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Today on News 7, a local high school mourns the loss of another student to an automobile accident.
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also the pressure is growing on Firestone to recall more its tires.
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The weekend looks ok with temperatures in the 80s and only a slight chance of showers. Details ahead.

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Also today, a radical group of animal activists have upset New York's mayor with its latest ad campaign,
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and we'll tell you why a young man his health is too bad for him to serve a sentence in jail.
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Students at James River High School are coping with the loss of another class mate.
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The start of the school year is supposed to be a time for friends and smiles. But at James River High School, the students are dealing with another loss. It was yesterday afternoon that an eleventh grader was killed in a car accident. The teenager had just left school.
As Joy Sutton reports, this is third time within a year that a student at James River has died.
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((Stephanie Woodson was killed one day before her sixteenth birthday.
She had just started classes on Monday. The accident happened less than a mile from school. Authorities say Woodson lost control of her car, and hit a couple of trees
School Principal Larry Journell says in his 13 years at James River High School, a student has been killed almost every year, many of them as the result of in automobile accidents.
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((LARRY JOURNELL/PRINCIPAL: IT'S A REALLY HARD THING FOR OUR KIDS TO DEAL WITH IT. IT SEEMS LIKE WE GET MORE THAN OUR SHARE. WE'RE REALLY TRYING TO EXAMINE AND WILL CONTINUE TO EXAMINE WHY US))
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Ironically, the school was already in the process of constructing a memorial for students who have died, and now Woodson will be among those who will remembered.
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((LARRY JOURNELL: WE FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE LOSE SO MANY KIDS THAT WE WANTED TO REMIND THE KIDS THAT WE HAVE IN SCHOOL THIS YEAR THAT WE VALUE THEM AND WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE THEM))
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And Journell says while the school can teach the students about safety in the classroom, this memorial is another attempt to remind them that life is precious and can easily be taken away.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Botetourt County. ))



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A two car accident in Amherst county leaves a six week old baby in critical condition.
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State police say a Chevrolet Caprice was headed south on Route 29 when a Subaru crossed in front of it.
The Caprice's driver, 52-year old Sharon Schwartz of Madison Heights, was unable to stop in time and struck the Subaru broadside.
The baby was thrown from his car seat, inside the car and suffered severe injuries.. he's listed in critical condition at the U-V-A Medical Center.
Charges may be filed against the Subaru's driver, 17- year- old Nichole Bonsie (BON-see), for failing to yield the right of way.
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The pressure is on for Firestone to expand the recall of its tires.
The more worried consumers get- the more the government is getting involved.
Lee Cowan has more.
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(( On the eve of Ford and Firestone being summoned to Capitol Hill -- Capitol Hill came to them instead.
Congressional aides have been dispatched to Ford Headquarters in Detroit today and Monday to Firestone H.Q. in Nashville.
Their task: review company documents.To first, help Federal Regulators determine if the recall should be expanded Second .to pinpoint when the companies knew of a potential problem.
Federal law requires manufacturers to notify the Department of Transportation about any defects in a product.
Last Fall, Ford noticed a problem with some Firestone tires on its SUV's in the Middle East. While it offered to replace those tires, it never notified the US government of the potential problem -- in part, Ford claims -- because it was an overseas problem.
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'They covered it up."
But consumer advocates say that's still illegal. And even if Congressional hearings find fault with one or both of the companies -- there is little that can be done now. JOAN CLAYBROOK, PUBLIC CITIZEN: The only penalties that can be imposed in this case are the ones currently in the statute, which is about $925-thousand dollars maximum, which is chump change for these companies."
Both Ford and Firestone maintain they never tried to cover up anything -- and are fully cooperting with Washington. HELEN PETRAUSKAS/ FORD : There must be 21 boxes of information and documents and CD's that we're turning over to the government. There was a law drawn up last March to provide harsher penalties for companies that withhold information about product defects, but it was never introduced. Most agree there is plenty of ammunition to get it introduced now. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))

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For the third time in just over two months, a propsed labor contract from Giles Couty's largest employers is in the hands of its workers. One thousand Celanese union members have less than an hour left to vote on the offer.

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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we'll see what a local community is blaming for splitting it in two,
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also a 19 year old man convicted of assault tells the court he's too sick to report to jail.
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A local family says sending a 19 year old to jail could threaten his life.
Ernest Grogan was convicted of assault and battery
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in August. While his family and friends hold fast to his innocence, they are more concerned with his safety in jail.
Grogan is a hemophiliac with liver and heart problems.
When his medical conditions were brought to the attention of city Judge Pat Doherty, the courts assured his mother that Ernest would be safe in the jail's care.
But she is not convinced.
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((HE HAS TO DO HIS OWN MEDICATION, HE CANNOT DO HIS MEDICATION BECAUSE ITS IV, IT GOES IN HIS VEIN.))
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Grogan's six month sentence has been reduced to five days with good behavior. A spokesperson for the jail issued the following statement: [PRE-PRO]
The doctor has evaluated the situation and he feels that we can accommodate Mr. Grogan. If we didn't feel that we could accommodate him, we wouldn't agree to do it under the circumstances of his medical condition.
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The N-double A-C-P 's also getting involved. It's concerned Grogan is the victim of racial discrimination.

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The Gilmore administration is now admitting that it's paying 50-thousand dollars in severance and consulting fees to the departing director of a state agency under investigation by the State Police.
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A state audit earlier this year showed Linda Byrd-Harden's Department of Minority Business Enterprise was poorly managed.
State Police are investigating possible criminal violations.
Last week, Byrd-Harden resigned.
Now, the administration reveals it's paying her 30-thousand dollars in severance pay and 20-thousand dollars to consult with the agency for the next 90 days.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK THAT THE SMART MANAGEMENT WOULD BE TO KEEP HER IN A POSITION TO GIVE ADVICE SO THAT THERE IS A REASONABLE TRANSITION TO NEW MANAGEMENT. AND OF COURSE, IT'S ALWAYS REASONABLE TO HAVE SOME SORT OF TERMINATION PACKAGE WHICH WE DID IN THIS CASE.))19
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(( THE EVIDENCE SEEMS PRETTY CLEAR THAT HE IS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO KEEP HER QUIET AT LEAST THROUGH THIS YEAR'S ELECTIONS. IT SEEMS VERY SUSPICIOUS THAT SHE WOULD BE GIVEN A 90 DAY CONSULTANCY CONTRACT WITH THE ELECTIONS COMING UP IN 74 DAYS.))23
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Byrd-Harden is the former director of the state N-double-A-C-P.
The chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus says Byrd-Harden has shown a lack of accomplishment, so there would have been NO outcry from the black community if Gilmore had simply fired her.
The Governor's new appointee, Allegra McCullough (mc KULLA) says she has NO intention of consulting with an agency head who had NOT made her agency work.
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Four American mountain climbers are lucky to be alive after they escaped from militant rebels in the former Soviet Union. Teri Okita tells us how they managed to get away after getting caught in the middle of a war.
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((TRACK: WHAT BEGAN AS A SPONSORED EXPEDITION INTO THE REMOTE MOUNTAINOUS REGION OF A FORMER SOVIET REPUBLIC ENDED IN NEAR-DEATH AT THE HANDS OF MILITANT ISLAMIC REBELS. FOUR YOUNG AMERICANS ALL TOP-RATED CLIMBERS WERE HELD HOSTAGE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A BLOODY REBELLION WITH THE KYRGYSTAN GOVERNMENT.

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SOT: We were sleeping on a climb on a side of a mountain and they shot

at us and gestured for us to come to the ground, and then, they walked us to our camp and take all of our things.
TRACK: CAPTORS MARCHED THE ONE WOMAN AND THREE MEN AROUND, USUALLY IN THE DARK, SOMETIMES FOR FIVE OR SIX MILES. AND WHEN THEY WERENT MOVING, THEY WERE KEPT OUT OF SIGHT.

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SOT: They would pile shrubs on top of us to make us completely hidden

from helicopters and kryg soliders, and we pretty much couldnt move for 17 hours a day.
TRACK: FOR SIX DAYS, THEY DRANK FROM MUD-PUDDLES AND RATIONED OFF POWER BARS, YOGURT BALLS, AND BUTTER.

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SOT: We were seriously fearing for our lives. We did not know what was

going to happen to us. Escape was always on the top of our minds.
TRACK: AND ESCAPE, THEY DID. THEIR BREAK CAME WHEN ONE REBEL WALKED AWAY FOR A SHORT TIME LEAVING ONLY ONE OTHER ARMED GUARD TO WATCH THEM. THE CLIMBERS MOVED QUICKLY, PUSHED THAT LONE REBEL OFF A CLIFF, AND RAN. THEY DODGED BULLETS AND BOLTED TO SAFETY AT A MILITARY POST 18-MILES AWAY. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS.
SUGGESTED ANCHOR TAG: TWO OF THE CLIMBERS SAY, ALTHOUGH THE EXPERIENCE WAS TERRIFYING, THEY WOULD STILL CONSIDER RETURNING TO THE COUNTRY IF THE FIGHTING ENDS.
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Coming up on news 7, we'll meet some young people you can fall for as Jacey Birch shows us a tumbling program that is fun for the whole family.
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Gymnastics can be a fun sport and a learning experience for children at most any age.
In fact Jacey Birch found out the younger the better, when she visited one of the classes at the YMCA in dowtown Roanoke.
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Coming up today in Sports, we'll have the latest from the Bristol International Speedway,
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And on health check, the mayor of New York says PETA is going too far with its message linking milk with cancer.
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New York's Mayor is showing up on billboards- only these aren't political ads.
In fact the Mayor didn't even know about billboards.
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The ads were put up by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals- or PETA- The mayor is outraged.
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((RUDY GIULIANI/NEW YORK MAYOR: I'M CONSIDERING SUING BECAUSE I THINK WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS OUTRAGEOUS TRYING TO EXPLOIT MY ILLNESS. I THINK IT WOULD BE OUTRAGEOUS IF THEY TRIED TO EXPLOIT ANYBODY ELSES.))
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PETA's claims high intake of dairy products contributes to prostate cancer- It cites a Harvard study that showed increasing dairy showed a moderate increase in prostate cancer rates-
The mayor says that's not true- milk is healthy.
But PETA's main concern isn't human health- its the welfare of animals- It says getting dairy products exploits animals.
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Welcome everybody to the end of the work week Two Minute sports ticker.
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The Winston Cup stars are in Bristol attempting to quailfy for Saturday's go racing dot com 500. But as you saw earlier in the newscast on the weather radar -
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there are a few rain showers out there. One of them happens to be right over the track in the Tri-Cities. Time trials were scheduled to start at 5, right now they are on hold as thtey attempt to dry the track.
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The Washington Redskins close out the preseason tonight at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This will be the final chance for the Redskins' coaches to get a look at some fringe players who may not make the team. Sunday the Skins must cut 14 player to get down to the final 53 man roster.

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Quarterback Brad Johnson has an infected toe and will not play tonight. The Skins say the injury is very minor. That means Jeff George will get the start. And after going against him all summer-long in practice Deion Sanders says the Steelers secondary better be ready.
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[VO NAT CON'T] Former Hokie Tyronne Drakeford, who was picked up in the off-season, has fought injuries all preseason, and he will make his Redskins' debut tonight.
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The high school football season opens tonight, and for the 17th straight season Friday Football Extra is your source for the stuff. Here's what's coming up tonight at 11:35.
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[wipe to pinnacle 1033] And we want to remind to about our Virginia Tech preseason football special that's coming up tomorrow night right here on Your Hometown Station at seven. Hope you can join us for Tech 2000 The Victory Tour. I'll see you tonight at 11:35 for Friday Football Extra. Steve Mason will have the rest of today's sports tonight one News 7 at six. Have a safe weekend everybody.
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Residents of a town near Smith Mountain Lake say their economy's going under.
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V-DOT closed the railroad crossing in Moneta today, forcing people to take the bypass around the town instead of driving through it on the tracks. They say it's for safety reasons, so people don't get hit by trains.
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On one side of the tracks stand mostly empty buildings, businesses that failed. On the other side are specialty shops, offering services that people seek out.
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((ERVIN FALLS/WELDER: I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO AFFECT MY BUSINESS BECAUSE MY BUSINESS COMES FROM THE ROANOKE LYNCHBURG BEDFORD AREA. I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE A PROBLEM.))
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V-DOT says there's never been an accident on these tracks.
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You could have the chance to walk in Wynonna Judd's shoes.
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But first you have to buy them at her yard sale. She is have a moving sale at her Tennessee farm.
There will be at least three tables of shoes, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 1948 Ford truck.
The sale runs today though Sunday. Judd has sold the farm and is moving to a house nearby.
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