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Up next on News 7--
The deadline to stop fighting has come and gone, but the violence continues in the Middle East.
A 14- year- old boy is among today's casualties.
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And Ericcson Incorporated in Lynchburg announces some major changes.
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We hope you'll stay tuned for News 7 at noon.


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Despite the promise of a truce earlier this week, the death count rises in the Middle East again today.
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[Ericsson]


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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
More on developments in the Middle East in a moment, but first--
Some major changes are in the works for Lynchburg's largest employer today.
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Ericsson Incorporated announced this morning it is phasing out production of cell phones at its Lynchburg facility.
All of Ericsson's cell phone manufacturing has been sold to a company called S-C-I- Systems Incorporated. S-C-I will operate out of the Lynchburg plant and those employees from the cell phone division will be re-trained to make infrastructure equipment for S-C-I. Officials say no local jobs are being lost. Officials say it will take about 6 to 9 months for the transition to be complete.
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Two young men have been charged in connection with vandalism at Williams Memorial Park.
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About 20 tombstones were marked with profanity and Nazi symbols on October first.
The young men are charged with one count each of injuring a cemetery and one count of each entering property to commit damage.
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[Mideast-Peace]


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The deadline for a cease- fire in the Middle East is bringing only more bloodshed..
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Just after the deadline expired today, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israeli soldiers at checkpoints in the West Bank.
Massive return fire from the Israelis killed four Palestinians and wounded several.
Earlier today, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli troops during a clash with rock-throwers before the deadline passed.
It's been the deadliest day of fighting in the region in nearly two weeks.
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The worst flooding in 50 years has struck Italy--
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Italy's longest river, the Po is up to historic levels with runoff from days of torrential rains in the Alps.
Northern Italy is almost divided in half, after high tides surged up the river last night.
Officials aren't yet reporting any deaths from the flooding.
But thousands of residents were forced to evacuate.
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[Bongmart]


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An Arizona businessman has been convicted by a federal jury in Roanoke for providing the laughing gas that led to the death of a Virginia Tech student last year.
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Larry Tieman (Tee-mun) ran a head shop near the University of Arizona in Tempe.
In addition to T-shirts and water pipes, he sold nitrous oxide.
While it is used as a propellant in whipped cream canisters, the gas is also widely abused as a drug.
Fairfax native Andrew McCoy bought some through (Tee-mun's) Tieman's web site, Bongmart- dot-com.
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Tieman told the jury he didn't intend for McCoy- -or any of his customers- -to inhale the nitrous oxide.
Last night, the judge said he considered Tieman no different than any other drug dealer.
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[Technology-Conference]


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A two day conference on how to improve business is underway today at the Hotel Roanoke. It's gives business owners and people looking to start a business the chance to network. Kate Weidaw has more.
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((Neu web dot com has found a niche in the internet market. Three years ago 23 year old David Salvaggio of Blacksburg dropped out of college to begin a virtual reality business.

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((DAVID SALVAGGIO:WE PUT TOGETHER A VERY EXTENSIVE BUSINESS PLAN AND BEGAN SHOPPING AROUND WITH LOCAL INVESTORS.))
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With the backing from investors his company now makes six figures and has grown from 4 employees to 25. It's those investors that came to the Hotel Roanoke to hear plans from entrepreneurs and to find the next niche in the market.

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((MARK FRANTZ/VENTURE CAPITAL PROFESSIONAL: YOU NEED TO PUT TOGETHER A VERY GOOD BUSINESS PLAN THAT'S BUILT AROUND A FUNDAMENTAL IDEA AND HAS A STRONG TEAM, NOBODY'S EXPECTING YOU TO BE BILL GATES AND BE THE WORLD'S BEST CEO.))
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Former CNN Moneyline anchor Lou Dobbs says there's one sure way to know if your idea is a winner.

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((LOU DOBBS: IF YOU CAN ATTRACT THE INVESTMENT OF OTHERS THEN YOU PROBABLY HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR DREAM A REALITY.))
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But there are financial risks, especially if you want to join a start up internet company.

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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: SOME OTHER TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN STARTING A BUSINESS IS TO RESEARCH THE MARKET PLACE, KNOW WHO THE COMPETITORS ARE, AND THE TRENDS IN THE MARKET. THE CONFERENCE WRAPS UP THIS AFTERNOON WITH 20 PRESENTATIONS FROM COMPANIES ABOUT THEIR START AND SUCCESS. KATE WEIDAW NEWS7 ROANOKE.))
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Authorities say it's the biggest marijuana plantation they've ever seen in Brazil...
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The plants were never found before, because they were out of reach of satellite trackers, deeply hidden in the Amazon basin of NORTHERN Brazil.
But police involved in "Operation Boa Constrictor" used other methods to locate the crop.
In addition to being illegal, the marijuana harvest has also destroyed much of the region's rainforest.
The big raid is being hailed as a breakthrough in the fight against drugs.
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Two people were injured in a head-on accident in Roanoke.
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Around 5-30 yesterday evening, a delivery truck and a car collided on Memorial Avenue.
Authorities say both drivers were injured and taken to Roanoke Memorial hospital.
No word on how serious those injuries are.
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A fugitive from Bristol is in custody after he allegedly lead state police on a 12-mile high-speed chase through Wythe County. (XXXXXXX) [TAKE MAP FULL]
State police say 41-year-old Clyde (NOFF-lin) Naphlin was forced off Interstate 81 just north of Wytheville yesterday -- after he rammed two police cars.
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Naphlin is suspected of shooting his wife and another man at his Bristol home yesterday morning.
Authorities say they recovered a gun from Naphlin's wrecked car.
State police say he may face charges here before he's sent back to Bristol.
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Naphlin is being held in the Wythe County jail on attempted capital murder, drunk driving, and reckless driving charges.
Two state troopers were treated and released with injuries from the chase.

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A former state trooper pled guilty to charges stemming from his relationship with a 15 year old girl.
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31-year-old Brian Keith Owens pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts of disorderly conduct- a misdemeanor.
He was charged with dating and having consensual sex with the girl.
But prosecutors say they had to reduce the charges after the girl failed to appear in court.
Owens was ordered to pay a 750-dollar fine and stay away from the girl.
He resigned from the state police and now works in retail in West Virginia.
Owens had no comment.
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Some Virginia Tech students are protecting themselves against meningitis.
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Hundreds of students paid 75-dollars to get the vaccine yesterday.
Bacterial meningitis is prevalent among college students living in dorms.
Last year, one Virginia Tech student and three Radford University students contracted the disease.
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Last year, four-thousand Virginia Tech students were immunized against meningitis.
Radford University says it's considering making the vaccine mandatory.
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[Al-Smith]


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Al Gore and George W- Bush faced off again last night..
But this time, it wasn't in a debate.
The two made a little fun of themselves and each other at the annual Alfred E- Smith Dinner, honoring New York's former governor and the nation's first catholic Presidential candidate.
Marcia Kramer was there.
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