Coming up next on News 7, the wildfires in central and eastern Florida continue to burn uncontrolled. Mike Stevens will have a live report.
and Roanoke police say the fire that killed six people in May was ARSON.[Wx-Heads]
Isolated pop up showers will not stop the fun of the Salem Fair tonight. Tomorrow looks like a splendid day.
A medical watchdog group is trying to get the government to keep Viagra away from some men.
And is too much of a good thing bad for your pet -- vets say over vaccinating is a problem.
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The wildfires that have ravaged Florida since Memorial Day are getting worse.
High winds, dry conditions, and 100 degree temperatures are making fighting the fire more difficult.
Officials are afraid the wind will send the fire into more populated areas.
People who live in dozens of developments along a 45 mile corridor are in danger of losing their homes to the fire.
The fast moving blaze has threatened parts of Daytona Beach near the International Speedway.
As a result Nascar has postponed Saturday's running of the Pepsi 400.
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Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller are at the beach.
Mike, while a lot of race fans are disappointed, the area is obviously facing much tougher problems.
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It was almost three years ago that a man was shot and killed inside a Blacksburg drug store- now a federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by the man's mother.
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Maurice Taylor was killed after he pointed a mock handgun at three police officers attempting to arrest him inside a Blacksburg Revco.
The officers fired 18- shots with 12 of the rounds striking Taylor.
The lawsuit alleges the officers violated Taylor's constutional rights by using excessive force.
The judge who dismissed the case wrote that it was Taylor who set the deadly chain of events in motion and the use of deadly force in this incident was justified.
All of the evidence says the fatal fire that destroyed an apartment building in Roanoke was arson.
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Police investigating the Church Avenue fire said it looks like someone set the blaze in retaliation for a murder.
Six people died when the building went up in flames on May 18th.
The night before, Kevin Lee Jones was shot to death.
The accused shooter lived in the building that was torched.
Police say they're still trying to track down the suspect who had "both the motive and the opportunity" to retaliate for Jones' death.
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The Cable News Network says it was wrong to report American war forces used nerve gas on American defectors during the Vietnam war. We'll have that in a moment.
and one of the nation's favorite cooks agrees to settle charges he sexually abused several young men.
In HealthCheck, a watchdog group wants to see Viagra kept out of the hands of some patients.
and Patrick Evans will have ways to protect your plants from the summer heat.
Murder and malicious wounding charges lodged against an Amherst County man will be heard by a grand jury.
29-year old Kenneth Eugene Branham is accused of killing one man and injuring two others during an argument over horseshoes on Memorial Day weekend.
Police say Branham used a 12-guage shotgun to kill Richard Lee Eubank, and wound Bobby Beverly and Ricky McDaniel.
Branham told authorities one of the victims had threatened him with a gun earlier in the day, but no other weapon was found.
His case goes to the grand jury in October.
Most vestiges of a 1995 state hiring freeze are now gone.
The freeze that George Allen used to help eliminate some nine thousand full-time state jobs has been modified in subsequent years.
But Governor Jim Gilmore has now issued an executive order re-writing the hiring policy.
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It's a rhetorical change from the Allen administration, too.
Gilmore's order specifically calls for an "atmosphere of high morale" and says state employees are "among Virginia's most valuable assets."
CNN has retracted a report that the U-S military tried to kill Vietnam War defectors.
Tonight the pentagon is praising the on-air apology-
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CNN issued an on air apology for what it calls serious faults in its reporting.
The celebrity Chef- best known as the frugal gourmet- has settled sex abuse lawsuits filed against him.
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Seven men in all accused Jeff Smith-of using alcohol, intimidation and physical force to obtain sex from them when they were teenagers.
Lawyers won't disclose how much the TV chef is paying to avoid the trial-
That was scheduled to start on Monday.
Each of the men will receive financial compensation, but lawyers won't say whether the settlement includes an admission of wrongdoing.
Smith is a Methodist minister and father of two grown sons-
He's disputed the accusations.
The frugal gourmet was the most popular TV cooking show in history.
If the recent hot weather has been too much for your flower garden, Patrick Evans has some suggestions in this week's growin it.
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Last week, the topic was exotic flowers, this week: Hot Plants, literally.
Patrick Evans tells us how to help your plants keep their cool even when the heat is on, in this weeks Growin' It.
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In Sports, Roy Stanley will be along in a minute with news of the new Express head coach.
On health check -- thinking about having your feline friend vaccinated, think again.
Local vets are warning some pet owners the vaccine may actually be dangerous.
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((DR. CONNIE CANODE/VETERINARIAN:CATS THAT DO GO OUTSIDE WE STILL RECOMMEND THAT FELINE LEUKEMIA VACCINE, IT IS IMPORTANT, WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT FOR CATS THAT DO NOT GO OUTSIDE.))
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Coming up on News7 at Six,
we'll visit a working cattle ranch that's offering weekend getaways late this summer.
A small Botetourt County family runs the place.
They say the horses and cattle mix history with romance.
But this family may be the one getting pushed out.
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Visit the ranch and the issues surrounding it -- that story and more tonight on News7 at Six.
Most pet owners will do anything to make sure their animals are safe and healthy, but is protecting your furry friend really causing harm?
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No one likes getting a shot.
Especially an angry cat.
Most look the other way when they see a needle.
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Now house cats may not have to do it as often.
Veterinarians are recommending not giving indoor cats the leukemia vaccine.
It's up to the pet owner, but vets say if the cat goes outside the chance of it running into a leukemia cat is greater than becoming sick from the vaccine, but if it's an indoor cat there are other risks.
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Rabies and other annual vaccines are still required.
Doctor Canode says it's an estimated one in 200-thousand to one in a million chance of a cat contracting the tumor.
It's treated using surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
While most people agree that eating the right foods is a good step to a healthier heart, a new study has found that is not enough.
The study in today's New England Journal of Medicine found that people who stuck to a low fat diet but didn't exercise ended up doing little to lower their bad cholesterol levels.
A Watchdog group is calling on the F-D-A to keep some people from using a popular impotence drug.
The group known as Public Citizen wants Viagra kept away from patients that would have been excluded from the drug's original testing program.
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Those groups include patients with poorly controled blood pressure, stomach ulcers, uncontrolled diabetes, heart problems and people who are taking blood thinners and anti inflammatory drugs.
At least one doctor believes caution is needed, but banning the drug is not.
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The Food and Drug Administration says it sees no reason at present to issue new warnings about the drug.
So far 21 people who used Viagra have died.
Another 60 have experienced serious adverse reactions.
In Sports news, the Roanoke Express has a new coach.
Here with that is Roy Stanley.[S5-Express]
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Thank you ladies and welcome to the two minute ticker.
Former Player and coach Scott Gordon is set to take over the Roanoke Express.
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Gordon was introduced to the Media this morning. He's played and coached the game at several different levels and he's taking over a Roanoke team that's had success for the past 5 years under former coach Frank Anzalone.
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And Gordon, who played goalie for Johnstown in the 1988 and 89 seasons come's highly recommended for his first true head coaching job.
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We'll have more from Gordon and six and We'll check in with some upsets at Wimbledon.
Jean will be back in a moment.
The restaurant that has served breakfast to millions of Americans -- at all hours of the day -- is coming to Southwest Virginia.
They've already started building the International House of Pancakes in Roanoke.
It's one of at least two I-HOPs opening in this area.
Another is going up in Christiansburg.
The Roanoke I-HOP will be next to highway 220 in the Tanglewood Mall area.
The restaurant's signature items include fruit-topped pancackes and steak-and-egg breakfasts.
The I-HOPs are scheduled to open this September.
A Michigan woman has found the pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow is in (Too-nica) Tunica, Mississippi.
Karen Lasky was playing a dollar slot machine in a Mississippi casino when she hit a three million dollar jackpot. At first she thought she had won much less...
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Lasky had spent less than a hundred dollars in the machine before she hit the jackpot.