Up next on News 7 at six, the latest big tobacco lawsuit hits close to home...
And we'll visit a Virginia program that teaches young men how to stay out of trouble...
In sports, A big pay day for Jeff Gordon at the Brickyard scores and highlights from Major League Baseball.
And a day after losing their top linebaker, The New York Jets signed veteran Bryan Cox.
What a fine way to start a new month. The low humidity is nice but the rainfall deficit is not. Our August almanac along with the forecast is coming up.
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Tobacco companies have yet another lawsuit on their hands--this one comes from Lynchburg.
J-P "Buster" Vaughn, a former resident of the hill city, filed a lawsuit in Lynchburg federal court Thursday.
[use file 98-49, Smokers; 98-12; Smokers]
Vaughn seeks unspecified damages on behalf of a million Virginians who bought tobacco products in the last 25 years.
According to a formula outlined in the suit, the amount of money sought would be in the billions.
The suit claims the tobacco industry intentionally deceived the public about smoking's health effects and used nicotine to hook smokers.
If you're looking for a good deal on a college education, Virginia is the place to find it.
According to Kiplingers Personal Finance Magazine, five colleges in the Commonwealth were included in the list of the top 25 values.
The University of Virginia ranked second, William and Mary was third, Virginia Tech was 16th, Mary Washington was 22nd, James Madison was 24th.
A summer program in Southside Virginia is giving a few youngsters a chance to learn new skills and return to school a few steps ahead of their peers.
David Johnson explains.
[IN Q=25-year old]
[SUPER=01-Derick Custis/Student; :09]
[SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :19]
[SUPER=01-Vickie Harris/Facilitator; :32]
[SUPER=01-Robert Prunty/Motivational Speaker; :56]
[OUT Q=N7, Henry County.]
25-year old Derick Custis wants to get an education and avoid the
negative influences that have landed others in jail.
[IN Q=A LOT OF]
((DERICK CUSTIS/STUDENT; A LOT OF TIMES WHEN A YOUNG MAN DOESN'T HAVE THE DIRECTION HE NEEDS, HE LOSES MOTIVATION. AND THEN WE TURN THE OTHER WAY. INSTEAD OF POSITIVE, WE TURN NEGATIVE.))
[OUT Q=TURN NEGATIVE.]
Custis and several other teens are taking part in the area's "Summer Youth Employment Training Program".
It's a six week course that uses academics and role models to make positive, lasting impressions on the youngsters.
[IN Q=THE MALE]
((VICKIE HARRIS/FACILITATOR; THE MALE INVOLVEMENT WORKSHOP WE ARE TRYING TO DO TODAY IS TO SHOW A POSITIVE SIDE. TO GET AWAY FROM THE NEGATIVES. AND LET THESE YOUNG MEN KNOW THERE'S ANOTHER WAY OF DOING THINGS. THAT THERE IS ANOTHER WAY OF LIFE OTHER THAN WHAT THEY ARE SEEING ON THE STREETS AND SOME OF THE THINGS BEING DEPICTED ON TV. SO THE MAIN THING THEY WANT TO DO IS TO MAKE BOYS INTO BETTER MEN.))
[OUT Q=BETTER MEN.]
According to the program's motivational speaker, the key to success starts with education.
[IN Q=WE LOOK BACK]
((ROBERT PRUNTY/MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER; WE LOOK BACK IN HISTORY AND PEOPLE WERE FIGHTING JUST TO GET AN EDUCATION, JUST TO BE ABLE TO READ A BOOK. AND NOW WE HAVE FREE ACCESS TO READ A BOOK AND BE EDUCATED. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT KNOWLEDGE. IT'S THERE.))
[OUT Q=IT'S THERE.]
Students work in class and also get hands-on experience working on home improvement and landscaping projects.
[IN Q=THEY GET PAID]
((HARRIS; THEY GET PAID FOR THEIR PART OF WHAT THEY'RE DOING. BUT THE MAIN THING, WE DON'T WANT TO JUST CONCENTRATE ON THE MONEY ASPECT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE GETTING SOMETHING OUT OF THE ACTUAL PROJECT.))
[OUT Q=ACTUAL PROJECT.]
And the participants walk away with structured goals in mind.
[IN Q=CONTINUE MY]
((CUSTIS; CONTINUE MY EDUCATION. GO ON TO BE A PROFESSOR AT A UNIVERSITY SOMEWHERE. AND TO TAKE PART OF MY TIME AND GIVE IT BACK NOT ONLY TO MY SON BUT OTHER SONS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND IN OUR STATE.))
[OUT Q=OUR STATE.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE PROGRAM HAS GROWN FROM FIVE TO 15 CLASSES IN ITS FIRST TWO YEARS. THE FOCUS IS CONTINUING EDUCATION, PREPARING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR LIFE AFTER GRADUATION. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.))
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Up Next--musicians gathered in Floyd for the area's jamboree.
We'll have a few highlights coming up.
And, some kids take a few laps in the pool, hoping to help their friend beat a life-threatening disease.
We'll have more on that story in a few minutes.
First, let's check in with Robin Reed in the weather center.
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It doesn't come close to the 297 million dollar Powerball jackpot, but Virginia's lottery jackpot will make someone a multi-millionaire.
[use File 98-39; 42:14]
The Lotto jackpot is 20 million dollars.
That makes it one of the highest jackpots ever in the history of the game.
The drawing for that multi-million dollar jackpot happens shortly after 11 tonight.
Community support continues to grow for a 10 year old boy stricken with leukemia.
Adam Fischer was diagnosed with the disease not long ago.
Last weekend, friends of the family established the Adam Fishcer Foundation.
They held a yard sale to raise money to help pay the boy's medical expenses.
More than 11-thousand dollars was collected.
Today, children in the community
held a swim-a-thon to help raise even more money.
The kids swam laps for donations.
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[IN Q=ME AND MY]
((CHESS LEE/RAISED $1700; ME AND MY MOM AND DAD. THEY WOULD TAKE SHEETS TO WORK AND I WOULD JUST GO DOOR TO DOOR AND I WOULD GO TO MY GRANDPARENTS NEIGHBORHOOD. THAT'S PRETTY MUCH WHAT I DID.))
((SABRINA LEE/CHESS'S MOTHER; WITH ALL OF OUR CHILDREN KNOWING HIM AND BEING THE SAME AGE AND STUFF. IT'S REALLY HIT CLOSE TO HOME AND WE JUST WANT TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO TRY AND SUPPORT THE FAMILY.))
((TYLER BRADSHAW/RAISED $1400; I KNEW HOW HE WAS AND JUST HEARING ABOUT HIM GETTING LEUKEMIA, THAT WAS REALLY HARD BECAUSE HE WAS SUCH A GOOD ATHLETE.))
[SUPER=01-Chess Lee/Raised $1700; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sabrina Lee/Chess's Mother; :12]
[SUPER=01-Tyler Bradshaw/Raised $1400; :22]
[OUT Q=GOOD ATHLETE.]
43 of Adam's friends raised more than 95-hundred dollars, and at last count there are still pledges coming in.
Four more fundraisers are scheduled for the Adam Fischer Foundation between now and October.
It started out 14-years ago as a practice session for a local band.
Now the Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd has become a way of life for residents and visitors.
[IN Q=WHAT HAPPENED]
((HUBERT ROBERSON/STORE OWNER; WHAT HAPPENED, WE'D BE PLAYING IN HERE AND PEOPLE WOULD HEAR US. WE HAD LOCKED THE DOORS AND PEOPLE STARTED KNOCKING ON DOORS WANTING TO COME IN.))
[SUPER=01-Hubert Roberson/Store Owner;]
[OUT Q=TO COME IN.]
Too much to keep inside the store, the Jamboree has made its way out into the street.
Roberson says he likes to create a family atmosphere for the event and doesn't allow any smoking, drinking or rough housing.
The event attracts the young and the young at heart.
[IN Q=MOSTLY THE]
((CHARLES SAUNDERS; MOSTLY THE FELLOWSHIP. I ENJOY THE MUSIC OF COURSE, BUT THEN YOU GET TO KNOW THE MUSICIANS AND THE OTHER PEOPLE. SO IT'S A REAL FAMILY ORIENTED THING AND I ENJOY THAT.))
[OUT Q=ENJOY THAT.]
Over the years people from all over the country and from half way around the world have joined the fun.
For some musicians, last night's jamoboree was a prelude to next week's Old Fiddler's convention in Galax.
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Still to come--Roy Stanley will be here with highlights from the Atlanta Braves and the Cardinals game.
And, the new movie, "Mafia" tries to take a funny look at the mob and gangsters.
More when the news continues.
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If you liked the slap-stick comedy in the movie "Airplane," you'll probably enjoy the movie "Mafia."
It's reminiscent of some scenes from "The Godfather" and "Godfather Two", with a little twist.
Dennis Cunningham has more in this movie review.
[IN Q=Mafia comes to us]
[SUPER=07-Dennis Cunningham; :00]
[SUPER=04-Mafia - Touchstone Pictures; :21]
[OUT Q=DS, for CBS News.]
((DENNIS ON CAMERA
"MAFIA!" COMES TO US FROM JIM ABRAHAMS, PART OF THE GROUP WHO GAVE US
THE AMAZINGLY FUNHY MOVIE "AIRPLANE". THEN HE WENT ON TO DO THE "HOT
SHOTS" MOVIES, AND THEN WAS INVOLVED WITH THE NAKED GUN MOIVES. SURELY,
YOU'RE BEGINNING TO SEE A PATTERN HERE? NOW, WITH MAFIA, HE TAKES ON MOB
MOVIES, BUT NOT JUST ANY OLD MOB MOVIES.
"Marriage is the bond that binds us together."
You see, this is almost always a satire specifically in the context of
"the Godfather" and "The Godfather II." The late Lloyd Bridges is the
old Don, Jay Moore, the son who will succeed him, and Christina
Applegate in the Diane Keaton role. Why there are even subtitles.
And the gun planted in the bathroom, and the flashbacks to Little Italy.
Of course, there's also the stray lunatic line.
"Where did you learn to dance like that?"
"Julliard. I wanted to be a research chemist, but my legs are too long."
And Sonny Corleone too.
"Anthony's told me so much about you. Pyschopath, right?" "Yeah." "Oh,
he seems so nice."
DENNIS ON CAMERA
YOU CAN FEEL IT. CAN'T YOU? YES, THE THRILL IS GONE. 1/8ACTUALLY, IT
BEGAN LEAVING QUITE A FEW MOVIES BACK.3/8 NOT ENTIRELY GONE, BUT THIS
SCATTERSHOT, HIT AND MISS SATIRICAL SORT OF COMEDY IS VERY HARD TO
SUSTAIN. AND ISN'T SUSTAINED HERE. LAUGHS TO THE TUNE OF A FINAL FOUR.
NOT MUCH OF A TUNE. ACTUALLY, THE EARLIER MOVIES OF THIS SORT WERE
HAVING FUN WITH BAD MOVIES; SEEMS,IT IS ILL ADVISED TO TRY TO HAVE FUN
WITH WHAT ARE VERY GOOD MOVIES.))
And coming up, The Braves win at home this afternoon 5 former players join the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
And Jeff Gordon cashes in on the biggest pay day in motor sports history taking the checkered flag at the Brickyard 400.
Jeff Gordon becomes the first repeat winner at Indianapolis winning this afternoons Brickyard 400 taking the checkered flag under caution.
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Gordon took the point early in the race he was leading the field after 33 laps of the event.
Jeremy Mayfield was running second behind Gordon but he would hit the wall damaging the front end of his car two laps later on lap 35.
Dale Jarrett in the Quality Care ford made his move and he would pass gordon on the inside for the lead taking Jeff Burton with him, but Burton was 18 laps down.
Then problems for Rusty Wallace he blows a tire and has to take his car to the pits.
Jarrett was running strong but he ran out of gas and the long coast to pit row would put him down four laps by the time he he returned to the race track.
Defending champion Ricky Rudd made his move and he was running in the 8-th position with less than 30 laps to go.
Mark Martin worked his way to the front and with 17 laps to go he moved into second place after passing Bobby Labonte.
The caution would fly twice in the final 10 laps the last time with 3 to go and Gordon would take the checkered flag under caution winning the race and the No Bull million dollar bonus.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Brickyard 400 Winner; :]
[OUT Q=...this is awesome."]
Martin was second, Bobby Labonte third, Mike Skinner fourth and Dale Earnhardt fifth.
Keith Lockhart's two run single capped a three run eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis 3 to 1.
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Bobby Cox checking the action from the Braves dugout.
The Cardinals would get on the board first. In the top of the second Eli Marrero belts this shot to the gap in right centerfield scoring a run to make it 1 to nothing Cardinals.
Atlanta's Tom Glavine came up short in his second
straight attempt to become the major league's first 15 game winner. He left in the seventh trailing by a run in the 3 to 1 Braves win.
Kevin Young of the Pittsburgh Pirates was ejected in the first inning of today's game with Houston. Young had words with umpire Brian Gibbons after being called out by strikes.
Young chared the umpire and appeared to graze him in the mouth with his finger. If it's determined he made contact with Gibbons he could be suspended for at least a week.
Houston beat the Pirates 2 to 1. In one other afternoon game, Chicato beat Colorado 3 to 2.
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The Washington Redskins signed defensive tackles Dana Stubblefield and Dan Wilkinson in the off season to tighten up their line.
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Former UVA defensive tackle Ryan Keul is in his third season in the N-F-L.
He will back up Wilkinson at the right tackle position.
[IN Q="Last year...]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Kuehl/Redskin Defensive Tackle; :]
[OUT Q=...i do."]
The two big body's Wilkinson and Stubblefield will apply the pressure up front.
And that should prevent the double teaming of defensive ends Kenard Lang and Rich Owens.
[IN Q="IT'S KIND...]
[SUPER=01-Rich Owens/Redskins Defensive End; :]
[OUT Q=....A GOOD TIME."]
The Redskins open the preseason August 8-th hosting Miami and Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.
Five new members were inducted in the Pro Football Hall of fame. They are Chicago linebacker Mike Singletary, Minne
sota safety Paul Krause, Eagles wide receiver Tommy McDonald, Cincinnati tackle Anthony Munoz and Miami center Dwight S
The New York Jets have signed controversial linebacker Bryan Cox. He joins the jets just a day after the Jets lost linebacker Marvin Jones for the season with a Knee injury.
Cox has been fined more than 100-thousand dollars in his career in Miami and Chicago.
The Roanoke Wrath beat Charlotte last night 4 to 3 in a D3 Atlantic Division game.
Ian Spooner scored two goals in the Wrath win. The Wrath returns home tonight hosting Charlotte game time is 7:30 at Victory Stadium.
The only thing normal about the month of July was the temperature range.
But, the big problems came about in the precipitation department. Roanoke ended up with a rainfall deficit of more than 3.00''
Let's see what kind of numbers Patrick Evans can conjure up in our August almanac.
[IN Q=Welcome to month]
[OUT Q=News 7 Weather.]
[SUPER=330-Clear And/Cool/55-58/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/80-82;]
[SUPER=331-Clear And/Pleasant/53-56/Sunny/Light Winds/80-84;]
[SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/55-57/Mostly Sunny/And Pleasant/78-80;]
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Some twins in Japan sure seem to have time on their side.
Kin-san and Gin-san have become celebrities in Japan--appearing in television commericials and many advertisements.
And, their fame is all due to their age.
They recently gathered with family and friends to celebrate yet another birthday.
So, can you guess how old they are?
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