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For the first time in American history, a judge has ordered the recall of more than a million and a half cars and trucks. We'll tell you why.
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Also today, we'll see why traffic and parking could be a little more difficult for fans heading to Virginia Tech's football game tomorrow night,
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and we'll tell pet owners where they can look on line for some good information about keeping their pets healthy and happy.
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((I JUST THINK IT DEFIES COMMON SENSE THAT IF YOU PUT A CAR ON THE FREEWAY AT 70 MILES AN HOUR AND TURN THE MOTOR OFF, TELL ME THAT THAT'S SAFE.))
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A California Judge opens the floodgates to yet another recall involving Ford Vehicles.
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This time it is a potentially dangerous ignition problem-
The judge today says Ford covered up the trouble- As Teri Okita reports millions of Ford cars may be coming off the market.
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(( THIS IS THE FIRST TIME EVER THAT A STATE JUDGE HAS ORDERED A CAR RECALL OF SOME TWO-MILLION CARS AND TRUCKS IN CALIFORNIA AND FORD SPENT ITS DAY IN COURT IN THE HOT SEAT. Judge Michael Ballachey/CA Superior Court: Were going to get into an argument that I dont want to have I'm going to respond and tell you that this is a case of concealment about a dangerous condition. THE RULING IS BASED ON A CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT FILED BY THREE-AND-A-HALF MILLION FORD OWNERS IN CALIFORNIA WHO CLAIM THE VEHICLES STALL DUE TO AN IGNITION DEVICE EXPOSED TO TOO MUCH HEAT. Paul Nelson/Plaintiffs Attorney) These arent allegations anymore. This isnt an alleged defect. We have a finding of fact. This IS a defect. THE JUDGE CLAIMS FORD KNEW ABOUT THE PROBLEM AS FAR BACK AS 1982 BUT CONTINUED TO SELL MILLIONS OF DEFECTIVE CARS OVER THE NEXT DOZEN YEARS.HE SAYS DOCUMENTS SHOW FORD COULD HAVE MOVED THE DEVICE TO A COOLER SPOT IN THE ENGINE FOR AN EXTRA FOUR-DOLLARS PER VEHICLE. Richard Warmer/Ford Lawyer: The company feels its not justified by the evidence. That these vehicles are safe and that in the end, this ruling will be found to be in error and reversed on appeal. Teri Okita/Reporting: THE RULING APPLIES ONLY TO DRIVERS IN CALIFORNIA. SIMILAR SUITS ARE PENDING IN ALABAMA, ILLINOIS, MARYLAND, TENNESSEE, AND WASHINGTON THE DEFECT COULD INCLUDE AS MANY AS 23-MILLION VEHICLES NATIONWIDE. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.)

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George W. Bush and Al Gore meet again tonight- this time just down the road- in Winston-Salem North Carolina.
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Al Gore arrived in North Carolina this afternoon- on a mission to disprove accusations he's stretching the truth.


Texas Governor George W. Bush must show he has a grasp of world events.
As the two head into the debate the polls shows the two candidates in a dead heat.
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Unlike last week, where the candidates stood-Gore and Bush will sit down at a table for tonight's debate.
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With Presidential politics unfolding just across the border, we sent our Ellen Qualls to Winston-Salem for tonight's debate.
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Ellen, what's going on there?
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Two women are dead after an accident in Pittsylvania County-
18-year old Natalie Ann Beard and 21- year old Shannon Faye Bridges- both of Martinsville were killed in the crash.

State police say Beard was driving, Bridges was a passenger- Police say they were on Route 58 East when Beard lost control of her car and it struck two trees.
Authorities aren't sure exactly when the crash occurred.
A motorist discovered the wrecked vehicle shortly before six this morning.
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Inspections turn up problems with some of the older airplanes in the world's commercial air fleet. We'll have the details following this break.
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Plus Roanoke authorities handed out hundreds of gun locks to protect residents- but do they work?
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World wide- more than three thousand commercial jet liners over 20 years old are in operation. Concerns about the wiring in those planes led to a government study. The results were released today.
Doug Wilson has the details.
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((NARR: Cracks in wiring were found on six models of older jetliners. Cracked wires can cause sparks, equipment malfunctions and fire. In all engineers inspected 81 aircraft and found when it comes to wiring, airlines need to improve. Maintenance is a special concern.

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Some of the things they found was, unintentional damage caused by maintenace crews who may have been in tight areas of the aircraft performing other maintenance activities. (6 seconds)

NARR: Faulty or cracked wires are suspect in the crash of TWA Flight 800 four years ago. As a result of this the FAA began a program to study aircraft wiring after the accident. Some airline passengers seemed unfazed by the findings.
Lester Welch, Passenger I have an absolute fatalistic approach about flying. I have no fear with that And I have faith that they will pursue a solution. (8 seconds)
Doug Wilson Standup Bridge Statistically, youre more likely to have a serious accident in your own bathroom than you are aboard a jetliner. But the FAA says it is taking the problem seriously, despite harsh criticism from some in Congress.

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A program that gave gun safety locks to cities around the country is on hold.
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400- thousands of the gun safety devices were distributed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation through Project Homesafe.
15- hundred of the locks were given to the city of Roanoke.
The program was suspended after police found that the devices could spring open unexpectedly.
Roanoke police say they've given most of the safety devices away but will hang onto the remainder of the locks until they're contacted by the organization.
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Pulaski Furniture employees in Martinsville worked their last day today.
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The company announced the 280 lay offs two months ago. Many employees were emotional as they walked out of the plant for the final time.
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Eighty employees have transferred to other parts of the company. Some have found jobs elsewhere. Many will interview at different furniture companies in the next couple of days. There are dozens more still looking for jobs.
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Downtown Roanoke is getting ready for a big affair in the square. Jacey Birch is standing by with a preview.
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This weekend Center in the Square will become Affair in the Square... the long-running charity ball and one of the year's biggest events in Roanoke.
Before you decide whether to go... you may want to know more.
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Jacey Birch is live at Center in the Square to tell us about the affair and sample some of the music which will will be featured at the event.
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Coming up today in Sports, Steve Mason be along with Hometown Hoops Weekly,
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and local school nurses- They say they are the first line of defense in the fight to keep children healthy.
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For students who aren't able to make regular trips to the doctor a health screening at school can make all the difference in staying well.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton joins us with a look at the work the school nurses are doing in the Roanoke School System.
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Jean,
In Roanoke City Schools, nurses are at the school at least two days week.
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The nurses not only give students' medication but they can also be the first line of defense in screening for some serious problems.
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(( It's that time of year again at Monterey Elementary where the students get screened for vision, hearing, and dental problems.
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Last year nearly 900 children were referred for vision problems, On average the systems has provided glasses for 50 to 90 students whose parents otherwise wouldn't be able to afford them.
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The school also does a screening for scoliosis and immunizations for hepatitis b.
And next year the hepatitis b shot will be mandated for all students entering the six grade.
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More than 56 thousand fans are expected to invade Blacksburg tomorrow night for the Big East battle between Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
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Normally, when so many people converge on one place at the same time it's a good idea to arrive early, but that won't be the case tomorrow. Due to afternoon classes, the parking lots on campus will not be open for the football crowd until after 5pm.
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Tech police also are urging fans who are traveling to the game on route 460 East to exit early before they reach the stadium.
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Wednesday always means basketball. Steve Mason takes us to Lynchburg for a look at two tough teams in the Seminole District in Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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((WE START HOMETOWN HOOPS WITH THE AMHERST LADY LANCERS. THESE GIRLS ARE PART OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST TEAM TURNAROUNDS IN RECENT MEMORY. AND THEY ARE WINNING WITH A FIRST YEAR COACH WHO HONED HIS PLAYING AND COACHING SKILLS JUST DOWN THE ROAD AT LYNCHBURG COLLEGE. ((:)) ((:)) ((:))
Ahmad Smalls compensates for his rookie coaching status by implementing his veteran playing expertise that he picked up while playing point guard for Joe Davis at Lynchburg College. He graduated in 1997 as a second team all ODAC selection. His energy and hustle is now directed at the Lady Lancers. It's working. The team is 7 and 5 and 5 and 1 in the tough Seminole District, amazing considering, the lady Lancers were 1 and 19 last year and was 7 and 67 over the last five seasons. Only two players returned from last years team. ((:)) ((:)) Heritage was the double A state championship runner up a season ago and that just about the entire team is back this season. Obviously expectations have been raised. ((:))
one key to the teams success, some of the players practice with and against the Heritage boys team. STEVE MASON:THAT'S A WRAP FOR HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY, REMEMBERS COACHES AND PLAYERS, CALLS US WITH YOUR SCORES AT 1-800-777-WDBJ, SEE YA NEXT TIME.))



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Finally today, our website of the day is a good place to learn how to keep your pets healthy.
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A new survey shows that even though our domestic animals are well loved, our perceptions of their health and welfare are out of sync with reality.
Purina's "State of the American pet" page is a good place to separate the truth from the fiction.
Another good site for information is put together by Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. While no on line site should replace a visit to the veterinarian, today's websites of the day can help you understand your furry friends a little better.
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You can find both sites through a link to our webpage at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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