Up next on News 7 at 11...
A Martinsville woman is dead after falling off a mountain...
The City of Clifton Forge wants to take a step backward... to town status...
President Clinton prepares for his grand jury testimony later this month...
And New York City Sex shops are told to clean up... or clear out...
News 7 is next.
An accident on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina today, left a Martinsville woman dead.
It happened around 1:30 this afternoon.
Officials say 47-year old Patsy Ashby was crossing near the top of the private park when she fell.
It's the second such accident at the Mountain in as many years.
Clifton Forge city officials say a lack of funds is sparking a new effort to revert back to town status.
A committee has already been set up to look into the matter.
David Johnson has more.
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((Mac Campbell, the mayor of Clifton Forge says the city cannot expand its boundary because state law prohibits it.
And he says the area already has some of the highest real estate taxes in Virginia--a dollar 13 per 100 dollars assessed value-- so he says raising taxes would be counterproductive.
A reversion, on the other hand, would take some of the financial stress away from the city.
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((MAC CAMPBELL/CLIFTON FORGE MAYOR; THE BENEFITS OF TOWN STATUS WE BELIEVE WOULD ALLOW CLIFTON FORGE TO SHARE IN THE GROWTH OF THE COUNTY.))
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He says one of the main results would be reduced taxes.
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((FRANK PULLEN/RESIDENT; IF THEY CAN GO TO TOWN AND SAVE US SOME MONEY, I'M ALL FOR IT.))
((BOB WILLIAMS/RESIDENT; I'M FOR IT IF IT CAN BE PROVEN THAT OUR TAXES WILL GO DOWN.))
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Campbell says another concern is the loss of control over the town.
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((CAMPBELL; HOWEVER, THAT'S, I BELIEVE, A PERCEPTUAL ISSUE. I THINK THAT THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF DOWN SIDES TO IT. BUT THAT'S WHAT OUR COMMITTEE IS LOOKING AT. TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT TOWN STATUS WOULD MEAN FOR CLIFTON FORGE.))
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The group conducting the research consists of city council members and anyone else who can provide the necessary input.
Campbell says this study won't be complete until the committee feels the information offers complete answers for the local residents.
David Johnson, News 7, Clifton Forge.))
A nursing home in Lovingston, Virginia is being sued for a half-million dollars.
Butch Thompson says his father, James Thompson, fell 15 times in just over a month at the hospital.
Thompson's lawyer says the falls may have occurred because of broken or improperly secured locks on the wheels of his bed.
A lawyer for the Lovingston Health Care Center says the falls were the result of illnesses Thompson was suffering from when he came to the facility.
No trial date has been set.
After a weekend raising funds with the rich and famous, President Clinton is back in Washington, where he'll begin preparing for his testimony before Ken Starr's grand jury.
Paul James has details.
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THE (HAMPTONS) PARTY IS OVER...AND THE PRESIDENT..LOOKING RELAXED AFTER
A WEEKEND OF FUNDRAISING.. IS BACK IN WASHINGTON D.C..
WITH JUST OVER TWO WEEKS TO PREPARE FOR HIS UPCOMING GRAND JURY
TESTIMONY TO KENNETH STARR...PRESIDENT CLINTON FACES NEW FRONT PAGE
PICTURES OF HIM WITH HIS FORMER INTERN...HER TESTIMONY AND
POSSIBLY...THE D-N-A RESULTS OF THE NOW INFAMOUS STAINED COCKTAIL DRESS.
THE MONICA LEWINSKY SCANDAL REMAINS THE TALK OF TOWN - AND WHETHER
YOU'RE A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT...THE TALK IS ALL ABOUT WHAT THE
PRESIDENT WILL SAY IN HIS CLOSED CIRCUIT TESTIMONY AUGUST 17TH, AND
WHETHER IT WILL ULTIMATELY UNDERMINE HIS PRESIDENCY:
SUPER: ORRIN HATCH-R-
SOT:...If he comes forth and tells it and does it in the right way,
there aren't a lot of other factors to cause the congress to say this
man is unfit for the presidency and should be impeached, then I think
the president would have a reasonable chance of getting through this."
SUPER: JOHN CONYERS D-MI
sot:...The president promised to be truthful...He's agreed to go before
camersa with the grand jury. What are we down to? We don't have much
DESPITE ALL THE TALK...POLLS CONTINUE TO SHOW THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE
BOTH IN THE U-S AND OTHER COUNTRIES...CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT
- AND HIS RIGHT TO PRIVACY WITH REGARDS TO THIS MATTER.
PAUL JAMES, CBS NEWS.))
The sex industry in New York City is scrambling to clean up its image.
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New zoning rules say sex oriented businesses have to be 500 feet apart, or shut down...
Many are pulling down their signs and putting merchandise, like electronics, in their storefront windows.
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((RUDOLPH GIULIANI/MAYOR; IF THEY MAKE A LITTLE CHANGE,
THAT IS REALLY A SUPERFICIAL CHANGE, THEY ARE GOING TO GET CAUGHT A
MONTH OR TWO OR THREE FROM NOW.))
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But some say the zoning rules won't stop anything... and will likely make the sex industry tougher to control...
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((ALISON KLEINBERG/BARTENDER; IT'S GOING TO GO UNDERGROUND, IN
AFTER HOURS CLUBS. GIRLS WON T BE PROTECTED ANYMORE. IT S GOING TO BE A
LOT MORE DIRTY OF A BUSINESS.))
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The new zoning rules could eventually put more than a hundred x-rated shops out of business... a lawyer representing most of them says he'll challenge the law in court.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Up next--local companies are applauding the end of the GM Strike.
And, a college musician sounds off about the decision to keep the Mill Mountain star white.
More when the news continues.
Keeping the Mill Mountain Star white has some people seeing red.
Tonight, a Virginia Tech student protestor put his thoughts to music.
Bob Whisonant opposes Roanoke city council's decision to keep the star white.
He voiced his opinions in the song "The Last Red Star".
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((BOB WHISONANT/SONG WRITER; WHAT I FOUND ODD WAS THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD SAY THE STAR'S TOO DEPRESSING. THIS IS TOO MORBID. I DON'T WANT TO BE REMINDED OF THIS. AND PEOPLE WOULD GET ANGRY ABOUT THAT. IT JUST STRUCK ME AS ODD THAT PEOPLE WEREN'T GETTING ANGRY THAT DRUNK DRIVING DEATHS HAD OCCURRED. THEY WERE ANGRY THAT THEY WERE BEING REMINDED.))
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The star used to turn red when someone was killed in a drunk driving accident.
Whisonant thinks people should vote on the issue.
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The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving is also protesting council's decision.
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((TOM ALTMAN/REGIONAL MADD PRESIDENT; THE DECISION TO DISCONTINUE THIS PROGRAM WAS MADE BY VERY FEW PEOPLE. WE BELIEVE THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF SUPPORT IN THE AREA FOR THIS PROGRAM.))
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Altman says turning the star red isn't meant to memorialize the victim, but to promote public awareness about drunk driving.
Some local companies are back in business now that the General Motors strike is over.
And, the planned railroad merger is taking its toll on Norfolk Southern and CSX.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((This week on the Review:
General Motors and the United Auto Workers union agreed to start making cars again.
And the agreement could not have come soon enough for local companies that make G-M parts.
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((GARY COLE/KINGSTON-WARREN 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.))
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Kingston Warren had to lay off 200 people while G-M workers went on strike.
Other parts manufacturers had to shorten their work weeks until the strike ended.
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The biggest merger in rail history is proving rather costly for Norfolk Southern and CSX.
Both Virginia railroads reported second-quarter declines in earnings.
And both blamed their losses on money they're spending to take over Conrail.
Governor Gilmore swung through Henry County this week to drop off a check for 200-thousand dollars.
The money will help Bassett Furniture build a new dining room table plant...
Which should help the company add about a hundred jobs to the local economy.
What the governor giveth to one company he taketh away from lots of localities.
A new study said counties and cities will have to pay for part of the car-tax phase out .. the plan that got Gilmore elected.
The governor had said the state would cover the entire administrative cost that comes with getting rid of the personal property tax.
[**QUICK natsound of bell, backtime to breaking gavel]
They didn't break any records on Wall Street.
But look what they did to the gavel!
[QUICK sound up of gavel breaking]
A smashing end to a losing week.
[Dow Jones pre pro]
The Dow dropped 54.
The Nasdaq tumbled 59 points.
That's a three percent loss...
And that's this week's Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
An official's comment about water testing at Smith Mountain lake sparked a lot of debate.
But, one viewer feels there are more questions that need to be answered.
Joe McKean has more in this week's edition of News-7's Feedback.
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((The story that prompted the letter was the private meeting in which the Smith Mountain Lake Policy Advisory Board discussed executive director Hilde Hussa's comments on lake water testing.
John Willett wrote: "Thanks for the coverage about Hilde Hussa. We're wondering just how many organiations have something to do with the lake and how long before the counties surrounding the lake wake up & take notice of their 'golden egg-laying goose.'
An article not long ago in one of the newspapers quoted a developer who mentioned the millions of tax dollars the counties have received since all the development of lake shore property began. Where has all the money gone?
There are expressions as to the cost of additional skimmers to help clean the lake but no one mentions using tax monies the counties already receive to pay for such things. Likewise, the cost of more extensive monitoring. Maybe it's time some of the lake-shore property owners ran for county supervisors in each of the counties."
If you have comments on our news coverage or issues in the news, send them along.
Write to Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
You can send a fax to 540-343-7269.
Our email address is email@example.com.
And a moderated on-line forum is on our web page, at www.wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Still to come--Roy Stanley will have highlights from game three of the Salem Avalanche and the Prince William Cannons.
And, Robin will take an extended look at your weather for this week.
More delays are expected near construction of Montgomery County's new interchange.
And, guardrail repairs will hold up many commuters along Interstate-81 this week.
Stacey Martin has more in this week's edition of Road Report.
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((Construction is still underway along the Route 4-60, I-81 Interchange in Montgomery County, and the traffic delays continue.
Once completed, the extension project will connect the Route 4-60 Bypass to I-81 and Falling Branch Road.
Only one lane of traffic is getting Monday through Friday from 9 a-m to 3 p-m near the Route 4-60 Christiansburg Bypass and Route 4-60 Business intersection.
In Botetourt County, traffic is once again moving smoothly along Route 11.
Crews have finished resurfacing portions of the road in that area.
And, some lanes will be closed temporarily this week along Interstate 81 in Washington, Smyth, and Wythe counties.
Crews will be making repairs to guardrails along the Interstate.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin.))
Fans will be able to enjoy the South Boston Museum's, History of Racing exhibit a little longer.
The exhibit is extending its pit stop at the museum through the month of August, because of all the interest from race fans.
Special features include rare footage of races at Daytona, Darlington, and the South Boston Speedway dirt track.
They also have Richard Petty's shoes, hat, a championship ring, and a gold medallion he won.
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The Salem Avalanche had a tough time with Prince William this past weekend losing game three of the set 7 to 5.
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Even the little ones were out at Memorial Stadium for last night's game.
In the top of the first, Prince William gets on the board Jose Leon hits a shot to left field scoring Todd Hogan and the Cannons took the 1 to nothing lead.
Still in the first, Brian Warner hits a pop fly to right field and Rod Bair rounds the bases to score and the Avalanche would tie the score at 1 to 1 after one complete.
But the Cannons would come back in the top of the
fifth Cordell Farley smokes this pitch to left field scoring Billy Deck and the Cannons win it 7 to 5.
Eric Davis drove in two runs with a double and extended his hitting streak to 20 games as Baltimore beat Kansas City 9 to 2.
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The Royal Banners flying high in the Wind.
Baltimore would get on the board first Jeffery Hammonds gets all of this pitch for a solo homer and the Orioles led 1 to nothing in the top of the first.
Then in the third, Rafael Palmerio hits this line drive to right field for a double scoring Brady Anderson and Hammonds and the Orioles took the 4 to nothing lead.
Baltimore was leading five to nothing when Davis
rips this shot to right frield scoring two more runs and the Orioles win the game 9 to 2.
Three runs in the fifth and the Atlanta Braves hold on to beat St. Louis 4 to 3.
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Mark McGwire in the dugout waiting his turn at Bat.
Atlanta would get on the board in the bottom of the first Ryan Klesko hits the double to the gap in left centerfield scoring Keith Lockhart from first to make it 1 to nothing Braves.
The Cardinals would take the lead in the top of the fourth Bobby Witt hits a grounder off the glove of Chipper Jones scoring Willie McGee and the Cardinals went on top 2 to 1.
But the Braves broke it open in the fifth Javier
Lopez hits a single scoring Chipper jones to make it 3 to 2 and the Braves win it 4 to 3.
Nick Price wins on the P-G-A TOur for the first time since 1994. More later on Mornin'.
The Houston Astros put Randy Johnson to work yesterday afternoon in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Johnson started his first game since the trade from Seattle.
He was strong early in the game this strikeout gave him three and he would strikeout 12 on the day.
But Johnson did give up a homer. This solo blast by
Aramis Ramirez over the left field wall tied the game at 1 to 1 and the Astros pull out the 6 to 2 victory giving Johnson his first win in his first start as an Astro.
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In Philadelphia, The Phanatic watches from high above the field.
Barry Bonds put on the show this afternoon Bonds homered, tripled drove in three runs and stole a base in the Giants 15 to 3 win over the Phillies.
Bonds even made a trip to the mound after being hit by Philly pitcher Ricky Bottalico. Both benches cleared and Bonds was thrown out of the game.
For all of today's scores lets check the boards.
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And coming up, An Italian wins the Tour De France Dell Curry talks about family and the N-B-A.
And Nick Price wins on the P-G-A tour for the first time since 1994.
Billy King shot a 72 yesterday to finish at one under par in the final round of the Utah Showdown. Gil Morgan won the event shooting a 67 for a total of 16 under par.
On the P-G-A tour, Nick Price missed a winning birdie putt on the 18-th green but he beat Jeff Sluman on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.
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Sluman and Price finished regulation tied at 16 under par. Sluman hit his tee shot on the second playoff hole in the water then Price rolled in this birdie putt to get the victory.
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On the L-P-G-A tour, Brandie Burton won the final major of the year. She rolled in an 8 foot par putt on the final hole to win the Du Murier classic in Canada.
Burton set a tournament record at 18 under par, the Lowest ever in a Major.
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Marco Pantani is the winner of the Tour De France.
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Pantani would start the race up front but Tom Steele of Belgium was the winner of the final stage of the race.
Pantani becomes the first Italian to win the cycling race since 1965.
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The Craftsman trucks were in Loudon, New Hampshire yesterday.
Andy Houston pushed his way past Greg Biffle on the final lap to win the Pennzoil 200. Houston, The son of Busch Series star Tommy Houston, wins his first truck race and becomes the youngest winner in series history.
And, that's it for sports. have a great day everybody.
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Because of the NBA Lockout, Dell Curry has yet to negotiate a contract.
But as Denise Allen shows us, The Charlotte Hornets all time leading scorer is doing his usual off season thing--the family thing.
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Dell credits his wife, for keeping the family together during the very long NBA season.
Much of his time is spent on the road, but having his family to come home to has provided a sense of stability that's helped him excel on the court.
Dell's children often travel with him during his annual trip to Page Moir's summer basketball camp.
But this weekend Dell and his family are traveling to watch his oldest son perform on the diamond in the National AAU baseball tournament.
As soon as the NBA lockout is over it will be back to pro-basketball for Dell.
The free agent still has to negotiate where he'll play his 13th NBA season.
Denise ALlen NEws 7 Sports.))
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Finally tonight, a Chicago stockbroker will take to the skies in a balloon yet again.
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Steve Fossett is trying to sail around the world.
The 54-year old planned to take off tomorrow in Argentina, but bad weather postponed his launch until Thursday.
This is the fourth time Fossett has attempted the flight.
If successful, he'll become the first person ever to make the journey.
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