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Fire on Purgatory Mountain continues to burn. We'll give you a LIVE view and the latest on the situation on NEWS
7.
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And show you the damage done by flying debris from a construction site beneath the most- heavily traveled highway in Roanoke.
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Tonight in sports, we'll check in with Patrick Kerney at the Falcons' camp. Check on the fired up James River Knights in Buchanan,
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and tell you why the Panthers won't have rookie Tony Booth in the defensive backfield this coming season.
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The fire weather forecast improves but the danger is still quite high. Details ahead. [open]
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Firefighters spend a third day on Purgatory Mountain, battling a fire that slows and sometimes stops traffic.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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Firefighters believe they can keep the fire from spreading beyond their lines, but that does NOT mean they have it entirely controlled.
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The fire is burning trees and underbrush on Purgatory Mountain, just north of Buchanan in Botetourt County. [Take Kate full]
Kate Weidaw is there tonight.
Kate, how much progress in putting the fire out?
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The Purgatory Mountain fire is stalling traffic on Route 43 near James River High School.
Jimmie Tingler has been watching the blaze burn on the hill above his home since Saturday.
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Tingler says the wind has been blowing away from his house, helping fire fighters hold off the blaze.
This afternoon crews started a fire line along route 43 right across the road from Tingler's home.
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((I DON'T FEEL TOO BAD WITH THESE HELICOPTERS FLYING OVER HERE, BUT IT WAS A LITTLE NERVE RACKING UP TO THIS POINT. THEN YESTERDAY EVENING IT STARTED UP AGAIN AND WE GOT NERVOUS. AND TWO OF THE RANGERS SPENT THE NIGHT RIGHT HERE.))
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Traffic on Route 43 will be slow going as crews may have to close the road from time to time to fight the fire.
The sheriff's department says on-lookers have been causing problems and travelers should avoid Route 43 if they ca

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We don't usually run the risk of forest fires until the leaves fall. But the Spring and Summer drought have moved up fire season. Here's Meteorologist Robin Reed.
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She was shot in the head, locked in her car trunk, and left for dead.
Now, as the 23-year old Henry County woman recovers in a North Carolina hospital, authorities are searching for her attacker.
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Shannon Wright told deputies she drove to the parking lot at Riverside Plaza in Bassett to meet someone late Saturday night.
Instead, she says a man kidnapped her at gunpoint and drove her to a secluded area off Route 648 near Axton.
That's where Wright says the man made her get in the trunk and shot her in the head.
She was found by a passing motorist who heard noises coming from the trunk.
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((CAPT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE VICTIM IN THE CASE DOES NOT KNOW THE PERSON THAT HAS PERPETRATED THE CRIME. SHE GAVE A DESCRIPTION AND I THINK THAT THE VICTIM IS DOING EVERYTHING AT THIS HOUR THAT SHE CAN DO TO WORK WITH AUTHORITIES AND WE'LL HOPE FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENT IN HER MEDICAL CONDITION.))
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The woman describes her attacker as a white man, 6-foot-one inch tall, in his late 20s or early 30s, with long blond hair. She says he was wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt.
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Anyone with information is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's department.

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A 66-year-old Pittsylvania County woman is safe after spending two nights lost in the woods.
Hazel Brown is listed in stable condition at Danville Regional Medical Center.
She disappeared late Saturday night after attending an outdoor festival.
She was found this morning after a helicopter search.
Deputies say she seemed confused and said she lost her way back to her car.

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Traffic backs up four miles on the interstate. Still ahead on News 7, we'll show you what caused this latest delay.
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And blasting work near another highway is a little too effective. We'll show you the damage done by a high-flying rock.
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A blast from a sewer project rained rock on one motorist's windshield as he headed toward downtown Roanoke Friday night.
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The rock punctured Gene West's hood and shattered the windshield as he drove north in his new truck on the Roy Webber Expressway.
He says a shower of gravel surrounded him. The glass scraped his eye.
City engineers say they were blasting rock in the Roanoke River for the sewer project along Wiley Drive, and the explosion sent debris flying onto the highway.
They have halted the project until they can figure out what went wrong.
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Another traffic backup on Interstate 81 this afternoon, this time in Montgomery County.
A van and a car collided in the north-bound lanes, between the two Christiansburg exits.
No one was seriously hurt, but the passing lane was blocked as workers removed the vehicles.
That caused a four-mile traffic backup behind the accident.
Police say traffic is back to normal now.
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The Virginia Lottery is still attracting players from North Carolina, where there is no state lottery.
If you need evidence of that, ask Walter Davis of Winston-Salem. He picked up his share of a 3-point-9 million dollar Lotto jackpot today in Richmond.
He's one of two winners in the July 17th drawing.
Davis bought his ticket at a gas station in Cana, just this side of the North Carolina line.

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Stocks turned slightly lower today in a sluggish summer session. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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Rick Boucher calls them "two significant milestones" for the New River Valley economy.
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The congressman announced a new U-S customs office and a new foreign-trade-zone designation are coming to the N-R-V airport.
Two developments ... Boucher said ... that make it easier for local companies to do business overseas.
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Right now, companies have to use ports of entry as far away as Norfolk or Baltimore.
Local business leaders look forward to an international gateway in their back yard.
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((STUART GILBERT: STUART GILBERT-DIRECTOR NRVEDA: TIME IS MONEY, SO IT'S GOING TO SAVE THEM A LOT OF MONEY, AND THESE EXISTING COMPANIES ARE NOT ONLY IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY, BUT IN THE SURROUNDING AREA TOO, THAT ARE ADJACENT TO US. ))
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The customs office also gives international travelers in private planes the option of landing in the N-R-V.
Boucher expects more than 50 businesses to use the office in its first year.
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Finding the money to expand and renovate Lynchburg's city schools is the topic of a joint meeting of city council and the school board tonight.
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School officials say they have more than forty fewer classrooms to work with today than they had six years ago.
New requirements in technology and special education have taken up much of the extra space.
Educators say Lynchburg's schools will need more than a hundred million dollars worth of renovations over the next ten years.
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This is the first of two joint meeting between the two boards.
The capital improvements plan will be finalized in December.
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The Appalachian Regional Blood Service is issuing an emergency appeal for donors.
Blood supplies have been dropping for a couple of weeks. Officials say the hot weather has prevented some businesses from holding blood drives, and summer vacations have reduced the number of regular donors.
The Red Cross appeal is for donors of all blood types.

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Coming up on the Big 7 tonight, Dex signs with the Ravens, the Panthers loses their top JMU Duke, our Friday Football Extra previews continue tonight in Botetourt County.
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And Steve Mason checks in from the Falcons camp in Greenville, South Carolina with an update on rookie Patrick Kerney.
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The forest fire on Purgatory Mountain has put the game of football in perspective for Doug Ross' James River staff and team.
The blaze destroyed one coaches' well and
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the fire line is just a quarter mile from one of the player's home.
Needless to say the blaze has been a distraction what with helicopters taking off from the near by softball field, not to mention the smoke pouring from the mountain.
But Coach Ross says this hasn't been the worst distraction.
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Distractions aside, Ross and his staff are hopeful the Knights will bounce back from last season's two and eight record.
10 seniors return and Ross says these are the type of players who can turn it around.
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Football practice began today for Lord Botetourt High School because the Cavaliers don't play their first game until September third.
Practice opened with 60 players on the field including 17 seniors.
A new signal caller will be behind line because of the graduation of standout Josh Aliveto.
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Only seven starters return. Three of those are on defense, but Coach Hart says there's evidence he and his staff are building a successful program.
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The Baltimore Ravens added one of the hardest hitting safeties in the college game when they recently signed Anthony Poindexter.
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The former Jefferson Forest and UVa All-American, who has been rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee, has a one year contract with Baltimore worth the league minimum 175 thousand dollars. Dex is on the Physically Unable to Perform list. After six weeks of the regular season, he will be activated or put him on I.R. Anthony just wants to play.
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One of the many reasons the Atlanta Falcons made it to the Super Bowl last year was defense.
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The NFC west champs shored up the D-line this season by signing former Virginia standout Patrick Kerney. Steve Mason caught up with him during training camp.
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((Patrick Kerney lifted weights and ran with his Falcons rookie class the entire summer and has 13 pounds of added muscle to show for it. But mot even his trademark work ethic could prepare this 6 foot 6 275 pound workhorse for the NFL. ((:))
Kerney, who, lead the ACC in sacks last season at Virginia, is also learning just how much of an unknown quantity he is at the next level. ((NAT SOUND:))
However, the only popularity contest the always humble Kerney is participating in is the one with his coaches. ((NAT SOUND:))
and he seems to be winning. ((:))
Atlanta tied for 16th in the league last year in sacks. Dan Reeves consistent rotation of defensive players should allow Kerney plenty of game and learning experience behind starting defensive ends Lester Archambeau and Chuck Smith.))


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Practice at Panthers training camp turned out to be quite costly for Carolina.
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Safety Mike Minter will miss a few weeks with a concussion he suffered in practice.
Also, Panther seventh round draft pick and former James Madison All-American Tony Booth injured his knee and is out for the season. Carolina's coaching staff was VERY impressed with him, both as a player and a person.
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Don't forget, tonight at 8, the Cleveland Browns make their NFL return to take on the Dallas Cowboys in Canton, Ohio. [Wx-Tape]
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It's a beautiful place to live ... but the unemployment rate is high and tempers might be rising, too.
Tonight ... concerned residents of the Alleghany Highlands ask: How can we lift a sagging economy?
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with a preview.
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Keith ... when a new business breaks ground in the Highlands it's usually big news.
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That's because it doesn't happen that often.
Last year government officials couldn't say enough good things about a company that brought 125-new jobs to the area.

But that was then.
Now ... members of the Highlands business community say there are some "serious problems."
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Scott Goldberg will talk to those business leaders tonight...
And he'll show us a spot in the Highlands that one developer calls one of Southwest Virginia's "prime spots" for recruiting a big employer.
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That story at 11.
Keith?

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