Up next on News 7 at Six... Lynchburg police find a body in a burning car.
And we have an update on the Roanoke firefighter caught in a building collapse yesterday.
In sports, Jeff Burton wins the Jiffy Lube 300 scores from Major League Baseball
And Mark McGwire hits homers 39 and 40 this afternoon against the Houston Astros.
A few raindrops in Grayson County today-- other than that, still high and dry.
Coming up, a return of the haze highlights the extended forecast.[open]
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A man is dead following a car fire in Lynchburg this morning.
Around ten this morning, police responded to heavy smoke on Mill View Lane.
When they arrived they found a car completely engulfed in flames.
Once the fire was extinguished they discovered the body of a man burned beyond recognition.
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Lieutennant Wingfield says it is too early in the investigation to tell if the death was murder.
The car was a newer model forest green Chevy Malibu with Massachusetts plates. Authorities ask anyone with information to call Lynchburg police.
The injuries to one of two firefighters injured as they fought a house fire on Campbell Avenue yesterday are more serious than first reported.
Robert Earley suffered three broken ribs, a punctured lung and worst of all, two crushed vertebrae in his lower back when a porch collapsed on him.
According to a local fire chief, Earley's injuries are the worst ever suffered by a city firefighter in the line of duty.
The 19-year veteran was transferred to the UVA Medical Center yesterday.
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((COLIN GEE/ROANOKE CO. FIRE CHIEF; THEY COULD HAVE DONE THE SURGERY HERE. BUT THE DOCTOR THAT SPECIALIZES IN SPINE INJURIES HERE IS NOT AVAILABLE. SO THAT'S THE REASON FOR TAKING HIM TO UVA. THEY'VE GOT DR. JANE UP THERE OF COURSE AND HE'S THE ONE THAT WORKED ON CHRISTOPHER REEVES AND HE'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY. THAT TO ME, I'M MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT AND I'M SURE HIS FAMILY IS, TOO.))
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Gee says Earley will undergo a battery of tests before doctors conduct fusion surgery to repair his back.
The fire chief says doctors expect Earley to make a full recovery.
Police say there's a big drug problem in the small West Virginia community of Keystone.
Authorities say the small town of about 650-residents has an ongoing problem with drugs, particularly crack cocaine, being brought in from larger cities like Pittsburgh and New York.
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The arrest of two men on drug charges yesterday in Botetourt has brought more attention to the problem.
David Johnson has more on the story.
David, where were these two men from?
Eric, they were from Elkhorn, West Virginia, a small town about 20 or so miles west of Bluefield on Route 52.
On up the road is the town of Keystone.
It is suspected that Victor Duane Helm and Carlos Renaldo Ivy were returning from a drug buy with the intention of selling it in that community.
Police say Ivy had similar charges placed against him last year when he was caught with about 12-thousand dollars worth of crack cocaine.
The 18-year old is facing charges of possession of crack cocaine and conspiracy to distribute.
Yesterday, when state police pulled Ivy and Helms over in Botetourt County for a routine traffic stop, they found more than two pounds of crack cocaine valued at nearly 200-thousand dollars and about a half a pound of marijuana.
Keystone police suspect the pair were in route to Keystone to sell drugs when they were caught.
The men are in the Botetourt County jail and are currently being held without bond.
And Eric, it's somewhat ironic that Helms was arrested for drug trafficking.
A little more than a year ago, he attempted to become a police officer with the Keystone Police Department, which only has a force of four to begin with.
He was not hired. Now he gets caught allegedly adding to the element he would have been fighting against.
Yesterday, he was also charged with impersonating a police officer.
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John Glenn is about to make a return trip to space. When we come back we'll hear from the oldest astronaut ever.
and what would happen if you crossed the Horse Whisperer with Doctor Doolittle? You would get this man. And NEIGH-sayers beware...He says he can talk to Horses.
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NASA is studying the elements of aging and problems that astronauts face after spending long periods of time in space.
And it is seeking help from an aviation pioneer.
77-year old John Glenn, who first circled the earth 36 years ago, will assist six other space shuttle crew members on the research.
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((JOHN GLENN/SPACE RESEARCH VOLUNTEER; IF WE CAN LEARN WITHIN THE BODY WHAT TURNS SOME OF THESE THINGS ON AND OFF. LIKE IMMUNE SYSTEM CHANGES AND OSTEOPEROSIS AND MUSCLE SYSTEM CHANGES AND COORDINATION CHANGES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. IF WE CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE THINGS, THERE'S A BENEFIT TO THE 34-MILLION AMERICANS THAT ARE OVER 65. AND THAT FIGURE NUMBER IS DUE TO TRIPLE OVER THE 50 YEARS. AS WELL AS BENEFIT THE ASTRONAUTS UP THERE. SO THAT'S THE MAIN REASON I GO.))
((ANNIE GLENN/JOHN'S WIFE; I THINK WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW THAT CAUSES YOU TO BE AFRAID. SO I'VE LEARNED AN AWFUL LOT AND I'M 100-PERCENT BEHIND HIM. I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL.))
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Glenn will make his return to space aboard the space shuttle in October.[Business-Review]
The Star City's financial outlook may not be so bright.
And Virginia doesn't see eye-to-eye with a group of ophthalmologists.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's Business Review.
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This week on the Review:
Seven out of 10 American cities say they're in good financial health.
But not Roanoke.
The Star City reports it will be "less able" to meet its financial needs in the coming years.
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((JIM GRISSO/ROANOKE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE: I WOULDN'T CLASSIFY IT AS GRIM BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO BE LESS ABLE NEXT YEAR, PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX.))
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Roanoke overestimated how much money it would collect from the personal property tax on cars and the sales tax.
Speaking of the personal property tax ... some of this year's refund checks are already in the mail.
It's the first part of Governor Gilmore's four-year plan to phase out the car tax.
A group of Roanoke eye doctors lost its latest battle with the state.
A division of the Virginia health department is recommending against the doctors' application to open an independent eye-surgery center.
Health care giant Carilion had fought the center, saying it would cost Carilion three-million dollars a year.
The Fates are not smiling upon Dublin's Lucky Winner sewing plant.
The facility is shutting down, leaving 70-people out of work.
This is the ninth time this year a textile factory has closed in Southwest Virginia.
Once again, Norfolk Southern was chosen as the nation's safest big railroad.
N-S won the prestigious Harriman award for the ninth straight year.
The railroad's injury rate is two-thirds lower than the national average.
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A good week on Wall Street.
The Dow picked up 80 points to close at 91-05.
The Nasdaq gained 49.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.[Horse-Psychic]
Mr. Ed was TV's talking horse.
Dr. Doolittle talked TO the animals.
Bill Northern talks FOR the animals-- particularly horses.
As Ellen Qualls reports, he calls himself a "horse psychic," and he's probably the only commercially employed one in Virginia
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(( Bill Northern's NOT whispering TO horses.
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The northern neck retiree's found a new vocation.
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((MOST HORSES REALLY WANT TO PLEASE. MOST OF THEM REALLY WANT TO. AND UNFORTUNATELY, THEY CAN'T TALK.))
So Northern talks for them.
((HORSES TALK TO ME JUST LIKE YOU ARE. I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT. YOU DON'T NECESSARILY HEAR IT IN ENGLISH, LIKE WE'RE SAYING IT. SOMETIMES I DO. LIKE THIS ONE HORSE A WHILE AGO COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS HAY--))
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((MRS. SMITH: SHE'S A PICKY EATER. NORTHERN: SHE JUST KEEPS FUSSING ABOUT IT. SHE KEEPS TELLING ME THAT THAT HAY ISN'T ANY GOOD.))
Northern admits that he's NOT always dead on with his readings.
He admits there are skeptics.
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((BILL NORTHERN/HORSE PSYCHIC: SOME PEOPLE DON'T EVEN WANT YOU AROUND THE BARN.))
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((DON SMITH: I DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEY THINK WE'RE KOOKY ANYWAY. haha))
The Smiths own and train race horses.
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((MRS. SMITH: I HAVE SPECIAL FEELINGS ABOUT HORSES TOO. AND I WANTED TO KNOW IF MY FEELINGS WERE CORRECT. AND MOST OF THEM HAVE BEEN.))
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((MRS. SMITH: I THINK HE'S A HUNDRED PERCENT ACCURATE.))
The pendulum is Northern's window to the horse's soul.
Northern claims its movement is guided by his "spirits."
((I CALL 'EM MY ANGELS, CAUSE THEY'RE WITH ME ALL THE TIME. But it's your ability? WELL IT'S NOT ME. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HORSES, I REALLY DON'T.))
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((BILL NORTHERN/HORSE PSYCHIC: THIS ONE FOAL, I COULDN'T GET A READING ON HER. AND I TOLD THE OWNER THAT IT WAS VERY SICK. AND I TOLD THE OWNER AND HE DIDN'T THINK SO. BUT ANYWAY, WHAT WE'D DONE ALL DAY HE WAS PLEASED WITH. SO HE BROUGHT IT IN ANYWAY AND CALLED THE VET. AND ANYWAY, THAT FOAL WOULD HAVE DIED. What was wrong with it? IT HAD PNEUMONIA. AND IT WAS A HORSE THAT WAS WORTH PROBABLY A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
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((DON SMITH: IT COULD DEFINITELY MAKE A DIFFERENCE. 15 OR 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS DIFFERENCE.))
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One more free piece of psychic knowledge: horses need hugs too.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Oxen Hill, Maryland))[Tease#2]
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We'll take you to a summer camp where middle school youngsters are getting a jumpstart on the right path to college.
We'll visit a first time gardener who is definitely no amateur at making her garden grow. Her giant radishes are getting some rave reviews.
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While most youngsters are spending their summer at camp, on vacation or just having fun, thirty-four Central Virginia middleschoolers are spending two weeks in..college?
Intern Dave Cummings has our story.
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Twelve year old Sarah Roehrich will only be a seventh grader at Forest Middle School this fall but has already decided on a career as a veterinarian.
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((SARAH ROEHRICH/PATHFINDER STUDENT: BECAUSE I'VE NEVER HEARD OF ANY OTHER SCHOOL WHO TEACHES KIDS THIS YOUNG ABOUT VET MEDICINE AND MY MOM FOUND IT AND SAID `WHY DON'T YOU GO THERE AND TRY IT OUT' SO I DID.))
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((ASHLEY LAMBERT/PATHFINDER STUDENT:WE'RE LEARNING WHAT MAKES UP AN ORGANISM AND HOW THEY WORK AND WHY THEY WORK AND STUFF LIKE THAT.))
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Sarah and Ashley and thirty two other boys and girls from around Lynchburg are taking part in a summer program called Pathfinders at Central Virginia Community College.
The program is geared towards middleschoolers interested in getting a head start in careers, and to get a taste of college even before entering high school.
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((BILL SPRUILL:COORDINATOR CONTINUING EDUCATION: WHAT THIS DOES -IS EMBRACE ONE OF THE MISSIONS OF THE COLLEGE.. TO BE A BRIDGE TO THE COMMUNITY, TO REACH OUT NOT WITH JUST EDUCATION BUT WITH SERVICE AND TO GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH COLLEGE AS A PLACE TO BE THAT'S FUN.. A PLACE TO LEARN.))
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((Students say they are having fun learning subjects such as veterinary science, computer technology and telecommunications.
But is it too soon for these kids to be thinking about a career?
Instructors say that it's never too early to get a head start.))
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((DANIEL VANDERPOL/COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTRUCTOR: IT'S CALLED PATHFINDERS AND I THINK IT REALLY DOES HELP THEM CHOOSE A PATH AND GEAR THEMSELVES TOWARDS A PATH AND A POSSIBLE CAREER. AND I WAS REALLY SURPRISED AT HOW MANY ALREADY, AT THIS YOUNG AGE, HAD AN IDEA OF WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO.))
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Though these kids won't be computer programmers, veterinarians or news reporters tomorrow, they say they are enjoying the valuable skills they're learning today.
Dave Cummings for News 7.[Sports Tease]
And coming up, We'll check in with some champion gymnasts from the valley the West wins the Bronze in the Commonwealth Games baseball tournament.
And Jeff Burton takes the checkered flag winning the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire.
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Jeff Burton dominated today winning his second straight Jiffy Lube 300 at The New Hampshire International Speedway.
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Burton had a strong car early in the race here he passes Jeff Gordon to take his first lead of the race.
When the cars took green flag stops, Bill Elliott stayed on the track to lead the race, his first time to lead at New Hampshire.
Rick Mast would have some problems he hits the wall in turn one on lap 115 bringing out the caution.
Burton's car was tuned in and he would lead the race at the half way point and he was the leader on lap 170.
Dale Earnhardt was running 16-th but he gets lose and goes to the high side of the track dropping back to 19-th.
The caution came out on lap 222 when Rich Bickle hit the wall for the second time.
Rusty Wallace was in the lead pack here he battles Mike Skinner for the fourth position on the track.
But Burton was just two strong he built up as much as a 9 second lead taking the checkered flag winning the Juffy Lube 300.
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Mark Martin was second, Jeff gordon third Rusty Wallace fourth and Mike Skinner fifth.
The Baltimore Orioles were going for a four game sweep of the Boston Red Sox this afternoon at the Yard.
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The Oriole players relaxing in the Dugout during the game.
They had to like this. Eric Davis takes this pitch deep over the left field wall for a grand slam and a 4 to nothing Oriole lead in the bottom of the third.
But the Red sox would rally for four runs in the fifth two scored when Darren Lewis doubled to left field to make it 4 to 2 Orioles.
Boston took the lead with a big fifth then in the
Orioles fifth they would score four Brady Anderson's single scores two to make it 8 to 6 and Baltimore goes on to win it 11 to 7.
Several other Major League games this afternoon.
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Meantime, In St. Louis Mark McGwire hit his 39-th and 40-th homers of the season as the Cardinals hosted the Astros.
For that and all of today's scores lets check the boards.
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Two area gymnasts are making their mark on the national scene.
In June, Colleen McCarthy and MacKenzie Payne placed in the top 10 in a national competition.
Denise Allen has more.
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Hundreds of the nations best gymnast traveled to a national competition near Orlando, Florida, and Colleen McCarthy and Mackenzie Payne were among the top competitors.
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((COLLEEN MCCARTHY/GYMNAST: WE JUST PRACTICED EVERYDAY FOR LIKE FOUR OR FIVE HOURS A DAY AND DID OUR ROUTINES OVER AND OVER UNTIL WE GOT THEM DOWN.))
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((MACKENZIE PAYNE/GYMNAST: MY GOAL WAS TO MAKE IT BACK TO FINALS AND DO WELL.))
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And do well she did Mackenzie placed 10th in the nation competing against other level nines.
And Colleen ranked fifth over-all against other level eights.
The competition is important because it's one of their only opportunities to see gymnast from all over the country.
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((COLLEEN: WELL LIKE YOU SEE STUFF YOU LIKE THAT THEY'RE DOING AND YOU GO BACK AND TRY.))
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((MACKENZIE: I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS BUT MOSTLY I'M CONFIDENT BECAUSE I DOO GOOD IN PRACTICE AND I WORK REALLY HARD AND HAVE GOOD COACHING.))
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Both say succeeding has inspired them to work even harder.
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((MACKENZIE: IN THE SUMMER WE WORK ON NEW SKILLS TO GO UP TO A HIGHER LEVEL.))
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At eleven, Mackenzie is working on level 10 skills and wants to become an elite gymnast.
Colleen is sixteen and moving up to level 9. She wants to earn a scholarship and compete in college.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.
The West captured the Bronze Medal this afternoon in the Commonwealth Games baseball tournament.
The West beat the east 2 to nothing Jimmy Gobble of John Battle High School was the winning pitcher.
And France wins the World Cup beating Brazil 3 to nothing.
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A Southeast Roanoke woman who is trying her hand at gardening for the first time has succeeded in quite a big way.
Rita Mitchell grows vegetables in a space next to her house. Some of them, like her radishes, are not the average garden variety.
Some of them are four inches long and weigh nearly three pounds.
Mitchell says she doesn't understand it.
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((RITA MITCHELL/AMATEUR GARDENER; THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER GROWED A GARDEN. I'M AN AMATEUR AT THIS STUFF. I ALWAYS HEARD THAT MAN SAY ON T-V THAT IF YOU USE MIRACLE GRO, YOU'LL HAVE BIG TREMENDOUS GARDENS. SO I THOUGHT OKAY I'LL TRY IT.))
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Mitchell has had similar success with other veggies, including tomatoes, cabbage and onions.
Not all of her vegetables grow to astronomical sizes, but according to her, the garden grows faster than the average one does.
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