Next on News 7 at Six... a candidate for Delegate is charged with assault... but Al Bedrosian says he was only protecting his infant daughter.
And Southside tobacco growers react to the latest legal setback for big tobacco companies.
In sports, The field is set for tomorrow's running of the Jiffy Lube 300 at Loudon, New Hampshire. The Mets beat the Yankees at Shea.
And it took extra innings, But the Braves beat the Boston Red Sox in Interleague play at Turner Field.
A cold front is slipping by-- bringing scattered showers. We'll have some cooler numbers in the extended forecast.
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Republican Candidate for Delegate Al Bedrosian is facing an assault charge after an incident in a medical clinic waiting room earlier this week.
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Bedrosian confirmed he recieved a summons for assault and battery yesterday.
According to Bedrosian, he was at the Lewis Gale Clinic in Salem with his four week old daughter when 2 young children began running around the waiting room.
When one of the children, a two year old, ran by him, just missing his child and upsetting a candy dish, Bedrosian says, quote "I grabbed his arm and popped his little butt".
He said he apoligized to, the child's mother, and thought the matter was closed until he recieved the summons.
We have not been able to contact the child's mother for her reaction to the incident.
We WILL have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 11.
A jury in Miami this week found that the nation's five largest tobacco companies knew that cigarettes were addictive and dangerous.
It was the first class-action lawsuit filed by sick smokers and some say opens the door for thousands of other smokers in Florida seeking money.
Teresa Hamilton was in Pittsylvania County earlier today and joins us now with reaction from the president of the group "Concerned Friends For Tobacco".
Many local growers are worried about the verdict-- viewing it as yet another setback in a profession that's been hard hit in recent years.
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C-D Bryant has been growing tobacco for 24- years but, in all that time, says he's never been this uncertain about his future.
Over the past several years-- the amount of tobacco farmers have been allowed to produce has been dropping.
That coupled with the threat of even more lawsuits against the tobacco industry-- has left Bryant wondering whether he can continue to count on tobacco to pay the bills.
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Bryant had hoped the 206- BILLION dollar settlement that the tobacco industry entered into in order to settle the lawsuits filed by some 40- states, over the cost of treating sick smokers, would smooth things out.
But Bryant says his hopes have been permanently dashed by the recent Florida verdict.
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Bryant says what most people don't understand is that tobacco is sold wholesale so when the going gets rough they don't have the flexibility of simply asking for more money-- unlike the tobacco industry which can raise prices.
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A forest fire that started Thursday in Bath County has over 40 fire fighters trying to bring it under control.
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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.
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A two vehicle accident earlier today on Route 220 in Franklin County sent several people to the hospital.
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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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.
One of the leaders of the Civil Right's movement died yesterday in Fredricksburg.
James Farmer worked alongside Martin Luther King Junior in the 50's and 60's.
He led Freedom Rides through the South... and last year, was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton.
Farmer taught at Mary Washington College since 1985. He had health problems that included pneumonia and complications from diabetes.
Jame S. Farmer was 79.
The long journey for the 129-year-old Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has
come to an end.
It got a new home Friday as workers moved it onto its new concrete
The nation's tallest lighthouse traveled nearly 29-hundred feet along
rails for the last past three weeks.
Amanda Lab has the story:
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But the process isn't over yet.
Once on the pad, the steel rails will be replaced by supports and
140-thousand bricks will surround the lighthouse.
That's expected to take about six weeks.
The cost of the move...10-million dollars.
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Are you wondering how to keep your lawn green even with the water restrictions...coming up we'll tell you what you can do.
And catching a movie at the MegaDome may have to be put on hold... at least 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.
Roanoke is providing recycled water to residents who want to water lawns or gardens but can't do so because of water restrictions.
Residents can take containers to the sewage treatment plant at the intersection of Brownlee Avenue and Kindred Street. A garden hose is available around the clock.
The City normally discharges recycled water from the City Sewage Treatment Plant back into the Roanoke River.
But now Roanoke is making that recycled water available to residents... Officials stress it's for irrigation only.
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.
It's considered one of the most popular spots in the Jefferson National Park.
Coming up in this week's Time Off we'll take you to the majestic falls know as the Cascade.
It's called the most popular spot in the Jefferson National Forest...
Generations have discovered the beauty and fun of the Cascades in Giles county.
Kimberly McBroom takes us there in this week's "Time Off".
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(( They're not as large as Niagara Falls... but they're no less awe-inspiring.
Water from six streams feeds into the Giles county Cascades, which pour 66 feet downward.
The Jefferson National Forest acquired the Cascades nearly four decades ago.
And year after year, it's the setting for many a summer outing.
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The loop trail is four- miles long, and attracts nearly 160- thousand hikers each year.
Earlier this year, the forest service added this new log bridge.
The creek below is a fly- fisherman's dream-- stocked with plenty of Rainbow Trout.
While it's still babbling, the creek is running low on water this year, due to the lack of rain.
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((JIM LAIGNEL/FOREST RECREATION MANAGER: ALL THE STREAMS AROUND HERE, INCLUDING CASCADES HERE ARE WAY DOWN. I'VE NEVER SEEN CASCADES THIS LOW BEFORE. BIG STONEY CREEK, WHICH IS THE NEXT CREEK OVER IS DOWN, AS WELL. IT'S MAKING IT BAD FOR FIRE SEASON. WE DON'T USUALLY ENFORCE FIRE SEASON DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, BUT WE'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO WATCH THEIR CAMPFIRES AND PUT OUT THEIR CIGARETTES.))
Stone signs are also posted throughout the recreation areas to discourage littering and vandalism.
And with slippery terrain at the foot of the cascades, safety is a MUST.
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Wading in the shallow water IS allowed....
But there's enough of a mist in the air from the Cascades to keep you cool.
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((JIM LAIGNEL/FOREST RECREATION MANAGER: IT'S NEVER ABOVE 75. I'VE NEVER SEEN IT THAT HIGHS. USUALLY, IT'S ABOUT 65 TO 70. IT COULD BE 100 DOWN IN THE PARKING LOT. BUT IT'S REAL COOL. PEOPLE STAY UP HERE QUITE A WHILE, ONCE THEY GET UP HERE BECAUSE IT'S SO COOL.))
It's still a good idea to bring along some cool bottled water for the trip...and a pair of good hiking shoes.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Giles County.))
And coming up, The World Cup Soccer champion was crowned today the Wrath wins at home last night.
And the Commonwealth Games baseball tournament opened today at the Kiwanis Field in Salem.
The United States and China went head to head for the World Cup soccer championship this afternoon at the Rose Bowl.
The game was a defensive battle that ended scoreless at the half. The action picked up in the second half and the game remained scoreless after the first 15 minute extra period. If there's no score in the second extra period it will go to penality kicks.
Brazil beat Norway on penality kicks in the consilation game.
The Roanoke Wrath is battling with Northern Virginia for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
And last night the Wrath picked up a big win beating the Royals 1 to nothing at Victory Stadium.
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It was a perfect night to take in a soccer game and eat a few crackers at Victory Stadium as the Roanoke Wrath hosted the Northern Virginia Royals.
Gary Ricketts moves to rock over to Mike Botta, who gets the perfect assist to Phillip McNamara to open the scoring as the Wrath improves to7-and-4 with a 1-to-nothing win over Northern Virginia.
It took extra innings, But the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red sox 2 to 1 in 11.
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Red Sox Manager Jimmy Williams in the dugout watching the game.
The Red Sox got on the board first. Mike Stanley sends this Tom Glavine pitch over the left centerfield wall for a solo homer and the Sox took the 1 to nothing lead.
Glavine settled down in the third here striking out Damon Buford looking to end the inning.
The Braves would score in the bottom of the fourth Andruw Jones hits this solo homer over the left field wall to tie the score at 1 to 1 and the Braves go on to win it 2 to 1 in 11 innings.
In the Big Apple, The Yankees and Mets would hook up in Interleague play.
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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.
The best high school baseball players in the state took the diamond at the Kiwanis Field in Salem today.
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.
The action continues tonight as West meets Central.
Each team will play a game tomorrow morning and the finals are Sunday afternoon at Salem Memorial Stadium.
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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