Coming up on News 7-
A live report from D-C. We'll have the latest on today's deadly shooting at the Capitol building.
An explosion in Lynchburg injures three people.
Plus a jury reaches a verdict in the case of a former cadet- accused of killing a 16 year old girl.
News 7 at Eleven is Next-
A deadly shooting today at the Nation's capitol- two police officers are dead and a female tourist is seriously hurt.
Tonight sources have identified the suspect-
Let's head to Drew Levinson in Washington with the very latest.
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[SUPER=01-Sgt. Dan Nichols/Capitol Police; :21]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bill Thomas/(R) California; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Steny Hoyer/(D) Maryland; 1:20]
[SUPER=07-Drew Levinson; 1:34]
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((It was the unthinkable... on a crowded, sunny afternoon, at the height
of tourist season-- gunfire erupting in the "people's house."
SGT. DAN NICHOLS/CAPITOL POLICE:
IT HAPPENED NEAR THE METAL DETECTOR.
A lone gunman-- burst through the east entrance of the building known for its security -- his weapon setting off the detectors... and the
Capitol police officers responded immediately... wounding the suspect...
but not before he killed two officers ... and shot a female tourist.
SGT. DAN NICHOLS:THESE MEN DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY... SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.
Service to their country... to the men and women in congress,
their staffs and those who tour the building regularly, those words are being echoed over and over again-- inside and outside the hallowed halls
of the building where the flag now flies at half-staff...
REP. BILL THOMAS/ R-CALIFORNIA
REPORTER:DID YOU KNOW ANY OF THE VICTIMS? THOMAS: OF COURSE, WE PASS THEM MANY TIMES A DAY... NO ONE EXPECTS THIS TO OCCUR.
REP. STENY HOYER/D-MARYLAND: THEY HAVE SHOWN THAT FREEDOM IS NOT FREE... THERE IS A PRICE TO BE
DREW LEVINSON: LAWMAKERS ARE VOWING TO KEEP THE CAPITOL BUILDING OPEN ... THE SUSPECT
MEANWHILE IS IN THE HOSPITAL-- EXPECTED TO SURVIVE. HIS NAME IS RUSSELL
EUGENE WESTON... A MAN ALLEGEDLY ALREADY ON A SECRET SERVICE LIST AS A LOW-LEVEL THREAT TO THE PRESIDENT.))
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The shooting at the Capitol is already prompting calls from some legislators for tougher gun control laws.
Roanoke Congressman Bob Goodlatte said tonight that he supports national background checks of gun buyers.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R-SIXTH DISTRICT: HOWEVER, SIMPLY ATTEMPTING TO CONTROL THE GUNS THEMSELVES IS NOT THE SOLUTION. WASHINGTON, D.C. HAS THE STRICTEST GUN CONTROL LAWS THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE AND YET OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE STILL GET ACCESS TO GUNS AND STILL USE THEM.))
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Senator Chuck Robb issued a statement praising the difficult job the Capitol Police have, "protecting the home of democracy."
Robb said his thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two officers who were gunned down.
A man was shot tonight in Pittsylvania County in what police believe was a domestic dispute.
The shooting happened around seven this evening along Birch Creek Road.
The victim was taken to the Danville Regional Medical Center.
The victim's condition is not known.
Police are continuing their investigation.
Three construction workers were injured in Lynchburg when the building they were working in exploded this evening.
The blast happened shortly before seven tonight at Super Shoes in Candler's Station.
Fire officials said the workers used liquid glue on the floors then lit a blow torch.
Officials said the vapors triggered the explosion.
32-year-old Mario Dente (Den-tee) of New Jersey broke both ankles and his wrist.
Two more men from New Jersey were also injured.
Let the sun shine in.
Those were the words of Governor Jim Gilmore today, as he finally released a disturbing report the state's kept secret for months.
It blasts patient care at Virginia's 15 mental health hospitals.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-Val Marsh/Virginia Alliance for Mentally Ill; 1:11]
[OUT Q=EQU News 7, Richmond.]
(( The reports of national mental health expert Jeffrey Geller detail the overuse of medication, solitary confinement, and physical restraints-- in system so severely understaffed it's not even providing "minimal care" in most cases.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT NO GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION SHOULD EVER BE IMMUNE FROM PUBLIC CRITICISM. SO TODAY, I'M ORDERING THE RELEASE OF DR. GELLER'S REPORTS.))
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((EARLEY: THE ISSUE OF WHETHER OR NOT THESE REPORTS FELL UNDER EXEMPTIONS OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT WAS BECOMING A DISTRACTION TO ALL OF US FROM FOCUSING ON OUR COMMON GOAL. AND THAT WAS THE REFORM OF VIRGINIA'S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM.))
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE REPORTS ARE TROUBLING. TO SAY THE LEAST.))
The Governor announced he is appointing a commission, headed up by former Deputy Attorney General Catherine Hammond, to report back by December on an action plan.
Additionally, he'll appoint an inspector general for mental health... and visit all 15 facilities himself.
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((GILMORE: YES, THEY WILL BE SURPRISE, UNANNOUNCED VISITS, AND THEY WILL BE BY THE GOVERNOR, BY THE SECRETARY, AND BY THE INSPECTOR GENERAL.))
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((VAL MARSH/VIRGINIA ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: I REPRESENT THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE MOST DISABLED. AND IT GOES A LONG WAY TOWARD RESTORING THEIR TRUST THAT THE FACILITIES THAT THEIR LOVED ONES ARE OFTEN ENTRUSTED TO ARE GONNA PROVIDE LESS DANGEROUS CARE. THAT'S A REALLY SCARY THING.))
On specific fixes -- and a price tag-- the Governor says he'll wait until his commission reports in December.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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A guilty verdict for the Former Air Force Cadet- David Graham.
A jury convicted Graham in the murder of a 16 year old girl- Graham was calm as the Texas jury announced its verdict.
His fiance former Naval Academy Midshipman Diane Zamora is already serving a life term for the same crime.
A Michigan judge has cleared the way for a 12 year old girl to get a late term abortion.
The girl was allegedy raped by her 17 year old brother- and it's too late for a legal abortion in Michigan.
((THE RISKS TO THIS CHILD WOULD HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY GREATER CARRYING THIS PREGNANCY THE REST OF THE TERM THAN ENDING IT NOW. ))
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First degree criminal conduct charges will be filed against the brother next week.
An accident killed two people in North Carolina and closed Interstate 40 in both directions in Burke County-
A tanker truck crashed into a highway overpass this afternoon causing the overpass
to collapse- the tanker then caught fire.
Authorities have closed Interstate 40 in both directions-
The Carnival Cruise ship Ecstacy is headed for Virginia.
The ship left the Port of Miami headed for Virginia Beach where the damaged stern will be repaired.
Federal investigators still haven't figured out what caused the fire aboard the ship.
The Virginia Department of Health says fish from some parts of the Roanoke River may be contaminated.
The warning is limited to a 50-mile stretch of the river that runs through Campbell, Charlotte, Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties.
The health department says striped bass, white bass and carp in that region may contain poly-chlorinated biphenyls or P-C-B's.
P-C-B's are potentially cancer-causing industrial chemicals-- but the source of the river contamination has not been found.
Signs will soon be posted in at-risk fishing areas along the river.
The health department says, for now, people should limit how much fish they eat from this section of the river.
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Still ahead--a pharmeucutical company branches out in the New River Valley.
And, a Floyd County man is preserving his heritage by raising a rare breed of horses.
More when the news continues.
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((Hey Jean welcome to your weekend and good evening everybody this is Mike Stevens.
Herman Moore ended his brief holdout today, Terrell davis gets a 500 percent pay raise, Ward pins down the pole at Pocono, and we'll check out the annual City County swim meet.
It's all coming up tonight in sports!))
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If they ever find Javier Cruz, the drug peddler- turned informant- -who set up shop in the Roanoke area a decade ago- -he stands to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Cruz skipped the country- -fearing the government was getting ready to welch on a deal to give him a break.
HIS lawyer says Cruz lost his house and his wife's business when the story broke in late 1996.
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((JOE MOTT/ASSISTANT US ATTORNEY:I THINK IT'S FAIR TO SAY THAT DUE TO THE HASTE WITH WHICH HE LEFT ROANOKE HE WAS FORCED TO CLOSE THE BUSINESS AND INCURRED FINANCIAL LOSS IN THAT REGARD. BUT HAD HE LEAD A LESS HIGH-PROFILE LIFESTYLE, HE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO LOOSING THAT.))
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The government has an eye on three quarters of a million dollars worth of assets Cruz left behind when he fled the country to Columbia in May... mostly real estate the feds intend to seize.
Emmett Cressell, Junior's attorneys have two more months to prepare their client's case.
Cressell's jury trial was expected to begin in late August.
He's accused of killing a former black marine in Grayson County nearly one year ago.
Cressell's attorneys filed a motion asking for a continuance in order to give their client's psychologist more time to prepare a report.
Cressell's trial is now set to begin in late October.
Co-defendant Louis Ceparano has already been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the crime.
A Blacksburg based pharmaceutical company is expanding in the New River Valley.
Synthons (SIN-thons) Incorporated is planning to locate in the New River Industrial Park in Pulaski County, this fall.
According to a press release from Governor Gilmore's office, the one-point eight million dollar investment is expected to create 20 new jobs with the possibility of 80 more jobs by the year, 2000.
Synthons Incorporated is currently headquartered at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
The company supplies materials for the food, agriculture and pharmaceutical industries.
Still to come--Mike Stevens have the latest on racing qualifiers at the Poconos.
And, Patrick will have your weekend weather when the news continues.
Draft horses once pulled the load in western Virginia.
Tomorrow, they'll be back at work as Ferrum College hosts the Blue Ridge Draft Horse and Mule Show.
Tonight, in our series Southwest Traditions, Joe Dashiell has the story of a rare breed and its uncommon talents.
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((A chance encounter in England more than 30 years ago gave Jason Rutledge his first look at a Suffolk Punch.
[IN Q=I got lost in the countryside]
((JASON RUTLEDGE: I GOT LOST IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND CAME UPON A SUFFOLK MARE BEING LEAD BY A YOUNG CHILD AND THAT WAS THE FIRST SUFFOLK THAT I EVER SAW. AND THE FACT THAT THAT KID WAS CONTROLLING THE HORSE BY HIMSELF IMPRESSED ME AS A COUNTRY BOY FROM VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=country boy from Virginia.]
The partnership that developed, has benefited both the country boy and the breed.
Fewer than 50 Suffolks are born each year in North America. With fifteen horses, Rutledge has the largest herd in the country, one of the largest in the world.
And as we first noted in 1991, Rutledge depends upon the Suffolks for his livelihood, logging the woodlands of
[IN Q=They're not the largest horse]
((JASON RUTLEDGE: THEY'RE NOT THE LARGEST HORSE, BUT THEY GIVE YOU EVERYTHING THEY'VE GOT. THAT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO DEPEND UPON. WHEN YOU'RE IN THE WOODS PULLING A BIG LOG AND IT'S DIFFICULT COMING UP A HILL OR OUT OF A RAVINE, IT'S NICE TO KNOW THAT THE HORSES WILL GIVE YOU AN HONEST EFFORT OVER AND OVER.))
[OUT Q=over and over.]
Suffolks were bred specifically for work, which may explain their declining popularity in a modern age... but Rutledge says they have many endearing characteristics, from their chestnut color to a heart of gold.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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But first to Kiwanis field for the Extra Point.
The top slow pitch softball team in the country is playing in Salem this weekend.
"Team TPS" out of Louisville has won 46 of its first 54 games. In that time the players have hit over 1000 homers.
Last night they hit four homers and scored 24 runs in the first two innings of their game.
The team is donating money to the American Heart Association for every dinger the players hit.
NFL news was on top last night as Danville native Herman Moore once again proved why he is one of the class acts in the NFL.
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Moore is underpaid and had threatened to sit out training camp to make his point.
But he arrived on time yesterday with the veterans saying he knows the Lions will eventually take care of him.
He says he hopes his arrival will inspire his teammates to pick up the pace.
While Herman waits for his million Terrell Davis got his yesterday. The former sixth round draft pick got a new nine year $56 million dollar contract with the Broncos.
His annual salary rises from 1 million a season to over 6 million.
Oh did I mention, he get an $11 million signing bonus.
The Carolina Panthers also announced the first member of the team's new Hall of Honor today.
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Sam Mills, who started every game at inside linebacker for the team in its first three season before retiring last season will have a life sized bronze statue in his likeness unveiled outside of Ericsson stadium later this fall.
Theman with the longest tenure in the Tech football program is changing jobs.
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News 7 sports has learned that Eddie Ferrell, who has been the head trainer for the Hokies for 25 years is stepping down effective with the upcoming season.
Ferrell has worked under Charlie Coffey, Jimmy Sharpe, Bill Dooley and Frank Beamer.
He is expected to stay at Tech in the athletic department in an administrative capacity.
We also have learned that Mike Goforth will become the trainer for football. Goforth was a trainer at William Fleming and a graduate assistant at Tech. He most recently was the director of a wellness clinic in Dalton, Georgia.
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Dan Keffer won the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame Senior championship yesterday afternoon.
Keffer shot a final round 68 at Countryside for a two day total of 140 one shot ahead of Don Foster.
Lee Taylor captured the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame Junior championship yesterday afternoon.
Taylor, Who plays at the Roanoke Country Club, shot a final round 71 yesterday for a total of 139 and a one shot win over Trey Clower.
Taylor's round included an eagle at 17.
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Clower shot 69 Scott Wise was third at 141 and Matt Chandler foruth at 142.
Billy King is still very much in contention at the halfway point of the US Senior's Open near Los Angeles.
King shot a four over round of 75 yesterday. He's at 147, five over par for the tournament.
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That puts him within seven shots of leader Raymond Floyd, who is the only golfer under par. Floyd is at two under for the tournament.
Jack Nicklaus, who continues to struggle with his arthritic left hip. also continues to work his magic.
This time out of the trap. Jack is at ___ at the turn.
Jeff Gordon's recent string of qualifying dominance was interrupted yesterday in the Poconos by Ward Burton.
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Gordon went out late in the round and knocked Rusty Wallace off the pole with a 168 point 249 mile an hour lap.
But Burton was the next last driver, and his silver Pontiac beat Gordon by almost six tenths of a second.
Here's the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Ward Burton/168.805/2. Jeff Gordon//3. Rusty Wallace//4. Bobby Labonte//5. Joe Nemechek//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Mark Martin//7. Morgan Shepherd//8. Kenny Wallace//9. Dale Earnhardt//10. Michael Waltrip//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Dale Jarrett//12. Ted Musgrave//13. Ricky Rudd//14. Kenny Irwin//15. Jeff Green//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Ernie Irvan//17.Ken Schrader//18. John Andretti//19. Jeff Burton//20. Steve Grissom//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Jimmy Spencer//22. Terry Labonte//23. Chad Little//24. Ricky Craven//25. Dave Marcis//;]
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Still to come on the Friday edition of News 7 sports, Roy Stanley checks from Radford
at the City County swim meet where it takes a pool full of volunteers just to make things run smoothly.
The top swim teams in the valley are stroking in Radford this weekend at the annual City County championships.
Roy Stanley volunteers this report from the Dedmon center pool.
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[SUPER=01-Irene Hurley/Results Table; :55]
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((The floor of the Dedmon Center was covered with swimmers as over 11 hundred would compete in the annual tournament.
The age groups begin at six and go as high as 40 or above.
The tournament is run by the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association but its the volunteer help of the parents that makes the annual event a success for the swimmers and all involved.))
((RON SPELLMAN/MEET DIRECTOR:))
((The Parents are gland to lend a hand and they're required to volunteer for at least an hour throughout the meet.
Swimming has a strong backbone in the valley for example Irene Hurley and Announcer and Tom Hubbard have been involved for over 30 years.
And these two veterans say it would not be possible without the help of the parents.))
((IRENE HURLEY/RESULTS TABLE:))
((TOM HUBBARD/MEET ANNOUNCER:))
Finally tonight-- a classical musician says God's healing is at the center of his talent.
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Anthony Burger suffered third degree burns over most of his body and hands when he was only 8 months old.
Doctors said he would never be able to move his hands again.
But, after years of therapy and practice, he proved them wrong and became a premiere pianist.
He now performs works from Beethoven, Bach and Mozart at more than 100 concerts a year-- including this one tonight at the Salem Civic Center.
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