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[TALENT=Kimberly]

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Coming up on News 7--
We'll have a live report on the impact of last night's rained- out Virginia Tech game.
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And an undercover operation results in a big marijuana bust in Martinsville.
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The sun may be emerging today... but the rains have not cleared out of our area yet. Details on your wet weather are coming up.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Hope you'll join us-- News 7 at noon is next.

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Virginia Tech is still reeling in the after- shocks of last night's stormy weather--
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom. Everyone expected it would be Michael Vick's PASSES raining from the sky last night at Lane Stadium, but vicious thunderstorms grounded the touted Tech attack.
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Mike Stevens was at last night's game and is back this morning to assess some of the damage.

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[Tech-Traffic]


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Hokie Fans who did make the trip spent the afternoon battling bumper to bumper traffic in order to get Lane Stadium.
Jennifer Miele has more those who tackled the road.
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(( Flags were flying high as Hokie fans headed for Blacksburg.
The only thing standing between them and the game..... Traffic. [NAT SOUND] ((GO HOKIES!)) [RUNS02]
But each fan was willing to battle the traffic to get there.
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((I'D SIT OUT HERE ALL DAY IF I HAD TO.)) [RUNS05]
A single lane one mile off of interstate 81 is where traffic began to back-up.
Once fans reached the bottleneck, they still had to travel three miles until they reached the stadium. That's why some fans were spotted heading to the game four hours before kick-off.
All lights in town began flashing yellow at 5:00 to help speed-up the traffic.
The only delay came at the intersection of Route 114 and North Franklin Road. A censor was not on the correct cycle, but V-DOT fixed the problem just after 5.
State police say the new exit designed to help the flow of traffic wasn't even used.
No matter what kind of traffic delays, nothing stopped these Hokie fans.
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((I LEFT FOUR DAYS AGO... WE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM NOME ALASKA.)) [RUNS06]
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Jennifer Miele, News 7, Blacksburg.))
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Virginia Tech products are hot items these days. But watch out for unlicensed merchandise.
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Virginia Tech police are on the lookout for local vendors selling phony Hokie products.
Tech police say they'll be patrolling parking lots looking for violations.
Violators will be asked to leave, and the public is encouraged to report violations to the police.
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Merchandise is considered phony if it's sold bearing the university's logo without the schools approval.
Legitimate merchandise has to have a collegiate licensed product sticker or hang tag on it.


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In Moscow, firefighters have finally put out the blaze at the city's giant television tower.
Richard Roth has the latest on firefighters' battle against the flames and their effort to save those trapped inside a tower elevator.
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Narr: RUSSIAN OFFICIALS SAID AUTOMATIC FIRE-FIGHTING DEVICES IN THE TOWER FAILED, AND THAT MILES OF CABLE IN NARROW SHAFTS BECAME LIKE IGNITION FUSES, CARRYING THE BLAZE TO WHERE IT COULDN'T BE REACHED BY FIREMEN.
THEY FOUGHT IT THRU THE NIGHT, AS TELEVISION STATIONS, WHICH USE THE TOWER FOR TRANSMISSION, WERE BLACKED OUT.
AS THE BLAZE WAS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL TODAY, ATHOURITIES WEREN'T SURE IF THE TOWER MIGHT HAVE TO BE TORN DOWN, OR IF PART OF IT'S IN DANGER OF FALLING.
AND IN A STRIKING PARALLEL WITH THE SUBMARINE DISASTER, A SYMBOL OF SOVIET-ERA PRIDE HAS BECOME ANOTHER RUSSIAN NIGHTMARE. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE WERE TRAPPED INSIDE - BEYOND THE REACH OF RESCUERS.
RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS MOSCOW

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Authorities think a BIRD hitting an engine caused a jumbo- jet to make an emergency landing last night in Los Angeles.
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A man taping a birthday party caught the engine explosion on home video.
449 people were on board the Royal Dutch Airlines jet, but none was injured.
Passengers say they knew something was wrong when they heard a loud popping sound.
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((SCOTT YOUNG/PASSENGER: SHORTLY AFTER TAKEOFF, ABOUT 20 SECONDS OR SO, I HEARD AN EXPLOSION IN THE RIGHT ENGINE. I WAS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PLANE AND THEN I SMELLED SMOKE. THEN, YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY CAME RUNNING UP THE HALLWAY, SAYING THAT'S NORMAL AND I WAS JUST LIKE, "I DON'T THINK THAT'S NORMAL." ))
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Flight 6-0-2 was enroute to Amsterdam when it turned around and headed back to L-A-X.
The pilot dumped fuel into the ocean to reduce its weight, and made a safe landing nearly two hours later.
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300 pounds of Marijuana are off the streets in Martinsville.
This after an undercover operation by the Virginia State Police and the Martinsville Police Department.
Authorities arrested four people and seized four cars.
Officers are holding a press conference at the Martinsville Police Department at two this afternoon.

[CHIP]


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A country music superstar is going to bat for a local non-profit organization.
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This morning at Salem Memorial Stadium, The Child Health Investment Partnership announced a 30- thousand dollar grant from Garth Brooks' Touch 'em All Foundation.
The money will allow CHIP to serve more children.
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Tonight, is "CHIP Night" at the ballpark. The Avalanche is hosting CHIP children and their families, for tonight's game against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
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Boulder, Colorado's police chief says his team has "some tough questions" for John and Patsey Ramsey.
The couple is meeting with investigators in Atlanta today.
They're still under suspicion in the 19-96 murder of the daughter, Jon Benet.
Jennifer Jones reports.
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THE RAMSEY'S FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS, BREAK THEIR SILENCE WITH BOULDER COLORADO AUTHORITIES. THEY HAVE AGREED TO THE TERMS OF INVESTIGATORS AND ARE ANSWERING QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE 19-96 MURDER OF THEIR DAUGHTER, JON BENET.

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WE ARE HERE TO FIND THE KILLER OF OUR DAUGHTER AND THAT'S BEEN OUR POSITION FOR 3 AND A HALF YEARS
PATSY RAMSEY THEY SAY THEY NEED OUT HELP, WE ARE HERE TO HELP, ALWAYS HAVE BEEN.

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WITH JOHN AND PATSY RAMSEY STILL CONSIDERED THE FOCUS OF THE INVESTIGATION,

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BOULDER POLICE CHIEF MARK BECKNER SAYS HE AND HIS TEAM OF 7 INVESTIGATORS WILL POSE TOUGH QUESTIONS. THIS WILL INCLUDE THINGS THE RAMSEYS WROTE IN THEIR BOOK..DEATH OF INNOCENCE - AS WELL AS QUESTIONS ABOUT FORENSIC EVIDENCE THAT BECKNER SAYS HAVE DEVELOPED OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS.
ALL THE WHILE THE BOULDER POLICE CHIEF INSISTS THERE IS NOTHING UNUSUAL ABOUT THE STRUCTURE OF THIS SESSION OF QUESTIONS WITH THE RAMSEY'S. EVEN THEIR DEMAND TO QUESTION THE COUPLE SEPARATELY AND QUESTION PATSY RAMSEY FIRST, BECKNER SAYS IS IN LINE WITH STANDARD PROCEDURE.

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"WE HAVE TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE EITHER INVOLVED OR ARE WITNESSES

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THE QUESTIONS ARE SLATED TO LAST THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND INTO TOMORROW IF NECESSARY, STILL BOULDER AUTHORITIES SAY THEY CAN ONLY HOPE IT WILL LEAD TO SOMETHING IN THIS CASE THAT HAS LEFT THEM AT BAY FOR WELL OVER 3 YEARS.

JENNIFER JONES, CBS NEWS ATLANTA.))[Nixon]


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"The Arrogance of Power" portrays a more personal, but unflattering side of late President Richard Nixon.
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The new biography is out today.
Author Anthony Summers depicts Nixon as a man, whose life and presidency were troubled by more than the Watergate scandal.
One of the most provocative allegations in the book is that Nixon physically abused his wife, Pat.
But Henry Kissinger, who worked alongside Nixon, says he doesn't believe it.
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((HENRY KISSINGER/FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: HIS VERY EXTREMELY DEVOTED TO HIM AND HIS DAUGHTERS WERE EXTRAORDINARILY DEVOTED TO BOTH THEIR PARENTS. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE DAUGHTERS WOULD HAVE HAD THIS FEELING HAD THERE BEEN PHYSICAL VIOLENCE TOWARDS THEIR MOTHER. SO I DON'T BELIEVE THIS AND I NEVER SAW ANY SIGN OF IT.))
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The author named his sources for MOST of the book's allegations.
But many of those he quotes reportedly got their information second-hand
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[Waterworks]


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A Smith Mountain Lake man who has already been fined 24-thousand-dollars may still be cheating his water customers. That's according to the State Corporation Commission.
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Robert Winney owns the Waterworks company, running water to several Smith Mountain Lake subdivisions. In April he was fined 24-thousand-dollars for overcharging customers and not fixing leaks. He never paid the fine, and now he's under investigation again. The S-C-C says Winney threatened to cut off a customer's service unless he paid 11-hundred-dollars. Winney's hearing is September fifth. He hung up when we called.
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Officials are calling the fire at a former Roanoke night club suspicious.
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Crews were called to the "Scooches"around 8 yesterday morning after motorists reported seeing smoke pouring from the building's second floor. Firefighters found a small blaze, and quickly put it out. Damages haven't been estimated, because plans are in the works to demolish the building to make way for a parking lot.

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The family of a Vinton man who committed suicide has filed a 60-million dollar wrongful death complaint against the Department of Veteran's Affairs. In 19-97, Jack Ellis went to the V-A Medical Center in Salem after being diagnosed with lung cancer. In March, 1998, a doctor told him his Alzheimer's disease was going to get worse. It was the first time Alzheimer's had been mentioned. Ellis shot himself the next day. His family claims he killed himself because he was mistakenly told he had the disease.








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"Bring It On" sits at the top of the weekend box office.
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[3:52:33] The cheer leading spoof about competing high school pep squads debuted with more than 17 (m) million dollars.
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The Art of War finished at number two. The Cell, Space Cowboys and the Original Kings of Comedy wrap up the list.
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Cowboys made their way through Franklin County this weekend.
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The Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club hosted a shoot-out between two posses yesterday.
The club's members dressed in cowboy garb with every intention of catching the bad guys.
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[tc: 05:59:20] ((TOM BIER: WE JUST COME OUT, AND WE HAVE SIX OR EIGHT, DIFFERENT KINDS OF SCENARIOS TO SHOOT, STAGES TO SHOOT. THEY ALL HAVE A LITTLE STORY LINE AT THE BEGINNING. WE JUST HAVE A GOOD TIME, IT'S VERY SAFE.))
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Safety is a priority to these gunslingers.
They start teaching it to their children at a young age.
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[tc: 05:59:20] ((LESLIE RYDER: IF YOU ARE PROPERLY TRAINED WITH THEM, THEN YOU ARE SAFE. BUT, IF A PERSON DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO USE ONE, THEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO WITH IT, OR HOW THEY ARE DOING TO REACT WHEN THEY HAVE ONE.))
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If you'd like to become a modern-day gunslinger, you can call the Roanoke Rifle and Revolver club.[Rudy-Returns]


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One of Survivor castaways has returned home to Virginia Beach.
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Rudy (Bahsh) Boesch is a retired Navy SEAL.
Saturday night, he was greeted by fans at the Norfolk airport.
He'd been in Los Angeles for a reunion with his fellow Survivor castaways.
The 72 year old is scheduled to make more appearances across the country.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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A correction to a story we ran earlier in the newscast.
The pilot who was hurt in a small plane crash in Carroll County this weekend was from North Carolina.
State police identify him as 31-year-old Patrick Andy Chambers. Chambers was using an ultra-light aircraft, owned by Freddie Jones of Galax.