Next on News 7 at Five-Bonnie is downgraded to a tropical storm.
And a standoff at a Salem trailer park ends without violence as police take a man into custody.
Tropical Storm Bonnie is still raining hard on the coast, Hurricane Danielle will likely miss the coast and our forecast remains the same.
In medical news --
The College of Health Sciences in Roanoke announces a first of it's kind program.
And why is Wendy's renovating it's restaurants, we'll have the answer on health check.
News 7 is next.
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Tense moments today as a man held police at bay at a Salem trailer court.
The standoff ended just moments ago. Our Tina Tenret is standing by. Tina just what happened today.
((ROLLCUE:came to the trailer))
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What was once Hurricane Bonnie is losing some of its punch along the Carolina Coast.
The Weather service has now downgraded it to a tropical storm.
Here with the latest on the storm is Robin Reed.
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Fire fighters in Winston Salem, North Carolina are battling a multiple building blaze in the downtown area.
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The massive blaze roared through three buildings used by the R-J Reynolds Tobacco Company for office space.
One building houses county offices.
A nearby jail has been evacuated.
Sheriff's deputies shot out the windows on a fourth building to allow firefighters a chance to battle that blaze.
No injuries have been reported.
The prosecutor knew it was going to be a long day when the first of six defendants in the Abed racketeering case spat on him as the man was being led away in handcuffs.
Amar Abed had just been sentenced to serve 47 and a half years in prison.
The 26-year old arsonist from Arlington was one of those who helped set fire to the Corner Store on 13th Street.
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The use of a molotov cocktail to set the blaze brings an automatic mandatory 30-year sentence by itself.
This prosecutor argued strenuously for the "enhanced" punishment.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Bondurant/Assistant US Attorney]
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As for the spitting incident, Bondurant managed to dodge the spittle, pointing out he can move pretty fast for a man his size.
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The Stock Market suffered one of it's worst days ever today. We'll have the deatils after this break.
and then we'll tell you why a judge says a Franklin County apartment house must be demolished.
The stock market took a huge plunge today on New York's Wall Street.
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The Dow closed down more than 350 points, the third-biggest point drop ever and biggest percentage decline since last October's swoon.
About 942 million shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Experts say Wall Street is reacting to Russia's struggles with how to restructure its enormous debts and the economic crisis in Asia.
Donnkenny Apparel is shutting down two of its Southwest Virginia textile plants.
The company is closing its Christiansburg finishing plant which employs about 65- people.
Donnkenny is also shutting down it's sewing operation in Lee County.
Company officials blame lower cost imports and changes in department store buying patterns.
They believe the move will strengthen the companies other operations in Floyd, Wytheville and Independence.[5-Green-
A judge says a developer must demolish a Franklin County apartment building, two years after families were forced out.
Two beams and two cables are the only things propping this building up on Green Meadow Road.
Heavy rain and mud slides hit in 1996 -- eight families were evacuated and the condemned building has stood empty ever since.
Today a judge gave Bill Bratton of A and B Properties in Roanoke 90 days to tear it down.
((JUDY SHIVELY/NEIGHBOR: GREAT. IT NEEDS TO BE TORN DOWN. LOOK AT IT! IT'S A MESS. IT'S BEEN HTERE TOO LONG LIKE THAT. LOOK AT WHAT I HAVE TO LOOK AT WHEN I COME OUTSIDE. I MEAN IT'S TERRIBLE.))
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Bratton cannot build another apartment complex here since the zoning has changed.
The land could be used for a church, playground, garage or single-family home.
Concerns about Hurricane Bonnie prompted the transfers of dozens of mental patients from the Hampton Roads V-A Hospital to the one in Salem.
39 patients were brought to Salem last night.
While some Hampton Roads staff members came along for the trip, the extra patient load is putting a strain on the Salem hospital.
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((DR. DALE SHORT/CHIEF OF PSYCHIATRY: IT'S QUITE A LOGISTICAL FEAT. IT SORT OF FITS INTO OUR DISASTER DRILL CATEGORY.
BUT IT WAS A VERY NICE THING THAT PEOPLE PULLED TOGETHER AND REALLY WORKED HARD, CAME IN EXTRA AND REALLY DID A NICE JOB AND I THINK THE PATIENTS ARE DOING WELL.))
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In the meantime, the V-A is trying to put a hold on any new admissions.
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((DR. DALE SHORT/CHIEF OF PSYCHIATRY: SO, UNLESS IT'S REALLY URGENT, WE'RE TRYING TO HAVE THE REFERRING HOSPITALS KEEP THOSE PATIENTS AT LEAST UNTIL WE CAN GET SOME BEDS FREED UP.))
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Doctor Short says the patients may return to their regular hospital as early as tomorrow, depending on weather conditions.
A total of 300 patients were evacuated.
This week on Growin' It, a rarely discussed topic: Vines, perennials that look great climbing your walls or trellis, or deck railing.
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Patrick Evans joins us from Blacksburg, where he and Bob Lyons have a whole host of great suggestions.
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[SUPER=01-Bob Lyons/Horticulture Gardens Director;]
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What was once Hurricane Bonnie is losing its steam.
As it slowly moves up the eastern coast, its winds have died down to about 65 miles per hour making Bonnie a tropical storm.
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Ellen Qualls joins us from Moorehead City, North Carolina.
Ellen can you tell if Bonnie is easing up any?
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Still to come on the newscast, Mike Stevens will have a preview of tonight's kickoff to the high school football season.
and in Health Check, as children prepare to head back to school, parents are reminded, "Don't forget those immunizations."
Wendy's has agreed to make its restaurants more accessible to the disabled.
The hamburger chain has reached an agreement with the government to make it easier for handicapped cutomers to get around.
The Justice Department announced the out of court agreement today.
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The agreement is the largest settlement ever established under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The College of Health Sciences is launching a new degree program... and reaching out to other areas of the state.
Today, Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte presented a check to the school for more than 370- thousand dollars.
College President Harry Nickens says the grant from the Department of Health and Human Services will allow the college to reach other areas as it establishes the new degree program of Radiologic Sciences.
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The radiologic sciences degree program will be one of only two in the state.
If your children are heading back to school this fall, have they been immunized?
A summer trip to the Health Department may save you time and money.
Intern Reporter Carson Chambers has the story.
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((DR. CHRIS CORALLO/FRANKLIN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD:We look to any child who's been in the state of Virginia to come into school with all the booster shots, the oral Polio, the Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis.))
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Roanoke city schools start in less than one week.
A 90 day grace period is extended if your child is not immunized by the first day of school-- BUT a visit to the doctor during less busy summer months may save you time.
Immunizations are FREE at Health Departments like the one in Vinton.
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((BRENDA WILLIAMS/VINTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT NURSE:WE NEED TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT AND MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE ADEQUATELY IMMUNIZED AND THAT WE ALSO REALLY PUSH FOR CHILDREN TO BE ADEQUATELY IMMUNIZED BY THE AGE OF TWO. THAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT))
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Tetanus and Hepatitis-B vaccines are also available.
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((FRANKLIN COUNTY CHILDREN WENT BACK TO THE CLASSROOMS ON MONDAY. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY MOST STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED THEIR SHOTS. FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T, THERE ARE STILL FREE CLINICS. CARSON CHAMBERS, NEWS 7))
Tonight's the start of the High School Football Season. With that story and the return of the N-F-L, here's Mike Steve
Summer isn't officially over until Labor Day, but tonight the unofficial end takes place as the high
[graphic=ffe] school football season kicks off tonight over in Lynchburg with the annual Hill City rivalry between E.
C. Glass and Heritage.
And this will be the first time in two decades that Bo Henson will not be on the Glass side leading the Toppers.
Last November he was relieved of his coaching duties and now he's teaching at Linkhorn Middle School.
Roy Stanley has more his successor, who himself is a Henson disciple.
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((Dennis Peters is not exactly new to the Hilltopper football program. For more than 20 years he's been a coach at the school serving as the defensive coordinator.))
((DENNIS PETERS/E.C. GLASS HEAD COACH:))
((Peters takes over a program that went 2 and 8 last season. Several of the losses were forfeits because of an ineligible player.
The Hilltoppers have a saying that they to not rebuild instead they re-load. And that Philosphy is again the starting point of this years football team.))
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Besdies the high school action tonight in the hill city, the NFL is back on Your Hometown Station.
Tonight at eight o'clock the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Dallas Cowboys.
And you can catch it all right here.
It's the NFL back on WDBJ, the way it should be.
More sports is coming your way tonight at six.
Take care everybody.
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A public housing development in Northeast Roanoke is getting a huge gift from the federal government.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development handed over a check for 15-million dollars to Lincoln Terrace.
The money will help transform the complex into what's being hailed as a "visionary model" of public housing.
It's part of a program called "Hope 6."
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((ELINOR BACON/ASSISTANT SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: HOPE SIX IS ABOUT TRANSFORMING....LIVES OF RESIDENTS AS WELL AS THE REAL ESTATE ITSELF.))
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The money will go toward tearing down 126-units at Lincoln Terrace...
And replacing them with 276-new homes.
The new units will be a mixture of single-family houses and duplexes.
There will also be an educational center, where residents can go for job-training classes.