Up next on News 7 at Six... Northwest Pilots go on strike, we'll tell you how that affects the Roanoke airport.
And did you know you can surf in a hurricane, without getting wet?
We'll show you how.
In sports, The Rising Star Sports Camp is all set to open on Monday. The Roanoke Express welcomes Kris Cantu back to the Valley.
And Ken Griffey Junior hits his 45-th homer this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Hurricane Danielle is getting closer.
But this time, all forecasts say she won't threaten the coast. Details on that and work week cool down coming up in weather.
Northwest Airline pilots are walking the picket line today.
About 61-hundred pilots went on strike just after midnight last night.
They're upset about their pay and job security.
The airline runs about 2,600 flights a day out of 220 airports including Roanoke Regional Airport.
But, locally, officials say the strike won't have much of an effect at
That's because only four to five percent of the airport's customers fly Northwest.
However, airport officials say passengers booked on a connecting flight headed to the mid-west, could experience some delays.
VMI's Board of Visitors voted today to uphold the decision of the school's honor court to dismiss six cadets connected with beating incidents involving freshmen.
The cadets had challenged the earlier decision citing midnight interrogations.
Officials said the Board unanimously voted "to affirm the honor court convictions of all six cadets".
There's no word yet from the cadet's attorneys as to what they will do next.
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There's apparently been a delay in D-N-A test results for Callie Marie Johnson--one of the girls involved in the baby switching case.
Attorney Pete Robey--the lawyer for two members of the Rogers family-- says more tests were needed to determine if Callie Marie is the biological daughter of Kevin Chittum and Whitney Rogers.
The Chittum family found out weeks ago that Rebecca Grace Chittum is NOT their biological daughter.
Earlier D-N-A test results confirmed Rebecca is Paula Johnson's biological daughter.
It's generally not a good idea to go surfing in the middle of a hurricane... unless you're on the web...
We'll show you how you can do it to... in tonight's WebWatch.
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When Bonnie hit the east coast, the eye's of the internet were watching...
The parkinglot cam at East Carolina University in Greenville is a popular site with bad weather blows in, this time offering streaming video of the storms progress.
Things also looked rough on the Inlet Cam, looking out from the North Carolina Coast.
At the same time, webcams in Florida were pretty clear... While the overcast skies in Ocean City Maryland warned that trouble may be on the way.
The Wrightsville Beach website will take you back in time, with images showing you hour by hour what it was like when Bonnie came through...
Things are getting back to normal at the beach, though the live webcam looks like it's seen better days.
You can also find all the hurricane information you need on the News 7 weather website... from tracking maps to evacuation routes.
For links to all these sites, including webcams along the east coast you can use to watch the NEXT hurricane blow through, click on the WebWatch on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com. ))
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Still ahead--an overflow of cows is driving down the market price, and cattle raisers are feeling the pinch.
And, horseback riding is more than a fun pastime for these children--it's a form of therapy.
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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Experts say overseas markets are taking a bite out of the Virginia beef industry.
Local cattlemen are already
earning less money for their beef.
Experts say the number of cattle
is rising and there are too many on the market.
Crumbling foreign economies make the matter even worse.
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((RANDY BLACH/CATTLE-FAX: WHEN THE JAPANESE YEN, FOR EXAMPLE, HAS DROPPED THE WAY IT HAS RELATIVE TO THE DOLLAR, THEIR BUYING POWER HAS BEEN SLASHED SO WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO EXPORT LESS PRODUCT THAN WE OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE, NOT ONLY TO JAPAN BUT KOREA TAIWAN AND OTHER MAJOR EXPORT CENTERS.))
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C-W Pratt has found ways to cut his costs on Echo Ridge Farm.
He uses a SOLAR water pump and transforms old tires into water troughs.
He's environmentally savvy too -- building fences so cows will not pollute the creek.
He says by breeding superior cows, farmers can fatten their profits.
Experts say when cattlemen breed FEWER cows, they will see prices rise.
A Roanoke group that helps disabled children by putting them on horseback, got a helping hand today... from a group of people who ride hogs....
David Johnson explains.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Johnson/"HOG" Events Coordinator; :15]
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[SUPER=01-Lorrie McCloskey/Theraputic Riding Program; :33]
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(( The Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group-- or HOGS, as they're called, regularly holds fundraisers for children.
This time it was for the fourth annual Roanoke Valley Therapeutic Riding Program "Ride for Life".
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((ROBERT JOHNSON/"HOG" EVENTS COORDINATOR; WE BEING A BUNCH OF BIKERS, WE ALWAYS TRY TO GET TOGETHER AND HELP OUT LOCAL CHARITIES. THIS IS ONE OF THE LOCAL CHARITIES AND WE ARE ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST CONTRIBUTORS AND FUNDRAISERS.))
Lorrie McCloskey, a volunteer with the riding program, says a one hour riding session helps to improve balance, coordination and confidence.
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((LORRIE MCCLOSKEY/ROANOKE VALLEY THERAPUTIC RIDING PROGRAM; WE PRIMARILY HAVE CHILDREN, BUT WE DO SERVE SOME ADULTS AS WELL. WE HAVE SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES, SPINA BIFIDA, CEREBRAL PALSY, DOWN'S SYNDROME, JUST A VERY WIDE RANGE OF NEEDS FOR THESE PEOPLE. THEY ARE ABLE TO COME AND HAVE RIDING LESSONS.))
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Members of the motorcylce club raised money in a variety of ways including selling T-Shirts and baked goods.
They also raffled off an imported eagle woodcarving.
Theie goal was ten thousand dollars.
All of the money raised will go to pay for the care of the animals and to meet the special needs of riders.
David Johnson, News7.))
You might not think of restaurant leftovers or day- old bakery items as sought- after food.
But those are the products the Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank is most in need of.
So, Kimberly McBroom decided to check out the food DISPOSAL procedures of some local stores and restaurants.
Here's her report.
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[SUPER=01-Chuck Fisher/Kroger; :09]
[SUPER=01-Jostina Thomas/Food Lion Store Mgr.; :29]
[SUPER=01-Pam Irvine/Second Harvest Exec. Dir.; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Lare Mitchum/Rally's General Manager; 1:25]
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((For years, Kroger has been in partnership with the Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank-- donating everything from bread to canned goods.
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((CHUCK FISHER/KROGER: SAY, WHEN YOU'RE CASE-CUTTING. OFTENTIMES, YOU'LL CUT THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. YOU DON'T CUT THE LINER. BUT YOU CUT THE OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE WOULDN'T PUT ON THE SHELF TO SELL THE CUSTOMER. BUT THE PRODUCT INSIDE'S STILL PERFECTLY GOOD. ))
Food Lion is another food bank contributor.
And management says since the stores don't keep records of what's donated, they don't receive any sort of tax write-offs.
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((JOSTINA THOMAS/FOOD LION STORE MGR.: WE'RE NOT GETTING ANYTHING IN RETURN. BUT WE ARE GETTING THE SATISFACTION OF HELPING THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED.))
Second Harvest started its Prepared and Perishable Food Program after noticing a decline in the amount of food donated from national manufacturers.
The program's yielded a half- million pounds of food in the last two years, but the NEED continues to rise beyond that.
And that's causing food bank officials to actively pursue both grocery stores and local restaurants.
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((PAM IRVINE/SECOND HARVEST EXEC. DIR.: THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND A MANUFACTURER THAT MAY HAVE A TRUCK- LOAD OF PRODUCTS THAT THEY HAVE TO DUMP. BUT THEY WILL UNDERSTAND A RESTAURANT AS THEY'RE EATING. THEY'LL SEE THIS FOOD AND GO, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS THAT'S LEFT OVER?))
Pizza Hut became the FIRST prepared food donor in Southwest Virginia, often giving away surplus pizzas made by new cooks honing their skills.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: MEANWHILE, SOME FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS LIKE RALLY'S HAVE ITEMS MADE TO ORDER, WHICH CUTS DOWN ON WASTE. BUT THEY SAY THE FOOD THAT IS THROWN AWAY IS DONE SO FOR HEALTH REASONS.))
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((LARE MITCHUM/RALLY'S GENERAL MANAGER: RATHER THAN FOOD, WE DONATE A LOT OF CUPS AND NAPKINS AND MOSTLY CONDOMENT ITEMS. THAT WAY, WE DON'T RUN INTO ANY PROBLEMS WITH BACTERIA OR TRANSFER OF FOOD. ))
However, Mitchum says he WOULD feel comfortable donating chili made from leftover hamburger meat.
While there ARE strict guidelines to follow, food bank officials say restaurateurs shouldn't worry about being generous-- because the Good Samaritan Act protects food donors from any liability.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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Still ahead--safety was the message today at a local truck rodeo.
And, classic cars from the '50s and '60s were on display today at a local car show.
We'll have more on those stories for you when the news continues.
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Motorists and truck drivers got an opportunity to learn how to share the road today during the 14th annual "Truck Safety Rodeo".
It was held at the Salem Civic Center and sponsored by the Safety Council of Southwest Virginia.
It's one of several around the country that offers tractor trailer drivers a chance to show-off and sharpen their skills.
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((TIM FITZGERALD/SAFETY COUNCIL DIRECTOR; THIS COURSE IS SET UP TO HELP THEM PARK, BACK UP TO THE LOADING DOCK, MAKE WIDE TURNS AND ALSO SO THEY CAN STOP IN A CERTAIN AREA. A LOT OF TIMES A DRIVER GETS OUT AND THE AREA'S TIGHT. CARS WILL PARK RIGHT UP AGAINST THEM OR THEY'LL PULL UP CLOSE TO THEM AND THESE GUYS HAVE TO MANEUVER THESE LARGE VEHICLES. AND THIS IS WHERE THEY PRACTICE.))
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A "No-Zone" demonstration was also on display, showing motorists how truckers can lose sight of vehicles due to blind spots.
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((WILLIAM WILBOURNE/EPES TRANSPORT SYSTEM, INC.; THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS NOT AWARE THAT WE HAVE THESE BLIND SPOTS. EVERYTHING THAT YOU DRIVE ON THE ROAD HAS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF BLIND SPOTS. SOME ARE JUST BIGGER THAN OTHERS.))
[SUPER=01-William Wilbourne/"EPES" Transport System, Inc.;]
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The rodeo started early this morning and ended about two hours ago.
It was music, food, fun and cars today at the "Roanoke Valley Mopar Club" car show--
outside of Valley View Mall.
Car enthusiasts had a wide variety of cars to look at including Dodge Challengers, Roadsters and a few DeSotas.
Race cars including street rods were also on display as well as muscle cars.
Some cars even suggested that "Wiley Coyote" had no chance against the "Road Runner".
And coming up, Dorsey Levins signs with the Packers today Ken Griffey Junior homers today Sammy Sosa will try tonight in Colorado.
And Home run leader Mark McGwire is still at 54 after being ejected at Busch Stadium in a game against the Atlanta Braves.
Mark McGwire hit a road block today in his chase for the run record held by Roger Maris.
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In his first at bat against the Braves today, McGwire was upset on getting called out on a close 3 and 2 pitch on the inside part of the plate. He argued the call and was eventually thrown out of the game by the home plate umpire. Cardinal Manager Tony LaRussa was also thrown out of the game.
It was McGwire's first ejection since joining the Cardinals in July of 1997.
The game was tied 3 to 3 after five. Then in the
top of the sixth Andrew Jones hits this double scoring Ryan Klesko and the Braves hold on for the 4 to 3 win.
McGwire has 54 homers and Chicago's Sammy Sosa 53. The Cubs are at Colorado tonight.
Ken Griffey Junior hit his 45-th homer this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
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New York built up an early lead then in the bottom of the fourth the Yankees hit the long ball. Darryl Strawberry sends this pitch over the right field wall for a solo homer and the Yankees led 8 to nothing.
Still in the fourth, Shortstop Derek Jeter hits his 17-th homer of the season a two run shot into the right field bleachers and the Yankees took the 11 to nothing lead.
Griffey would answer the Yankee homers in the top
of the sixth. This solo shot over the right field wall but the Yankees go on to win the game __ to __.
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The Final 18 spots for tomorrow's running of the Farm Aid 300 at Loudon, New Hampshire were decided today.
Jerry Nadeau led second round qualifying today with a speed of 127 point 538 miles per hour. He will start 26-th.
And here's the final starting positions.
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[SUPER=0107-31. Geoff Bodine//32. Joe Nemechek//33. Kevin Lepage//34. Dennis Setzer//35. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Wally Dallenbach//37. Sterling Marlin//38. Johnny Benson//39. Steve Park//40. Rich Bickle//;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Ron Fellows//42. Dave Marcis//43. Darrell Waltrip//;]
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All the paperwork and most of the construction is done and the Rising Star Sports and Adventure Camp is ready to open.
Everyone was invited to see the sports-slash-daycare center at today's open house.
The camp offers an after school program for school age children and evening sports camps for kids of all ages.
The counselors all have college degrees and have played sports in college.
The camp sits on 65 acres so indoor activities aren't the only things on the agenda.
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A bus will pick up the children at school and bring them to the facility.
The Rising Star Sports and Adventure Camp opens Monday.
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When Kris Cantu takes the ice for the Roanoke Express this season it won't be the same Cantu that scored 30 goals in 52 games.
Kris has added 20 pounds of muscle during the off season.
He signed with the Express yesterday after talking with team officials all summer.
G-M Tony Mancuso says it was some times difficult getting in touch with Kris because he was always working on his game.
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((KRIS CANTU/EXPRESS SIGNEE: I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH A PERSONAL TRAINER AND WHAT HE'S BEEN WORKING ON IS PACKING WEIGHT ON MY UPPER BODY. THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH AND THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY HAS TOLD ME IN THE HIGHER LEAGUES. BASICALLY I'VE WORKED ON THAT THIS YEAR AND I'VE GOTTEN A LOT STRONGER AND I'VE ADDED 20 POUNDS AND I'M UP TO 192. HOPEFULLY THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT AND I'LL GET A GOOD CRACK AT IT THIS YEAR.))
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Cantu and the rest of the Express take to the ice October 15th at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Green Bay Packer running back Dorsey levens has ended his holdout.
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The Pro Bowl running back has agreed to a one year deal that will pay him two point 742 million dollars as the Packers franchise player.
Levens missed all of the Packers preseason camp and their exhibition games.
The Salem Avalanche will wrap up a four game set at Memorial Stadium tonight against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Last night Salem came up short losing to the Hillcats 5 to 3.
The game gets underway tonight at 7-oclock and after tonight's game the Avalanche hits the road for four straight games in Kinston.
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Last year around this time, much of the world was in shock--
following the death of Princess Diana.
Monday marks the one year anniversary of the fatal car crash--but tributes to the late princess are already beginning.
We'll have more on that story along with the rest of the day's news, sports and weather tonight on News 7 at Eleven.