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Today on News 7, a lawsuit is filed to get Firestone to recall even more tires that some consider dangerous,
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and investigators try to determine if terrorism is to blame for the crash of a commercial flight in Bahrain.
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A few showers in southern West Virginia will make its way into virginia over the next few hours... I'll show you where coming up....

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In Sports we'll hear from Georgia Tech as its football team prepares to kickoff its season with the Hokies,
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and we'll see who will get to take care of a large fine feathered friend on the run.
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((THE TIRE COMPANIES KNEW AND OBVIOUSLY THEY KNEW THEY HAD A PROBLEM OR THEY WOULD NOT HAVE RECALLED THE TIRES OVERSEAS.))
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With that statement , a class action suit is filed against Firestone-

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The lawsuit in Florida is probably one of many Firestone will face.
Meanwhile the mystery still remains in the recall of millions of Firestone tires.
What causes the tires to lose their tread...sometimes at high speed? Some former Firestone workers say they may have some answers. Lee Cowan has more.

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(( In Des Moines -- the police are standing in line -- waiting to get Firestone tires replaced on their fleet of Ford Explorers -- for fear they too may become the victim of a high speed blowout.

It comes as more former Firestone employes are coming forward to testify the company has a serious quality control problem.
Firestone claims the workers are bitter -- trying to get revenge on a company they left during a labor strike.
But now, lawyers for a class action lawsuit...have found another former worker -- A tire expert once friendly to Firestone, who now says it's time to fess up. MAX NONNAMAKER, TIRE EXPERT There is a design defect that has been built into these tires.
Max Nonnamaker says the problem is Firestone's use of an old compound that doesn't form a chemical bond to hold the tread to the rest of the tire -- a problem he says, the company has known about for years.
That is adding fuel to the increasing number of calls for both Ford and Firestone to expand the tire recall. Several State Attorney Generals are now looking into how the recall is being handled, and so is Congress, with hearings expected sometime next month."
Firestone is expected to be called to testify at those hearings -- launched a pre-emptive strike, with another claim that it is doing all it can. JOHN LAMPE, EXECUTIVE VP, BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE INC.:
But for the growing number of people who claim their accidents were the result of tires not part of the recall .... that is simply not enough. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))




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U-S Navy divers have recovered the so called black boxes- of an Airbus that crashed into the Persian Gulf.
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Today recovery crews have the grim task of picking up the pieces floating in the water and just below the surface.

The faces on the passports are just some of the 143 people aboard the plane when it plunged into the sea- 36 on board were children.
So far no one knows exactly what happened- A gulf Air spokseman was asked if this could have been a terrorist act?


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((ALI AHMAD/GULF AIR: EH.. NO COMMENT ON THAT. BUT THERE'S NO NEWS AT ALL ON THAT, NOTHING AT ALL.))
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The National Transportation safety board from the United States will help in the investiagtion.
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After 18 days on strike, Verizon Union employees have reached an agreement with company negotiators.
The end of the picket lines means customer should soon be able to get the service they have been waiting for.
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20 percent of Verizons workforce in Virginia returned today. While most aren't expected to be back until tomorrow, those who are back are making are difference.
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00:32:15 ((MIKE RIELEY/VERIZON VIRGINIA: WE HAVE QUITE A FEW PEOPLE BACK TODAY AND WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS. WE'RE ALREADY BRINGING THE REPAIR LOAD DOWN, AND WE'RE GOING TO START WORKING ON ORDERS AS SOON AS WE CAN.))
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The battle over mandatory overtime and stress in the workplace kept employees on the lines for more than two weeks.
Union leaders say they are pleased with the tentative agreement.
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01:30:26 ((GUY ANGEL/UNION VICE-PRESIDENT: WE MANAGED TO KEEP THE LANGUAGE ON THE VACATION TIME THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO TAKE BACK THAT WE WON IN ARBITRATION. WE HAVE MADE GAINS IN STRESS ISSUES, FORCED OVERTIME, AND ALL THE HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES WE HAD.))
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Members still need to approve the contract. Union leaders say they expect it to be finalized in about three weeks.

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Murder charges against an Amherst County man accused of gunning down two people in May have been sent on to a grand jury.
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Police say 26-year old Carlos Tabb shot and killed 17-year old Brian Thomas and his 21- year- old sister Stephanie during an argument May 1st.
Eyewitnesses testified today that the two victims also were carrying guns when they confronted Tabb over a missing cell phone.
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((ED MEEKS/PROSECUTOR: BASICALLY YOU HAD THE TWO YOUNG MEN WHO SAW WHAT HAPPENED AND THEY SAW THE WEAPONS THAT WERE INVOLVED, THE SHOTS THAT WERE FIRED. YOU HAD THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT SHOWED HOW MANY SHOTS HIT THE MARK AND HOW MANY SHOTS WERE FIRED.. THERE WERE A WHOLE LOT OF SHOTS FIRED FROM THE .40 CALIBER PISTOL.))
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Tabb's attorney says his client may argue he acted in self defense.
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Coming up after this break, we'll tell you why one group says a comic cow used to promote the Virginia State Fair is anything but funny,
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but first we will introduce you to a local prison program that is trying a different approach to help inmates solve the problems of drug addiction.
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An exotic bird that was an uninvited visitor for two families in Montgomery County has turned out to be a welcome guest.
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This emu (EEM-Yoo) has taken up residence in Jamie Hegarty's back yard.
The 5-foot Australian bird showed up there Saturday morning and has won over its hosts with little effort.
It traveled several miles to reach the Pilot families' backyards.
The bird's owners called Hegarty yesteday to say they no longer wanted it.
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((JAMIE HEGARTY/EMU SITTER: I DON'T APPRECIATE IT THAT IT'S ON OUR SHOULDERS TO TAKE CARE OF BUT IF I KNOW IT'S GOING TO END UP IN A GOOD HOME, I'D RATHER HAVE IT THAT WAY. I'D RATHER ME TAKE CARE OF IT THAN SOMEONE ELSE WHO DOESN'T CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BIRD.))
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They've named the bird "Ethel the Emu."
Hegarty and his neighbors may not have to care for Ethel much longer.
Coming up on News-7 at 6, we'll tell you why.
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"Viva la Fiesta! It's no Siesta!"
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The cheery Latin theme for this year's State Fair of Virginia is NOT so much fun for some Virginians.
After all, Brazilian music crossover icon Carmen Miranda is portrayed in the State Fair logo as a cow.
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((MICHEL ZAJUR/VIRGINIA HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WELL I JUST THINK THEY WOULDN'T DO THIS TO OTHER MINORITY GROUPS -- YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT JUST A HISPANIC ISSUE, IT'S AN ISSUE OF PEOPLE BEING PORTRAYED AS ANIMALS. DEPENDING ON HOW SENSITIVE YOU ARE, YOU'RE GONNA TAKE IT FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH.))
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State Fair officials say they actually informally surveyed their Hispanic contacts who thought it "was a hoot."
So they don't know what to say to those who are offended by "Carmen Mooranda."
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((BRIAN HESSEY/STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA: I CAN'T ANSWER THAT BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW IN WHAT WAY WE'VE OFFENDED THEM. IF WE HAVE IN A PARTICULAR MANNER THEN WE'LL ADDRESS IT AT THAT TIME.))
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An estimated 600-thousand Carmen Mooranda brochures have been distributed across the state so far.
The fair kicks off September 21st in Richmond.

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It's no secret Americans love the potato, and depsite the many different ways you can fix them, one spud is pretty much like any other. Or so you might think. Jacey Birch is standing by to explain why a Virginia potato is not just a common tater.
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French fries are a staple menu item in much of American cuisine... along with hash browns and baked potatoes.
However there are a few different types of the spud that are grown right here in Virginia.
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Jacey Birch is live at the Brambleton Market to explain the difference in this week's Growin' It.
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Coming up today in Sports, Jerry Nadeau tells us how he is getting ready for the high banks at the Bristol,
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And on health check, the president of the American Medical Association wants to make sure all tobacco settlement money goes to fight the health problems associated with smoking.
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A different drug treatment program is sweeping prisons nationwide. In what's called a therapeutic community, where inmates police each other. Annually, it costs taxpayers almost two thousand dollars extra per inmate, but one local prison has thrown out beds to expand the program space. Tina Tenret takes us to the minimum security prison called Camp 25.
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Garren Gatling has been locked up for more than a decade for stealing. Addicted to crack cocaine, he started doing drugs at twelve years old in Brooklyn, New York.
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((GARREN GATLING/INMATE: WHY DO I KEEP DOING THE SAME THINGS? WHY DO I KEEP HURTING MY WIFE? WHY DO I KEEP HURTING MY FAMILY? WHY DO I KEEP HURTING MYSELF?))
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He thinks he'll find answers at Camp 25, a prison with a drug program he's never seen. In this so-called therapeutic community -- 258 inmates unite in families, call each other brother, and confront one another when they do wrong.
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((CHRIS CUMMINGS/INMATE: A LOT OF THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE PROGRAM CAN BENEFIT EVERYBODY IN AND OUT OF THE PENITENTIARY.))
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Chris Cummings wants to be a therapist when he gets out of prison in 2003. His fellow inmates have cracked down on more than his drug problem.
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((CHRIS CUMMINGS/INMATE: I HAVE A PROBLEM CONTROLLING MY TONGUE SOMETIMES. I GET SARCASTIC. SOMEBODY SAYS SOMETHING AND I HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING BACK. I'VE BEEN TOLD SEVERAL TIMES TO TAKE THE COTTON OUT OF MY EARS AND INTO MY MOUTH SO I CAN SIT BACK AND LISTEN.))
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Counselors say inmates may not be this cooperative at high-security prisons. And the program's too young to measure its success. But Camp 25 cleared out about 60 beds last year to make even more space for this drug treatment. Inmates wired the electrical system for the new building, built the walls and tile, even put up the siding.
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And how's Garren Gatling?
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((GARREN GATLING/INMATE: I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE JUNE 26TH. I AM NOW A TEAM LEADER INSIDE MY GROUP. I'M REALLY PROGRESSING AND I LOVE IT AND I WILL BE AT THE TOP BEFORE IT'S ALL OVER. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.))
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He hopes to be a preacher someday. Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County



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The President of the American Medical Association says it's time for the nation to put health issues at the top of the agenda.
That's just one the message the president left with members of the Rotary Club in Salem.
Joy Sutton has more.
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((DR. RANDOLPH SMOAK/AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: ANY ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO SUPPORTS USING TOBACCO SETTLEMENT DOLLARS FOR OTHER ISSUES IS LIKE PUSHING HIS MOTHER OF THE PORCH)) [RUNS12]
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When it comes to how the national tobacco settlement money should be spent, Governor Jim Gilmore and the President of the American Medical Association butt heads.
Gilmore wants to use a portion of the money for transportation and for technology improvements in tobacco communities.
But the AMA president says using it for anything other than health needs and prevention methods-- is irresponsible.

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((DR. RANDOLPH SMOAK/PRES. AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: IT'S JUST A SHAME THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PEOPLE WHO ARE POTENTIALLY SUBJECT TO THE DEADLY USE OF TOBACCO AND NOT DO SOMETHING TO PREVENT THAT OCCURRENCE. WHEN WE HAVE THE MONIES THAT SHOULD BE APPLIED TO THAT EFFORT)) [RUNS15]
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Doctor Randolph Smoak says it's time for congress to pass a patients' bill or rights. And he says during this presidential election health issue need to be addressed.
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((DR. RANDOLPH SMOAK/PRES. AMA: IT'S OUR INTENTION THAT NO PERSON BE ELECTED TO THE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT A STRONG COMMITMENT TO THE HEALTH ISSUE THAT INVOLVE THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY AND THAT MEANS PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS, THE UNINSURED, MEDICARE CHANGES AND OTHER ISSUE OF HEALTH)) [RUNS16]
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Smoak says America is too rich of a nation to continue to have tragedies happen everyday within our medical system.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Salem.))

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Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech open the season this Sunday night in the BCA Bowl. This is only the second meeting between the two football powers and while the Rambling Wreck won that game, the Yellow Jackets have tremendous respect for coach Beamer and the Hokies.
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The Virginia Tech football team will be placing a lot of new faces on the field defensively this Sunday night in the BCA bowl against Ga. Tech. One of those new faces also is a familiar one. Former Friday Football Extra star Lamar Cobb from Gretna has earned one of the starting defensive end positions.
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[VO NAT CON'T] Cobb has the tough task of replacing Corey Moore. It's quite a challenge for a young man who at one time wasn't sure he'd ever fit in at Tech.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 1033] hear more from Cobb, Vick and the rest of the Hokies this Saturday night as we present a Tech 2000 half hour special - the Victory Tour - right here on WDBJ-7
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Bristol Motor Speedway is the site of this weekend's Winston Cup Goracing.com 500.
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Cup regular Jerry Nadeau was in town last night to help raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Nadeau raced fans in go karts at Thunder Valley.
Nadeau is in his first full, uninterrupted season in a solid cup team, driving the 25 car for Rick Hendrick motorsports. He has four top 10 finishes this season. He has two top 20 finishes at Bristol.
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That's a wrap for five, coming up at six, Mike Stevens will preview the first night of action on Friday Football Extra. We will see ya then

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It's time now for our website of the day and normally we don't do this, but today's website is a little hot for the general public. So if you think it's too spicy...
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you may want to make your chili with a little less hot pepper. Since there are few foods that inspire the kind of loyalty and debate as chili, we thought we would offer an archive of some favorite recipes.
The page describes hundreds of chili's made from beef, venison, chicken, and turkey. There are also several versions of tofu and vegetarian chili.
Most sound good, some sound different, and some like the Pumpkin Turkey Chili sound a little scary.
But if you are bold enough, try our website of the day.
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The Olympic torch continues to burn despite the best efforts of a teenager in Australia.
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A 17- year- old boy tried to douse the Olympic flame during a torch relay today, just north of Sydney.
Authorities say he sprayed fire retardant at the torch, but failed to extinguish the flame.
Security arrested the teen and handed him over to local police.
State police say he was later released into his father's custody.
No charges were filed.
A similar incident happened last month, when a 19- year- old snatched away the Olympic torch as a prank.
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