The water at the Lake is full of debris, silt, even animal waste.
That we know.
On News 7 at Six tonight we'll get LIVE reaction to the official report on Smith Mountain Lake released late this afternoon.
And the sad tale of a boy in trouble at school- -shot and killed by his own hand, by mistake.
Tonight on News 7 sports, we'll check on the GM test session at Charlotte and talk with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Plus, Jeff Gordon has something to say about safety at the track.
And the city of champions, Salem, is hosting the A-10 softball championsips starting tomorrow at the Moyer Complex.
Scattered showers in southwest Virginia. Nothing significant so far. Your weekend forecast is coming up.
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Smith Mountain Lake. Just say the words and you think of summer recreation, retirement living, and an important economic force in the region.
Within the last hour, Smith Mountain Lake officials released a 59 page report ... on the quality of the lake's water.
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Tina Tenret is at the lake to tell us what it says.
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A woman accused of killing an elderly Roanoke County man with a fireplace poker has been sentenced to thirty years in prison.
43- year- old Barbara Anderson pled guilty to first degree murder last month.
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She was arrested in September of 1997, after 88- year- old James Beane was beaten to death at his home near Cave Spring Corners.
Today, Judge Roy Willett sentenced Anderson to 30 years in prison. Authorities estimate she will serve about 25 and a half years.
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His father was in jail, his mother far from home. He was expelled from school ... then an accidental shooting took his life.
It happened in Pittsylvania County yesterday, as we told last night.
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Tonight Marya Jones has new information in the case from our Danville newsroom.
Keith, the boy was 15-year-old Mark Anthony Hale.
Family members gathered today at the boy's home. But they said they were too shaken to speak on camera.
They say they don't know how this could have happened and that the boy was well-supervised and cared for by neighbors and family.
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Family members say Mark Hale loved baseball. He'd just gotten a new girlfriend. And neighbors say he wasn't the kind of boy who would play with guns.
But a witness says that yesterday morning, Mark Hale was playing with a 9-millimeter handgun left in his house when he dropped it on the floor. The gun fired, hitting the boy in the chest. He died before police arrived on the scene.
Family members say that the gun may have been left in the house by friends of Mark's older brother, who also lived here.
Neighbors say Mark was home because he had been expelled from school earlier in the year.
The family confirmed that his mother lives out of the state and that his father is being held in the Pittsylvania County jail on an unrelated matter.
Family members are making funeral arrangements for the boy this week. They say he'll be buried in his school baseball uniform.
And Keith, the Roanoke medical examiner says that the boy did die of a gunshot wound to the chest and that the wound does appear to be an accident. Keith?
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A sexual harassment lawsuit against the director of the Patrick Henry Plantation in Campbell County has been settled out of court.
Former music director Laura Simmons claimed Sandy Gregory sexually assaulted and harassed her over a fifteen- month period.
Terms of the settlement have "not" been disclosed, and Gregory is still the director of the home for troubled teens.
He also is being sued by two other workers who claim they were fired for speaking out on Simmons' behalf.
A Virginia appeals court says grandparents can be granted court-ordered visitation rights to their grandchildren.
In a case out of Blacksburg last year-- the Virginia Supreme Court said that married parents COULD deny visitation rights to their children's grandparents.
Tom and Sarah Williams won their case last year against Tom's parents--who sued for the right to visit their seven-year-old grandchild.
The Williams' attorney said in that case that the only way the court would intervene was if the child was living in an unfit home--which was never alleged.
Now the three-judge appeals panel decided that grandparents have more rights when the parents are divorced.
The decision says the grandparents simply have to show a court that visitation would be in the child's best interest.
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Get used to it now. The candidates for senator NEXT YEAR are already trading punches. That story is still ahead.
Next, Kosovo refugees are arriving in The States, and plans are already underway to bring some of them here.
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Some of the first Kosovar refugees who come to America will be making their temporary home in Lynchburg.
At least two families are expected to arrive in the Hill City within the next several weeks.
Local churches are coordinating an effort to provide them with housing, food and clothing while they're here.
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Roskelly says they need money, food, and clothing for the families before they arrive.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact the Presbytery of the Peaks at 804-845-1754.
Across the country people are scrambling to find ways of preventing another massacre like the school shooting we saw in Littleton last month.
In Roanoke today the President of the National Mental Health Association told educators and police officers that there IS a solution.
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He says instead of putting armed guards in schools, students need more counselors.
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((MICHAEL FAENZA/PRESIDENT NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC.: I ASKED THE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS HOW MANY KIDS WOULD GO AND TALK TO SOMEBODY IN THE SCHOOL IF THEY FELT LIKE HURTING THEMSELVES OR THEY KNEW SOMEBODY ELSE DID AND NOT ONE OF THOSE KIDS RAISED THEIR HAND AND THEY SAID THERE WAS NOBODY IN THAT SCHOOL THEY FELT COULD REALLY LISTEN TO THEM.))
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School system officials say there are gaps in our community -- especially for teenagers who do not have insurance coverage.
Others say the best insurance against a similar tragedy from occurring again is the power of prayer.
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About a hundred people turned out for ceremonies in Lynchburg today marking the 48th annual National Day of Prayer.
Among the attendees was the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who says the Colorado tragedy could signal a rebirth of spirituality in America.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: AND WE'RE HEARING PEOPLE SAY `ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE THAT ANYMORE', AND IT SEEMS TO BE A REACTION AGAINST THE ACLU AND AMERICANS UNITED FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE AND LIBERAL POLITICIANS WHO WANT TO THROW GOD AND FAITH AND RELIGION OUT OF THE PUBLIC SQUARE.))
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The Day of Prayer was first suggested by the Continental Congress in 1775, but wasn't officially recognized until 1952.
Wall Street moved lower today, but recovered from some of its lowest levels of the day.
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The Dow fell about nine points to 10 thousand 947. NASDAQ took a bigger hit, down 62 points.
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Virginia voters have more than 18 months to pick between Chuck Robb and George Allen for the U-S Senate.
But the jabs between the two camps have already begun, and you can get ready for plenty more.
Ellen Qualls reports on the battle of the quotes.
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(( It may be George Allen's most famous line:
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But Allen's NOT alone in his contempt for his political opponents:
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You get the idea.
So it may surprise you to hear these guys say nice things about each other.
The Robb campaign has a brand new website, complete with a high-fiving Chuck in a little opening sequence.
If you click on "What's Being Said" about the Senator... the very first complimentary quote comes from none other than George Allen.
From the now-defunct Virginia Country magazine in April 1991.
"... then-Delegate George Allen remarks: 'I liked the Robb Administration and hardly had any philosophical differences with them..."
Well, the Republican Party of Virginia says touche-- but fires back with a quote from the Democratic Senator.
In a 1997 speech, Robb said
"... Virginians were generally satisfied with the direction of our state and country, for which both George Allen and Bill Clinton can justly claim a share of the credit."
Sure, the Robb campaign says, they remember the boss saying that.
They even have the speech on his web site-- but they've excerpted out the nice words about George Allen.
Enjoy the campaign while it's still in the witty repartee stage.
It's bound to get more serious.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
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You can visit Chuck Robb's new campaign website by linking through the NEWS 7 "Politics" page at WDBJ7-dot-COM.
The Allen campaign is still developing its own website.
The City of Danville says it's getting off to a "swinging" start with a new golf training facility.
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City officials and residents of the Liberty View housing development gathered today to announce that Liberty View COULD get a nine-hole golf course. It would be used as a training site for underprivileged children.
However, the golf course hinges on whether Danville is picked by the federal government for a 20-million-dollar housing grant.
The golf course would be built on the site of an old landfill.
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City officials say they're optimistic that the housing grant will come through. They say we'll find out as early as September.
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the Tech women are set to host the A-10 women's softball tournament this weekend in Salem.
We'll see what Jeff Gordon thinks about the safety at Charlotte.
And Dale Earnhardt Junior gets more than his share of attention this week in Charlotte as he prepares for his Winston Cup debut.
The General Motors teams wrapped up two days of testing at the Lowes Motor Speedway at Charlotte today.
Later this month the drivers will be back in the queen city for "The Winston" all-star event and the Coca-Cola World 600.
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The decision to allow the Cup teams to test at the track this week was in many a chance for the 40 year old facility to get back to normal.
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This past Saturday, three fans were killed during the Indy Racing League's Visionaire 500 when a tire flew into the stands along with other debris in turn four.
Ironically, during the first moments of this GM test session, Michael Waltrip hit the wall in almost the same spot, but his car did not fly apart.
Still safety is on the minds of everyone at the track.
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In my opinion they can raise the fence another 100 feet but there is still a chance one of these Indy cars will fly through it.
The real problem is SPEED!
When Gordon won the pole for the 600 last May he ran a lap at just under 183 miles an hour.
In contrast, Greg Ray's pole winning speed for the Indy event last Friday night was 40 miles an hour faster, at nearly 223 miles an hour.
The Virginia Tech softball team opens play in the Atlantic 10 tournament tomorrow at the Moyer Sports Complex against St. Joe's.
This is the first time the A-10 softball tourney has been held in Salem. The Lady Hokies bring a 14 and 2 conference record along with a 52 and 14 overall mark to the table. Tech is ranked 26th in the country while UMass is rated 16th. Bringing top notch A-10 competition to Salem will hopefully generate interest.
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The Lady Hokies play at two tomorrow afternoon against St. Joe's.
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In a narrow vote last year, the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors voted to permit a controversial airstrip.
Now that airstrip is again the center of debate.
Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom with more.
Keith, Supervisors voted to let Harold Hotinger (hot-ene-gir) operate the airstrip for only one year with several restrictions.
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Now that the time is up - officials are taking another look at the growth of the airstrip on this land.
And they're also doing a double-take on opposition to it.
Will one of the region's few airstrips be up and running for another few years?
We'll have the answer to that question coming up on News 7 at 11.
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