A Moneta man apparently drowns while boating on Smith Mountain Lake... divers are still searching.
And you don't have to die, to become an organ donor and save someone's life.
We'll tell you how one man's generosity saved a Virginia woman's life.
In sports, Steffi Graf wins the French open Highlights from the Virginia High School League state championships.
And Dale Earnhardt, Junior makes his first trip to victory lane winning the MBNA Platinum 200 at Dover Downs.
Tomorrow features a preview of summer-- get ready for the 3 H's: Hazy, hot and humid.
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The search continues for the body of a man who apparently drowned this morning in Smith Mountain Lake.
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Divers searched for more than ten hours today for the body of 36 year old John Schmidt of Moneta, who apparently drowned early this morning.
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Joy Sutton joins us live from the lake with the details.
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The Little River Band played to a large crowd at Victory Stadium last night.
The group had many top 20 songs in the late '70's and early 80's.
But for one band member the music is just a means to a greater good.
Wayne Nelson has been with the group for 20 years and now he and the band are helping raise awareness about the Child Alert Foundation.
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The Child Alert Foundation is providing a state of the art computer program for police departments, social service agencies and media outlets.
If a child is missing a description of the child and the abductor can be sent to computers, faxes and pagers at the press of a button.
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Wayne Nelson started helping children in need after his daughter died in a car accident.
Nelson has started a sister agency to the Child Alert Foundation called Angel House.
We'll hear what inspired the home for abused women and their children tomorrow on News 7 Sunday Morning.
For more information on the Child Alert Foundation look on the Web Watch section of our home page at WDBJ-7-DOT-Com.
Roanoke parole officers are trying a new technique to keep their clients out of trouble.
The Neighborhood Supervision Program's office is located in a Brightwood Manor apartment.
It allows probation and parole officers to be closer to some of the people they work with, and understand where they're coming from.
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((BILL CARROLL/PROBATION AND PAROLE OFFICER: IT'S SO MUCH BETTER TO SPEAK AND TALK WITH SOMEONE IN THEIR OWN ATMOSPHERE...THEIR FAMILIES, WE'VE HAD OFFENDER BRING THEIR FAMILIES BY TO VISIT US...WE WOULD HAVE NEVER HAD THAT AS MUCH AT THE MAIN OFFICE DOWNTOWN))
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One officer says since he moved to the new location, most of his clients do NOT become repeat offenders, and some get off parole early.
The officers also cover the Lincoln Terrace and Landsdown communities.
They're hoping to open offices in other housing comunities as well.
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Still to come on the newscast, bad news for one of the region's largest banks,
and we'll see how a new procedure allows organ donors to donate parts of their organs while they're still alive.
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A woman in Richmond who was in dire need of a liver transplant has a complete stranger to thank for her second chance at life.
While this is true of most transplant patients, Deborah Parker was actually able to thank her donor face to face.
That's because Ken Shuler is still alive. He donated HALF the liver he was still using after seeing Parker's father pleading for donor's on television.
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In a rare operation at the Medical College of Virginia Shuler donated the right half of his liver to Parker.
Now a few weeks later, both Parker and Shuler are doing well. Both livers are functioning well and have regenerated almost to their normal sizes.
Doctors say with the shortage of donor organs, this procedure can save lives.
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Parker says she is feeling better than she has in years. She says she calls her new friend a life preserver.
The Bank of Scotland has cancelled it plans to launch an electronic banking service with religious broadcaster Pat Robertson.
The bank was concerned after Robertson referred to Scotland as a dark land because it tolerates homosexuals.
The bank received complaints from across the globe via the internet.
Scotland's New Parliament threatened to remove its accounts from the Bank if the deal went through.
Robertson met with bank officials yesterday in Boston.
The two sides agreed he would pull out of the venture.
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Norfolk Southern has engineered the biggest merger in railroad history.
And First Union -- the country's sixth biggest bank -- is watching its profits shrink.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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This week on the Review:
The acquisition took two and a half years to plan.
Now it's full steam ahead.
Norfolk Southern officially took over 60 percent of Conrail, expanding into the Northeast and promising a more efficient railroad for shipping freight.
The bank that asks you to "Come to the Mountain" is now trying not to get trapped under an avalanche of bad news.
First Union cut its earnings forecast for the third time this year, putting the bank's stock on a slippery slope ...
And prompting some Wall Street analysts to call First Union a takeover target.
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The apparel company that closed its Floyd County sewing plant in November is sending another bundle of jobs out of the country.
Cross Creek is shutting down its Wytheville facility, laying off 160 local workers and hiring foreign sewers for a lot less money.
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It looked like a group of Trigon workers, including 70 in Roanoke, would lose THEIR jobs.
But a Wisconsin health-care provider has come to the rescue.
It picked up the Medicare claims business that Trigon dropped last month... and will offer new jobs to all of the Trigon workers.
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April unemployment numbers came out and Virginia's rate is at an all-time low.
Two-point three percent statewide...
As low as one-point-six percent in Roanoke.
The high number ... five-point-nine in Danville.
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On Wall Street, the Dow picked up 240 points this week.
The NASDAQ was up eight.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
Coming up next on News 7... Roy Stanley will have the highlights from a busy sports day,
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Finally tonight, it's been a good weekend for music fans.
With the Little River Band, Georgia Satellites and various fairs in the Valley competing for an audience, even country music's reigning female vocalist of the year found it difficult to draw a large crowd.
Still Faith Hill managed to entertain her loyal crowd of three thousand at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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Hill was a big hit at this year's C-M-A show.
In addition to the female vocalist award - her hit "This Kiss" won for best song and best video.
This is Hill's first headlining tour.
And coming up, We'll check in with the High School state championships in the Valley today.
And Mike Stevens will give us the story from the Festival runs through the streets of downtown Roanoke.
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This is Championship Saturday in the Virginia High School League. Rustburg and Handley battled for the group Double-A title on the diamond.
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The Red Devils had their work cut out for them as the Judges seemed to rule the bats this afternoon.
Handley starts scoring in the third as Paul Carpenter knocks a base hit out to right field Adam Dutton trots home and the Judges have the one-nothing lead.
Handley then scores two more in the fourth and another two runs in the sixth to take the five to zero lead over Rustburg.
But in the bottom of the sixth the Red Devils have the bases loaded, Matthew Hall smacks a base hit down the third baseline, Mike Watts comes in from third. And that's how it would end with Handley capturing the state double-A title with a five to one victory over Rustburg.
Mills Godwin is the Group Three A state baseball champion. Godwin beatts G.W. Danville 3 to nothing handing the Eagles their first loss of the season.
It's the final game for G.W. coach Vern Barker, who announced his retirement at the beginning of the season.
Tennis titles were also up for grabs today as Heritage battled Loudoun County for the Group Two A boy's title. The Pioneers win it 5 to 4.
The Radford high school boy's also played for the gold today.
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The Bobcats easily beat West Point yesterday, and this morning they faced Central High out of the Shenandoah District for the Group A title.
The matches were played down at the River's Edge Sports Complex and Radford lost to the Falcons from Woodstock 6 to 3.
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The Radford high school girls made it a clean sweep for the Bobcats as they beat J.J. Kelly 9-to-nothing to win their state title.
Yesterday these girls led by number one singles' player Emily Nester beat West Point. They win the title without losing a single match in state play at the Dedmon Center Courts and finish the season unbeaten.
This year's Festival Classic runs sponsored by AEP showcased a little of the old plus, something new.
Mike Stevens has more on the 5 and 10K winners.
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((It took 700 runners to stop traffic on Jefferson Street, but it took less than a minute for the men's 5K winner to turn that portion of the AEP classic into a futile chase.
Veteran distance runner Travis Walter, a Virginia Tech and Franklin County high school graduate, usually runs and wins the 10k. But he decided to run the shorter distance for the first time in 1987. He crushed his persuers, survived a wicked high five from his dad as he lapped the field and even blew past the cops as he became the first person to cross the finish line.
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Walter now lives in Raleigh, but he remains loyal to Blacksburg as does women's 5K champ Roxann Polo, who successfully defended her title.
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H.T. Page, the golf superintendent at the Waterfront picked up his first ever Festival win by capturing the 10K race.
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But he was no happier than women's 10 K winner Pam Rickard. The 1997 champ got inspiration from Festival classic Beth Howell and swan her way home.
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Horse racing was denied another triple crown winner today. Lemon Drop Kid wins the Belmont Stakes in a photo finish.
And Chairismatic came in third. Lets listen to the call by Dave Johnson.
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Dale Earnhardt, Junior finally made it to Victory Lane on the Busch circuit taking the checkered flag this afternoon winning the MNBA Plantinum 200.
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With less than 30 laps to go, The Race was red flagged for repairs to the inside wall which was damaged by a crash.
Little E waited patiently for the re-start and when it came he took off like a bullet taking the checkered flag, for his first win since last October.
And he also moved to the top of the points race ahead of Matt Kenseth.
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South Boston's Ward Burton was second, Todd Bodine third, David Green fourth and Dick Trickle fifth.
Martina Hingis has yet to win the French Open. She came up short today losing to Steffi Graf in three sets.
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Graf would win her first grans slam championship in almost three years.
Hingis served for the match at 5 to 4 in the second set but could not hold on and Graf rallied to beat the top ranked Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
It marks the second time in the last three years Hingis has lost in the French final. It's Graf's 22-nd Grand slam title.
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