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More thunderstorms are pushing out of the Ohio Valley...but much our viewing is clear and dry this morning.
Today promises more excessive heat and humidity...with temperatures reaching the low to mid 90s.
More of the same is expected over the weekend...the complete forecast is coming up.

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Good Morning, I'm Melanie Moon.
The major of Atlanta says it's important for the city to begin healing.
Yesterday a disgruntled day trader opened fire in two Atlanta brokerage firms killing nine and injuring a dozen.
Police also believe he killed his wife and two children.
Drew Levinson has the latest from Atlanta.
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((Locator: Atlanta, GA
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Authorities are only now beginning to understand what may have triggered 44 year old Mark Barton to go on a deadly rampage. Police say he left behind notes.
SOT: Jimmy Mercer/Henry County Police Chief

His rage this week-- clearly began with the alleged murders of his family.... and exploded at two brokerage offices yesterday.
SOT: MAYOR BILL CAMPBELL/ATLANTA

HE APPARENTLY WAS A DAY TRADER AND CONCERNED ABOUT FINANCIAL LOSSES. At Momentum Securities-- he killed four people. Then he crossed the street and gunned down five others at the All-Tech Investment Group.
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Barton escaped and was heading north when police spotted him-- and pulled him over.
Mayor SOT:

five years ago Barton was accused of killing his first wife and his mother in law. They were bludgeoned to death. But police later dropped the charges-- citing lack of evidence. STAND-UP CLOSE SUPER: Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS))

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Roanoke's water crisis is producing a war of words between Roanoke City and Roanoke County.
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As the water level at Carvins Cove has dropped to record lows, and the city has called for mandatory conservation, the county has moved to maximize connections between the two water systems.
But even as water flows from the Spring Hollow Reservoir, county officials have been frustrated with the city's response, what some perceive as an unwillingness to negotiate regional water issues.
In a July 28th letter, Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson said the county isn't interested in merely trading water... He called that a short term band aid on a more serious problem: the necessity to address the overall water supply needs of the Roanoke Valley.
But last night, Acting City Manager Jim Ritchie responded with his own statement... which says the county's demands are unreasonable, and in effect are holding the city hostage during a drought.
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The county has set an August 20th deadline for changes to the current water agreement.
But the city is balking at the rate the county wants to charge for water purchases.... and argues that the county is taking unfair advantage of the city's water shortage.

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State Officials are concerned about the increasing number of fatal accidents on Interstate 81.
Since July of 19-98, 20 people have been killed on the highway.
Now the Virginia Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles and State Police are working together to make 81 safer.
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(( The number of fatalities between Wytheville and Lexington continues to rise.
One short term solution: V-DOT plans to warn motorists of weather and traffic conditions by putting up message boards, and telling them on the radio.
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((WE THINK IF WE CAN GET INFORMATION TO THE DRIVER WHILE HE'S IN THE CAR THIS WILL HELP THEM MAKE DECISIONS AND IT WILL MAKE THEIR TRIP SAFER, MAYBE QUICKER)) [RUNS 11]
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V-DOT will also change some of the guard rails to keep vehicles headed in the right direction.
And starting in the fall - safety service vehicles will be on the roads to help motorists in trouble.
But the long term goal is to widen I-81 to five lanes in both directions.
V-DOT says this could take up to eight years to finish.
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((IT'S NOT JUST PUTTING 12 TO 14 FEET OF ASPHALT. IT IS ADDING MANY KIND OF ADDITIONS TO THE TOTAL SAFETY CAPACITY)) [RUNS 12]
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The addition would include wider shoulders, wider bridges, and different types of guardrails.
State Police are doing their part - cracking down on speeding motorist and those making the highway dangerous.
Once a week, state police are out in full-force on 81 to catch offending drivers.
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((AS OF TODAY WE HAVE ISSUED OVER 16-THOUSAND SUMMONS AND ARRESTS JUST ON THESE SATURATED PATROLS)) [RUNS 10]
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But officials ultimately agree: the responsibility lies with drivers, to be alert and to obey the rules of the road.

Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke County.))

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The pre-season Big East Football Poll is out and Virginia Tech is in the top five.
Roy Stanley has the standings.
Good Morning Roy.
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The governor of california has officially buried a divisive state law that sought to deny services to illegal immigrants.
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[4:12;39]
Yesterday Governor Gray Davis announced he was dropping Proposition 187.
Prop 187 had been approved by 59 percent of California voters and excluded illegal immigrants from schooling and other public benefits.
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((GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS/D-CA.:"I BELIEVE THIS SETTLEMENT IS FAITHFUL TO THE LAW, FAITHFUL TO THE WILL OF THE VOTERS, AND STILL MOVES US FORWARD AS A STATE.))
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Former governor Pete Wilson fought hard for prop 187 and it passed in 19-94, however a state court ruled that it was unconstitutional, and it never went into effect.
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The Salem couple whose home was littered with cats now face criminal charges.
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[99-24 at 1:04:21]
Michael and Cheryl Boyd each face two counts of cruelty to animals and one count of owning too many cats at one location.
50 sick cats were destroyed.
Another 20 were found dead in the freezer.
Two others were decomposing under the Boyds' furniture.
If they're convicted, the Boyds could be fined more than five-thousand dollars each AND sent to jail for as long as two years.
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[Health-Check]


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In medical news, the F-D-A has approved a new emergency contraceptive.
Maggie Cooper has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((AMERICANS ARE LIVING LONGER. THIS ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL IN ATLANTA.
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((vo)) SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, THE LIFE EXPECTANCY RATE HAS RISEN BY NEARLY THIRTY YEARS. IN 19-00 THE AVERAGE AMERICAN LIVED TO BE NEARLY FOURTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD. TODAY MOST PEOPLE CAN EXPECT TO LIVE TO BE SEVENTY-SIX.
RESEARCHERS CREDIT BETTER CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES LIKE PNEUMONIA AND T-B FOR THE INCREASED LIFE EXPECTANCY RATE.

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TAMOXIFEN, A POPULAR DRUG USED TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER, MAY NOT BE AS EFFECTIVE AS DOCTORS ONCE THOUGHT. IN FACT,ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS, OVER TIME, IT MAY ACTUALLY HELP CANCER CELLS GROW.
TAMOXIFEN FIGHTS BREAST CANCER BY BLOCKING THE ACTIONS OF THE ESTROGEN HORMONE. SCIENTISTS AT DUKE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER SAY THAT AFTER PROLONGED USE, THE ANTI-ESTROGEN EFFECT LESSENS, ALLOWING CANCER CELLS TO START GROWING AGAIN.

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((vo)) AND THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION HAS GIVEN FINAL MARKETING APPROVAL TO A NEW EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE.
THE" MORNING AFTER PILLS" CONSISTS OF TWO SYNTHETIC HORMONE TABLETS THAT PREVENT CONCEPTION BY BLOCKING OVULATION OR FERTILIZATION.
THIS NEW TREATMENT, UNLIKE ONES CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET, WORKS WITH LESS NAUSEA AND VOMITING.

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AND THAT'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS. I'M MAGGIE COOPER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK))

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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Another mass shooting startles the nation.
Police say 44-year old day trader, Mark Barton, killed himself just hours after opening fire in two Atlanta brokerage firms.
Nine people were killed, and 12 others were wounded.
Investigators also believe Barton killed his wife and two children.
Their bodies were found inside their suburban home, along with notes apparently written by the gunman.
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Virginia Military Institute superintendent Josiah Bunting is under investigation for misspending school funds.
Bunting allegedly overspent a discretionary school account by 120-thousand dollars during his first three years at V-M-I.
A report from the state Auditor of Public Accounts could come by the end of this week.
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California's Democratic governor has decided to abandon a voter-approved law excluding illegal immigrants from schooling and other public benefits.
Yesterday Governor Gray Davis said the state was dropping Proposition 187.
The measure was approved by 59 percent of California voters.
Former Governor Pete Wilson, a Republican, fought for the measure.
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And that's what's making news on this Friday July 30.
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News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

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Police in the Atlanta area will be spending today searching for more answers in yesterday's deadly shooting rampage.
A 44 year old man killed nine people in two brokerage offices and wounded a dozen more before shooting himself.
He also apparently killed his wife and two children.
And authorities say Mark Barton was also a prime suspect in a double murder in Alabama.
Drew Levinson reports from Atlanta.
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[SUPER=01-Jimmy Mercer/Henry Co. Police Chief; :13]
[SUPER=01-Bill Campbell/Atlanta Mayor; :38]
[SUPER=01-Drew Levinson/Reporting; 1:29]
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((Locator: Atlanta, GA
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Authorities are only now beginning to understand what may have triggered 44 year old Mark Barton to go on a deadly rampage. Police say he left behind notes.
SOT: Jimmy Mercer/Henry County Police Chief

His rage this week-- clearly began with the alleged murders of his family.... and exploded at two brokerage offices yesterday.
SOT: MAYOR BILL CAMPBELL/ATLANTA

HE APPARENTLY WAS A DAY TRADER AND CONCERNED ABOUT FINANCIAL LOSSES. At Momentum Securities-- he killed four people. Then he crossed the street and gunned down five others at the All-Tech Investment Group.
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Barton escaped and was heading north when police spotted him-- and pulled him over.
Mayor SOT:

five years ago Barton was accused of killing his first wife and his mother in law. They were bludgeoned to death. But police later dropped the charges-- citing lack of evidence. STAND-UP CLOSE SUPER: Drew Levinson/CBS NEWS))

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Henry County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found floating in the Smith River yesterday.
58-year-old Jo Ann Rea (RAY) was found by her husband after she disappeared from their furniture store.
She had been receiving treatment for depression.
The Sheriff says foul play is not suspected.

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The water war between Roanoke City and Roanoke County is heating up.
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As the water level at Carvins Cove has dropped to record lows, and the city has called for mandatory conservation, the county has moved to maximize connections between the two water systems.
But even as water flows from the Spring Hollow Reservoir, county officials have been frustrated with the city's response, what some perceive as an unwillingness to negotiate regional water issues.
In a July 28th letter, Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson said the county isn't interested in merely trading water... He called that a short term band aid on a more serious problem: the necessity to address the overall water supply needs of the Roanoke Valley.
But last night, Acting City Manager Jim Ritchie responded with his own statement... which says the county's demands are unreasonable, and in effect are holding the city hostage during a drought.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The county has set an August 20th deadline for changes to the current water agreement.
But the city is balking at the rate the county wants to charge for water purchases.... and argues that the county is taking unfair advantage of the city's water shortage.

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It started as an internal audit, then a state audit, now State Police are reviewing a report on the Superintendent at Virginia Military Institute.
The State Auditor turned the case over to the Criminal Investigations Bureau a week ago.
Keith Humphry has more on General Josiah Bunting's use of discretionary funds.
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(( The report scrutinizes a 100-thousand dollar account- -money that comes from private sources, such as the V-M-I Foundation.
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((HERE HE'S PURCHASING HATS AS GIFTS.)) [RUNS :02]
Records in the business office show General Bunting used the fund to buy personal gifts, flowers, even a retirement party- -none of which fall within state regulations.
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((WHILE THE ACCOUNT IS NOT FUNDED WITH TAX DOLLARS, IT IS STILL SUBJECT TO STATE PURCHASING GUIDELINES.)) [RUNS 07]
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V-M-I financial officers point out this is just one of hundreds of accounts that make up the Institute's 39 and a half million dollar annual budget.
A $35,000 renovation of the Superintendent's office has received a lot of attention in one account of Bunting's spending habits, along with a 400-thousand dollar face-lift for the Superintendent's living quarters. But none of that came out of the Superintendent's discretionary account.
Bunting is not on Post this week. He's at his permanent home in Newport, Rhode Island.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))

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((Archive: Rockbridge Fair Farm))

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Botetourt's newest industrial park is learning more about Japanese culture from Koyo (Coy-oh) Steering Systems.


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At first it looked like any other groundbreaking at the Greenfield Center. Then--Shovels and dirt turned into saki and salt. The ceremony is a Japanese tradition--and it asks for safe construction and divine protection over the land.
Koyo Executives say the morning thunderstorm was just an added bonus.
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((AKIHISA MYUYAMA/ PLANT GENERAL MANAGER: JAPANESE TRADITION SAYS WHEN WE HAVE RAIN--THE GROUND IS FIXED. SO THAT IS A GOOD RAIN. WE CAN START VERY GOOD CONDITION FROM NOW ON.))
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The 37-million dollar facility will provide over a hundred jobs to manufacture electrical steering systems for American cars. County officials are hoping that having the Koyo plant constructed by next year will attract other companies.
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It may be State Farm's slogan, but First Colony Life Insurance likes to consider itself a good neighbor too.


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G- E Financial Assurance.. the company that owns First Colony.. made a large donation to one of its downtown Lynchburg neighbors yesterday.
G- E presented the Amazement Square children's museum with a check for 250- thousand dollars to help fund educational programs.
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((MORT SAJADIAN/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: IT CERTAINLY WILL ENABLE US TO GET THE MESSAGE OF THIS MUSEUM AND OUR ACTIVITIES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND TO THE GREATER LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY AND IT WILL HOPEFULLY MAKE A GREAT DIFFERENCE FOR A GREATER COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF ITS OUTREACH PERSPECTIVE.))
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Amazement Square will be located in newly- renovated, 150- year- old riverfront building.
It's scheduled to open next summer.
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There's some unexpected news from Panthers training camp.
Here's Roy Stanley with sports
Good Morning Roy.
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[Local-Recap]
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Roanoke's water crisis is producing a war of words between Roanoke City and Roanoke County.
In a July 28th letter, Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson said the county isn't interested in merely trading water... He called that a short term band aid on a more serious problem: the necessity to address the overall water supply needs of the Roanoke Valley.
But last night, Acting City Manager Jim Ritchie responded with his own statement... which says the county's demands are unreasonable, and in effect are holding the city hostage during a drought.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


State officials are trying some new methods to make Interstate 81 safer.
V-DOT plans to warn motorists of weather and traffic conditions by putting up message boards, and broadcasting them on the radio.
V-DOT will also change some of the guard rails to keep vehicles headed in the right direction.
And starting in the fall - safety service vehicles will be on the roads to help motorists in trouble.
But the long term goal is to widen I-81 to five lanes in both directions.
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You might think of whitewater rafting as a sport just for thrill-seekers...
But it's an activity being enjoyed more by families
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looking for an outdoor summer getaway.
For the last 26 years, Mountain River Tours in Hico, West Virginia has been showing rafters a side of the New River they've never seen before.
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[IN Q=Usually, when somebody's]

((WAYNE WORKMAN/TRIP LEADER: USUALLY, WHEN SOMEBODY'S REAL UPTIGHT AND THEY'RE AFRAID TO ACTUALLY BE IN THE BOAT AND THEN IF THEY DO TAKE A SWIM SOMEWHERE AND THEY COME BACK AT THE TOP OF THE WATER, THEY'RE JUST LAUGHING AND THEY REALIZE, "HEY, IT'S NOT AS BAD AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE." THAT HELPS THEM OUT A LOT AND THEN AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY SAY, "WE'LL SEE YA NEXT YEAR, WE'LL BE BACK".))
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Come along for a ride with us, as we raft beneath the New River Gorge Bridge...
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN TIME OFF BOARD]
That's in this week's "Time Off", tomorrow on News 7 Saturday Morning.
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