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Heavy equipment is brought in to help search for two women still missing after a Radford explosion.
We'll check out possible safety troubles there.
The tape keeps rolling as a TV news chopper crash lands.
And the candidates gear up on the eve of Super Tuesday.
News 7 is next.
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Recovery efforts are beginning at the New River Castings plant in Radford while families of the missing - search for answers.
It's been over 24 hours since an explosion rocked the plant.
Right now Occupational Safety Health Administration officials are on the scene investigating... while family and friends hope the missing workers are found.
Kate Weidaw is at the plant- with the details.
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Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened three different investigations at New River Castings.
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The first was in March.
OSHA found the company in violation of federal electrical and wiring standards.
That cost the company 812-dollars in fines.
Then last summer ... 29-year-old David Gravely (GRAV-lee) almost died.
A 900-pound machine fell on top of him while he was working.
That's part of another investigation, launched last June.
It involves five possible violations and could cost New River Castings nearly 200-THOUSAND dollars.
A third investigation ... opened last fall ... could result in another 12-thousand dollars in fines.
The parent company ... called Intermet ... did not return our phone call asking about New River Castings' safety record.
Gravely is friends with the family of Karen Hamilton and is with them tonight at the accident scene.
Gravely - who we mentioned survived an accident at the plant last year - says he never imagined something like this would happen.
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Gravely said he hopes the plant treats the family better than his family was treated... But says so far the plant hasn't lived up to some of its promises.
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A mainstay in Virginia government -- and a friend of big tobacco - is stepping down.
Capitol sources say Virginia's senior congressman, Richmond-area Representative Tom Bliley, will NOT run for re-election.
Bliley is chairman of the House Commerce Committee in Washington, and has been the tobacco industry's most powerful ally in recent years.
He would NOT confirm the report when asked by Richmond TV station W-W-B-T.
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Republican sources say a formal announcement could be made later this week.
The presidential candidates are making last-minute campaign stops just hours before Super Tuesday primaries.
As Lee Cowan reports- tomorrow's a day that could make or break the campaigns.
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((With less than 24 hours to go from what amounts to a national primary, both GOP candidates are trying to define their niche.
Bush is portraying himself as the candidate who can heal the party, while McCain is trying to prove he's the one that's electable.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
I'm the only one that can beat Al Gore. I'm the only one that can beat Al Gore and you know that.
But a poor showing tomorrow could end his campaign -- unless he
entertains thoughts of running either as an Independent, or if invited
-- JOINING the Bush ticket as a Vice Presidential running mate - both
options McCain has said he would not do.
His underdog colleague, Bill Bradley, is in it even deeper - today making his case before a group not even old enough to vote.
BILL BRADLEY, D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
Would you please tell all of your parents to vote for me tomorrow, thank you.
It was a quiet reception for a campaign that is quietly considering exiting the national race if he can't win something, somewhere.
His rival, Al Gore is ahead in every poll in every state - and will likely sweep Super Tuesday, although he's not taking anything for granted.
Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))
An adoptive member of a prominent Abingdon family has pled guilty to transmitting child pornography on the Internet.
Jay Payne Porterfield of Glade Spring was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of minors. In court this morning he admitted to trading images on-line with a computer in Maryland. As part of his deal with the government, Porterfield will forfeit his computer.
37-year old JAY Porterfield is the adopted son of Barter Theater founder ROBERT Porterfield.
Authorities say a New Kent County mother who put her baby in a microwave and turned it on- IS competent to stand trial.
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Elizabeth Otte (OH'-tay) was evaluated to determine whether she is fit to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the death of one-month-old Joseph Lewis Martinez.
The baby was found dead last September in the microwave in the home where Otte lived with the child's father, Joseph Anthony Martinez.
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Whether Otte was sane at the time of the killing has yet to be determined.
A Radford policeman pled guilty to assault and battery today - after he was accused of molesting a female officer.
Gaither Blackburn avoided any jail time. He will have to pay a 25-hundred dollar fine and do 200 hours of community service.
The incident took place last fall after a party at the house of a Floyd County deputy.
The woman said she had fallen asleep by herself at about one thirty and woke up to find Blackburn on one side of her and the deputy on the other side. She said Blackburn's hand was inside her shorts.
Blackburn said he'd been trying to shake her... to wake her up.
He remains on administrative leave.
A revival of sorts in the State Capitol today - as lawmakers give new life to a mandatory moment of silence in school.
Plus... a news chopper goes down - with the camera rolling.
We'll show you, coming up.
Investigators are trying to find out why a Southwest Airlines jet wound up on a California street-
The plane with 142 people aboard rolled past the runway at Burbank Airport, through a fence and onto the street- narrowly missing a gas station.
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Officials say it was windy at the time but no word if that contributed to the accident.
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This is video taken from a TV-News Chopper shortly before it made a crash landing.
The chopper for CBS affiliate W-B-T-V in Charlotte was covering a brush fire when it made the emergency landing.
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Both the pilot and photographer walked away uninjured- just a little shaken up.
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The House of Delegates has revived a mandatory, statewide minute of silence in Virginia classrooms.
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An amendment failed that would have let schoolchildren bring reading materials to focus their thoughts.
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Current law lets local school boards decide if they want a minute of silence.
The bill would mandate a minute for "meditation, reflection, or prayer."
State lawmakers have signed off on a bill that bans children under the age of 15 from pickup truck beds.
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The bill would mean a 25-dollar fine on violators.
But NO points would go on the violator's license.
The bill includes exceptions for certain farm uses and for parades.
Governor Jim Gilmore has NOT announced if he'll sign the ban.
Former Governor George Allen vetoed the bill twice.
The 8-0-4 area code is running out of phone numbers and state officials are trying to decide how to solve the problem.
Five different plans are being considered.. four of them would split the current area code and give part of Virginia a new code.
They're also considering an overlay, which would allow existing 8-0-4 numbers to stay the same, but assign new listings a new area code.
But residents today said that system would be too complicated, especially for the elderly.
A decision is not expected until late summer.
Still ahead on News 7...
We'll tell you how shipping OUT is shipping IN new hope at a toy distribution center in Southside.
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It's been about six months since an internet toy company chose Southside as the location for its second distribution center.
E-toys made its first shipment out of the Pittsylvania County plant last week.
And as Surae Chinn tells us, etoys-dot-com isn't just about playthings - it's creating much-needed jobs in an area hard-hit by unemployment.
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(( James Bacote is a distribution supervisor for etoys. He's been on the job for seven weeks.
((JAMES BACOTE/DISTRIBUTION SUPERVISOR: SINCE I'VE BEEN WITH ETOYS THINGS HAVE BEEN LOOKING UP FOR ME AND MY FAMILY.))
Times weren't always good for the Bacote family. James is a former Tultex employee who worked at the Martinsville plant for 16 years. He quit when they told him he'd be out of a job within months.
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That something led him to toyland. (nats :02)
The company is helping to absorb the hundreds who have been left out of work from the massive shut down of textile plants.
((LORI RIANO/COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR: WE HAVE THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A CAREER CHANGE, UNEMPLOYED, LAID OFF...IN THE LOCAL AREAS.))
((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: THERE ARE 90 EMPLOYEES HERE. THE COMPANY PLANS TO HAVE A STAFF OF MORE THAN 300. THAT MEANS ETOYS NEEDS MORE EMPLOYEES. AND THAT IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SOUTHSIDE.))
((LORI RIANO/COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR: YES WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR SOME FUN ENERGETIC PEOPLE))
((WE'RE DEFINITELY GOING TO NEED QUITE A FEW PEOPLE ESPECIALLY PEAK SEASON IN OCTOBER.))
That's helpful for hundreds just like James Bacote who's future is looking brighter and a lot more fun. Surae Chinn, News 7 Pittsylvania County.))
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Coming up in sports, another high honor for Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, a former all pro defensive end is in Southwest Virginia to promote arena football and The Big South Basketball Tournament is coming to the Star City next year.
But first our extra point.
To play in Minnesota or retire? That's the question Dan Marino is asking himself tonight.
The Vikings have apparently offered the 38 year old a starting quarterback job.
Minnesota plans to release Randall Cunningham after he refused to take a paycut.
The Dolphin management says if Marino plays next year Miami still wants him.
Now here are your scores.
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The Frank Beamer victory tour continued last night as the Virginia Tech head coach picked up another piece of post season hardware.
Last night he took possession of the prestigious Bobby Dodd award.
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((Beamer is the 24th coach of receive the trophy that is named in honor of the former Georgia Tech coaching legend who took the Ramblin' Wreck to 13 bowl games.
A who's who from the college coaching fraternity have won this honor since its inception in 1976, but no one tallied more votes from the selection committee than Frank Beamer.
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Beamer also got a lot of votes of confidence, as over 450 of his supporters filed into the Hotel Roanoke. Many were just fans, and some were as family as you can get.
Unlike most awards, the Bobby Dodd honors its recipients near the winner's home school. Staying close to Blacksburg was a welcome change for the Beamer clan.))
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The Duke Blue Devils have won their first Women's ACC Tournament Title with a victory over North Carolina.
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The Tar Heels had won four of the past six championship games, but Duke changed that tune last night.
We pick the action in the second half, UNC's Jackie Higgins gets her own rebound and puts it back for two.
The Blue Devils would not be denied, Missy West with the nice feed to Georgia Schweitzer and Duke takes the lead.
Nikki Teasley was a force for Carolina, Teasley downs two in traffic here. She led all scorers with 31.
But the Tar Heels fall down on defense and this pass the length of the court translates into points and a 79-76 ACC Tournament Championship win for the Blue Devils.
The Big South Basketball Tournament champion will be crowned in Roanoke for the next two seasons.
Conference officials announced today, the Star city will host the 2001 and 2002 men's and women's basketball tournaments. .
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Roanoke Catholic's basketball team brought home the school's first state hoops title this past weekend by capturing the Virginia Independent Schools Division II title.
Playing a tought regular season schedule paid off for the school in the long run.
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((DICK WALL/ROANOKE CATHOLIC HEAD COACH:AFTER WE PLAYED OUR STATE CATHOLIC TOURNAMENT WE FIGURED OUT THAT WE HAD PLAYED 27 GAMES AND THAT 19 OF THOSE GAMES WERE AGAINST TEAMS THAT WHICH WERE STILL PLAYING FOR A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP EITHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL. SO WE PLAYED SOME REAL GOOD TEAMS THROUGH OUT THE SEASON AND SO WE FEEL LIKE SATURDAY WE WERE READY TO PLAY. WE WEREN'T AFRAID OF ANY COMPETITION PUT IT THAT WAY.))
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The Roanoke Steam welcomed former Los Angeles Rams all pro defensive end Jack Youngblood to Roanoke tonight to help promote the Arena Football League Two. But Youngblood, who is the vice president of the Arena Football League's Orlando predators, announced that the AFL season, which WAS cancelled recently because of a labor dispute between the players and management, will kick off after all.
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((JACK YOUNGBLOOD/7 TIME NFL PRO BOWLER:I CAME FROM MEETINGS SUNDAY AND WE WILL HAVE A SEASON SUNDAY. WE'VE FINALLY GOT SOME THINGS DONE THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CONTINUE WITH ARENA FOOTBALL AND CONTINUE WITH THE 14 YEARS WE'VE DEVELOPED AND BEEN THROUGH AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE FUTURE. THE PLAYERS ORGANIZED THEMSELVES AND WERE RECOGNIZED AS A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT AND FROM THAT POINT WE COULD BEGIN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND COME TO SOME TYPE OF DEAL AND THAT'S WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT, MAKING A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PLAYERS AND MANAGEMENT.))
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The Region Four award recipients for this year in basketball are out tonight.
Martinsville's Troy Wells was voted coach of the year, while Magna Vista's Chawn Martin was named the Region's player of the year.
Marytinsville plays Gate City in the state semi-finals this Saturday.
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