Enhancing the punishment for driving drunk with the kids in the backseat.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll look at one such case.
And we'll take a look at the hard work of life on the Blue Ridge more than a century ago... through the eyes of some contemporary Girl Scouts.
Tonight in sports, we'll talk with Ken Oxendine about his training camp experience in Atlanta.
Plus, we'll take a look at some of the renovations taking place at Calfee Park.
and we'll also check out the preseason jamboree action going on tonight in Danville and Pulaski County.
The local weather view is fine this weekend, but if you were thinking of heading to the coast next week, stay tuned for our tropical summary just ahead.
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A Botetourt County man could get extra jail time if convicted of drunk driving, because four children were in the car.
Police say Charles Carter was veering across Interstate 81 at 80 miles per hour.
Tests show his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, so he was charged with driving under the influence.
That's a misdemeanor, but since four young children were in the back seat, Carter also faces felony child endangerment.
[IN Q=Why should]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WHY SHOULD CHILDREN GET SPECIAL ATTENTION INSTEAD OF JUST PASSENGERS? JOEL BRANSCOM/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ANY CHOICE. THEY HAVE TO BE IN THE CAR. THEY HAVE TO DO WHAT THEIR PARENTS TELL EM TO DO. SO THERE'S GOING TO BE A HARSHER PENALTY IF YOU HAVE KIDS IN THE CAR.))
[SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=kids in the car]
But Carter's lawyer says the second charge may be too much.
[IN Q=You can be]
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/(R) FINCASTLE: YOU CAN BE CONVICTED OF D-U-I WHILE STILL SITTING IN PARK AS LONG AS THE ENGINE IS RUNNING. DOES THAT MEAN SOMEBODY HAS A CHILD IN A PARKED CAR WITH THE ENGINE RUNNING, DOES THAT PUT THEM IN DANGER?))
[OUT Q=in danger]
Trumbo says he's going to raise this issue in next year's General Assembly.
A grand jury will consider the case in October.
Habitat for Humanity has more time to think about an offer from the city.
Roanoke wants to pay 353-thousand dollars for this land in Westview Terrace.
That's where Habitat wanted to build 32 new homes.
But people who live nearby said the Habitat homes would lower the whole neighborhood's property values.
The city now wants to build a park there.
But Habitat said the land -- and the labor that has already gone into developing the land -- is worth more than the city's offer.
Habitat is "exploring another opportunity" that would let it build SOME homes in Westview Terrace.
The body of a fisherman missing in Philpott Lake has been found.
Divers found 49-year old John Harris this afternoon.
He was fishing with a friend late Monday night when their boat hit a steel barge.
Harris went into the water.
Investigators say someone intentionally released the steel barge from where it was anchored on the shore.
They say they'll press charges against the vandals.
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Recent water testing at Smith Mountain Lake has prompted an advisory from the Franklin County health department tonight.
Officials are telling people to avoid swimming or water skiing in three parts of the lake:
Bay Roc Marina at Hardy Ford Bridge;
The Cove at Crazy Horse Campground;
and Becky's Creek.
Those places had unaccetable levels of fecal coliform bacteria on two occasions in the past two weeks.
Health officials have been unable to find the source of the pollution so far.
A female prison guard in Halifax County is recovering from an attack by an inmate.
The sheriff's office says the jailer was overpowered by the inmate when his cell door was opened.
The alleged incident happened early Thursday morning.
The suspect is Willard Hudson-- who is serving time on abduction and firearms charges.
A jail spokesperson says Hudson will be prosecuted for the attack.
It won't be hard for Wythe County's high school students to overlook two of their school mates.
This week, Governor Gilmore awarded the county nearly 50- thousand dollars to offset the cost of two uniformed sheriff's deputies who'll patrol the county's three high schools.
The deputies will provide security at Fort Chiswell, George Wythe and Rural Retreat high schools.
Governor Jim Gilmore says parents were the main reason he decided to earmark the discretionary funds for Wythe County.
[IN Q=To give]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE/R-VIRGINIA: TO GIVE MOTHERS AND FATHERS SOME CONFIDENCE IN THE SCHOOLS, THAT EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO PREVENT DRUGS IN SCHOOLS AND TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE WHEN THEY GO INTO THE CLASSROOM.))
[OUT Q=the classroom.]
This is the first time the county has had resource officers at its three high schools.
The grant is good for one year-- after that the county will have to reapply for funding.
Roanoke County officials hit the road today, as they tried to do their homework on industrial development.
A day- long bus trip carried the Board of Supervisors and other officials to the Richmond area.
They toured the site of the Motorola plant, and other innovative industrial parks in the area.
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[IN Q=Our basic trip here is to see]
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: OUR BASIC TRIP HERE IS TO SEE WHAT THEY'VE GOT, HOW THEY'VE DONE IT, AND HOW WE CAN INCORPORATE THE FINER ASPECTS OF THEIR DEVELOPMENTS INTO OUR NEW DEVELOPMENT IN WEST COUNTY AND OUR NEW HIGH-TECH PARK.))
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[OUT Q=new high-tech park.]
The supervisors visited Goochland County, Henrico County, and the city of Richmond before heading home late this afternoon.
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A report from West Virginia and back as Savage Garden rocks the state fair.
Light colors aren't the only tips to cool clothing.
We'll have more on a local product to beat the heat.
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This summer, girl scouts from central and western Virginia traveled to the early 18- hundreds.
Tonight in our series Southwest Traditions, Joe Dashiell reports their visit to the Blue Ridge Institute also gave them a fresh look at their own lives.
[IN Q=On a sunny summer day]
[SUPER=01-Joy Neumeyer/Girl Scout; :14 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Vaughan Webb/Blue Ridge Institute; :28]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Scott/Ferrum College Student; :38 ]
[SUPER=01-Meredith Storton/Girl Scout; :54]
[SUPER=01-Brooke Noell/Girl Scout; 1:01 QUICK! ]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Ferrum]
((On a sunny summer day, the girl scouts are in the garden pulling weeds. They've traded their uniforms for period clothing and a closer look at farm life of the early 1800s.
[IN Q=I kind of thought]
((JOY NEUMEYER: I KIND OF THOUGHT THEY HAD SOME HIRED HANDS AROUND. AND I DIDN'T KNOW THE KIDS DID EVERYTHING.))
[OUT Q=the kids did everything.]
They're doing everything... at the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College. Hauling water the hard way... spinning wool... baking bread in a brick oven.
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[IN Q=The preparation of the midday meal]
((VAUGHAN WEBB/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: THE PREPARATION OF THE MIDDAY MEAL, WHICH IS A LARGE MEAL, TAKES SEVERAL HOURS AND A LOT OF PREPARATION. AND THAT'S A SHOCK TO THEM.))
[OUT Q=and that's a shock to them.]
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[IN Q=We hope to show them]
((WE HOPE TO SHOW THEM HOW HARD LIFE WAS BACK THEN. THAT EVERYBODY HAD TO WORK INCLUDING THE KIDS. ALL DAY. AND THERE WASN'T MUCH TIME FOR FOOLING AROUND. EVERYBODY WORKED TO KEEP THE FARM GOING AND THE FAMILY GOING.))
[OUT Q=keep the family going.]
The lesson isn't lost on the young women taking part.
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[IN Q=It's very different]
((MEREDITH STORTON/GIRL SCOUT: IT'S VERY DIFFERENT BECAUSE YOU AHVE TO MAKE SOAP AND YOU HAVE TO WASH YOUR CLOTHES AND YOU HAVE TO CARRY WATER. YOU DON'T JUST HAVE TO TAKE IT OUT OF THE FAUCET.))
[OUT Q=take it out of the faucet.]
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[IN Q=I won't complain any more]
((BROOKE NOELL/GIRL SCOUT: I WON'T COMPLAIN ANY MORE ABOUT MY MOM MAKING ME DO WORK.))
[OUT Q=making me do work.]
As the girls get their hands dirty, leaders of the Blue Ridge Institute hope they pick up an appreciation for the way history feels.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Ferrum))
Sometimes we all get a little "hot under the collar", especially during these warm summer days.
"Cool Clothes" can help.
Virginia Tech researcher Bonnie Appleton has manufactured the line of "air- conditioned" neck and wrist bands.
After soaking in water, the bands cool as the moisture inside them evaporates.
Appleton says she decided to improve upon the idea after seeing a similar band in a catalog.
[IN Q=As we looked]
((BONNIE APPLETON/"COOL CLOTHES": AS WE LOOKED AT THEIR NECK BANDS, I DIDN'T LIKE THE FABRICS THEY WERE USING. I DIDN'T LIKE THE GEL, I DIDN'T LIKE HOW IT WAS SEWN, AND I MADE THE COMMENT "YOU KNOW, I THINK I COULD DO A BETTER JOB." AND EVERYBODY SAID, "WELL, WHY DON'T YOU?" AND THAT'S HOW COOL CLOTHES WAS BORN.))
[SUPER=01-Bonnie Appleton/"Cool Clothes";]
[OUT Q=COOL CLOTHES WAS BORN]
Appleton says the bands can make a 90- degree day feel more like the upper- 70s.
The bands come in a variety of colors and patterns, and are said to relieve heat stress and even sinus congestion.
You can order the neckbands over the Internet at W-W-W- DOT- Cool Clothes- DOT- COM.
The lone survivor of a plane crash in Crozet has turned his tale into a book.
Phil Bradley survived when his flight crashed in 1959 on the way to Roanoke from Washington, D.C.
The Piedmont D-C-3 crashed into Bucks Elbow Mountain .
Bradley talks about the crash with humor.
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[IN Q=It was so sudden]
((PHILIP BRADLEY/PLANE CRASH SURVIVOR:IT WAS SO SUDDEN AND THERE WAS SO MUCH VELOCITY THAT THE PULL OF MY BODY TORE THE SEAT FROM THE FLOOR AND THREW ME PROBABLY 60, 70 YARDS OUT THROUGH THERE. AND I KID PEOPLE BY SAYING THAT I PAID FOR MY SEAT SO I TOOK IT WITH ME))
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[OUT Q=I took it with me]
Bradley will be signing copies of the book at the Roanoke Tanglewood Holiday Inn on Saturday and Sunday from nine until two.
The plane crash is the subject of this week's Virginia Newsreel, too, on News-7 Sunday Morning.
The stock market lost more ground today.
The Dow closed down 78 points at 85-hundred-34.
NASDAQ lost 35 points.
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Organizers of the West Virginia State Fair are trying to boost the event's image to appeal to a younger audience.
As part of their effort they booked the contemporary rock band, "Savage Garden."
Stacey Martin and Photographer Greg Moore were there and have this report.
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[SUPER=01-Darren Hayes/Savage Garden;:36]
[SUPER=01-Marlene Pierson/Fair's Asst. Manager;:57]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Lewisburg, WV.]
So, we've all heard the squeals and squalls reminiscent of a state fair.
But, promoters here at the WEST VIRGINIA State Fair say their future is in a new, more modern sound--
and luring the Australian duo--Savage Garden--seemed just the ticket.
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[IN Q=Some of the]
((DANIEL JONES & DARREN HAYES:SOME OF THE STATE FAIRS IN THE SMALLER, MORE REMOTE TOWNS HAVE BEEN THE BEST AUDIENCES ON THIS TOUR AND I DON'T KNOW WHY THAT IS ACTUALLY. I THINK MAYBE, YOU KNOW HOW TO PARTY. I DON'T KNOW. YOU JUST APPRECIATE THE MUSIC. BUT, WE FEEL VERY WELCOME.))
[OUT Q=feel very welcome.]
Organizers say the fair's image has to change--if it's to survive--and cater to the younger crowd so they'll become regulars in the future.
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[IN Q=For the most]
((MARLENE PIERSON/FAIR ASST. MGR:FOR THE MOST PART WE USED TO RUN NINE DAYS OF COUNTRY MUSIC AND THAT WAS OUR IMAGE. WHEN WE STARTED DOING SOME DIFFERENT THINGS WE HAD MORE POSITIVE COMMENTS THAN NEGATIVE. ALL THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY DIDN'T LIKE COUNTRY MUSIC WERE HAPPY BECAUSE FOR SO LONG WE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE ANY BIG ENTERTAINMENT FOR THEM.))
[OUT Q=entertainment for them.]
Savage Garden's Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes say they're trying to reach a broader audience, but reaching teens has been a big part of their success so far.
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[IN Q=I think we've]
((DANIEL JONES & DARREN HAYES: I THINK WE'VE PICKED UP THE KIND OF MARKET THAT WE'RE GOING TO ATTRACT WITH THE FIRST TWO OR THREE SINGLES THAT WE RELEASED. "I WANT YOU" WAS A YOUNG, DANCE, POP-ORIENTED SONG. TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY GREW IT UP A BIT. KIDS' MOTHERS NOW STARTED TO LIKE THIS BAND AND THE BROTHERS AND FATHERS HAVE ADDED ON.))
[OUT Q=have added on.]
Promoters say attendance among teens reached levels unseen at the fair since New Kids on the Block performed here in the late 1980s.
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[IN Q=I really think]
((DANIELLE WITT: I REALLY THINK IT'S COOL THAT THEY WOULD COME TO WEST VIRGINIA BECAUSE LIKE NOBODY EVER COMES HERE. I DON'T KNOW I LIVE IN ROANOKE BUT WE CAME ALL THE WAY HERE TO HEAR SAVAGE GARDEN.))
[OUT Q=hear Savage Garden.]
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[IN Q=I didn't think]
((PAUL MORGAN: I DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING THIS BIG WOULD COME. I HEARD OF LYNRRD SKYNRRD COMING AND AND THEN THEY CAME AND WOW!))
[OUT Q=came and wow!]
[IN Q=Promoters paid the]
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: PROMOTERS PAID THE BAND 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PLAY HERE. AND, SO FAR THEIR EFFORTS HAVE PAID OFF WITH A NEARLY SELL OUT CROWD. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, LEWISBURG, WEST VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=Lewisburg, WV.]))
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the high school jamborees are rocking tonight in Pulaski in Danville, qualifying is underway in Bristol,
and we'll visit with former Hokie Ken Oxendine who is impressing the Falcons this preseason in training camp.
The Winston Cup circuit is in Bristol this weekend for the Goody's Headache powders 500.
Qualifying got started at 5:30 and right now Rusty Wallace is on the pole.
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Jeff Gordon is fifth right now with a number cars still left to qualify.
Gordon is trying to become the first driver in the modren era to win 5 straight races.
The 1998 regular season for high school football kicks off next week, and that means that two of the area's traditional powers are hosting their jamborees tonight.
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Down in Pulaski fans were trying to stay cool as they took in the action in the early games.
Cave Spring battled Magna Vista in the opener.
The young Knights were hot. Just before the end of the first half, Mike Hamlar takes the handoff and goes around the end for a 33 yard touchdown.
Warriors coach Don Bateman then tried to pump up his team. But the Knights kept rolling as Brandon Funk hooks up with Mike Bramer on the deep pass to the one to set up another score.
The jamboree serves as the perfect vehicle to get some much needed game experience.
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[SUPER=01-Jerry Little/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...need to play."]
The Eagles, Northside, Carroll County, Blacksburg, Laurel Park and the host Cougars will be playing into the evening. Pulaski faces Northside in the nightcap around nine.
Down in Southside, George Washington high school is also hosting its Danville jamboree today.
Six teams are taking part in the jamboree including Friday Football Extra members Gretna, Amherst, and the hometown GW Eagles.
Gretna and Amherst got the jamboree started this afternoon in the first of six scrimmage games.
[IN Q="The quality of teams...]
((DAVE BROWN/GW DANVILE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
[SUPER=01-Dave Brown/G.W. Danville Athletic Director; :00]
[OUT Q=...Season's open."]
L.C. Bird, Dudley and Lake Taylor high school are also taking part. The games continue until about nine o'clock tonight.
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And don't forget tonight is the night that Friday Football Extra takes you on a stroll down memory lane with our 15th anniversary special in Primetime.
The hour long party gets started at nine tonight right here on Your Hometown Station.
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The Atlanta Falcons play their next preseason game tomorrow night in Morgantown, West Virginia against the Steelers.
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And look for rookie Ken Oxendine to again get his share of carries.
Ox has been impressive so far this preseason. Last week he had nearly 100 yards of total offense in the team's win over Detroit.
[IN Q=It's a...]
[SUPER=01-Ken Oxendine/Falcons Rookie Tailback; :00]
[OUT Q=...college pace was.]
The former Hokie is on a team loaded with backs, but he's keeping a positive atttitude when it comes to making the squad.
[OUT Q=...of it."]
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A piece of local baseball history is getting a facelift.
Calfee Park in Pulaski is one of the oldest active ballparks in the country.
The home of the Appalachian League's Pulaski Rangers was built in the 1930's and age is showing on the old lady.
The park needed to be brought up to minor league standards and meet the expectations of major league affiliate, The Texas Rangers.
The improvements include new lights and should be complete by next season.
[IN Q=Basically with the]
[SUPER=01-Chad Briscoe/Pulaski Rangers General Mgr.;]
[OUT Q=new river valley here]
THe Pulaski Rangers finish out their season with home stand that ends August 26th.
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People will be getting in the swing of things tonight in Vinton.
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Scott Goldberg is in the Newsroom with more.
Keith, you'll want to bring your lawn chair and blanket for this one--
it's an outdoor concert being given at the Vinton War Memorial.
A band called the "Stardusters" will be playing swing music from the 1940's.
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It's just one in a series of events planned to honor war veterans today and tomorrow.
We'll have highlights plus more news, weather and sports coming up for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
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