Coming up on News 7- a standoff near Baltimore comes to an end.
If flight attendants walk, planes will CRAWL to a stop - and that could leave U-S Airways passengers scrambling.
A big drug maker bows to government pressure and takes a diabetes drug off the market.
News 7 is next.
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((WITH U-S AIRWAYS CONTROLLING MOST OF THIS MARKET I'M NOT REAL SURE WHAT I'M GOING TO DO AT THIS POINT.))
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A possible shut down of a major airline leads ticket holders to rethink how they'll get to their destinations.
If a contract agreement is not reached with US Airways flight attendants by midnight Saturday - the airline will shut down.
This could have a significant impact on anyone flying out of Roanoke this weekend.
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Kate Weidaw is at the Roanoke Regional Airport with more.
US Airways flight attendants have been working without a contract since 1996, but that's about to change.
However no one knows whether they'll reach an agreement by the deadline. So if you have a ticket to fly this weekend-- be prepared to change your plans.
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((Lines boarding US Airways flights could diminish this weekend if the airline closes its gates until flight attendants reach a contract agreement.
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Heather Cooper is just one of hundreds of flight attendants waiting to hear what's in store for her weekend.
((HEATHER COOPER/US AIRWAYS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS: WE'RE JUST NOT SURE IF THEY ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO RUN OUR FLIGHTS OR ARE WE JUST GOING TO BE SHUT DOWN AS WELL AND WE DON'T KNOW IF WE'LL GET PAID OR NOT WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.))
But local travel agents say if you're concerned about getting to your destination this weekend - don't book with a different airline unless you want to pay a hefty fee.
((CAROL HANEY/TRAVEL AGENT: SO IF YOU ELECTED TO CHANGE YOURSELF TO A DIFFERENT CARRIER TOMORROW IT WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL COST. THEY WOULD NOT ABSORB THE COST YET.))
You have to wait for US Airways to officially announce a shut down before they change your flight to a different airline free of charge.
But that doesn't sit well with ticket holders who want a hassle- free trip this weekend or in the near future.
((JEANNIE YETZ/PASSENGER: IN FACT WE WE'RE CONCERNED WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET BACK TODAY.))
The best advice is to be flexible, because if the shut down occurs...
((HEATHER COOPER/FLIGHT ATTENDANT: IT'S GOING TO BE A MESS IF IT HAPPENS THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF PEOPLE STRANDED.))
US Airways Express flights will not be affected if a shut down does occur.
If you want to check on your weekend flight you can call 1-800-428-4322
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Trouble for another airline -
Northwest Airlines lost most of its communications lines system wide.
It happened when an independent contractor hit a fiber optic cable and severed two fibers.
The airline says there was no danger to planes in the air - but it did suspend flights until the problem was fixed. That meant many cancellations and delays.
The cable cut also affected the airline's website.
Communications have been re-established tonight and Northwest is working to get flights back on schedule.
A police standoff near Baltimore has apparently come to an end.
Authorities say all 3 of the hostages being held by murder suspect Joseph Palczynski are safe.
No word yet on Palczynski.
Police tonight carried out a "tactical entry" into the apartment where a child and two adults are being held.
Palczynski - a fugitive suspected of killing four people - had been holding the three hostage since Friday.
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A big victory for tobacco farmers- a defeat for the President.
In a five to four decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that the Food and Drug Administration can NOT regulate tobacco products.
The decision undercuts the anit-tobacco efforts of the Clinton administration.
It's also a major set back for anti-tobacco activists. But at a time when many tobacco farmers are struggling with quotas and cutbacks, they say this decision is a step in the right direction.
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((BOBBY WILKERSON/TOBACCO GROWER: I'M HOPING IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME OF THE RESTRICTIONS AWAY THAT WE ARE UNDER. WE ARE RESTRICTED IN SO MANY WAYS.))
((DR. DAVID O. LEWIS/ANTI-TOBACCO ACTIVIST: WE'LL IMMEDIATELY START LOBBYING OUR NATIONAL LEADERS AND VIRGINIA PEOPLE LIKE JOHN WARNER. WE'LL LOBBY CONGRESS TO REGULATE CIGARETTES.))
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Doctor Lewis is the president of the Health Advocacy group of Southside. He says he'll continue the fight for tobacco regulations.
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It's a drug that's been used by more than 750-thousand Americans for diabetes.
Now Drug Maker Parke-Davis Warner-Lambert is pulling (REZ-a-lin) Rezulin off the market.
The move comes after the Food and Drug Administration said Rezulin has been shown to be more toxic to the liver than similar drugs - (A-van-dia) Avandia and Actos.
All three are used to help treat Type Two Diabetes.
Today's action comes just days after the F-D-A announced that at least 61 deaths have been linked to Rezulin.
Rezulin first went on the market in 1997.
A defeat for the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez - but this battle isn't over yet.
Today a federal judge denied the family's request to grant Elian an asylum hearing.
The judge said that's up the Attorney General - but the boy's Miami relatives say they will appeal.
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((ABSOLUTELY NO EVIDENCE THAT ELIAN IS UNDERGOING ANY HARM AS THIS CASE CONTINUES. THIS IS TO DETERMINE THE LIFE OF A CHILD.))
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Attorney General Janet Reno says only the boy's father can speak for his son.
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((JANET RENO/U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: I UNDERSTAND THE VERY STRONG EMOTIONS THAT HAVE SURROUNDED THIS CASE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING BUT I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT THE COMMUNITY WILL ACCEPT THE COURT'S DECISIONS AND WILL SUPPORT THE PROCESS THAT RE-UNITES ELIAN WITH HIS FATHER.))
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Elian's mother died while attempting to make it to the United States. He survived and was found floating off the Florida coast on an inner tube.
The decision to deny the cour hearing for Elian Gonzalez is good news to a man who lives here in southwest Virginia.
Marya Jones tells us why.
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Home videos and a few photo albums are all Walter Benda has left of his two daughters, Mari and Ema.
The girls were kidnapped by his wife in 1995 when the family lived in Japan.
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((THERE'S PROBABLY NEVER AN HOUR THAT GOES BY WHERE I'M NOT THINKING ABOUT THEM IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER.))
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Benda has spent the last five years fighting for custody and visitation rights... with no success.
Japan has no laws against parental abduction.
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((THE COURTS JUST VIEW THAT AS THE PARENT HAS TAKEN THE CHILD WITH THEM AND IT'S NOT A CRIME.))
Benda's experience led him to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month... urging members to send Elian Gonzalez back to his father in Cuba.
He says the outcome of Elian's case could affect him personally.
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((THERE IS NO WAY TO EXPRESS HOW IT FEELS, THE HEARTBREAK THAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR CHILDREN -- CHILDREN YOU LOVE MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD -- CHILDREN WHO ARE LITERALLY A PART OF YOU -- ARE RIPPED FROM YOUR LIFE.))
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((THE U.S. WILL LOSE A LOT OF ITS MORAL HIGH GROUND IF WE ALLOW ELIAN TO STAY IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE BY DOING THAT WE'LL SAY THAT IT'S OK FOR FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO KEEP AMERICAN CHILDREN IN THEIR COUNTRIES.))
Benda has only seen Mari and Ema once since the abduction... when he tracked them down on a street in Japan.
Until he can be reunited with his daughters, Benda says he'll continue to fight... and help other families do the same.
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((I PLAN TO MAKE NOISE UNTIL I GET SOMETHING OUT OF IT... THE WORST THING IS TO GIVE UP AND DO NOTHING.))
Marya Jones, News 7.))
Two teachers from Radford city schools are facing criminal charges for offenses allegedly committed on school grounds.
James Anthony Dehart (DEE-hart) ... head wrestling coach at John Dalton Intermediate School ... was indicted yesterday.
He's charged with stealing Ritalin and Adderall from the school. Both are prescription drugs used to treat learning disabilities.
Carroll Purcell, a gym teacher at Radford High School, was charged with attempted assault and battery of a 14-year-old female student.
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A historic visit for Pope John Paul as he visits the Holy Land-
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John Paul was greeted by Israeli leaders.
He is calling this a pilgrimage of peace - to a place where so much blood has been shed in the name of God.
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((MAY THE PEACE OF GOD'S GIFT TO THE LAND HE CHOOSE AS HIS HOME. SHALOM.))
The Pope will trace the paths of Jesus in Bethlehem, in Nazareth and Jerusalem - he says it will fulfill his personal dream.
A Lyncburg murder case is in a jury's hands.
The story still to come.
And... Your Hometown Station... like you've probably never seen it before.
Local TV hits the Worldwide Web.
Details coming up.
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((HEY JEAN, IN SPORTS THE PACERS TRY TO CLINCH A PLAYOFF SPOT. THE RANGERS WERE LOOKING TO ENSURE THEIR POST SEASON AS WELL. STEVE MASON CHECKS IN WITH ANOTHER ADDITION OF ROUND HOUSE WRAP UP AND RUSTY WALLACE IS ANXIOUS TO GET BACK ON THE TRACK IN MARTINSVILLE. THOSE STORIES LATER IN THE BROADCAST.))
A Lynchburg jury needs more time deciding whether a New Jersey man is guilty of murder.
Morris Anthony was shot to death inside this home on Stuart Street last July.
Norman Douglas White is charged with kicking in the front door and shooting Anthony several times as he sat on a living room sofa.
Police believe the shooting stemmed from an argument over drugs.
A five-man, seven-woman jury spent about ninety minutes deliberating today before adjourning for the night.
They'll try to reach a verdict tomorrow.
Meanwhile an Appomattox woman avoided her own trial by pleading guilty to second degree murder charges today.
30-year old Sandra Olivarri had been charged with shooting her husband Nick to death and dumping his body along a roadside in September, 1998.
Olivarri's trial was scheduled for next week, but prosecutors reached a plea agreement after talking with the victim's family.
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((DEBORAH DRINKARD/VICTIM'S SISTER: WE DECIDED THAT THIS WOULD BE THE BEST TO KEEP THE FAMILY FROM GOING THROUGH ANY MORE TORTURE OF THIS NOT TAKING TO TRIAL, AND THE MAXIMUM ON THIS IS FORTY YEARS, SO WE FEEL COMFORTABLE.. AND NOW WE WILL HAVE HER IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT SHE'S USED TO.))
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Olivarri could receive up to 44 years in prison when she's sentenced in June.
A Floyd County man will spend time behind bars for plotting to kill his estranged wife.
Larry James Perkins was sentenced today to two years in prison for solicitation to commit murder.
State police say he wanted his estranged wife killed for 20-thousand dollars.
Television stations around the world are using new technology to reach a wider audience.
And News 7 is joining the list of broadcasters who are now delivering their programs on the world wide web.
News 7 at Six will appear on the webcasting site of Rev.net, a local internet service provider.
In addition, the site's media archive will include a week's worth of newscasts, available on demand.
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If you'd like to watch streaming video of News 7 at 6, there are two ways to get there.
You can go directly to WREV-dot-net, or log onto our home page at WDBJ-7-dot com.
Still ahead on News 7...
What caused the delay that may have cost one man his life - AFTER his wife called 9-1-1?
Authorities arrest 4 people - including a 9-1-1 dispatcher.
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The man who has reportedly held three people hostage in an apartment near Balltimore since Friday is dead.
Police reportedly shot and killed Joseph Palczynski tonight.
His hostages apparently escaped or were released. Police say all three are safe.
Police in Philadelphia have busted what they believe is a 9-1-1 conspiracy ring - that may have cost one man his life.
Former 9-1-1 dispatcher Julie Rodriguez was charged today with routing calls to a private ambulance company.
3 employees of "Care-Stat" Ambulance Service were also arrested.
Prosecutors say in return for routing the calls to "Care-stat," Rodriguez was given a part-time job with the company.
Authorities say the scheme caused a 16-minute delay in getting help to Ralph Beswick - who had collapsed.
He was dead on arrival at the hospital.
Philadelphia does not allow private ambulance services to respond to any 9-1-1 medical emergency calls.
A woman found dead in the Dan River Sunday had been questioned about shoplifting the day before her body was discovered.
The medical examiner today confirmed Sandra L. Cobbs drowned.
On Saturday the 38-year old woman had been stopped by a security guard at Value City.
Cobbs bolted from the security officer during questioning and ran.
After relatives reported her missing Sunday, a search of the area led to the discovery of Cobbs' body in the river.
It was a tug of war to remember for some sheriff's deputies in Oklahoma today.
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A calf - getting its first taste of freedom - makes tonight's Video of the Day.
The calf escaped from a stockyard - into traffic and then an Oklahoma City neighborhood before authorities were able to lasso it.
And that was the easy part.
The lassoed calf danced around the deputies and even wrestled a couple of them to the ground.
But in the end... the deputies won out and the calf was returned to the stockyard... But not before proving to be a worthy competitor.
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In sports, playoff berths are on the line in the NBA and NHL, Steve Mason checks in with the latest on the Roanoke Express and Rusty Wallace spends the day in Martinsville.
First our Extra point.
Arizona police are investigating a bigamy allegation against San Diego Padres left fielder Al Martin.
Martin and a woman who claims to be his wife were in court this morning to face charges they hit each other. Martin and Shawn Haggerty-Martin reportedly were married in Las Vegas 15 months ago.
Martin told police he attended a ceremony but didn't believe it was
The Padres' media guide lists Martin's wife's name as Cathy.
Now the scores.
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The Pacers were playing to become the first team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff spot. The Knicks were the obstacle.
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New York carried a lead late in the fourth quarter as Latrel Sprewell moves through the paint for two of his 17 points on the night.
But Indiana mounted a comeback, Austin Croshere sinks the long jumper to tie it at 91.
Rik Smits had 20 last night and puts the Pacers ahead. Indiana hangs on for the 95-91 win and a guaranteed playoff spot.
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Post season honors go out to one of Roanoke College's senior basketball players.
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Paris Butler has been named to the GTE District Three All-Academic team.
The point guard averaged nearly 12 points a game and set school records for three pointers made--81 and attempted a record 180.
Butler has a three-point-67 grade point average and has been accepted to several medical schools, including the University of Virginia.
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Three drivers raced around the Martinsville Speedway in preparation for the Goody's 500 on April 9th.
Rusty Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield and Jerry Nadeau each spent the blustery day working on their qualifying and race setups.
Rusty owned Martinsville in the mid-90s when he won four straight spring events at the speedway.
The fact that he even scheduled a two day test at one of his best tracks is evidence that he is anxious again be the Martinsville Master.
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Wallace got around the track in a timely matter and he also got to the track in a hurry yesterday, flying his six passenger Bell 407 helicopter up from Mooresville.
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The NHL has suspended New Jersey's Scott Niedermayer for 10 games.
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The suspension is for hitting Florida's Peter Worrell over the helmet with his stick.
Niedermayer will miss the rest of the regular season and the Devils' first
playoff game. The suspension will cost him more than 150-thousand dollars.
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In tonight's action the Rangers needed a win over Florida to move back into contention for a Eastern Conference playoff spot.
But New York couldn't take care of business the Panthers come back from a
three to one deficit and Mike Sillinger gets the game winner. Florida four, Rangers three.
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Hockey comes back to the Roanoke Civic Center Friday night when the Express begins a two game home stand.
Johnstown is the first guest.
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Steve Mason checks in with Round House Wrap Up.
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((STEVE MASON:ONE AREA OF CONCERN THE EXPRESS WANTED TO ADDRESS IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS WAS THE TEAM'S SUB PAR ROAD RECORD. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. IN THE LAST EIGHT GAMES ROANOKE IS 6 AND 2 AND WON A SEASON HIGH FOUR STRAIGHT AWAY FROM THE COMFORTABLE CONFINES OF THE ROUND HOUSE.))
((SCOTT GORDON/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:WELL I THINK OUR SCHEDULE HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT BETTER. WE WENT INTO THE WEEKEND HAVING A FULL WEEK OFF, PLAYED THREE GAMES IN THREE NIGHTS. WINNING THE FIRST TWO WAS OBVIOUSLY IMPORTANT BUT GOING INTO IT WE WEREN'T IN A SITUATION WHERE WE HAD A LOT OF FATIGUE GOING INTO THE GAMES.))
((Mike Peron spent Tuesday in the training room. His x-rays on his injured right hand are back.
((MIKE PERON/HAS MISSED THREE GAMES:THERE'S NOTHING BROKEN IN THERE SO I GOT THE GREEN LIGHT TO GO BACK OUT ON THE ICE AND NOW IT'S JUST GONNA BE WHETHER OR NOT I GET SOME STRENGTH BACK IN IT AND I CAN HANDLE THE PUCK AND SHOOT IT AND WHEN THAT COMES BACK I'LL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE LINE UP. I AM NOT SURE, HOPEFULLY I'LL BE ABLE TO GET IN A GAME THIS WEEKEND, BUT IF NOT, THEN HOPEFULLY ON THE ROAD BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS.))
In nine games since being acquired by Greensboro, 23 year old rookie Aniket Dahdphale has three game winners, seven goals and three assists.
((ANIKET DAHDPHALE/EXPRESS LEFT WING:I'M NOT DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT, I JUST AM PLAYING ON A BETTER TEAM.))
Dave Gagnon and Daniel Berthiaume lead the ECHL in goals against average and are also one of three tandems in league history to win 20 games each.))
((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/20-10 AND 4 THIS SEASON:THAT'S TO BAD, I THOUGHT WE WERE THE FIRST, NO BUT THAT'S GREAT:))
((IT'S PUCK NIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT AGAINST JOHNSTOWN. THE FIRST 1500 FANS WILL RECEIVE FREE PUCKS AND THEN SATURDAY NIGHT AGAINST RICHMOND MARKS FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT WHERE THREE THOUSAND TEAM PHOTOS WILL BE GIVEN OUT, STEVE MASON ROUND HOUSE WRAP UP.))
Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer will also be at the Round House Friday night.
Beamer will drop the ceremonial first puck and sign autographs at the first intermission.
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