A deadly accident that began on I-81 in Botetourt County and ended on Route 11 has forced the extended closure of Route 11.
Road workers say it will take at least a week to clean up the diesel fuel that spilled after the crash that killed 7 people Saturday.
Then V-DOT will have to replace part of the roadway because fuel is eating up the asphalt.
Meanwhile authorities confirmed the death of the diesel truck's driver, 59-year-old Jerry Gregory of Craigsville.
Family members verified the identities of six others, all riding in the same car that hydroplaned before sliding into the truck's path.
The 4th of July crash occurred on I-81 near the Arcadia exit when the Southbound car went out of control, crossed the median, and struck the oncoming diesel tanker.
Travis Rogers lost both his sister and best friend in the crash.
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((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 MOMMA AND DADDY. WHAT DO I TELL THEM?))
[SUPER=01-Travis Rogers/Victim's Brother;]
[OUT Q=TELL THEM]
Rogers' sister was 19-year-old Whitney Rogers.
Her fiancee, 25-year-old Keith Chittum of Buena Vista, was also killed in the crash.
The children killed were Chittum's 11-year-old niece Sheena Miskovsky, and his 13-year-old sister Bridget.
13-year-old Joshua Conner, a friend of Bridget's, and his 10-year-old brother Jonathan also died.
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The holiday weekend also turned deadly on Smith Mountain Lake, where
a boater died after crashing into a rocky hillside yesterday.
Authorities had attempted to pull over the boat because they suspected it was stolen.
But the boat's operator sped off and crashed into a hill.
He died at the scene, and his identity has not yet been released.
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There's better news for some Florida residents today.
Officials say more than 40-thousand people who had to evacuate Flagler County because of raging wildfires are being allowed to return to their homes.
But authorities say there's still a threat of flare-ups.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Anderson/Fire Victim;]
[SUPER=07-Dr. Karen Samuels;]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS FLAGLER COUNTY.]
FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS, FLAGER COUNTY'S BATTLE WITH MOTHER NATURE HAS BEEN A BATTLE OF INCHES. GIVE THE FLAMES ONE, THEY'LL TAKE IT ALL.
BUT DESPITE A MASSIVE THREE DAY EVACUATION OF AN ENTIRE COUNTY - SOMETHING A WILDFIRE HAD NEVER FORCED BEFORE -- THE MAJORITY OF FLAGLER RESIDENTS WILL RETURN TO FIND THEIR HOMES STILL IN TACT.
A CHECKERBOARD OF CHARRED BRUSH, AND UNTOUCHED HOMES ----THE PATCHWORK THAT TELLS A HEROIC STORY, THAT DIDN'T ALWAYS H
AVE A HAPPY ENDING.
AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FIRESTORM, MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND PEOPLE ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA HAD SPENT THEIR HOLIDAY WEEKEND OUT OF THEIR HOMES.
ABOUT HALF OF THEM WERE ALLOWED TO RETURN YESTERDAY - AS BAD AS THE FOURTH OF JULY HAD STARTED, INDEPENDENCE FROM LIFE IN A SHELTER WAS A GREAT WAY TO END IT.
FOR THE 200 FAMILIES WHERE THE BATTLE WAS LOST, A LOT OF HEALING IS IN THE FORECAST.
COUNSELORS WARN A DOWNPOUR OF EMOTIONS WILL LAST FOR WEEKS, MAYBE MONTHS.
EVEN FOR THOSE WHO'SE HOMES WERE SAVED, GUILT MAY SOON OVERRIDE THE JOY.
WHY WERE THEIR HOMES SAVED, WHILE THEIR NEIGHBORS LOST IT ALL.
"458 thousand acres have burned since the last holiday weekend. That was Memorial Day. Thanksgiving may still be a ways off, but many residents are celebrating it, a little early this year. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Flagler County."))
A second military cadet goes on trial in Texas for murder.
Twenty year old David Graham is accused of having sex with Adrianne Jones and then killing her at the urging of his jealous girlfriend, former Naval Academy cadet Diane Zamora.
Zamora was convicted earlier this year and sentenced to life in
If convicted Graham also faces life in prison.
SHERIFF BOB HOLDER/COMAL COUNTY
IT'S TRAGIC TO SEE ANYONE IN THIS SITUATION BUT HERE'S A LIFE THAT'S JUST TOTALLY DESTROYED AS A RESULT OF THIS REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME OF THE TRIAL HIS LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. ))
[SUPER=01-Bob Holder/Comal Co. Sheriff;]
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Jury selection in Graham's case began this morning.
Opening statements are scheduled for July 15th.
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Jury selection is underway in Miami in an unprecedented lawsuit against Big Tobacco.
It's the first-ever smokers' class action case -- covering as many as 500-thousand sick Florida smokers.
Plaintiffs are seeking up to 200 billion dollars in damages.
He was known as the singing "King of the Cowboys..."
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Silver screen legend Roy Rogers died today at his home in California from congestive heart failure.
Armed with a guitar, six-shooters and his palomino Trigger, Rogers starred in 87 films and was the number-one Western star at the box office from 19-43 to 19-54.
His wife Dale Evans co-starred with him in films and T-V.
Roy Rogers was 86.
Smith Mountain Lake gets a clean bill of health from a group of young scientists.
A team of Ferrum College students recently tested the waters for signs of E-Coli bacteria.
Tina Tenret tells us what they found.
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[SUPER=01-Carolyn Lee Thomas/Professor; :27]
[SUPER=01-Minh Anguyen/Student; 1:19]
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(( 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.
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((YOU ALSO HAVE HOMES ... HIGHER AT MARINAS.))
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((nat sot pulls bottle out of water))
One student bottles water samples
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((slams into chest))
storing them in ice to stop the bacteria's growth.
Another student lowers a weight to measure the water clarity.
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((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.
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((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.))
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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.))
Congressman Bob Goodlatte makes it easier to punish con-artists when they strike.
He helped create a new law that makes telemarketing fraud illegal in the Commonwealth.
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.
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((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.))
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The meeting will take place on Thursday from nine in the morning until noon.
An art theft that had become a major embarrassment for Italy has been resolved.
Police recovered three stolen paintings -- two by van Gogh and
one by Cezanne -- and arrested eight people.
The canvasses are worth at least 30 million dollars.
They were stolen from the National Gallery of Modern Art in May.
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Roll cold out of break.
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[SUPER=01-Jaci Velasquez/Contemporary Christian Singer; :29]
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Cat lovers and their pets gathered this weekend at the Roanoke Civic Center -- the felines and their owners were in town 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.
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((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.
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((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.