Coming up today at 5, the 24 Americans being held in China will be on the way home soon. We'll have a live report.
and 45 people are feared dead following a stampede in a sports stadium.
Temperatures return to the 70s and 80s tomorrow. Showers may return by Thursday night. Forecast details coming up.
Also today, Martinsville firefighters says they need more manpower to do their jobs,
and there's more bad news for a Virginia based furniture chain.
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((TO SCOTT AND THE 24 CREWMEN A SPEEDY QUICK HOMECOMING.))
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Family members are raising their glasses- after word that 24 U-S servicemen will be coming home.
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The crew of the American spy plane will soon be heading for U-S soil- The news came early today-
Terisa Estacio is following the story and joins us with the latest- from Washington.
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THE PLANE THAT WILL FLY THE U.S. CREW HOME -- LEFT GUAM TODAY --
BOUND FOR THE CHINESE ISLAND OF HAINAN.THATS WHERE THE 24 SERVICE MEN
AND WOMEN HAVE BEEN HELD FOR THE PAST 11-DAYS...BUT NOT FOR MUCH LONGER.
"I'm pleased to tell the American people that plans are underway to
bring home our 24 servicemen and women from Hainan Island."
OURS AFTER MAKING THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, PRESIDENT BUSH MET WITH THE PARENTS OF ONE OF THE CREW MEMBERS -- TO PERSONALLY DELIVER THE GOOD NEWS.
"They raised A son who loves his country, and we owe a debt of gratitude not only to the service men and women, but to their parents as well."
BOB BLOCHER/FATHER OF CREW MEMBER
"To meet the president under such happy circumstances is more than we
could ask the lord for in any way."
THE CREW WILL FIRST BE FLOWN TO HAWAII TO UNDERGO DEBRIEFINGS...AND
MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS BEFORE HEADING HOME TO THEIR BASE IN WASHINGTON STATE.
CHINA GRANTED THE CREW'S RELEASE SOON AFTER THE U.S. AMBASSADOR HANDED OVER
A LETTER TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT.
IN THE LETTER, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION SAID IT WAS VERY SORRY FOR THE CHINESE PILOT'S DEATH, AND FOR THE PLANE'S UNAUTHORIZED LANDING.
BUT THE U.S. DID NOT DIRECTLY APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCIDENT.
COLIN POWELL/SECRETARY OF STATE:
"To apologize would have suggested that we had done something wrong and
we were accepting responsibility for having something wrong. But we did
not do anything wrong therefore it was not possible to apologize."
At least 45 people are reported dead after a stampede at a soccer stadium in Johannesburg,
A live television broadcast showed bodies lying on the stadium field, covered in blankets.
The South African Press Association quoted Emergency Services as saying 45 people had been killed.
Reports claim that too many tickets had been sold for the match. People outside tried to push into the stadium, and were trapped against barbed wire.
An Air France Concorde has taken off on a test flight- after French authorities gave it the go-ahead.
It's been nine months since a concorde crashed outside of Paris killing 113 people.
All Air France and British Airways Concordes have been grounded---- but French authorities authorized testing on
one of the jets.
It is equipped with new tires developed by Michelin-
Engineers are also working on new methods to protect the fuel tank from punctures.
Authorities believe the crash was caused when a metal strip on the runway gashed one of the Concorde's tires, sending rubber debris hurtling towards fuel tanks and triggering a fuel leak and fire.
A Virginia- based furniture retailer is closing more stores.
Heilig Meyers announced today it is shutting down most of its stores, and pouring its remaining money into its 54 outlets.
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News 7 Business Reporter Jennifer Miele is at Heilig Meyers in Roanoke tonight with the latest.
Jean, this Heilig Meyers made it through the first round of closings in November... and it's going to make it thought the latest.
This store will become...
But there are 375 stores across the county that are slated to close.
In round one, we said goodbye to stores in Christiansburg, Radford, Martinsville, Collinsville and Rainelle West Virginia.
With so many stores in medium sized markets, Heilig Meyers had to spend a lot of money collecting payments from all of its customers.
Now those customers who finance furniture through Heilig Meyers will be at the mercy of the company who buys their debts... and there's no word yet on who that may be.
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A company spokesperson says this reorganization will affect more than 37-hundred jobs in 29 states, Jean.
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The second suspect in a cab driver shooting turned himself in to authorities last night.
Shawn (CON-iss) Conace Vaughn surrendered to the Roanoke Police Department after he heard local media reports that there were warrants out for his arrest.
Vaughn and another man allegedly shot and robbed a cab driver early Sunday morning.
Vaughn's accomplice was arrested Monday.
The cab driver is in fair condition at Duke University Medical Center.
It may be spring- but it sure doesn't look like it in Denver-
Heavy snow is falling there- more than foot is already on the ground. some areas got as much as four feet of snow.
Throw in 50 mile an hour winds and it's making travel tough.
In fact the Denver International Airport is closed- and so are main roads including Interstates 25 and 70.
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Martinsville fire fighters say they need more money to do their jobs. Coming up next, we'll see what may keep them from getting it,
and authorities try to figure out how a 31 year old woman was able to pose as a teenager at a high school for three years.
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Fire officials in Martinsville say they're understaffed.
The Fire Department is asking the city for more money to hire three additional firefighters.
Sixty five percent of the time there are only six fireman on duty per shift.
Fire officials that sometimes makes it difficult to comply with OSHA regulations.
Martinsville's city manager says state funding may help decide whether the city can hire more firefighters.
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((CLARENCE MONDAY/ASST. FIRE CHIEF: WE WANT TO HIRE ONE ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTER PER SHIFT. SO THAT WOULD BE THREE TOTAL AND WE THINK IT WOULD MAKE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE.))
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That would guarantee seven men to a shift.
But to hire three additional firefighters could cost the city at least 75-thousand dollars.
Tonight at six, we'll tell you what the city leaders may do if the state funding doesn't come through.
Politics are hardly ever more personal than when your colleague draws you out of your House of Delegates district.
The once-a-decade redistricting process got publicly ugly today in Richmond
It's the second day of debate on the Republican majority's plan.
Democrats redrew the lines in 1991.
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The House is now in its fifth hour of debate, with Democratic members trying to get political motives on the record for a court challenge of the plan.
Authorities in Vancouver, Washington are trying to determine how a 31 year old woman managed to pass herself off as a teenager for the past three years.
In addition to attending a high school, she is accused of defrauding people out of more than 45-hundred dollars.
Margy Lynch has more.
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If you are planning to do some holiday baking, you will want to stay with us. Up next Jacey Birch will show us some tasty Easter foods.
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If you've forgotten to make Easter brunch reservations and all the restaurants are full...
Or if you're in the mood to do some baking for the Easter Holiday...
Jacey Birch is at the Wildflour Bakery in Old Southwest - She has the ingredients and the recipes you'll want to have the house smelling wonderful and everybody asking for more.
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Coming up in sports, we'll see what the Winston Cup drivers learned today during testing at Talledega,
and we'll tell you about a local police officer who is taking advantage of his opportunity to join a band of young people.
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Bad earnings news couldn't sway investors from the tech sectors today, but the blue chips faltered.
Alexis Christoforous has the details in our Marketwatch.
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The midweek ticker begins on the diamond where the "Boys of Summer" are back at Salem Memorial field.
The Avalanche will try to make it two in a row over the Myrtle Beach tonight as their opening homestand with the Pelicans continues.
Choo Freeman helped Salem open its home season on a high note. In the third inning Freeman sends this pitch high off the center field wall. Dan Phillips scores and Freeman notches an in-the-park home run. Salem has the three-nothing advantage.
Justin Lincoln goes over the left field wall for the Avalanche's third home run of the night and Salem beats Myrtle Beach 6 to 1.
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Game two of this three game series with the Pelicans starts at 7:05 tonight.
The Avalanche rocked Myrtle Beach last night with strong hitting.
Former Salem manager Alan Cockrell is a roving hitting instructor for the Colorado Rockies.
He's spending five days working with his old team.
Cockrell says he enjoys teaching his favorite skill.
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The Winston Cup stars are off this week , but that has not stopped several of the top teams from thinking about the circuit's next stop in Talladega on April 22nd.
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Several teams have been testing at Talladega, which is the first restrictor plate event since Daytona.
Ironically, two of the teams that gave the track its best workout were Sterling Marlin and Kevin Harvick, the man who was done an outstanding job of replacing Dale Earnhardt.
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Also tonight President met briefly while in Charlotte with Teresa Earnhardt, Dale Jr and Kerry and Dale's youngest daughter Taylor.
Now, coming up tonight on News 7 at 6 - show you Perry Florio scuffling with Toledo police and we'll meet the man turning his share of heads during Tech spring workouts - wideout Richard Johnson.
Jean will be right back everybody.
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One of the new saxophone players in Cave Spring Junior High's beginning band class wears a gun.
That's Officer Mark Jervis ... the school resource officer.
Jervis has held the job at the school for the last year.
He used to play the trumpet and french horn, but decided to take up the tenor saxophone, so he could learn alongside the students.
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Jervis has been a county police officer for 10 years.
He says playing in the band helps students approach him when they have problems and concerns.
On News-7 at 6, find out what the kids say about their bandmate who wears a badge.
With Easter coming up this weekend, we thought we would use our website of the day to talk about easter eggs.
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and painted versions.
In addition, you can learn more of the history of easter eggs, and there are even recipes to help you use all those hard boiled eggs after you're done with them.
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