Today on News 7 at 5, police say several business in Charlotte, North Carolina have connections with a notorious terrorist organization.
and one woman is dead following an accident on Interstate 81.
Except for a passing shower from a cool front tonight, the forecast looks dry for the next 48 hours. More weekend details coming up.
Today in Sports, we'll have news from the Redskins and NASCAR Qualifying.
And in medical news, we'll see how an unconventional approach to back pain is proving to be a big success with patients.
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A federal bust in Charlotte North Carolina today- 18 people are under arrest-
Federal Agents say the suspects have ties to the Islamic Militant Group- Hezbollah.
Federal Authorities raided businesses and homes this morning-
Agents claim the suspects were involved in a scheme to raise money for terrorism through cigarette trafficking.
Court documents say several of the suspects are
linked to Hezbollah, described as one of the world's most dangerous terrorist organizations.
Affidavits say the ring was trafficking cigarettes from North Carolina to Michigan and buying equipment to send to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
An accident on Interstate 81 this afternoon kills a woman and sends two to the hospital with serious injuries .. Now police are looking for a motorist that left the scene of the accident.
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Police say a woman was traveling South on I-81 near Arcadia when witnesses says she tried to change lanes to get out of the way of a tailgater.
The woman hit a tractor-trailer, flipped across the median and struck a car in the northbound lane.
The woman died at the scene. Two men in the other car were taken to the Hospital with serious injuries.
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((THE VEHICLE THAT WAS TAILGATING THE YOUNG LADY - HE STOPPED AT THE SCENE AND CAME OVER AND SAW THE CARNAGE AND THEN EVIDENTLY WENT BACK TO HIS CAR AND DROVE AWAY.))
[SUPER=01-J.H. Rasnick/VA State Police]
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Police are also trying to track down the driver of the tractor-trailer. No names have been released pending notification of the families.
There's no question many accidents happen on Interstae 81- but change could be on the way.
The State is undergoing a six year transportation improvement program - In fact 10 billion dollars will go toward incrased patrols and intra-state air traffic.
But what do motorists think. A transportation planning meeting in Salem today gave people a chance to tell officials what they think.
Jennifer Miele joins us from one of the area's trouble spots, Interstate 81.
Jean, State Police in Salem say there have already been 39 fatalities on their roadways this year. That number is actually down from 52 last year at this time.
V-DOT wants to keep that number declining, and they've asked motorists for ideas on how to do just that.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Roanoke ; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Charles Nottingham/Transportation Commissioner; :49]
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((INTERSTATE 81, AS YOU KNOW, WAS DESIGNED FOR 15 PERCENT TRUCK TRAFFIC 30 YEARS AGO. NOW THERE'S 40 TO 50 PERCENT TRUCK TRAFFIC ON I-81 TODAY WHICH IS WHY IT'S SO CONGESTED TODAY.))
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Last month, another three billion dollars was added to VDT's improvement plan, and motorists came to bid for a piece of the budget.
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((AN EXPRESS BUS FROM ROANOKE TO RICHMOND IN ABOUT THREE HOURS, STOP TWICE. I DOUBT IF IT WOULD GARNER ANY PASSENGERS THE FIRST SIX MONTHS, BUT ONCE THEY FOUND OUT IT WAS FOR REAL, A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD RIDE THAT.))
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Others proposed the addition of 100 state troopers to patrol the roadways. Legislators also expressed the need for more air and rail service within the state.
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((WE DETERMINED TO DO WHAT THE FOLKS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY WANT TO SEE HAPPEN IN THE WAY OF TRANSPORTATION.))
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The plan for Interstate 73 was also debated today.
Jean, we'll have more on that discussion tonight on News 7 at 6.
A special counsel's been investigating the U-S Government's role in the Waco disaster seven years ago-
Today the counsel completely exonerated the government of any blame in the deaths of 87 people.
Jennifer Jones has details on today's report.
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Former Republican US senator John Danforth of Missouri goes public with
the findings of a ten-month investigation into the
Branch Davidian siege.
A 51-day standoff more than 7-years ago near Waco, Texas, that ended in
fire, claimed more than 80-lives and left years of haunting questions.
Bottom line, Who was responsible for the dozens of deaths?
JOHN DANFORTH, SPECIAL COUNSEL
responsibility of the tragedy at Waco rests in the Branch Davidians and
their leader David Koresh.
Not the Federal Government.
Danforth says his investigation proves FBI agents DID NOT start the Branch Davidian fire, nor shoot at the Davidians. Danforth also concluded
The Government did not improperly use the military and there was no evidence of Government conspiracy or a cover-up.
--Attorney General Janet Reno appointed the republican senator last
September to investigate allegations she and the FBI have long denied.
Now, Danforth says after his investigation, the result of 2-million
pages of documents, 9-hundred witnesses and volumes of physical
evidence,...there should be
This is not a report that is in any way equivocal, these are stated with
very very great certainty as to the conclusions we've made.
Jennifer Jones: Talks about the
recent jury decision that also said the government was not to blame.))
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A teenager is arrested in Pittslyvania County and charged with murder. We'll have the details after this break.
Also House Republicans are urging George W. Bush to make a former campaign opponent his Vice Presidential nominee.
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A teenager is accused of murder in Pittsylvania County.
Officers arrested 19 year old Javon Chauncey King at his home in Danville this afternoon.
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He's accused of killing 18 year old Antoine Lamont Jones.
His body was discovered on Moorefield Bridge Road in a rural part of the county.
He had multiple gun shot wounds.
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((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: DUE TO IT BEING A CAPITAL MURDER CASE WE ARE GOING TO WITHHOLD A LOT OF THE PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION EVIDENCE UNTIL WE WRAP UP THIS CASE. WE ANTICIPATE MORE CHARGES BEING FILED.))
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King is being held without bond at the Pittsylvania County Jail.
Also in Pittsylvania County, authorities are searching for a man who allegedly shot a woman several times.
41 year old Bobby Darell Stallings is accused of shooting Lisa Watson Abbott at her home on Oak Hill Road this morning.
Investigators say Abbott was trying to get away in her car when the suspect allegedly started shooting.
Officers say Abbott was able to drive herself to a gas station a few miles from her home on Highway 58 to get help.
She is undergoing surgery. Authorities say she was shot in her upper chest and leg.
Her condition is not being released.
George W. Bush says he'll make his mind on a running mate this weekend- and many house republicans think
that man should be former rival John McCain- McCain said back in May he's not interested
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((JOHN MCCAIN/R-ARIZONA: NOTHING HAS CHANGED. WHEN I ASKED GOVERNOR BUSH IF HE ASKED ME WOULD I CONSIDER IT? I SAID I ASKED THAT YOU NOT CONSIDER ME. THAT WAS OUR CONVERSATION IN PITTSBURG AND I SEE NO CHANGE SINCE THEN.))
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About 60 Republicans- about 25 percent of the House caucus have written to Bush- Sources say the letter stresses that the only thing Al Gore fears is a Bush McCain ticket-
But Bush is shrugging off questions about the letter- and aides say they can't imagine the Texas Govenor would tap the Arizona Senator.
Even as the Reform Party gets ready to nominate a presidential candidate next month, the internal struggle for control of the party continues.
The party is still suing former leaders Jack Gargan and treasurer Ronn Young for more than 400- thousand dollars in un- returned federal funding.
A California company that accepted 150- thousand dollars to help plan a Las Vegas convention was in Lynchburg's federal court today arguing it should "not" be a part of this lawsuit.
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((DALE COOTER/REFORM PARTY ATTORNEY: THERE A NUMBER OF DEFENDANTS IN THE LAWSUIT, JURISDICTION IS ADMITTED AS TO THE LION'S SHARE OF THEM. BECAUSE CORPORATE PLANNERS IS IN CALIFORNIA, THEY'RE ENTITLED TO FILED A JURISDICTIONAL MOTION AND THE COURT WANTS US TO FLESH THAT OUT WITH SOME TESTIMONY AND WE WILL.))
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Corporate Planners has returned all but 50- thousand dollars of the money.
The party's lawsuit should come to trial this fall.
Coming up next we'll see how they used to travel in style during the Roaring '20's.
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A presidential car has rolled into Roanoke.
Car O-N-E is a luxury rail car owned by the President of the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac railroad, and it's now on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
That's where Joy Sutton is to tell us more about this piece of railroad history.
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Still ahead in Sports, we'll have reports from the Redskins and NASCAR qualifying,
but first we'll see how doctors are using a type of cement to solve the problems of back pain.
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A new procedure is taking some of the pain out of back problems. Doctors are injecting a kind of cement into the bones.
Wendy Rigby has more.
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((65-YEAR-OLD GILBERT CLAWSON IS GETTING READY FOR A NEW KIND OF
OUTPATIENT PROCEDURE AT SAN ANTONIO'S METHODIST HOSPITAL. THE PAIN FROM
HIS FRACTURED VERTEBRAE HAS KNOCKED HIM OFF HIS FEET.
((IT'S A PAIN THAT NEVER GOES AWAY. THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO OR NO
POSITION YOU CAN GET IN TO KEEP IT FROM HURTING.))
GILBERT IS UNDERGOING "VERTEBROPLASTY," A TREATMENT PERFORMED BY AN
INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGIST. USING X-RAY AS A GUIDE, DOCTORS INSERT A
LONG NEEDLE DIRECTLY INTO THE DAMAGED VERTEBRAE.
(( "OKAY, YOU'RE GOING TO FEEL A LITTLE BIT OF TAPPING HERE))
POSITIONING IS CRITICAL. THE QUICK-SETTING CEMENT, WHICH SMELLS A
LITTLE BIT MODEL AIRPLANE GLUE, HAS THE CONSISTENCY OF WET CAKE FROSTING
OR TOOTHPASTE. IT'S INJECTED THROUGH THE NEEDLE INTO THE BONE, WHERE IT
ACTS LIKE A CAST ON THE INSIDE. EACH VERTEBRAE IS INJECTED WITH ABOUT A
TEASPOONFUL OF LIQUID, WHICH SHOWS UP BLACK ON X-RAY.
Dr. Doug Smith/INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGIST
((IT WILL STAY THERE FOREVER. IT WILL INCORPORATE THE FRACTURE
COMPONENTS, KEEP THEM FROM MOVING, WHICH IS CAUSING THE PAIN, AND
PREVENT FURTHER COLLAPSE.))
PATIENTS ARE AWAKE,BUT SEDATED, DURING THE HOUR-LONG PROCEDURE. THEY GO
HOME THAT SAME DAY,
((DR. SMITH HAS PERFORMED ABOUT 70 VERTEBROPLASTIES HERE OVER THE PAST
NINE MONTHS WITH GREAT SUCCESS. 80 PERCENT OF HIS PATIENTS ARE WOMEN.))
WOMEN LIKE 62-YEAR-OLD LIBBY MILLS.
((I CAN FUNCTION VERY WELL NOW. BEFORE, I WAS NOT FUNCTIONING. I WAS
EXISTING IN PAIN.))
MILLS HAS HAD THREE VERTEBROPLASTIES OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS. SHE SAYS
DURING THE PROCEDURE, SHE FELT PRESSURE, BUT NO REAL PAIN.
Libby Mills/VERTEBROPLASTY PATIENT
((AND YOU CAN FEEL HIM WORKING, BUT IT ISN' T A PAIN THAT YOU CAN'T
HANDLE. COMPARED TO WHAT YOU'RE IN, YOU CAN HANDLE THIS.))
UP UNTIL NOW, TIME AND PAIN RELIEVERS WERE THE ONLY THERAPY FOR SPINAL
FRACTURES. VERTEBROPLASTY IS A GOOD ALTERNATIVE FOR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
WHO ARE MISERABLE AND EXHAUSTED FROM DEALING WITH THIS PAINFUL HEALTH
THIS IS A WAY WE CAN GET PEOPLE BACK FUNCTIONING, GET THEM OFF THEIR
PAIN MEDICATIONS SO THAT THEY'RE MENTALLY CLEAR, ABLE TO ENJOY THEIR
LIVES AND FAMILY.
PATIENTS WHO'VE BEEN INJECTED WITH THE BACK CEMENT HAVE NORMAL BACK
MOVEMENT. THE SUCCESS RATE OF VERTEBROPLASTY IS 90 PERCENT, AND IT'S
COST IS COVERED BY MEDICARE.
WENDY RIGBY FOR CBS NEWS.))
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Friday Ticker.
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Its day number two at the Redskins training camp in Northern Virginia. Mike Stevens and photographer Scott Ayers have the latest on who's playing and who's watching.
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A federal court jury in Charlottesville has ruled that the Virginia High School League discriminates against female athletes by allowing different seasonal alignments for female sports depending on the classification of the school. Male athletes sports seasons were the same regardless of classification.
The jury awarded 17 thousand dollars to each of the 11 plaintiffs in the lawsuit. In addition, the VHSL must now redesign it's program to comply with Title IX. Under the current system, all male sports take place in the same season. If a school changes classification, the sports seasons are the same, and males do not have to chose. But a multi-sport female whose school changes classification, may be forced to drop a sport because it conflicts with another.
The Winston Cup drivers were out in force today at Pocono. Mark Martin took the pole in a record time of 52.433 seconds, with a speed of 171.648 miles per hour.
Here's the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Steve Park//7. Dale Jarrett//8. Bobby Labonte//9. Ricky Rudd//10. Joe Nemechek//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Mike Skinner//12. Michael Waltrip//13. Kevin Lepage//14. Dale Earnhardt//15. Kenny Wallace//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Jemmy Spencer//17. Ken Schrader//18. Wally Dallenbach//19. Rick Mast//20. Elliott Sadler//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Stacy Compton//22. Ted Musgrave//23. Darrell Waltrip//24. Dave Marcis//25. Ed Berrier//;]
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that's it for the five, we will see ya at six.
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