Next on News 7 at Six... Air power is helping firefighters gain the upper hand in Bath County, as they fight a fire burning in two national forests.
And candidate for Delegate Al Bedrosian explains why he doesn't believe he did anything wrong when he spanked another parent's child... He's now facing an assault charge.
In sports, The U.S. wins the World Cup Soccer championship an area softball team gears up for the Commonwealth games.
And Jeff Burton wins the Jiffy Lube 300 at Loudon.
Clouds will stick around for several days-- the chance of showers does as well.
Details coming up.
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Lightning strikes are being blamed for a series of forest fires in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
The most serious has burned about 100 acres north of Clifton Forge, but as Joe Dashiell reports, firefighters are reporting progress tonight.
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((Smoke rises from the Rough Mountain Wilderness area, a remote location accessible to firefighters only after a steep two- hour climb.
But on Saturday, they looked to the heavens for help, as a helicopter flew in from Detroit to join the operation.
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The chopper is capable of dumping 400 gallons of water on each pass.
But it is also being used to lift drinking water and other supplies to the 40 firefighters on the ridges above.
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The Forest Service believes this fire and five others since the first of July were caused by lightning strikes. They hope to have the "Route 42 fire" fully contained by Tuesday.
Though this isn't the time of year when rangers normally expect to see forest fires, they say the dry conditions mean the fire danger remains very high.
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Nine years after the Kim-Stan landfill was finally closed, residents of the area are still dealing with the problems it created.
Alleghany County is now moving forward with a project to address many of those concerns, and residents are hoping it will make a difference.
In 1990, large tractor- trailers were lining up to dump out- of state garbage at the Kim-Stan operation.
The landfill site is now covered with small trees and other vegetation... but problems with contaminated run-off and bad odors continue to plague the community.
Today, members of the Epworth United Methodist Church were welcoming a new minister, and hoping the latest effort to improve the site will be successful.
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((JANE PINCKARD/ALLEGHANY CO. RESIDENT: WE HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THIS LANDFILL FROM DAY ONE, BUT NOW I THINK WE'RE FINALLY GOING TO GET SOME POSITIVE ACTION HERE AND WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THAT FOR A LONG TIME.))
((DAN JONES/ALLEGHANY CO. RESIDENT: IT'S SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED AND I HOPE OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH WHAT WE'VE HAD TO DEAL WITH IN THE PAST.))
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Alleghany County has scheduled a news conference Monday afternoon near the landfill site, to kick off the Kim Stan diversion ditch project.
Al Bedrosian says he'd do it again under the same circumstances.
On Friday he was charged with assault and battery for spanking a 2 year old boy.
The complaint was filed by the boy's mother.
It happened Friday at the Lewis Gale Clinic in Salem. Bedrosian says two young boys were running around the waiting room out of control. At one point he says he had to stop them from grabbing at his 1 month old daughter.
When one of the boys rushed by him, narrowly missing his child and knocking over a candy jar Bedrosian says he grabbed him and gave him a smack on the behind. The boy was NOT hurt.
Bedrosian says he was trying to protect his child.
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((AL BEDROSIAN/CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE; THERE'S A LOT GOING ON HERE, AND NO ONE REALLY SEEMS TO CARE, NO ONE IS STOPPING ANYTHING FROM HAPPENING, THERE'S NO DISCIPLINE, THE NURSES AREN'T COMING AND SAYING ANYTHING, THINGS WERE KIND OF OUT OF CONTROL, AND ITS A LOT LIKE IN OUR COMMUNITY, THINGS ARE HAPPENING LIKE THAT, AND I STILL DON'T THINK ANYTHING I DID... AND AGAIN I APOLOGIZED TO THE LADY BECAUSE I SHOULDN'T BE DOING SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO HER CHILD... SHE SHOULD PROBABLY BE DOING THAT TO HER CHILD, BUT I SHOULDN'T BE PUT IN A POSITION TO DO THAT TO HER CHILD. ))
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We were unable to contact the mother of the child for a reaction.
The case goes to court later this month.
It was a huge defeat for the tobacco industry.
Last week, a Florida Jury found cigarette makers liable for producing a defective product.
It was the first class action lawsuit to go to trial and now it could cost cigarette makers billions of dollars.
In 1994, the tobacco industry was fighting another battle that included many Virginia tobacco workers.
In this weeks Virginia Newsreel we will look back on their March on Washington.
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((About 1-hundred and 70 buses left the Virginia State fairgrounds on the morning of March 9, 1994 headed for Washington.
They were people whose livelihood depended on tobacco.
They included retirees and employees of Phillip Morris and R. J. Reynolds.
The companies gave their employees the day off so they could participate in the demonstration against President Clinton's proposed 75 cent increase in the cigarette tax.
The added revenue would go to health care.
Virginia's senators supported the tobacco workers.
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SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D-VIRGINIA: ALL OF US WANT TO SEE HEALTH CARE REFORM, BUT WEDON'T WANT TO HAVE A SINGLE INDUSTRY BEING ASKED TO BEAR AN UNFAIR PART OF THATBURDEN. ))
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SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VIRGINIA: YOU HAVE OUR VOTE.
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A spokesman for Phillip Morris said it wasn't fair the health care debate led Congress and the Clinton Administration to single out the tobacco industry.
The industry claimed that the tax hike would eliminate 90-thousand jobs and the effects would trickle down to the farmers and suppliers.
An estimated 16-thousand people participated in the demonstration.
Most of them were from North Carolina and Virginia.))
The heavenly sounds of bell music will fill Downtown Roanoke this evening.
Greene Memorial United Methodist Church is dedicating the John Wynn Myers Memorial Carillon with an outdoor concert.
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A carillon is a set of 24 bells or more.
The church has 318 making the new carillon the largest of it's kind in the world, comparable to the one at Virginia Tech.
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But you won't see any bells in the church's tower.
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Cummins will perform a series of mini concerts on the church's front steps using a keyboard to make the bell sounds.
He says there will be music for everyone.
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If you are interested in hearing the new bells, The free outdoor concert is being held at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church in Downtown Roanoke tonight at 7:30. The rain date is July 18-th.
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If placing pictures in a photo album is to traditional for you.
Coming up in tonight's Webwatch we'll tell you how you can create a picture album just by going on line.
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Internet search engines are getting bogged down as the web becomes more crowded.
And you can create a free photo album online.
More in tonight's webwatch.
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Is your search engine working hard enough? A new survey finds most search engines are lagging behind the explosive growth of the internet.
Northern Lights is number one, but is still only able to cover 1/6 of existing internet pages. Snap and AltaVista run close behind.
Some websites, such as Metacrawler, and Dogpile, survey several search engines at once, and deliver the results.
The number of individual web pages online now stands at 800 million. It now takes about six months for a new page to make it into a search engine's listing.
The anti-defamation league is urging congress to expand hate-crime legislation. They concerned about the growth of hate groups, and their use of the internet to recruit new members..
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((ELIZABETH COLEMAN/ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE; IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO DO SO ANONYMOUSLY, IN THE DARK, SAFELY, AND IT'S INEXPENSIVE. IT IS A LOW COST RECRUITMENT TOOL FOR HATERS.))
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Create your own online photo album at ememories-dot-com. You can create a picture forum... scan and upload images, and share them with family and friends... Some of the latest entries include a history the city of York, a photo essay from Ireland, and 56 pictures from a woman named Karen's first baby shower...
You do have to register to use the service, but it doesn't cost anything.
For links to these sites, click on webwatch, on the WDBJ Website, at WDBJ 7-dot-com.))
A profile of a recreation league umpire brought us some viewer mail this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with Feedback.
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((Major league baseball is getting ready for Tuesday's All Star game. Parents and kids in Roanoke's youth baseball program think Connie Welch is an All Star umpire.
The profile our sports department did on him was a hit with one viewer.
"It was great to see a story about someone giving of himself to help children, and to see that both adults and children see the impact of one person on so many others. I want to thank Connie Welch and others in our area making a positive difference in a child's life. With so much negative pressure today, children and youth need positive role models in their life. With over twenty years of service to children, it is obvious Connie Welch cares."
Send your letters to News-7 to the following address: P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
If you prefer to do it by fax, the number is 540-343-7269.
For e-mail, the address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And our home page has a moderated on-line forum. You'll find that at wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
It's a sticky and sometimes painful job, but somebody's got to do it.
Coming up in this week's Virginia Profile meet a man who some consider the King of Honey.
Tim Nester is one man who's truly understands the meaning of "busy as a bee".
The Carroll County man not only farms but also raises MILLIONS of honey bees.
Teresa Hamilton gives us an up close look in this week's "Virginia Profile".
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Tim Nester probably doesn't have to worry about too much competition in his line of work.
Here on the family farm in the Laurel Fork section of Carroll County he raises bees to market their honey.
And while many of us may consider it a sticky and sometimes painful job-- it's one Nester enjoys.
After all-- he's been raising bees for as long as he can remember.
((TIM NESTER/CARROLL CO. BEEKEEPER: WELL DADDY, THAT HAS MORE OF LESS JUST, YOU KNOW, HE'S ALWAYS HAD BEES AND I JUST RODE HIS COAT TAILS, YOU KNOW, HE GOT ME STARTED, CAUSE AS I WAS TELLING YOU, I DON'T THINK THERE'S MANY PEOPLE WHO WOULD JUST, YOU KNOW, START OFF KEEPING HONEY BEES.))
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Nester has around 85 boxes that the bees use as their home.
In each one-- you'll find an estimated 60- to one hundred thousand hard at work.
The smoke is what calms the bees so that Nester can inspect the boxes.
Now for the answer to another frequently asked question.
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((TIM NESTER/CARROLL CO. BEEKEEPER: I THINK I GOT STUNG ONCE LAST YEAR AND I'VE BEEN STUNG ONCE THIS YEAR, SO, USUALLY THAT'S MY FAULT, THOUGHT, AFTER I TAKE MY COVERALLS OFF THERE'LL BE ONE SOMEWHERE AND I'LL MISS IT SO, THAT'S WHAT USUALLY HAPPENS BUT ID DON'T GET STUNG MUCH.))
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Nester sells the different varieties of his honey at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market in Hillsville-- where the finished product is a hit with tourists.
He says the most popular kind is SOUR WOOD.
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((TIM NESTER/CARROLL CO. BEEKEEPER:IT'S A REAL WHITE HONEY, GOOD FLAVOR, LIKE I SAID, IT'S A PREMIUM HONEY AND IF NO ONE KNOWS NOTHING ELSE ABOUT HONEY, THEY KNOW WHAT SOUR WOOD HONEY IS. ))
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It's also Nester's favorite-- and if anyone should know-- it should be Carroll County's unofficial King of Honey.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Laurel Fork.
And coming up, Scores and highlights from Major League baseball.
And the United States women are on top of the soccer world after beating China and capturing the World Cup.
The United States Women's team is on top in the soccer world today. The Americans beat China on penalty kicks to capture the World Cup.
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Regulation and 2 15 minute extra sessions would end scoreless sending the game to a shootout.
The Americans would gain control of the shootout when goalkeeper Briana Scurry stopped China's third shot after holding the Chinese scoreless for 120 minutes.
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Brandi Chastain clinched the victory scoring the American's fifth straight penalty kick goal a left footed boot hitting high in the net and setting off a wild celebration.
She tore off her jersey to start the celebration.
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Jeff Burton watched the others run out of gas and he takes the checkered flag winning the Jiffy Lube 300.
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Early in the race Jeff Gordon was chasing John Andretti for third place he would eventually take the position and lead the race.
Meantime, Last weeks winner at Daytona, Dale Jarrett was having sheet metal problems after a bump with Michael Waltrip in the pits Jarrett was running 21-st.
Then Bobby Labonte passed Andretti and Jeff Gordon to take the lead with over 180 laps to go in the race.
Rusty Wallace running on the low side of the track gets tapped in the side by Gordon and spins out bringing out the caution with over 140 laps to go.
Tony Stewart was the leader of the race however, with less than 3 laps to go he runs out of gas.
And John Andretti who was running second had to pit for gas.
That opened the door for Jeff Burton he comes from 38-th in the field to win the Jiffy Lube 300
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Kenny Wallace was second, Jeff Gordon third, Dale Jarrett fourth, Bill Elliott fifth and Mark Martin finished sixth.
The Orioles head into the all star break with a 6 to 2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Ray Miller would enjoy this game in Philly.
In the top of the first B.J. Surhoff hits a line drive shot off the wall in right centerfield scoring Brady Anderson and the Orioles took the 1 to nothing lead.
Charles Johnson puts another run on the board in the third he rips a drive off the left centerfield wall for a double scoring a run to make it 3 to 1 Baltimore.
Scott Erickson threw six hit ball over 8 innings to get his third straight win the Orioles beating the Phillies 6 to 2.
Plenty of Interleague action this afternoon lets check some of the scores.
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The Commonwealth Games isn't the only tournament action this weekend.
16 softball teams competed in the ASA Central Atlantic Regionals.
The Scrappers are a team of girls from seven different area high schools and five different counties.
Inaddition to this tournament the Scrappers travel up and down the east coast playing the best competition in the nation.
These girls play 16 and other teams as well as moving up to play 18 and under competition.
Next week they will be playing in the Commonwealth Games, but they have several big tournaments after that as well.
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