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An earthquake sends a giant wave over thousands of villagers in the South Pacific.
Saturn workers in Tennessee may be about to join the G.M. strike.
And the NTSB will join the investigation of a Smith Mountain Lake plane crash.
News 7 is next.
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Local and state officials continue investigating yesterday's plane crash at Smith Mountain Lake.
And the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation tomorrow.
It's the latest in a series of accidents that have taken place on the lake over the past few months.
David Johnson has more.
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Jet skis, boats and now an airplane.
The latest crash left its victims frightenend but otherwise unharmed.
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((J.D.WOODS/PASSENGER: I NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING LIKE THIS. MY WHOLE LIFE FLASHED BEFORE MY EYES. AND, I WAS VERY SCARED. THE SCARRIEST THING I'VE EVER BEEN THROUGH.))
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Four of the past five weekends at Smith Mountain Lake have been marred by accidents--in some cases fatal.
On the July fourth holiday weekend, a man was killed when his boat crashed near the Smith Mountain Lake damn.
However, officials say the recent number of accidents may be due in part to the lake's popularity.
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((AS YOU GET AN INCREASED NUMBER OF PEOPLE USING ONE PARTICULAR FACILITY, YOU PEN UP THE PROBABILITY OF HAVING MORE ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES JUST DO TO THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE MORE PEOPLE OUT HERE USING THE LAKE ON A DAILY BASIS.))
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Webster said officials were also concerned about the threat of fuel leaking from the downed plane.
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((THE SMITH MOUNTAIN MARINE FIRE DEPARTMENT CAME OUT AND PUT BUOYS AROUND IT TO CONTAIN IT. THEN THEY SPREAD THESE PADS OR PILLOWS AS THEY'RE CALLED OUT IN ORDER TO SOAK UP ANY TYPE OF FUEL THAT MAY HAVE FLOATED TO THE SURFACE FROM THE PLANE.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE LATEST WORD IS THAT THE OWNER WILL REMOVE THE PLANE FROM THE LAKE TOMORROW AND THAT HE PLANS TO SALVAGE THE CRAFT.))
He was convicted of killing a realtor eight years ago and this week Danny Lee King is scheduled to die.
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In 1990, King posed as a potential home buyer to lure realtor Carolyn Rogers to a vacant house.
Rogers was robbed, beaten and stabbed to death.
King's execution is set for Thursday.
More G-M workers could be walking off the job.
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Thousands of union members at the Saturn Plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee voted to authorize a strike today.
Union officials accused G-M of planning to build future Saturns using a minimum of American-made parts.
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((JOHN RYPKOWSKI/UAW LOCAL 1853; THE LIST OF GENERAL MOTORS FAILED COMMITTMENTS AND UNCOMPETITIVE MANAGEMENT DECISIONS IN SPRING HILL TENNESSE GOES ON AND AND AND WE NEED NOT ELABORATE ANY MORE HERE, IT'S TIME FOR GENERAL MOTORS TO STEP FORWARD AND KEEP ITS COMMITTMENTS))
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The president of Saturn played down the vote, saying it DOESN'T mean a strike is imminent.
He said the plant will maintain its operating schedule and keep turning out cars.
Nearly 600 hundred people are confirmed dead, and hundreds more are missing after a tsunami hit the island of Papua New Guinea.
Authorities say the death toll could top 2000.
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The giant, 23 foot wall of water wiped out 3 villages and heavily damaged a fourth.
In some cases, villager's huts were completely swept away, leaving nothing but sand.
The wave was caused by an earthquake 18 miles offshore.
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((PAUL SAROY/VILLAGER; TEN MINUTES AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE WE HEARD A LOUD BANG AND THEN JUST SAW THE SEA RISING UP AND THEN IT STARTED MOVING TOWARD THE VILLAGE. WE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO RUN FOR OUR LIVES.
THE FIRST WAVE CAME THROUGH THEN A SECOND WAVE CAME THROUGH AND SMASHED THE HOUSES AND THEN THERE WAS A RECESSION OF THE WATER ALSO WHICH IS JUST AS BAD, SO THAT THEY WERE FLUNG ONE WAY AND THEN THE OTHER, AND THEY WERE MIXED UP WITH TREES AND WOOD AND IRON AND TANKS AND ALL THAT SORT OF THING, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING OUT ARE VERY BRUISED))
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Rescue workers are having trouble tracking down and helping many of the wounded.
Officials say hurt and frightened villagers have fled so far into the bush; they can't reach them by helicopters.
Straight ahead--a furniture store gets ready to open its doors in the star city.
And, Roanoke's N-double-A-C-P speaks out against Habitat for Humanity's latest plans to build more homes.
More when we return.
Habitat for Humanity's next home building project is running into some opposition in Roanoke.
The Roanoke chapter of the N-double-A-C-P believes the project hasn't been well thought-out.
Habitat for Humanity has plans to build 35-homes next to the Woodbridge Avenue community.
Woodbridge residents fear the project will reduce their property values and raise crime in the area.
N-double A-C-P officials blame the city for what it calls "bad planning."
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP PRESIDENT; THE IDEA OF SETTING 30,000 DOLLAR HOMES NEXT TO 80 OR 90,000 DOLLAR HOMES IS RIDICULOUS. IT'S STUPID. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT IF YOU POINT TO ANYONE OF OUR INNER CITY NEIGHBORHOODS AND ON AVERAGE THEY HAVE HUNDREDS OF VACANT LOTS.))
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Jeffrey suggests that the project is nothing more than a scheme for profit and tax credits for Fralin and Waldron, which donated the land to Habitat.
A spokesman for the real estate company, admitted there were tax advantages for the gesture.
Woodbridge Avenue residents plan to meet with city officials about the development tomorrow.
Teen fathers in Roanoke now have a local program that helps them deal with their growing responsibilities.
But, the program may not be around much longer.
The "For Males Only" program organizes the group through the Roanoke City Health Department.
It started in 1995 and teaches young fathers how to care for their children and about their legal rights and responsibilities.
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((CURTIS AUSTIN/TEEN FATHER: IT'S A LOT OF EDUCATION TOWARDS BEING A FATHER, BASICALLY AND TO HELP YOU HAVE A HAPPY AND BETTER HOME.))
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Funding for the program runs out at the end of this month.
But, organizers hope its success
will help them raise the money they need to continue.
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((JOHN MORRIS/FOR MALES ONLY: IF THE GUYS BECOME SUCCESSFUL THE PROGRAM IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF ITSELF. AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO START RECOGNIZING THAT IT IS A WORTHY PROGRAM AND WE WILL PERHAPS BE ABLE TO GET THE RESOURCES WE NEED.))
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A total of 10 fathers are enrolled in the program.
A new furniture store moves into Valley View Mall in Roanoke.
And, the debate about the power line drags on.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's Business Review.
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This week on the Review:
A new jet flying an old route means a faster way to get to Chicago.
Nonstop service to the Windy City is back in Roanoke after a six-year absence.
And Trans States Airlines said its fares will be "competitive."
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((BILL MISHK/TRANS STATES AIRLINES: BUT THE MAIN UTILITY WE'RE BRINGING TO THE FLYING COMMUNITY IS WE'RE GOING TO BE CUTTING THE FLYING TIME TO O'HARE BY ROUGHLY TWO AND A HALF HOURS.))
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Right now a round-trip flight on the jet costs 220-dollars -- if you meet certain restrictions.
That deal ends in September.
September first is the date American Electric Power will turn in new research to the State Corporation Commission.
The S-C-C is asking the power company to study alternative routes before the commission decides if A-E-P should build a new high-voltage power line.
The commission heard more public testimony this week at a hearing in Richmond.
In Roanoke, A-E-P played host to a group of Bosnian engineers and utility managers.
The power company gave its visitors some advice on how they might rebuild their country's war-damaged utility system.
A new furniture store moved into Valley View Mall.
Haverty's said it's looking forward to giving monster competitor Grand Home Furnishings a run for its money.
Way up on Bent Mountain, tiny Blue Ridge Digital is getting some big-time attention.
Rick and Nancy Romanus opened the video production company six years ago.
Some of their latest work won national awards for T-V advertising.
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A record week on Wall Street.
The Dow picked up 232 points and closed at 93-38.
The Nasdaq broke two-thousand.
That is this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
Thirty years ago Neil Armstrong took his famous giant leap for mankind.
David Seidel remembers the Apollo-Eleven flight in this week's Virginia Newsreel.
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(( On July 16, 1969 three men rocketed toward the moon.
Two of them-- Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin-- would set foot on the piece of rock orbiting the earth.
Millions of people stayed up late into the night of July 20-th as the lunar module approached the surface.
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((ENGINES STOP. WE COPY YOU DOWN EAGLE. TRANQUILITY BASE HERE, THE EAGLE HAS LANDED. ))
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At 10:56 eastern time, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the surface of the moon.
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((THAT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND. ))
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After some 13 hours on the lunar surface, Armstrong and Alsdrin rejoined Mike Collins in the command module and returned to earth.
They splashed into the Pacific Ocean on July 24-th.
But they're journey wasn't over.
They spent another two weeks in quaruntine until they and their cargo were declared germ free.
Then it was on to countless parades, speeches and dinners.
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))
Still to come--Steve Mason will have Salem Avalanche Highlights coming your way in a few minutes.
And, top miniature golfers tee-ed off today in Lynchburg.
More from the greens when the news continues.
Construction slows traffic along a major road into Lexington.
And, more delays along Interstate 81 are likely this week in Wythe County.
Here's Stacey Martin with this week's Road Report.
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((Delays are possible in Rockbridge County along Route 60 just outside of Lexington.
Crew are working to make repairs to the bridge over Interstate 81.
Elsewhere around the region..
In Wythe County back-ups are likely along Interstate 81 near exit 81.
Only one lane will be getting through due to bridge repairs in that area.
And, in Giles County, traffic will be squeezed down to one lane along Route 4-60.
Crews will be making repairs to the bridge over New River at Glen Lyn.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin.))
Most people play it for fun.
But, this weekend competition was fierce among some miniature golf players in the Hill City.
The Putt- Putt course on Timberlake Road is the site of the Professional Putter's Association Eastern Open.
Some of the top miniature golfers from around the country are in the Hill City competing for 10- thousand dollars in prize money.
And a team of six Canadians also made the trek down and spent this past week putting in some long hours on the course practicing.
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((LIONEL BEAULNE/MINIATURE GOLFER: I THINK IT'S A MATTER OF TRYING IT OUT AND SEEING HOW US GUYS PRACTICE IN THIS WEATHER WHERE IT'S ABOUT 90-95 DEGREES AND WE'RE OUT HERE FIVE, SIX HOURS, WE GO FOR A SNACK AND WE COME BACK OUT. YOU HAVE TO LOVE THE GAME AND THIS IS, IT'S ALMOST LIKE WORK, IT'S ALMOST LIKE A JOB. BUT IF YOU WANT TO PERFORM YOU MUST DO THIS.))
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This marks the first American tournament for most of the Canadians.
The Eastern Open is one of five major events on the P-P-A tour.
The winner gets two thousand dollars and an appearance in a "skins" tournament to be televised by ESPN.
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The Avalanche would try to go up on Winston Salem in the Southern Division last night. Both teams came in as part of a three way tie for first.
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It was 70's night at Salem Memorial. Fans sported their best threads and gear from the time. Check out the disco ball.
We pick it up in the 7th, warthogs up 1-nothing...not any more. Kevin Little singles to left and Blake singing the
blues anderson is gonna come on [SUPER=34-Salem/3/Winston-Salem/5;]down. 1 to 1.
Then Barnard Hutchinson threads the needle down the right field line plateing Little, salem is up 2-1.
The warthogs tie it on a solo homer. Joe Creed gets jiggy with it in the 8th, and the Hogs win 5-3.
The National League east leading New York Yankees were in Toronto yesterday against the third place Blue Jays.
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Toronto slugger gave Torontoa 4-1 lead on this blast to left, a grand slam homerun off the Yankees Andy Pettite in the bottom of the third inning, his 25th of the season.
[SUPER=35-Toronto/9/New York/3;]New York's Paul O'Neil cut the lead to 2 runs on a ground rule double tthat plates Ch
But Jose says I got the power, he gets jiggy with it again in the 7th, a solo shot, 7-3 Blue Jays and they down the yankees 9-3.
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across the way..or province, The Expos fell to the Pirates. Al Martin singles to score former salem Buccaneer jason Kendall and Kevin Young, 3-nothing Pirates.
Then Young and Kendall do the ole sneak play double steal, Kendall scores, Pittsburgh wins now the numbers.
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41 year old Mark O'Meara became the oldest player to win two majors in the same year. In a 100 day span, he's won the masters and now the British Open, overcoming Brian Watts in a four hole playoff.
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Tiger Woods made a run at both. Here on 17, some 30 feet away from the pin, he pitches in from the rough for birdie. He bidied three out of the final four holes for a final round 4 under 66 and finished at 281, 1 shot off the leaders.
Watts saved the day on this approach from the sand trap, watch this, he puts the shot 11 inches from the cup and would par the hole to force the playoff both he and O'Meara finish at 280.
On to 15, 16, 17 and 18 for the playoff, But Watts wopuld have trouble, ensuring Omeara's win.
Mark putts out for par and wins, banking 520 grand, while Watts nets 329 grand.
Billy King's final round 70 in the PGA Senior tour Ameritech Open earned him a tie for 32nd place, his best yet on the senior tour. His three round total was 218. his previous best was 44th.
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Hale Irwin won with a final round of one over par 73. He finishes the tourney at 15 under par and beats Larry Nelson by three strokes. Irwin continues to dominate the senior tour and is its leading money winner.
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With Winston Cup taking a break, all eyes and ears were on the Busch series
Kenwood Home and Car Audio 300 yesterday. Dale earnhardt junior takes the checkered flag and is now the series points leader.
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The field would have a chance to open things wide open on the two mile track.
Maybe a little to much for Michael waltrip. he has struggled in Cup and...not much better here, spinning out.
Earnhardt junior was the dominator. he led 141 of the races 150 laps and only four other drivers would lead a lap and that's because junior pitted.
He wins, Kevin Lepage was second.
More sports coming your way tonight, including a look at a growing soccewr program in Bedford,
they were't using there feet in this commonwealth games event. a look at the arm wrestling segment when we return.
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Arm wrestlers pu their best limb forward in the Commonwealth Games at the Lacerlot today
About 20 arm wrestlers vied for a top spot in the double elimination tournament.
The wrestlers hailed from Norfolk to Wytheville.
10 weight classes were offered, four for left handers and 6 for the righties.
But before today's competition tribute was paid to M.G. Harmon, Junior.
Harmon, a former coordinator of this event and the president of the United States Arm Wrestling Association died of cancer in May. His parents received this plaque.
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There is a soccer empire under construction and it's based on the fundamentals.
Denise Allen has more on the Peaks Area Soccer Association in Bedford.
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This free summer camp is the first hello to soccer for many of these children.
Every Tuesday and Thursday they take the field to learn the fundamentals.
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((TRAVIS BRYANT/CAMPER: WE LEARNED HOW TO STOP THE BALL, TRAP IT AND HOW TO SCORE.))
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((why do you like playing soccer?
M.J. HARRIS/CAMPER: WE LIKE STOPPING THE BALL, TRAPPING IT AND HAVING FUN.))
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((MATT THOMAS/CAMP COACH: THE FIRST DAY THEY WERE OUT HERE THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. NOW THEY'RE PASSING AND TAKING SHOTS. THEY'RE DOING PRETTY GOOD.))
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((JANICE LUTH/PEAKS AREA SOCCER: SOME OF THE CHILDREN HAD NEVER PLAYED A TEAM TYPE SPORT BEFORE AND THEY HAD A VERY DIFFICULT TIME EVEN INTERACTING WITH THEIR TEAMMATES AND THERE WERE POWER STRUGGLES AND WHAT I'VE NOTICE IS THE KIDS ARE GETTING A LONG BETTER.))
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((READY! GO! SHOOT IT!))
The camp is staffed by members of the Peaks Area Soccer Association and high school players.
For some of these players it's an introduction to coaching and a chance to see the game in a different light.
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((ALAN BIGGIO/CAMP COACH: THEY'RE FROM AN AREA THAT'S PREDOMINANTLY BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL AND THEY'VE JUST BEEN INTRODUCED TO SOCCER AND HOPEFULLY THEY CAN TAKE SOCCER TO THE NEXT LEVEL FOR BEDFORD AND LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL.))
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((LUTH: AS FAR AS THE TEENS ARE CONCERNED IT TEACHES THEM RESPONSIBILITY. THEY CAN SEE HOW FAR THEY'VE COME SINCE THEY WERE A YOUNG KID AND IT INTRODUCES THEM TO THE JOY OF WORKING WITH YOUNGER CHILDREN.))
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Denise Allen News 7 Sports.)) The runs through the first week in August.