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Roanoke's chapter of the N-Double-A-C-P makes its position known in the case of a police officer indicted on drug charges.
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And the nation's largest furniture store files for bankruptcy-- We'll find out what impact that could have on local workers. (/////////////)
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Our temperatures are heating up a bit today and a nice forecast should hold true... through tomorrow. Complete details are coming up.
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All that ahead on News 7 at noon.

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The N-Double--A-C-P holds a news conference, declaring its support for an indicted Roanoke police officer.

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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The local chapter of the N-A-A-C-P has come out in support of a black police officer charged with drug dealing and racketeering. Roanoke Police Officer Fred Pledge was indicted last month.
Pledge's attorney was indicted last week.
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Keith Humphry was at the N-A-A-C-P press conference this morning. Keith???
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Keith vo's about :15 seconds of B-Roll

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[Heilig-Meyers]


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Heilig-Meyers is filing for bankruptcy protection .. and closing 300 stores nationwide ... four of them in our region. The company list of stores shutting down includes ones in Christiansburg, Radford, Martinsville, and Collinsville.

The announcement came this morning from company headquarters in Richmond.
The chapter 11 protection will allow Heilig-Meyers to continue operations as it implements a restructuring plan.
Heilig-Myers employs 16 thousand people in twenty nine states.


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Day 11 of the Verizon strike and picket lines are still busy.
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A rally in downtown Roanoke this morning brought picketers AND their families out to fight for employee rights.
Picketers say they brought their children to show the company that family is their number one priority.
Nearly 100 people came to the Bell Atlantic building in hopes of gaining grassroots support for their new contract.
Union leaders say the company and Union negotiators haven't officially met since August fourth to discuss mandatory overtime and stress in the work place.
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[Pipeline]


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Concerned citizens and landowners from several counties have banded together against a proposed pipeline through their front yards.
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A group of concerned citizens announced the organization of the Sensible Mountain Policy Action Coalition today. SimPac wants to approach the utility companies.
They hope the companies will cooperate in their wishes to stop the construction and destruction of the land and use common sense alternatives.
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((WHAT WE ARE HOPEFUL FOR IS THAT THESE COMPANIES WILL LIVE UP TO THEIR MISSION STATEMENTS, THEY SAY THEY CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, WELL THIS IS PUTTING THEM TO THE TEST, AND WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.))
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A forum will be held September 7th at 7 pm at the Brambleton Center for the public and local utility companies.
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Only two days's supply of oxygen left, and no sign of life aboard a sunken Russian submarine.
The Russians are getting some help from Great Britain in the desperate attempt to rescue the sailors trapped on board.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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A cargo plane carrying a deep sea rescue submarine left Prestick Scotland this morning en route to Norway -- despite conflicting reports on whether Russia has actually asked Britain for help in rescueing its 118 sailors.

It has been a frustrating night -- four attempts to dock a series of evacuation capsules with the stricken Russian submarine have failed.

The 500 foot long Kursk is resting at the icy bottom of the Berents Sea at a sharp angle. Strong underwater currents and poor visibility are making a control of the capsule nearly impossible.

The Brtitish LR-5 submarine can stay down for longer periods of time -- four days in fact -- and can carry up to 16 passengers. But there is still a question of whether it's hatch will be compatible with the russian-made cargo hatch -- and time is running out.

Russian officials say they no longer hear any signs of life from the crew -- and Russian President Vladimir Putin now calls the situation "critical."
The best case scenario gives the crew only two more days of oxygen.

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"I think it's terrifying...desperate situation."

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In Russia -- relatives of the 116 sailors wait for news. This woman urged her son to join the Rusian Navy, because she thought it would save him from the violence in Chechyna.
This nightmare, she says, is worse.

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"There is one more option Russian officials are contemplating -- using huge inflatable pontoons to bring the submarine at least part of the way up -- far enough to allow divers to go in and try to work the submarine. Experts say it is probably a long shot - and even if it worked, it would take time. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington."
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[Convention]


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Now that the political torch has been passed, Al Gore will arrive in Los Angeles this afternoon.
He'll be brushing up his speech for tomorrow night, when he accepts the presidential nomination.
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Meanwhile, last night was the night of the Kennedy's, as both Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg and Senator Ted Kennedy addressed the convention.
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((SEN. TED KENNEDY/D- MASSACHUSETTS: THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY THREE TIMES IN MY LIFE THAT I HAVE SUPPORTED CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT AS EARLY AND AS ENTHUSIASTICALLY AS I HAVE SUPPORTED AL GORE. TWO OF THEM WERE MY BROTHERS.))
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All was fairly quiet outside the convention.
So far this week, police have arrested more than 150 demonstrators.
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At tonight's session, Virginia will be represented.
Senator Chuck Robb is scheduled to address the convention.

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A Florida grandmother is on the road to recovery after being trapped in her car for three days--
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But that's not the worst of the story.
Her CAR was stuck in a TREE.
A 15- year- old noticed some flattened trees below a bridge, and saw a silver car on its side.
The 83- year- old woman inside had been missing for three days.
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((JUSTIN VANNELLI/WITNESS: SHE STARTED KICKING HER FEET OUT OF THE WINDOW AND I SAW THAT SOMEONE WAS ALIVE DOWN THERE.
SO, I TOLD MY DAD TO CALL THE AMBULANCE.))
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Rescuers say the elderly woman had unsuccessfully tried to free herself.
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((LT. MICHAEL HICKS/BROWARD FIRE RESCUE: OVER THE COURSE OF THE DAY, SHE HAD TRIED TO MOVE, TO MANEUVER HERSELF OUT. BUT THAT WAS ALL DONE ON HER OWN. BUT SHE WASN'T ABLE TO GET OUT BECAUSE THE CAR WAS SMASHED, AND DOWN IN THE MUD.))
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Rescue crews had to use chainsaws to cut through the trees, and ended up slicing the roof off the car.
About an hour later, they carried the woman out to safety.
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An accident on Interstate 81 in Augusta County killed a man and his son.
Herman Grant and his wife witnessed the accident yesterday.
They pulled their motor home into the break-down lane.
A man from Indianapolis pulled over in front of them to see if he could help.
As Richard Lee Canaday was backing up on the shoulder, a flat-bed tractor trailer carrying an over-sized cement slab clipped Canaday's G-M-C Jimmy. Canaday and his five- year old son were killed.
The driver of the truck was charged with reckless driving, driving without a log book and without the proper warning flags.

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Fire officials say the blaze that damaged a Roanoke home last night was accidental.
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Several people were inside the house on Bristol Street when they smelled smoke. They all got out safely and called for help. When fire crews arrived, the front part of the home was engulfed. Officials say the fire started in the electrical system.
It caused an estimated 50-thousand dollars in damage.
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A fire that destroyed a church hasn't dampened worshippers' spirits.
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The pastor and church members of the Bethel Holiness Church in Danville say they WILL have Sunday worship. Clean up efforts have been going on since Sunday night.
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That's when a fire erupted in the 70 year old church. The pastor is deciding if they should rebuild.
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((TYRELL BIGELOW/CHURCH MEMBER: IT'S A HOME CHURCH. WE GREW UP IN IT. A LOT OF GOOD MEMORIES. MY GRANDFATHER AND THEN MY UNCLE ROY TOOK OVER IT. IT'S AN OLD TRADITIONAL CHURCH FOR THE FAMILY AND ALL.))
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Fire Investigators have not determined a cause. Debris taken from the church yesterday is being tested.
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Craig County has rezoned land for a mobile home park despite protests from residents. If the supervisors had not voted that way last night, they risked losing 700-thousand-dollars in state money. Tina Tenret has more.
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(( About 150 people packed into the Craig County courthouse. More lined up outside. All because the state gave New Castle 700-thousand-dollars to remodel storefronts -- BUT the cash comes with a catch: This trailer park downtown has to go. So supervisors voted to move it into a neighborhood -- over loud majority protests.
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((DEBBIE KING/RESIDENT: I WOULD MUCH RATHER PAY 300-THOUSAND-DOLLARS BACK IN TAXES THAN TO SEE ALL THESE PEOPLE SUFFER.)) [RUNS:06]
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Homeowners say when the trailer park moves in -- their property values will plummet, they'll lose neighborhood safety, and they'll be forced to pay for an expensive new sewer system. And the park's owner plans to almost triple its size from seven mobile homes to 20.
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((NORMAN TAYLOR/MOBILE HOME PARK OWNER: YOUNG PEOPLE OF CRAIG COUNTY NEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THEIR OWN HOUSE. THEY NEED AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE AND THEY HAVE NO PLACE AVAILABLE IN CRAIG COUNTY AT THIS TIME.
BUTT BUTT BUTT
TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WHY DID YOU VOTE TO MOVE THE TRAILER PARK? JULIE WELCH/COUNTY SUPERVISOR: OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN CLEARLY CALLS FOR A MOBILE HOME PARK IN OR AROUND NEW CASTLE AREA.
BUTT BUTT BUTT
BERNIE TRIPP/COUNTY SUPERVISOR: WE ALREADY HAVE THREE MOBILE HOME PARKS THAT ARE ZONED FOR MOBILE HOME PARKS ALREADY!
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TINA TENRET/NEWS7: EVEN AFTER THE HEARING WRAPPED UP, CROWDS MILLED AROUND THE COURTHOUSE, RUMBLING DISCONTENT. YOU HEARD COMMENTS LIKE "SO MUCH FOR DEMOCRACY" AND STATEMENTS INSINUATING THAT THIS BOARD'S VOTE WAS BOUGHT FOR 700-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. TINA TENRET, NEWS7, CRAIG COUNTY.)) [RUNS:41]

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Danville City Council has voted to use tobacco settlement funds for higher education .
The money will help set up a graduate program in advanced technology.
A group called The Future of Piedmont Foundation came up with the idea, saying the Danville-Pittsylvania County area needs to develop job opportunities and a better work-force.

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It was 23 years ago today that "The King of Rock n' Roll" passed away.
Elvis Presley's fans are gathering again at Graceland this year to mark the occasion.
But for the first time, you could attend the vigil WITHOUT making the hot trip to Memphis.
Mike Matthews has the story.
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