Up next on News 7...
The brother of one of the victim's in yesterday's massive accident in Botetourt County speaks out.
The firefight continues in Florida, but things are improving.
And there's a New theory involving the military, and the explosion of TWA flight 800.
News 7 is next.
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The victims in yesterdays accident along I-81 have all been identified.
They include 25-year old Kevin Chittum of Buena Vista and his fiancee 19-year old Tamara Whitney Rogers.
Four children also died in the wreck--13 year old Bridget Lynn Chittum and her boyfriend 13 year old Joshua Conner.
Other young victims include Joshua's brother 10 year old Jonathan Conner and 11 year old Sheena Miskovsky of Charlottesville.
The driver of the truck, Jerry Gregory of Craigsville also died in the accident.
David Johnson has more.
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[SUPER=01-Travis Rogers/Victim's Brother; :01]
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[OUT Q=to mean something.]
[IN Q=It's so horrible]
((TRAVIS ROGERS/VICTIM'S BROTHER: IT'S SO HORRIBLE. I MEAN, TWO KIDS ARE WITHOUT PARENTS RIGHT NOW. TWO KIDS. AND, THEY'RE GOING TO ASK ME WHERE ARE MY MAMA AND DADDY. WHAT DO I TELL THEM?))
[OUT Q=I tell them?]
Whitney and Kevin were one of three couples in a Honda Accord southbound on I-81.
It was pooring rain when the driver of the car tried to pass another vehicle.
The car hydroplaned, crossed the median and crashed into a northbound tractor trailor.
Travis Rogers doesn't understand it.
[IN Q=Preachers have been]
((TRAVIS ROGERS: PREACHERS HAVE BEEN AT OUR HOUSE AND TELL US IT'S FOR A REASON. I MEAN RIGHT NOW, IS NOT THE TIME TO QUESTION IT BUT WHAT IS THE REASON. WHAT IS THE REASON?))
[OUT Q=is the reason?]
None of the victims were identified by authorities, but after Travis Rogers confirmed for State Police, that his sister was one of the deceased, he felt compelled to speak out about the accident.
[IN Q=I just want]
((I JUST WANT TO TELL THE CHITTUM FAMILY THAT THEY HAVE ALL MY SMYPATHY. KEVIN IS LIKE A BROTHER TO ME. I KNOW THE KIDS, I KNOW THEY'RE HURTING RIGHT NOW. AND, THE OTHER FAMILY THAT WAS WITH THEM. MY SISTER--EVERYBODY IS GOING TO SEE THIS AND THEY'RE GOING TO SAY EHH--THAT'S TERRIBLE--SOMEBODY GETTING KILLED. BUT, I WANT THEM TO PUT SOMETHING TO IT. I WANT IT TO MEAN SOMETHING.))
[OUT Q=to mean something.]
About a third of the tanker's 76-hundred diesel payload spilled out.
D-E-Q and Haz-Mat officials are cleaning up the mess.
Botetourt County's Fire Department says it will take about two more days to get things back to normal.
David Johnson News 7.))
We also spoke with a member of the Chittum family tonight.
They say they're coping with the difficult loss, and are asking for the prayers of the community.
One man is dead after crashing his boat into a rocky hillside along Smith Mountain Lake.
Police tried talking to the owner of the boat, after suspecting that it had been stolen.
Authorities say the boat operator didn't respond and instead sped off; crashing into a row of rocks at the edge of a hill.
The boat operator died at the scene.
Police are not releasing the victim's name.
A new theory has emerged in the 1996 explosion of TWA flight 800.
Investigators confirm they're looking into the possibility that a powerful military radar or radio signal sparked the explosion in the plane's empty center fuel tank.
The NTSB has hired experts to find out how the signals affect similar planes.
Five military ships, and five military planes were in the area when the explosion happened.
Conditions are still improving in Central Florida...
Maureen Maher has details.
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[SUPER=01-Candice Hackney/Volunteer; :31]
[SUPER=01-Roy Hargrove/Pastor; :57]
[SUPER=01-John Sturchell/Fire Behavior Analyst; 1:16]
[OUT Q=Flagler County, Florida;]
((These are some of the first horrifying pictures to come out of Flagler
since the county wide evacuation early Friday morning -
(LET IT BREATH A LITTLE)
20,000 acres of what were once lush and green woodlands are now black
and lying in a bed of ashes as are a least 50 buildings, burned to their
foundations, with little if anything left behind resembling a home .
(NATS OF FLAMES AND FIREFIGHTERS) Particularly hard hit has been the
resort town of Palm Coast, where firefighters have waged a round the
clock battle since Thursday night
(SOT/Candice Hackney/Volunteer) "Their spirits are still good because
they know that they are doing good for the people - but the devastation
they've seen, I'm sure it's affecting them."
(nats of church service)
It's also affecting the evacuated residents of Flagler, anxious to know
the condition of their homes. Many were among the 2000 church goers at
a public service held in Daytona Beach Sunday morning. Where all gave
thanks for the firefighters, prayed for rain and gave comfort to each
(SOT/Pastor Roy Hargrove/River Bend Community Church)
And while the experts can predict where the fire might spread, and what
could best bring it until control, they too are relying on a higher
power for help
(SOT/John Sturchell/Fire Behavior Analyst/Washington State Dept.of
Moe's Stand Up: There were more thunderstorms in Central Florida today
- but it was a double edged sword - with the rain, came lightning -
which ignited more fires... MM, CBS News, Flagler County.))
Straight ahead --after 47 years the Dupont plant shuts down in Martinsville.
And, college students test the waters at Smith Mountain Lake.
More when we return.
Could E-Coli bacteria be returning to Smith Mountain Lake?
Ferrum College students recently searched the waters for answers.
Tina Tenret has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Carolyn Lee Thomas/Professor; :27]
[SUPER=01-Minh Anguyen/Student; 1:19]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]
Seven students and a professor cast off every two weeks, to test 14 lakesites for fecal coliform.
That's bacteria from warm-blooded animals' waste -- cows, for example, or even people.
((water splashing on lens))
First stop: busy Indian Point marina.
The team expects to find more bacteria here -- some boats flush sewage, illegally, into the water.
[IN Q=You also have]
((YOU ALSO HAVE HOMES ... HIGHER AT MARINAS.))
[OUT Q=HIGHER AT MARINAS]
((nat sot pulls bottle out of water))
One student bottles water samples
[SOT 10:35:53 OR 10:39:20]
((slams into chest))
storing them in ice to stop the bacteria's growth.
Another student lowers a weight to measure the water clarity.
[IN Q=I got]
((I GOT HALF METER RIGHT THERE))
[OUT Q=RIGHT THERE]
Their professor gauges temperature, depth, salt and oxygen levels.
((OXYGEN? 9. TEMPERATURE? 87))
Despite the recent raw sewage spill into the Roanoke River -- and the e-coli outbreak here last summer -- they say the lake water is clean.
Minh Anguyen has seen far worse in Vietnam.
[IN Q=Oh pretty nasty]
((OH PRETTY NASTY ... A LOT DIFFERENT AND A LOT CLEANER))
[OUT Q=A LOT CLEANER]
[IN Q=The Ferrum College team]
((THE FERRUM COLLEGE TEAM POINTS OUT THAT NOT ONLY BOATERS AND SWIMMERS BENEFIT FROM CLEAN WATER. PROPERTY VALUES MIGHT RISE, TOURISM COULD INCREASE, THEN LOCAL COUNTIES WOULD REEL IN MORE TAX MONEY.))
[OUT Q=TAX MONEY]
Someday -- students hope to be able to match each sample of fecal coliform to a specific animal -- to track its source.
But they say, that breakthrough won't come today.
Tina Tenret, News7, Franklin County.
There's now a law against telemarketing fraud--thanks in part to Congressmen Bob Goodlatte's efforts.
During the last session of Congress, Goodlatte helped introduce a bill that would make telemarketing fraud a criminal act.
President Clinton recently signed it into law.
Goodlatte also continues to focus on other issues that victimize older citizens.
He plans to meet with seniors at Northside Middle School this week to discuss concerns ranging from social security to medicare.
[IN Q=It's a way]
((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE: IT'S ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO HEAR SOME REAL EXPERTS ON VARIOUS TOPICS INCLUDING SOME OF THE SCAMS THEY ARE SUBJECTED TO ON THE TELEPHONE. MEDICARE FRAUD ISSUES AND OTHER SAFETY CONCERNS.))
[OUT Q=safety concerns.]
The meeting will take place on Thursday from nine in the morning until noon.
Dupont workers in Martinsville said their last goodbyes.
And, a national breakfast icon opens its doors in Southwestern Virginia.
Scott Goldberg has the details in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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[***NOTHING ON CAMERA THIS WEEK***]
((This week on the Review:
After 47-years in Martinsville, the DuPont Nylon plant shut its doors.
At one time it employed as many as 5-thousand people.
That number was down to 500 by the time the plant closed.
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[IN Q=I'M NOT]
((C.W. PUCKETT: I'M NOT GOING TO MISS THE JOB BUT I AM GOING TO MISS THE PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL JUST LIKE FAMILY.))
[OUT Q=LIKE FAMILY]
Most of the workers are still looking for jobs.
Most of the equipment will be turned into scrap metal.
In Danville, the city's biggest employer is getting bigger.
Dan River Incorporated is buying Atlanta-based textile manufacturer The Bibb Company.
The 250-million dollar deal makes Dan River the country's third largest producer of fashion bedding products.
In Roanoke County, it's another big money contract for the company that helps soldiers see at night.
I-T-T Night Vision signed a 172-million dollar deal to supply thousands of goggles to the U.S. Army.
The real-estate company that owns Roanoke's First Union tower and the land around Valley View Mall is about to merge.
Faison and Associates was bought by national giant Trammell Crow Company for 39-million dollars.
They're already tearing up the ground upon which one of the country's most fabled eateries will be built.
The International House of Pancakes -- IHOP -- will open restaurants in Roanoke and Christiansburg this fall.
[dow jones pre pro]
It was a rally on Wall Street.
The Dow recovered to close above nine-thousand again.
The Nasdaq also posted a gain.
That's this week's review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Up Next--will the new weight guidelines do more harm than good?
And, hundreds of cat lovers were in Roanoke today, showing-off their felines.
More when we return.
New guidelines from the National Institute of Health mean 55 percent of all Americans are overweight.
But, is the new standard too tough?
Intern Reporter, Aleesha Chaney, has more.
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[SUPER=07-Melinda Hayes; :36]
[SUPER=01-Ginger Kirk/Carilion; 1:15]
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((Without putting on an extra pound, many Americans are suddenly facing a dilemma. They're overweight. That's because the government has lowered weight guidelines--but some diet experts say the new standards are appropriate.
[IN Q=Our weight standards]
((BONNY LEE/BERIATRIC CENTER: THESE FIGURES ARE NOT WITHOUT SOME CONTROVESY. OUR WEIGHT STANDARDS IN THE US ARE VERY HIGH. YOU CAN GAIN NOW AS MUCH AS 40 POUNDS AND STILL BE IN THE DESIRABLE WEIGHT.))
[OUT Q=in the US]
The standards are being disputed by some but not for being too lenient. Many believe too much concern about weight encourages people to work towards a goal that isn't within their reach.
[IN Q=I have friends]
((MELINDA HAYES: I HAVE FRIENDS LARGER FRIENDS WHO EAT HEALTHY AND ARE VERY ACTIVE ITS JUST THEIR BODY TYPE AND ITS SAD THAT THEIR KILLING THEMSELVES TRYING TO BE 115 POUNDS.))
[OUT Q= a 115 pounds]
The purpose of the guidelines is to make people aware of the health hazards associated with being overweight. But some how that message isn't getting across.
[IN Q=People think I]
((MELINDA HAYES:PEOPLE THINK I WOULDN'T LOOK GOOD UNLESS I'M THIS HEIGHT AND THIS WEIGHT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T LOSE WEIGHT TO LOOK HEALTHY THEY LOSE WEIGHT TO LOOK GOOD.))
[OUT Q=to look good.]
There is also concern people striving to live up to weight standards could develop an eating disorder.
[IN Q=Our whole culture]
((GINGER KIRK/CARILION: ANYTIME YOU PUT IN A GENERIC WEIGHT SCALE FOR INDIVIDUALS IT IS GOING TO CREATE SOME STRESS AND ANXIETY FOR PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=anxiety for people]
Before beginning a strict diet because of the new guidelines you should consult your doctor first to see what is healthy for your lifestyle.
Aleesha Chaney, News 7, Health Check.))
Cats took center stage at the Roanoke Civic Center this weekend.
The felines and their owners were there for the third annual Star City Cat Show.
It is hosted by the Cat Fanciers Association.
The event features competitions for pedigree and household felines.
Winning cats and kitties build up points for national and international competitions.
Though the program just started, organizers are already looking to expand it.
[IN Q=WE GENERATE THE]
((KRISTIAN THIERRY/CAT FANCIERS ASSO. VICE PRESIDENT; WE GENERATE THE MONEY EACH YEAR TO PUT ON ANOTHER SHOW. AND WE DONATE TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE FEEL DO GOOD THINGS FOR CATS LIKE THE FERAL INCORPORATED. THEY SPAY AND NEUTER AND GIVE CATS AWAY.))
[SUPER=01-Kristian Thierry/Cat Fanciers Association;]
[OUT Q=CATS AWAY.]
The show benefits the "Feline Education Rescue and Adoption League" by giving them space to showcase animals up for adoption.
[IN Q=WE ADOPTED SEVEN]
((LYNDA JOHNSON/FERAL PRESIDENT; WE ADOPTED SEVEN CATS AND KITTENS YESTERDAY, WHICH IS REALLY GOOD FOR ONE DAY. LAST YEAR WE ONLY ADOPTED SIX FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND.))
[SUPER=01-Lynda Johnson/FERAL President;]
[OUT Q=WHOLE WEEKEND.]
Cat lovers could also shop for themselves and their pets at the show.
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Pete Sampras can put the early exit at the French Open behind him because yesterday he beat Goran Ivanisevic in five sets to capture his fifth Wimbledon championship.
[SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/NBC SPORTS; :]
It was by far the toughest match of the tournament for Sampras.
Ivanisevic, who won sets 1 and 4, cranked out 32 aces but he also had 20 double faults and that would end his shot at his first grand slam title.
Sampras wasn't as successful with his big serve but his volley and net game would take him to the five set victory, and his 11-th grand slam title.
[IN Q="Comes down...]
[SUPER=01-Pete Sampras/Wimbledon Champion; :]
[OUT Q=...it today."]
Michael Tucker scored on a questionable call in the 11-th to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 3 to 2 win over New York in 11 innings.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/WTBS; :]
Andrew Jones with the shades hanging behind his head.
The Braves took the early lead when Andres Gallarraga gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a solo homer and the Atlanta jumped out to the 1 to nothing lead.
Atlanta led 2 to nothing after five innings then in the sixth the Mets get on the board. Mike Piazza
sends this grounder into left field scoring a run to make it 2 to 1 Braves and Atlanta wins it 3 to 2 in 11.
Thanks to wild pitches from Scott Erickson, The New York Yankees beat Baltimore 1 to nothing for their second straight three game sweep of the Orioles.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/WPIX; :]
Orioles Manager Ray Miller looking from the dugout
In the top of the first, Erickson throws his first pitch of the game behind Derek Jeter.
Then came this pitch in the third that hit's Chad Curtis with the bases loaded forcing home Luis Sojo to make it 1 to nothing New York.
But the play of the game happened in the fourth. Ricky Ledee goes over the wall to knock down Rafael
[SUPER=35-New York/1/Baltimore/0/;] Palmiero's potential home run and then he comes up throwing getting Eric Davis at t
hird and the Yankees win it 1 to nothing.
Dale Earnhardt Junior tackles the Monster Mile. More later on Mornin'.[S-Scores]
Sammy Sosa will miss the All Star game Tuesday night. The Cubs slugger has a sore shoulder that will also keep him out of the games home running hitting contest tomorrow.
[SUPER=03-Toronto, ON/WWWB; :]
In Toronto today, Roger Clemens recorded his 3-thousandth strikeout today becoming the 11-th pitcher in Major League history to reach that mark.
For that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
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[OUT Q=...LAST SCORE."]
And coming up, Pete Sampras wins at Wimbledon, The women's U.S. Open has been extended to one more day.
And Dale Earnhardt Junior tames the "Monster Mile" at Milwaukee winning his third Busch race of the season.
The "Monster Mile" at Milwaukee was no match for Dale Earnhardt Junior.
He turned the track into a ride through the park winning the Busch Diehard 250.
[SUPER=03-West Allis, WI/TNN SPORTS; :]
Earnhardt was the dominator yesterday at the mile track he would lead 209 of the 250 miles of the race. And he gets the win in his first trip to the track giving him threw busch wins on the season.
[IN Q="Well, this...]
[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt, JR./Diehard 250 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=...that good."]
Elton Sawyer was second, Jeff Purvis third, David Green fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth.
Billy King shot a 75 in the final round of the State Farm Senior Classic. King finished tied for 49-th at 218. Bruce Summerhays birdied the final hole to win the tournament.
On the P-G-A tour, Larry Mize, Stewart Cink and Olin Browne finished tied at 14 under par in the final round of the Greater Hartford Open.
[SUPER=03-Cromwell, CT/CBS SPORTS; :]
Mize had a chance to win the tournament but he missed the par putt at the 18-th hole forcing the three man playoff.
Then on the first hole of the playoff Browne, who shot a final round 67, chipped in this birdie putt from the fringe to get his first win on the P-G-A tour.
[IN Q="I knew...]
[SUPER=01-Olin Browne/First PGA Win; :]
[OUT Q=...its great."]
[SUPER=03-Kohler, WI/NBC SPORTS; :]
Later today a winner will be decided at the women's U.S. Open.
After Saturday's leader Se Ri Pak missed a birdie putt at 18 20 year old amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn rolled in this long birdie putt at 18 to force a tie at
plus 6 and one more round of action. The Duke Golfer shot a 1 over par 72 in Sunday's round.
And, that's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
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The count down to the opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth games has begun, but some of the competition gets underway before the July 17th ceremony.
As Stu Israel told our viewers on News 7 Sunday Morning several events are taking place next weekend.
[IN Q="we also have]
[SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Commonwealth Games; :]
[OUT Q=...350 teams playing]
July 10th through the 12th the best rising seniors will be competing in all-star baseball at Salem Memorial Stadium.
[TAPE#=SP-16 tc 21:06]
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After three days of camp, The counselors of the The All Star Sports clinci feel they've achieved their goal.
Pro-players and former U-V-A stars Tiki and Ronde barber were joined by high school football coaches and college and high school players, in running the football camp.
The goal was to help the youngest athlete get enjoyment and gain self-esteem from the experience.
[IN Q=the kids are]
[SUPER=01-Tiki Barber/New York Giant;]
[OUT Q=down the road]
THe campers not only received coaching from the nations' best, but will be part of a story on the Barber twins.
NFL Films spent last Tuesday morning filming the story which airs in August.