It was a close call for two Texas window washers, when a scaffold collapses -- leaving them dangling more than 100 feet into the air.
And as Texas prepares for tonight's execution of a convicted killer-- another condemned man is granted a reprieve on VIRGINIA'S death row.
Those stories, coming up.
Stick around-- News 7 at noon is next.
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The clock is ticking for Texas condemned killer Gary Graham, who's scheduled to die tonight.
But death penalty opponents are gathered outside the maximum security prison, hoping for a change of heart from the parole board.
The case could become an issue in this year's presidential campaign.
Terisa Estacio has the latest.
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CONVICTED MURDERER GARY GRAHAM COULD DIE BY LETHAL INJECTION TODAY IF
THE TEXAS PAROLE BOARD DOESN'T INTERVENE.
THE 18-MEMBER BOARD NOW REVIEWING THE CASE COULD ALLOW TONIGHT'S
EXECUTION TO PROCEED AS SCHEDULED OR THE BOARD COULD RECOMMEND:
--120 DAY REPRIEVE
TEXAS GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH CAN EITHER FOLLOW THE BOARD'S
RECOMMENDATION OR HE CAN ORDER THE EXECUTION TO PROCEED.
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"GARY GRAHAM IS INNOCENT"
GRAHAM HAS PROCLAIMED HIS INNOCENCE FOR THE PAST 19 YEARS. HE WAS
CONVICTED OF SHOOTING A MAN OUTSIDE A HOUSTON SUPERMARKET PRIMARILY
BECAUSE OF THE TESTIMONY OF A SINGLE EYE-WITNESS.
DEATH PENALTY OPPONETS SAY THAT'S NOT ENOUGH... EVEN THOUGH LAWYERS HAVE
LOST APPEALS FOR ALMOST TWO DECADES.
(STANDUP ...GRAHAM SAYS HE WILL FIGHT TO END.....
... TERISA ESTACIO, CBS NEWS, HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS.
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Here in Virginia, convicted killer Russel William Burket has a new lease on life, at least for now.
The U-S Supreme Court stopped his execution last night .. and hour and a quarter before he was scheduled to die in Virginia's electric chair.
Burket was convicted of the 1993 murders in Virginia Beach of a woman and her five year old daughter.
Court records show Burket beat Katherine (Ta-fell-ski's) Tafelski's head in with "a rusted metal pry bar."
Burket then used the same bar to sexually assault Tafelski and beat in her daughter's skull.
Burket's lawyers say he had ineffective counsel at the time of trial.
The stay of execution will remain in effect until the Supreme Court considers that appeal.
A routine job turned dangerous for two window washers near Dallas, Texas--
The two were working on a high- rise building when a scaffold collapsed, more than 100 feet off the ground.
They were stranded when the scaffold buckled on the side of the building.
A firefighter rappelled down the side of the building to one
worker, and lowered him from the eleventh floor.
A similar maneuver brought the other worker down safely, in a rescue that was carried live on T-V in many places around the country.
A friend says the owner of a California sausage factory never liked federal inspections...
Stuart Alexander is now in jail for allegedly shooting three food inspectors to death, and chasing a fourth with a gun.
Lance Evans has the story.
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A former division director of the Danville Department of Utilities is fighting to get his job back.
William Kim Hensley filed suit against the city and his boss Fred Horne.
Hensley claims he was fired because he did not keep quiet about sexual harassment charges.
His lawyer says his client witnessed Horne harassing female employees at the department and that he shouldn't lose his job for telling the truth.
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((GARY BENGSTON/HENSLEY'S LAWYER: HIS GOAL IS TO GET HIS JOB BACK, HIS GOAL IS TO GET HIS MEDICAL BENEFITS BACK AND GET MONEY BACK FROM LOST WAGES. THAT'S HIS GOAL IN FILING THE LAWSUIT.))
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The city declined an on camera interview.
But the city attorney released a statement saying "the city followed the proper procedures to ensure the protection of its employees while looking out for the best interest of the taxpayers."
Prosecutors brought some video tape to a court hearing yesterday .. tape showing a Franklin County man kept dogfighting equipment in his backyard.
Kyle Pearce is charged with training 19 pit bulls to fight.
Deputies found a dogfighting pit, treadmills and performance notes on Pearce's property.
They took two of the dogs as evidence.
For the animals' protection a judge refused to release them today, even though Pearce still has the other dogs.
His trial will be set in August.
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It's an oral test for H-I-V, it's easy to use, and it's coming to Roanoke. The details are still ahead.
And Alternative Medicine .. designed to heal your mind, body and spirit. We'll take a closer look. But first, a closer look at the forecast, kind of cloudy out there Patrick.
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Modern medicine is credited with providing longer and healthier lives .. but alternative medicine also has some big believers.
Kate Weidaw takes us to a business in Roanoke that uses integrated health care to heal your mind, body, and spirit.
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It's a place to relax, to relieve stress, and to heal your body.
When you walk in the door at Healthy Maintenance and Inspirations the art is the first thing that is soothing to the eyes.
((DEXTER HALL/MANAGER: THE ART IS SELECTED FOR IT'S BEAUTY AND UNIQUENESS AND SO YOU CAN COME IN HERE WHEN YOU'RE TIRED AND BURNT OUT AND JUST BE INVIGORATED BY BEAUTIFUL THINGS AROUND YOU.))
If you're looking to relieve your aches and pains a masseur will massage those away in the art gallery to the beat of the gong.
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((ELLEN MAHAN/MASSAGE THERAPIST: YOU CAN FEEL HOW THE VIBRATIONS ARE VERY CALMING VERY SOOTHING AND WHEN YOU COMBINE THAT WITH THE MUSIC AND MASSAGE IT HELPS TO OPEN UP THE BODY MUCH MORE.))
To open your mind, hypnosis and image therapy is offered.
((SUZANN ROBINS/HYPNOSIS THERAPIST: THERE IS A BELIEF IN OUR BODY THAT WE HOLD IN OUR BODY THE MEMORY EVERY HURT EVERY CELEBRATION AND JOY AND ANXIOUS AND THROUGH HYPNOSIS IS A WAY TO GET RID OF SOME OF THAT STUFF.))
If you're wanting to heal your body from with in there's herbal therapy.
A muscle test will determine what your body is lacking.
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((TRISH LEWIS/HERBALIST AND NUTRITIONAL CONSULTANT: I USE GINGER FOR NAUSEA I USE RED RASPBERRY FOR PREMENSTRUAL PROBLEM YOU CAN USE FENNEL FOR DIGESTION.))
None of these treatments are to replace a health care professional.
Many people say they go to Healthy Maintenance and Inspirations for an alternative when modern day medicine just isn't doing the job.
Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
New oral tests for H-I-V are on the way to Southwest Virgrinia ... but for now, Roanoke is the only place you can get one.
And the only way to get the Orasure test is if the AIDS Council's Street Outreach Program visits your neighborhood.
You hold a swab between your cheek and gum for two to five minutes, pop it back in the bottle and wait two weeks for the results.
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((ONE OF THE PRIMARY ADVANTAGES OF ORASURE IS THAT IT DOESN'T USE NEEDLES. SO PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO GET STUCK, AND THAT'S A CHALLENGE FOR A LOT OF FOLKS.))
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The oral test becomes available next Tuesday.
It's not as accurate as a blood test -- it misses about one positive for every hundred.
The test is free but NOT anonymous.
Local health departments still offers free AND anonymous blood tests for H-I-V.
The nationwide nurse shortage is making its mark in the Roanoke Valley.
And that has Carilion Health System concerned about the future of patient care -- since nurses make up nearly a third of hospital staff.
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The Senior Vice President of Nursing Services says the shortage could mean that Carilion would have to limit the number of patients it takes -- and force hospitals to rely on people who are not licensed.
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((PATRICIA CONWAY-MORANA/SENIOR VP NURSING SERVICES: WE DO HAVE SOME CONCERN THAT WERE NOT GOING TO HAVE GRADUATES COMING OUT AS FAST AS WE NEED THEM AND THE BABY BOOMERS GENERATION ARE GETTING READY TO RETIRE))
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At The College of Health Sciences in Roanoke the number of incoming applicants has been dwindling over the last couple of years -- and retention is only between 70 and 80 percent.
The Virginia Partnership for Nursing has already started studying the problem to find out what impact the shortage might have on the area.
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Coming up, US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tries to mend relations between China and Taiwan...
and, the United States is joining forces with Iceland to honor an great historical figure....We'll have the details when we return.....
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Officials are looking for four people who are missing on the ground after a plane crash in central China.
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Officials say lightning struck the domestic flight as it descended for a landing. All 42 people aboard died in the wreck.
A local news report says the plane's black box has been recovered.
The plane crashed in a sparsely populated suburb of Wuhan city.
A police official says half of the plane slammed into a farmer's home and the other half plunged into a dike.
U-S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is meeting with some opposition during her visit to China.
Albright is urging Chinese leaders to resume talks with Taiwan.
But she says the Chinese remain suspicious about the motives of Taiwan's president.
The Chinese also made it clear that they do NOT want Americans selling weapons to Taiwan.
Overall, Albright says her talks aimed at lowering tensions between the two sides have been positive.
Albright is the highest ranking American official to visit China since the U-S accidentally bombed the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia last summer.
For the first time ever, the U-S is sharing legal currency with another country...
The U-S and Iceland have jointly issued commemorative coins celebrating the landing of Leif Eriksson in North America a thousand years ago.
The U-S Mint will handle sales outside of Iceland.
Both silver coins will sell together for 63 U-S dollars.
A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Eriksson Foundation to fund student exchanges between the U-S and Iceland.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 60 points.
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Coming up, George Washington High School mourns the loss of their football coach,
and, is Michael Vick trading in his football helmet for a baseball bat? We'll see what he has to say about the rumors when we return......
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If you have been worrying yourself silly that the Colorado Rockies would somehow woo Michael Vick away from Blacksburg with some wild million dollar signing bonus - forget about it!
Recent reports said Vick met with Colorado Rockies this past weekend - but the fact is NO meeting ever took place.
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Vick's high school coach Tommy Reamon says while Vick was back home in Newport News last weekend, he never met with anyone from the Rockies - the team that made him a 30th round draft pick.
The Rockies say they would still like to sign Vick, but there's little chance of that happening since he begins summer school classes next week.
One of Vick's counterparts in the Sugar Bowl, former Florida State kicker Sebastian Janikowski, is once again in trouble with police.
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Janikowski and two other men were arrested outside a Tallahassee night spot near the Florida State campus Tuesday night.
When police searched the Raiders top draft pick they found in his possession the date rape drug G-H-B.
From that case we move on to the saga of John Rocker. Tuesday he said he plans to ride the subway when the Braves get to New York later this week.
Problem is he may not even be with the Braves.
Last night Rocker came in to the game with the Cubs in the ninth hoping to keep things close for Chipper Jones and Andres Gallaraga.
Instead, Rocker allowed five runs on just one hit.
He walked four and hit a batter in just one third of an inning.
The Braves get rocked 8-to-1.
A massive heart attack has claimed the life of former Friday Football Extra coach of the year Ed Martin.
The head coach at George Washington High in Danville for the past 14 years, died early yesterday morning at the age of 50.
Many of you may remember that in 1995, he had open heart surgery at Duke Medical Center, but was able to return to the sidelines by the midway point of the season.
Earlier this year in April, Martin checked into the Cornell Medical Center in Ithaca, New York to have his condition evaluated.
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DeBoe and the school system will have to begin searching for a replacement, but that in itself will not be an easy job.
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Funeral services for Martin will be held tomorrow morning at eleven at the George Washington high school auditorium. He will buried at the White United Methodist Church in Rustburg, tomorrow at 3.
Martin is survived by his wife Debbie and sons Sid and Scott.
Former GW quarterback Dan Newell who played on the state title team in 1982 has been mentioned as a possible interim coach. He is currently an assistant at Pulaski.
The NBA and the city of Los Angeles regained a little of its reputation yesterday as the Lakers victory celebration came off without incident.
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More than 250 thousand folks turned out for the nine block parade that concluded at the Staples Center - the Lakers' home arena.
No one had a better time than Shaquille O'Neal - who danced to the music and even promised to buy the LA police department two new squad cars to replace the ones that were torched on Monday night.
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((Tomorrow on News 7 Mornin'))
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The Milk Moustache campaign is coming to town Saturday, and coming HERE a day early.
What's behind the campaign for those white upper lips...
Join us tomorrow for News 7 Mornin'.