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New cars are rolling off the lots- but will new ones keep coming in? The answer may come at midnight tonight.
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If you're planning to shop for a new car this summer, what happens in the next hour could affect your plans.
Truck drivers who deliver new cars are set to strike at one minute after midnight, if negotiations don't produce a new contract.
Eric Earnhart spoke to area dealers today - how will a strike affect them?
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A day or a week-long strike won't affect them too much, but a month or more could begin to cause problems.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Shelor/Shelor Automotive; :19]
[OUT Q=manufacturers and us]
(( For automobile dealers this is prime time... balmy temperatures, early evening sunlight and shiny chrome give people new car fever.
The rest of the year, Shelor Automotive has about a 60 to 90 day supply on hand... but right now, more cars are rolling off the lot.
[IN Q=this time of]
((LARRY SHELOR/SHELOR AUTOMOTIVE; THIS TIME OF YEAR WE'RE DOWN TO 30 DAYS, SOME OF OUR CAR LINES IN THE TOYOTA SECTION FOR INSTANCE ARE RUNNING LIKE TEN TO 15 DAYS SUPPLY (09) WE COUNT ON THE TRUCKS COMING IN ON A PRETTY REGULAR BASIS.
[OUT Q=regular basis]
Over at Dominion Dodge in Salem, owner Andy Kaplan told us he doesn't expect the strike to last long, and if it did, he could go get some vehicles himself.
The Shelor group will do the same if they have to... but that will only help for so long.
[IN Q=most of our]
((LARRY SHELOR/SHELOR AUTOMOTIVE; MOST OF OUR VEHICLES ARE RECIEVED THROUGH THE RAIL-YARDS, IF THEY CAN GET THE VEHICLES TO THE RAIL YARDS, WE CAN GET THE ONES THAT ARE IN THE TRANSIT SYSTEM NOW, AND POSSIBLY GO TO THE PORTS... OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME IT COULD PRESENT SOME PROBLEMS FOR THE MANUFACTURERS AND US. ))
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A grand jury is expected to decide if charges will be filed against the Radford woman involved in a weekend accident that killed two young girls.
13-year old Leslie Ann Cole and 12-year old Eden Hall died late Saturday night when they were thrown from the pickup they were riding in.
45-year old Terry Cabell (Cuh-Bell) was behind the wheel of the pickup.
Police say she was traveling East on Rock Road in Radford when she apparently lost control and swerved into the path of a Ford van.
Cabell, who was injured in the wreck, is the mother of Leslie Cole.
Both girls attended Radford's John N- Dalton Intermediate school.
The seventh graders were in Kelly (mah-row's) Mauro's science class.
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((KELLY MAURO/SCIENCE TEACHER:THEY SAT AT THE SAME TABLE AND THEY WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS, THEY WORKED TOGETHER AND WORKED IN GROUPS TOGETHER, THEY WERE REAL GOOD FRIENDS, GOOD STUDENTS. ))
[out q=good students.]
Police say Cabell told them both girls were riding in the cab of the truck.
But investigators are waiting on the medical examiners office to confirm that information.
They are also trying to determine if Cabell had been drinking.
A bottle of alcohol was found in the truck.
Entertainment is too violent. That's the message from the President-
who's ordering an investigation into the entertainment industry- with particular aim at video games-
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[IN Q=Nine programmable]
((CLINTON: NINE PROGRAMMABLE WEAPONS BUTTONS. CUSTOMIZABLE FEEDBACK SOFTWARE. PUSH THE STICK THAT PUSHES BACK AND FEEL YOUR PAIN. AND HERE'S ONE MOST UNBELIEVABLE OF ALL IT SAYS KILL YOUR FRIENDS, GUILT FREE.))
[OUT Q=guilt free]
The President ordered an investigation of entertainment advertising - suggested the PG-13 movie rating allows too much violence and asked video store managers to enforce the ratings.
It was a little more than a month ago that students ran in terror from Columbine High school.
Today they walked back inside the school for the first time since that day.
Students and their parents were allowed in for fifteen minutes at a time- to gather bookbags and other personal items.
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((LINDSEY DOWLING/COLUMBINE STUDENT: I STILL DON'T THINK IT'S CLICKED WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE INCLUDING ME THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED AT OUR SCHOOL, AT COLUMBINE, THE WORST SCHOOL SHOOTING AT OUR SCHOOL. IT'S NOT REAL YET WE'RE ALL STICKING TOGETHER.))
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13 people died in the school shooting April 20th.
The shooting prompted a vote on Capitol Hill that's reportedly causing change in the Virginia-based Christian Coalition.
Televangelist and Coalition President Pat Robertson is reportedly upset with the Republican-led Senate's vote to create new gun control laws.
So he's taking away Executive Director Randy Tate's title, and sending him to Washington to become a more aggressive lobbyist.
The restructuring will give Robertson more authority in the Coalition.
Preparations are underway in Lynchburg for the arrival of some of the first refugees from Kosovo.
The family of seven is expected to arrive later this week.
A volunteer group has spent the past few weeks gathering donations of food, clothing and furniture to fill up this duplex which the family will rent on a monthly basis.
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((CHRIS BARRETT/KOSOVAR RESETTLEMENT PROJECT: I THINK THE MOST TRAUMATIC THING MAY BE SEPARATION FROM FELLOW ALBANIANS AND KOSOVARS. BUT IN TERMS OF CREATURE COMFORTS AND A FEELING OF SECURITY AND A FEELING OF PEACE, THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT FOR THEM.))
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[OUT Q=great for them.]
All seven family members are adults, and Barrett says the next step is to find jobs for them.
At least two other refugee families are expected to resettle in Lynchburg over the next few weeks.
Jean tosses to Robin in the weather office
It's another night of severe weather in the midwest with 5 tornado watches in effect. Last night severe weather rolled through Lawton,OK.
Minor injuries were reported but luckily no deaths. Local officials said winds reached 100 miles per hour and tore the roofs off the Lawton Christian School and heavily damaged other buildings in the area. You can see from this view how the damage was isolated to a narrow path, but the damage was severe.
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Norfolk Southern doubled in size today ... as the Thoroughbred of Transportation rolled out of the merger gate.
C-E-O David Goode welcomed rail workers in Pennsylvania to the "new Norfolk Southern."
This is the first day the railroad is running trains on old Conrail routes.
N-S and CSX have divided Conrail.
N-S gets nearly 60-percent of the tracks, and now dominates rail traffic east of Kansas City.
The merger puts two trains into an area that was monopolized by one.
If all goes as planned, the deal will increase competition and should lower shipping costs.
Danville police have an unsolved Memorial Day murder on their hands.
Police say they're following leads in the shooting of 24-year-old Fabian Wimbush on this Danville street.
Neighbors have placed a marker near the spot where Wimbush was shot down Monday morning.
Witnesses say that shortly before the shooting, Wimbush was seen arguing with someone outside a Worsham Street convenience store.
So far, no suspects have been named in the shooting.
A Roanoke woman who neglected her new baby... to the point where the child died... was sentenced today to eight years in prison.
Crystal Johnson's lawyer called her "a party girl" who's made some bad choices in life.
The 27-year old mother of two other children told her probation officer that she supported herself by "shoplifting and getting money from men."
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((I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I REALIZE I FAILED MY RESPONSIBILITY AS BEING A MOTHER, AND THAT WAS THE REASON I TURNED PRINCESS OVER TO MY FAMILY, BECAUSE OF MY DRUG ADDICTION, AND I KNEW I COULD NOT CARE FOR HER, SO I LEFT HER WITH MY FAMILY MEMBERS.))
[SUPER=01-Crystal Johnson/Manslaughter Defendant]
[OUT Q=my family members.]
Judge Jonathan Apgar (APP-garr) could have placed Johnson on probation, but gave her eight years to serve.
Johnson is already serving a three- year sentence for parole violation by petty larceny and forgery charges.
A Vinton woman who helped plot to kill her husband walked free today even though a judge sentenced her to ten years in prison.
48-year-old Dorothea Martin sent her lover Thomas Gray 450-dollars in jail.
Prosecutors say that was to hire a hitman to kill her husband.
The hitman turned out to be the sheriff working undercover.
Martin is out on 100-thousand-dollars bond until an appeals court decides whether to hear her case.
A lawsuit over lightning -
We'll tell you why one couple says a local camp is to blame for their child being struck.
And air fares shoot sky high - it didn't happen overnight - but it did get a lot worse over the weekend.
Details when News 7 at 11 returns.
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[IN Q=Hey guys]
((Hey guys this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office getting set to crown another national champ in Salem.
Blacksburg continues to play like a champ winning its 42nd straight in soccer.
We'll check some other VHSL quarterfinal action from tonight.
Plus, meet a William Byrd girl who epitomizes what is means to be a student-athlete. It's all coming up in a few here on the Big 7.))
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Beginning tonight - truckers passing through Southwest Virginia will face tougher-than-usual safety inspections- They'll last for the remainder of the week.
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20 troopers will be checking out equipment and looking for driver violations on the Interstate 81 weight scales in Troutville.
It's part of "International Highway Safety Week," sponsored by the U-S Department of Transportation.
During last year's efforts, 561 trucks were inspected - 123 were deemed unsafe and placed out of service.
The war to get your investment dollars is moving to the internet.
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Merrill Lynch- a company that once dismissed the internet today launched its own online service.
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[IN Q=It would be]
((DAVID KOMANSKY/MERRILL LYNCH: IT WOULD BE FOOLISH TO IGNORE THAT PART OF THE MARKETPLACE, SO WE JUST DECIDED TO ATTACK IT.))
[SUPER=01-David Komansky/Merrill Lynch;]
[OUT Q=to attack it.]
With 14 thousand brokers who charge hundred dollar commissions, Merrill resisted change.
Now a Merrill Trade will cost 29.95 on line.
While investing got cheaper, airline fares just got more expensive.
Continental prompted the most recent fare increase hiking rates by four percent on Friday to begin the summer travel season.
By today all the major airlines had increased their advance fare tickets- effective immediately.
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If you live near the route for a proposed high-voltage power line ... and you want your opinion heard ... your day is coming.
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The State Corporation Commission has scheduled public hearings for counties affected by the Jacksons Ferry power line route.
The first hearing is in Bland County on July 13th.
Then, Pulaski County on the 15th.
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The third is in Tazewell County on July 20th.
And the fourth is in Max Meadows on the 22nd.
There will be two hearings on each of those dates...
at one in the afternoon and at 7 in the evening.
If you want to speak, you should show up early.
A Maryland couple has filed a 6-point-9 million dollar lawsuit against Wilderness Adventure in Craig County.
Michael and Hillary Friedman say their 14-year old son, Mathew, was struck by lightening at the camp LAST June and is now blind in one eye as a result.
The complaint filed in federal court in Roanoke today by a Fairfax lawyer says Wilderness Adventure knew of the danger associated with thunderstorms.
But the suit says Wilderness Adventure "recklessly disregarded the weather warnings... when they sent Mathew and his fellow campers off to camp in the woods."
Straight ahead on News 7 at 11 -
More than 30 years after JFK's assassination - key information is released regarding the casket that first carried his body.
The story, straight ahead.
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New information about the casket that brought John F. Kennedy's body from Dallas to Washington.
Documents released today show the casket was dumped at sea- at the request of the family.
Eric Enberg has more.
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((It was two years after the assassination. The casket is stored in a
vault at the National Archives in downtown Washington.
Concerned it might fall into the hands of sensation seekers, the late
President's brother Robert tells Archives officials:
"What I would like to have done is take it to sea."
The actual disposal is turned over to the military. A submarine
commander advises how to make it "secure for dropping and sinking."
42 holes are drilled into the casket. 3 80 pound sandbags are put
A memo written by an aide to Defense Secretary McNamara records how the
casket is moved from the Archives to a C-130 transport plane at Andrews
Air Force Base on February 18, 1966.
It is fitted with two parachutes to insure it won't break apart on
The crew flies to a point off the Delaware coast....
The plane drops to 500 feet; And...at precisely 10 a.m..... the weighted casket is pushed out. It sinks "sharply, clearly and
immediately. Eric Enberg, CBS News, Washington.))
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It's state quarterfinal high school night and we'll have some highlights and scores coming up for you from Danville to Blacksburg.
Plus, we'll crown the D-3 baseball champ in Salem.
But first in tonight's Extra Point, Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors leads the NBA all-rookie team that was released today.
The former Tarheel is joined on the first team by Boston's Paul Pierce, Sacaramento's Jason Williams, Vancouver's Mike Bibby and Orlando's Matt Harpring.
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It's state championship week for Virginia High school league teams all across the state, and this morning we begin our quarterfinal highlights from Danville where the Eagles played Dinwiddie with the winner moving on to Norfolk for Friday's semi-finals.
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The GW faithful turned out last night to help bring home a victory to southside at Dan Daniel Park.
We pick up the highlights in the first with Dinwiddie's Victor Slade placing the bunt down the first base line. He's out on the unassisted play at first, but Lamont Jordan is able to score thanks to the GW throwing error to second and it's one to nothing Dinwiddie.
The Eagles defense woudl settle down and Justin Tubb makes the diving catch in right field to end the inning and set down the Generals.
GW would get on board in it's half of the first frame as Whitt Farr hits a single to left field that scores Chris Bowers. It's all tied up at 1 a piece.
Things would tighten up on both sides after that as Danville's Nick Haynes hits
a single to right field. The runner is gonna try to score on the play, but he's throw
out at the plate as Haynes, himself just beats the throw to second.
Danville wins it 5-to-4.
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The Blacksburg Indians have moved a step closer to another state Group Two-A soccer Championship.
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Shelley Blumenthal's has now played 42 games without a loss after blanking Carroll County last night.
The Indians fired shot after shot and finally late in the first half Ben Price finds the back of the net to give Blacksburg all it would need to win the quarterfinal game.
Carroll County played gallantly on defense, Keeper George Dudzinski blocked many a Indian shot to keep the Cavaliers in the game.
But here's why the Indians are so good. Travis Hunnings with the centering header to Dustin Bond for the header in the net. Blacksburg wins 3-to-nothing.
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The Lady Indians started Blacksburg High School off on the winning track in the first game of the doubleheader.
Blacksburg took a two to nothing lead into half time, in the second period, Erin Bixler makes the pass to Susan Winfrey, Winfrey fires to the far post to increase the advantage.
The Indians keep pounding Marion as Hanna Wakley feeds Ayla Gustafson who powers this shot past the Scarlett Hurricane's net minder.
Then Hanna Wakley gets a goal of her own and Blacksburg girls soccer advances in the quarterfinals with the six to nothing win.
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[SUPER=01-Julio Opazo/Blacksburg Girls Head Coach;]
[OUT Q=one game at a time]
In other quarterfinal action last night, in Group Two a Soccer Jefferson Forest beat Marion 3-to-nothing.
In Group A softball - Glenvar advances with a 7-to-1 win over Appalachia. Hallie East tossed a complete game.
In Group Two A softball - Lindsey Torrence tossed a 4 hitter as Rustburg beat Patrick Co. 1-to-0. Northside was upset by Va. High losing 4-to-3 in 10.
In Group Two-A baseball, Lebanon ended Brookville's season with a 9-to-2 win.
And in Group A baseball Glenvar topped JJ Kelly 6-to-3.
Only the final four make it to Salem, and while William Byrd softballer Kristin Shimp won't be playing. She's anything but a loser.
Intern reporter Cathy Smith has more on a true student-athlete.
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[SUPER=01-Jane Layman/William Byrd Athletic Director; :44]
[SUPER=01-Marcee Hufton/Byrd Softball Coach; 1:02]
[SUPER=07-Cathy Smith; 1:20]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
((Shimp balances her duties as the school's drum major, as a student with a four point OH grade point average, and as an athlete who has has earned all region honors. But don't feel sorry for this overworked teenager.
((KRISTEN SHIMP/RANKED IN THE TOP 10 IN HER CLASS:))
Shimp batted .474 and went the entire season without an error from her centerfield position, and she played most of the season with stress fractures in both legs.
((JANE LAYMAN/WILLIAM BYRD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
This super girl also plays the clarinet. Her coach felt the Lady Terriers would hit on many sour notes this season because of graduation. Shimp once again came to the rescue.))
Still to come tonight we'll head out to Salem at Memorial stadium
and crown the new Division Three national champ - North Carolina Wesleyan.
North Carolina Wesleyan captured the NCAA division three national baseball championship yesterday at Salem Memorial
Stadium, beating Minnesota's St. Thomas University 1-nothing.
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It would be a defensive battle. Watch North Carolina's Wesleyan's Andy Jones get robbed by third baseman Ryan Hartung who was playing in close on the play and makes the nice stab on the liner.
[SUPER=34-N.C. Wesleyan/1/St. Thomas/0;]N.C. Wesleyan would get one run. On to the bottom of the ninth, St. Thoma
s had the bases loaded with one out, but Brad Bonine hits into a double play and the Battling Bishops bench clears as the celebration erupts on the field after the 1-nothing national championship win.
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((CHARLIE LONG/N.C. WESLEYAN BASEBALL COACH:))
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