Coming up on News 7 at Six... Divers recover the body of a drowning victim in Pulaski County.
And firefighters are fighting three forest fires in Rockbridge County tonight.
In sports, Scores and highlights from major league baseball.
And Dale Earnhardt Junior wins a race and moves back on top in the Busch points race.
Scattered Showers and storms signal a change in the weather-- details on a cooler week ahead are coming up.
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Rescue crews tried to locate 37 -year old Alfred Lusk for several hours last night, but their search was hampered by darkness.
When rescue crews resumed their search this morning-- Lusk's body was found around eight thirty.
Lusk was fishing with relatives in the New River-- near Hazel Hollow Road in Pulaski County.
Investigators say sometime around nine PM he was apparently trying to cross the New River, slipped on a rock and fell in the water.
Investigators believe Lusk may have been dragged under by the current.
A standoff between a Montgomery County man and deputies ended peacefully, early this morning.
Authorities were dispatched to the home of Danny Meredith, just off Catawba Road, around eleven P-M.
Meredith's wife called police from a neighbor's home to report that her husband was firing his gun.
When authorities arrived, Meredith was inside the home with the couple's children and, at first, refused to come out.
He eventually did come out UN-armed only to retreat again.
Eventually deputies were able to speak with Meredith through an opening in the door.
Sheriff's officials did NOT file any charges.
They say Meredith had been fighting with his wife but that he posed no threat to the children.
Three forest fires have engulfed parts of Rockbridge County this weekend.
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One fire was located near Showden, between the communities of Glasgow and Big Island.
The other two blazes lit up outside of Buena Vista, one covered 23 acres on Lone Mountain, and is under control. Firefighters and the US Forest Service are still working to control the other fire that's burning 15 acres atop Elephant Mountain...
A helicopter is on site with water props to help drown out the fire.
Over 100 firefighters are working to control the fires
A storm tears through parts of Central Virginia and leaves thousand without power for hours last night.
American Electric Power and the Virginia Department of Transportation are still trying to recover today from damage that hit several neigborhoods. Joy Sutton has the details.
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((This large tree was uprooted out of the ground during the rain...blocking the street on Old Wright Shop Road.
It hit power lines leaving residents in this neighborhood without power for more than 10 hours.
Teon Burford was in his room when the tree fell, he says the storm was like nothing he had seen before.
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((TEON BURFORD: IT FELT LIKE THE HOUSE AND GROUND WERE SHAKING. THE SKY WAS LIKE AN ORGANISH COLOR. IT LOOKED LIKE A TORNADO. THE TREE WAS SHAKING BACK AND FORTH. I COULDN'T DESCRIBE IT))
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A V-DOT crew is now trying to remove the tree, and has been working for more than 15 hours.
The storm also left it's mark on River Road...more trees falling on power lines...and often breaking in half.
Billboards were even ripped down.
AEP says about 15-thousand customer lost power during the storm.
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((LARRY JACKSON/AEP: THE DAMAGE WAS SCATTERED ALTHOUGH THE STORM SEEMED TO FOLLOW THE JAMES RIVER AND SPREAD OUT INTO THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND VALLEY AND THE DAMAGE A LOT OF TREE AND WHERE YOU HAD GREAT BIG TREES DAMAGED A LOT OF LINES))
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A-E-P is now working around the clock fixing damaged lines and restoring power to homes.
Joy Sutton, News7, Madison Heights.))
Published reports say the National Collegiate Athletic Association
is reviewing Virginia Tech's racial track record.
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Reports say the NCAA is requiring the athletic department to develop a "minority opportunity plan"
14 point 3-percent of Tech's undergraduate students during the 1998-99 school year were minorities.
The reports indicate that the department vowes to hire additional minority staff members and to address the needs and issues affecting minority athletes.
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If you're worried about what your kids are doing on the Web, there's a new place to go for help.
Coming up in webwatch we'll take you to a new site teaching parents how to protect their children online
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Internet leaders unveil a major new safety site for families on the web
And you can learn more about Roanoke Valley community services online.
Details in tonight's WebWatch.
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It's a major effort by the internet industry to police itself.
GetNetWise is sponsored by the Internet Education Foundation.
It includes a four parts... a safety guide for parents.
Tools for families, including links to filtering and monitering software.
Kid-friendly education and entertainment sites.
and online emergency links, telling you who to call or e-mail if you suspect trouble.
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Links to Getnetwise will be included on most major U.S. based internet access sites.
Information about Community Services in the Roanoke Valley is online at the Council of Community Services website.
Learn more about programs such as the Aids Council, Volunteer Roanoke Valley, the Family Violence Council and several child care programs.
There's also a new community calender so you can keep track of the various meetings and events.
You've seen webcam sites where you watch people on their computers...
Well this site CLAIMS to be watching you, clicking a picture of you while you look into the screen.
We'll let you find out for yourself if it really works... don't forget to fix your hair first.
For links to all these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
Jazz is the perfect thing to cool down a hot August day..
Virginia's Explore Park and Pepsi kicked off the FIRST in a series of concerts scheduled for this summer.
The Park will host concerts every Sunday afternoon through the month of August.
Admission is free with a ticket to the park.. and there are cool attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
Woodstock 99 was considered not only to be one of the biggest concerts ever but the biggest party.
Coming up Ellen Qualls gives us a behind the scenes look at her Woodstock trip from the miles of traffic to the fires.
Last week, we sent a news crew to Woodstock '99.
They were looking for Virginians, hopefully having a good time, at one of the biggest concerts in history.
In its aftermath, Woodstock seems more like a giant fraternity party that got way out of control.
Our reporter's notebook of the trip reflects that.
Here what Ellen Qualls didn't show you last week.
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(( It started out peaceful and serene.
We picked up our home for the next four nights in the heart of the Hudson Valley.
Considering how the festival ended, it seems ironic that we were greeted by evangelists.
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((And your t- shirt says? OH I'M SORRY. J.C. I WASN'T THERE. BUT HE WAS. Jesus was. RIGHT. Okay.))
Soon after, a theme emerged.
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((Hey. I just want to do a u-turn and get out of here. WHISTLE. ALBANY. WHISTLE. YEAH?))
Take a camera to Woodstock... and you start to see a pattern.
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((A DOWNSIDE? THE HEAT TODAY WAS PRETTY TOUGH TO DEAL WITH.))
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((HEY WOODSTOCK MAN! WHOOOOO!))
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((I thought people at Woodstock were supposed to already be relaxed. WELL THIS HELPS 'EM))
Then began our rather frustrating two hour search for fellow Virginian Bruce Hornsby.
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The other theme was the incessant heat.
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Combine that with four dollar water bottles and you get a lot of dazed people.
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((Are you pleased with the experience so far? HUH?))
Sadly, it affected all of us.
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Then there was the mud, made even nastier by its proximity to the portajohns.
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((THERE'S A LOT OF INTENSE BANDS HERE. 90'S MUSIC. IT GETS A LITTLE OUT OF CONTROL.))
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((AND YOU WEREN'T HIT WITH MUD? WELL, YEAH, WE WERE HIT PRETTY BAD.))
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So we left the place trashed.
But we were long gone when the fires were lit and the riot gear came out.
The best joke I heard was that the original Woodstock ignited a generation... and this one generated an ignition.
Ellen Qualls, News 7. ))
And coming up, Steve Mason checks in from the Carolina Panther training camp the Braves beat the Phillies.
And the Mailman, Karl Malone, gets a new contract with the Utah Jazz.
Chipper Jones hit two and Andruw Jones one but the big homer came off the bat of Gerald Williams as the Braves beat the Phillies 12 to 4.
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The Pettys, Richard, Kyle and Adam were honored at Turner Field throwing out the first pitch.
Philadelphia would score 4 in the bottom of the first. Scott Rolen hits this double off the wall in centerfield scoring two of those runs in the inning.
But Williams broke the game open in the fourth when he hits this Grand slam over the left field wall and the Braves go on to win it 12 to 4.
Plenty of baseball action this afternoon lets check the scores.
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Panthers training camp rolls on In Spartanburg, South Carolina, despite some intense heat. Coaches are hopeful the offense will get hot this year after finishing 20th in the NFL last season. Steve Mason has the X's and O's.
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The Utah Jazz delivered for the Mailman today.
Karl Malone signing a four year deal worth 67 million dollars. That's the maximum under the N-B-A Salary Cap rules.
The new collective bargaining agreement allows Malone to receive 14 million dollars next season plus annual 12 per cent raises over the next three seasons.
Malone was the leagues M-V-P last season.
Dennis Setzer took the lead on a caution and held on to win the Pennzoil V-I-P Discount 200.
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Stacy Compton, who started on the pole, was the leader after 137 of the 200 lap race.
But with only three laps to go Bobby Hamilton crashes into the turn two wall bringing out the caution.
That set up the Green white flag ending and Setzer holds on to win the race his fourth Craftsman's Truck race victory of the season.
Mike Wallace was second Stacy Compton third.
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Last night in Illinois, Dale Earnhardt Junior won the Carquest Auto Parts 250 and moved back on top in the points lead on the Busch Circuit.
Little E, who got his fourth win of the year, led 59 of the race's 200 laps including the final 46 to get the victory.
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Randy LaJoie was second and Joe Nemechek third.
The hottest month of the year is now behind us, but August promises plenty of fireworks in the night sky.
Here's Patrick Evans with the August Almanac.
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