Coming up on News 7- Floridians get a break after weeks of battling wildfires.
A local musician gets between the sheets with a bedding company.
And the city of Lexington is celebrating Independence Day high in the sky.
We'll take you on the lofty ride in honor of the fourth.
Stay tuned, News 7 at 11 is next.
Volunteers from Roanoke County will be among those hoping to make a difference in Florida.
They, along with fire fighters from around the state, will be heading south this Sunday to help put the wildfires under control.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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((JOHN KING/CAVE SPRING FIRE CHIEF: THEIR EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE IS VERY IMPORTANT IN THIS. ))
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Cave Spring Fire Chief John King won't be among the seven Roanoke County fire fighters heading South, this weekend.
But he is familiar with the assignment.
((JOHN KING/CAVE SPRING FIRE CHIEF: THEIR MAIN OBJECTIVE IS GOING TO BE TO TAKE CARE OF PRIMARILY HOUSE FIRES, THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT IF THEY'RE CALLED UPON TO DO MAIN LINE ATTACK THEY WILL DO THAT.))
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Alex Murillo is among the seven volunteer fire fighters who'll be leaving Sunday, by bus, en route to Florida.
He's been with the Cave Spring Fire Department for ten years and has fought similar fires in other states.
((ALEX MURILLO/ROANOKE CO. VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER:ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, IDAHO, WASHINGTON STATE TWICE, THAT'S ALL. ))
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Several pieces of equipment from Roanoke County will also be heading South-- including brush trucks and tankers.
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((THEY'LL BE TRANSPORTED NOT ONLY FROM ROANOKE COUNTY BUT THEY'LL BE VARIOUS COUNTIES IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA WILL BE TRANSPORTING, BY TRAIN, DOWN TO FLORIDA. ))
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The fire fighters will remain in Florida for approximately two weeks-- working 12 to 18 hours shifts.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke County.))
A little relief from the fire line.
Florida's Governor says the wildfires in Flagler County haven't come together yet, and there's no immediate threat that they will.
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He says that means firefighters can devote more effort to saving
Early this morning, only one road was open with more than 30-thousand Flagler County residents trying to head to safety.
Now traffic is flowing smoothly.
And help is coming from all over the country.
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((IN ADDITION TO...GUARD AGAINST POLLUTERS TO LAND COMMAND POST.))
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So far, the flames have torched 300-thousand acres and more than 150 homes and buildings.
The AIDS conference in Geneva, Switzerland ended today on a note of promise mixed with apprehension.
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Scientists reported a number of developments, but the bottom line is that while drug therapy is extending the lives of many AIDS patients, doctors are still a long way from a cure.
And for millions of patients, some treatments are no longer working.
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((ENRIQUE ANDINO/AIDS PATIENT:IT'S SCARY TO KNOW THAT MAYBE IN 3
MONTHS TIME, THESE MEDICATIONS WILL NOT BE WORKING IN MY SYSTEM, THEN
WHAT'S NEXT? THERE'S NOT MUCH HOPE.))
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The biggest concern is that as the number of AIDS cases increases around the world, at the rate of about 16-thousand per day, those infected in developing countries have no access to medical treatment.
Months after his election, Jim Gilmore is still trying to keep his campaign promises.
And, that means first phasing out the car tax.
And while he says that program is successfully underway, he's reminding people he's just as devoted to his other top priority, higher education.
Gilmore put a Blue Ribbon Commission in place when he became governor and a sub-committee is now in the preliminary stages of studying how to improve Virginia's colleges and universities.
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((JIM GILMORE/GOVERNOR; WE ALREADY HAVE VERY GOOD SCHOOLS AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THE QUALITY IS ACROSS THE BOARD IN ALL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND THAT WE HAVE THE VERY BEST. NOW WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE TO ACHIEVE THAT IN THE FUTURE? HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST? WHAT DO WE REALLY NEED TO EXCEL AND TO BE GOOD? HOW IS THE MONEY SPENT TO ACHIEVE THAT AND HOW MUCH MONEY IS GOING TO BE NECESSARY?))
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Gilmore doesn't have the answer to those questions just yet. But he says he will hold college officials more accountable in the near future.
The Founding Fathers approved of the law of the land and it's fine the way it is--
That's Roanoke Mayor David Bower's opinion of the U-S Constitution-- as it's currently written.
The Democrat spent the morning campaigning in Roanoke-- handing out leaflets detailing the Constitution.
He's running against incumbent Bob Goodlatte.
Bowers is taking his Republican challenger to task saying Goodlatte introduced 17- amendments to the Constitution during the last two Congressional sessions.
According to Bowers-- some of the amendments include terms limits and prayer in school.
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((DAVID BOWERS:THE MAN WE THOUGHT WAS A MODERATE REPUBLICAN REPRESENTING US IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, IN FACT, IS A FAR RIGHT REPUBLICAN AND I THINK THE PEOPLE, HE'S A NICE FELLOW, PEOPLE LIKE BOB GOODLATTE, I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTION ABOUT THAT, BUT I'M ASKING THEM TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW HE VOTES AND I'M THE KIND OF GUY WHO WOULD VOTE IN A MORE MODERATE WAY.))
However, Goodlatte said that amendments have helped to improve the Constitution.
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((BOB GOODLATTE/SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN; SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES CONTAINED IN THE U-S CONSTITUTION WERE PUT THERE BY AMENDMENT.))
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Goodlatte says the Constitution is a "living document" and that the Founding Fathers meant for lawmakers to make adjustments to it over time.
Tonya tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Up next, "help wanted" signs are popping up outside of many area businesses but there's little help on the way.
We'll tell you why in a few minutes.
And, children in the hill city have a new way to stay cool this summer--in this "mushroom pool".
That story is coming up when the news continues.
The unemployment rate is dipping lower and lower these days.
And, while that's good news for workers, it's not so good for employers looking for help.
Scott Golberg has more.
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It's the time of year when places like fast-food restaurants shouldn't have to look far to find workers.
But employers will tell you this has been a cruel summer.
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((HENRY CALDWELL/SONIC RESTAURANTS: THIS IS OUR SIXTH SUMMER HERE IN ROANOKE AND THIS IS OUR TOUGHEST HIRING SUMMER THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED.))
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Henry Caldwell has resorted to paying higher wages to attract new workers.
And if he keeps that up, he says he'll have to start charging customers more for their food.
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((HENRY CALDWELL: WAGES ARE ESCALATING A LITTLE BIT WHICH WILL AT SOME POINT TRANSLATE INTO HIGHER MENU PRICES FOR EVERYBODY.))
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: THE FAST-FOOD INDUSTRY, LIKE ANY INDUSTRY THAT PAYS ENTRY-LEVEL WAGES, IS HAVING A TOUGH TIME FINDING HELP BECAUSE, WHEN THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO A CERTAIN POINT, IT MEANS MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO WANT A JOB HAVE ALREADY FOUND ONE.))
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((JERRY BARNETT/VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMISSION: WHEN THE RATE GETS AS LOW AS IT IS IN THE ROANOKE AREA, WHICH IS ABOUT 2.5 PERCENT RIGHT NOW, THAT'S CONSIDERED TO BE FULL EMPLOYMENT.))
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Jerry Barnett says that shortage of workers
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also stops new business from moving into the area.
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((JERRY BARNETT: THEY'LL ASSUME THAT BECAUSE THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS LOW THAT WORKERS ARE NOT AVAILABLE SO THEY MAY NOT EVEN INVESTIGATE AN AREA.))
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The low unemployment rate is a sign of a strong economy.
But its flipside -- the shortage of available workers -- is making this the summer of employers' discontent.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Roanoke.
Getting cooler in the summer heat just got a little easier for young people in Lynchburg.
It may look like a giant mushroom, but it's actually the newest public pool at Miller Park.
Lynchburg city officials this week helped dedicate the "mushroom pool", much to the delight of dozens of local children.
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((ED JONES/PARKS AND RECREATION ENGINEER: IT'S BASICALLY FOR THE SMALL KIDS. OTHER THAN THE KIDDIE POOL THEY'VE GOT HERE, THIS GIVES THEM SOMETHING ELSE THEY CAN PLAY IN AND ENJOY THEMSELVES IN THE SUMMER SUN.))
((PARIS LENON/ACTING INTERIM DIRECTOR: THE RECREATION TASK FORCE, WHICH LOOKED AT ALL RECREATION PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, HAD AN IDEA WITH OUR CONSULTANT- CAME AND LOOKED IN AT LAST YEAR AND SAID WE NEED TO ADD SOMETHING TO THE POOL THAT WOULD MAKE IT INDUCIVE FOR A LOT OF OUR KIDS TO PARTICIPATE. SO THAT'S WHY THE CONCEPT OF THE RAIN DROP CAME BY.))
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The pool's 50- thousand dollar price tag was covered by the city's Neighborhood Initiative program. (--------
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Game wardens at Smith Mountain Lake are out cruising their beat in preparation for the holiday weekend.
And, the fines are already starting to add up.
Tina Tenret has more.
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(( Eight officers will patrol the lake this weekend.
They will run sobriety checkpoints to catch drunken boaters.
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((SGT. RON HENRY/STATE GAME WARDEN: WE'VE SEEN THE USE OF A DESIGNATED DRIVER SOAR AND WE'VE SEEN INTOXICATED DRIVERS FALL.))
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But there are other ways of steering into trouble.
This jet skiier raced right past a no-wake buoy, without slowing to idle speed.
His penalty: a ticket and a court date.
These boys did not have two lifejackets on board.
Even a man who says he's a boat dealer did not know the letter of the law -- his registration number was not clearly marked on both sides of the boat.
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((CARSON ALTIZER/STATE GAME WARDEN: THE MAJORITY OF TICKETS OR SUMMONS ARE ISSUED FOR BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS OR BOATING REGISTRATIONS OR FISHING LICENCES. THAT'S JUST IN HIGHEST NUMBERS.))
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A traffic jam this weekend may throw these problems into full throttle, mixing inexperienced boaters and holiday spirits.
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((ABOVE ALL AVOID ALCOHOL. IF YOURE DRUNK AND YOU FALL OUT OF A CAR YOU HIT THE ROAD. OUT HERE YOU END UP 200 FEET BELOW YOUR BOAT.))
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: SOME TIPS BEFORE YOU LEAVE DOCK THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND. CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOUR BOAT LIGHTS WORK, THAT YOU HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER, A THROW CUSHION, AND ENOUGH WEARABLE LIFE JACKETS FOR EVERYONE ON BOARD. TINA TENRET, NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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Coming up--Robin Reed will have an extended look at your holiday weekend weather.
And, a local singer makes his national debut as a spokesperson for a bedding company.
More when we return.
Just over a month ago, a Lexington musician got his first major recording contract.
Now he's rolling over in the bedding industry.
In May, country singer -song writer Keith Bryant signed a contract with Tandem Records.
Today, Bryant was named one of the national spokespersons for Wickline Bedding, a California-based company.
Bryant will be singing the praises of the business's "Country Nights" bedding line.
Having a national endorsement will boost Bryant's career, but he says there's more hard work ahead.
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((KEITH BRYANT/RECORDING ARTIST; SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT ONCE YOU SIGN THE DOTTED LINE ON A DEAL LIKE THIS THAT YOU'VE MADE IT. I SEE THIS AS A REAL GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE IT. BUT I ALSO SEE IT AS A LOT OF HARD WORK.))
((MIKE MALKIEWICZ/WICKLINE BEDDING PRESIDENT; IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR HIM AND FOR OUR COMPANY. WE THINK THAT HE COULD BE, I DON'T WANT TO SAY THE NEXT GARTH BROOKS, BUT HE COULD BE A BIG COUNTRY STAR. IF HE RIDES THE WAVE, WE'RE GONNA RIDE WITH HIM. SO AS OUR COMPANY GROWS, HE'S GOING TO RIDE WITH US.))
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The announcement kicks off Bryant's summer concert tour, which begins tomorrow in Lexington at a 4th of July celebration.
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Pete Sampras and Gorian Ivanisevic will play for the men's singles title at Wimbledon the Cardinals sign first round draft pick J.D. Drew.
But first our extra point. Brett Hull is now a Dallas Star.
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He reached an agreement with the N-H-L hockey team today. Terms were not disclosed but the St. Louis blues decided not to re-sign the high scoring Hull earlier this week ending an 11 year relationship.
Lets check tonights scores.
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A four time champion and a player who's never won a grand slam title will play for the men's singles title at Wimbledon..
Pete Sampras with a four set win over Tom Henman.
Sampras was looking for his fifth Wimbledon title in the past six years.
Sampras would control the match as he played the serve and volley to perfection wearing Henman down in the final two sets.
He clinched the match with this ace winning in four sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 and 6-3. Sampras is looking for his 11-th grand slam title.
Sampras will face Goran Ivanisevic in the finals. He advanced by beating Richard Krajicek in a marathon fifth set 15 to 13.
Yana Novotna and Nathalie Tauziat will play for the women's title today.
Roanoke's K.J. Hippensteel has advanced to the semi finals of the Junior Championships at Wimbledon. K.J. and his doubles partner David Martin won a straight set match over a team from Australia 7-5, 6-1.
The Semi's are scheduled for later today.
Chicago's Tyler Houston homered twice driving in 5 runs as the Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12 to 9.
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Cubs manager Jim Riggleman looking on from the home dugout.
In the top of the third, Jose Guillen hits this single down third into left field scoring Jason Kendall and the Pirates led the game 4 to 3.
Chicago answered in the bottom of the third, Henry Rodriguez hits this single to centerfield scoring Sammy Sosa and Mark Grace and the Cubs went back on top 5 to 4.
Houston would get his second round tripper of the
game when he sends this shot into the bleachers in centerfield for a three run homer and Chicago wins it 12 to 9.
Billy King is in the hunt after the first round of the State Farm Senior Classic. More when we return.
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed their first round draft pick J.D. Drew.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed but its believed to be worth 7 million dollars over 4 years.
Drew was Philadelphia's top pick a year ago but the club wouldn't meet his contract demands.
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The 22 year old wanted an 11 million dollar contract which is unprecedented for a player with no major league experience.
And coming up, C-B-S may not broadcast the Pepsi 400 when in is run in October Billy King has a good round at the State Farm Senior Classic.
And France and Brazil advance to the semi finals to of the World Cup Soccer championship.
Racing fans all across the country are disappointed they will not be able to celebrate the fourth of July at the Pepsi 400, Mike Stevens tells us that NASCAR made the only sensible decision when they decided to postpone the race.
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In World Cup soccer action yesterday afternoon, France has advanced to the semi finals of the championship tournament.
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It was the usual tough match between France and Italy.
and the match was decided when Laurent Blanc scored the decisive goal on France's fifth shot of the shootout putting the French up 4 to 3.
Italy had a chance to continue the shootout but this shot rocketed off the crossbar giving france the 4 to 3 win in the shootout. Its the second straight year Italy has lost its last match in the tournament in a shootout.
Brazil beat Denmark 3 to 2 and will face france in the Semi finals.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
Billy King shot a 1 under par 71 yesterday in the first round of the State Farm Senior Classic. He trails leader Tom Jenkins by six shots.
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And for the second day in a row, a hole in one at the L-P-G-A's U-S Open. It happened on the bar three sixth hole Clarisa Childs with the shot that hits the green and rolls into the Cup. Korea's Se Ri Pak is the leader at three under par.
On the P-G-A tour, Scott Gump tied a course record and he's the leader at the Greater Hartford Open.
Gump shot an 8 under par 62 to lead the tournament at 10 under par.
A group in Lexington is celebrating July Fourth by holding its second annual Balloon Rally.
And, while the Lexington Sunrise Rotary plans to have the usual fireworks and food on hand,
they're also offering balloon rides--giving people a new look at an old city.
Stacey Martin and Photographer Greg Moore have the story.
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((Flying is fun but the ground work starts here--where the four person crew cranks up the fan and tugs at the tow line--unfurling the purple shaded patches of their balloon--"Cloud 9".
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((TOM RAGLAND/BALLOON PILOT: THE BALLOON IS ALL FOLDED UP SO WE NEED TO SPREAD THE BOTTOM OUT AND ALL WE WERE DOING IS PULLING IT OUT SO IT GETS ALL FULL AND FILLING THIS WITH COLD AIR AT THE SAME SIZE THAT IT WOULD BE WHEN IT'S FLYING.))
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A quick squeeze on the valve--a flicker of flame and the balloon is in flight, giving many passengers and pilots their first OVER view of V-M-I and the countrysides surrounding historic Lexington.
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((TIM RIED/BALLOON PILOT: SCENERY WISE, I DON'T KNOW ANY PLACE YOU COULD GO THAT YOU WOULD HAVE NEATER SCENEERY. THERE'S MOUNTAIN RANGES ON BOTH SIDES OF YOU AND FLYING IN AN VALLEY LIKE THIS IS JUST REALLY PRETTY.))
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One ride with the wind, having a bird's eye view and many of these pilots were hooked, including Tom Ragland who traded in one pair of wings for a simple sort of high.
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((TOM RAGLAND/BALLOON PILOT: I'M ANY EX-NAVY FIGHTER PILOT AND I USED TO LAND ON AIR CRAFT CARRIERS AND IT'S A LOT MORE FUN LANDING IN PEOPLE'S BACKYARDS. THEY HAVE COFFEE AND DONUTS FOR YOU.))
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Though many of the pilots compete--the Lexington rally is not a race--but an opportunity, sponsors say, to showcase their city.
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((MICHAEL LYNN/LEXINGTON SUNRISE ROTARY: WE LIVE IN ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PARTS OF VIRGINIA AND THERE'S NOTHING LIKE SEEING IT FROM A BALLOON AND JUST SEEING BALLOONS FLYING OVER THE VALLEY AGAINST THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS--IT'S GREAT.))
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The rides will continue throughout the weekend and passengers will get to choose their fare by making donations to the Rotary Club.
Stacey Martin, News 7, Rockbridge County.))
The Lexington Sunrise Rotary plans to donate the event's proceeds to local children's health programs.