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One northbound lane of Interstate 81 is still closed as crews make repairs on the bridge and guardrail at the 5-81 interchange.
A tractor- trailer slammed into the bridge last night when the driver lost control.
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And in sports, a report from the medical examiner confirms what killed NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt.
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Our temperatures stay warm today but rain showers may be trading places with the sunshine... the forecast details are straight ahead.
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Stay with us-- News 7 at noon is next.


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A fifth visit between American diplomats and the crew of a Navy spy plane in China goes the way of previous visits.....
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom
The crew members are said to be in good condition, and are even receiving e-mail from their families.
Meanwhile, the Bush administration is coming under pressure to threaten trade sanctions, in efforts of softening China's demands for an apology.
Terisa Estacio reports.
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[SUPER=01-Neal Sealock/U. S. Defense Attache;]
[SUPER=01-James & Susan Coursen/Crew Member's Family;]
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[SUPER=01-Terisa Estacio/Reporting;]
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(( While negotiations continue for the release of the 24 crew members-so does the war of words- Chinas president traveling in South America has once again rejected the U.S.s attempt to strike a compromise- demanding that America apologise for the collision.

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Narr: President Bush is concentrating efforts on a letter in which the U.S. states it is sorry for the pilots apparent loss of life and for landing on Chinese territory.
A fifth meeting with the two dozen crew members did take place today.
Sot: Brigadier General Neal Sealock
Narr: Family members though watching from a far say their patience is beginning to wear thin.

(sot/James Coursen and Susan Coursen Note: this is a two shot/Susan

right screen speaks) . " "I think egos are getting in the way.)
Mandatory font: Spaceimaging.com Recent satellite pictures show a line of military vehicles surrounding the spy plane-offering further proof that the Chinese government is dissecting the plane for any classified information.

(Terisa Estacio. .. to come. )


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An organization that promotes good relations between the U-S and Italy was the target of an early morning explosion.
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The bomb went off before workers came in today.
It was placed against the door of the Association for Italy--- U-S-A Relations office in the city center.


Police have sealed off the building.
Italian officials say they've received no specific threats, but anti- American graffiti had appeared on the main door.
The institute is engaged in research and publishes a magazine.
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Two Liberty High School students have been charged with distributing the painkiller OxyContin.
Two boys.. one 15, the other 16.. were arrested at the school last week after Liberty's resource officer learned of the transactions.
Police say the pair distributed about a dozen pills to four or five students.
Each has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance.
OxyContin is a synthetic morphine that has been blamed for more than two dozen deaths in Virginia in the last two years.

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An accident last night on Interstate 81 at the 5-81 interchange is still slowing down traffic.
State police say ONE northbound lane is open now, while crews make repairs to the bridge and guard rail.
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The accident happened just before 10 last night, when a tractor-trailer driver headed Northbound lost control on an overpass.
The rig hit the guard-rail and bridge-- spilling diesel fuel.
The fuel caught fire and destroyed the truck.
The driver escaped unharmed.
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VDOT is expecting to keep one lane closed until 3-30 this afternoon while they repair and repave damage on the overpass.
You can expect another lane closure on the bridge tomorrow from 9 to 4 - if the weather permits.[Pearisburg-Fatal]


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A Pearisburg woman died last night after an accident in her driveway.
State Police were called to the home of Victoria Crockett just after nine o-clock.
Details of the accident were not available.

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A difficult decision is ahead for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. It's one dealing with taxes.
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Last night-- superintendent Jim Blevins urged the supervisors to increase the real-estate tax rate by eight-cents. The hike would give teachers a ten-point six percent pay raise. Blevins says the move would keep the county from losing many of its teachers to nearby jurisdictions like Roanoke and Lynchburg.
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((JIM BLEVINS/BEDFORD CO. SUPERINTENDENT: THE ONE THING ABOUT TEACHERS IS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO MOVE TO INCREASE THEIR SALARY THEY CAN STILL KEEP THEIR HOME AND THEY ONLY HAVE TO DRIVE A FEW MILES TO GO INTO ANOTHER DISTRICT.))
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Under an eight cent increase, the starting salary for a teacher in Bedford County would be 28-thousand-500 dollars.
The board will vote on the tax issue on Thursday.
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[Roanoke-Body]


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Authorities now know the identity of the body that was found over the weekend near Campbell Avenue.
They say it is 33-year-old Billy Ray Green of Roanoke.
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Police found Green's body Sunday morning in a cement canal in front of the Norfolk Southern Machine Shop.
He was lying face down in the water with a cut on his head.
Police say an autopsy will be performed today.
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A Christiansburg home was damaged by fire last night.
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Just before 8:30 last night, Christiansburg Fire Department and rescue arrived to find the back of a two-story home burning.
The five-adults who rent the home were sleeping when it happened, a neighbor alerted the group to the flames.
There were no fire related injuries although a firefighter twisted his knee.
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((JIM EPPERLY/CHRISTIANSBURG FIRE CHIEF; A FAMILY HAD SOME TRASH OUTSIDE BEHIND THE HOUSE SOME CHARCOAL COALS WE THINK THAT CAUGHT ON FIRE EXTENDED INTO THE FIRE HAD A PRETTY GOOD LOSS. ))
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The American Red Cross is helping the family with housing for the next few days.
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A set of Siamese twin girls is said to be doing fine after a four- day operation.
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Cameras were flashing as the first of the newly- separated twins came out of the operating room.
Teams of doctors had been working around the clock since last Friday to separate the infants, who were born attached at the head.
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((DR. KEITH GOH/SURGEON: BOTH THE PARENTS AND THE GRANDFATHER BROKE INTO TEARS. I GUESS WAITING FOR FIVE DAYS IS HARD FOR ANYONE, YOU KNOW, FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS, SO THEY ARE A BIT FRAGILE AT THE MOMENT."
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What was supposed to have been a 40- hour procedure lasted more than 80.
Their condition is stable, but doctors say the next few days are crucial.
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Safety on playgrounds- it's up for talk in the town in Blacksburg.
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To comply with new national standards, the area's eighteen playgrounds, including four at schools, will be updated.

The Director of Parks and Recreation says some of the parks have been around for 25-years and need improvement.
Safety is determined by looking at specifics such as fall areas and surfaces.
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((DEAN CRANE/PARKS RECREATION DIRECTOR; WE BASICALLY WENT THROUGH THE PARKS AND DID ANALYSIS THOSE THAT MEET THE STANDARDS WE'LL KEEP AND THOSE THAT HAVE PIECES THAT DIDN'T MEET WILL BE TAKEN OUT AND NEW AND WILL HAVE BRAND NEW EQUIPMENT. ))
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226-thousand dollars has already been approved for the improvement projects.
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A local teenager generously gives his time volunteering at a local hospital. He says his experience caring for his dying grandfather has taught him an important lesson. Now he wants to use it to help others.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has the story.
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While many teens his age are hanging out with friends -- 17 year old Ronald Wright chooses to spend his time at Stonewall Jackson Hospital.
In fact, he's there 7 days a week, sometimes 5 hours at a time, volunteering in the extended care facility.
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((RONALD WRIGHT: IT'S THE PEOPLE. I LOVE HEARING THEIR STORIES. I LOVE SITTING AROUND FOR HOURS AT TIME CHATTING WITH A PERSON, GETTING TO KNOW THEIR HOPES, THEIR FEARS, ALL ABOUT THEIR LIFE AND THEIR CHILDREN)) [RUNS14]
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And the residents love him -- it's almost like he has a fan club.
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((RUTH JOYCE/RESIDENT: THEY TALK THAT HE HAS SUCH BEATIFUL HAIR, HE'S GOT SUCH A BEUTIFIL SMILE AND HE'S SO NICE TO EVERYBODY)) [RUNS08]
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Ronald says caring for his ailing grandfather made him realize he wanted to help others.
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((NAT SOT: YOU BEEN STAYING OFF YOUR FEET. YEAH I'VE BEEN STAYING OFF MY FEET. I HEAR THAT 40 TIMES A DAY))

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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTING; SINCE RONALD STARTED VOLUNTEERING LAST SUMMER. HE'S DONATED MORE THAN 6-HUNDRED HOURS OF HIS TIME. AND WHEN HE GRADUATES HE HOPES TO TURN IT INTO A CAREER)) [RUNS10]
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Stonewall Jackson Hospital says getting more young adults interested in health care is critical since the older population is growing while many hospitals are faced with a nursing shortage.
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[IN Q=Hopefully by getting the youth in]

((KAREN JACKSON/DIR. OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES: HOPEFULLY BY GETTING THE YOUTH IN AND LETTING THEM SEE HOW CARING AND HOW WONDERFUL, AND HOW REWARDING IT CAN BE AT A YOUNG AGE MAYBE THEY'LL STAY WITH IT)) [RUNS12]
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[IN Q=It will enrich your life]

((RONALD WRIGHT: IT WILL ENRICH YOUR LIFE.IT'S GREAT. IT GIVES ME A REASON TO GO ON)) [RUNS07]
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And Ronalds says he plans to start his nursing career at Stonewall Jackson Hospital. A place that's become like his second home. Joy Sutton, News 7, Lexington.))