up in a moment, Mike Stevens will have a live report from Daytona.
On health check --
Doctors at the University of Pittsburgh say they have a new treatment
for stroke victims
- a treatment that could reverse the paralysis and speech defects which are permanent in most patients.
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((FOR MANY PATIENTS AND THERE ARE 700-THOUSAND PATIENTS ANNUALLY WHO SUSTAIN A STROKE MANY ARE LEFT WITH FIXED DEFICITS THAT REMAINN FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.))
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Surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have developed a new surgical technique that could reverse the brain damage caused by strokes.
The surgeons have transplanted manipulated cells into a patient in what is being called the first attempt to repair a stroke damaged brain.
The healthy cells can apparently repair the parts of the brain
hurt by the stroke.
The healthy cells are derived from cancer cells because they're immature, and can be manipulated more easily.
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((DR. DOUGLAS KONDZIOLKA/UNIV. OF PITTSBURGH MEDICAL CENTER:THE FIRST USE OF MANUFACTUREER HUMAN NURONS TO PUT INTO THE BRAIN FOR THE TREATMENT OF A DEGENERATIVE DISEASE OF THE BRAIN.))
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The technique offers promise not just for stroke victims, but for
patients suffering from other degenerative brain diseases as well, such
as Parkinson's, epilepsy and, maybe, Alzheimer's.
Certain strains of the AIDS virus have become so drug resistant that even the most powerful medicines are unable to fight them.
Researchers at the World AIDS conference in Geneva released the details involving a middle aged man in San Francisco. Doctors say the man is so resistant that even the most promising drugs, the Protease Inhibitors, have been unable to help him.
Doctors still don't know how common cases like this one are.
They do say patients are more likely to become resistant to treatment if they fail to take their medications on time
Is the fear of poison ivy keeping you from enjoying the great outdoors this summer?
If you're bothered by that painful itchy rash, Dr. Emily Senay has some soothing advice for you.
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(pointing to ivy along the tree)
accidentally touching a poison ivy plant like this is enough to cause
two to four weeks of miserable itching and scratching. The oils from
this plant and its cousins, poison oak and sumac, can get on your skin
and clothes causing an allergic reaction you wish you never had. The
symptoms start with an itch and red rash that later develops into oozing
blisters ... but there are steps you can take to avoid this.
First, avoid these plants whenever possible. (pointing to ivy leaf)
You can identify them by their three leaf clusters that branch off a
single stem like this. Try to remember the phrase "leaves of three, let
them be" to help you out. Poison ivy grows throughout most of the U.S.
(points to ground, shrubs and vines)
you see on the ground, in shrubs or on long vines along trees.
(insert VO - poison oak and sumac)
Poison oak has a center leaf shaped like an oak tree leaf and tends to
grow in small shrubs in eastern and western states ... whereas poison
sumac is rarer, only growing in damp, swampy areas.
(Walking to show the path)
Your best bet for avoidance is to stick to the trail paths found i parks
and woods ... you can also try the over the counter lotion, ivy block.
It claims to form a clay coating on your skin that prevents the plant
If you think you've touched one of these plants without protection,
immediately wash your skin and clothing ... as well as anything they
If a rash still devlops, (insert ADDA - aspirin) take aspirin or a
(insert ADDA - baths) bath with baking soda or oatmeal powder to soother
the itch. If you have a more serious rash you should see a doctor. You
may need prescription steroids.
Brush fires have play havoc with life in Central Florida lately...and while it was not the most pressing problem there, many fans have wondered what impact all this would have on this weekend's race.
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Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller went to Florida to cover the race, but instead have gotten a clear picture of the hard fight against the fires.
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Although some celebrity marriages have recently broken up, one famous couple is just beginning the adventure.
The latest announcement from Hollywood is that entertainer Barbara Streisand and actor James Brolin will tie the knot-possibly as early as today.
It is reported that tables, chairs, and flowers have been delivered to Streisand's estate in Malibu. A huge white tent is also set up on the estate grounds.
This will be the second marriage for Streisand and the third for her soon-to-be husband.
The couple met 18 months ago and were engaged earlier this year.