Next on News 7 at six, some passengers are still stuck, caught in the crossfire of the Northwest Airlines strike.
And you'd better buckle up, state troopers will be watching you as Labor Day approaches.
In sports, Tom McKnight was in the finals of the U.S. Amateur Championship Highlights from Major League Baseball.
And Sammy Sosa hits homer number 54 to tie Mark McGwire for the lead in the Chase of Roger Maris's home run record.
Hurricane Danielle is getting closer.
But she's starting to make the slow turn away from the coast.
Coming up, details on the tropics and a cool down here at home.
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Three men were rushed to the hospital after a boating accident on Smith Mountain Lake last night.
One of them is in critical condition.
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Authorities say a bass boat hit a pontoon boat in the Blackwater River section of the lake around 11-30.
Union Hall resident Eric Barber, Jeffrey Bussey (Bue-see) of Rocky Mount and Ivy Layman are all at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Rescue workers say the accident was due to darkness.
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Ivy Layman and Eric Barber are both in intensive care.
Layman is listed in critical condition, Barber's condition is serious.
Jeffrey Bussey is in stable condition.
Swann says there have been three fatalities at the lake this year.
Smith Mountain Lake marine rescue officials say they've had three times the number of calls this season compared to last year.
Franklin County Game Wardens are still investigating the accident.
Day two of the Northwest Airlines strike... the planes are grounded, and negotiations aren't going anywhere either.
Northwest is canceling all flights through Tuesday... international flights are cancelled through Wednesday.
No new talks are scheduled between the company and the pilots union.
The Roanoke Regional Airport is not a major hub for Northwest.
But, the pilots' strike has left some local customers stranded.
David Johnson was at the airport earlier today and fills us in on the latest.
(Eric, yesterday four Northwest flights out of Roanoke were cancelled as a result of the strike. And passengers found t
hemselves making alternate travel plans.)
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(( Bob Wagner flew Northwest Airlines from Michigan to Roanoke on Friday night.
He was in the area for a business meeting.
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((BOB WAGNER/STRANDED NORTHWEST PASSENGER; I ARRIVED HERE AT 11 O'CLOCK. I WAS SUPPOSED TO COME IN ON SATURDAY. THE MEETING WAS PRETTY IMPORTANT, SO I CHANGED MY FLIGHT FROM SATURDAY TO FRIDAY NIGHT.))
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Now that the meeting is over, the business at hand for Wagner is making his way home.
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((BOB WAGNER; I WAS SUPPOSED TO FLY FROM HERE TO DETROIT TO SAGINAW, MICHIGAN. NOW IT LOOKS LIKE I'M GOING TO HAVE TO FLY FROM HERE TO CHICAGO ON A DIFFERENT AIRLINE. AND THEN FROM CHICAGO TO FLINT AND THEN DRIVE FROM FLINT TO SAGINAW.))
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Mesaba Airlines serves as an airlink for Northwest Airlines here in Roanoke.
Employees say they have ended service until the Northwest strike is over.
Wagner says his company saw the handwriting on the wall and tried to work around it.
He says it's been difficult to catch a flight with other airlines because they're already full.
But he's staying in good spirits.
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((BOB WAGNER; WELL OBVIOUSLY IT'S A PROBLEM. BUT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO WORK THROUGH IT. SO FAR EVERYONE HAS BEEN RELATIVELY COOPERATIVE.))
The good news for Wagner and others in his situation here in Roanoke, Mesaba Airlines has been able to provide air service with other airlines relatively quickly.
But the bad news awaits them at major Northwest Airline hubs in the country's midwest areas, where it is reported that getting to another destination won't be as easy.
Legal battles to admit women into VMI, led to the formation of an all-female cadet corp at Mary Baldwin College four years ago.
And, today it celebrated its fourth anniversary.
The program is called V-WIL or "Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership".
And, 43-new freshmen, called (Nah-lls)"nULLs", were officially accepted into the program today.
An hour-long induction ceremony and military parade took place earlier this afternoon to mark the occasion.
This is the first time that all classes from seniors to freshmen will be part of the V-Wil program.
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Still ahead--State police gear up for the Labor Day weekend traffic.
And, we'll check in with a Bedford County composer who's using the latest technology to create his own symphonies.
But, first let's get an update from Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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Virginia state police say there were 16 fatal accidents and 175 drunk driving arrests last year during the Labor day weekend.
This Labor Day weekend, more officers will be on the road trying to reduce those figures.
It's all a part of program CARE, which stands for "Combined Accident Reduction Effort".
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((TROOPER BOB CARPENTIERI/VA. STATE POLICE; WHAT WE'LL BE DOING IS TRYING TO TARGET AGGRESSIVE DRIVING BEHAVIOR AND REDUCE ACCIDENTS AND LOOK AT OTHER TYPE VIOLATIONS.))
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State and local officers will also launch the "Smart, Safe and Sober" campaign just before Labor Day weekend.
That program involves safety belt and child safety seat check points.
If you thought learning about agriculture was just for farmers and their children.. think again.
The Virginia Farm Bureau is expanding its "Ag in the Classroom" initiative to make it compatible to the new Standards of Learning.
Elementary school teachers across the state are being offered free teaching materials to incorporate into their everyday lesson plans.
The idea is to teach children that agriculture affects their everyday lives.
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((JAY POOLE/AG IN THE CLASSROOM: AND WE THINK THIS IS A GREAT VEHICLE TO TELL A REALLY GOOD STORY ABOUT AGRICULTURE THESE DAYS. AGRICULTURE IS NOT REALLY THE FARMER WITH THE OVERALLS AND THE PITCHFORK ANYMORE, IT'S THE FARMER THAT HAS A VERY EXPENSIVE TRACTOR WITH A SATELLITE DISH ON THE TRACTOR THAT TALKS TO A SATELLITE UP IN ORBIT. THAT'S WHAT AGRICULTURE IS TODAY.))
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Poole says teaching children about agriculture now will make them better- informed voters when they're grown up.
It also opens up new career paths they might not have been aware of.
It was a week to forget on Wall Street.
The Dow suffered its worst seven-day point drop on record.
Scott Goldberg has that story and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((We start on Wall Street.
Where shaky foreign economies rattled our stock market and rolled the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its largest one-week point drop ever.
The industrials have dropped 14-percent since their peak in July.
And stocks that don't belong to the group have done even worse.
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((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS: SEVENTY PERCENT OF THE STOCKS ON THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE HAVE LOST 20 PERCENT FROM THEIR HIGHS THIS YEAR.))
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When the week ended the Dow was down 482-points.
The Nasdaq lost 158.
In Roanoke, Halmode Apparel is laying off 180 people.
That's 40-percent of the Roanoke work force.
The textile company has already canned 75 percent of its workers in Covington.
And earlier this year, Halmode laid off all 117 people who worked in New Castle.
More layoffs in Christiansburg.
Donnkenny Apparel is closing its New River finishing plant.
Sixty-five people will be out of work there.
Another bank buyout.
North Carolina's Branch Bank and Trust is taking over the MainStreet Financial group.
MainStreet is based in Martinsville and operates 11-different banks around Virginia.
Your friends at Your Hometown Station did more than report the news this week.
We made some.
We're leaving our home of almost 40-years and moving into a higher-tech -- and much bigger -- building on Hershberger Road.
It's the site of the old Best Products building.
If all goes as planned, we'll be there on January 1st, 2000.
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If once wasn't enough, we'll show you the boards one more time.
The Dow closed at 80-51 this week.
The Nasdaq is at 16-39.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
Still to come...
Jeff Gordon takes the checkered flag at the Food Aid 300 in Loudon, New Hampshire.
And, Andrew will have the latest on Hurricane Danielle when the news continues.
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A Bedford County resident is using his computer as a musical instrument to help him compose symphonies.
Steve Smallshaw introduces us to Dean Haskins on this week's edition of Virginia Profile.
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At first it looks like any other basement, but inside these rooms beats the heart of a composer.
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Like his 19th century counterparts, Dean Haskins spends hundreds of hours holed up, creating musical masterpieces.
But unlike Brahms or Beethoven, Haskins employs space age technology to turn sounds into symphonies.
Instead of the labor- intensive method of writing out the notes and waiting for someone to play them.. a few taps of a keyboard here.. and a click of a mouse there.. produces instant orchestra.
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((DEAN HASKINS/COMPOSER: WITH THE ADVENT OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND THIS PHENOMENAL PIECE OF SOFTWARE, IT GIVES ME THE LUXURY OF HEARING EXACTLY WHAT THE PASSAGE IS GOING TO SOUND LIKE AS I'M COMPOSING IT. IT IS AS IF THE SOFTWARE AND I HAVE BECOME ONE, IT'S ALMOST LIKE THE SOFTWARE IS PART OF MY CREATIVE PROCESS.))
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That process is fueled by stories Haskins says touch or inspire him.
His first symphony was for Matthew Jordan Brown, the son of Bedford sheriff Mike Brown, who was killed in a car accident last year.
Matthew was an artist and poet for whom Haskins created the "Starlight Symphony".. a legacy his parents have embraced.
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((HASKINS: I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THEY'VE TOLD ME `THAT'S MATT. THE MUSIC IS MATT.' IT'S LIKE A PART OF MATT IS STILL ALIVE NOW BECAUSE OF THAT SYMPHONY.))
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Haskins followed up "Starlight" with a symphony for Queen Elizabeth and the 45th anniversary of her coronation.
Now he's working on a piece for the Christopher Reeve Foundation, to help the paralyzed actor find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
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((HASKINS: I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE INSPIRATION'S GOING TO COME FROM FOR THE FOURTH SYMPHONY, BUT I'M SURE AT SOME POINT IT WILL BE THERE.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
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Sales of the "Starlight Symphony" benefit the Matthew Jordan Brown Foundation.
You can order a copy by calling 1- 800- 756- 4849 or writing to the address on your screen.
While pro golfers will be aiming for the greens, Lynchburg hopes to SEE some green from a Senior Series tour event that's coming to the Hill City this fall.
City leaders announced last week that the Ivy Hills Golf Club would host the area's first pro golf event the week of October 12th.
Mayor Pete Warren says having the Senior Series tour in town will put hundreds of people in local hotels and restaurants.
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((PETE WARREN/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I THINK JUST TO HAVE THIS KIND OF ACTIVITY THAT WILL BE JUST A FUN 4 TO 5 DAYS FOR LYNCHBURG THAT WOULD BE SO DIFFERENT. WE'VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE IN TERMS OF A MAJOR TOURNAMENT AND I JUST THINK IT WOULD ADD MUCH TO THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE FOR OUR CITIZENS.))
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144 pro golfers are expected to compete in the tournament.
It also will be carried on a tape- delayed basis by The Golf Channel.
And coming up in Sports, Sosa and Griffey heat up the chase in the quest to break Roger Maris's record.
And the Rainbow Warriors use a pit stop to give Jeff Burton a win in the Food Aid 300 at Loudon, New Hampshire.
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South Boston's jeff Burton was charging to the front with 195 laps to go he was running third after passing Bobby Labonte.
Burton was chasing Mark Martin. Martin would lead the early part of the race and he was the leader with over 180 laps to go.
Jeff Gordon dropped back as far as 17-th but he was moving to the front taking over the 10-th spot. Gordon had one of the fastest cars on the track.
Then the second caution of the day would come out when Ken Schrader and Rusty Wallace touch sending Schrader into the wall coming out of turn 3.
Dale Jarrett was on the chase trying to catch up with Martin he was a half a second back with over 70 laps left in the race.
Several laps later Martin goes low on the track and clips Rich Bickle bringing out the caution and Jarrett would take the lead when Martin drifts up the track.
Tom McKnight of Galax was three down after the first 18 holes of the U.S. Amateur championship. But after 25 holes the match was all even.
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Then McKnight would drop three holes in a row and he needed to make this putt to prevent going down 4 with 5 holes left to play.
McKnight's opponent Hank Kuehne didn't give him any breathing rooom he would make this putt to keep the score three up with 4 to play and Kuehne wins the U.S. Amateur 2 and 1.
Kansas City completed its first sweep of Baltimore since 1991 with a 3 to 2 victory over the Orioles.
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A beautiful day at Camden Yard this afternoon.
The Royals got off to a shaky start. Chris Haney walks B.J. Surhoff with the bases loaded scoring a run to make it 1 to nothing Royals.
The Royals trailed 2 to 1 then in the fifth Mendy Lopez hits this two run double into the gap of left centerfield scoring a run to tie it at 2 to 2.
Kansas city broke it up in the fifth Hal Morris
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In Boston this afternoon, Anaheim would come from behind to beat the Red sox 8 to 6.
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The Red Sox took the lead in the bottom of the first John Valentin hits this two run homer over the Green Monster in left field and the Sox took a 2 to nothinglead.
But the Angels rallied in the second Garrett Anderson picks up this low pitch and sends it into the bleachers at the corner of left field and the game was tied at 2 to 2.
California would take the lead in the third Gregg
Jefferies hits a shot into the gap at left centerfield scoring a run and the Angels hold on for the 8 to 6 win.
Ken Griffey Junior is making a run in catching up with Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa in the chase for Roger Maris's home run record.
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This afternoon at Yankee Stadium Griffey takes this pitch deep over the right centerfield fence for a three run homer. Its Griffey's 46-th homer and its his second in as many days.
Seattle goes on to win the game __ to __.
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Sammy Sosa was at it again today he smokes this pitch off the scoreboard in the first inning against Colorado for a two run hommer giving him 54 to tie Mark McGwire for the lead.
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Retirement is keeping Dan Wooldridge on the move.
As Denise Allen tells us the former Commissioner of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and man in charge of Big East referees will be in action during the college football season.
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((Dan Wooldridge was in charge of Big East referees when this brawl broke out at the Virginia Tech-Maryland game in 1993.
This season he'll still be watching to see how referees do in tough situations.
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((DAN WOOLDRIDGE/NFL REFEREE SCOUT: I'M GOING TO WORK FOR THE NFL. I WILL EVALUATE AN OFFICIAL OR TWO WHO ASPIRE TO THE NFL.))
The job will in tale traveling to watch ACC, Atlantic 10 and Big East.
But that's not everything.
You may be seeing this former high school basketball ref on ESPN.
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((IF THEY HAD A PLAY THAT WAS CONTROVERSIAL I WOULD MAKE A COMMENT ON WHETHER THE REF RULED ON THE PLAY CORRECTLY OR IF THEY RIGHT GUY CALLED IT.))
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He says this will take the guess work out of commentating.
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((MOST OF THE GUYS WHO DO THE PLAY BY PLAY AND COLOR DON'T KNOW THE RULES. THEY'VE EITHER BEEN A COACH OR A PLAYER AND THIS WOULD BRING A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE TO THE GAME.))
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And Dan Wooldridge is giving us all a new perspective on what the word retirement means.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.
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