Up next on News 7 at Six... reports of more infections in the Floyd County E-coli outbreak.
And we'll tell you why almost 50 death row inmates were on the road in Virginia this month.
In sports, Highlights from Major League Baseball Billy King is in the hunt at the Northville Long Island Classic.
And We'll check in on the V-M-I offense that will rely on youth this football season.
More hot, dry, and tranquil weather here at home-- But in the tropics, things are heating up.
Details are coming up.
More children at a Floyd County day care center have apparently been infected with the E-Coli bacteria.
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Officials began investigating the outbreak at the Copper Hill Pre-School about two weeks ago.
That investigation initially confirmed that four youngsters ranging from two to five years old, and two adults, had E-Coli infections.
Now, according to published reports, tests show three more children have also been infected.
Officials say all of the children and adults who initially tested positive are recovering.
Meanwhile, authorities with the Health District say there are no signs that the infections have spread.
One man died following a traffic accident in Wytheville this morning just before seven.
Police say the driver ran off the road along Interstate I-81 near the 97 mile marker and hit a tree.
55-year old Walker Lee Johnson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was taken to Radford Community Hospital where he later died.
The public didn't know it.
But in the early morning hours of August third, the 48 murderers on Virginia's Death Row were riding in a nine van convoy across the state.
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Virginia's new Death Row is at Sussex I Correctional Center in Sussex County.
The inmates were told of their move from Mecklenburg at three A-M on moving day, for security reasons.
Several state police cruisers, a helicopter, and a K-9 unit escorted the inmates.
Corrections officials say the move went very smoothly.
There are currently 44 Virginia inmates on death row, and four condemned federal inmates Virginia is housing.
In the largest-scale effort of its kind in Virginia history, state workers will be sounding off to the boss.
Governor Jim Gilmore has ordered the distribution of 134-thousand surveys to state workers.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IT IS MY BELIEF THAT THE COMMONWEALTH SHOULD HAVE BEEN REACHING MORE INTO THE STATE EMPLOYEES FOR MANY YEARS TO ASK THEIR VIEWS AND THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO BEST ABOUT STATE GOVERNEMENT. THAT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM JUST RAISING SALARIES. ALTHOUGH THAT OF COURSE IS A WORTHY THING TO DO.))
[OUT Q=to do.]
When the surveys are complete, and the results are tabulated, the Governor will be holding "town hall" style meetings with state workers to discuss the findings.
The first annual "Valley Fest" got under way today at Green Park in Salem
It featured live local bands--including many bands that refused to play at Festival in the Park.
Local musicians say that's because of the Festival's pay policy.
David Johnson explains.
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[SUPER=01-Adrian Willis/Local 165 President; 1:02]
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(( This festival was sponsored by local talent.
It's in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the musicians national union, The Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Funds.
The union is paying the musicians for their performances, something some local groups would like to get from Festival in the Park officials.
Bill Hudson says the city spent 35-thousand dollars to bring in national talent.
[IN Q=ALL THAT MONEY]
((BILL HUDSON/LOCAL MUSICIAN; ALL THAT MONEY GOES OUTSIDE THE COMMUNITY. AND THERE'S JUST THREE BANDS. SO IF LOCAL GROUPS WERE TO GET THE MUNIMUM 150 DOLLARS A PIECE, WE MIGHT BE SPENDING 10,000.))
[OUT Q=SPENDING 10,000.]
Festival in the Park executive director Wendy Schultz could not be reached for comment this weekend.
But in the past, she has indicated that Festival activities were based on volunteerism and that local talent performed as a way of giving back to the community.
Union officials say musicians can't pay their bills by VOLUNTEERING.
And they question FESTIVAL official's no pay policy during First Night activities.
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((ADRIAN WILLIS/LOCAL 165 PRESIDENT; ACCORDING TO THE INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR OF FIRST NIGHT, ROANOKE IS THE ONLY FIRST NIGHT THAT DOESN'T HAVE PAY PROVIDED FOR MUSICIANS, MAGICIANS, CLOWNS. THEY DON'T PAY ANYBODY.))
[OUT Q=PAY ANYBODY.]
Willis says several music union members will protest the no pay policy by not supporting any of the Festival venues, including Shrimp Fest and First Night.
David Johnson News 7, Salem.))
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Still ahead--we'll tell you how to protect your computer from viruses floating around on the Internet.
And, workers from a local Hardee's pull together to help a boy beat a fatal disease.
We'll have more on that story in a few minutes--but first Andrew tells us how long this pleasant weekend weather will last.
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A Roanoke recovery home for women got a little financial assistance today from a small food store.
The "Roanoke Natural Food Co-op" on Grandin Road donated five percent of today's sales to "Bethany Hall".
"Bethany Hall" helps women who are addicted to alcohol or drugs, put their lives back in order.
Volunteers used the opportunity to raise awareness about the six month residential treatment program.
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((BONNIE CRANMER/DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST; IN RECENT MONTHS, WE HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED BY GETTING OUR MESSAGE OUT. AND WE FIND THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO SHARE OUR WORK AND IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMUNITY IN THIS KIND OF A FORMAT IN AN INFORMAL WAY.))
((ELIZABETH GOOD/ROANOKE NATURAL FOOD CO-OP; WHEN BONNIE CONTACTED ME, SHE JUST TOLD ME ABOUT THEIR PROGRAM. IT SOUNDED LIKE SOMETHING THAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO GET BEHIND AND SUPPORT. I THINK IT'S A GOOD PROGRAM, IT DESERVES SOME ATTENTION AND IT DESERVES TO BE SUPPORTED.))
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The fundraiser also included live music, exchanges of recipes and free food and drinks.
A Roanoke fast food restaurant is pitching in to help one of its employee's fight cancer.
Charles Stokes' ten year old son, Charlie, was diagnosed with leukemia two months ago.
Today, Stokes' employer, Hardees, sponsored a yard sale to raise money for Charlie's medical expenses.
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((ELLEN CARAWAN/HARDEE'S DISTRICT MANAGER; WE FOUND OUT ABOUT HIM HAVING LEUKEMIA AND WE TRY TO WORK TOGETHER AND WE WANTED TO DO SOMETHING TO SUPPORT HIM.))
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Tomorrow night the "Coffee Pot" on Brambleton Avenue will hold a benefit concert.
Stokes says his family has also received a lot of community support during these trying times.
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((CHARLES STOKES/CHARLIE'S FATHER; THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANYONE THAT WE HAVE CALLED THAT HAVE SAID NO TO US. ANYTHING WE HAVE ASKED FOR, THEY'VE BEEN SUPPORTIVE. THEY'VE GIVEN US ANYTHING THAT WE HAVE NEEDED. WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS OUT HERE JUST SHOWING UP SAYING JUST PUT ME WHERE YOU NEED ME. AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY.))
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Organizers hope to raise ten-thousand dollars.
Monetary donations are being accepted at the Hardees general office at the address of your screen.
If you use Microsoft Outlook, or Netscape communicator for e-mail, you can now fix a flaw that allows others to send you a computer virus.
And a new travel website can make your next trip taste better.
More in today's WebWatch.
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Microsoft has a patch on its website that will fix the security flaw in its Outlook e-mail software.
Netscape has issued a new version of its Communicator software that also fixes the flaw. Both can be downloaded from the companies websites.
America's Health Network, the site that brought you the first internet birth, broadcast live pictures of a quadruple heart bypass operation Wednesday. Organizers called it an unprecedented opportunity to teach the public the importance of heart disease prevention,
If you travel often, you can now plan your meals ahead of time with FoodNextExit-dot-com. The website, based in Fries Virginia, lists restaurants within 10 minutes of interstate exits across the continental U.S.
Just click on the state you'll be traveling in, and you'll know where to go.
If you're looking for an armchair adventure, hop online, and join an ongoing expedition in Madagascar, where scientists have discovered a breeding site for Humpback whales.
Check out the daily updates, photographs, and even listen to recordings of underwater whale conversations.
We're not sure how the whales feel about this invasion of privacy, but no one's been indicted yet.
For links to all these sites, click on webwatch, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
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Roy Stanley will be here in a few minutes with highlights from a couple of today's major league baseball games.
And, Andrew will have your extended weather forecast coming up when the news continues.
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The old saying goes--"it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing".
And, that's just what some people found out last night at the Vinton War Memorial.
The band, Starduster's took to the stage providing tunes from the 1940s.
The event was part of a three-day celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Vinton War Memorial.
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((MARY BETH LAYMAN/ORGANIZER: WE NOT ONLY REMEMBER THE LOCAL VETERANS KILLED IN ACTION BUT ALSO WE'LL CELEBRATE THE HAPPY MEMORIES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE DURING THE LAST 50 YEARS AND WILL CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE THE ACTIVITIES THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE FUTURE.))
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[OUT Q=in the future.]
The memorial was built to honor veterans of World War II, and later veterans from the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
Other activities included a roll call for area soldiers killed in the line of duty.
Events wrapped up today at the Memorial with "Pool Family Fun Day".
The pool was open to all visitors at no cost.
It's been said you can't tell a book by its cover.
And, sometimes you can't tell much about a movie by its title--especially if the movie is "Your Friends and Neighbors".
Dennis Cunningham has more in this movie review.
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[SUPER=01-Dennis Cunningham/Entertainment Editor; :00]
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[OUT Q=for CBS News.]
YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, SURE SOUNDS LIKE A FRIENDLY GENIAL TITLE.
OF COURSE, ITS NOTHING OF THE SORT. ITS FROM NEIL LABUTE, WHO LAST YEAR
DID A POWERHOUSE MOVIE OF CRUELTY CALLED, IN THE COMPANY OF MEN, BUT
THIS TIME HE'S ADDED THE LADIES AS WELL, AND YOUR FIRNEDS AND NEIGHBORS,
HIS SECOND MOVIE IS MORE POWERFUL AND CRUEL. THE CAST OF LEADING ACTORS,
JUST ABOUT PERFECT, EVERY ONE OF THEM, DESERVE A ROLL CALL, SO: AMY
BRENNEMAN, AARON ECKHARDT, CATHERINE KEENER, NASSTASSJA KINSKI, JASON
PATRIC AND BEN STILLER.
OUTCUE/...BEATS MY STORY.
I SAID EARLIER IT WAS A BRUISING, RAZOR-SHARP, UNNERVING EXPERIENCE.
BUT I MUST ADD DARKLY COMIC TOO. I MEAN THESE PEOPLE ARE APPALING. AND
REMEMBER, THEY'RE OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. NEIL LABUTE AND COMPANY
EARN AN EASY FINAL EIGHT FOR THIS SCATHING MODERN DAY MORALITY PLAY. I'M
DENNIS CUNNINGHAM FOR CBS NEWS.))
And coming up, The Roanoke Wrath has a second round game in the D 3 Soccer playoffs Rick Mast leads second round qualifying at Bristol the Orioles beat the Indians.
And Randy Johnson keeps Sammy Sosa in check as the Astros beat the Cubs at Wrigley.
The Baltimore Orioles are 31 and 10 since the All Star break after today's 6 to 3 win over the Cleveland Indians.
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Eric Davis would start the Orioles scoring in the third. He hits this shot off the wall in left field scoring a run to make it 1 to nothing Orioles.
The Indians would rally and tie the game in the top of the fourth Manny Ramirez with the solo homer into the centerfield stands and it was 1 to 1.
Baltimore took a 2 to 1 lead in the fourth then in
the seventh Cal Ripken picks up this low pitch and it ends up over the wall in left field for a two run homer and Baltimore wins it 6 to 3.
Houston's Randy Johnson kept Sammy Sosa in the park and the Astro bats were hot in an 8 to 3 win over the Chicago Cubs.
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Sosa taking his position in the outfield at the start of the game.
In the top of the first, Craig Biggio leads off the game with this solo homer over the left field wall and the Astros led the game 1 to nothing.
Then in the second, Chicago's Glenallen Hill comes up big with this solo homer also in the left field bleachers to make the score 2 to 1 Astros.
Houston's Moises Alou broke the game open in the
fourth inning he smokes this pitch for a solo homer in the left field stands and the Astros go on to win it 8 to 3.
Billy King posted an impressive score today in the second round of the Northville Long Island Classic.
King shot 7 under par 65 in today's round that included six birdies and an eagle.
King is at 135, 6 under par after two rounds.
Rick Mast led second round qualifying today at Bristol. Mast stood on his speed of 122 point 170 from yesterday's round and will start 26-th.
Here's a look at the final 18 starting spots for tonights Goody's 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
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[SUPER=0107-41. Dennis Setzer//42. Hut Stricklin//43. Darrell Waltrip//;]
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Rusty Wallace will start on the pole and Jeff Gordon going for a record 5 straight wins will start seventh.
The V-M-I Keydets are in a rebuilding year and any success will depend on how the young and inexperienced players work together as a team.
Sophmore quarterback Robbie Chenault was the backup last year. He played in several games throwing for 516 yards and two touchdowns.
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[OUT Q=...on you."]
It could be even easier on the sophomore quarterback if the offensive line is up to par.
V-M-I lost several lineman to graduation and as the Keydets go through preseason practice the offensive line is a major concern.
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The Keydets open the season September 5-th at home against Lenoir-Rhyne.
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An international competition in Blacksburg, pitted a Roanoke team against players from Virginia Tech.
The Cricket Club of Virginia Tech has been around for about three years and has made it all the way to the league semi-finals.
The club plays other Virginia teams as well as ones from West Virginia and North Carolina.
The team is made up of students and faculty from countries such as India, South Africia and Sri Lanka.
Today Tech's team played host to the Cricket Club of Roanoke.
A regulation size field--an oval with 55 yard boundaries--was marked off with cones.
Matches are played with hard leather balls. No gloves are used but the batters wear protective gear.
On this day Virginia Tech beat the Cricket Club of Roanoke 127 to 126.
The Roanoke Wrath has a second round playoff match tonight in the chase for the D-3 League Championship.
Roanoke is on the road taking on the Delaware Wizards tonight at 7-Thirty.
The Wizards beat the Wrath twice in the regular season. If the Wrath beats the Wizards they will advance to the final eight and meet the winner of the Indiana Blast Chicago Stingers match.
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