A police officer is injured after attempting to warn a Roanoke woman about her burning house.
Plus, members of a local family will battle each other on national t-v as they test their wits on The Family Fued.
The sun is here to stay for today and most of the work week and we are expecting a large jump in temperatures. The details about the warm weather are ahead.
News 7 at noon is next.
A Roanoke police sergeant risks his own health to save a woman in a burning home.
A Roanoke police sergeant just emerged from surgery.
He was seriously injured this mornng trying to rescue a woman from her burning home.
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Mac Babb was patrolling Melrose Avenue around 3 a-m when he spotted Joan Blankenship's house on fire.
He called 9-1-1 then knocked on the door to wake her up.
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((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE POLICE SPOKESWOMAN: SHE DIDN'T KNOW... SHOULDER AND NECK INJURY.
BUTT BUTT BUTT
EUGENE SAMUELS/NEIGHBOR: WHEN I CAME OUT HE WAS IN AIR ... IN HARM'S WAY))
[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke Police Spokeswoman;]
[SUPER=01-Eugene Samuels/Neighbor; :21]
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Samuels pulled the owner of the house off the porch -- she's in stable condition with second degree burns.
Two other firefighters were slightly hurt as well.
Investigators say the fire started accidentally when some electrical wires on the back porch malfunctioned.
Fire destroyed a home near Ringgold in Pittsylvania County this morning.
The single-family house on Lafayette drive caught fire around nine.
No one was home at the time, and no one was hurt.
The fire marshal believes it started in the kitchen.
But officials aren't sure yet what caused it.
One victim of the shooting at the Backstreet Cafe is still recovering in the hospital.
Meantime, the man accused of the shooting may face additional charges.
A Roanoke Grand Jury is expected to take up the case today.
Ronald Edward Gay is charged with first-degree murder in the September 22nd shooting death of Danny Lee Overstreet.
He could also face aggravated malicious wounding charges.
One person was killed and six injured when Gay allegedly opened fire inside the predominantly gay bar.
Shooting victim Iris Page Webb remains hospitalized at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
She is listed in stable condition.
The United Nations is appealing to Israel and Palestine to try to end days of violence along the West Bank.
32-people have died in the past four days as Israeli soldiers fired on Palestinian rock-throwers.
Yesterday civilians were caught in the crossfire as the clash grew into an all-out gun fight.
Leaders of both countries have called for a cease-fire.
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[SUPER=01-Kofi Annan/United Nations Secretary General;]
((I have my own special representative who has been working with the two leaders to see what we can do. I am going to continue to stay in touch with
him. I hope these events are not going to derail the continuing peace talks. The process will continue. We must succeed and the talks should go forward.))
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Annan says there have been requests for an international investigation into the violence.
The Internet music service that allows the sharing and copying of music over the world wide web could hit a dead end today.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco will decide whether Napster should quit doing business.
John Blackstone reports.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Bruno/Napster Supporter; :14 Quick]
[SUPER=01-Lars Ulrich/Metallica; :33]
[SUPER=01-Hank Barry/Napster CEO; :46]
[SUPER=01-John Blackstone/Reporting; 1:03]
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(((NAT/MUSIC/METALLICA then Bruno at Computer)
In the original case, a judge declared it was illegal for Napster to
make it possible to share and copy music over the Internet--a ruling
that upset fans like Frank Bruno in Los Angeles.
FRANK BRUNO, Napster Supporter
AS A MUSIC LOVER, I WAS COMPLETELY DEVASTATED. (3)
Supporters of Napster say the music industry is simply trying to stifle
a technology that threatens to change the way music is sold and
distributed. But some musicians say its criminal for Napster to let
people download music they haven't paid for.
LARS ULRICH, DRUMMER FOR METALLICA
TO US IT'S NO DIFFERENT THAN WALKING INTO A TOWER RECORDS AND BASICALLY
STEALING A METALLICA CD AND WALKING OUT WITH IT. (7)
But Napster CEO Hank Barry says music shared on the Internet actually
promotes music sales.
HANK BARRY, NAPSTER CEO
RECORD SALES ARE UP, PEOPLE ARE HAVING ACCESS TO MUSIC AND WHAT WE'VE
FOUND IS THAT OVER TIME AS PEOPLE HAVE MORE AND MORE ACCESS TO MUSIC
THEY ACTUALLY GO OUT AND BUY MORE MUSIC. (8)
With billions of dollars at stake, this difference of opinions was bound
to end up in court--today it reaches the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
IN A REMARKABLE DEPARTURE FOR A FEDERAL COURT THE JUDGES OF THE 9TH
CIRCUIT ARE DOING SOMETHING HIGHLY UNUSUAL TODAY--ALLOWING TELEVISION
CAMERAS IN THE COURTROOM HERE. A RECOGNITION OF INTEREST, PERHAPS IN A
CASE THAT COULD SHAPE THE FUTURE OF BOTH THE INTERNET AND THE MUSIC
JB, CBS NEWS, SAN FRANCISCO))
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City and county officials from across the South want to help rural communities get on-line.
They're trying figure out how to give everyone knowledge of - and access to - the Internet.
This weekend-- the "Southern Growth Policies Board" held a conference at the Hotel Roanoke in hopes of breaking what it calls the Digital Divide.
Those attending the conference say many people have a computer but don't have the Internet.
They say others have the Internet but don't know how to use it.
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((SCOTT DORON: THIS AREA HAS A LOT OF ASSETS THEN OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE SOUTH DON'T HAVE. IT HAS A WONDERFUL UNIVERSITY AND IS AN ELECTRONIC CENTER BUT YOU GO A LITTLE OUTSIDE OF BLACKSBURG AND YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME ISSUES.))
[SUPER=01-Scott Doron/Senior Program Manager]
[OUT Q=same issues.]
Those attending the three day conference say they hope to bring awareness of the problem of the "Digital Divide"- and to offer solutions that have worked for other communities.
The protest aimed at driving Yugoslavian President Slobodan
Milosevic from office is picking up steam.
Truck and taxi drivers have blockaded roads and bridges throughout
Students walked out of classes in the southern city of Nis.
And in Milosevic's hometown some 300 teachers reportedly refused
to start classes.
Milosevic says challenger Vojislav Kostunica failed to achieve an
outright victory in the September 24th election and a second round is
But the opposition insists Milosevic rigged the voting.
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[SUPER=01-Radoje Prica/Member of Democratic Party;]
(( "This is a workers uprising. This is not a joke anymore for the
regime. This is their end."))
[OUT Q=This is their end.]
The run-off election is scheduled for Sunday.
There's no word as to the fate of an American held captive in the Philippines despite the rescue of a dozen other hostages.
Philippine President Joseph Estrada says 12 Filipino Christian evangelists have been rescued from their Muslim captors after a fire fight with army soldiers.
The evangelists were abducted July first when they visited a
rebel camp to pray for an earlier group of hostages.
But there's no word about the whereabouts of 24-year-old Jeffrey Schilling of California.
Rebels are also holding three Malaysians and a Filipino hostage.
Estrada says soldiers are continuing to pursue the rebels.
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More than 100 people were injured after a portion of the walkway at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in North Carolina collapsed four months ago.
A couple from Salem was injured in the accident.
They're still recovering.
Kate Weidaw has their story.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Hill/Injured In Collapse;:29]
[SUPER=01-Jody Hill/Injured In Collapse; :42]
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((JODY HILL: THERE WERE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, LAYING EVERY WHERE, THEIR LEGS WOULD BE UP BY THEIR HEADS THEY WERE BROKEN SO BAD.))
It's a night neither Jeff or Jody Hill will ever forget.
They were trying to leave Lowe's Motor Speedway early so they wouldn't have to sit in traffic. But after a few steps on the bridge they heard two loud pops and then the bridge collapsed.
((JEFF HILL: WE REMEMBER THE FALL, BEING IN MID AIR THINKING TO MYSELF I REALLY NEED TO LAND ON MY FEET, I LOOKED DOWN AND COULD SEE NOTHING BUT GRAY WHICH WAS THE CONCRETE.))
((JODY HILL: RIGHT AFTER I HIT I LOOKED OVER FOR JEFF. SOME HOW I WAS ABLE TO STAND UP AND WALK OVER TO HIM AND I GOT OVER TO HIM AND THE FIRST THING HE SAID WAS I THINK I'M GOING TO DIE.))
((JEFF HILL: I KNEW INSTANTLY THAT MY BACK WAS BROKEN AND MY LEGS WERE NUMB.))
When emergency crews pulled Jeff from the concrete they found not only was his back broken, but his neck and ankles were fractures. Jody's left foot was crushed and her right foot was broken.
((JEFF HILL: THEY GOT US OUT PRETTY FAST, THEY TOOK US OUT SEPARATELY AND TOOK US TO SEPARATE HOSPITALS 30 MILES APART AND WE WERE APART FOR OVER A MONTH BEFORE WE FINALLY GOT TO SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN.))
Recovery has been slow for the Hill's. Both spent several weeks in the hospital, in wheel chairs, and in physical therapy. While they were gone friends built a ramp to the front door of their new home. Now months later both are able to walk but there is still a long road to recovery. Yet Jeff and Jody have found a positive way to look at this experience.
((JEFF HILL: AS BAD AS THE ACCIDENT WAS AND CONTINUES TO BE AND PROBABLY WILL AFFECT US FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES IT GIVES YOU A NEW APPRECIATION FOR JUST BEING ALIVE.))
((JODY HILL: YOU REALIZE HOW FAST YOUR LIFE CAN CHANGE IN ONE SECOND IT ALL CHANGED.))
Kate Weidaw News7 Salem.))
Several people who were injured at the Speedway have filed lawsuits against the race track.
So far, the Hill's have not, but they say they're considering it.
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Abortion opponents held a silent protest over the weekend.
More than 100 protesters lined the sidewalk yesterday afternoon on the corner of Orange Avenue and Williamson Road holding signs.
They say Thursday's approval of the RU-486 pill will only lead to more abortions.
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((DOUG GIMBERT/ABORTION PROTESTER: I FEEL IT WILL MAKE PROMISCUITY THAT MUCH MORE PREVALENT IN OUR SOCIETY THAT MUCH MORE PREVALENT AND LEAD TO MORE ABORTIONS AND MISINFORMATION GETTING OUT TO WOMEN WHO DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT DOWN THE ROAD WHEN THEY REALIZE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Gimbert/Abortion Protester]
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The abortion protest is a yearly event, that just happened to correspond with last week's FDA decision.
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Volunteers at the Catawba Fire Department put in some extra time this weekend.
Crews celebrated the department's 50-th anniversary.
Kids had a chance to learn about fire safety and to see the different trucks the department uses.
The Assistant Fire Chief says the volunteers are the ones who made it all possible.
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((KENNY ORR/ASST. FIRE CHIEF: IT SPEAKS GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY AS FAR AS GETTING VOLUNTEERS FOR 50 YEARS, YOU'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO COME OUT AND GIVE THEIR TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Kenny Orr/Assistant Fire Chief]
[OUT Q=their time.]
The Catawba Valley Civic League presented the department with an award for its service.
"Remember the Titans" made a strong appearance at the box office this weekend.
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The story about an Alexandria, Virginia coach's struggle to make a racially polarized football team play together made an estimated 21--point--two million dollars.
It was the first movie to open with a $20 million plus take in the last two months.
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The re-release of The Exorcist still claims the number 2 spot this week, Almost Famous is number 3, Urban Legends --Final Cut and Bring It On round out the top 5.
A trip to California turned into an appearance on national television for a Lynchburg family.
Irvin and Barbara Ward and their children took part in the syndicated game show "Family Feud."
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[IN Q=This is our]
((IRVIN WARD: THIS IS OUT 35TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AND WE DECIDED TO GO TO CALIFORNIA TO ENJOY OURSELVES. AND OF COURSE THE KIDS WANTED TO GO WITH US AND THAT'S HOW IT ALL STARTED.))
[SUPER=01-Irvin Ward/Family Feud Contestant;]
[OUT Q=all started.]
The program featuring the Wards airs this afternoon at 4, right here on your hometown station.