Next on News 7 at 5, a Rockbridge County community is trying to cope with this weekend's accident that left seven pe
and it was a welcome sight in Florida today, as rain fell and people began to return to their homes.
Tomorrow will bring a mix of clouds and sun. Our chances for a shower or two increase by tomorrw night and Wednesday.
Infertility problems are being cured using everything from advanced modern medicine to meditation.
And doctors once thought a seven year old girl from central Virginia would never have use of her muscles or speech, today she's is walking and talking.
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One man is injured and another killed as a pickup truck and a V-DOT dump truck collide in Bedford County.
63 year old Clyde Campbell of Goodview was just one mile from home this morning when he was killed in the head-on collision.
The accident took place in Stewartsville on state route 757.
State transportation department worker Danny Ellis was trying to avoid rear-ending another vehicle when he lost control of his V-DOT dump truck.
Ellis crossed the median and hit Campbell's pickup. Campbell died in the crash-
It took resuce crews about an hour to remove Ellis from his truck.
He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. His condition has not been released.
Funeral services for six victim's of Saturdays crash in Botetourt County will be held Thursday...
Eric Earnhart is at the accident scene, where Route 11 is still closed for repairs...
Jean it may take as long as a month to repair damage to the road...
It will take much longer, for family members to come to terms with the tragedy...
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Images of the accident scene are still fresh on people's minds here...
Along with the faces of those who died...
25-year-old Kevin Chittum... 13-year-old Bridget Chittum, 11 year old Sheena Miskovsky, Joshua and Johathan Conner, ages 13 and 10...
Kevin Chittum's girlfriend, 19 year old Tamara Witney Rogers, whose family asked that her picture NOT be shown...
And truck driver Jerry Douglas Gregory.
Family members say community support is helping them cope.
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((ROXANNE CULLEN/VICTIMS' SISTER; WE'RE DOING ABOUT AS WELL AS CAN BE EXPECTED, MORNINGS ARE REALLY HARD FOR US, YOU HOPEFULLY WAKE UP AND IT'S ALL A BAD DREAM, BUT IT'S NOT. WE JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT.))
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The Conner brothers and Bridget Chittum all attend Rockbridge county schools...
Though school is not in session, offcials are offering help.
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((GLEN STARK/SUPERINTENDENT; ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE GOING TO OFFER IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS, FAMILY, FRIENDS TO MEET WITH OUR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, OUR STAFF, AS MANY AS PEOPLE AS WE NEED TO HELP DEAL WITH THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION))
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People in Florida's Flagler County are going home-
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after being forced out by wildfires.
Some are coming home to find their homes burned-
Others were lucky and found everything still standing.
((REPORTER: YOU MADE IT HUH? RESIDENT: YES. WE'RE LUCKY. HE'S LUCKY. HI BOB! REPORTER: SO YOU MADE IT? YEA. WE MADE IT THANK GOD.))
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((OH IT FEELS GREAT. IT'S BEEN SINCE THURSDAY NIGHT. WE FEEL SO GREAT WE'RE SO GRATEFUL FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EVERYBODY COMING IN. I MEAN LOOK IT'S NOT TOUCHED. IT'S GREAT.))
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The wildfires destoryed about 50 homes and damaged more than 175 others in Flagler county
Meanwhile LOOK at what it's doing in Florida today- Rain is coming down- and more wet weather is in the forecast- that could help firefighters gain more ground.
Police and prosecutors have not decided whether to charge a Campbell County couple for the accidental shooting that killed their baby daughter last week.
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Thomas and Janet Sheppard's one-year old girl died after being shot in the head by her four-year old brother.
The young boy had found a loaded gun in a dresser inside their home near Rustburg.
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((NEIL VENER/CAMPBELL CO. PROSECUTOR: I SPOKE WITH THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TODAY AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE INVESTIGATOR'S STILL GOT SOME PEOPLE THAT HE NEEDS TO TALK WITH BEFORE HIS INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE. HE'LL REVIEW THE ENTIRE CASE WITH ME AND THE DECISION WILL BE MADE WHETHER ANY CHARGES ARE APPROPRIATE OR NOT APPROPRIATE, BUT I'VE NOT MET WITH HIM AND NO DECISION'S BEEN MADE ON ANY MATTER YET.))
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State law prohibits parents from leaving loaded weapons where children can have easy access to them.
The Class Three misdemeanor carries a 500 dollar fine.
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Up next on News 7, a jury will soon decide the fate of the man accused of killing Bill Cosby's son,
and it's the end of a long and happy trail as one of the world's best loved singing cowboys passes away.
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((HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU UNTIL ME MET AGAIN...))
[OUT Q=until we meet again.]
The trial is winding down for the teenager accused of killing actor Bill Cosby's son Ennis.
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Today Cosby and his wife were in court for the first time since the trial began.
Attorneys gave closing arguments today- then the case goes to the jury.
Markhasev is charged with shooting 27 year old Ennis Cosby while he changed a flat tire last year.
19 year old Markhasev is a Ukranian immigrant- If convicted he could face life in prison without parole.
A Campbell County man's tearful apologies for shooting another man sixteen times did NOTHING to sway a circuit court judge today.
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The shooting occurred outside this mobile home in Evington in January, 1997.
29-year old Kevin Epperson says he only meant to confront his girlfriend when he ambushed 40-year old Ted Miller.
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((TED MILLER/SHOOTING VICTIM: HE JUST STOOD OVER TOP OF ME AND TOLD ME I SHOULD A STAYED OUT OF HIS BUSINESS AND THEN HE WALKED AWAY, I DIDN'T SEE HIM ANY MORE. AMBULANCE CAME AND THEN THEY PUT HIM IN THE COP CAR WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED.))
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Doctors call Miller's survival "miraculous".
Prosecutor Neil Vener says he's never had a case like this.
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((NEIL VENER/PROSECUTOR: I LOOKED AT THIS CASE AS SERIOUS AS A MURDER, BECAUSE THE DEFENDANT DID EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO COMMIT MURDER. HE SHOT THE MAN NINETEEN TIMES, LAID IN WAIT FOR HIM, HAD A RIFLE AND A PISTOL AND EMPTIED BOTH OF THEM.))
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Judge Samuel Johnston sentenced Epperson to 35 years in prison on the aggravated malicious wounding charges.
Epperson plans to appeal.
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Coming up next Patrick Evans will take to the airwaves to give us a quick glimpse back at the history of radio in the Roanoke Valley.
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The earliest days of radio, from the technology to the people who ran it, are all on display in Salem.
The Salem Museum offers up this new exhibit, and Patrick Evans is here to give us a personal tour.
Patrick, you do some radio work, has the equipment changed much?
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In Sports, Mark McGwire is on the selling block, but it's only at the card shop.
Coming up in tonight's health check report -- a medical miracle.
We'll have the story of how a Virginia family's determination paid off.
They didn't give up hope of finding a cure for what they thought was an untreatable disease.
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((I HAVE HAD PEOPLE SAY TO ME WHY ARE YOU PUTTING YOUR CHILD THROUGH THIS, ALL THE TESTS ALL THE DOCTORS ALL THE TRAVELING, DON'T EVER GIVE UP, WHY WOULD YOU EVER GIVE UP ON YOUR CHILD.))
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Doctors cannot identify the cause of one in five cases of infertility.
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Doctors are discovering a treatable brain disorder is sometimes misdiagnosed as untreatable cerebral palsy.
C-P patients suffer brain injuries, but physicians don't know much more about the disease.
The rare case is misdiagnosed because symptoms of neurological disorders are so complex.
A team of University of Virginia doctors were able to cure a seven year old girl from central Virginia by finding clues in her family tree that pointed to the real problem.
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[IN Q=Her doctors]
((HER DOCTORS JUST MORE OR LESS TOLD ME CEREBRAL PALSY FOR A LACK OF A BETTER DIAGNOSIS, HER DOCTOR EVEN SAT AND WE CRIED TOGETHER, WE DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT THIS IS ALL WE HAVE.))
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Researchers at U-V-A taped their progress of the patient beginning at age three.
Her family has asked we not use her name, but this is how she looked before doctors determined what was really wrong with her, this is how she looks now.
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((IN JULY SHE TURNED OVER FOR THE FIRST TIME WHICH IS AN INFANT MILESTONE. SHE NEVER HAD DONE ANY OF THOSE THINGS, SHE COULDN'T SIT UP, SHE HAD NO SPEECH, SHE COULDN'T EVEN REACH AND GRAB FOR AN OBJECT, I MEAN NONE OF THOSE THINGS.))
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The seven year old girl started walking less than a year ago, and in a matter of no time, she went from barely moving, to running and being totally independent.
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((ONCE WE GOT THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS, AND GOT HER ON THE MEDICINE IT WAS WONDERFUL, SHE'S A MIRACLE, SHE REALLY IS.))
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The hereditary disease was treated with L-dopa which gave the child use of her muscles.
Details of the medical discovery are reported in the July issue of the scientific journal of the American Neurological Association.
About five point three million American couples experience infertility each year.
But a new fertility treatment has helped at least one New Orleans family grow.
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The proud parents had triplets recently with a new gentically engineered fertility drug.
The drug called Follistim (FOAL-is-tum)uses hamster cells that are gentically manipulated to produce human hormones that stimulate ovaries to produce eggs.
Currently available drugs use naturally
produced hormones that are expensive and difficult to use.
Some women are opting for less conventional solutions to infertility -- they say meditation may be the answer.
Women coping with infertility often have high levels of stress as well as depression.
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((RESEARCH SEEMS TO INDICATE WOMEN GOING THROUGH INFERTILITY HAVE DEPRESSION RATES AS HIGH AS WOMEN WITH HIV AND HEART DISEASE.))
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Relaxation classes teach the women techniques to release stress.
Paige Cleppard says the program works. She learned ways to relax and became pregnant shortly after completing the sessions.
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((I THINK I WAS REAL STILL AND CALM AND MY BODY WAS ABLE TO CONCEIVE. I LET SOME STRESS GO.))
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Out of sixty-four women who have completed the program 11 babies have been born and 8 more women are expecting.
Seven of the women have decided to adopt rather than continue trying to conceive.
In Sports news, it takes an extra day, but the women's U-S Open is over.
Here with that is Mike Stevens.[S5-Golf]
Welcome everybody to the Monday ticker that begins today with an end to a marathon US open for the women.
Amateur, Jenny Chuasiriporn and Se Ri Pak finished the 72 hole tournament tied for the lead.
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Today they played an 18 hole playoff and were still tied.
So it was off to sudden death.
And finally on the second hole, Pak would drain this 15 foot putt to beat the Duke Junior and claim the US Open.
Pak won 267 thousand and 500 dollars for the win.
The raging fires in Florida calmed down today and that gave volunteers in the state a chance to catch their breath and satisfy a little hunger at the Daytona International Speedway.
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More than 70 national guard troops from the sunshine are now calling the speedway their home.
These men have been called in to coordinate the relief efforts in Flagler, Volusia and Brevard counties.
They are eating, sleeping and working at the speedway, and they are welcome to stay until Florida is back to normal.
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[OUT Q=...EAT AND SLEEP."]
So far more than 450 thousand acres in the state have been torched, and over 200 homes have been damaged.
The annual major league all-star game takes place tomorrow night in Colorado.
And many folks are hoping to see Mark McGwire continue his homerun magic with a blast or two into the thin Denver air.
McGwire's pursuit of Roger Maris's single season homerun mark is already giving sports card shops all across the country a shot in the arm.
McGwire's big biceps and his approach to the game are winning new fans and attracting new collectors every day.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Bryant/"The Wax Box" Owner; :00]
[OUT Q=...to the game."]
Bryant, owns the Wax Box in Southwest Roanoke.
We'll talk more with him tonight at six about how McGwire's rookie card is going through the roof.
Also, we'll check in with Terry Labonte's son who was testing his Hooters' series car today at New River Valley, and we'll get in the cage at Roanoke College's lacrosse camp.
Have a good night everybody. See you in less than an hour.
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An American Icon has passed away.
The king of the singing cowboys, Roy Rogers, died today in his sleep.
Rogers set the standard for the good guy American cowboy on television and the silver screen during the 1940's and '50's.
Deborah Snell has more.
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