A live report from Salem...
where smoke and flames leave their mark on an apartment complex that's already endured its share of suspicious fires.
And-- it's Day ONE on the picket line for some local Bell Atlantic employees.
In sports, Jeff Gordon takes another ride to victory lane highlights from major league baseball.
And Denise Allen will introduce us to a game that is almost like baseball.
A Typical August day-- warm and humid, with a few storms.
More of the same is on tap for tomorrow.
Details are coming up.
Stay tuned--News 7 at Six is next.
Residents of a Salem Apartment complex are forced to evacuate and pick up the pieces---
After fire destroys some homes and threatens others, once again.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Fire engulfed the Willow River apartment complex early this morning--the latest in a string of suspicious fires there.
Residents met with the landlord and police today, searching for a way to prevent another fire.
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Scott Goldberg is at the Salem police department tonight.
Scott, what have police been able to tell the residents?
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Not much other than the fact that both Salem and State police are investigating these fires -- 7 fires that have started in the complex in the last two weeks.
Today an investigator told residents not to jump to any conclusions and to let police continue the investigation.
Kind of ironic since last Friday police told residents they had arrested a 10-year old boy who was responsible for the fires and that everything would be OK.
This morning, when the worst fire to date broke out, it was painfully obvious things are far from O_K.
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(( It was barely Sunday morning when Willow River woke up to its recurring nightmare.
Another jolt to the residents' already broken sense of security.
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((JOHN KENNEDY: I'M TERRIFIED. I DON'T SLEEP. YOU CAN'T. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? YOU HAVE TO LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER EVERY FEW MINUTES, MAKE SURE NOBODY'S GOING TO CATCH YOUR HOUSE ON FIRE.))
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((IF Y'ALL HAVE ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS .... PLEASE.))
After the smoke went away, the answers still were not clear.
How would they protect themselves from another attack?
And how could the people who lost their homes afford to move?
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((SO THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO NEED TO MOVE AND DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY TO MOVE AND YOU WANT US TO WAIT TWO WEEKS.))
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((DEBBIE MILLS/PROPERTY MANAGER: I LIVE HERE AND WE'RE ALL SCARED.))
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Debbie Mills manages the apartment complex and delivered the news many did not want to hear:
It will take at least two weeks for displaced residents to get their deposits back.
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And even though so many people want to move, only the ones whose apartments were destroyed are legally free to break their leases.
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((DEBBIE MILLS: WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS CALMLY AND RATIONALLY. AND THAT'S HARD RIGHT NOW.))
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suggestions for preventing from meeting
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(TERESA QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT THE 10-YEAR OLD POLICE SAID THEY ARRESTED FRIDAY? IS HE A SUSPECT IN TODAY'S FIRE?)
Family members involved in the baby-switching case say they quote "feel like family" following yesterday's meeting.
According to published reports, relatives from the Chittum family met with Paula Johnson in Ivy--a town just outside of Charlottsville, on Friday.
That's inspite of earlier reports of a meeting scheduled for today.
The Washington Post reports that family members talked about Rebecca Grace Chittum and Callie Marie Johnson as well as all the attention from the media.
Relatives are still waiting for restults of D-N-A test.
However, both sides say they have NO intention of trying to get custody of the other's child.
One woman is dead following a shooting in Halifax County.
It happened Friday night, sometime between eight and 10-30 P-M along Mount Carmel Road in the Alton Community.
Authorities say 30-year old Ronda Bowes Stone was apparently shot in her mobile home.
Sheriff's officials are continuing their investigation.
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Bell Atlantic says the place to resolve differences with striking workers is the bargaining table -- NOT the picket line.
The Communications Workers of America union went on strike today.
The workers want better job security.
And, they say the phone company is forcing them to work overtime.
But Bell Atlantic insists it has given the workers an attractive contract offer.
The phone company says there is "no reason" anyone should go on strike.
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((DAVID LAYMAN/COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA: IF BELL ATLANTIC THINKS THERE'S NO REASON FOR THE STRIKE OBVIOUSLY THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE REAL ISSUES HERE. THE ISSUES OF JOB SECURITY, FARMING OUT THE WORK OF PEOPLE WHO WORK HERE, FORCED OVERTIME AND VACATION SELECTIONS.))
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The striking workers are customer service representatives.
So while they're walking the picket line, customers will have to wait longer for operator assistance and repair services.
An estimated one MILLION dollars in marijuana is now history.
That's the dollar figure attached to more than 500- plants seized and burned yesterday by authorities in Monroe County, West Virginia.
Officials were told about the crop by a hunter who became suspicious when a plot of land in a thickly, wooded area, near Peterstown, was recently cleared.
Authorities kept the area under surveillance for about two weeks
before making the raid.
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Still to come--Giles County officials get down to business in the comunity's newly renovated courthouse.
And, area tobacco farmers say the war on tobacco was bad enough--now dry weather is also threatening their livelihood.
We'll have more on that in a few minutes, but first let's check in with Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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The Giles County Board of Supervisors celebrated a much anticipated milestone, this week.
The Board held its first meeting in the newly renovated General District courthouse.
The facility will also house the county health department as well as the registrar's office.
The project, which is still underway, will end up costing a little more than a million dollars.
Board Chairman Jay Williams says 70 percent of that amount will be paid back to the county by the state health department over a 20- year period.
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((JAY WILLIAMS/GILES CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:THE JUDGES OF THE COURT SYSTEM HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR ABOUT EIGHT YEARS TO GET THE COUNTY TO DO THIS PROJECT AND ITS WENT BACK AND FORTH FOR FOUR FOR FIVE YEARS BEFORE THE CURRENT BOARD FINALLY REALIZED THE BUCK HAD TO A HEAD AND IT WAS TIME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND THE BOARD REMODELED IT TO MAKE A NEW FACILITY. ))
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The Board was also introduced to the county's new extension agent.
John Scott is expected to serve more than a hundred local farmers.
The county has been without an extension agent for about two years.
This week the stock market took its wildest ride of the year.
But, as the experts wonder if this means the end of the bull market and the start of something grizzly, local investors are staying cool.
Scott Goldberg has that story and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((If you're one of those people who checks his stock portfolio every hour, you did not have a very productive week.
The Dow suffered its third worst point drop ever.
Then it bounced around like a pogo stick.
But while the excitement kept New York on edge, Roanoke investors kept their usual level heads.
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((ED TRIPLETT/INVESTOR: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER BULL MARKET AFTER THIS BEAR MARKET AT SOME POINT IN TIME. THE MARKET GOES UP, IT GOES DOWN. IT'S THE LONG-TERM TREND YOU WANT TO HITCH YOUR WAGON TO.))
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The Dow has lost 740 points since July 17th.
Habitat for Humanity wanted to build 32 homes in the Westview Terrace neighborhood.
But angry neighbors said, "Not in our back yards."
Now the city is saying IT wants to build a park there.
But the city has NOT said how it plans to acquire the land from Habitat.
The tobacco selling season got off to a smoking start in Danville.
The leafy gold went for a dollar-80 a pound.
It was the 129th Tobacco Market, where Southside farmers auction off their finest.
Grand Furniture is donating its downtown building to Center in the Square.
The arts organization said it will use the store to expand.
The building is worth more than a million dollars.
The people who work there will be transferred somewhere else in town.
It took longer than expected, but they built it and now Carmike Cinemas hopes the moviegoers will come.
The chain opened its much-touted 10-screen multiplex near Tanglewood Mall.
The theaters feature comfy seats and a bold digital sound system.
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When the excitement died on Wall Street, the Dow ended up losing 285-points this week.
The Nasdaq was down 26.
That's this week's Business Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Two construction projects threaten to hold up traffic in Roanoke County this week.
And, more delays are likely along Interstate 77.
Stacey Martin has more in this week's "Road Report".
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((In Roanoke County, delays are expected along portions of Route 2-20 this week between Route 4-19 and Route 6-68.
Crews will be paving the road Monday through Thursday from 8 p-m to 6 a-m.
Only one lane of traffic will be getting by.
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Also, in Roanoke County, crews will close Route 1818 to through traffic beginning tomorrow.
Sewer work is scheduled to take place all day.
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And, over in Carroll County some lanes will be closed along Interstate 77 as crews repair guardrails there.
That's it for this week's edition of Road Report.
I'm Stacey Martin.))
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Up next--Roy Stanley will have highlights from the diamond as the
New York Yankees take on the Kansas City Royals.
And, Andrew Freiden will tell us how long the muggy weather will stick around--more when the news continues.
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If it's NOT mother nature, it's the war on tobacco that has many tobacco growers concerned about their future.
Christy Hubley spoke to one such farmer and has his story in this week's edition of Virginia Profile.
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((C-D Bryant has grown tobacco in Pittsylvania County for 24-years.
This year is especially tough for him and his crop.
The hot, dry weather is stunting the growth of his plants.
He has run out of water to irrigate his fields.
All he can do is wait for rain.
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((C.D. BRYANT: IT WILL EVENTUALLY GROW UP AND BECOME A PLANT OF TOBACCO BUT IT MIGHT JUST BE TOO LATE.))
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Too late because frost will threaten the tobacco the longer it remains on the stalk.
When he's not farming, Bryant is lobbying for the rights and protection of tobacco producers.
He is the president of a group called "Concerned Friends of Tobacco." He testified in Richmond at the governor's Tobacco Summit about the effects a national settlement would have on growers.
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((C.D. BRYANT: WE WANT THE PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND AND OUR LEGISLATORS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ECONOMICS THAT TOBACCO HAS ON THE COMMUNITY LIKE WE LIVE IN AND TO MAKE SURE THE GROWER IS PROTECTED NOW MATTER WHAT TYPE OF LEGISLATION MOVES THROUGH WASHINGTON.))
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Bryant will continue to meet with senators and other politicians to ensure growers are not forgotten while they battle the tobacco industry in Washington.
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((C.D. BRYANT: IT'S THE FIRST TIME WE'VE EVER HAD AN ADMINISTRATION IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT ACTUALLY WENT AFTER TOBACCO. THAT'S WHEN IT ALL CHANGED AND THAT HAS BROUGHT IT UP TO A LEVEL THAT WE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. THE FIGHT ON MY BEHALF AND MY ORGANIZATION HAS BECOME MORE INTENSE THAN EVER BEFORE AND I CAN TELL YOU I REALLY FEEL THE PRESSURE.))
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Pressure he hopes will be relieved fairly for growers like him.
Christy Hubley, News 7.))
And coming up, It takes extra holes to determine the Roanoke Valley amateur champion.
And Jeff Gordon is the winner of the Bud at the Glen road course race.
Jeff Gordon won his third straight road course race today taking the checkered flag at the Bud at The Glen.
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Mark Martin was chasing Jeff Gordon and he passes Rusty Wallace to take over second place on the road course.
Jeff Burton trys to use this pit stop under green on lap 22 hoping for better position at the end of the race.
After the field pitted after about 29 laps Rick Mast remained on the track and was running second behind Boris Said.
Then on lap 39 Terry Labonte gets lose and his car crosses the sand trap and hits the wall bringing out the caution flag.
A caution later, Jeff Gordon was in control as he leads the field going through turn number six.
Martin would make his move and pit for gas and tires for the final time of the race he was second at the time.
Gordon pitted giving Mike Skinner the point but with 4 laps to go Gordon passed Skinner on the back stretch and he held on for the win at Watkins Glen.
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Martin was second, Skinner third Rusty Wallace fourth and Dale Jarrett fifth.
The New York Yankees pulled off the sweep of the Kansas
City Royals this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
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The Yankees opened the scoring in the bottom of the third Scott Brosius with this blast over the left field wall to make the score 1 to nothing New York.
The Royals rallied in the top of the fourth Jeff King hits a grounder to right field scoring a run and Kansas City jumped out to a 2 to 1 lead.
The Yankees added two runs in the bottom of the
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sixth Paul O'Neill hits this two run double to left centerfield making it 4 to 3 and the Yankees hold on to win it 5 to 4.
It took extra holes to determine the winners in this weekends Roanoke Valley Amateur Golf Tournament.
Gary Laroux and Darryl Craft, who's hitting this tee shot, finished 36 holes even.
The playoff went four extra holes and Laroux, making his first appearance in the tournament, sank a par putt to win the open division of the amateur.
In the Senior Division, Favorite Hunter Morrisette and Al Looney went an extra hole.
And Morrisette would win the match on the first hole of a playoff.
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The closest many AMericans have come to seeing a cricket match is Jerry Seinfeld's AMERICAN EXPRESS commericial.
But the sport is played all over the world.
In fact a U-S team tried but failed to qualify for World Cup Cricket competition.
Denise Allen caught up with a local cricket club at practice.
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At first glance, a bat and a ball and most American would say baseball.
But it's not. This is cricket.
This club practices every Sunday, a little piece of India they share with their American born children.
If this was a match, each team would have 11 players.
Each 'side' bats twice. So if you're thinking baseball it's a two inning game. Actually it's called a match.
Two batsmen go on to the field at a time and line up in front of the "wicket".
The other side is fielding.
THe pitcher in this game is called a "bowler." He stands at one wicket bowling the ball to the batter who is trying to protect the wicket from being hit by the ball.
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((ONE BATSMAN GOES FROM THIS SIDE TO THE OTHER SIDE THEN THE OTHER BATSMAN PLAYS THAT'S CALLED ONE RUN.))
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So each time the batsmen pass each other that's one run.
But there are other ways to score.
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((IF THE BALL CROSSES THE BOUNDARY BY HITTING THE GROUND ONE TIME OR MORE IT'S FOUR RUNS. BUT IF THE BALL FLIES OVER THE BOUNDARY IT'S SIX RUNS))
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The field is oval with 55 yard boundaries all the way around. And there are no foul balls, you can hit it in any direction.
There are no strikes in this game the bowler is trying to take the batters wicket.
If the bowler knocks down one of the three stumps that makes up the wicket the batter is out.
When a fielder catches what we'll call a fly ball the batter is out.
If the fielding team can get the ball to the wicket before the batsman gets to there, then the batsman is out--sort of a tag out.
There are still several more ways to get the batsman out and these people would love to explain it to you. They play every Sunday from nine til noon at Darrell Shell Memorial Park.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
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