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Search and rescue workers hope they're on the right trail to finding a hiker, who's been missing since Saturday.


We'll have the latest on the search.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
And there was another Reform Party slugfest---


This time the fight for control of the party took place in a Lynchburg federal courtroom.
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Clouds... Showers and possible thunderstorms. Our forecast is looking pretty wet and we'll tell you why coming up.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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All that ahead on News 7 at noon.


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An experienced hiker never made it back when he went on an overnight hike in Montgomery County over the weekend.

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A massive search continues this afternoon for a Blacksburg man missing since he hiked into the Jefferson National Forest Saturday. [FS MAP]
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The search focuses on a 25 mile radius centered at Pandapas Pond near Blacksburg.
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That's where Marya Jones is this afternoon.
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[Reform-Party]


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The fight over the control of the national Reform Party of America continued this morning in Lynchburg's federal court.
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Lawyers for presidential candidate Pat Buchanan are asking a judge to stop John Hagelin (HAY-glin) from representing himself as the Reform Party candidate.
The party splintered last month during its convention in Long Beach.. at stake is more than twelve million dollars in federal election funds.
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((JIM MANGIA/NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: AT THIS POINT, I THINK THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE F-E-C HAS TO MAKE A RULING AS TO WHO THEY SEE IS THE LEGITIMATE REFORM PARTY AND WHO GETS THE TWELVE MILLION. I THINK THAT THIS ATTEMPT AT A LAWSUIT BY THE BUCHANAN CAMPAIGN IS ESSENTIALLY AN ATTEMPT TO USURP THE POWER OF THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION, BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID THEY'RE GOING TO LOSE IT.))
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Judge Norman Moon must first decide whether he has jurisdiction to hear the case.
That ruling is expected this afternoon.
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[Franklin-Fatal]


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A four wheeler accident in Franklin County killed a fifteen year old boy from Callaway.
State police say Clinton Wayne Young was on an a-t-v near his home late yesterday afternoon when the accident happened.
Troopers say the teenager pulled onto route 640 in front of a pick up truck and was knocked into the path of another vehicle.
Young was taken to Franklin Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say Young was not wearing a helmet.

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R and B communications of Daleville is expanding.
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The company will create 100 new jobs when it launches a high-speed Internet connection service geared toward residential customers.
The expansion made it necessary for the company to build a new headquarters.
It will now be part of a new office park in Botetourt Co.
R&B Communications of Daleville merged with C-F-W Communications in May.
The company has a customer base of more than three-and-a-half million people in Virginia and West Virginia.
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Tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6, we'll take a look at the new office park and building site.

[Diana]


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Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed in a Paris car crash..
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Dodi's father says the crash was NOT an accident, but a murder that the U-S government is helping to cover up.
Mohammed Al Fayed is filing a civil lawsuit against the U-S government. At a news conference this morning, his attorneys demanded the release of photos and documents.
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Al Fayed appeared only on video, saying it was too painful to speak about the matter in public.
He's said in the past he believes racist attitudes in Great Britain led to the deaths of Dodi and Diana.
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[Clinton-Colombia]


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President Clinton left this morning on an anti- drug mission to Colombia.
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The President is traveling to Colombia to deliver financial and moral support, aimed at reducing the country's illicit drug trade.
The U-S is offering a one- point- three- BILLION- dollar aid package.
But Clinton's trip isn't welcomed by everyone in Colombia--
Communist rebels set off bombs and attacked an army post in protest of Clinton's trip.
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The goal of a group of students and faculty at Virginia Tech is to make the internet accessible to people everywhere.
Tech is one of 19 universities selected to receive a multi-million dollar grant for a program meant to break down Internet barriers.
The National Science Foundation awarded Tech more than 2-and half million for the computer networking research program.
Their research will be used by private companies and the government.

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An area community college has been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Danville Community College plans to use the nearly 400 thousand dollars to help three low- income neighborhoods in Danville.
Those communities include Camp Grove, North Main and Liberty View.
Residents there will have access to educational opportunities, job placement and training.
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The stretch of Wiley Drive through Smith Park may re-open to the public within the next few months.
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The road has been closed for over a year while crews worked on the sewer interceptor project.
That work is complete, but the city has held off on re-opening the road until speed humps and other traffic control measures can been installed.
City officials say they're now working on a construction plan to finish those improvements, which they hope will be completed by the end of the year.
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[Philippine-Hostage]


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Muslim rebels are threatening to kill a California man held hostage in the southern Philippines.
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The threat comes a day after U-S officials said they would NOT negotiate for 24- year- old Jeffrey Schilling's release.
Meanwhile, they ARE asking Philippine officials to help secure the release.
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((JOHN PATRICK CAULFIELD/US EMBASSY COUNCIL GENERAL: MY COMMENT IS THAT THIS IS AN INNOCENT MAN AND THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR TAKING HIM HOSTAGE. HE SHOULD BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY. THAT'S MY COMMENT.))
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Despite the U-S position, Philippine authorities said they would be willing to negotiate with the rebels.
The extremist group is still holding 18 other hostages on an island.
In the past, the group has demanded the release of Muslim militants, jailed in the U-S for terrorist attacks.
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[Montana-Wildfires]


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Millions of dollars in emergency aid and a positive change in the weather are headed to Montana, where wildfires have claimed 700- thousand acres.
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A cold front expected to move through today will likely bring some much- needed rain by this weekend.
Meanwhile, fire crews are still doing battle, keeping a close eye on wind direction.
Some residents got a chance to return to their homes to collect as many belongings as they could.
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Meanwhile, Mother Nature turned wild in the desert of Southern California.
A surprise rainstorm led to flash flooding the area yesterday.
Three- foot waves poured over lower- lying sections of the highway.
Some cars were partially buried in a muddy grave.
No one was injured, but rescuers removed six people who got trapped in their vehicles.
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V-DOT's plans to build a telecommunications tower may end in a court battle with Montgomery County officials.

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The Department of Transportation wants to build a the tower near Exit 109 off Interstate 81.
It plans to lease space on the tower to telecommunications companies.
And it says it doesn't need the county's approval to do it.
But Montgomery County's Board of Supervisors is threatening legal action.
Supervisors say V-DOT should be subject to the same procedures as anyone who puts up a cell-phone tower.
That includes public hearings before the planning commission and supervisors.
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((MARTY MCMAHON/COUNTY ATTORNEY: THE ISSUE, WE THINK, IS THAT THEY'VE JUST CUT A DEAL WITH THE TELECOMMUNICATION INDUSTRY TO LET THESE TOWERS ON THEIR RIGHTS OF WAY SAYING THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO GET OUR LOCAL APPROVAL.))
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VDOT says it needs the tower for its "Intelligent Transportation System" on the interstate.
It also has plans for cell towers in Augusta, Botetourt and Pulaski Counties.
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Montgomery County contends that a state Supreme Court decision prevents V-DOT from circumventing county land-use procedures.
Fairfax County took VDOT to court and won in an earlier dispute.

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Columbia Healthcare of Southwest Virginia is changing its name.
The hospital network will now be called "Electa Healthcare -- Your Hospitals of Choice."
Hospital officials say while this is just a name change, it signifies their goal to be the health-care provider of choice for people who live in Southwest Virginia.

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A device once used to help musicians is now helping therapists treat patients.
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It's called Interactive Metronome.
The therapy is used to treat patients like Emily Smith who has an auditory processing disorder or others who have learning disabilities or motor coordination problems.
Here's how it works: the patients listens to computer generated musical beats, and then follow along by either tapping their hand or foot.
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Emily's mother says the results from the therapy are exciting.
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The therapy has also been successful on those with attention deficit disorder and cerebral palsy.
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[Antique-Toys]


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And finally--
This story might prompt you to go digging through your old toy chest...
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The antique toy road show made a stop in Pennsylvania.
Toy collectors displayed their treasures to find out just how much a buyer will offer them.
The Toy Road Show represents six- thousand antique buyers from all over the country.
Experts say toy prices have dropped since Internet auction sites have popped up, increasing the supply.
They say it's a matter of comparing the sentimental value of your favorite toy to the market value....
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[Web-Address]


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Earlier in the newscast we told you about First Book, a non profit organization that gives new books to less fortunate children.
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If you would like to know more about the organization or how you can get involved, we have a link to its website on OUR website at WDBJ7.com.
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