Straight ahead on News 7 at Six--the Florida brush fires chase race car drivers and fans out of Daytona, postponing this weekend's Pepsi 400.
Mike Stevens will join us with a live report.
And have you ever wondered about life on the farm--for 300 dollars, you can experience the real thing in Botetourt County.
In sports, the new head coach of the Roanoke Express was introduced to the media this morning and officials talked about a N-H-L affiliation.
And for the first time in 73 years a French woman will play for the singles title at Wimbledon.
A few showers early tonight and then clear sailing after that for the holiday cookouts.
More on the forecast just ahead.
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500 new firefighters are on the scene, and two thirds of the nation's firefighting water equipment is battling the
Florida brush fires---but none of it has been able to stop the spread of the fires.
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The situation has also now forced the postponement of the Pepsi 400 race. Sports Director Mike Stevens joins us now with more.
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Whoever set the fire that killed six people on Church Avenue in Roanoke was looking for revenge.
That's what all of the evidence says.
After a month and a half of investigating, Roanoke police have linked the May 18th blaze to the murder of Kevin Lee Jones.
Jones was shot the night before.
And the accused shooter lived in the building that was torched.
Police say their investigation is now focusing on anyone who had "the motive and opportunity" to retaliate for the murder.
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An Amherst County man remains jailed on charges stemming from a deadly game of horseshoes.
Police say 29-year old Kenneth Eugene Branham killed one man and wounded two others during a party on Memorial Day weekend.
Branham allegedly used a 12-guage shotgun to kill Richard Lee Eubank and wound Bobby Beverly and Ricky McDaniel.
Authorities believe Eubank was an innocent bystander when Branham went to confront Beverly and McDaniel about an argument they'd had earlier in the day.
A judge certified the murder and malicous wounding charges after today's preliminary hearing.
A grand jury could indict Branham in October.
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You might call it a match made in welfare reform--volunteers using their job experience to help welfare recipients make the transition into the working world.
This MENTOR program is the collective effort between Roanoke's employment services department and Commonwealth Catholic Charities.
Kimberly McBroom has a progress report.
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[SUPER=07-Jacqueline Barbour; :15]
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((A single mother of five, Jacqueline Barbour is in the process of getting off welfare.
For about a month, Barbour has been employed in food services at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.
But making the transition hasn't been easy.
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((JACQUELINE BARBOUR: AT FIRST, I FELT LIKE LESS THAN A MOTHER, THAT I WASN'T GIVING MY CHILDREN WHAT THEY NEEDED. NOW THAT'S BEGINNING TO CHANGE.))
Barbour is one of many participants starting over in the Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare or VIEW.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: EMPLOYMENT SERVICES OFFICIALS SAY OVER 50 PERCENT OF VIEW PARTICIPANTS HAVE FOUND FULL- TIME JOBS. NOW THE DEPARTMENT IS FOCUSING ITS EFFORTS ON HELPING THOSE PEOPLE HOLD ON TO THEIR JOBS. THEY BELIEVE MENTORS CAN HELP, OFFERING A SYMPATHETIC EAR AND USEFUL ADVICE.))
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((RUTH HENDRICK/EMPLOYMENT SERVICES: WE HAVE TALKED WITH OUR PARTICIPANTS ABOUT HAVING MENTORS AND HAVE FOUND GOOD RECEPTION WITH THEM. AND WE'RE AT THE POINT NOW WHERE WE'RE LOOKING TO GET SOME MATCHES STARTED IN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO.))
The program's been at a stand-still because of a staffing shortage.
But there are a few mentors already trained, like Lynne Lonnquist.
With a background in sociology, Lonnquist is on the pastoral staff at Our Lady of Nazareth Church.
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((LYNNE LONNQUIST/TRAINED MENTOR: I'VE WORKED A LONG, LONG TIME. I'VE BEEN A SINGLE PARENT. IT'VE BEEN A WORKING MOTHER. YOU KNOW, PROBABLY ALL THE THINGS THEY DEAL WITH, I'VE DEALT WITH THEM, AS WELL. ))
Meanwhile, Jacqueline Barbour says she could use that kind of emotional support-- and may someday even decide to become a mentor herself.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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A soda pop pioneer in the Roanoke Valley-- coming up on News 7 at Six,
we'll look back at the career of Olin Garrett.
And if you live in a city or the suburbs and have ever been curious about life on a farm--a Botetourt County family is offering hands on experience. But first let's check in with Robin.
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A state government hiring freeze imposed in 1994 is now, for all practical purposes, gone.
Governor Jim Gilmore's signed an executive order, implementing a new hiring policy.
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Former Governor George Allen froze state hiring in 1994.
By the end of Allen's term, many exceptions to the freeze had been granted-- after concerns that needed positions were going unfilled.
Governor Gilmore's order specifically praises state workers as one of Virginia's "most valuable assets," and says pr
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Lynchburg's Habitat for Humanity chapter is no longer just about building homes--now the group is into community centers.
Ground was broken today for a 14-thousand square foot Family Development Center in the Jubilee Heights subdivision.
Jubilee Heights is where Habitat is constructing 88 new homes for low-income families.
The community center will offer sports and educational activities for the neighborhood's children.
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((MIKE ANDERSON/SPORTS OUTREACH DIRECTOR: HAVE REALLY SEEN THE NEED IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM TO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE TO SENDING CHILDREN OUT OF TOWN FOR PLACEMENTS, AS WELL AS JUST A BASIC NEED TO HAVE STRUCTURED EXTRACURRICULAR- TYPE ACTIVITIES FOR THEM.))
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Phase One of the construction should be finished by this winter.
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The restaurant famous for pancakes topped with fruit and filled with chocolate chips is coming to Southwest Virginia.
The International House of Pancakes is already under construction in Roanoke.
It's going up on highway 220 in the Tanglewood Mall area.
Another one is being built in Christiansburg.
The IHOP chain has nearly 800-locations across the United States.
The restaurant is known for serving breakfast -- big breakfast -- at all hours of the day.
The IHOPs in our area are scheduled to open in September.
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Olin Garrett was one of the men who made Dr. Pepper, a soft- drink success story in western Virginia and across the country.
He died Tuesday at the age of 86.
A Texas native, Garrett managed bottling plants in the Shenandoah Valley and Tidewater, before coming to Roanoke.
In a recent interview, he spoke of his association with Irv Sharp, the WDBJ broadcaster who became a national spokesman for the company.
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((OLIN GARRETT/RETIRED DR. PEPPER EXECUTIVE: MR. DAVIS STARTED DR. PEPPER HERE. HE FOUNDED THE COMPANY IN 1936. AND SO MANY PEOPLE MAY HAVE HEARD OF THE NAME, BUT THEY HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS LIKE. IT WAS A BRAND NEW FLAVOR AND PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW THE FIRST THING ABOUT IT FOR THE MOST PART. BUT AFTER COUSIN IRV GOT A HOLD OF EM, HE COAXED MANY A ONE TO TRY IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. WHEN THEY DID THEY LIKED IT.))
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A funeral service is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
The stock market finished a holiday-shortened week
mixed in moderate trading.
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The Dow lost 23 points to finish at nine thousand 25.
NASDAQ dropped 20 points.
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A Botetourt County family is inviting visitors to camp out for a weekend on their working cattle ranch.
Tina Tenret shows us why that may be a rare opportunity.
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(( The ranchers rise at dawn to drive cattle.
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((LINDA PALMER/RANCHER: IT'S A WAY OF LIFE. THE BEAUTY OF THE FARM, GETTING UP EVERY MORNING AND BEING ABLE TO LOOK OUT OVER THESE HILLS AND MOUNTAINS. IT'S SPECTACULAR. NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE HAVE THAT.))
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A thousand acres undivided, where horses, not helicoptors, still rustle the herds.
From the hilltop you can see the growing town of Fincastle -- fast encroaching on this way of life.
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((AGRICULTURE GETS MOVED OUT. WE USED TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE TRACTORS, DRIVE CATTLE, UP AND DOWN THIS ROAD IN FRONT OF THE FARM AND HAVE VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC. BUT NOW PEOPLE GET TIRED OF YOU IN THE ROAD WITH CATTLE AND TRACTORS OR HAY EQUIPMENT. YOU'RE NOT MOVING FAST ENOUGH. SO YOU GET PUSHED OUT.))
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And while this small family leases the land, they compete against huge cattle conglomerates with a lot more money and a lot more market control.
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But this family says it's important to keep the farm.
The fourth generation is just learning to ride.
His uncle grew up on the farm.
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((WILL VEST/RANCHER: OUR PARENTS WOULD FIX US BREAKFAST IN THE MORNING. KICK US OUT THE DOOR AND WE'D BE BACK ON THE DOORSTEP AT DINNERTIME. WE JUST RAN ALL DAY, RODE HORSES, PLAYED IN CAVES, SWAM THE CREEK. ***BUTT BUTT BUTT***
I THINK EVERY KID OUGHTTA BE ABLE TO GROW UP THE WAY I GREW UP.))
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The family plans to offer working weekends at the ranch in August and September.
Three hundred dollars will buy you a taste of the adventure, and the tranquility, of this land.
Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County.
And coming up, The Braves win an afternoon game in Florida.
And Scott Gordon is the new head coach of the Roanoke Express.
Scott Gordon, a former Coach and Player in the East Coast Hockey League, began a new era of the Roanoke Express today.
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Gordon is the new head coach of the Express and he's taking over a franchise that has experienced success the past five years under former coach Frank Anzalone.
Roanoke made it to the second round of the playoffs last season and Gordon's job is to take the franchise to the next level.
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Many of the Express players have settled here in the Roanoke Valley and Gordon says he will consider those players as he makes his plans for the upcoming East Coast Hockey League Season.
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Gordon, a former Olympic Goaltender is only the second coach in team history.
For the first time in 73 years a French woman has made the finals at Wimbledon.
16-th seeded Nathalie Tauziat rallied from a set down to beat Natasha Zvereva in the semi finals 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 to advance to the finals. She was playing in her first semis in 43 grand slam events which is a record in the Open era of tennis.
Now, her opponent will be Yana Novotna. Novotna reaches the finals by upsetting top seed Martina Hingis in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. The two met in last years finals with Hingis coming out the winner.
The men's semi finals are scheduled for tomorrow. Pete Sampras plays England's Tim Henman and Richard Krajicek faces Goran Ivanisevic.
Keith Lockhart homered twice to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6 to nothing win over Tampa Bay.
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Bobby Cox watching from the dugout as the game remained scoreless.
But in the top of the sixth Lockhart gets all of this pitch sending it over the right field wall for a solo homer and a 1 to nothing Braves lead.
Atlanta added another run in the sixth inning Randall Simon hits this bouncer to right field scoring Chipper Jones to make the score 2 to nothing Braves after six.
Jones would add to the Brave lead. He sends this shot over the right field wall in the 8-th to make
it 3 to nothing and the Braves hold on for the 6 to nothing win.
And in case you haven't heard, the Pepsi 400 at Daytona has been Postponed this weekend because of the fires in Florida.
The race has been rescheduled to the night of October 17-th. The race will be preceded by two nights of practice and qualifying.
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The Blue Ridge Hemp Company opened its doors eight months ago in downtown Roanoke.
And it's sparked curiosity ever since--with its shirts, dresses and even soaps made of hemp.
The owner says the natural fiber is safe and
is the farmers' answer to the war on tobacco.
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Join us for that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.