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The feds break up a cigarette- smuggling ring in North Carolina -They say it was supporting terrorism.
And experts note a sharp increase in the number of murder-suicides in Virginia this year.
More on those stories in just a moment.
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Federal officials say Middle Eastern terrorists were getting money from a North Carolina cigarette trafficking ring.
Steve Crump has more on the bust.
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Pittsylvania County authorities are searching for the man they think shot a woman several times yesterday.
Authorities say 37-year old Lisa Watson Abbott was shot in the chest and leg while in her car - but she still managed to drive several miles to get help.
She drove to a gas station on highway 58 where a Danville Life Saving Crew picked her up.
Abbott underwent surgery yesterday afternoon - her family is requesting that her condition not be released.
Authorities are searching for 41-year old Bobby Darell Stallings. They say the two are acquaintances.
Meanwhile Pittsylvania County authorities think they have nabbed the shooter in a murder from earlier this month.
Authorities have charged 19-year old Javon Chauncey King with capital murder.
He was arrested at his home yesterday afternoon.
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He's accused of shooting 18-year old Antoine Lamont Jones of Danville.
His body was discovered in a rural area of the County on Moorefield Bridge Road earlier this month.
Investigators are not releasing information about the motive of this murder.
King is being held without bond at the Pittsylvania County Jail.
Mental health experts are at a loss to explain why Virginia has seen so many murder suicides this year.
The state Medical Examiner's office has counted eleven so far - even though it's just July - that's more murder suicides than took place all of last year in the Commonwealth.
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There have been two murder suicides in our area this month alone.
Almost two weeks ago, an elderly Roanoke County nurse reportedly shot and killed her husband then turned the gun on herself.
Just days earlier - police say a Martinsville man murdered his father, sister, and adopted son before killing himself.
A criminal justice professor at Radford University says such incidents tend to peak in the summer.
But he says there's no way to explain the high number of murder suicides because each case is so personal.
The government is not guilty in the deaths of 80 people at the Waco disaster seven years ago.
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A special counsel has fully exonerated the government in the incident.
The investigation into 51 day Branch Davidian siege the lasted 10 months.
Attorney General Janet Reno order the investigation.
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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 a government conspiracy or a cover-up.
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In 1895, the Bedford newspaper, the Democrat, proclaimed it "the handsomest building in town."
The Masonic Temple, in the heart of the city, served as Liberty Lodge for nearly 80 years ..
Now, it serves as the Bedford County and City Museum .. and, as Meredyth (Sen-Sue-Low) Censullo reports, it's a great place to spend your Time Off...
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((44:11 PROBABLY ONCE A WEEK I GET SOMEONE WHO SAYS "I'VE LIVED ALL MY LIFE IN BEDFORD COUNTY AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN THIS BUILDING.))
Ellen Wandrei is always ready to welcome new visitors to the Bedford Museum .. Where lessons in local history mix with a touch of humorous nostalgia.
((41:07 - :16 MY FAVORITE IS A LITTLE SKETCH OF A TRAIN GOING OFF AND THE MAN'S LUGGAGE IS STILL AT THE DEPOT!))
Visitors here get a sense of the impact this town's had on the future of our nation .. Where tales of local soldiers are plentiful .. Like Michael Townsend Mattox - who lost his leg in the Civil War - and who replaced it with this wooden limb!
((38:04 UNFORTUNATELY HE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO MAKE HIS WOODEN LEG - HE ENDED UP BEING A PRISONER OF WAR.))
While most people DON'T know about Mattox - many DO know about area soldiers' significant role during WOrld War Two.
23 Bedford men died on Omaha Beach -
((52:48 - :57 19 BRIAN WITT/BEDFORD MUSEUM: TOTAL ON THE FIRST DAY. 2 MORE AFTER THAT. BEDFORD HAD A SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE D-DAY INVASION.))
At the Museum's "Bedford Service at Home and Abroad" display, you'll learn more about the local soldiers who died - and the ones who returned home.
Across the hall - hear the tales of Bedford's African-American soldiers...
((1:01:19-:24 LOUISE BONDS/BEDFORD MUSEUM: THAT'S MY MAIN AIM - TO GET AS MANY LOCAL PICTURES AS I COULD))
Louise Bonds spent years chronicling local black history .. From leaders in education, to sports stars...
((1:15:36 grandma and kid))
Throughout this historic building, there's a little something for young and old .. And Ellen Wandrei invites you to spend your time off here - you'll learn a lot about Bedford, and you might even learn a little about yourself...
((44:23-:25 THESE ARE YOUR RELATIVES....
44:31-:36 THEY ARE THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR COMMUNITY.))
Meredyth Censullo, News 7, Bedford.))
The Bedford City-County museum is located on East Main Street in the heart of town.
It's open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5.
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For directions, or for more information, you can call the museum at 540-586-4520.
Foster care parents in the Commonwealth will soon be allowed to punish children in a manner that's NOT legal in Virginia's schools or even juvenile prisons.
It's a decision some state social services board members are already re-thinking.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Campbell/Social Services Board; :32]
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(( There's NO question Virginia's Health and Human Services secretariat has conservative leadership.
Last year, the state turned down free videos to distribute to new parents -- partly because, according to Health Department insiders, host Rob Reiner instructs parents to never shake their children.
After all, many conservatives believe corporal punishment is a parental right.
((SONIA RIVERO/SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER: I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY WHO DOESN'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEATING AND SPANKING. OR BETWEEN VIOLENTLY SHAKING SOMEONE THAT YOU COULD DO INJURY AND GRABBING A CHILD BY THE SHOULDERS.))
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((BRIAN CAMPBELL/SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD: I DON'T. I'VE BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES THREE TIMES AS LONG AS THE COMMISSIONER AND I DON'T.))
The problem here is that Sonia Rivero is Governor Jim Gilmore's Commissioner of Social Services.
Until last month, Brian Campbell headed up the board that oversees her agency, and is now its vice-chair.
He's also a Republican and serves at the Governor's pleasure.
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((BRIAN CAMPBELL/SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD: WHEN IT COMES TIME TO ADMINISTER CORPORAL PUNISHMENT, SOMETIMES IT'S NOT OFTEN DONE WITH THE THOUGHT OF AN ORGANIZED, WRITTEN-OUT, I'M GONNA FOLLOW THIS PARTICULAR PLAN. OFTENTIMES IT'S DONE IN THE HEAT OF PASSION, AFTER AN EVENT HAS CAUSED GREAT STRESS IN A FAMILY.))
The new foster care regulations say "Prohibited punishment includes all actions, WHEN ABUSIVE, such as hitting ... ; pinching; jerking; harsh shaking; binding a child."
So are they allowed when NOT abusive?
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((BRIAN CAMPBELL/SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD: I HAVE TO WONDER, IF YOU GRAB A CHILD AND BEGIN THE SHAKING PROCESS AT 20 SHAKES PER SECOND. DOES IT THEN BECOME HARSH SHAKING AT 30 SHAKES PER SECOND?))
Campbell is irritated NOT just that the board voted in June to make foster care the only state-governed entity where corporal punishment is allowed... but that's the first time they ever discussed it.
((SONIA RIVERO/SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER: I BELIEVE THAT'S THE DAY THEY VOTED. YES. THEY VOTED THE DAY IT WAS PRESENTED. SO.))
The regulation is now open to 60 days of public comment.
A long list of child advocacy groups, including the one representing foster parents, opposes it.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Lisa Leslie hit the go-ahead foul shots with 27 seconds left as the Los Angeles Sparks clinched their second straight playoff berth with a 74-68 victory over the Phoenix Mercury.
Leslie led the Sparks and all scorers with a career high 30 points. She gets two in the paint here.
Leslie again, this time she makes the play underneath, the move is good for another two.
Dena Head downs the three point bomb but the Sparks come away with the 74-68 win.
In Seattle, the Storm survived Minnesota, Sonja Henning helped, scoring from long range.
The Lynx rallied from 14 down. Kristin Folkl threw in 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
But Seattle continues to hit from outside, Charisse Sampson gets three and the Storm beats Minnesota 67-to-61.
If you're still looking to fill your schedule this weekend, here's some ideas from the weekend calendar.
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Coming up ......
Seven are dead after a helicopter crash in Maui.
And a car accident leaves one man dead after he loses control of his car.
More on those stories coming up in just a few minutes.
Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a helicopter to crash, killing all seven people on board.
It happened yesterday on the island of Maui in Hawaii.
All the passengers were tourists.
The Coast Guard says the twin-engine A-S-335 aircraft had been on a 35-minute tour of the rugged West Maui mountains, and went down in a valley on the northern side of the island.
The wreckage was spotted about four hours after the aircraft was reported missing.
The owner of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters says the company has a perfect safety record and the pilot was a Vietnam War veteran with more than eleven-thousand hours of experience.
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A 42-year-old man is dead after he reportedly lost control of his vehicle in Henry County.
State police say Ricky Lane Ferguson was traveling Southbound on Route 606 when he lost control in a turn, ran off the road and into an embankment.
The accident occurred around 1 a-m.
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State police are searching for a driver who may have had something to do with a deadly accident on Interstate 81 yesterday.
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Witnesses say a man was tailgating a woman on I-81 near Arcadia when she attempted to change lanes.
Her car hit a tractor-trailer, flipped into the median and struck a convertible coming the other direction.
The woman was killed - and two men in the convertible were taken to the hospital.
Police say the man who was tailgating stopped at the scene, but then left.
Police want to question him.
Interstate 73 has resurfaced as a topic of debate.
Yesterday, Salem was the backdrop for the latest meeting on the proposed highway.
Some say the road will help economic development and decrease congestion on Interstate 81.
But some residents say I-73 will do more harm than good.
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V-DOT will continue to hold public meetings to discuss road construction.
Opponents say they will continue to speak out about the hazards.
Prison officials say the recent transfer of inmates OUT of a Southwest Virginia prison has nothing to do with protests.
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Seventy eight Connecticut prisoners have been moved out of Wallens Ridge and into the Greensville Correctional facility in Jarrett.
Relatives of some out-of-state prisoners have recently protested the treatment of inmates at the super-maximum facility in Wise County.
A Connecticut Department of Corrections spokesperson says the prisoners who were transferred were among the more well-behaved.
Nearly 400 Connecticut inmates remain at Wallens Ridge.
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Brush fires force a national park to turn away visitors.
Details, still ahead.
And in Presidential politics -
Has George W - Bush zeroed in on his number 2 guy?
The latest buzz about a possible G-O-P vice presidential candidate coming up.
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[Out-Q=in-depth look, coming up.]
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But first if you are traveling today........
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With just two stages left in the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong is sitting pretty.
The defending champion
has a six-minute, two-second overall lead on Germany's Jan Ullrich (yan OOL'-rihk).
Terisa Estacio has more on how Armstrong's story of survival is inspiring others.
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((Once again, Lance Armstrong could make History as he leads the pack in
the treacherous Tour de France Race.
Although amazing, Armstrong isn't the fastest, strongest, or best
cyclist in the Sport.
However, what is unique about the Texas native is this: his road is
certainly the one less traveled..and it has made all the difference.
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(incue: Cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me)
At age 25, testicular cancer struck Armstrong. He writes in his book..
he thought his cycling was over..and perhaps his life.
But not only did he win his battle.. he blew the competition away and
won the Tour in 1999 and is the predicted winner for Sundays big
His proud mother left Dallas Friday morning for Paris.
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(cg: Armstrong's mom )
(incue: He's going to win again )
(incue: Its awesome, absolutely awesome, especially after living with
cancer.. that says a lot about his mindset. )
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(incue: Riding a bike is nothing new for Americans.. however serious
cycling has recently really taken off. Bike shop owners attribute the
surge in popularity to U.S. legends Greg Lemond.. and of course Lance
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(incue; We've seen a lot more people picking it up.. maybe not in a
racing level.. but a lot of kids see that kinda a mini version of
Even on a record breaking hot day in Houston, you can find a big group
of cyclists out on the road.
If he does win on Sunday.. Armstrong's wife and mom will no doubt join
him in the winners circle.. plus his son, Luke another triumph in his
amazing life both on and off the bike.
TE, CBS News, Houston.))
Republican sources say former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney is the leading candidate for vice president on the ticket with George W Bush.
Cheney has reportedly changed his voter registration to his home state of Wyoming.
That would prevent having two Texans on the GOP ticket.
Bush says he will make up his mind about a vice-presidential running mate this weekend.
Sen. John McCain's name has resurfaced.
McCain withdrew from the GOP primaries in May, after some bitter campaigning against Bush.
McCain was asked about the V-P speculation.. and he repeatedly said he's not interested in the Vice presidency.
The Reform Party of America meets next month to nominate its presidential candidate, but its internal conflicts continue.
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 yesterday 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.
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June House understands the importance of mentors and the role they can play in the lives of young people.
House is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Roanoke Valley, and a leader of the group's statewide organization.
But when she was growing up in the coalfields of Kentucky, it was the influence of a young couple that helped her become the first in her family to attend college.
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((IT MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN THE CHOICES I MADE IN MY LIFE THAT I BELIEVE IN IT AND I KNOW IT WORKS.))
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Hear more of her story, and the ambitious plans of Big Brothers Big Sisters in this week's Virginia Profile...
A feature of News 7 Sunday morning.