If you've been expecting replacements for your Firestone tires, your wait may be over.
We'll have a live report.
Plus, visitors to a Roanoke graveyard leave more than flowers.
We'll show you the damage.
Comfortable temperatures today but a slight chance for a scattered shower... Our dip in temperatures we've been expecting starts tonight. The weather forecast is ahead.
News 7 at noon is next.
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One thousand recall replacement tires are rolling into Roanoke.
Good afternoon, I'm Shannon Young. Kim McBroom has the day off.
They're Goodyear tires ... and they have arrived at Magic City Ford, almost two months after the nationwide Firestone recall began.
The dealership is one of many replacing the recalled Firestone A-T-X, A-T-X-2, and Wilderness tires for local Ford Explorer owners.
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Jennifer Miele is at Magic City Ford today.
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Police are investigating some vandalism at a northwest Roanoke cemetery.
About twenty headstones at the predominantly black Williams Memorial Park were marked with racist profanity and Nazi symbols.
Police believe the vandals were juveniles calling themselves the Spyder
The name was written on some of the tombstones.
The new government in Yugoslavia is getting support from other countries.
Russia is now recognizing Opposition leader Vojislav Kostunica as the winner of last month's presidential election.
The move follows violent riots yesterday that drove former leader Slobodan Milosevic from office.
Lisa Leigh reports.
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(( Russia, a longtime ally of Slobodan Milosevic, has recognized
Vojislav Kostunica as the official president of Serbia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hoped peace would come
soon to Serbia.
Appearing on The Early Show on CBS, Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright applauded the Russians, and urged Serbia to continue toward
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"It's amazing to see those pictures but what is most amazing is to see
the serb people pushing for their freedom and making clear that
Milosevic has to go, he's finished."
The whereabouts of Milosevic -- still unknown, although it is
believed a Russian representatve met with the disgraced leader at his
home in Belgrade.
On the streets the cleanup has begun, the day after an uprising by
hundreds of thousands of protestors set the Parliament on fire and
seized control of the state-run television station.
Europe has promised to withdraw sanctions against Yugoslavia if the
new government is succesful...and then help rebuild.
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"once things are in place, the united states and all of Western Europe
can begin to assist the reconstruction and rebuilding of Yugoslavia so
it can be a nomal democratic law abiding country."
Once Milosevic emerges from hiding, he has a jail cell awaiting
him. He's an indicted war criminal, to be tried by the War Crimes
Tribunal in the Hague.
In Washington, Lisa Leigh, CBS News.))
Casualties are climbing after a strong earthquake in Japan.
At least 2-people were hurt in this morning's 7-point-1 shaker
The tremor damaged dozens of homes and buildings, shattering windows, collapsing shelves in stores and supermarkets, and cutting off electricity to thousands.
The quake also triggered at least ten landslides across the region.
Today's quake was centered 315 miles southwest of Tokyo.
A newly approved birth control requires just one dose a month, if you don't mind a shot in the arm.
The Food and Drug Administration says the drug Lunelle is more than 99-percent effective.
The drug is administered in shot form and is an alternative to another injectable contraceptive called Depo-Provera that lasts three months.
The shots cost from 30 to 37 dollars each and must to be given by a
Lunelle will be available by the end of the year.
The candidates are back on the campaign trail after last night's debate between the candidates for Vice President.
Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman will team up for an appeal to seniors in Florida.
George W. Bush is also preparing for a visit to the Sunshine State.
In the meantime, both parties say last night's match-up went well.
Drew Levinson reports.
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((THERE WAS LITTLE COMMON GROUND, BUT IT ALSO WASN'T A BATTLEGROUND.
INSTEAD, THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES POLITELY LAID OUT THEIR DIFFERNCES IN A DEBATE THAT MANY ARE CALLING UNCHARACTERISTICALLY CIVIL.
IN THEIR ONE AND ONLY SCHEDULED DEBATE...DICK CHENEY AND JOE LIEBERMAN
DISCUSSED ALL THE KEY ISSUES... SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND TAXES.
JOSEPH LIEBERMAN: VP NOMINEE
"IN FACT THEY RAID THE MEDICARE TRUST FUND TO PAY FOR THEIR TAX CUT AND
OTHER PROGRAMS THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD BECAUSE THEY SPENT SO MUCH ON THE
DICK CHENEY: VP NOMINEE
"THE FACT IS, THE PROGRAM WE PUT TOGETHER WE THINK IS VERY RESPONSIBLE.
THE SUGGESTIONS THAT ALL OF IT IS GOING FOR A TAX CUT ISN'T TRUE."
BOTH MEN STUCK TO THE ISSUES AND KEPT THEIR PLEDGES TO AVOID PERSONAL
ATTACKS. THE BIGGEST ARGUMENT OF THE NIGHT WAS OVER THE QUESTION OF
"THE U-S MILITARY IS WORSE OFF THAEN IT WAS 8 YEARS AGO."
AND AFTERWARDS BOTH MEN WERE STILL TALKING ABOUT THAT.
JOSEPH LIEBERMAN/(D) VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE
"HIS CONTENTION THAT OUR MILITARY IS UNREADY NOW IS JUST WRONG. I REALLY
ENJOYED EXCHANGING ABOUT THAT.
DICK CHENEY(R) VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE
"BOTH HE AND AL GORE HAVE INDICATED THEY DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE
MILITARY...I REALLY HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE NOTION .... IN A PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN. I JUST THOUGHT THAT'S THE TIME TO HAVE EXACTLY THAT KIND OF DEBATE."))
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Coming up, a Henry County teen hears his sentence ... for accidentally killing his best friend five months ago...
And a proposed 26 mile nature trail could turn into a marathon of a debate in two counties.
We'll have more on those stories, but for now let's check in with Jacey, and find out if this warm weather will stick around for today...
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To some, its a 26 mile treasure ... a trail for biking, hiking and horseback riding.
To others, it's an assult on their property and way of life.
A proposal to turn an abandoned railroad into a recreation trail is generating plenty of controversy .. which was quite evident at a public hearing last night.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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((The 26 miles of abandoned railroad travels through what some call the area's most scenic property. That's why developers want to make a rail trail for everyone to enjoy. But residents like Nickie Drummond oppose the idea. She says her house faces the railroad and a trail will only bring trouble to her secluded home.
((NICKIE DRUMMOND: IT'S GOING TO SERVE NO PURPOSE THEN TO WREAK HAVOC WITHIN THE COMMUNITIES THAT IT GOES THROUGH SO WHY DO WE NEED THIS TRAIL PUT IT IN A NON RESIDENTIAL AREA.))
Other opponents ask what's the need for another nature trail in Virginia.
((RITA PEARITY: IN THIS SECTION OF VA THE SMALL SECTION THERE ARE 11 ESTABLISHED TRAILS ALREADY SO MY POINT WE DON'T NEED THE TRAIL FOR RECREATION THOSE ARE AVAILABLE ALREADY.))
But nature enthusiasts say residents' concerns over crime and litter are not the case where other rail trails have been set up.
((EMILY PRILLAMAN: THIS HAS PROVEN TO WEST VIRGINIA TO BE A GREAT VALUABLE RESOURCE FOR WEST VIRGINIA AS WELL TO BE A FANTASTIC RECREATION FOR IT'S CITIZENS AND THOSE THAT VISIT WEST VIRGINIA.))
((BILL MEDECKA: I CAN TELL YOU FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE THERE IS VERY LITTLE TRASH, THERE'S NO CRIME EVERYONE WHO IS ALONG THE TRAIL IS REALLY NICE AND FRIENDLY.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO BEFORE THIS RAIL TRAIL BECOMES REALITY. PLANNERS SAY THEY WILL TAKE THE COMMENTS FROM THIS MEETING TO FORM A REPORT. THEN THEY WILL HOLD ANOTHER PUBLIC HEARING ON JANUARY 10TH AND WILL MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO BOTETOURT AND CRAIG COUNTY SUPERVISORS IN FEBRUARY. IT COULD BE JUNE OF NEXT YEAR BEFORE THEY EVEN BEGIN TO APPLY FOR FUNDING. KATE WEIDAW NEWS7.))
He accidentally killed his best friend last May.
Yesterday, a teen learned he would NOT spend any time in prison or a detention home.
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A Henry County judge suspended the boy's sentence of juvenile detention.
The teen will be on an undetermined time of supervised probation, for his conviction of reckless handling of a firearm.
13 year old Brandon Lee Moore was shot accidentally in May.
A much stiffer sentence for a Galax man ... for the murders of two elderly sisters. He gets three life sentences, without parole.
John D. Cochran pled guilty yesterday to murder and arson in the deaths of Ila and Inez Edwards.
The bodies of the two women that Cochran had known for several years were found in their burning home last year.
He admitted beating and killing them, then setting the house on fire.
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Coming up, a milestone Space Shuttle launch is on hold through the weekend. We'll tell you why.
And the Roanoke Fire Department plans to say goodbye to several historic stations, but not everybody is happy with the decision. We'll explain after the break.
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The Roanoke Firefighters Association is criticizing a plan to close five stations and build two new ones.
The group's president says Station 1 near the City Market is an asset that should be promoted, not eliminated.
The association also says four other firehouses should also be kept open because they're an important part of their neighborhoods.
Keith Humphry has more on the city's proposal.
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(( Old Number one is so obsolete, it's not always fully manned. Station One generally houses only one ladder truck.
The century- old station was built to house horse-drawn fire wagons. It's a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark. Number one would literally become a museum, leased to the Julian Wise Foundation.
The plan is to close it, along with station three on Sixth Street, Southwest, a block below the Jefferson Center.
The two downtown stations would be replaced by a new one in the vicinity of Jefferson and Elm.
It would also house the Fire Administration offices.
Chief Jim Grigsby has already informed members of his department of the changes. He plans to start briefing members of City Council next week.
In the Northwest sector of the city, station Five on 12th Street, Northwest would close, along with Station Nine at 24th and Melrose. Here again these two stations would be eliminated, but replaced by a new fire house somewhere in the vicinity of 19th and Orange. The chief has said he has a site in mind but that additional property would have to be acquired.
Station 12 on Salem Turnpike would be closed, replaced by the new fire house that just opened this year on Peters Creek Road.
Chief Grigsby was unavailable, but Battalion Chief Audie Ferris said the station closings would save the city 800-thousand dollars in maintenance costs.
The plan does NOT call for any reduction in personnel.))
A record number of voters are registered in Virginia this year... although that doesn't necessarily mean a record turnout come election day.
Officials say the 1995 motor voter law accounts for the increase in registrations.
For the first time - more than four -MILLION Virginians are registered - that's a 21-point- two percent increase from the 1996 presidential election.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 90 points.
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Coming up, a Cave Spring standout says he'll be a Blue Devil after his high school hoops career is over...
and last night the Braves tried to avoid stepping into a two-game-hole in the National League Division Series. We'll have highlights, up next in sports.
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Mark McGwire hit a pinch hit homer in the 8-th to help the Cardinals crush the Atlanta Braves 10 to 4.
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The Braves scored in the top of the first when Chipper Jones hits this line drive to left field scoring Rafael (Fur-KAL) Furcal for a 1 to nothing lead.
The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the first when Will Clark belted this three run homer over the centerfield wall and St. Louis wins it 10 to 4 to lead the series 2 games to none.
In the other N-L race, the Mets tied up their series with the Giants at 1 apiece with a 5-to-4 win in 10 innings.
Also, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Davey Johnson will be fired as the Dodgers manager today.
Cave Spring basketball star J-J (REH-dik) Redick says he'll play college basketball in a Blue Devil's uniform.
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With his parents and coach by his side, the junior became the earliest commitment in Duke history.
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Because J.J. has not taken the SAT's yet, Duke cannot offer him a scholarship, but coach Mike Krzyzewski gave J. J. his word that if he should suffer an injury Duke would still honor its commitment to him.
Its week 7 of high school football. Mike Stevens has a look at tonight's action on Friday Football Extra.
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Space shuttle ``Discovery'' will be stuck on the launchpad until Monday.
NASA has delayed liftoff so technicians can investigate what is likely to be a faulty fuel valve.
Meantime, a group of 4-H members in Northern California is contributing to the International Space Station..
Last night the 7-to-15 year olds loaded their science projects into a space module that will head to the space station in February.
The experiments explore outer space effects of solar radiation, temperature and weightlessness, and photographic film, amongh other subjects.
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