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The Holiday weekend is almost here, so what's the status of the water at Smith Mountain Lake?
A deadly accident on I-81-- a truck driver is charged.
And Mike Stevens is live in North Carolina with a live report on tonight's NASCAR qualifying.
News 7 is next.
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A Tennessee truck driver faces manslaughter charges after hitting a car head-on in Montgomery County.
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The crash killed 73-year old Albert Kiehl (Kyle) and his 72 year old wife Irene, instantly.
The two were from Liverpool, New York- a suburb of Syracuse.
The truck driver told investigators he blew a tire and lost control in the morning accident, but police say the evidence tells another story.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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((The virginia state police began their investigation immediately, focusing their attention on the truck's left front tire. they did find damage but said it was not caused by a blowout, plus there were no skidmarks on the northbound pavement.
by the time driver richard wayne west of pulaski tennessee was released from the hospital, police were ready to charge him with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.
(( V.C. JONES/VA. STATE POLICE; FROM WHAT WE'VE GLEANED FROM THE INVESTIGATION SO FAR, WE DON'T SEE ANY INDICATION OF ANY MECHANICAL DEFECT AT THIS TIME.))
The memory of the truck sliding down the embankment 100 feet from her house still frightens Jennifer
((JENNIFER BISHOP/WITNESS; I THOUGHT HE WAS COMING THROUGH THE FENCE, I WASN'T SURE IF HE HAD A GAS TANK ON OR WHAT HE WAS DOING.))
In fact the accident has shaken the roadside neighborhood in more ways than one.
((JANET KEENE/NEIGHBOR; IT SHOOK THE HOUSE, I THOUGHT SOMETHING FELL DOWNSTAIDS.))
neighbors think they should have some kind of protection from accidents like this... like this wall being built along a new stretch of interstate a few miles away.
for some this is the first time they've considered the danger beyond their back doors.
((JANET KEENE/NEIGHBOR; I HAD NEVER BEFORE, BUT, IT'S SOMETHING THAT I'LL DEFINITELY THINK ABOUT.))
The evidence of the accident here will be gone soon, but the impact it's had, and the effect it's had on neighbors will be around for some time. In Montgomery Co., Eric Earnhart, News 7))
Today's crash pushes the number of deaths on I-81 this year into the double digits.
10 people have lost their lives in crashes from Wythe to Rockbridge Counties since January third.
Danville police are still on the scene --
of a single-vehicle crash that left two people trapped in an overturned car off of Westover Drive tonight.
The vehicle struck a utility pole and knocked most of it into the street.
2 people were extricated from the car and taken to Danville Regional Medical Center.
No word yet on their conditions or what caused the crash.
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Just in time for Memorial Day -- Ferrum College and the health department say according to their tests so far this season, Smith Mountain Lake is clean.
But this summer -- you may notice some new restrictions at the lake.
Tina Tenret has the latest.
Jean, these changes are going to put a lot more responsibility on lake users to keep the water clean.
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((People in older lakeside homes will be asked to pump out their septic systems.
Franklin County will pay half the cost.
But soon regular pumping may be the law.
And -- Ferrum College is going to patrol the shoreline this summer by boat -- probing for leaking drainfields.
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((THEY'VE DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB AND I'M IMPRESSED BY WHAT'S HAPPENING AT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE. WE ARE BENEFITTING FROM THAT HARD WORK.))
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Children at Smith Mountain Lake state park must now wear plastic pants to swim -- so dirty diapers won't pollute the water --
and farmers are being pushed to better manage animal waste.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: DO YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT WATER QUALITY? WELL, HAVING BEEN A WATER QUALITY MONITOR FOR ALL THESE YEARS, FRANKLY NO. I THINK OUR WATER QUALITY IS VERY GOOD.))
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The alarm bells may go off when you hear about fecal coliform, or e-coli bacteria, but experts say silt is really the biggest threat to Smith Mountain Lake -- when, for example, cows and construction add more mud to the lake.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
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Attorneys for former Virginia Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller say prosecutors are withholding evidence.
Druckenmiller, who now plays for the 49-ers, is accused of raping a Tech student at a party in Blacksburg, back in March.
The former Tech quarterback admits he had sex with the girl but says it was consensual.
At a pretrial hearing today, Druckenmiller's attorneys asked the court for access to more of the prosecution's evidence.
They claim prosecutors are withholding certain witness statements that could help prove the young woman was the aggressor that night.
Druckenmiller's attorneys say they've also run into other roadblocks.
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((DEBORAH CALDWELL-BONO/DRUCKENMILLER'S ATTORNEY: WE'VE BEEN HINDERED IN OUR EFFORTS TO TALK WITH WITNESSES BY THE WITNESSES TELLING US THAT THE POLICE HAVE TOLD THEM NOT TO TALK WITH US, YEAH THAT'S HINDERING.))
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Prosecutors told the judge they've been cooperative in turning over evidence and aren't required to hand over everything.
Judge Ray Grubbs, however, did NOT make a decision.
Instead-- he continued the case after bickering between the two sides continued to escalate.
A convicted murderer from Halifax County is getting out of prison because of a clerical error.
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Louis Jordan Powell Junior's 28-year murder sentence was overturned yesterday by the Virginia Court of Appeals.
The court threw out the sentence because Powell was not tried within five months of his preliminary hearing.
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The Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney said of the court's decision:
"In this instance they celebrate form over justice. I think this decision does a disservice to the pursuit of justice in Halifax County."
Powell still has to serve several months in prison on weapons charges.
It took a Lynchburg jury just two hours to find a man guilty of capital murder today.
33-year old Darryl Lamont Fleming was accused of stabbing to death 16- year- old Corey Pennix last August.
Fleming also stole crack cocaine and money from Pennix's socks while he lay bleeding to death.
The jury rejected Fleming's claim of self defense.
The sentencing phase of Fleming's trial starts tomorrow.. he could receive the death penalty.
The International War Crimes Tribunal will reportedly indict Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosovic as a war criminal-
NATO officials say this is one more way of trying to stop him-
Two U-S officials say the decision to indict Milosovic could be announced as early as tomorrow.
While many say the indictment may be well deserved- it's not likely to improve the chances of a peace agreement.
Experts say it may just harden his determination to fight on.
One congressional candidate gave up his campaigning this week- to help in the search for his missing grandson.
Former Louisiana Govenor Dave Treen is in a special election- for congress, but instead he left the campaign trail for the hiking trail- his grandson Jason Neville Disappeared Saturday while hiking near Mount Hood in Oregon.
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There was a fear the 20 year old had fallen down a cliff, perhaps drowned.
But today- a news helicopter spotted the Neville.
The man's mother watched the news footage- as it came in.
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((IT'S WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PICTURE I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE.))
((DAVE TREEN/GRANDFATHER: HAS THE EXPERIENCE CHANGED YOU? TREEN: OH YES. IT HAS MADE ME MORE APPRECIATIVE OF THE FUNDAMENTALS IN LIFE AND THAT'S YOUR FAMILY.))
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A news photographer says the metal pans Neville waved in the air reflected the sun- catching his attention.
A little later on the newscast - some TV critics respond to the new TV ratings system- Do they think TV is less violent or not?
And a child molestor who tried to skip town is back in a Central Virginia Courtroom today.
The story coming up.
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((O-K folks here's what's happening tonight in sports, Mike Stevens will join us live from Charlotte with a report on qualifying. B'nai Brith handed out its awards tonight at the Marriott and G.W. of Danville and Albermarle hooked up tonight at Dan Daniel Park in the Semi finals of the Northwest Regional baseball tournament.
All that plus more coming up in Sports.))
They say they've tried to talk to Yokohoma management, but that didn't work.
So hundreds of union workers held what they called a "march for employees' rights."
They walked from the Salem civic center to the tire plant.
They accused their bosses of harassing workers, fostering low morale and not honoring workers' contracts.
The union's president says his members are fed-up.
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((EDDIE ROBTISON/UNION PRESIDENT: ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. THEY'RE JUST LIKE ME. THEY WANT RESPECT. HONOR OUR CONTRACT WE BOTH AGREED ON IN NEGOTIATIONS. THE COMPANY SEEMS TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT.))
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The Vice President of Human Resources at Yokohama says he doesn't fully understand why the union held its march.
But he says the company would like to work with union leaders to address any concerns.
A Bedford County man who fled the state before he could be sent to jail for child molestation now faces even MORE prison time.
46-year old Roger Lee Crouch pleaded guilty to failing to appear at his sentencing hearing last December.
Crouch had been convicted of taking indecent liberties with two young girls.
Police later caught up with him near Corpus Christi, Texas.
Crouch could receive up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced in July.
A year and a day at Danbury Penitentiary.
That's the sentence handed down today for a woman who defrauded Carilion Health System.
Teresa Duggan had her own business in North Andover, Massachusetts, recruiting physicians.
Though she says she had 12 years experience placing professionals, she told the judge today that she was "overwhelmed by the magnitude" of Carlion's needs.
In cahoots with Carilion's own staff recruiter, the two women stole more than 300-thousand dollars from Carilion.
Duggan has begun paying back her share of the money.
The 46- year old mother of three will report to the federal penitentiary at Danbury, Connecticut this Summer.
Another endorsement for A-E-P's new power line proposal.
Details coming up.
Plus a television watchdog group says the TV rating system isn't working, calling shows more offensive than ever.
Those stories just ahead.
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Television's rating system is designed to curb TV violence, but a watchdog group says it isn't working.
The Parents Television council concludes the two years since the system went into effect offensive content has actually increased.
Lee Cowan has more from Washington.
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ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, ABC IS THE MOST OFFENSIVE NETWORK
OVERALL AND LED IN THE AMOUNT OF SEXUAL CONTENT.
CBS WAS THE LEAST OFFENSIVE, BUT WAS THE MOST VIOLENT -- NBC HAD
THE MOST FOUL LANGUAGE.
"We've slept together.."
CRITICS USED CLIPS TO ACCUSE THE NETWORKS OF USING THE RATINGS
SYSTEM TO PUSH THE ENVELOPE ON CONTENT - RATIONALIZING THAT SINCE
PARENTS ARE NOW WARNED ABOUT IT - MORE IS OK.
SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN//D-CT :
The major - ruder, cruder and lewder.
BUT TELEVISION EXECUTIVES ARGUE THE RATINGS SYSTEM IS WORKING -
AND THE SURVEY IS FLAWED.
IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT CBS SAID IT SERIOUSLY QUESTIONS ANY STUDY
THAT CONCLUDES THAT THE NETWORK THAT AIRS "TOUCHED BY AND ANGEL,"
"COSBY" AND "EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND" HAS THE MOST VIOLENT PROGRAMMING.
EITHER WAY - EVERYONE AGREES VIOLENCE AND SEX HAVE NOT DISAPPEARED
FROM THE SMALL SCREEN - AND ISN'T LIKELY TO.
LEE cOWAN CBS NEWS, wASHINGTON.))
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The latest proposed route for a high-voltage power line has received a passing grade from the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club.
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In a filing with the State Corporation Commission, the group says the path between Wyoming, West Virginia and Jacksons Ferry in Wythe County would have less of an impact on the Appalachian Trail than other alternatives.
It says the Appalachian Trail Conference and its associated clubs are willing to accept the corridor if American Electric Power takes specific steps to mitigate the power line's impact.
Appalachian Trail Managers say they still oppose the corridor that would have carried the power line from Wyoming to Cloverdale.
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Mike Stevens is live from Charlotte with first round qualifying for the Coca Cola 600 and we'll check in with high school regional action.
But first out Extra Point.
Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors is the N-B-A Rookie of the year.
Carter, who left North Carolina early, received 113 of a possible 118 votes from the media to earn the honor.
Carter was selected 5-th in the 1998 draft.
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The rain held off and the stars came out last night in Charlotte for the Coca Cola 600 Pole Night.
Mike Stevens has the highligths from Lowes Motor Speedway.
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B'nai B'rith honored 30 of the Roanoke Valley's finest young people.
A male and female from each high school was rewarded for their athletic prowess, academic success and community service.
William Byrd's Kenis Maciel won the overall Athletic and Achievement Award among the men.
In addition to football and wrestling he also tutored children.
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Roanoke Catholic's Maeve O'Meara topped the other female nominees. O'Meara played a half a dozen sports and volunteered in as many organizations.
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Fleming's Herbert Lovelace, Junior picked up the second Artie Levin Personal Life Award for his community service.
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((HIGHLIGHTS FROM HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL AND SOCCER LATER ON MORNIN'))
And coming up, A big night for high school regional action in baseball, softball and Soccer.
And we'll have some highlights from tonight's Soccer action in the valley and baseball from Danville.
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In the Region III boys soccer tournament defending state champion Blacksburg faced William Byrd at Lord Botetourt in the semifinals.
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Right to the action. In the second half, Blacksburg up 1-nothing, watch Michael Orr find the back of the net from long range to make the count 2-nothing.
Then, Dustin Bond blasts this shot in for the Indians third goal of the night, they [SUPER=34-Blacksburg/4/William
Byrd/0;]would get one more to win the final four match up 4-nothing. Blacksburg will meet Jefferson Forest Friday at Botetourt at 7pm for the Region III championship.
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High school regional tournament action took the Roanoke Valley by storm last night. Ladies first.
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it was an all Roanoke Valley District showdown as Cave Spring faced a tough Patrick Henry team in the girls Northwest region semifinals at Victory Stadium.
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ing/0;]but the Lady Knights rose to the challenge, turning away several point blank shots.
Finally with 12 minutes left in the first half as Catherine Jordan scores to make the count 1-nothing. The Lady Patriots would go on to win 3-nothing. Patrick Henry will meet Woodbridge this Friday night at 6pm at cave Spring Junior High.
In Danville, The Eagles opened play in the Semi Finals of the Northwest Region Baseball tournament.
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The Eagles and Patriots would hook up last night at Dan Daniel Park.
In the first inning, Danville gets on the board when Whitt Farr hits a triple to deep right field scoring two runs and the Eagles took the 3 to nothing lead.
The Very next batter Nick Haynes hits a double to left field scoring Farr and the Eagles jumped out to the 4 to nothing lead.
The Patriots would try to come back in the third inning as Sam Parkins hit a shot into left field to score P. J. Mullinex to make 4 to 1 and Danville goes on to win it 4 to 1.
In Girls Softball, Amherst defeated Cave Spring 3 to nothing.
((THAT'S IT FOR SPORTS HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYBODY.))
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