On News 7 at 5, it's election day. We'll see how the voters are turning out in a live report.
and there's good news for Radford as the New River Castings plant announces it will reopen.
Looking for more clouds tomorrow with a chance of showers by Thursday. Details ahead.
In Medical News, researchers hope to ease the pain of some forms of cancer.
and in Sports, NASCAR cuts Jeremy Mayfield's celebration short with some large fines.
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New River Castings WILL be rebuilt.
That's the word today from Intermet -- the company that owns the plant.
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Marya Jones was at that announcement today and joins us from the New River newsroom with more on the decision.
Jean, Intermet says it will work to rebuild the plant quickly.
The company hopes to resume full operations by the end of November this year.
The announcement came this morning without a lot of fanfare, but it was received with a lot of relief.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Starnes/Radford Mayor; :37]
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(( Nearly two months after the gas explosion that killed three of its workers, Intermet is ready to put New River Castings back together.
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((MIKE RYAN/INTERMET EXEC. VP: WE'RE ALSO CONCERNED SPECIFICALLY FOR THE 500 FAMILY MEMBERS WHO'VE BEEN AFFECTED RIGHT HERE IN THE NEW RIVER FACILITY. WE WANT TO GET THEM BACK TO WORK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ))
Rebuilding could cost 50-million dollars.
But NOT rebuilding could be even more costly.
Officials say 60 percent of the plant's business has moved to competitors.
The faster the plant re-opens, the faster it can get business back.
AND the city of Radford can celebrate the return of large revenues from its fourth-largest employer...
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((TOM STARNES/RADFORD MAYOR: IT ALSO MEANS APPROX A MILLION DOLLARS IN THE CITY FROM THE SALE OF ELECTRICITY AND WATER AND THE SPIN-OFF SERVICES THAT ARE GENERATED FROM HAVING THIS NUMBER OF PEOPLE WORKING IN THE CITY OF RADFORD.))
Intermet still has to get the go-ahead on some state permits before it starts building.
The company promises less air pollution and heightened safety.
On News 7 at 6, we'll hear from the family of one woman who died in the explosion... about what they think about the plant re-opening.
A marathon of forums and door-to-door campaigning comes to an end tonight- The candidates running for the many public offices up for grabs this election day can take a break.
The four candidates for Roanoke Mayor were up early and out at the polls most of the day. Democratic Incumbent David Bowers said he's expecting a close vote, but remains confident of winning a third term.
Republican Ralph Smith said he was counting on the support of residents who are ready for a change.
Independent Mac McCadden said he believes Roanokers would vote their conscience without regard to party labels.
And Independent E. Duane Howard said his promise to serve as a full-time mayor has struck a chord with the voters.
There's only one candidate on the ballot for Vinton Mayor -- but a write-candidate is hoping to take the election despite the recent controversy over his residency.
Andy Nicely went to court to make sure he could vote in Vinton today and write -in his name for Mayor.
Election Board Officials had told Nicely he could not vote in the town because his home is technically in Roanoke -- but yesterday a judge ordered the registrar to allow him to cast a ballot.
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((IT'S BEEN A TRYING TIME. BUT MY SUPPORTERS AND THE FOLKS IN VINTON HAVE BEEN BEHIND ME. WE'VE HAD GREAT TURN-OUT TODAY. SO FAR WE'VE GOT A LOT OF POSITIVE RESPONSE))
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Nicely is running-against councilman Don Davis -- who was also out working the polls this morning.
Davis says while he feels he will be victorious, the boundary dispute has taken away from the election.
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((WE FEEL LIKE WE COVERED MOST OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND HAD A REAL GOOD CAMPAIGN. I WISH THAT WE COULD'VE HAD THE ISSUE OUT MORE THAN WHAT WE HAVE))
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So far, 13 percent of the registered voters have turned out in Vinton.
Voters are also casting their ballots in the city of Roanoke at about the same pace as four years ago.
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Teresa Hamilton has been checking out the numbers and is Fishburn Park precinct.
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The Pentagon is preparing for a confrontation with protesters over a Puerto Rican island. We'll have more on that after the break,
and investigators reveal what they believe caused last year's fatal collapse of a
bonfire structure at Texas A-and-M.
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Protestors are blocking the bombing range on the Puerto Rican Island of (Vee-AAAY-Kus)-
They don't want the area used as a Navy bombing range.
But the Pentagon insists there is no other choice- Lee Cowan has the latest.
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Last year's fatal collapse of a bonfire structure at Texas A and M University was years in the making.
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That's the finding from a commission that investigated the collapse.
12 people died when the struture of logs collapsed-
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((THIS FAILURE WHICH HAS ITS ROOTS IN INDECISIONSS AND ACTIONS BY BOTH STUDENTS AND UNIVERISTY OFFICIAL SOVER TH EYEARS CREATED AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH A COMPLEX AND DANGEROUS STRUCTURES WAS ALLOWED TO BE BUILT WIHOUT ADEQUATE PHYSICAL OR ENGINEERING CONTROLS.))
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Officials say they while they did find evidence of drinking and horseplay- neither palyed a role in the collapse.
Relatives of Americans killed when a bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, are finally getting their day in court...12 years after the fact.
The trial starts tomorrow. Kimberly Dozier has more.
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[SUPER=01-Bert Ammerman/U.S. Relative Leader;]
[SUPER=01-Kathleen Flynn/Victim's Mother;]
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((Narr: Time to relive an old nightmare...and TRY to put it to rest.
Daniel Cohen, victim's father
"This is why we are here, this is my daughter, this is Theo Cohen. She
was 20 years old when she was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, over 11
Narr:Theo Cohen was one of two-hundred-and-fifty-nine victims on Pan Am
one-oh-three. Eleven more were killed in Lockerbie town. The bombing
made a pariah of Libya -- its leader, Moamar Qadafi, accused of
masterminding the carnage. It launched a crusade for justice by the
family members left behind.
Narr:Now, after the DAY that never should have happened...the TRIAL few
thought they'd see. About 40 family members.. including a group of
americans flown in by the u-s government... will watch the trial at Camp
Zeist in the Netherlands. The former U.S. air base has been turned into
an 18 million dollar high security courtroom and detention center.
Bert Ammerman, US relative leader
'A lot of emotions. It's been nearly 12 years. Actually tomorow to be
able to be in the same courtroom as these two individuals are coming
Narr:Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah are charged
with murder, accused of working for Libyan intelligence. After lengthy
negotiations, the Libyan government finally allowed the men to stand
trial at a neutral location. But.. many of the victim's relatives fear
those who ORDERED the bombing...are forever out of reach.
Kathleen Flynn, victim's mother
"I don't think Fhimah and Megrahi were sitting around a cafe in Malta
deciding, 'Let's blow up an American plane today.' So I think obviously
the culpability has to go up the chain of command and we want to know
who did it and why."
Prosecuters interviewed fifteen-thousand witnesses. There are
one-hundred-and eighty-thousand Narr:pieces of evidence. And there will
be months of hearings. hatever the measure of justice, it won't replace
what's been lost.
KD, CBS News, London
Millions of people will be able to watch
"A-B-C" on T-V again.
Time Warner says it's putting seven A-B-C owned stations back on cable systems around the country.
Those channels were blacked out yesterday because of a distpute between Time Warner and Disney- which owns A-B-C.
The Cable company is giving Disney an extension- until July 15th in hopes of reaching an agreement. The dispute is over how much Time Warner has to pay Disney to carry some of its channels.
Coming up in today's website of the day, we'll have a page that helps you come clean with your family,
and in Sports, Jeremy Mayfield's week to celebrate is cut short as NASCAR hits his team with some stiff penalties.
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Coming up a little later, Patrick Evans will join us with news of the Trigon Senior Games,
and on Health check, we'll tell you why researchers believe they can ease the intense pain of some cancer patients.
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Researchers at the University of Minnesota believe they can ease the pain of bone cancer patients.
They've found a way to disable the cell that is most responsible for causing the suffering.
The scientists found a direct correlation between cancer induced bone destruction and pain.
They say it's important to focus on the cause of the destruction so they can reduce the discomfort.
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((DR. PAT MANTYH/CANCER RESEARCHER: IT THINK IT IS VERY DRAMATIC. IT GETS TO THE VERY ROOT OF THE DISEASE. SO INSTEAD OF MERELY TREATING THE SYMPTOMS AND COVERING UP THE PIN AND ALLOWING THE UNDERLYING CAUSE TO CONTINUE. THIS REALLY TARGETS THE SPECIFIC CELL THAT DESTROYS THE BONE AND CAUSES THE INTENSE PAIN.))
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Current pain treatments have strong side effects.
The latest study shows between 75 and 90 percent of patients with advanced cancer will experience this level of intense pain.
It's time now for our website of the day and as Patrick Evans tells us, this one will help you clean up your act.
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(( Our website of the day really hits the spot. It's not something to eat or drink, but it can tell you how to clean up if you spill something. The Tide Stain Detective can help you get rid of those blotches, smears and smudges from your clothes.
The site says it represents 50 years of practical and scientific experience in clothes washing.
You tell the computer what kind of stain you have and the type of fabric it's on.
From there it tells you the best way to deal with it.
And if you need more help, the page even tells you how to handle the basics of doing the laundry.
So if you have a stain that is tougher than a nickel steak. Try the Tide Clothesline. you can find it through a link to our website at WDBJ7-DOT-COM. I'm Patrick Evans.))
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Tuesday ticker.
The NASCAR hammer came down on Jeremy Mayfield and his number 12 Mobile 1 Ford racing team today.
NASCAR has penalized Mayfield 151 Winston Cup points for rules violations found during post race inspection after the April 16th DieHard 500 at Talladega. According to NASCAR Mayfield's team used altered fuel or fuel other than the official fuel at the event.
The loss of the 151 points drops Mayfield from seventh in the Winston Cup points standings to 15th in the standings.
Team owner Michael Kranefuss was fined 50 thousand dollars and crew chief Peter Sospenzo has been suspended from NASCA
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The NASCAR drivers are at Richmond this weekend for the Pontiac Excitement 400.
Tony Stewart picked up his first career win in Richmond last September.
Today his car made a pit stop in Roanoke.
The Home Depot's Racing Rig pulled into town to let fans get their hands on the actual tools used at the track.
And a chance to sit in Tony's seat.
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The rig is off to the races this weekend. Its next pit stop is the Richmond International Raceway.
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From one kind of track to another. Northside senior David Cabbler is the fastest around on two feet in the three hundred hurdles.
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Over the weekend Cabbler won the 300 and 110 hurdles at the Cosmo Track meet in Salem. He also won the triple jump and scored 36 and a half points for the Vikings. He lead Northside to a strong second place in the event. While he is gunning for a state championship in the 300 hurdles, Cabbler is by no means limited.
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Coming up at six, we will hear from David Cabbler. That's it for five, see ya at six everybody.
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Welcome back to News 7 at Five, I'm pleased to welcome two special guests, Pete Lampman from Virginia Amateur Sports, and Stu Israel, who will be competing in the Trigon Senior games.
Welcome gentlemen, Pete, when and where are the Senior games played?
Who is eligible?
Stu, tell me about the kinds of competition you participate in.
What got you involved?
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[SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Senior Athlete;]
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The last date for registration is this Friday. You may contact any local Department of Parks & Recreation, or you may call this 800 number to register.
PAT tosses to Jean for the Goodbye