Coming up on News 7 at 5, firefighters continue to battle the blaze on Purgatory Mountain. We'll have a live report.
and a new report says more than 70 percent of the people day trading stocks are losing lots of money.
This last cold front was another bust for rain. Tomorrow will be sunny and not as warm.
On health check --
One of the most important public health achievements of the 20th century.
Plus -- some amusement park rides are closed after a near fatal accident.
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((FOR ME THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST I'VE EVER SEEN.))
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A disaster on a California roadway- A van full of farm workers crashes killing 13 people.
The crash happened just before dusk- The Farm workers had just ended a night of picking and sorting tomatoes-
They were in a van when a big rig tried to make a U-turn and instead collided with the van.
Bobbi Harley has the details from California's farm country.
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[SUPER=01-Dora Portillo/Victim's Relative; :16 ]
[SUPER=01-Brian Yokley/CA Highway Patrol; :46]
[Super=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:13]
[OUT Q=Fresno Co., California;]
It happened after an all-night shift, on a remote farming road in the
early hours of the morning.
In darkness, an overl aded van carrying migrant workers crashed into a
tractor-trailer making a U-turn.
The accident killed more than a dozen people.
Dora Portillo, Victims Relative:
The accident happened in California's agricultural hub near Fresno.
Police say the van carrying tomato pickers smashed like an accordion on
Workers were sitting in the back of the van without seatbelts, on
benches installed along the sides.
We the two vehicles collided, they didn't have a chance.
Brian Yokley, California Highway Patrol:
"After the impact everyone pretty much moved forward...and as the vehicle stopped due to the impact everyone pretty much continued to move
forward inside the van..."
The crash happened just before 5 o'clock in the morning. The workers had just left their jobs, after sorting tomatoes in the fields all night.
The truck driver had pulled over to sleep, and was heading back onto the
road when the van appeared out of the night.
"This is one of the worst I have seen..."
California law requires the use of proper seats and seatbelts.
But this van was exempt, since it was certified as a farm vehicle.
And with so many people inside such a small vehicle, it was a recipe for disaster.
A tragic accident in the middle of nowhere, with help many miles away.
Bobbi Harley CBS News Fresno County California.))
For the last three days a forest fire has scorched Purgatory Mountain.
Today it continues to burn despite efforts by firefighters and the forest service.
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Kate Weidaw is by the fire in Botetourt County and joins us now.
(rollcue... over 12 hundred acres )
Kate adlibs vo into bite.
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Political turmoil in Russia- President Yeltsin
fired his prime Minister and his entire cabinet today.
In a televised address to the nation, Yeltsin named Vladimir (POOH-tin) Putin- a former KGB spy as the man he wants to replace him when he steps down next year.
Yeltsin is prohibited by the constitution from seeking another term.
If approved by Russia's lower house of parliament, Putin will be Yeltsin's third prime minister in a year.
If Putin lasts he'll have the political weight of the Kremlin behind his candidacy.
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Still to come on News 7, a blasting accident sprays rock and gravel on Route 220,
And day trading could be some investors dream come true. But up next we'll tell why a new report says for most people, it's a nightmare.
In medical news, we'll tell you why residents near a Kentucky nuclear power plant are concerned about their health.
And Patrick Evans will preview a good opportunity for jazz fans.
A Henry County woman who says she was kidnapped, robbed, shot in the head and locked in her car trunk over the weekend is recovering... as authorities search for her attacker.
23-year-old Shannon Wright told deputies she was at the Riverside Plaza in Bassett late Saturday night to meet someone in the parking lot.
Instead, she said a man forced her at gunpoint into her car and drove her to a secluded area off of Route 648 near Axton.
Wright told investigators that it was there that the man robbed her, made her climb into the trunk of her car and shot her in the head.
She was found by a passing motorist early Sunday morning, who heard noises coming from the car.
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[IN Q=IT SEEMS TO BE A SINGLE CASE.]
((CAPT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT SEEMS TO BE A SINGLE CASE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A WHITE MALE, SHE HAS REPORTED ABOUT 6'1", SLENDER, SHOULDER-LENGTH BLOND OR BROWN HAIR, WEARING BLUE JEANS, SOME TYPE OF PLAID SHIRT, POSSIBLY BURGUNDY IN COLOR. SO ANYBODY THAT KNOWS ANYBODY LIKE THAT MIGHT GIVE US A CALL.))
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The sheriff's department is offering a reward of up to one-thousand dollars for information leading to an arrest.
A large rock from a city sewer project suddenly hit a man's windshield as he drove along Route 220.
64-year-old Gene West was driving his new Dodge truck on Route 220 northbound near Wonju Street around eight Friday night.
Right underneath the city is blasting rock from the Roanoke River along Wiley Drive for the sewer interceptor project.
Engineers say the blasts threw debris up onto Route 220.
West says he was sprayed by gravel.
Then a large rock punched a hole in the hood and shattered his windshield.
Glass scratched his eye in two places.
The project is on hold until engineers determine what went wrong.
A report out of Washington today is not painting a pretty picture of day trading stocks.
The visions of quick and easy riches are apparently just a pipe dream. Maureen Maher has more.
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[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=News Chicago;]
(A new study says Day Trading is a big gamble with bad odds.
(SOT/Peter Hildreth/North American Securities Administrators Assn./
11:44:12 "This is hucksterism. The odds are you won't get rich. The
odds are you lose money."
Perhaps as much as millions of dollars according to the report released
by a group of State Security Regulators.
In more than 280 Day Trading offices nationwide, people are making and
breaking bank accounts on the slimmest slide of the stock market. The
report claims 70% of those traders have or will loose most of their
The study blasted the industry for :
7 Deceptive Advertising - misleading customers as to how much money
they can make
7 Questionable Loan Schemes - like allowing traders to borrow money
from each other
7 Poor Screening of Customers
7 Improper Records Keeping of Widespread Losses
(locator: Atlanta/July 29)
It was 11 days ago that 44 year old Mark Barton - a day trader who had
lost thousands went on a shooting spree in two Atlanta investment firms.
He killed nine people and put the industry on the defensive.
Supporters and critics of the computer driven investing agree, day
trading is not for everyone.
(SOT/ 11:46:15ish) "Take stock of yourself and your personality. You
need to have a strong stomach for risk and money you can afford to lose."
(STAND-UP CLOSE) The Governing committee of the NASDQ Stock Market
recently passed a rule requiring firms to disclose the risks to
customers and is demanding the industry enforce certain standards - but
as one investor put it, no matter what the rules, it's the trader who
needs to indulge in self regulation.
MM, CBS News, Chicago.))
Coming up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans has a suggestion for a jazzy night on the town.
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It will be another night of great jazz music at The Club, as Ann Rabson takes the stage this evening.
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Patrick Evans has an exclusive interview with Rabson, who is well known to fans of the group "Saffire".
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Today in Sports, at least one N-F-L manager thinks former Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller has a bright future in the league.
Are we healthier than we were 50 years ago?
A government study on public health has the answer.
and a published report has some residents living near a nuclear power plant concerned about their health.
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[IN Q=When you go]
((WHEN YOU GO TO ENOUGH DOCTORS AND THEY CAN'T TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU, THAT RAISES YOUR SUSPICIONS. ))
[OUT Q=raises your suspicions.]
Americans are doing better in the fight against the country's biggest killers.
Heart disease and stroke account for approximately 40-percent of all deaths in the United States.
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A Centers for Disease Control report indicates death rates from cardiovascular disease have declined 60-percent since 1950.
50 years ago about 308 out of 100-thousand Americans died from heart disease.
A few years ago that number fell to 135 of 100-thousand.
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The death rate for stroke has declined 70-percent since the century half mark -- from 89 in 1950 to just 27 out of every 100-thousand in 1996.
The report states prevention methods and improvements in early detection and treatment have contributed to the decrease in heart disease and stroke.
A popular water ride at a Massachusetts amusement park is shut down following an accident that injured eight people.
The injured people were strapped into a raft on the new Blizzard River ride at Riverside Park when the accident occurred Saturday night.
The raft flipped over leaving them upside down trapped in two and a half feet of water.
Four people remain hospitalized. Two are in critical condition.
In March, a woman was killed when a similar ride flipped over at Six Flags Over Texas. Both parks are owned by the same company.
The water rides at Six Flags theme parks across the country are shut down while investigators try to determine exactly what caused the raft to flip.
Employees and residents near a Kentucky nuclear power plant are concerned about their health.
A report reveals workers were mislead about the type of radioactive materials they were working with.
The Washington Post reports that in the 1950's, workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant thought they were working with low radiation uranium.
Instead they were using highly radioactive plutonium.
The paper says for 23 years unsuspecting employees inhaled plutonium laced dust brought into the plant as part of a government experiment to recycle used nuclear reactor fuel.
The report contends radioactive contaminants from the plant spilled into creeks and private wells.
Ronald Lamb lived near the plant and he believes the contaminated water made his family sick.
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((RONALD LAMB/PLANT NEIGHBOR:"WELL IN 89 MY DAD, MY MOTHER AND MYSELF, WE ALL GOT SICK. WE WENT THROUGH YOUR REGULAR CHANNELS TO TRY AND FIND OUT WHAT WAS WRONG WITH US AND WENT TO SEVERAL DOCTORS. ONE DOCTOR GAVE ME A NOTE THAT SAYS I WAS TREATED FOR EVERYTHING KNOWN TO MANKIND AND HE JUST DOESN'T KNOW WHAT WAS WRONG WITH US."))
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[OUT Q=wrong with us.]
The Department of Energy says a site inspection found no imminent threats to the area, but a medical review is underway.
According to the Post, cleaning up the plant could cost 240 BILLION dollars and take 75 years.
Today in Sports, big news for several N-F-L stars from our area.
Now direct from vacation here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Druck]
Welcome everybody to the Monday ticker that is loaded with football news today.
The new Cleveland Browns will be in the national spotlight tonight as they take on the Dallas Cowboys from Canton, Ohio.
When the Browns started forming their team they raided the 49ers players and front office personnel.
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One player the Browns didn't take was Jim Druckenmiller.
Druck is entering his third year in the league and he is buried deeper than ever on the 49ers depth chart.
The Bay Area papers have gone as far as to call him the worst player in the 49ers history.
But new Redskins director of player personnel Vinny Cerrato knows better. He was responsible for scouting and signing Druck when he was with the Niners and he thinks he'll one day star in this league.
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[OUT Q=...GOOD GUY."]
The Injured reserved list continues to grow for the Carolina Panthers. Former James Madison standout and Panther defensive back Tony Booth is out for the season with a knee injury and Mike Minter will miss a few weeks with a concussion.
In Baltimore ravens news, Anthony Poindexter, who has been rehabbing his surgically repaired left knee, has signed a one year contract with Baltimore worth the league minimum 175 thousand dollars. Dex is on the P.U.P or Physically Unable to Perform list. He's made several different lists as far as what position he could play.
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[OUT Q=....work out for me"]
The NFC champion Atlanta Falcons training camp routine continues in Greenville, South Carolina this week.
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Coming your way tonight on News 7 at Six, Steve Mason will visit with first year Falcon Patrick Kerney, the former UVa all-American.
The rookie defensive end is making waves with the coaches, if not the fans this week. Steve Mason will have his story tonight at six.
Also, our Friday Football Extra preseason caravan rolls into Botetourt County we'll hear from the folks at Lord Botetourt and James River where the Knights have been battling hot flames as well as hot temperatures.
Have a safe night everybody.
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Finally today, it was a big day yesterday for the Shie (SHEE) family.
The Southern California couple celebrated 82 years of marriage yesterday with family and friends.
It was also William Shie's 100th birthday.
He and his wife, FUNG, met for the first time on their wedding day in 1917.
He was 18, she was 17.
Their marriage was arranged by a wedding broker in China.
William says the secret to a long marriage is just being reasonable.