Next on News 7, The trouble continues for automaker G-M. In addition to a strike that's cost it a billion dollars, now there's news of a massive recall of some cars.
and investors across the world are watching the Far East as Japan's economic woes lead to a change in government.
There are some Isolated Rain Showers out there. We'll look at the radar coming up in a few minutes.
Is playing soccer becoming a pain in the neck?
Some doctors say the game can be dangerous for children.
And kids with asthma don't have to feel left out of summer activities at a special camp in Radford.
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As if the strike weren't a big enough problem for General Motors- now word that the auto maker is recalling 860 thousand cars.
Imagine driving along the road and suddenly your car's air bag deploys-
Federal officials are investigating dozens of reports of that happening in Chevy Cavaliers and Pontiac Sunfires.
GM is also recalling 100 thousand Cadillacs to try and end the problem.
Meanwhile, as Drew Levinson reports, negotiators are trying to end the strike.
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AFTER THE WEEKEND'S MARATHON NEGOTATIONS BOTH SIDES WERE HOPING THE
UNITED AUTOWORKERS WOULD BE BACK ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE-INSTEAD IT'S DAY
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STRIKER TIM JOHNSON ISN'T SURPRISED HE'S STILL STANDING OUTSIDE RATHER
THAN WORKING INSIDE THE FLINT METAL CENTER.
TIM JOHNSON/STRIKING WORKER: I JUST KINDA FIGURED THEY WERE GOING TO BUILD THIS UP AND WE DIDN'T GO
BACK, THEY ARE GOING TO LICK THEIR WOUNDS FOR A FEW DAYS AND MAYBE THEY WILL COME BACK AND TALK SERIOUS TO US.
But the two-week long, high level discussions were serious, GM wanted to cut a deal, in hopes of getting the striking workers back on
the job after the annual two-week summer shutdown.
instead the talks ended abruptly sunday.
YESTERDAY, GERALD KNECHTEL/GM CHIEF NEGOTIATOR:
WE ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED GIVEN THE DEVASTATING IMPACT THIS WORK
STOPPAGE HAS ON OUR PEOPLE, 180,000 PEOPLE AND ON THE COMPANY AND ITS
FOR BAD REASONS.
RICHARD SHOEMAKER/VP UAW:
GM is feeling the pinch-losses are already at more than one point two
sarah rainer works at a plant that was forced to shut down-though she
supports the strikers she fears she may have take another job.
SARAH RAINER/GM WORKER: II HAVE GOT TO SURVIVE, I HAVE THREE DAUGHTERS AND THEY'VE GOT TO HAVE
SOME SORT OF INCOME YOU KNOW.
The UAW now says these strikes could linger through august..and that's
disappointing in any language.
DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS
And if this shutdown isn't enough for the giant automaker to worry
about-the company is now recalling more than one million Cadallacs,
Cheverolets and pontiacs because of defective airbags.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Flint, Michigan.
Japan's prime minister resigned today after a stunning defeat in Japan's parliamentary elections-
Voters handed members of (roo-tah-row Ha-shee-mo-toe)
Ryutaro Hashimoto's ruling party a vote of no confidence by trimming their seats in the upper house of parliament.
After a night of bad news and a day of frantic meetings- Hashimoto resigned.
A successor will be chosen in the weeks ahead.
Voters are upset that the government could not pull japan out of its worst economic recession in decades.
Lynchburg police hope an autopsy will confirm the identity of a man found dead inside a burning car yesterday.
The car was discovered in a wooded area at the dead- end of Millview Lane Sunday morning.
An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning on the man found inside.
Police were able to trace the car to a rental car company in Boston.
But the company and the family of the man who leased it couldn't figure out how the car ended up in Lynchburg.
Police ask anyone who saw a 1998 green Chevy Malibu.. resembling the car you see here.. with Massachusetts tags 3-3-0 G-V-E.. to give them a call.
A multi-million dollar gift will benefit retarded citizens in Pittsylvania County.
The Hatcher Center received eight-million dollars today from the Faith Home-- a now defunct orphanage.
The Hatcher Center provides schooling and jobs for mentally retarded people of all ages.
The money will be managed as an endowment fund by the D-P-C Community Foundation.
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((BOB WILES/DPC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: THE FUTURE IS ALWAYS UNCERTAIN. THERE ARE EVOLVING NEEDS. NEEDS IN THIS COMMUNITY THAT HAVEN'T BEEN RECOGNIZED. WE'D LIKE TO SEE A LOT OF FUNDS UNDER OUR UMBRELLA THAT CAN ADDRESS THOSE NEEDS.))
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The Hatcher Center employs more than 170-people.
They do work for companies such as Goodyear and the Danville Regional Medical Center.
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Their task is a tough one:
Repair a country's electric industry, most of which was destroyed in a war.
Today they came to Roanoke to get some help.
A group of Bosnian engineers and utility managers toured American Electric Power.
They were learning how A-E-P generates and distributes electricity...
And how the power company's methods could help them operate Bosnia's new electric industry, an industry that used to be controlled by the former Yugoslavian government.
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((CHARLES SIMMONS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HERETOFORE HAVE BEEN WORKING IN A CENTRALLY PLANNED COMMUNIST SYSTEM AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY NEED TO OPERATE IN WHAT HAS BECOME A GLOBAL ECONOMY.))
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The Bosnians took lots of notes -- and even shot home videos of their tour at A-E-P's operations center.
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((ZORAN BOSNJOK/BOSNIAN ENGINEER: THIS IS OUR FIRST VISIT IN THE USA AND THIS IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE.))
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Roanoke is just one stop on the Bosnians' utility tour.
They started in Indianapolis and visited Washington before coming here.
They head back to Sarajevo this weekend.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher says he will fight efforts to cut federal funding for emergency heating assistance.
Boucher says the 30- million dollar program has been eliminated from a budget bill now making its way through Congress.
He says he's mystified by the decision, because the program has enjoyed strong bi- partisan support in the past.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: I THINK THIS IS A POORLY CONSIDERED STEP, WHICH HAS NO APPARENT JUSTIFICATION AND WHICH WOULD IMPOSE ENORMOUS PENALTIES ON FAMILIES WHO NEED THE HELP TO HEAT THEIR HOMES IN THE WINTER AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER NECESSITIES SUCH AS FOOD FOR THEIR TABLE AND MEDICINE FOR SICK CHILDREN.))
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Boucher says he's cautiously optimistic the funding will be restored but he expects a fight, when the issue reaches the floor of the House.
His opponent in the November election, Dr. Joseph Barta, says he would probably vote to eliminate the funding. Barta says the program was created as a response to the energy crisis, and is no longer warranted as the country moves fo
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A high-profile divorce case will be heard in two federal courts in Roanoke tomorrow.
An attorney for Richard Hamlett filed a bankruptcy petition on behalf of the Roanoke County developer today.
It's an attempt to forestall proceedings scheduled before a DISTRICT judge tomorrow afternoon.
Actress Debbie Reynolds wants an injunction to force Hamlett to make good on a nearly nine million dollar judgment she got from a divorce court in Las Vegas.
Hamlett's bankruptcy filing is a thinly-veiled pre-trial diversion, though his attorney insists he's got a valid claim.
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Magee hopes he can persuade the bankruptcy judge to postpone any action in federal court here, until the Nevada Supreme Court rules on Hamlett's appeal.
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If you're looking for something light and refreshing to beat the summer heat, stay with us. Patrick Evans is standing by with something tasty and nutritious.
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Summer is a good time to try and lose weight--lots of outdoor activities combined with fresh, healthy meal alternatives can make for a smaller waistline.
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Today Patrick Evans and his guest, Don Mankie, will show us some fresh fruit dishes that are NOT your run-of-the-mill fruit cocktail.
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The Salem Avalanche is back at Memorial Stadium for the first time in a couple of weeks. Mike Stevens will check in with that in a moment.
Coming up in medical news --
Today's campers are doing more than just basket weaving.
At Camp Wheezer in Radford children are learning how to deal with a lung disorder.
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((HUNTER TERPENY/CAMP WHEEZER:WE LEARN ABOUT ASTHMA AND MOST OTHER CAMP WE DONN'T LEARN ABOUT ASTHMA.))
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Twelve to 15 million people in the United States have asthma. That includes about five million children.
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Camp Wheezer in Radford is a special camp that teaches asthmatic children ages six-to-13 how to deal with their condition.
The disorder also effects friends and family members who must help manage it.
So siblings are invited to the camp to join in the fun and learn how to help in case of an asthmatic attack.
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((STELLA DALE/CAMPER: I DON'T HAVE ASTHMA, BUT I COME BECAUSE MY SISTER AND BROTHER GETS TO. AND I'VE BEEN HERE LAST YEAR AND I REALLY LIKE IT. BECAUSE WE GET TO GO SWIMMING AND BOWLING AND IT'S A LOT OF FUN. IT'S FUNNER THAN STAYING HOME AND HAVING NOTHING TO DO.))
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((MELISSA DALE/CAMPER: I NEED TO KNOW IF I AM AT A BABYSITTERS HOW TO TAKE CARE OF MY ASTHMA...ME OR MY BROTHER GOES INTO AN ASTHMA ATTACK AT SCHOOL.))
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The Dale twins and their brother test their breathing capacity before every activity using a peak flow meter and keep track of their score.
On this day everyone was doing well enough to go down to the bowling alley.
But no matter whether they bowl a strike or a gutter ball, relief is never far away.
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((CINDY CUNNINGHAM, R.N./CAMP COUNSELOR: WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO TEACH THEM HERE IS A WAY TO MANAGE THEIR ASTHMA SO THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING ANY OTHER CHILD DOES AS LONG AS THEY KNOW THEIR WARNING SIGNS AND WHEN TO STOP DOING EXERCISE, WHEN THEY NEED TO TAKE THEIR MEDICINE, AND ONCE THEY LEARN HOW TO MANAGE IT WELL THEY CAN DO ANYTHING ANY OTHER CHILD CAN DO.))
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The camp is fully staffed with medical professionals including a respiratory therapist, nurses, a dietitians and a paramedic.
The Day Camp for children continues through July 17th.
Doctors are searching for a link between depression in men and heart disease.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University examined a thousand men and
found those who were diagnosed as clinically depressed were more than twice as likely to develop a bad heart as compared to men in good mental health.
Scientists aren't sure of the link since both groups had similar physical traits and behavioral patterns.
The study's author suggests researchers begin looking at how antidepressant drugs may affect the heart.
With the World Cup drawing attention to the sport, many young soccer fans are picking up the game.
They may also be picking up future neck problems.
Doctors examined pro soccer players in their twenties and found that the bones in their necks were flattened from the constant head banging.
The condition could cause future problems such as arthritis.
Sports doctors recommend children play with age appropriate soccer balls.
Old soccer balls should be discarded as they become hardened over time.
In Sports, a big named gymnast is coming to the Valley,
and a major N-B-A star could be in trouble again. Here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Avalanche]
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Good Afternoon Ladies and everybody at home welcome to the Monday Two minute Ticker.
We're going to start the week off at Salem Memorial Stadium where the Avalanche return home after nearly two weeks on the road.
Tonight Salem hosts the Hillcats.
But last night the Avalanche lost three to two to Lynchburg at Historic City Stadium.
Salem hopes being at home will be the boost needed to get back on a winning track.
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Tonight's game starts at 7.
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One of the most decorated American gymnasts is coming to the Roanoke Valley Friday for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
Shannon Miller will be on hand to start the games.
Some of these young gymnasts are competing in this weekend's event.
They're hoping to meet the Olympic athlete and say Shannon Miller has inspired them to work hard at the sport of gymnastics.
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The Commonwealth Games gymnastics competition gets underway July 18th and 19th at The Botetourt Gymnastics Academy.
There's another bit of bad news for former VHSL star Allen Iverson.
The NBA star guard is finding out the hard way that its not what you know but who you know and what yhou don't know.
This is Iverson's Mercedes that was seized today after it was involved in a drug deal in Norfolk.
Iverson loaned the car to two of his long time firends who in turn were caught selling coacine and marijuana out of the car in a Tidewater neighborhood.
Iverson was not in the car and he has not been charged, but under Virginia law cars used in drug activity can be permanently confiscated.
Last August, Iverson was in another car with firends that was stopped near Richmond and a 45 calibre pistol was found under his seat and marijuana was found in the car.
Coming up at six, news from the NHL, the Tour De France and a look back at last night's Bash at the Beach.
Have a good night everybody.
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Preserving the stars and stripes-
It's just one goal of the project Millenium.
The President launched the 50- million- dollar project to preserve America's most valued artifacts and monuments.
The first item for restoration-- the original flag that inspired the national anthem-- the Star Spangled banner.
((BECAUSE THEY NOW HAVE THE
A CHANCE TO LIVE THE DREAM THAT WAS PROMISED TO ALL OF US SO LONG AGO.. 36 THAT'S WHAT THAT FLAG EMBODIES.))
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The huge wool flag survived the British Bombardment as it flew over Fort McHenry outside Baltimore in 1814.
It's on display at Smithsonian's National Museum of History in Washington.
Actress Lucille Ball was always a big hit with television audiences, and recently many of her fans gathered to show they still love Lucy.
The third annual "Loving Lucy" convention was held in California over the weekend. Fans could get their fill of the CBS sitcom "I Love Lucy" from re-runs featured on a big screen.
They could also take home a souvenir of the great actress -- some of the Lucy collectables included coffee mugs, books, photographs, and dolls.
In addition to the Lucy memorabilia fans got an extra treat.
As part of a fiftieth anniversary reunion of Lucy's first sitcom, several actors from the original cast were on hand. They wrapped up the weekend with an stage performance.