Up next on News 7 at 11...
A candidate for delegate defends himself after he's charged with assault and battery.
The latest tobacco lawsuit has local growers worried.
And the air force is rushing to Antartica on a rescue mission.
News 7 at 11 is next.
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Candidate for Delegate Al Bedrosian is charged with assault and battery for spanking another person's child he says he was out of control.
Good evening... I'm Eric Earnhart
Bedrosian told News 7 tonight he was only trying to defend his child from an out-of-control 2-year-old.
He doesn't believe he did anything wrong.
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It happened yesterday at the Lewis Gale Clinic in Salem. Bedrosian says two small, extremely rowdy children were running in the waiting room. He was holding his 4 month old daughter, when he says one of the children rushed by, narrowly missing his child, and upsetting a jar of candy.
[IN Q=my reaction]
((AL BEDROSIAN/CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; MY REACTION JUST AS A DAD, I JUST HELD MY BABY, AND I GRABBED HIS ARM AND I GAVE HIM A LITTLE WHACK ON THE BUTT AND SAID DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE AND THAT WAS IT.))
[OUT Q=do that anymore]
Bedrosian says the child mother became upset and he apologized, and thought that was the end of it. Until he recieved a summons, charging him with assault and battery.
Bedrosian says he'd probably do it again in the same situation...
[IN Q=I apologized]
((AL BEDROSIAN/CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; I APOLOGIZED TO THE LADY BECAUSE I REALLY SHOULDN'T BE DOING THAT TO A CHILD, SHE SHOULD PROBABLY BE DOING THAT TO HER CHILD, BUT I REALLY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO BE PUT IN A POSITION TO DO THAT TO A CHILD. ))
[OUT Q=to a child.]
Bedrosian's political career came out of nowhere two year's ago, and his firm, conservative message almost beat incumbent Dick Cranwell in the last election....
He got off a strong start this year, winning the Republican nomination by an overwhelming margin.
But he says he doesn't care what political fallout comes from this.
((AL BEDROSIAN/CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; BECUASE I'M GOING TO TELL YOU RIGHT OFF THE BAT, I'M A FATHER FIRST, AND A POLITICITION SECOND OR THIRD OR FOURTH OR WHATEVER, BUT I'M A DAD FIRST AND I'LL ALWAYS PROTECT MY CHILD. ))
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So far we have not been able to contact the mother of the 2-year-old involved in the case.
The matter goes to court later this month
Since Thursday over 40 fire fighters have been working hard to control a forest fire in Bath County.
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It's located in the Rough Mountain Wilderness between Griffith Knob and Crain trail.
So far an estimated 80 acres of brush, pine, and hardwood trees has been destroyed.
Fire fighters are having a tough time battling the fire because of the steep rocky terrain.
A helicopter carrying a water bucket and cargo is expected to arrive today.
Officals say dry conditions and lightening may have sparked the fire.
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Local growers are concerned about a jury verdict earlier this week that took aim at the tobacco industry.
A jury in Miami found in favor of sick smokers who alleged that the five largest tobacco companies knew that cigarettes were addictive and dangerous.
It was the first class-action lawsuit of its kind.
Tobacco growers, like C-D Bryant of Pittsylvania County, view the verdict as yet another set-back for a profession that's been hard hit in recent years.
Bryant is president of the group "Concerned Friends For Tobacco".
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((C. D. BRYANT III/PITTSYLVANIA CO. GROWER: IT JUST CREATES MORE UNCERTAINTY ON MY BEHALF AND MY FELLOW GROWERS, I CAN TELL YOU IT'S THE MOST SERIOUS TIME I'VE EVER SEEN.))
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The recent jury verdict could end up costing the industry 200- BILLION dollars.
Feuled by last weekend's killing spree by a white supermacist and numerous internet sites dedicated to hate groups, civil rights organizations are calling for stiffer legislation.
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Representatives from the groups will be meeting at the White House on Monday to address the issue of hate crimes.
They want to come up with a strategy that will get federal officials involved in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes.
Legislation introduced in the House and Senate would give the federal government a stronger hand by adding hate crimes motived by sexual orientation, gender and disability to the list already covered by federal law.
A group of White Supremacists had to detour their march around human rights protestors in Idaho today.
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Two dozen members of the Aryan Nation marched in Coeur d'Alene.
Several hundred protestors decided NOT to confront the marchers... instead they held a diversity celebration about a mile away.
Still, other protestors DID hold a counter-demonstration on the parade route... about 20 locked arms and blocked the road, forcing the marchers to bypass the town's main street.
No violence was reported.
An accident earlier today sent several people to the hospital after two vehicles collided on Route 220 in Franklin County.
Two of the victims were flown by Lifeguard to Roanoke Memorial hospital.
Eight others were taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial.
State police say it happened when a church van filled with children collided with a car.
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((TIM HARRIS/VA STATE POLICE: THE TREAD ON THE RIGHT REAR SEPARATED, THE VAN CAME ACROSS THE MEDIAN AND WENT AIRBORNE AND HIT A NORTH BOUND OLDS MOBILE SHEARING THE TOP OFF OF THE OLDS MOBILE.))
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The van was headed to Danville from a church camp at Hollins college. State police say one of the children was thrown from the van.
No word on the victims conditions.
The next Halifax County Planning Commission meeting may look more like a county fair.
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The commission will hold a public hearing on proposed new restrictions for livestock farms.
The new rules would address concerns about hog farms in the county.
The Southside Concerned Citizens are planning a rally and march before the meeting, beginning at the courthouse steps.
Another group, South Central Agriculturists for the Environment, is sponsoring a barbeque outside the Mary Bethune Complex, where the public hearing will take place at seven pm.
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The Vice President and Dean of Washington and Lee University's law school has decided to resign. Barry Sullivan will become a fulltime member of the law school's faculty. Sullivan came to Washington and Lee in 19-94 and during his time as dean he has enhanced the law school's clinical program. So far a replacement has not been named for the upcoming school.
Elton John is released from the hospital...coming up we'll tell you why he underwent surgery.
And it's considered one of the most dangerous missions ever... to save the life of a woman in Antartica.
A U-S Air Force plane is traveling thousands of miles around the
globe.. carrying medical supplies to save the life of a woman suffering from breast cancer in Antartica. The supplies will be air-dropped at the South Pole.
CBS News correspondent Jerry Bowen is on this highly dangerous flight
and has this EXCLUSIVE report.
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NARRATION: CHRIST CHURCH NEW ZEALAND, THE QUIET BEFORE THE 14 HOUR ROUND
TRIP-DASH TO THE POLE. THE HUGE JET WILL BE WINTERIZED SO ITS CARGO
DOORS DONT FREEZE OPEN AT 100 DEGREES BELOW ZERO AFTER THE MEDICAL
SUPPLIES ARE PUSHED OUT.
(VIDEO OF FLIGHT DECK)
NARRATION: ITS TAKEN 17 HOURS OF FLYING JUST TO REACH THIS POINT...THE
JUMPING OFF SPOT FOR THE 30 MEMBER AIR FORCE CREW RACING TO HELP A WOMAN
NONE OF THEM KNOW.
NATS SOT TECH SGT. BROWN "PUT YOUR SEATBELTS ON..."
NARRATION: SGT. ROBERT BROWN IS ONE OF EIGHT LOAD MASTERS WHO WILL
GUIDE THE PRECIOUS CARGO OF THE PLANE. HIS THREE TEENAGE DAUGHTERS BACK
HOME IN RANIER WASHINGTON WONDERED WHY HE'S TAKING THE RISK.
SOT: STARTS VO "I explained to them, you know, theres a woman down
there with breast cancer. We need to do this drop. (on camera) Thats
somebody's daughter down there, just like you are my daughter. When I'm
older, you know, it might be one of my daughters down there doing
something like that." (17)
NARRATION: ON THE ELEVEN HOUR FLIGHT FROM HAWAII HERE TO NEW ZEALAND
THERE WAS AN AIR TO AIR REFUELING...JUST LIKE THE GAS PUMP THAT WILL BE
REQUIRED TO MAKE IT TO THE POLE AND BACK SAFELY. IT WILL BE EVEN
TRICKIER IN THE SOMETIMES TURBULENT ATMOSPHERE OVER ANTARTICA.
(VIDEO OF MAJOR WITH GRAPHS ON LAP)
NARRATION: ITS MAJOR PAUL DOUBLE'S JOB TO MAKE SURE IT GOES SMOOTHLY.
HE'S THE NAVIGATOR. BUT IT'S MORE THAN A JOB. THE WOMEN IN HIS FAMILY
HAVE A HISTORY OF CANCER.
SOT DOUBLE: We just hope that what we drop survives the impact. And that
what we gave her is what she needed...and it's gonna help her. It's
kind of a one shot deal." (11)
(VIDEO OF CARGO ON PLANE)
NARRATION: AND THE PRESSURE'S GOING TO BE ON TO RETRIEVE THE MEDICINE
QUICKLY BEFORE IT FREEZES AND IS DESTROYED. ALSO BEING DROPPED TO THE
31 MEN AND 10 WOMEN AT THIS SCIENTIST OUTPOST ARE SO CALLED MORALE
BUNDLES...FOOD AND FRESH FRUIT THEY WOULD NOT NORMALLY SEE UNTIL THE
FIRST PLANE IS ABLE TO LAND IN LATE OCTOBER.
(ON CAMERA CLOSE-PLANESIDE) THE AIR DROP, IF IT WORKS, IS JUST THE
BEGINNING. THE START OF POTENTIALLY LIFE-SAVING CANCER THERAPY FOR A
WOMAN AWAITING HELP ON THE FROZEN BOTTOM OF THE WORLD.))
Sir Elton John has undergone surgery to fit a heart pacemaker to
overcome what he called a minor imbalance in his heart.
The 52 year old left London's Wellington Hospital today saying his operation came as a bit of a shock but that it was a simple procedure. He said he thought he had sunstroke after playing tennis and had gotten sick. But now after undergoing surgery he says he's feeling better.
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((I FEEL VERY WELL, I'M A BIT STIFF, BIT SORE ,BUT EVERYTHING WENT VERY WELL. I'M VERY GLAD TO FIND OUT WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. IT WAS SIMPLE PROCEDURE, COMMONPLACE.))
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He thanked his fans and said every cancelled show would be
If you have weekend plans to catch a flick at the Science Museum of Western Virginia you may have to put them on hold.
Coming up we'll tell you why the MegaDome is closed for the time being.
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Water restrictions have some Roanoke business owners worried about wilting profits.
But this hot summer may not be a cruel one in tobacco country.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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This week on the Review ... could water restrictions in Roanoke turn the tide against businesses that need water to stay afloat?
One man said his pressure-washing business lost 15-hundred dollars in one day because conservation-minded customers cancelled their appointments.
Southside farmers say they're not worried about summer heat smoking their tobacco crops.
The hot, humid weather is helping plants flourish.
So far, farmers say, the quality of this year's crop is better than last year's.
Martinsville and Henry County got a nice delivery from the National Catalog Corporation: 250 new jobs.
The new hires will take orders for mail-order catalogs.
They'll start working next month at Patrick Henry Mall.
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The Sierra Club says a new high-voltage power line would pollute Southwest Virginia's air.
American Electric Power said that's impossible because power lines don't emit anything hazardous.
A-E-P also said this week the line would carry hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to counties where it's built.
Public hearings on the line start next week.
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Unions say it sounds too good to be true.
Norfolk Southern is offering union workers summer bonuses worth as much as three thousand dollars if they agree to stay on call 24-hours a day.
The money would buy railroad stock for retirement plans.
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On Wall Street, it was a record-breaking week.
The Dow's new all-time high is 11-thousand-193.
The Nasdaq's new record is 27-93.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia announced it's new MegaDome Theatre will be closing this weekend.
The executive director of the museum says the power supply to the facility's new projector has been experiencing sudden voltage losses that causes the projector to shut down during movies. Saturday is considered one of the busiest days of the week where around 1-thousand people check out the facility. Management expects the theatre to be working again this Tuesday, but in the meantime they're handing out rain checks to folks who came to the museum today.
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It was the kick heard around the world. Brandi Chastain providing the penalty kick that gave the United States the World Cup Soccer championship.
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A record crowd of over 90 thousand the most ever to witness a women's sporting event was at the Rose Bowl for the soccer showdown.
The game ended regulation as a scoreless tie. After two 15 minute extra sessions it went to the penalty kick.
The Americans gained control of the shootout when Briana Scurry stopped China's third shot after holding the Chinese scoreless in regulation.
Chastain clinced the victory by drilling the American's fifth straight penalty kick goal a left footed boot hiting high in the net and setting off a wild celebration.
It's the second World Cup for the Americans who won the title in 1991.
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Kiwanis Field in Salem was the site as the best high school baseball players took the field for the Commonwealth Games.
Teams representing the North, Central, East and West are taking part in a round robin tournament.
East met West in the second game of the day and it was a defensive battle at the start.
The West's Dustin Branson smacks this pitch way out into centerfield, the East's outfielder makes the great diving catch for the out.
But the West does get on the board first as Thomas Meeks one hops it up the middle into the outfield, Nick Jones beats the throw to the place for the score.
The West was in scoring position again as Jason Shiflett hits the short ball down the third baseline Bo Royal tries to make it home but the call goes to the East.
And the West goes on to win it 4 to 1.
Each team will play a game tomorrow morning and North and West will play for the Gold Medal tomorrow afternoon.
Matt Granco hit a two run single with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Mets over the Yankees 9 to 8.
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An aerial view of Shea Stadium.
The Yankees would get on the board first. Paul O'Neil takes this pitch deep over the right field wall for a two run homer and the Yankees lead the game by a score of 2 to nothing.
But the Mets rallied in the bottom of the first. Mike Piazza hits a grounder down the left field line scoring Ricky Henderson but the Mets still trailed 2 to 1.
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Ricky Leede and Jorge Posada hit back to back homers in the fifth giving the Yankees the lead but the Mets go on to win the game 9 to 8.
In Chicago, The Cubs beat the White Sox for the first time in 5 tries this season 10 to 2.
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The fans were out to watch the inter city rivarly.
Leading 1 to nothing, The Cubs got on the board in the third. Mark Grace hits a single to right centerfield scoring two runners to make the score 3 to nothing Cubs.
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Chicago would ice the win in the top of the sixth when Glenallen Hill sends this two run homer over the left centerfield wall to make it 6 to nothing and the Cubs win 10 to 2.
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Giants manager Dusty Baker enjoying the moment before the Giants and Cardinals hit the field.
Mark McGwire opened the scoring in the top of the first when he blasted this solo line drive homer over the left field wall, his 28-th on the season the Cardinals led 1 to nothing but it was not enough the Giants beat the Cardinals 4 to 2.
And here are tonights scores.
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And coming up, A record day at the Tour de France, we'll check in on awards day at Johnny Neuman's basketball camp in Danville.
And John McEnroe enters the Tennis Hall of Fame.
John McEnroe will now join his tennis buddy's of the 70's and 80's in the Tennis Hall of Fame.
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The 40 year old McEnroe was inducted into the Hall today at Newport, Rhode Island.
He won three Wimbledon singles titles and another 4 Grand Slams at the U-S Open.
He joins Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors and at courtside today as usual was his mom.
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A record setting day during Stage 7 of the Tour De France.
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A tough day for Erik Zabel here being tended to after a crash.
But it didn't slow Italian Mario Cipollini he edged out Australian Sprinter Stuart O'Grady for the victory in the 142 mile stage.
The victory makes Cipollini the first rider since 1930 to win 4 consecutive Tour De France stages.
Johnny Neuman's basketball in Danville wrapped up yesterday.
The camp always concludes with the award ceremonies for the campers who have spent the week getting valuable instruction on life and basketball.
The numbers were down this year but the camp was as good as ever.
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[SUPER=01-Harry Johnson/Camp Director; :]
[OUT Q=.....proud of them."]
Ricky Rudd led second round qualifying at Loudon, New Hampsire today for the running of tomorrow's Jiffy Lube 300.
Rudd turned in a speed of 128 point 789 for the 26-th starting position.
Johnny Benson will start 27-th and here are the rest of the field.
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[SUPER=0107-41. Chad Little//42. Kevin Lepage//43. Ted Musgrave//;]
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The Roanoke City junior tennis tournament is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at the Crystal Springs courts.
The finals of the event are scheduled for 1 oclock.
And finally tonight, they're cute, cudley, and the newest addition to the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend Indiana.
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These two new born snow leopards were even a surprise to the zoo keepers who didn't know the mother was pregnant.
These endangered creatures named Genghis and Kali are sure to please any animal lover.
The keepers say they're just like any baby that needs to be loved and taken care of.
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