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Rescue crews are still searching for two employees still inside the New River Castings plant after an explosion destroyed part of the plant last night.
Earlier this morning, officials recovered the body of a man previously missing in the blasts rubble.
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More than 100 workers were inside the plant at the time of the explosion -- most were able to escape safely.
Seven people were transported to hospitals with life threatening injuries.
The plant used natural gas to manufacture auto parts and the gas is believed to have caused the explosion.
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((LEE SIMPKINS/RADFORD FIRE CHIEF: THE CENTER OF THAT BUILDING IS TOTALLY DESTROYED, IN THAT ONE AREA THAT CALLED THE CORE AREA.))
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Family members of the two women still missing continue to wait for some word about them.
Authorities have presumed that Deborah Shephard and Karen Hamilton are dead.
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[7-S-General-Assembly]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=kwe]
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The General Assembly has several issues to resolve in it's final week.
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[VO-NAT 00-10 00:28:03]


This week, lawmakers must reach a compromise on the two year, 48 point one billion dollar state budget.
They also have to resolve such issues as dealing with raises for public employees, and how much extra money to provide mental health programs.
The assembly must also select at least one judge for both the Virginia Supreme Court and the Virginia Court of Appeals.
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[7-E-FALWELL]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tha]
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During a campaign stop in Virginia last week, Republican presidential candidate John McCain attacked conservative religious leaders Pat Robertson and Reverend Jerry Falwell.
Now, Falwell has responded to McCain's attacks but without taking aim at Senator.
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((JERRY FALWELL: I NEVER MET SENATOR MCCAIN BUT I RESPECT HIM AS A HERO AND HE HAS NOTHING BUT MY ADMIRATION I THINK THIS IS ALL POLITICAL AND I DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY.))
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Falwell went on to add that McCain is right... the Republican party doesn't belong to one single person.

[7-S-Car-Show]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jsu]
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All makes and models were on display at the Roanoke Civic Center for the 20-th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association car show.
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This is the second largest fundraising effort for the local M-D-A.
Around 80 vehicles were out for show -- including some motorcycles.
M-D-A officials say this event helps it meet its budget every year.
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((DAVID WOOD/PUBLICITY CHAIRMAN: WHAT THEY'RE USING THIS FOR IS THEY SEND KIDS TO SUMMER CAMP TO MAKE THEM FEEL THAT THEY'RE NORMAL KIDS, THEY GET TO GO SWIMMING AND THINGS LIKE THIS. THEY HAVE A PERSON WHO HELPS THEM. IT'S EXPENSIVE AND WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR THAT.))
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The funds will also go to pay for wheelchairs and braces.
This year's car show raised around 30-thousand dollars -- but over the past 20 years the event has raised more than 400-thousand dollars for the association.
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[7Weather]


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[WRITER=tar]
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Here's a look at your Monday forecast.
Sunny and warm today with light winds.
Highs in the low to mid 70s.
Tonight, clear skies with lows in the upper 30s to 40.
The extended forecast...

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[45-Explosion]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
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Two workers are missing and presumed dead, following a powerful explosion last night at the New River Castings plant in Radford.
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The body of a third worker was found early today.
Seven workers are hospitalized.
Two them are in serious but stable condition.
The condition of the others are unclear.
The blast happened at about 10 p-m.
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Officials suspect the blast may have been caused by a gas leak.
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[45-E-Church-Ties]


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A local Episcopal church is breaking ties with the U-S episcopal Church.
Joy Sutton tells us why.
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[SUPER=01-Scott McLucas/Associate Pastor; :13]
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(( Associate pastor Scott McLucas told the congregation of the Church of the Holy Spirit that the last few weeks have been trying, because of the conflict with the U-S Episcopal Church -- and the difficult decision on whether to leave the church.
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((SCOTT MCLUCAS/ASSOCIATE PASTOR: TO HAVE THAT DIVISIVENESS GOING ON DURING THAT TIME WAS PRETTY TOUGH. WE DIDN'T WANT IT TO BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD SEPARATE OUR BODY HERE))
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((NAT SOUND OF SINGING/WORSHIP))
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But just a few days after the decision was made to join the Episcopal Church of Rwanda -- service was packed as usual -- with dozens coming to worship.
The vestry, the church's governing body made the final decision -- after consulting with the congregation which supported the decision unanimously.
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((SCOTT MCLUCAS: THE BISHOP MADE IT CLEAR THAT THERE WERE THINGS WE NEEDED TO DO TO BE PART OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND PART OF THE DIOCESE OF SOUTH WEST VIRGINIA AND IF WE WEREN'T ABLE TO DO THOSE THINGS THEN WE WOULD NEED TO SEPARATE))


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McLucas says one of the factors was the congregation had a hard time financially supporting some the ministries that the diocese supported.
McLucas says the other factor dealt with differences over theological issues.
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((SCOTT MCLUCAS; I THINK PEOPLE LIKE TO USE THE ABORTION ISSUE OR THE HOMOSEXUALITY ISSUE AND THAT'S NOT IT AT ALL. THAT'S ALL SYMPTOMATIC OF A GREATER ISSUE AND THAT'S THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES. AND WHETHER THE BIBLE IS TRUTH OR NOT SO THAT'S REALLY WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO))
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He also believes other churches will follow their lead.
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((WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO BE EPISCOPALIAN. WE WANT TO HOLD THE TRADITION OF THE FAITH AND WE BELIEVE WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO THAT. WE DON'T VIEW THIS AS US LEAVING THE CHURCH, BUT LEADING THE CHURCH))
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(( MCLUCAS SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT THIS TO BECOME A DIVISIVE ISSUE -- SAYING THE BISHOP HAS BEEN EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE AND EVEN OFFERED HIS BLESSING REGARDLESS OF THE DECISION.))
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[45Weather]


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[WRITER=tar]
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Taking a break from the news to check weather...
Sunny and warm with light winds today and highs in the low to mid 70s.
Staying clear overnight, with lows in the upper 30s.
Looking ahead... mostly sunny with near record highs tomorrow and Wednesday....a bit cooler later this week with showers on Thursday.
Highs in the 60s and 70s.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=Explosion]


The search continues for two employees inside the New River Castings plant after an explosion ripped through the plant last night.
Early this morning, officials recovered the body of a male employee who had been missing in the rubble.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Radford;]


More than 100 workers were inside the plant at the time of the explosion -- most were able to escape safely.
Seven people are in the hospital, two are in serious condition.
The plant used natural gas to manufacture auto parts and the gas is believed to have caused the explosion.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=the center]

((LEE SIMPKINS/RADFORD FIRE CHIEF: THE CENTER OF THAT BUILDING IS TOTALLY DESTROYED, IN THAT ONE AREA THAT CALLED THE CORE AREA.))
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[VO-NAT]


Family members of the two women still missing continue to wait for some word, but authorities have presumed that Deborah Shephard and Karen Hamilton are dead.
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[8-S-General-Assembly]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=netG]
[GRAPHIC=State Capitol]

It's the final week for the General Assembly and there are still several issues to cover.
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[VO-NAT 00-10 00:28:03]


Lawmakers must reach a compromise on the two year, 48 point one billion dollar state budget.
They also have to resolve such issues as dealing with raises for public employees, and how much extra money to provide mental health programs.
The assembly must also select at least one judge for both the Virginia Supreme Court and the Virginia Court of Appeals.
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[8-E-FALWELL]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Jerry Falwell]


The Reverend Jerry Falwell has responded to John McCain's attacks on conservative religious leaders.
Last week, McCain took aim at Falwell and Pat Robertson during a campaign stop in Virginia Beach.
Falwell calls McCain's attack political.
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[SOT 15:05:49]
[IN Q=I never]

((JERRY FALWELL: I NEVER MET SENATOR MCCAIN BUT I RESPECT HIM AS A HERO AND HE HAS NOTHING BUT MY ADMIRATION I THINK THIS IS ALL POLITICAL AND I DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY.))
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Falwell went on to add that McCain is right... the Republican party doesn't belong to one single person.

[8-Church-Ties]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
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A local Episcopal church is breaking ties with the U-S Episcopal church.
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The Church of the Holy Spirit's decision to split is the result of differences over theology and biblical issues, and because the church could not financially support all the diocese ministries.
The church's governing body made the final decision after consulting with the congregation, which supported the decision unanimously.
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((SCOTT MCLUCAS/ASSOCIATE PASTOR: THE BISHOP MADE IT CLEAR THAT THERE WERE THINGS WE NEEDED TO DO TO BE PART OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND PART OF THE DIOCESE OF SOUTH WEST VIRGINIA, AND IF WE WEREN'T ABLE TO DO THOSE THINGS, THEN WE WOULD NEED TO SEPARATE.))
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McLucas says the church wants to continue to be Episcopalian, and plans to join the Episcopal Church of Rwanda.
He also says the bishop has been supportive of Church of the Holy Spirit's decision and has offered his blessing.


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[8Weather]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=tar]
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[GRAPHIC=none]


Time again to look at the Monday forecast...
Lots of sun today with very mild highs of 70 to 75.
Clear skies tonight, with lows in the upper 30s.
Looking ahead... mostly sunny with near record highs tomorrow and Wednesday....a bit cooler later this week with showers on Thursday.
Highs in the 60s and 70s.
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