Coming up next on News 7, the man convicted of killing a Roanoke County realtor seven years ago is scheduled for execution tonight.
and the federal government decides to spend 100 million dollars to help people deal with the summer heat.
In medical news --
Two new vaccines are being tested to treat one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the country.
And doctors are given the go ahead to try an experimental drug on an injured athlete.
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The victim was a Roanoke County Realtor, showing a house to a married couple.
That was eight years ago.
Carolyn Rogers was choked, stomped, and stabbed to death that day.
Then she was robbed.
Tonight, Danny Lee King is scheduled to die by lethal injection for the crimes.
Ellen Qualls is at Greensville Correctional Center.
What's the latest on King's case?
The U-S Supreme Court turned his last appeal down yesterday.
Now King faces steep odds in convincing Governor Jim Gilmore that his former wife committed this murder -- not him.
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(( Here was Danny King's reaction in 1991, when NEWS 7 informed him he'd been indicted for capital murder.
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((DANNY KING: SAME THING IT WAS TO START WITH. USING COMMON LANGUAGE: BULL.))
King alleges he met real estate agent Carolyn Rogers at the Foxcroft Circle home in Roanoke County to collect a drug debt.
He alleges he threw her against a basement wall and went upstairs to forge checks from her purse.
That's when he says his former wife Becky Smith killed Rogers.
It's one of many stories he's told about that day.
Smith tells a very different story-- about walking back in on King standing over Rogers' body with a knife.
But in 1991 again, King said his former was innocent-- so we suggested he must be guilty.
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((YEAH THAT SEEMS TO BE WHAT THEY'RE SAYING. THING IS IS THAT I KNOW I DIDN'T. AND I KNOW SHE DIDN'T.))
What we know about the victim's family is that even though Carolyn Rogers' husband was enraged by King's story of the drug debt... he told the Roanoke Times last week he has NO intention of witnessing this execution... and he feels ambivalent about the death penalty.
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A Henry County woman accused of killing her infant daughter will face a jury this November.
The fall trial date for Sharon Alley was set at a hearing today.
She's charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing her eight-month old daughter Brooke to death.
It happened on Mother's Day in the home Alley's parents live in Figsboro.
She's also charged with felony child abuse for allegedly throwing the little girl on the floor last October.
Both charges against Alley will be combined into one trial.
A new alliance between two corporations will mean lay- offs for 117 employees of a window manufacturing plant in Martinsville.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on the announcement from Owens Corning.
Jean, the news that the plant was closing, wasn't a huge surprise to employees, but the timing of the decision and today's announcement certainly was.
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Clyde Hairston heard the news when he arrived at work. The Owens Corning facility is closing at the end of September.
The plant manufactures vinyl replacement windows... and what company officials describe as a strategic alliance with Simonton windows, will move the production to Simonton facilities in Ritchie County, West Virginia.
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Martinsville employees will be given preference for the 50 jobs being created at the Simonton plant in West Virginia.
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But Jean, few are expected to make the move.
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Help is on the way to people suffering from the scorching heat.
President Clinton ordered the release of 100 million dollars to help people buy fans, air conditioners and pay electric bills.
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((IT HAS DESTROYED CROPS. LED TO WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES AND WORST OF ALL HAS RESULTED IN THE DEATHS OF OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE. THE MOST VULNERABLE THE VERY OLD, THE VERY YOUNG, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE AT GREATEST RISK.))
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Aid will go to eleven Southern states, including North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Virginia is not on the list.
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A disgruntled employee is sent to prison for stealing over one million dollars from a Lynchburg company. We'll have details in a moment.
and Vice Preisdent Al Gore visits the site of a Russian nuclear disaster. Unless something is done soon, things there could get worse.
In Health Check, doctors try something new to help the Chinese Gymnast who was injured at this week's Goodwill Games.
and Patrick will be back for this week's Growin It.
Vice President AL Gore got a first hand look at the Chernobyl Nuclear power station.
Actually what he saw was the concrete "sarcophagus" covering the power station in Ukraine.
The reactor there blew up in 1986 resulting in the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster-
Gore also visited a Ukrainian village which is now a ghost town- because of contamination.
Ukrainian officials are seeking a loan of two- and- a- half- billion dollars to fund essential repairs to the cracked concrete barrier.
Without the cash the Ukrainians claim Chernobyl is on the verge of another catastrophe.
A Lynchburg man is in custody after he called police this morning to report he had murdered his wife.
It happened around 11 at 12-12 Floyd Street.
Police say 45-year old Jessee Calloway used a baseball bat to beat his wife severely about the head and arms.
21-year old Bobby Calloway was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where she was listed in stable condition in the emergency room.
Her husband has been charged with malicious wounding.
Authorities say the couple has a history of domestic problems.
A disgruntled employee of the Ericsson Corporation, who bilked his employer of more than a million dollars, was given a two-and-a half year prison term today.
51-year old Robert "Butch" Sager had pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges in May.
Prosecutors say Sager used his job at Ericsson to order hundreds of schematic drawings that the company paid for but never received.
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((CRAIG TILLER/SAGER'S LAWYER: BUTCH SAGER'S A GOOD GUY, THIS IS A CASE OF A MAN WHO DID SOMETHING WRONG AND HE'S BEEN A GOOD WORKER FOR A LONG TIME AND HIS CO- WORKERS KNOW THAT. HE'S JUST GOING TO PULL HIS TIME AND RE- ENTER THE WORK FORCE AND GET BACK INTO SOCIETY WHEN HE GETS OUT.))
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Sager's accomplice, 45-year old George Calvin Kelly, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his part in the crime.
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Patrick Evans is standing by with this week's edition of Growing It. That's up next,
and then a little later, we'll have the story of a radio station that's trying to make the big time with ALL WHALE SONGS-ALL THE TIME.
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Despite the passing showers, flowering plants have been struggling with the heat and drought-like conditions.
We consulted Nursery Owner Bruce Feldberg for more information on how to best care for plants during this hot dry spells.
Here he is to tell us the best way to water-in those plants.
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The soap opera known as the Chicago Bulls takes another strange turn. Mike Stevens will have the latest on who's NOT the new head coach coming up in Sports.
In Health News, two new vaccines appear to show promise in preventing a painful disease,
and the accident that left a Chinese gymnast paralyzed at this week's Goodwill Games, has some people debating the safety of their favorite sport.
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Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry...we'll have the story of a diverse work place tonight on News 7 at 6.
The Maid Bess sewing factory in Salem has a workforce that represents 15 different nationalities.
When Maid Bess hires immigrants, it says it gets a group of hard workers.
And the employees get a chance to live the American dream.
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((BARBARA REED/PLANT MANAGER: WHEN THEY CAME HERE THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A JOB AND WHEN THEY LOOK FOR A JOB THEY WANT SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO GIVE THEM A LIFESTYLE THAT IS BETTER THAN WHAT THEY HAD.))
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It's a group of people who have different pasts but are working toward the same future.
We'll have their story...
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And the rest of the day's news on News-7 at 6.
Two new vaccines are showing promising results in the prevention of Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease is one of the fastest growing infectious diseases in the United States with more than 100- thousand cases reported in 48 states.
Now the New England Journal of Medicine is reporting two experimental vaccines show they're able to prevent the disease in humans up to 92 percent of the time.
Both Lymerix and Imulyme still need F-D-A approval.
Lyme Disease is spread by deer ticks, and causes chronic pain if left untreated.
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The Chinese gymnast paralyzed at the Goodwill Games Tuesday will receive an experimental treatment.
Doctors want to use a nerve damage drug to treat 17- year- old (SAHNG LAHN) Sang Lan.
Sygen has not received full federal approval yet, but the Food and Drug Administration has given doctors permission to use it to treat the teen's injured spinal cord.
The drug is a synthetic protein that is designed to repair damage in paralysis cases.
Meanwhile Tuesday's accident has some people concerned about the safety of the sport. Randall Pinkston has more.
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IN MARCH, WHEN CHINESE CHAMPION GYMNAST SANG LAN DID THIS VAULT IN
TENNESSEE, SHE EXECUTED IT PERFECTLY. BUT ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON, AS SHE
PREPARED FOR THE GOODWILL GAMES IN NEW YORK, SOMETHING WENT WRONG.
THE 17 YEAR OLD CHAMPION LOST CONTROL, LANDED ON HER HEAD AND FRACTURED
HER SPINE..DOCTORS ARE GIVING HER A GUARDED PROGNOSIS.
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THERE IS NO MOVEMENT IN HER LEGS AND THERE IS LIMITED FUNCTION IN HER
ARMS. WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE USE OF HER LIMBS YET.
WITH THE GRACE OF A BALLERINA, AND THE STRENGTH OF AN ATHLETE, GYMNASTS
MAKE INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT ROUTINES LOOK EASY EVEN THROUGH PAIN.
REMEMBER OLYMPIC CHAMPION KERRI STRUG? DESPITE AN INJURED ANKLE, SHE
HELPED HER TEAM WIN A GOLD MEDAL.
COACH MIKE FONTNO, A VOLUNTEER WITH THE GOODWILL GAMES SAYS THE KEY IS
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IT'S RELATIVELY SAFE THROUGH ALL THE PROGRESSIONS, THROUGH THE SOFT
MATING THAT IS USED, THROUGH THE BUILDING BLOCKS.
LAST NIGHT, FONTNO WAS 20 FEET AWAY WHEN SANG LAN FELL.
SOT: MIKE FONTNO
DOES IT EVER GIVE YOU SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT YOUR SPORT. WELL, IT
FARTHER FROM THE ACCIDENT, PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN CONTINUED TO
PRACTICE TODAY...INSISTING THEY'VE WEIGHED THE DANGERS.
YES, I'VE BEEN INJURED BEFORE, BUT THE GOOD OUTWEIGHS THE INJURIES.
EVERY SPORT HAS IT'S DANGERS.
BUT WHAT FONTNO SAW WILL STAY WITH HIM FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.
IT'S REALLY UPSETTING WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS TO ANYONE, IN ANY
SANG LAN ONCE SAID VAULTING WAS HER BEST EVENT. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER
HER FAVORITE SPORT WILL LEAVE HER PARALYZED FOR LIFE. RANDALL PINKSTON,
CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
In Sports, the Chicago Bulls surprise the basketball world,
With that and more, here's Mike Stevens[S5-Bulls]
The Thursday ticker begins with a curve ball thrown today by Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf.
At a newsconferecne today he name Tim Floyd director of basketball operations and not head coach.
Floyd will only takeover as head coach if they can't cox Phil Jackson out of retirement.
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Phil Jackson answered the challenge this afternoon by saying he will NOT be back.
The Daytona International Speedway's rescheduled Pepsi 400 will not be seen on CBS after all.
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The first night race at the track was to be the first stock car race ever aired LIVE in primetime on one of the three major networks.
But the wildfires earlier this month forced the postponement of the race until October 17th.
That date conflicts with CBS's primetime programming so, the race will now air that night on TNN.
In one other racing note, Kenny Wallace and Filmar racing are losing their sponsor at the end of the season.
Square D has been with the team since 1995, and it may still stay with Wallace, who is rumored to be the driver of a second team for Andy Petree next season.
If so look for the sponsor to follow him.
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In the NFl linebacker Greg Lloyd who was cut by the Steelers has signed a one year deal with the Panthers worth $500 thousand.
And Norfolk's Pernell "Sweetpea" Whitaker will be spending a couple of days in jail.
The former world champ in four different divisions was given a 90 day sentence for reckless driving with all but two of the days suspended.
Whitaker is now suspended from boxing after testing positive for cocaine. He plans to appeal the sentence.
One radio station in Canada carries a killer selection of music --
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killer whales to be exact.
The Vancouver station, appropriately named ORCA-FM, broadcasts the sounds of killer whales 24 hours a day.
The sounds are picked up by an underwater microphone called a hydrophone. Scientists use the sounds to study the majestic animals.
Researchers believe each whale family has its own dialect.