A fatal fire tops News-7 at Six.
We'll also meet a two year old girl whose medical bills may prevent her from getting the life-saving operation she so desperately needs.
Tonight on the BIG 7, qualifying from New Hampshire, baseball from the Comonwealth Games, Smith Mountain Lake bass fishing with Daniel Berthiaume,
and a three-peat in Hot Springs for red hot Lee Shirley who gets another state amateur title.
A man was overcome by smoke this morning when his home in Rocky Mount caught fire.
Attempts to revive 26- year- old Craig Edward Jones were unsuccessful.
Jones' wife discovered the blaze around two A- M as she returned home from work. Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the kitchen.
They believe the cause of the fire was accidental, starting near an electric stove.
Thousands of patients are on waiting lists for a heart transplant.
A two year old Pulaski County girl is one of them, but even if a heart becomes available today, she won't get it.
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Tonya Flory explains why this young patient's situation is so unique.
Courtney LaPlante has already had blood and tissue donations, so her immune system is weak right now.
Her family is hoping when she's ready to accept a new heart, one will be available.
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Courtney's not quite two years old, but she knows some sign language. Despite her young age, the toddler has already had several operations to correct a congenital heart birth defect.
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Courtney was just 11 days old when she had her first surgery.
Followed by many blood and tissue donations categorizing her as "shaded", or more likely to have complications with a heart transplant.
Courtney's illness has also taken a toll on her mother.
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((KAREN LAPLANTE/COURTNEY'S MOTHER:THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF HER LIFE I WOKE UP EVERYDAY AND SAID IS TODAY THE DAY SHE'S GOING TO DIE BECAUSE SHE WAS IT THAT BAD SHAPE SHE'S JUST BEEN HOLDING HER OWN FOR THE LAST YEAR AND DOING PRETTY GOOD.))
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The LaPlantes also have concerns about Courtney's medical bills--they are about to reach a cap on their own insurance--just about the time Courtney will be ready for a transplant.
Virginia has no emergency funding for children's health, and Medicaid only covers lower income families.
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They had jobs yesterday-- today they're out of work.
46-employees of Diebold (DEE-BOLD) Incorporated in Danville are the victims of company cutbacks.
A corporate spokesperson in Ohio tells News 7 600-jobs are being eliminated company-wide.
Diebold makes automated teller machines.
All of the jobs affected at the Danville plant are manufacturing jobs.
The company blames the job losses on poor business conditions.
It also says more people could be out of work if things don't get better.
The state attorney general's office has taken on another local pawn shop.
The A-G unveiled terms of a settlement today with Southern Pawn.
The shop just off the city market on Campbell Avenue has agreed to pay 25-hundred dollars in civil penalties and another 2-thousand to cover the cost of the investigation.
The A-G cited Southern Pawn for charging excessive interest rates on loans and for collecting storage fees and service fees not allowed by state law.
In a news release issued late today, Attorney General Mark Earley noted Southern Pawn had already corrected some of
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You can expect to pay more for milk this summer.
Also for cheese, ice cream and other dairy products.
Tina Tenret shows us why -- and tells us whether there's any relief in sight.
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((Cows don't churn out as much milk in the summer.
The shortage pumps up prices -- 20 cents more per gallon next month, about eleven cents more in September.
Supermarkets say they will pass the cost onto consumers.
At the Sav-a-Lot, customers have already shelled out twenty cents more per pound of butter in the past six months.
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Farmers say this price increase is only a drop in the bucket -- they say if they are going to survive milk prices must double.
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((MELVIN MONTGOMERY/DAIRY FARMER: THIS COMING MONTH WE WILL RECEIVE ABOUT 15 PERCENT LESS THAN WE DID IN 1978 .... BEHIND 1978 PRICES))
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Dairy farmers in the South have an especially hard time -- with heat and high feed prices sucking up their profits.
About 50 farms have already folded in Franklin County over the past seven years.
And farmers say the ultimate price of this trend could be much more than twenty cents.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: ONE IDEA IS THE SOUTHEASTERN COMPACT WHICH WOULD LET FARMERS IN THIS AREA OF THE COUNTRY SET THEIR OWN MILK PRICES INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE NATIONAL STANDARD. FARMERS HOPE THAT MEASURE WILL BE INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS NEXT YEAR. TINA TENRET, NEWS7, FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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Fair fun in Salem--we'll have a live report, coming up on News 7 at Six.
And before you sit down and enjoy that juicy steak---have you ever thought of trying buffalo burgers instead? A Bed
ford County couple says
it's a healthy alternative.
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Her crime novels have made her a best- selling author, so it's easy to see HOW Patricia Cornwell could afford to be the biggest individual contributor to Governor Jim Gilmore's campaign last fall.
But to some political observers, the bigger question was WHY.
That mystery was solved last night, when Cornwell told News7 she donated 150- thousand dollars to Gilmore the PERSON, not the politician.
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((PATRICIA CORNWELL/AUTHOR: BECAUSE I THOUGHT HE'D MAKE THE BEST GOVERNOR, AND I'M REALLY NOT INTO POLITICS BUT I'M INTO PEOPLE. FOR EXAMPLE, I DEDICATED A BOOK TO ORRIN HATCH, JUST DEDICATED THIS ONE TO BARBARA BUSH, AND I HELPED JIM GILMORE BECAUSE I THINK THEY'RE GOOD PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT INDIVIDUALS, AND THE WAY SOMEONE TREATS AND INDIVIDUAL IS HOW HE'S GOING TO TREAT THE WHOLE POPULATION IN THE STATE OR A COUNTRY, SO WHEN I BELIEVE IN SOMEBODY THAT'S WHAT I DO.))
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Cornwell was in the Hill City signing copies of her latest thriller "Point of Origin".
He's healthy, he's 93 and he's breaking world records.
One Roanoke man sets a high standard of fitness for others.
Wallace "Rip" Bishop is the longest continuing member of the YMCA in the nation.
He joined the 'Y' in 1910 at six years old.
Now 88 years later, he's still a faithful member.
Bishop says a lot has changed since the organization was located on Church Avenue and Second Street.
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((WALLACE 'RIP' BISHOP/ YMCA MEMBER: THEY NEVER HEARD OF THE TREAD MILL AND ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT AND THEY DIDN'T HEAT THE WATER IT WAS ICE COLD. SO WHEN YOU GOT IN YOU WOULD HAVE TO MOVE AROUND VERY FAST JUST TO KEEP WARM.))
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He usually works out about 5 days a week--including swimming. In fact, he's covered more than 500 miles in the pool and is still adding to that everyday.
Many at the "Y" say he's a role model for all.
Wall Street ended the week with gains--
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The Dow was UP 16 points to finish the week at 91 hundred six.
NASDAQ gained three points.
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Time is running out--
If you've been putting off a trip to the Salem Fair, you'd better hurry.
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There are only two more days in the big event--
We sent Andrew Freiden out in search of the big attractions this year.
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Coming up tonight in sports, Shirley wins another state-am, the Commonwelath Games baseball competition opens in Salem, we'll check in on quaifying in New Hampshire,
And Steve Mason takes us fishing out at Smith Mountain Lake with Express goalie Daniel Berthiaume.
The Winston Cup cars were finally back on the track today after getting smoked out and fired up in Florida a week ago.
Today New Hampshire hosted the best drivers in the world,
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and they were greeted in Loudon by lousy weather.
Ten minutes before qualifying started the skies opened and the track was soaked.
The rain did stop and the track did dry and about an hour and ten minutes later the cars finally went out to qualify.
Right now about half the cars have hit the track.
The skies are clear and Jeff Gordon is on the pole at this time.
Steve Mason will have the complete top 25 tonight at 11.[S-Golf]
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Salem's Lee Shirley put her name in the record books today by winning her third straight women's state amateur golf title at the Homestead.
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She beat Richmond's Catalina Durall by one hole to take the championship flight.
The only other person to win three straight titles is current LPGA pro Donna Andrews.
The tourney heads east next year before returning to the Cascades in the year 2000. [S-Baseball]
Baseball kicked off a weekend of activities as the Commonwealth games get ready for competition later next week.
Over 60 players from four regions of the state were at Salem Memorial Stadium this afternoon going through various drills for pro scouts and college coaches.
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The run to the gold begins tomorrow at Memorial Stadium and archery, cross country and shooting also begin tomorrow.
In one other baseball note, Cleveland Indians hitting instructor Charlie Manuel continues to receover from a heart attack he suffered during the all-star break.
Manuel, grew up in Fries and later moved to Buena Vista where he was a high school phenom at Parry McCluer.
This isn't his first brush with heart problems.
In the early 90's he also suffered a mild heart attack.
For many years Manuel spent his off-seasons at his home in Roanoke County but he now lives in Winter Haven, Florida.
A ball field at a park is named in his honor down in Buena Vista.
The Roanoke Jaguars basketball team that has been playing in the national 14 and under AAU tournament in Orlando this week came within a whisker of winning the national title.
The team finished with a 7-and-1 record and beat New Orleans 94-to-69 to capture the Classic consolation title.
How does a pro hockey player get away?
Try fishing. This week, Express players Daniel Berthiaume and Tim Christian reeled in our Steve Mason.
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((From October to April they do this.
In the off season, Daniel Berthiaume and Tim Christian trade in blades for a boat and pressure for peace and quiet.
It's after 4:30 am. Berthiaume's 22 foot sun Seeker is already out. They have been making these trips since February, and never had one come at a more perfect time than shortly after April 21st.
It is discouraging when the poles never move, but on this day. a Striper
Elvis goes in the cooler at around 7 pounds. Berthiaume's mate has the record. No worries for Bert. These happy days surpass the fast pace, celebrity filled NHL ones anyday.
The Smith Moutain Lake record for Striper is just over 45 pounds. Berthiaume and Christian won't mind trying to break that record. In Franklin County Steve Mason news 7 sports.)) [Wx-Tape]
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Come fall, thousands of high school graduates will start college.
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom to tell us about a program that helps prepare students for the transition.
An outsider to the Lexington campus might think Washington and Lee University was in the middle of summer classes.
It is, but the students are high schoolers.
They have the chance to learn from the school's professors and use the school's facilities.
The rules may be a bit more strict than during the school year, but that doesn't stop students from getting a true taste of college life.
We'll have the story and talk to the woman in charge of it all tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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