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Today on News 7, several changes are coming to the local interstates. We'll have the details in a live report.
and Puerto Rico dodges Hurricane Debbie.
Very nice 70s today, 80's back tomorrow with a good chance for showers as well. Details ahead.
Also today, we'll see how faith can add years to your life,
and in movie news, an actor is finally selected to play a popular young magician.
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Changes are on the way to Interstae 81 designed to make driving safer-
The improvements were unveiled this morning.
Teresa Hamilton was there and joins us from I- 81 in Roanoke County- Teresa what's going to happen?
Jean, lawmakers and transportation officials say their ultimate goal is to widen all of Interstate 81.
But that will take years so they've come up with a number of short term solutions starting with the 581/81 interchange.
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[SUPER=01-Chip Nottingham/Transportation Commissioner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Charles Compton/VA State Police; :46]
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((CHIP NOTTINGHAM/TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER: IF YOU LOOK AT THE SKID MARKS ALONE THAT'S ON THE PAVEMENT THERE TODAY, IT'S AN INDICATION THAT THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY CLOSE CALLS.))
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Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner Chip Nottingham says to improve the situation... road crews will be the lengthening the acceleration lanes where 581 joins North and Southbound 81.
Engineers will also be drawing up plans to lengthen the acceleration lanes at exit 162 near Buchanan and at exits 114 and 109 in Montgomery County.
Road crews will also be installing additional median guardrails, particularly in Botetourt County, to help lessen the impact of crossover crashes.
But State police say to make it all work... drivers need to be more cautious.
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((CAPT. CHARLES COMPTON/VA STATE POLICE: WE FEEL LIKE THE SUPPORT WE NEED NOW IS FROM THE MOTORING PUBLIC BUT I THINK TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE AND ARE BEING MADE AS FAR AS ENFORCEMENT AND ENGINEERING AND SAFETY ON I-81.))
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State funding will also make it possible for additional rumble strips, message boards and fences to keep rocks from falling onto the interstate.
Jean, transportation officials are also planning to bring messages to motorists over the radio.
Hurricane Debbie is churning near Puerto Rico today- and could be headed toward Florida-
Jennifer Jones brings us up to date on the storm.
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Now a full-fledged hurricane, Debby is quickly churning westward through
the Caribbean. In the rush to stock up on emergency supplies, residents
of Puerto Rico emptied store shelves, stood in long lines to buy water
and motorists waited for gasoline.
Even the airlines were preparing for the worst with almost all flights
from San Juan airport cancelled since this morning. Out at sea, cruise
lines re-routed ships that sailed this weekend in order to avoid the
Max Mayfield/Director, National Hurricane Center
"We are calling for gradual strengthening, right now we are forecasting
a category 2 hurricane, as it it gets closer to the Bahamas and Florida."
In Florida, officials are keeping a close watch on the storm's progress.
The main question is whether Debby will remain on its current track...heading into the Gulf of Mexico or whether it will kick more to the north, reaching South Florida with heavy rain and high winds by
Mitch Bishop/Florida Resident: We're going to be ahead of the game this time, finally for once
be ahead of the game.
The American Red Cross and other relief agencies have already been contacted. Miami-Dade's new Emergency Operations Center is also on
stand-by. In the Florida Keys, authorities are preparing to open a Hurricane Operations Center and are already considering partial
evacuations from the string of small of islands. JJ, CBS NEWS, CHARLOTTE.))
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It was four years ago that TWA Flight 800 blew up and crashed after takeoff from New York.
Today federal investigators say they're convinced it was an explosion in a fuel tank that downed the plane- killing all 230 people aboard.
Investigators say the most likely cause of the explosion- an electrical short.
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((BERNARD LOEB/NAT'L TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD AVIATION SAFETY DIRECTOR: THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE INVESTIGATION CONFIRMED THAT THE FUEL AIR VAPOR IN THE CENTER WING TANK WAS FLAMABLE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THAT A FUEL AIR EXPLSOINO WITH JET A FUEL WAS MORE THAN CAPABLE OF GENERATING THE PRESSURE NEEDED TO BREAK APART THE CENTER WING TANK AND DESTROY THE AIRPLANE.))
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95 percent of the plane was recovered and reconstructed.
The investigation is considered the largest and costliest in transporation history.
Governor Jim Gilmore has drawn the line at a white supremacist group when it comes to input on Confederate History Month.
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The Virginia chapter of David Duke's "NO FEAR" -- or National Organization for European American Rights -- requested a meeting with the Governor.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: SINCE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR VIEWS ARE, OR HAVEN'T RECEIVED ANYTHING IN WRITING, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO JUSTIFY A FACE TO FACE MEETING WITH THEM OR ANY OTHER GROUP WITH VIEWS LIKE THAT.))
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Gilmore calls "NO FEAR" a white supremacist group.
But Duke's Virginia followers say that's wrong.
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((RON DOGGETT/VIRGINIA N.O.F.E.A.R. PRESIDENT: WELL I THINK A WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP WANTS TO RULE OVER OTHER PEOPLE, EXPLOIT OTHER PEOPLE, AND WE DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. WE WANT OUR RIGHTS AND OUR HERITAGE PRESERVED. AND I THINK WE OUGHT TO TAKE THAT MESSAGE TO THE GOVERNOR AS WELL AS OTHER POLITICIANS.))
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The Governor will meet with the Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy this Friday.
Those groups call "NO FEAR" a white SEPARATIST group.
The N-double-A-C-P and Southern Christian Leadership Conference have already met with Gilmore over Confederate History Month.
The Governor says he still has a lot of thought to give to the issue.
There's good news for two companies in our area. We'll have that after the break,
and a long time on air personality at WDBJ has passed away. We'll look at the life of Hal Grant in just a moment.
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Hal Grant, one of the original Atlantic Weathermen on Channel 7, has died.
He devoted 27-years of his life to W-D-B-J - -T-V... eight years before that on W-D-B-J Radio.
The Atlantic Refining Company sponsored the weather for more than a decade on Channel 7, and Hal was known as the "Atlantic Weatherman."
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By the early 80's the station no longer had a single sponsor for weather reports.
In his time here Hal also served as M-C of "Wrestling from Roanoke." He occasionally filled in as the host of Panorama and recorded countless commercials. He died yesterday at the Hospice Center in Atlanta.
Hal Grant was 78.
A Henry County teenager attends the first day of school.....
one year after being hit by a car on his way to the bus stop. Corey Mayo suffered severe injuries, including a crushed larynx, head injuries and a broken leg. He still is recovering from a limp and injuries to his brain. Today he started his first day of high school.
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((COREY MAYO: GOING TO SEE MY FRIENDS. GOTO SCHOOL AND LEARN AND GET MY EDUCATION.))
((LINDA MAYO/COREY'S MOTHER: KNOWING THAT I CAN TALK TO HIM AND HE CAN TALK TO ME. KNOWING HE'S ALIVE AND HE'S DOING WELL. HE'S GOT A WAYS TO GO I'M JUST THANKFUL FOR THAT.))
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Corey now catches the bus in front of his driveway instead of across the street.
We will hear more from Corey and his family at six.
I-T-T Industries in Roanoke County has received a 43-million dollar government contract.
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I-T-T was awarded the deal to produce night vision goggles for the U-S Navy.
The company's Night Vision Division furloughed 70 hourly and salaried workers in June.
Officials say they don't expect to hire back those employees, even in light of the new contract.
The e-toys distribution center in Blairs got a boost today.
The on-line company received a 400 thousand dollar check from state and county funds.
Etoys needed the money to make improvements to its facility.
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[SUPER=01-Coy Harville/Bd of Supervisors Chairman;]
((COY HARVILLE/PITTSYLVANIA CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT ETOYS IN BLAIRS AND PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY. WE'RE EXCITED FOR THE DAYS TO COME. IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ETOYS AND FOR THE COMMUNITY TO KEEP GIVING JOBS IN THE REGION.))
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The governor will be visiting etoys next week for a ribbon cutting of the building and a groundbreaking for the new facility.
Our website of the day is the perfect place for customers fed up with the service they are receiving.
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E-Complaints-dot-com is a free website for consumers to instantly register their bad experiences. Not only do they get to vent, but they can check out what other people are saying about companies. That can help when trying to decide who to do business with.
Occasionally the complaints can motivate corporate action to solve the problem.
Currently one industry is generating the majority of the negative attention. The airlines take seven of the top ten offenders list.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will show us a dance studio that is taking its show on the road.
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They ride all over town teaching dance and their students don't have to go anywhere to attend their classes.
It's quite a new concept where the dance lessons come to the students.
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Jacey Birch is live at the mobile dance studio in Roanoke to tell us more about these traveling teachers...Jacey?
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Coming up a little later after sports, David Copperfield is selected to play Harry Potter in the movies,
And on health check, we'll see why some researchers say you should have faith in your longevity.
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Do you think that belief in God can lead to a longer life? A new study says that may be true.
Dr. Steve Brody examines the issue as we wrap up our series on Successful Aging.
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[SUPER=01-Michael McCullough/Southern Methodist University; :41]
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((At 85 years old, Reverend Margaret Butterworth doesnt fear
growing older. She believes that her connection with God not only keeps
her healthy, but extends her life here on earth.
SUPER: REV. MARGARET BUTTERWORTH/CAMBRIA UNITY CHURCH
SOT: But its Gods will thats important, isnt it. Because thats
what were here, in this school of life, to learn. To follow the
direction from within, instead of what the world directs us to do.
Well, according to researchers at the annual convention of the
American Psychological Association, that attitude might be good for your
health. Psychologist Dr. Michael McCullough.
SUPER: DR. MICHAEL MCCULLOUGH/SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
SOT: Religious people are 29% more likely to survive than are their
none religious counterparts in the population.
SUPER: DR. STEVE BRODY/PSYCHOLOGIST REPORTER
Stand-UpDr. McCulloughs analysis of religious involvement and
mortality appears in this recent journal of the American Psychological
Association. He reviewed 42 studies involving almost 126,000 people.
So why do religious folks live longer? Is it due to Gods
intervention? Or is there perhaps another factor?
Religious involvement may lead to a longer
life because religious people tend to smoke and drink less, for
instance, and take fewer drugs. They also generally get more social
support from friends and family. And their beliefs may help them cope
with stress as well.
SOT: Religions provide a lot of people with a framework for
understanding why bad things happen to good people, and it provides them
with some hope that theyre going to be able to get through these
experiences, and that itself protects them against physical health
Like in Reverend Butterworths case. She believes, her peace
on earth, comes directly from God. Dr. SB for CBS News.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are now zeroing in on their season opener with Ga. Tech this coming weekend.
Tonight, we hit the road to find Mike Stevens and the two minute ticker orginating from Blacksburg.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Va. Tech Quarterback; :40]
[SUPER=01-Robert Peaslee/VT Punter from Pulaski; 1:25]
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Young fans of the Harry Potter children's book are already looking forward to the movie based on their favorite character.
The film is due to hit theaters next year, and now fans have a face to put with the young magician. Jefferey Kofman reports.
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