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an accident on Interstate 81 could tie up traffic for the next couple of hours. We'll have a live report.
and on this the hottest day of the year, we'll see what the Mill Mountain Zoo is doing to help conserve water while keeping its animals cool.
Records are tumbling as the heat stays on for at least one more day. Details ahead.
On Health Check, a new pillow gets government approval to help people who snore rest easier,
and we'll see what simple step you can take to eliminate a serious health risk associated with your outdoor grill.
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Holiday traffic slowed to a crawl on north bound Interstate 81 in Montgomery county this afternoon.
A tractor trailer accident caused a three to four mile back up.
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Eric Earnhart is in Montgomery County with the details.
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The man believed to have been responsible for the series of shootings in the Chicago area over the weekend-- is dead.
Benjamin Nathaniel Smith shot himself late last night, as police were about to apprehend him.
Drew Levinson has the details.
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((IT ENDED MUCH THE SAME AS IT BEGAN--- IN A CAR....
AFTER GETTING TIPPED HE WAS HEADING THEIR WAY IN A STOLEN MINI-VAN,
POLICE IN SALEM, ILLINOIS WERE WAITING..... AND BENJAMIN NATHANIEL SMITH
DROVE RIGHT INTO THEIR TRAP. THE FBI SAYS WHEN HE REALIZED HE WAS
CAUGHT-- HE SHOT HIMSELF.
SGT. MICHAEL RUTH/SPOKESMAN, SKOKIE POLICE:
BENJAMIN SMITH WAS DISCOVERED WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD. HE LATER
POLICE SAY SMITH WAS A WHITE SUPREMACIST -- AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE
WORLD CHURCH OF THE CREATOR, AN ORGANIZATION KNOWN FOR ITS RHETORIC OF
THE INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT SMITH ACTED ALONE. THEY'RE
TRYING TO PIECE TOGETHER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED TO THIS CHAIN OF
THE SHOOTINGS STARTED ON FRIDAY NIGHT IN CHICAGO. 6-ORTHODOX JEWS WERE
WOUNDED AS THEY LEFT A SYNAGOGUE ON THE SABBATH. A FEW HOURS LATER TO
THE NORTH-- A BLACK MAN--RICKY BRYDSONG WAS SHOT AND KILLED WHILE
WALKING WITH HIS CHILDREN. BYRDSONG WAS A FORMER BASKETBALL COACH AT
ON SATURDAY-- POLICE SAY SMITH FIRED AT AND MISSED TWO AFRICAN-AMERICAN
MEN -- AND LATER-- INJURED AN ASIAN STUDENT.
AND ON SUNDAY--THEY BELIEVE HE KILLED AN ASIAN STUDENT JUST OUTSIDE OF A
KOREAN CHURCH IN BLOOMINGTON INDIANA.
SMITH ATTENDED SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF INDIANA THIS PAST SPRING.
UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS SAY HE IN MANY WAYS APPEARED TO BE AN AVERAGE
RICHARD MCKAIG/DEAN OF STUDENTS, UNIV. OF INDIANA:
THERE WAS NOTHING THAT STOOD OUT OTHER THAN HIS EXTREME VIEWS ON RACE.
Drew Levison, CBS News, Chicago.))
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Half the country is in the grip of a heat wave.
Have we set any records around here? Let's ask Meteorologist Robin Reed.
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The heat is also making it unbearable for our four legged friends-- as well as other animals.
Those at the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke are no exception.
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Teresa Hamilton spent time at the zoo today-- where temperatures were above 100- degrees, to find out what folks there are doing to help make the animals more comfortable in the midst of the drought.
Robin, you may not realize it but the drought is having an impact on the zoo. In the past-- folks there have turned on the sprinklers to make the animals more comfortable.
But this year-- they've had to come up with some creative ways to conserve water while helping the animals.
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((IT IS TOO HOT, WE'VE BEEN THROUGH ONE TIME ALREADY AND MOST ARE TRYING TO FIND AS MUCH SHADE AS THEY CAN.))
Although the heat was intense-- there were still plenty of visitors at the Mill Mountain Zoo this afternoon-- willing to brave the hot temperatures to take in the sights.
But one thing visitors didn't see were sprinklers helping the animals, such as the Snow Monkeys, stay cool.
The zoo, which gets its water from Roanoke City, is doing its part to help conserve water during the drought.
((IT'S VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE WE ARE A CONSERVATION ORIENTED ORGANIZATION BUT THE ANIMALS COME FIRST AND EVEN THOUGH WE ARE TRYING TO CONSERVE IN OTHER AREAS, THE WELFARE, ESPECIALLY OF AN ENDANGERED SPECIES, LIKE THE CRANE, IS UTMOST PRIORITY.))
Indeed-- zoo officials today decided to turn the sprinkler on for the White Naped Crane.
As for the other animals-- zoo employees have taken steps to help the animals cope.
The animals are given ice cubes and popsicle-- as well as frozen fruit.
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Local residents weren't the only ones trying to beat the heat.
Temperatures rose above 100 across the Northeast and beyond today.
Bill Whitney reports.
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((CLEARLY THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAY TO AVOID MOTHER NATURES' SCORCHING RAYS
THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE MIDEAST AND NORTHEAST THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND...
....FIND WATER... STAND IN IT FULLY-CLOTHED... PARTIALLY CLOTHED... IN A
BATHING SUIT.... IT DIDN'T MATTER.
EVEN MAN'S BEST FRIEND KNEW-- THE ANSWER WAS WATER.
MOS SOT I AM JUST TRYING TO STAY NEAR WATER-- KEEP COOL ANYWAY THAT I
IN MAJOR CITIES OF THE NORTHEAST-- TEMPERATURES HOVERED NEAR IN THE
3-DIGIT RANGE... AND COMBINED WITH HIGH HUMIDITY-- FEELING MORE LIKE 115.
LOCATOR: NEEDHAM, MA
IN NEEDHAM MASSACHUSETTS, 5-MEMBERS OF A DRUM CORP -- MARCHING IN A
HOLIDAY PARADE WERE OVERCOME BY THE HEAT AND TAKEN TO AN AREA HOSPITAL.
THEY WERE TREATED AND RELEASED.
LOCATOR: NEW YORK CITY
BUT NOT EVERYONE SEEMED TO BE BOTHERED BY THE SOARING TEMPERATURES --
MANY SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS IGNORED THE ADVICE OF HEATH EXPERTS AND JOGGED,
WALKED, ROLLER-BLADED AND CYCLED THRU NEW YORK CITY'S CENTRAL PARK AND
AROUND LAKE SHORE DRIVE IN CHICAGO.
EVEN THOSE WHO WANTED TO STAY INSIDE... HAD TO VENTURE OUT AT SOME
POINT-- TO BUY AIR CONDITIONERS-- TO BEAT THE HEAT.
...AND THEY'LL GET PLENTY OF USE. THE NEXT FEW DAYS ARE EXPECTED TO BE
JUST AS UNBEARABLE.
BILL WHITNEY, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
Residents in the city of Galax are having a hard time getting their car tax refunds. We'll have the details after this break,
and 15 people are injured as an explosion in Louisianna sends a toxic cloud of fumes high in the air.
Rescuers have found the body of a drowning victim in the New River in Giles County.
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The searchers were called out at mid-afternoon just north of the Montgomery County line when a man was reported missing.
His body was found just a short while ago at the New River Park.
We hope to have more details on News 7 at 6.
More than a dozen workers were injured early this morning when an explosion ripped through the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Company plant in Grammercy, Louisiana.
There were no reports of fatalities, though residents were told to stay in their homes and close their windows to guard against chemical leaks.
The blast blew red bauxite into the air... that's an element used in making aluminum.
Emergency teams are checking for gas leaks around the plant, and air inspectors are trying to assess the danger to the community.
Residents in Galax are still checking their mailbox for a car- tax refund check.
According to the city's commissioner of revenue, the D-M-V is to blame.
David Hankley says his office forwarded the necessary information to the agency prior to its February 28th deadline.
But he says, despite his repeated calls to the D-M-V, the agency has NOT sent any refund checks to city residents.
Hankley says residents who call the car- tax refund hotline are being told that the city has NOT filed for any refunds.
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((DAVID HANKLEY/GALAX COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE: I'M SURE IT'S BEEN QUITE FRUSTRATING FOR THE TAXPAYERS HERE WHO HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM OTHER PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTIES THAT THEY'VE GOTTEN THEIR CHECKS AND ARE STILL WAITING ON THE CITY TO GET THEIRS. SO, WE'VE DONE, AS FAR AS I KNOW, EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN DO.))
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Last week-- Hankley wrote to Senator Madison Marye and Delegate Tom Jackson about the situation.
A D-M-V spokeswoman says the problem has been worked out and that city residents should begin receiving their checks soon.
Marsha Ellison is stepping down after three challenging years as Roanoke City School Board Chairman.
Ellison says she is proud of the board's work and the school system's progress during that period.
Ellison has decided not to seek another term as chairman when the School Board reorganizes later this month.
Though her tenure has been marked by disagreements among board members, concern over the Standards of Learning Test scores, and disruptions that followed school violence in other parts of the country, Ellison says she is proud of the school system, and her fellow board members.
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((MARSHA ELLISON/ROANOKE SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THERE HAVE BEEN UPS AND THERE HAVE BEEN DOWN TIMES. AND I'VE REALLY ENJOYED MY WORK. AND IT REALLY WANT TO COMMEND THIS BOARD. THEY'VE BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE. WE'VE ALL HUNG IN THERE TOGETHER.))
((IT'S JUST BEEN A VERY GOOD EXCITING YEAR AND I'M REALLY PROUD OF THE WORK WE'VE DONE.))
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School Board Vice-Chairman Melinda Payne is expected to win the chairmanship without opposition.
Ellison will remain on the board for another year.
Coming up after the break, Robin Reed will let us know when the heat will break,
and then on health Check, we'll tell you what some doctors say you can do to make your outdoor barbecue a lot healthier.
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Bristol's newest drag strip is gearing up for its high- dollar kick- off this week. Roy Stanley will have that in today's Sports ticker.
and on Health Check, we'll see the first pillow the government says can stop snoring and other breathing problems.
If snoring is keeping you or your spouse awake, a new pillow could help.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first pillow to help stop snoring and breathing problems.
Doctor Michael Breen has the story.
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(( CAN YOU REALLY END A PROBLEM AS DRAMATIC AS THIS ...WITH SOMETHING AS
SIMPLE AS THIS PILLOW?
WELL, TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION YOU FIRST HAVE TO UNDERSTAND JUST WHAT
IT HAPPENS WHEN THE MUSCLES IN YOUR THROAT BECOME LOOSE ...AND AS YOU
CAN SEE HERE THEY VIBRATE LIKE A REED.
WHEN THE MUSCLES ARE VERY LOOSE, YOU DEVELOP SOMETHING CALLED SLEEP
SLEEP APNEA WOULD BE COMPLETE AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION. YOU HAVE
RESPIRATORY PAUSES...SILENT PERIODS WHEN YOU'RE NOT BREATHING.
IT CAN HAPPEN TWENTY TIMES AN HOUR AND THE RESULT IS DAYTIME FATIGUE
AND A HIGHER RISK OF HEART DISEASE.
IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE BUT THE F-D-A THINKS FOR MANY PEOPLE, THE
SOLUTION FOR SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA MAY BE SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THIS
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS INSTEAD OF A NORMAL PILLOW WHICH LIFTS YOUR HEAD,
THIS MOLDED PILLOW LETS YOUR HEAD LAY FLAT AND THAT OPENS UP YOUR AIRWAY.
IN FACT THE HEAD'S IN THE SO-CALLED C-P-R POSITION...A POSITION THAT
NATURALLY OPENS THE THROAT.
IT OPENS THE AIRWAY UP AND IT'S SUPPOSED TO ALLOW YOU THEN TO BREATHE
IN A STANFORD SLEEP LAB, PATIENTS WITH THE PILLOW NOT ONLY BREATHED
EASIER, THEY ALSO SNORED LESS.
ALL OF WHICH MEANS THIS MAY BE THE FIRST PILLOW EVER TO GIVE BOTH YOU,
AND YOUR PARTNER, A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP.
DR. MICHAEL BREEN FOR CBS NEWS.))
With the hot weather and time off, many people are cooking out on the grill. But is it healthy?
Studies have found that charring meat can cause cancer.
But there is a simple solution to the problem. Marinate the meat. Sandra Maas has the details.
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We're talking women's soccer today in Sports, here's Roy Stanley.[S5-Soccer]
Thanks Keith and good afternoon everybody and welcome to the two minute ticker.
They won it all in 1991 and now United States has advanced to the final of the Womens World cup soccer championship.
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A near capacity crowd was on hand as the Americans faced Brazil.
Briana Scurry provided the defense in goal and Cindy Parlow would score in
in the fifth minute of the first half to make it one to nothing and the Americans hold on to win it 2 to nothing. The U.S. won the tournament in 1991.
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The Americans will face China in the title game on Saturday. China shocked defending champ Norway 5 to nothing.
The Inaugural running of the Winston Showdown, The N-H-R-A's winners only all star race, is scheduled for the brand new 30-thousand seat Bristol Dragway.
Its the first time in an drag racing history that the top fuel and funny cars will square off in head to head competition.
And two time defending Winston Top Fuel champion Gary Scelzi is ready for the competition.
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The 200-thousand dollar first place prize is more than enough to draw the best competition in both categories.
And Kenny Bernstein, who drives the Budweiser King top Fuel dragster has won in both divisions.
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The Winston Showdown is scheduled for July 8-th through the 10-th in Bristol.
More sports coming up at six but Keith will be back after these messages.
While many Americans have the day off today, the honeymoon is officially over for the new Countess of Wessex.
The former Sophie Rhys-Jones went back to work as a public relations executive in London this morning, keeping her pledge to be a working wife.
Sophie became the newest member of the British Royal family by marrying Prince Edawrd last month.
Palace officials confirm the couple will continue their modern approach to marriage by spending some of their work-week apart.
Sophie now know as Sophie Wessex, will stay at Buckingham Palace a couple nights a week.
Her husband will remain at the home in Surrey which is close to his work as a television producer.