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Today on News 7, U-S officials finally get to see American servicemen being held in China, but there's still no word on when they will be allowed to leave.
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And the Postal Service says it is considering taking Saturday's off.[Weather-Head]
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Also today, V-M-I could face a lawsuit for its dinner time blessing,
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and Roanoke's city market becomes something of a three ring circus as a protestor is met with even more protests.
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U-S officials today are allowed to see 24-American servicemen being held in China.
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((THE GENERAL TELLS ME THEY ARE IN GOOD HEALTH. THEY SUFFERED NO INJURIES. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN MISTREATED.))
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While the Servicemen are in good shape - there is still no word on when they'll be released.
U-S officials want them sent home now- but it appears China wants an apology first.
Teri Okita is covering this story and joins us live with the latest.
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((CHINA FINALLY ALLOWED U-S DIPLOMATS IN TO SEE THE 24-U-S CREWMEMBERS OF THAT DOWNED SPY PLANE, BUT THERES STILL NO WORD ON WHEN CHINA WILL LET THE CREW GO HOME. REPORTER TERI OKITA HAS MORE FROM WASHINGTON ON THIS DEVELOPING STORY. A U-S DEFENSE ATTACHE WHO MET WITH CREWMEMBERS OF A DOWNED U-S SPY PLANE SAYS ALL 24 ARE IN GOOD HEALTH, BUT THEYRE STILL BEING DETAINED ON HAINAN IN SOUTHERN CHINA. BUSH, This accident has the potential.... to come home. CHINAS LEADERS REMAIN VAGUE ABOUT THEIR RETURN. THEYRE DEMANDING AN APOLOGY FOR THE WEEKEND COLLISION BETWEEN THE PLANE AND THEIR FIGHTER JET. THEY ALSO WANT THE U-S TO STOP ITS SURVEILLANCE MISSIONS, BOTH DEMANDS UNLIKELY TO BE MET. Colin Powell/Sec. Of State: I must say, Im a little concerned about the way in which the Chinese government has handled this matter. We could have resolved it much earlier, I think. THE U-S MILITARY SAYS THE CHINESE UNDOUBTEDLY BOARDED THE EP-3 WHICH LOOKS LIKE THIS AND EXAMINED THE SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT. THE CREW HAD ABOUT 15-MINUTES FROM THE TIME OF COLLISION TO LANDING TO TRY TO DESTROY SENSITIVE INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. AS THE DAYS PASS, FAMILIES BACK HOME GROW MORE WORRIED. BARBARA DiSTEFANO, SISTER, I really dont care about the plane, but I just want the people returned.))






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A pedestrian was struck and killed on Interstate-81 today. The 40 year old played football for Virginia Tech- from 1979 to 1982.
(Gill-ette) Gillet Garner Ford, Junior of Blacksburg was hit by a truck traveling south.
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State Police say Ford stepped out of his pickup after it broke down. When he leaned back, he fell into traffic.
The truck driver who hit him tried to stop. There are no charges against him.
Southbound lanes were closed due to the accident and as traffic backed up, a second crash occurred a few miles back.

A U-P-S truck could not stop in time and hit the car ahead of it.
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Rescue officials had a difficult time getting the DRIVER out of the damaged car, He was treated for injuries that do not appear life threatening.
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A Virginia man is acquitted of assaulting an airline ticket agent-
The verdict came down today after three and half hours of deliberations- John Davis Not guilty of aggravated assault.
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He was accused after a confrontation with an airline worker- as a delayed flight was boarding.
The Airline workers neck was broken during the incident. Prosecution witnesses said David slammed the ticket agent headfirst onto the floor after enduring a two hour delay at Newark International airport.
The defense said that the agent attacked first- and both men fell to the floor.
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Neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night may keep your mailman from making his appointed rounds, but the weekend might.
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The U-S Postal Service says it is considering eliminating Saturday mail delivery.
The agency says huge projected losses may make it cut back to a Monday through Friday schedule.
Postal officials say they face a two to three BILLION dollar loss this year.
That's after a 200 MILLION dollar loss this year.
In addition to ending Saturday delivery, the postal service is considering closing some post offices.
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A circus protest brought a circus atmosphere to downtown Roanoke this afternoon, as animal rights activists and a Roanoke radio station vied for the public's attention.
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Shortly after noon Tarina (tuh-REE-nuh) Keene took off her bathrobe and climbed into a makeshift cage near the City Market Building.
She was protesting the use of animals in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Representatives of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals contend that circus living conditions and training methods amount to animal cruelty.
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Roanoke radio station WROV served up hotdogs across the street from the PETA protest.
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And in a news release this afternoon, Feld Entertainment said the circus is committed to the highest standards of animal care. A spokesman said PETA is pushing an ideology which most Americans do not accept. [(toss to R)]
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Coming up next on the newscast, the A-C-L-U says the Virginia Military Institute has fallen from grace. We'll tell you why the group is considering suing the school after this break.
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And after years of legal battles, a Roanoke eye surgery clinic is finally serving patients.
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Virginia Military Institute has another legal issue to deal with: Prayer in the mess hall.
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Before cadets sit down to eat each evening, a cadet chaplain reads a standardized prayer.
Some cadets say it amounts to the practice of religion in a state school.
Neil Mellen and Paul Knick have asked the school to abandon the organized prayer.
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The cadets have the A-C-L-U on their side.
V-M-I is not making any public comment on the issue, though the Institute released a copy of a letter to the A-C-L-U, saying "the Constitution does not prohibit our saying grace before supper. Superintendent Josiah Bunting concluded: "we shall continue to do so."
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The state of the state's health reports shows Virginia is making progress.
A national survey ranks the health of the Commonwealth's citizens 15th nationally.
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The State Health Commissioner says teen pregnancy, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS cases, and cancer deaths are all down.
But she questions national statistics that show deaths from cancer, stroke, and coronary disease in Virginia are higher than the national average.
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The Health Department spent much of today's news conference reminding the public that mosquito-borne West Nile Virus showed up in seven birds in Virginia last year.
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They're asking the public to help get rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed.
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They also want you to notify your local health department if you find a dead bird.
West Nile Virus can cause encephalitis and meningitis in humans.

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In Health Check Tonight,
It's the first of its kind in the Roanoke Valley, a facility that specializes only in eye surgery.
It's called the Roanoke Valley Center for Sight.
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But as Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us --just the opening of the center --is a victory for Vistar Eye Center --because it took three years to get here.
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Jean, When Vistar first tried to build, Carilion Health System fought it -- saying it would take away too much business.
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But last February after a long struggle, Vistar won the Certificate of Need Approval from the Health department --and the center has been open for business ever since.
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Iva Via is having glaucoma surgery. This is third time she's had eye surgery. But the first time she's come to Roanoke Valley Center for Sight.
Doctor Frank Cotter says the patients were the main reason why an independent eye surgery center was needed in the Roanoke Valley.
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But the struggle to get to this point has been an uphill battle.
When Carilion Health System fought against the opening of this facility --- Vistar Eye Center did everything possible

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That included taking a trip to Richmond with patients -- to appeal to state lawmakers.
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So, far the center performs 60 surgical cases per week.
And as far --as the battle with Carillion --Cotter says its time to look beyond that now.
He says he considers Carilion a partner in eye care.
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The center is an outpatient facility offering cataract and glaucoma surgery and wells as plastic surgery and other procedures.
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The Roanoke Science Museum is all a-glow about some of its new exhibits. Coming up next, Jacey Birch will explain.





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Marine life... glowing rocks... and optical illusions are just a few of the latest attractions at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
Jacey Birch stopped by to take a tour of some of the new science exhibits... you may want to check them out too!
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Stay with us. Today in Sports, Mike Stevens looks at college basketball, NASCAR and the Masters.
Then a little later, we'll have a real blast from the past....
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The infamous gun of a notorious outlaw is returned to the place he stole it from more than 67 years ago.
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Good afternoon everyone, the Tuesday Ticker comes from the hills of North Carolina, where fans welcomed back their heroes today.
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The Duke Blue Devils arrived home to a packed Cameron Hall.
The new national champions earned the crown with an 82-72 win over Arizona.
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Fans honored that achievement by singing "we will we will rock you."
They honored game MVP Mike Dunleavy who score 21 points, by chanting his name.
Shane Battier showed everyone in attendance the prize for the trophy case.
This is Coach Mike Krzyzewski third national championship.
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The 67th Masters begins Thursday at Augusta National. 93 of the world's top golfers will compete.
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Today marked the second practice round and many eyes were on Tiger Woods who is trying to win his fourth consecutive major. Woods set 20 tournament records at the Masters four years ago, but has not won the tournament since.
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Defending champion Vijay Singh put himself on the green during practice by puddle jumping, he skips the ball across the water to safely make it on the green. The four day tournament begins Thursday.
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When the Martinsville Speedway plays host to the Craftsman Truck series this Saturday, fan favorite Jimmy Hensley will be in the field afterall. Hensley got a truck ride and sponsorship today from the webs site left behind dot com. Earlier today we talked to Jimmy's former teammate about how a driver can be left behind if he doesn't give Martinsville proper respect.
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More on the truck series coming up at six, plus we'll hear from a man who has been camping out at the track since last Wednesday. Take care everyone. Jean will be right back to wrap up this half hour of News 7 in just a monent.
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A high caliber gun stolen by a notorious gangster is back in the hands of the police agency he took it from.
67 years ago John Dillinger used the machine gun designed to keep him in prison...to escape. Tina Cosby has more.


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