Next on News 7, workers in Wytheville prepare to go back to work now that the strike against General Motors is officially over.
and Lottery mania hits America as Virginians head to other states to try and cash in on the 250 million dollar Powerball drawing.
Temperatures slide into the 90's today for the metro areas. For those looking for rain, the best bet is tomorrow evening. The forecast is coming up.
In medical news --
The Virginia Department of health is warning deaths associated with a heat wave usually peak after the heat wave breaks.
And a new public education campaign is aimed at reducing a serious public health problem right in your kitchen.
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A motorcyclist was seriously injured when he collided with an overturned cement truck in Roanoke County this afternoon.
It happened on Hollins road.
The truck driver says he lost control when the truck's rear wheels dropped off the pavement.
Police say the motorcycle ran into the back of the truck as it was sliding down the road.
[IN Q=I didn't see]
((THOMAS DAVIS/TRUCK DRIVER; I DIDN'T EVEN SEE HIM, HE MUST HAVE BEEN COMING UP HERE AND SEEN ME AND JUST LAID IT OVER IN THAT DIRECTION, I REALLY DIDN'T SEE HIM. WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE TRUCK AND WALKED OVER AND SAW HIM LYING ON THE GROUND I SAID "WHERE DID HE COME FROM"?))
[SUPER=01-Thomas Davis/Truck Driver;]
[OUT Q=did he come from]
The motorcylist suffered severe head injuries in the accident.
Police have not released his name.
Roanoke County police are searching for the man who robbed a bank on Starkey Road this afternoon.
Investigators say a white male about 25 years old walked into the Valley Bank about 2:30 P- M. He handed a note demanding money to one of the tellers.
He didn't display a weapon, but police say the note implied that he had one.
The man left the bank on foot, with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police say the robber was wearing a long-sleeve shirt, khaki pants and a light colored golf cap.[5-GM-strike]
It wasn't official until today... the auto workers strike against General Motors is over.
The president of the U-A-W local in Flint, Michigan said 76-percent of the employees approved the contract there.
The deal had been strongly endorsed by union leaders.
[IN Q=I believe this]
((I BELIEVE THIS HAS JUMP-STARTED THE UNION MOVEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY, AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Danny Thetford/UAW Local President]
[OUT Q=excited about that.]
He acknowledged the 7-week long strike that cost G-M billions of dollars in profits had been hard on everybody.[5-S
Now that the strike is over, some local companies are ready to get back in business.
Companies like Kingston-Warren in Wytheville had to shut down altogether.
The plant makes rubber seals for the windows and doors on G-M cars.
Today, the first of 200 laid-off workers began trickling back into the plant.
They're testing the machines that have been dormant for two months ... machines that will be working full time tomorrow.
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((GARY COLE/PLANT MANAGER: WE UNDERSTAND THAT WITH GENERAL MOTORS AS OUR ONLY BUSINESS, IF SOMETHING LIKE THIS DOES HAPPEN, WE'RE KIND OF AT THEIR MERCY. THERE'S REALLY NOTHING WE CAN DO.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Cole/Plant Manager;]
[OUT Q=we can do]
The plant's manager said Kingston-Warren is looking for ways to avoid this sort of shutdown in the future.
He said the plant would like to sign deals with other companies, so Kingston-Warren is not totally dependent on General Motors.
With a record 250- million up for grabs-- Powerball fever is sweeping through West Virginia.
That's where thousands from neighboring states like North Carolina and Virginia are flocking for a shot at the multi-state jackpot.
Teresa Hamilton was in West Virginia earlier today and joins us live from our Blacksburg newsroom.
Teresa, what were the lines like?
Keith-- the lines weren't as long as you might imagine, but they were still out the door at gas stations and convenience stores-- all hoping for a chance at making their dreams come true.
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[SUPER=01-Sonjia Sutphin/Chevron Owner; :19]
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[SUPER=01-Herbert Pennington/Marion Resident; :36]
[SUPER=01-Eric Smith/VT Professor of Statistics; :53]
[OUT Q=win the jackpot.]
((SOUND OF LOTTO MACHINES. ))
At the Chevron Food Mart on Route 460 in Princeton-- the machines have been humming for hours.
((NAT SOUND ))
With the jackpot at a record 250- million-- it seems people can't get enough.
[IN Q=The majority]
((SONJIA SUTPHIN/CHEVRON OWNER:THE MAJORITY ARE COMING FROM NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, WE HAVE A LOT OF GEORGIA, FLORIDA AND OF COURSE, OUR LOCALS THEY KEEP COMING BACK, QUITE A FEW FROM VIRGINIA, BUT, WE HAVE SOME CANADIANS, WE HAVE THEM FROM EVERYWHERE. ))
[OUT Q=from everywhere.]
In nearby Bluefield-- the lines were even longer.
But the enthusiasm and level of confidence was just as strong.
[IN Q=Oh, yeah]
((HERBERT PENNINGTON/MARION RESIDENT: OH YEAH, THAT'S THE OBJECT OF THE GAME, IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY CONFIDENCE, YOU MIGHT AS WELL FORGET IT, SOMEBODY'S GOT TO WIN IT, MIGHT AS WELL BE ME. ))
[OUT Q=be me.]
[OUT Q=right now.]
Realistically-- the odds aren't too good.
They're actually about 80- million to one of picking the right numbers.
Eric Smith is a statistics professor at Virginia Tech.
[IN Q=If you]
((ERIC SMITH/VT STATISTICS PROFESSOR: IF YOU EAT A PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH, EVERY DAY, YOU CAN CALCULATE THE ODDS OF DYING FROM CANCER AND YOU'RE ABOUT 16- THOUSAND TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM EATING A PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH THAN YOU ARE TO WIN THE JACKPOT. ))
[OUT Q=win the jackpot.]
Smith suggests sticking to the Virginia Lottery--
He says you're about ten times more likely to win it than the Powerball.
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Up next, residents of Buena Vista are afraid their property taxes will be going up by double digits,
and a notorious California landmark is demolished. In a moment we'll tell you why O-J Simpson's former Brentwood home had a date with the wrecking ball.
In Health Check, we'll see what dangers lurk in your refrigerator.
That and more after this break.
Some residents in Buena Vista are calling the city's recent real estate reassessments "ridiculous" and "unfair."
The new rates went into effect July first--increasing some residents' property values by as much as 71 percent.
And, that will increase their real estate taxes.
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[IN Q=It's clear out]
((ALBERT PLOGGER: IT'S CLEAR OUT OF REASON FOR EVERYBODY. I THINK IF YOU TALK TO ANY OF THESE NEIGHBORS HERE ON THIS STREET THEY'LL TELL YOU THE SAME THING.))
[OUT Q=the same thing.]
On average, reassessments went up by 30 point nine percent.
Officials blame the increase in part on expenses associated with the 39 million dollar flood protection wall and property that was previously undervalued.
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[IN Q=Here in Buena Vista]
((DAN COLLINS/BUENA VISTA CITY MANAGER: HERE IN BUENA VISTA WITH THE FLOOD SITUATION, REAL ESTATE PROPERTY TAXES WERE SUPRESSED AND NOW THAT WE GOT THE RIVERWALK, THOSE PROPERTY VALUES ARE BEGINNING TO ESCALATE AND THIS REASSESSMENT REFLECTS THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Dan Collins/Buena Vista City Mgr.;]
[OUT Q=reflects that]
Many residents are appealing their reassessments to the Board of Equalization.
A four million dollar home in L-A was demolished by the wrecking ball today.
It's O-J Simpson's former Brentwood estate.
Simpson moved out last September, but the tourists keep coming.
So the arrival of the demolition crew at 360 North Rockingham Avenue was a welcome site to the neighbors.
It was here that Simpson said he was chipping golf balls the night his ex-wife and her friend were murdered.
The house was bought at an auction after Simpson was unable to keep up with the mortgage. The bank foreclosed.
An investment banker then paid 3-point-95 million for it, intending to tear it down and build a new house on the site.
We're NOT using her last name, so that her children won't be easily identified.
But Henrico County's "Karen C." talked openly with us, for the first time, about her watershed custody battle in Virginia.
Karen is, you see, a lesbian.
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((KAREN C./LESBIAN MOTHER: IT'S KIND OF JUST BEEN ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT-- HE KNEW HE HAD THAT HOLD OVER ME. AND I DON'T THINK EITHER OF US EVER INTENDED IT TO GO THIS FAR.))
[OUT Q=this far.]
We don't know how many gay and lesbian parents win or lose custody each year in Virginia.
But when Karen contacted the A-C-L-U for help, she agreed to let her victory this month -- in the same Henrico court that took Sharon Bottoms' son away -- be made public.
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[IN Q=What we're]
((KAREN C./LESBIAN MOTHER: WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS AT LEAST PUT IT OUT THERE SO PEOPLE KNOW THAT THIS CASE HAPPENED. AND THAT THERE HAS BEEN, IT SEEMS TO BE, A CHANGE.))
[OUT Q=a change.]
Karen and her live-in partner Cindy now have primary custody of her son and daughter.
The deadline for Karen's ex-husband to appeal passed last week.
We'll have more of her interview on NEWS 7 at SIX.[Tease#2]
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People looking for a new type of workout have found a different way to get their kicks. Patrick Evans is standing by with more.
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Kick-boxing sounds like something Jackie Chan uses in his latest film to fend off the bad-guys, but it's much more than that.
As Patrick Evans will demonstrate--well, that's what he's promising us: a demonstration. Kick-boxing can be also be a form of aerobic exercise.
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Mike Tyson is trying to fight his way back into the ring. Steve Mason tells us how in today's two minute Sports ticker
Coming up next on health check --
Health officials warn there's still a risk even after the heat index cools.
And how long has it been since you've cleaned out your refrigerator?
Sanitation experts say hidden dangers are lurking in the ice box.
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[IN Q=This is still]
((MARY KAY HODNETT/DIETICIAN: THIS IS STILL GOOD. IT'S A LITTLE WATERY, BUT THIS HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE OF AUGUST 6TH, SO IT'S STILL GOOD.))
[OUT Q=still good]
Invisible enemies are in the kitchen.
Foodborne bacteria have no smell and cannot be seen or tasted, but they can lead to serious illness.
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[IN Q=From looking]
[SUPER=01-Mary Kay Hodnett/Dietician; ]
[OUT Q=to grow]
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[IN Q=From looking]
((MARY KAY HODNETT/DIETICIAN: FROM LOOKING AT THIS IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S BEEN IN THE REFRIGERATOR LONGER THAN THE THREE DAYS RECOMMENDED TO KEEP LEFTOVERS.))
[OUT Q=to keep leftovers]
That three day rule goes for all meat, chicken and fish.
Another safety recommendation is always wash your hands when handling raw foods and only thaw meat and poultry in the refrigerator or the microwave.
Never leave cooked or raw meat at room temperature for more than two hours.
And make sure food in the refrigerator is stored at the proper temperature with a thermometer.
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[IN Q=A refrigerator]
((MARY KAY HODNETT/DIETICIAN: A REFRIGERATOR SHOULD BE 40 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT OR BELOW.))
[OUT Q=or below]
Temperature is not the only key to avoiding contamination.
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[IN Q=Keep the raw meat]
((MARY KAY HODNETT/DIETICIAN: KEEP THE RAW MEAT SEPARATE FROM ALL OTHER FOODS, AND YOU CAN EITHER PUT IT IN A DRAWER OR ON THE BOTTOM SHELF OF THE REFRIGERATOR SO IF ANY JUICES DO LEAK OUT OF THE MEAT, IT WON'T BE DRIPPING ON OTHER FOODS.))
[OUT Q=other foods]
Finally, clean the refrigerator at least once every couple of months.
And avoid sponges -- they're a natural breeding ground for bacteria.
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((MARY KAY HODNETT/DIETICIAN: IT'S A DARK MOIST ENVIRONMENT AND THAT'S WHAT BACTERIA LOVE TO GROW.))
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Foodborne illness is usually only fatal for those with weaker immune systems like the elderly and children.
Healthy adults in most cases, just think they have a bad case of the flu.
Late July is a time when temperatures stay in the 90's for a week at a time, but even when the rain cools things slightly, health officials say don't turn your air conditioner down just yet.
Intern Reporter Aleesha Chaney, joins us from our Roanoke newsroom. Aleesha, what should people be concerned about now?
The temperatures have cooled down a bit but many still face the risk of serious illness. The greatest danger is usually after the real hot days. That's because people stop protecting themselves from the hazards of the weather.
[IN Q=The past few]
[SUPER=01-Angie Gunther/New River Health Department;]
[OUT Q=illnesses and death]
(( The past few days, if you've walked outside there's most likely been a noticeable difference. It feels a little better than last week's 100 degree weather. This fluctuation in the temperature can cause problems for a lot of people.
[IN Q=It can be]
((ANGIE GUNTHER/NEW RIVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT: ANYTIME THE TEMPERATURE IS OVER 84 DEGREES AND THE HUMIDITY IS 90% PEOPLE ARE STILL AT RISK FOR HEAT RELATED ILLNESS AND HEAT EXHAUSTION.))
[OUT Q=and heat exhaustion.]
During the hottest part of the day people without an air conditioner should seek shelter some place cooler like a mall.
Because certain people--more than others stand a greater chance of being affected by over exposure to the heat.
[IN Q=People who have]
((ANGIE GUNTHER/NEW RIVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT: PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHRONIC DISEASES FOR EXAMPLE HEART DISEASE, LUNG DISEASE, ASTHMA, HYPERTENSION, OLDER AND THE VERY YOUNG CHILDREN ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE AT MOST RISK.))
[OUT Q=at most risk.]))
Health officials say drinking a lot of liquids and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables help during this time period.
In Sports, Mike Tyson wants to get back in the ring.
and that's what's on the mind of Steve Mason. Hi, Steve.[S5-Tyson]
Good afternoon everyone, lets start the ticker in the ring,
where Mike Tyson had his reinstatement hearing today.
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Tyson was calm and got choked up in front of the New Jersey boxing regulators. His attorney presented Mike as a changed man, sorry for biting Evander Holyfield. But Tyson became angry and blerted an expletive.
[IN Q="how many times ]
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[OUT Q=..look for crusafiction]
Quarterback Peyton Manning has signed the richest NFL rookie contract ever, a six year deal with the Indianapolis Colts for 48 million.
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The Energizer bunny has nothing on Redskin defensive back Darrell Green.
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Green starts his 16-th season in the N-F-L this year. And at the age of 38 he's still among the fastest in the league. And Green says his age is only mentioned when he's interviewed by the media.
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[OUT Q=...not Normal."]
Green had only one interception last year but he was still selected to the pro bowl for the seventh time in his career.
Green expects the Redskin defense to improve over all with the off season signings of defensive tackles Dana Stubblefield and Big Daddy Dan Wilkinson.
[IN Q="When we get...]
[OUT Q....in the pass."]
At six, the Skins talk about playoff aspirations.
A Pittsylvania County teen is one of 30-women entering the Citadel in this year's freshman class.
Amy Walsh must report to the South Carolina military college next week.
This is only the third year the academy has allowed female students to enroll.
Walsh says the Citadel was a natural choice for her.
She attended high school at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham and is used to the discipline.
[IN Q=I can be honest and]
((AMY WALSH/INCOMING CITADEL CADET: I CAN BE HONEST AND SAY I DON'T WANT TO GO TO BE YELLED AT. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SHINE SHOES. I WANT TO GO TO GET A GOOD EDUCATION, TO BECOME A STRONGER PERSON, AND YOU KNOW, SUCCEED IN THE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Amy Walsh/Incoming Citadel Cadet;]
[OUT Q=succeed in the future.]
Walsh's packing list for the Citadel is short.
Not much more than underwear, socks and shoes.
We'll have more on Amy Walsh's choice to attend the Citadel coming up tonight on News 7 at Six.