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Several Pan-AM air passengers are sent to the hospital after strong turbulence forces an emergency landing.
A Bedford man pleads guilty to providing alcohol to minors - after his son was killed in a car accident.
More on those stories coming up in just a moment.
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Heavy turbulence forced a Pan American jet to make an emergency landing in South Carolina last night.
More than a dozen people were sent to the hospital.
Airline officials say the flight was on its way to Pittsburgh from Sanford, Florida, when it hit turbulence and dropped at least one thousand feet.
Pan Am officials say there were no problems with the plane, but the turbulence threw passengers around and knocked one flight attendant unconscious.
So officials say the best thing to do was make an emergency landing at the nearest airport.
14 people were taken to Charleston area hospitals. None of the injuries appears to be serious.
Prosecutors in Bedford County say the father of a teen killed in a car accident last month gave alcohol to his son and the under-aged driver of the car.
William T- Curry pled guilty yesterday to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
His 15-year-old son was a passenger in the car that slammed into a tree off of Route 122.
The 16-year-old driver later told police he had been drinking before the crash. He's facing aggravated involuntary manslaughter charges.
Another man - 37-year-old David Wray Coleman of Big Island - also faces charges in connection with the crash.
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Norfolk Southern announced more layoffs yesterday. 53 installation workers across the Eastern Region are losing their jobs...
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in addition to 228 carshop workers scheduled to be laid off August 9-th.
Some carshop employees say there WILL be legal repercussions for N-S.
Several members of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen are preparing to file suit against Norfolk Southern.
They say the company has violated agreements made during negotiations proceeding the Conrail Merger.
Virginia's ban on so-called "partial birth" abortions has been lifted.
A panel of judges on the federal appeals court in Richmond took that action yesterday, after the U-S Supreme Court struck down a similar abortion ban in Nebraska last month.
State Attorney General Mark Earley says he won't fight the judges' decision.
Instead, Earley says he will work with state lawmakers to try to write a new law that is Constitutional.
A deadly explosion forced the closure of a main highway in Nevada yesterday.
The driver of a truck carrying diesel fuel was killed when the rig exploded on Highway 93.
It happened 55 miles north of the Nevada-Arizona border.
The highway was completely closed while crews cleaned up the scene.
The driver was flown to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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The Berkley House has stood in Buchanan for well over a century.
And as Kelli Thompson reports in this week's Time Off, the Bed and Breakfast offers all the comforts of home, as well as a rich history.
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[OUT Q=Kelli Thompson, News 7, Roanoke]
(( It all starts here in this room. The front room of John Shotwell's home known as the Berkley House. Guests congregate here for tea-time and enjoy complimentary refreshments before retiring to their own rooms.
The house has five bedrooms, all furnished with wood framed beds and curtains custom-made by John's late wife Sue. Each room has a theme possessing a unique quality.
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[IN Q: This is the room]
((THIS IS THE ROOM MOST PEOPLE LIKE BECAUSE IT'S AWAY FROM THE HOUSE MORE THAN ANY OF THE OTHER ROOMS.. THEY REALLY ENJOY THIS ROOM A LOT))
[OUT Q:they really enjoy this room a lot.]
A lounge area is upstairs so guests can relax and even cook if they want to. But they don't have too, John offers a full southern style breakfast every morning.
Another bedroom is located on the first floor to accommodate people who can't climb up the stairs. Known as the Sleigh Room, the room has a fireplace and sleigh bed with a quality mattress for bad backs.
But John hopes The Berkley offers more than a comfortable night's sleep. He says the beauty of the house adds to the over-night experience.
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((I HOPE I MAKE IT SPECIAL BY BEING A GOOD HOST TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY COME HERE. JUST DRIVING BY THE HOUSE ALL THOSE YEARS AND JUST SEEING IT WAS SO PRETTY PLACE AND EVENTUALLY I BOUGHT IT.))
[OUTQ:I bought it.]
The one-hundred-fourteen year old home is located just a few miles off interstate 81 on route eleven in Botetourt County.
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[INQ: John is well-known]
((JOHN IS WELL-KNOWN IN THE COMMUNITY. HE'S BEEN A COACH AT JAMES RIVER HIGH SCHOOL SINCE 1961. PEOPLE COME HERE AS FAR AWAY AS SPAIN AND WHEN THEY STAY, THEY REALLY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE AT HOME.))
[OUTQ: like they are at home.]
John lives alone in the house now with his fifteen year old friend Tinker. He purchased the home in 1988 and spent seven years preparing it for a future bed and breakfast.
John considered selling The Berkley at one time, but decided to keep it open for business.
He says he does this because he loves people, and wants to make the historic house a home away from home. Kelli Thompson, News 7, Botetourt County ))
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The Roanoke Housing Authority thanked residents of the Lincoln Terrace public housing community yesterday.
Lincoln Terrace is on the brink of major renovations... and the Housing Authority is grateful for residents' support.
Mayor Ralph Smith and other city officials were on hand for a ribbon cutting, that opened a new information center on the Lincoln 2000 project.
Residents enjoyed food, fun and games, along with thanks from Lincoln Terrace management.
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[SUPER=01-Alice Johnson/Lincoln Terrace Manager]
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The housing authority received a 15- million dollar federal grant to bring major renovations and new construction to the community.
Officials hope to award contracts for the first phase of the Lincoln 2000 project in September.
Rap... jazz... blues and family fun...
It's all slated NEXT weekend for the Stone Soul Picnic in Roanoke.
Some guests join Denise in the studio with more.
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Stone Soul Picnic
Saturday, August 5th (NEXT WEEK!!!)
Washington Park, Roanoke
2pm to 9pm
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The nation's largest bank is letting ten THOUSAND people go.
Bank of America will lay off seven percent of its workforce to cut costs.
Its strategy of building through acquisitions failed to deliver the anticipated earnings growth.
Bank of America merged with Nationsbank nearly two years ago.
That gave the bank a stake in several Virginia banks.
Since the merger, Bank of America has eliminated about 25-thousand jobs.
Virginia's unemployment numbers are out - and Martinsville still has the highest number of jobless residents in the state.
The Virginia Employment Commission puts the rate at 13-point-7 per cent.
That's down more than two percent in just a month - the lowest rate since Tultex shut down.
But several companies there are taking additional layoff weeks.
V-E-C says that's not normal for companies like Pulaski Furniture.
Hooker furniture officials have toured the plant several times.
Some employees are concerned about their futures.
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((ROBERT WOODING/PULASKI FURNITURE EMPLOYEE: WHEN YOU'RE 50 SOMETHING YEARS OLD YOU DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN FIND A JOB OR NOT.))
((JOYCE SNEAD/VEC MANAGER: WE OF COURSE FIND OUT AS FAST AS WE CAN IF IT'S GOING TO BE A TOTAL SHUTDOWN AND WE DO HAVE A RAPID RESPONSE TEAM THAT WORK WITH THESE COMPANIES BUT WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING FROM THESE COMPANIES.))
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Pulaski Furniture has not said if it will shut down or not.
Ridgway Clocks and Pillowtex have also taken additional lay off weeks.
While Martinsville's still struggling, other areas are enjoying some of the lowest jobless rates ever recorded.
The statewide unemployment rate for June was 2-point-9 per cent, the lowest figure for the month in 47 years.
The Roanoke area had its lowest June jobless rate ever: 2- percent.
Lynchburg was also at an all-time June low at 2-point-2 per cent.
The New River Valley is hurting from layoffs at Volvo... with 3-point-8 per cent of the work force OUT of work.
A former Hokie and NBA veteran made his annual summer outing to southwest Virginia yesterday.
Dell Curry capped off the campers experience at the 11th annual Roanoke College basketball camp.
The camp utilizes current Roanoke players to teach fundamentals at all levels to the kids ages 8-15.
Curry was on hand to bring the an end to a very successful three-week run for Page Moir's camp.
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If you're still looking to fill your schedule this weekend, here's some ideas from the weekend calendar.
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A fugitive considered armed and dangerous is spotted in Danville.
And an inmate at the Roanoke jail dies overnight.
Authorities are investigating - but think the death was due to natural causes.
We will have more on those stories coming up in just a few minutes.
The midnight deadline for Napster to shut down was blocked yesterday by a federal appeals court panel in San Francisco.
The internet site is one of many that allows users to down load music for free.
Kate Weidaw has more about the web site and what internet users think of it.
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(( Downloading music from Napster is as easy as clicking your mouse on the song you want. Patrick Veverka has downloaded over one thousand songs and says the site offers the popular song by the artist not the whole album.
((PATRICK VEVERKA/NAPSTER USER: I LIKE TO LISTEN TO IT AND TRY OUT NEW ONES. I OFTEN BUY THE CDS A LOT TO THAT I FIND ON THERE.))
And experts agree that Napster has increased sales for the record industry by allowing the consumer to sample the music before they purchase it, even if the music industry disagrees.
((TIM POINDEXTER/COMPUTER EXPERT: THE RECORDING INDUSTRY WERE PROBABLY THE INSTIGATORS ALONG WITH THE BAND METALLICA, STARTED THIS ALL OUT BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T GETTING THEM ROYALTIES.))
And even if Napster eventually shuts down many think it won't have a big impact.
((PATRICK VEVERKA/NAPSTER USER: I'M NOT SURE IT WILL HAVE THE EFFECT THE RECORD INDUSTRY HOPES IT WILL. ))
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((PATRICK VEVERKA: THERE ARE OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE SCOUR OR GNUTELLE WHICH ARE A LOT FASTER AND HAVE MORE OF A SELECTION.))
So with other free downloading music sites out there will the music industry sue the others?
((TIM POINDEXTER/COMPUTER EXPERT: I THINK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PAUSE IN MY OPINION AND TAKE A GOOD CLOSE LOOK AT WHAT THEY'RE GOVERNING ON THE INTERNET.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: IF YOU WERE TRYING TO LOG ONTO NAPSTER YESTERDAY TO DOWNLOAD AS MANY SONGS AS YOU COULD BEFORE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO SHUT DOWN, YOU MIGHT HAVE HAD SOME PROBLEMS. THE SITE SAW A RECORD NUMBER OF USERS WHICH CAUSED SOME BACK UPS.))
An inmate at the Roanoke jail was pronounced dead this morning.
The Sheriff's Office says fellow inmates heard Joan Martin Hairston fall in her cell.
Shortly after, she was pronounced dead at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The Sheriff's Office will investigate but says 56-year-old Hairston suffered from a terminal illness, and authorities think she died of natural causes.
The Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy.
A North Carolina fugitive spotted recently in Danville is still on the lam.
David Lee Hicks is considered armed and dangerous after stealing an officer's gun, escaping from police and kidnapping a North Carolina woman, apparently at random.
Authorities say Hicks was last seen on West Main Street in Danville.
U-S Marshalls, Danville Police and at least six other North Carolina law enforcement agencies are looking for Hicks.
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((AL SMITH/DANVILLE POLICE CAPTAIN: HE IS STILL ON THE LOOSE. THERE ARE NUMEROUS FELONY WARRANTS ON FILE INCLUDING ARMED ROBBERY, KIDNAPPING, ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON ON A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL.))
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The victim - Donna Hall - escaped without injuries. Authorities are asking if you see Hicks to call your local police department.
A man charged with beating his ex-wife to death after they appeared on the "Jerry Springer Show" surrendered to police yesterday to face murder charges.
Police in Sarasota, Florida, say 40 year old Ralf Panitz and his current wife Elanor are being held without bond.
Nancy Campbell-Panitz died Monday, just hours after the "Jerry Springer Show," which aired a segment featuring the couple and Ralf's ex-wife.
During the show taped in May, Panitz and his wife accused his former wife of stalking them.
Ralf Panitz is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his ex-wife, while Elanor is being held as a material witness pending a bail hearing Tuesday.
Governor Jim Gilmore's becoming an often-rumored candidate for the Cabinet, if George W- Bush is elected President.
Virginia Republicans going to the Philadelphia convention this week are gleefully sharing the same hotel with the Texas delegation.
Gilmore himself got a four minute speaking slot that his press secretary describes as "almost prime time."
The Governor's been asked to talk about tax relief at 8:49 P-M... probably just missing most 9 P-M network coverage.
Another Virginia lawmaker's getting some support.
Democratic Senator Chuck Robb has picked up the endorsement of Virginia's A-F-L-C-I-O.
The labor group opted to support Robb instead of Republican opponent George Allen.
Yesterday Robb asked the the A-F-L-C-I-O to help him fight for a prescription drug benefit for senior citizens on Medicare, and to enact a
patient's bill of rights that holds H-M-Os accountable.
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Students are offered some options relating to the controversial Standards of Learning tests.
We'll have the latest.......
the aliens are invading Virginia... according to one lawsuit.
We'll have comment from the Governor, coming up.
But first if you are traveling today........
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A lawsuit filed in a Virginia court alleges that the government is covering up alien invasions of Earth.
Ellen Qualls spoke with the plaintiff - and has response from Governor Gilmore.
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(( Everyone's given it a thought.
Hard to explain phenomena that suggest something else is out there.
((LARRY BRYANT/PLAINTIFF: THE ALIEN ABDUCTORS HAVE AN AGENDA WHICH TO SOME PEOPLE MAY SEEM BE BIZARRE, BUT IT'S ALSO FRIGHTENING IF IT'S TRUE. THE AGENDA CONSISTS OF A BREEDING PROGRAM AT ITS CORE.))
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Retired Army civilian Larry Bryant lives in Alexandria.
He's taken the state to court for dereliction of duty in the alien wars.
((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: WELL LOOK. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE SERIOUS WHO THINK ELVIS IS STILL ALIVE.))
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((LARRY BRYANT/PLAINTIFF: NO I'VE SEEN A UFO. I'VE NEVER SEEN AN ALIEN. BUT I'LL TELL YOU THIS, I'VE NEVER SEEN CALIFORNIA EITHER. BUT I KNOW CALIFORNIA EXISTS.))
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Attorney General Mark Earley says he was a bit of a U-F-O nut when he was younger-- and he's sure it's all bunk.
So's the man who's actually the target of the suit.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE PROBLEM IS NOT ALIEN ABDUCTIONS. THE PROBLEM IS THEY'RE TAKING THE WRONG PEOPLE.))
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((LARRY BRYANT/PLAINTIFF: MAYBE THE GOVERNOR KNOWS MORE THAN HE'S WILLING TO TELL US ABOUT THE PROBLEM.))
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Bryant had to use the Freedom of Information Act to get a government record of the alleged Woodbridge abduction.
((LARRY BRYANT/PLAINTIFF: THEY WEREN'T COMING HERE ON A FRIENDLY HOW DO YOU DO, TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER EXCURSION. THEY WERE DOING THIS UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS, THEY WERE DOING THIS SURREPTITIOUSLY FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND IN THE PROCESS VICTIMIZING A CITIZEN OF VIRGINIA.))
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The suit asks for a National Guard strike force, State Police and grand jury investigations, and some assistance for the aliens' victims.
The state has asked the judge to dismiss the suit and sanction Bryant for his frivolity.
For now, the outcome remains up in the air.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
At least 35 people have been injured as demonstrators protest the inauguration of Alberto Fujimori to a third term as president.
Yesterday's protests were believed to include some 80-thousand Fujimori opponents.
About 40,000 government security forces fired bullets and tear gas into the crowd.
A fire burned out of control in the lobby of the former Education Ministry, one of the tallest office towers in downtown Lima.
Later, protesters' fires gutted the state bank building and the National Elections Board.
Virginia students won't have to rely on Standards of Learning test scores to graduate.
Yesterday the State Board of Education unanimously approved a measure allowing students to substitute a variety of standardized test scores for the SOLs.
The board also voted to allow students a greater selection of which SOL tests they take.
The moves come in response to complaints that the SOLs are too rigid.
From job security to health insurance - the clock is ticking for 600 retired Babcock and Wilcox employees in Campbell County.
They have until August 1st to decide whether to accept huge increases in their health insurance premiums or be dropped from the plan altogether.
The group has been fighting the increases for more than a year.. now they want to tell their story nationwide in hopes of getting help.
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((MARILYN ELLIOTT/WIFE OF BWXT RETIREE: WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS STORY TO 'SIXTY MINUTES'. WE REALLY ARE ACHING TO GO THAT FAR TO TELL THIS, TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING. BWXT IS A UNIQUE CORPORATION AND, OF COURSE, WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE IS THE NAVY NUCLEAR SUPPLIER, THE ONE AND ONLY OF ITS KIND.))
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BWXT says it negotiated the best insurance plan it could for the retired employees.
Two Virginia high school students suspended for wearing t-shirts with a Confederate flag are suing their school.
The Rutherford Institute says Varina High School violated the students' constitutional right to free expression, so the Institute filed a lawsuit on their behalf.
School officials say they have a policy banning Confederate symbols on school grounds.
The students reportedly wore the t-shirts last April, designated as Confederate History month by Governor Gilmore.
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