Today on news 7, the cost of new schools in the county raises more questions for some Roanoke County Supervisors,
and we'll have an update on actor Andy Griffith after it is announced he suffered a heart attack.
Once again a few isolated thunderstorms pop up in the heat of the day. We will show them to you in just a moment.
In medical news, we'll see if surgery has helped a six year old boy hear for the first time,
and the major manufacturers of crayons all say they will quit using a potentiall harmful material in their products.
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((I AM OUTRAGED BY THE SECURITY LAPSES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE.))
[OUT Q=that have taken place.]
That response after Nuclear secrets are missing from the Los Alamos Nuclear Lab.
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The secrets have been missing since fires broke out near the Los Alamos Testing Lab.
The Energy Secretary says he does not believe this is espionage- he merely thinks the classified data was misplaced.
Teresa Estacio has details.
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[SUPER=03-Los Alamos, NM;]
[SUPER=01-Ret. Air Force Gen. Harbiger/Energy Dept.;]
[SUPER=10-Bill Richardson/Energy Secretary/December 1999;]
[SUPER=01-Teresa Estacio/Reporting; (no standup) ]
((The two missing computer hard drives provided highly classified data to
the nations Nuclear Emergency Search Team which is trained to respond
to nuclear accidents or terrorist acts.
Retired Air Force Gen. Harbiger/Energy Dept Looking at this .. we do not have any information leading us to believe it is espinoage.
Top Energy Department Officials testified on Capital Hill, they learned
of the disappearance on June 1 three weeks after lab officials
discovered this latest embarrassment at the Los Alamos Laboratory and
seven months after the Energy Secretary assured Americans, secrets were
safe at the Lab.
Dec. 1999, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson )
I can assure everyone everything is fine.
Those words followed the arrest of former Los
Alamos scientist Dr. Wen Lee. He was indited on 59 counts for allegedly
copying top-secret computer files and currently awaits trial.
Lab Officials claim last months wildfire, which threatened the facility
caused the delay in reporting.
They say it is possible the hard-drives were accidentally removed or
even destroyed in the chaos.
No matter, several members of Congress criticized the time lapse of
nearly 21 days to alert White House Officials of the lost data.
If I take out a library book.. I must return it you mean there was no one there watching or keeping track of where this
information was.. or wasnt? No sir.
Top Republicans want more hearings on this matter.
In the meantime, three dozen FBI agents continue to scour the compound
looking for any trace of the confidential records.
Also, lab workers at all levels will undergo polygraph tests to aid in
TE. CBS NEWS. HOUSTON.)
The Roanoke County Supervisors have voted to keep two school construction projects on schedule... But today's meeting also reopened the debate over the cost.
At issue, were bids on site development for the new South County High School, and for the renovations at Glenvar Middle School.
The supervisors voted to advance the necessary funds, but not before a heated debate over the rising cost of the two projects.
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Other supervisors, and school board chairman Jerry Canada defended the process. They said that despite the advances required today... the two projects remain on track and within current estimates.
More than 300 employees have started leaving the Lane furniture company in Altavista.
The company planned to start laying people off this week but since many have found jobs elsewhere, laid off employees left early.
The job cuts will be completed by the end of this month.
The company president said down sizing was necessary to restructure the plants and stay competitive in the furniture industry.
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((JERRY RUFF/LANE CO. PRESIDENT: IT'S A DIFFICULT SITUATION. WE HATE TO SEE THEM GO. THE EMPLOYEES, COMMUNITY AND COMPANY HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE.))
((CLARA HUNT/LANE CO. EMPLOYEE:WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS GOING TO HAPPEN. NOTHING WE CAN DO. IF THEY HAVE GOD THEY'LL FIND SOMETHING.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Ruff/Lane Co. President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Clara Hunt/Lane Co. Employee; :18]
[OUT Q=they'll find something.]
We'll hear from area business owners and find out more about the effects of job losses on the community coming up at six.
The last of the Tultex equipment is on the auction block.
Thousands of pieces of sewing and finishing equipment are available in the three day bankruptcy auction.
Knitting, dyeing and sewing machinery are all up for sale.
The auction started this morning. If you missed today you have two more days.
It will continue in Martinsville tomorrow.
And your last chance to bid on more than two thousand items will be in South Boston Wednesday.
Actor Andy Griffith is recovering at home following a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery.
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Griffith is still weak, but is slowly recovering from the attack last month.
His spokesman says Griffith's prognosis is ``excellent'' and doctors expect a full recovery.
The 74-year old actor also suffers from Guillain-Barre (ghee-LAN' bah-RAY') syndrome -- a neurological disorder that has plagued him for nearly 20 years. It still causes Griffith occasional problems with his feet.
Former N-B-A Superstar Julius Erving is making a national plea to help find his missing son.
Erving's 19- year old son Cory Marvin Erving was last seen by his family May 28th.
Today the family offered a 25-thousand dollar reward for his safe return.
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((JULIUS ERVING/FATHER OF MISSING TEEN: YOU NKOW OUR FAITH IS STRONG AND OUR HOPE IS THERE. WE ARE IN DIRE NEED OF HELP.))
[SUPER=01-Julius Erving/Father of Missing Teen]
[OUT Q=dire need of help.]
Cory Erving has a learning disability and a history of drug abuse.
Since eighth grade he has been in special classes to deal with the disability. Erving went on to say his son has had drug problems for several years.
The 19 year old has been missing for 16 days.
The hot weather is forcing some school systems to close early this week.
Schools in Bedford City and County will close two hours early the rest of the week.
In Lynchburg, Sheffield Elementary and Dearington Elementary schools will close at 1:00 Wednesday and Thursday.
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Animal activist Bob Barker heads to capitol hill to defend the rights of circus animals. We'll have that after the break,
And the man who tried to assassinate the Pope is getting out of an Italian prison. We'll tell you why.
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Lawmakers are considering a bill that might take the elephant out from under the big top and amusement parks. Backers of the bill say circus elephants are not only exploited, but unhappy and sometimes dangerous.
Cathy Moss reports.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Barr/(R) Georgia;]
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These frightening scenes when circus elephants get out of control and
rush the crowd - happen more often than you think - say animal rights
Nats of freightened crowds
Donna Marie and her two daughters were at a circus last year ... when
Marie says, a four ton elephant came charging at them - almost
trampling her girls --and scarring her ten year old.
Sot: Donna Marie/Mother (mom shows and tells the scar: tape 1- 8:35:17)
Thats when she had her foot caught in the chair. It was longer, it
started there and healed - but thats when she ran away from the
Sot: Helena Marie/Victim
I thought it was going to trample over us
Nats sot...(Sam Farr/hearing)
Thats why California Congressman Sam Farr, is introducing a bill
called the Captive Elephant Accident Prevention Act.. It would ban
the use of elephants in traveling shows and elephant rides. Two things
he says, that are explotive and cruel to elephants AND unsafe for
But not everyone believes there ought to be a law.
Rep.Bob Barr: R/Georgia
(from hearing) 095001
Why among all of these more pressing problems is this going to consume
And Some Elephant Trainers agreeseeing the proposed ban as blowing the
problem out of proportion.
Sot: Animal trainer
Theyre happy here (paraphrased)
Adding Star power to the cause: Animal Rights Champion Bob Barker
-testifying before the subcommittee this morning. He says you want
elephants? Watch TV.
Sot: Barker bite
8:30:02 Tape 1 Watch the Discovery Channel.
As for Donna and her girls - they havent totally given up on the circus
- just the elephant part. ))
The man who shot Pope John Paul the second, 19 years ago- has been granted clemency by Italy's president.
Turkish National Mehmet Ali (AH-juh) Agca was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted assassination-
Italy's president today pardoned (AH-Juh.)
He will be sent back to Turkey where he has to serve part of a sentence for killing a journalist in 1978.
(Ah-Juh) has given conflicting reasons for the attack over the years.
The Pope has publically forgiven the 43-year old- and even visited him in prison.
Authorities in California have arrested a Roanoke man accused of starting a fire at his house last month.
54-year-old Donald Gene Butler is charged with arson, assault and battery and child neglect.
Police say Butler got into an argument with his 14-year-old son last month, and hit him in the jaw.
He then allegedly drove to his home on Eastgate Avenue and set it on fire.
No one was injured.
Butler is in jail in Sonoma County, waiting to be brought back to Roanoke for trial.
A local company started in 1996 by four Virginia Tech graduates is expanding.
A-C-T MicroDevices is consolidating its two operations in the New River Valley and moving into the Blacksburg Industrial Park.
The company currently has 70- employees but could employ as many as 300- high skilled workers in the next three years.
A-C-T provides microelectronic components to more than 100- telecommunications companies around the world.
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((ROGER HEDGEPETH/BLACKSBURG MAYOR: THE VERY TYPE OF WORK THEY'RE DOING IS IN THE FOREFRONT OF THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN THE HIGH TECH AND WE'RE A LITTLE BIT LUCKY IN THAT THEY WERE SPAWNED, YOU MIGHT SAY, BY VIRGINIA TECH.))
[SUPER=01-Roger Hedgepeth/Blacksburg Mayor;]
[OUT Q=by virginia tech.]
The company's president considered moving to Pennsylvania but decided on
Blacksburg because of its atmosphere and work force as well as economic incentives on the state and local level.
Still to come on the newscast,
we'll see if surgery last month was able to give a six year old boy the gift of hearing.
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Coming up today in Sports, we'll tell you why success is in the cards for a former U-V-A football star.
And then on Health Check, we'll tell you why the major manufacturers are all changing the way they make their crayons.
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The nation's top three crayon manufacturers have agreed to remove asbestos -like fibers from their products.
Crayola, Rose Art and Prang have agreed to remove the fibers.
The fibers are imbedded in the crayon's wax and are not likely to harm a child, but the manufacturers are making the changes as a precaution.
Parents can still allow their children to use the old crayons in the meantime, because there are no existing records of anyone getting sick.
Because the fibers are not air-born, it is not likely anyone has inhaled them.
A six year old boy born with only part of his ears recently underwent remarkable surgery that created ear canals and ear drums.
Lisa Hughes recently went with the boy and his dad to the doctor to see if the operation worked.
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[SUPER=01-Tim Willis/Kenny's Father; :12 quick]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Jahrsdoerfer/UVa Medical Center; 1:22]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/CBS News; 1:21]
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(((LOCATOR: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA)
SOT:13:42:39 .ARE YOU THE MAN KEN?
NARR: Kenny Willis and his family hope this will be a day to remember.
sot: CLICK (camera going off)
NARR: In just a few minutes they will find out whether last month's
complicated surgery has improved Kenny's hearing.
super: Tim Willis/Kenny's father
SOT: EXPECT NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE.
SUPER: Last month
SOT:nats from surgery
Dr. Robert Jahrsdoerfer is trying to correct the effects of Goldenhar's
Syndrome, a rare birth defect.
Kenny was born without ear canals, without eardrums and without an
external ear on the left side. But his inner ear bones are
well-developed. Dr. Jahrsdoerfer started on the right ear.
In a four and a half hour operation at the University of Virginia,he
drilled an ear canal..lining it with skin from Kenny's arm. He built an
eardrum with muscle tissue. Cleaning the ear, he sees how it's healing.
SOT:YOU JUST HAVE TO HOLD STILL FOR ME.
The patient is anxious.
SOT:I'M JUST TRYING TO BE BRAVE. YOU ARE BEING BRAVE...
The parent is hopeful. Kenny may be able to give up the hearing aid he's
worn all his life.
SOT:YES OR NO? (pause) YES. (test with tuning fork)
The results are better than anyone imagined. Dr. Jahrsdoerfer shows
SOT:THAT'S A TEN-THOUSAND FOLD INCREASE IN HIS HEARING.
A huge improvement. It's only one ear. But Dr. Jahrsdoerfer says, for
the most part, the hearing aid can go.
super: Dr. Robert Jahrsdoerfer/UVA
SOT: I'M DELIGHTED. (butt together)15:09:52 IT MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE.
super: Lisa Hughes/Charlottesville, VA
SOT:KENNY STILL HAS ABOUT A HALF-DOZEN SUGERIES AHEAD OF HIM INCLUDING
MAJOR SURGERY TO CREATE AN EAR CANAL ON THE LEFT SIDE. BUT HIS FAMILY
NOW SAYS THEY HAVE MORE FAITH THAN EVER HE WILL ONE DAY BE ABLE TO HEAR
JUST LIKE ANY OTHER LITTLE BOY.
Kenny is already imagining his future. (backtime)
SUPER: Kenny Willis/Patient
SOT:I WANT TO BE A GOOD MOVIE STAR AND EVERYBODY CAN WATCH ME...
SOT: I AM JUST SO HAPPY FOR MY SON. (cover first part of soundbite)
15:28:43 YOU WANT IT AND YOU PRAY FOR IT. AND...IT HAPPENS. (kisses his
son on the forehead)
With Kenny's birthday less than a week away, the celebration has started
Lisa Hughes, CBS News, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Tuesday ticker.
The Commonwealth Games return to the Roanoke Valley July 14th through the 16th. This is the 11th year of Virginia's version of the Olympics and the event has something for everyone.
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[SUPER=01-Pete Lampman/Va. Amateur Sports Pres.; :00]
[OUT Q=.....something else"]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
Virginia Amateur Sports held a news conference today to promote the games. The committee has added adult baseball and is bringing back ice hockey. The big draws have been the women's sports and of course basketball.
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It won't be long before former UVa great Thomas Jones settles into the starting tailback spot for the Arizona Cardinals once training camp opens later this summer.
On Sunday, Jones was in Richmond at the Tuff Stuff Summer Classic sports card show signing autographs.
Jones has become the early darling of collectors from all around the country.
Many think he is the odds on favorite to win rookie of the year honors, and almost all of the experts consider him a can't miss prospect in the NFL.
Local card dealers think he's can't miss profit.
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[SUPER=01-Ronnie Leftwich/A & R Card Shop Owner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Bryant/The Wax Box Owner; :14]
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Coming up at six, more on the commonwealth games and the NBA finals, but don't go away, more news 7 at five to c
ome, have a great day everybody.[5-Web-Day]
Finally today, Patrick Evans has a suggestion for dinner. He says you should eat with the stars.
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[OUT Q=Patrick Evans.]
(( We've scanned the galxies for today's website of the day.
It features food from the stars. Of course we're not about Mars bars, moon pies or even E-T's favorite recipes...but you can find out how to make Captain Kirk's Banana Nut Bread.
The TV-Guide website is now featuring recipes from your favorite celebrities.
You can try out Oprah Winfrey's UN-Fried Chicken...Suzanne Somers' Beef Stroganoff...or Larry King's Tuna Health Salad.
Some of the contributions are from television's best chef's like Emeril Lagasse, so you're bound to find something good to eat.
But would you really want to try Beth Littleford's Vegetarian Chocolate Chilli or Angela Lansbury Power Loaf?
Anyway when you're planning today's menu...look to the stars and our website of the day. You can find it through a link to our homepage at WDBJ7-dot com. I'm Patrick Evans.))