Today on news 7 at 5, union memebers have less than an hour to vote on a new contract with the Celanese plant. We'll have a live report.
and a young boy drowns in the Roanoke River.[Weather-Head]
A beautiful Friday will lead to a very comfortable weekend..I'll have you weekend forecast coming up...
On Health check, we'll examined the most common form of cancer and what can be done about it.
and a kid's meal toy is recalled.
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((WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH EYGPTIAN AUTHORITIES TO FIND THE TRUTH.))
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Find the truth to the Crash of Egypt Air Flight 990- Today federal investigators released a 16- hundred page report on the crash.
Egypt Air flight 9-90 had just taken off from New York last October when it crashed-
Now ten months later a report is released- with still no conclusive cause of the crash.
But one part of the report does reveal new information about the co-pilot.
Gameel El Batouty was alone in the cockpit when it started to make its deadly descent.
In earlier statements U-S Investigators claimed El-Batouty deliberately crashed the plane in the ocean-
And now the FBI has found several incidents where El-Batouty exposed himself at a New York hotel- a hotel where the crew stayed prior to the fateful flight.
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((JIM HALL/NTSB: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORATION SAFETY BOARD BELIEVES THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL I PUT THE WORD ON POTENTIAL.. RELEVANCE TO THE INVESTIGATION. WHETHER THEY ARE RELEVANT WILL BE DETERMINED IN THE ANALYSIS PHASE OF THIS INVESTIGATION.))
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Eygtian officials continue to focus on possible mechanical problems with the Boeing 7-67.
The N-T-S-B says the report did not uncover any safety issues.
A proposed labor contract at Giles County's largest employer is now in the hands of its workers.
One thousand union members at Celanese have less than an hour left to vote on the three year contract.
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Marya Jones is outside the union's office in Narrows.
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Roanoke County Police are investigating the drowning of a six year old boy in the Roanoke River near Green Hill Park Wednesday night.
Police are releasing few details but say Conner Lovell was playing in the river around seven when he went under.
Officials say the boys mother was there when it happened.
Folks who swim in the river say it can be dangerous for all ages.
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((DAVID CROUCH: IT'S REAL SHALLOW RIGHT HERE BUT WHEN YOU DROP DOWN TO OTHER SIDE IT GOES DOWN ABOUT SIX FEET, WHEN YOU GET NEAR THE BIG ROCKS IT DROPS OFF OVER YOUR HEAD THAT'S TO DANGEROUS FOR THE KIDS.))
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Police say they are still interviewing witnesses about the drowning and anyone with information should call the Roanoke County Police Department.
The drowning death of a two year old girl earlier this year leads to the indictment of the baby-sitter.
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The Roanoke County grand jury indicted Leni Whitmire with felony child abuse and neglect in the death of Hailey Wilson.
The child drowned in an "above ground" pool while under the care of Whitmire.
She could face up to ten years in prison or a one hundred thousand dollar fine.
The Danville Police are investigating an apparent gang rape that happened early this morning.
Authorities say a Danville woman opened the door for her friend when four men rushed into the home and raped her.
Before the incident, officers say her friend was picked up by the suspects on Central Boulevard.
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((MAJ. B.C. ELLIOTT/DANVILLE POLICE DEPT.: HE SAYS WHEN HE GOT TO THE HOUSE THE SUBJECT ASSAULTED HIM AND KNOCKED HIM PARTIALLY UNCONSCIOUS AND THEY DRUG HIM TO THE HOUSE AND HE SAID THEY HAD GLOVES AND MASK ON.))
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Authorities have many questions about this case and are continuing their investigation.
They do not have a clear description of the four suspects.
They are also looking to see if there is a connection to an incident last night where four men assaulted and robbed a man at the INNKEEPER Motel.
A proposed party at the Playboy Mansion is not fun for some Democrats. We'll explain after the break,
also there were some tense moments as an elevator took an unexpected trip in the World Trade Center.
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An elevator at the World Trade Center crashed into a ceiling today-
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throwing passengers to the floor and injuring several of them.
The elevator was carrying 12 people- headed to the 78th floor this morning when it lurched two floors higher and hit the concrete ceiling.
The people inside were trapped in the car for almost 25 minutes-
Firefighters had to bring another elevator alongside the crippled car- and remove the panels between the cars to get the people out.
Doctors say none of the injuries is life threatening.
A Congresswoman has been banned from giving a speech at the Democratic National Convention next week because of WHERE she's holding a fundraiser-
Manuel Gallegus has the story.
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ITS IMAGES LIKE THESE THAT MAKE THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE
PLAYBOY PLAYMATES FROLICKING AT HUGH HEFNERS PLAYBOY MANSION.
SO WHEN CALIFORNIA CONGRESSWOMAN LORETTA SANCHEZ DECIDED TO HOLD A
DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISER AT THE FAMOUS VENUE, PARTY OFFICIALS, INCLUDING AL
GORE, WERE OFFENDED.
IN A LETTER TO SANCHEZ, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMAN STATED IS WAS
NEITHER APPROPRIATE, NOR REFLECTIVE OF OUR PARTY VALUES
AFTER MONTHS OF GOING BACK AND FORTH WITH PARTY LEADERS, SANCHEZ IS
HOLDING HER GROUND.
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ, (D)CA
we selected a high profile venue to highlight the important work of
Hispanic Unity USA. The event sold out and will be a success.
IT SOLD OUT ALLRIGHT IN TWO DAYS, 6-HUNDRED TICKETS AT FIVE THOUSAND
DOLLARS EACHSANCHEZ SAYS ITS BECAUSE OF THE CACHE OF THE MANSION.
THE MONEY RAISED WOULD HELP REGISTER AND EDUCATE LATINO VOTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AN EFFORT THE GORE CAMP STRONGLY SUPPORTS.
SANCHEZ now SAYS SHE WOULD BE WILLING TO CHANGE VENUES IF A BETTER PLACE COULD BE FOUND. BUT SO FAR, THE PLAYBOY MANSION IS THE SITE
DEMOCRATIC OFFICIALS HAVE BANNED THE HIGH PROFILE LATINA FROM SPEAKING
AT THE CONVENTIONIRONICALLY, HER QUEST TO STRENGTHEN HER PARTY, MAY
COST HER HER POLITICAL FUTURE.
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Al Gore's doing it on a personal level.
But Democratic Senator Chuck Robb says he's NOT going to run away from Bill Clinton on the campaign scene.
They've campaigned and raised money together for years.
But the media were barred from a fundraiser this week at the Albemarle estate of Patricia Kluge.
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((GEORGE ALLEN/R-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: WHY DIDN'T HE LET ANYBODY IN THERE TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH HIS GOOD BUDDY PRESIDENT CLINTON? IF HE WAS SO PROUD? MAYBE THEY DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE A PICTURE OF THEM SIPPING WINE AND NIBBLING CHEESE.
BUT THEY COULD HAVE PUT THE WINE AND CHEESE DOWN AND JUST TAKEN A NICE FRIENDLY PICTURE OF THE TWO BUDDIES.))
((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK MANY POLITICAL CANDIDATES MAKE A MISTAKE IN DOING IS THAT THEY TRY TO RUN AWAY FROM THEIR FRIENDS. OR RUN AWAY FROM PEOPLE THAT THEY HAVE WORKED WITH. I'M HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT THE AREAS THAT WE'VE HAD DIFFERENCES. AND I'M HAPPY TO TALK ABOUT THE AREAS WHERE WE HAVE BEEN IN CONCERT. BUT I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE CREDIBLE TO SAY "HEY I DON'T KNOW THE GUY." WE'VE BEEN PERSONAL FRIENDS FOR 20 YEARS.))30
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Robb says Republicans lose credibility by trying to do "guilt by association," because Virginia voters know his record.
Allen says that's just the point: Robb votes with Clinton 87 percent of the time.
Coming up next, Jacey Birch is hanging with some people who are real dolls.
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A show in town this weekend has big people going crazy for little people.
Not the real kind... but the kind you play with.
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Jacey Birch is live at the Roanoke Civic Center to tell us about the toy made for all ages.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we'll have an update on the Bear that was injured in a research trap,
and on Health Check, we will see what doctors recommend to prevent the number one form of cancer.
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The number of skin cancer cases is on the rise.
In fact it is the most common all cancers. It's also the most preventable.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins with more.
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Joy, everyone is at risk, but the American Cancer Society says
about 80 percent of skin cancers could be prevented if people protected themselves from the sun's rays.
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(( Registered nurse Erin Johnson was diagnosed with skin cancer two years ago.
She says never took the warnings about suns exposure to heart, until she noticed something irregular on her skin.
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((ERIN JOHNSON: I GOT VERY PARANOID ABOUT SUN EXPOSURE BECAUSE I HAD BEEN OUT IN THE SUN, AND TANNING BEDS FROM AN EARLY AGE. IT WAS A LIFE ADJUSTMENT AND IT WAS REALLY HARD FOR ME TO ACCEPT))
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It turned out Johnson's skin cancer was not the deadly form, melanoma but she still had to have it removed twice, as well as having radiation treatments.
About one million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed in this country every year. But the American Cancer Society says what's alarming is that the number cases of the deadly form melanoma are increasing four percent each year.
The numbers may not get better anytime soon. Doctor Karanita Ojomo at Lewis Gale Regional Cancer Center says it can take 10 to 20 years for the cancer develop once the skin has been damaged.
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((DR. KARANITA OJOMO/RADIATION ONCOLOGIST: IT'S NOT EVEN AN IMMEDIATE EFFECT AND THAT'S WHY IT'S SO DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN TO YOUNG PEOPLE YOU SHOULDN'T BE A TANNER YOU SHOULDN'T BE A SUN WORSHIPPER BECAUSE LATER YOU MIGHT PAY FOR THIS))
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And for those who develop melanoma it can be quite aggressive and even deadly.
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((DR. OJOMO: THAT'S THE ONE THAT'S KNOWN FOR GOING TO THE LYMPH NODES AND THE LYMPH NODES HELP US FIGHT INFECTION, AND GO TO OTHER AREAS OF THE BODY EVEN THE LUNGS AND OTHER ORGANS))
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As far as, Johnson she says she was lucky.
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((KELLY JOHNSON:IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW I WOULD HAVE NEVER PUT MYSELF AT RISK))
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One inmportant thing to remember is that you can reduce your risk by limiting your sun exposure between 10 and 4 pm, covering up when in the sun, and making sure to wear a sunscreen that SPF 15 or higher.
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A toy given out in Kentucky Fried Chicken kid's meals is being recalled.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the Tangled Treeples pose a suffocation hazard.
A green plastic container that comes with the toys can fit over a child's nose and mouth.
The commission is telling consumers to immediately take the green plastic container away from children.
It can be returned to any Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant for an item from the menu. The recall occurred after a 19 month old girl reportedly got the toy stuck over her face.
The restaurant distributed 425 thousand of the toys.
It's time now for our website of the day, and we must warn you, today's selection may make you blue. However some people may see red, but if you're not too yellow....
you should check out Crayola's Color Census 2000. It's the company's first online poll of the nation's favorite colors.
The makers of Crayola say people's preferences change over time and since this is a census year, the company thought it would be fun to do a poll of a different color.
Since the poll began Monday, over three thousand voters have made their pick for the best of the 120 colors.
So far, various shades of blue hold eight of the top 10 spots.
Brown, gray and tan are the bottom of the list.
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If you would like to make your colorful selections, you can find a link to our webpage at WDBJ-7-Dot-com.[S5-UVa]
Welcome everybody to the end of the work week ticker for many of you out there.
The Virginia football team is excited about getting back to work after closing out 1999 with an embarrassing 63-to-21 loss to Illinois.
Steve Mason visited with the Cavs in Charlottesville this afternoon during media day.
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The Winston Cup stars are in New York for this Sunday's road race at Watkins Glen.
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But rain washed out qualifying at the track this afternoon.
Showers began about 15 minutes into this morning's practice. It took more than four hours to get things dry enough to practice.
NASCAR then decided to move qualifying to tomorrow morning at ten.
Goodyear did bring rain tires to the track, but NASACR decided not to use them today.
Much more for you tonight on News 7 at six, including William Byrd on the Friday Football Extra stage.
Take care folks.
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A black bear that lost its paw to a Virginia Tech trap walked back out into the wild this morning.
Game wardens set it free in an undisclosed location.
They say they're not saying WHERE for the bear's protection.... Only that its in an area where bear hunting is illegal.
Veterinarians pronounced the bear in good health yesterday.
They amputated her paw Monday at Tech's vet school.
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It had been caught in a trap Tech researchers set to study bears.
The bear was injured when it broke loose from the trap's tether and it caught on some shrubs.
Tech researchers say they're working to make their traps safer
The game department says it's also conducting a internal review of what happened.