Today on News 7 at 5, a 12 year old boy is dead following an accidential shooting in Pittsylvania County.
Also the crew of a U-S Spy plane is finally back on American soil. We'll have a live report.
A passing cold front means showers & cooler air. The changing forecast coming up.
Coming up in Sports, the Roanoke Express brings the playoffs back to the Valley,
and we'll look at a new exercise program that wants to pump you up.
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A tremendous rush of relief- That's how one U-S Crew member says he felt... as 24 Americans arrive back on American soil.
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The 24 Crew members may be back on American ground, but they face two long days of debriefing before returning home.
And it will be next week before China and the U-S take up the fate of what happens to the damaged spy plane.
Gretchen Carlson is in Honolulu, Hawaii- She joins us live with more on the homecoming.
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((The crew of the American spy plane is now in Hawaii.. where they
received a hero's welcome. Gretchen Carlson is in Honolulu with
After 12 days in limbo on the other side of the globe.. and a long
flight aboard a military transport plane, the 24 U.S. crew members
finally touched down on American soil.
ADMIRAL THOMAS FARGO/PACIFIC FLEET COMMANDER
Cheers went up as mission commander Lt. Shane Osborn .. the man who
brought the crippled spy plane to a safe landing on the Chinese Island
of Hainan greeted the crowd.
LT. SHANE OSBORN/Mission commander
"...good to be home...god bless America "
The crew's arrival signaled the end of a diplomatic tug-of-war that saw
U.S. officials resisting the Chinese demand for an apology after a mid-air collision over the South China Sea. The American spy plane was
seriously damaged and the Chinese jet was lost. The jet's pilot is still missing and presumed dead.
In Washington, President Bush praised the crew's efforts while calling for a complete resolution to the standoff.
Wild Line: In Washington President Bush praised the crews efforts.
All of the returning crew members appear to be healthy and seem eager to
get on with the last stage in their mission: Long hours of debriefings.
Two long days are scheduled before this weekend's reunion with families
Carlson Close: Celbration planned for Saturday at Whidbey Island, Wash., their home base.))
While the newly released Navy fliers are being debriefed in Hawaii, the folks in their hometown are getting ready for a huge party.
The 24 American servicemen and women are due back at Whid-bey Air Naval Station on Saturday.
And as Drew Levinson reports the folks in Oak Harbor, Washington are ready to celebrate.
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(((LOCATOR: OAK HARBOR, WA)
The yellow ribbons of hope have been answered.
The signs sprinkled about Whidbey Island spell out the ending of what
has been a long and agonizing week and a half.
(NATSOUND OF NAVY FLIER LOOKING AT SIGN)
WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT, ITS REAL NICE YEH.
With the 24 navy fliers calling Whidbey Naval Air Station home--Oak
Harbor, Washington has been thrust from the shadows of the Olympic
Mountains to the glare of the worlds spotlight.
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LIKE PEOPLE IN THE REST OF THE COUNTRY-THE RESIDENTS HERE IN OAK
HARBOR HELD THEIR BREATH WAITING THE FATE OF AMERICAN CREWBUT UNLIKE
THE REST OF THE COUNTRY THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR NEIGHBORS THEIR
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I WAS CONVINCED THEY WOULD GET HOME SAFELY, BUT UNTIL THEY WERE
ACTUALLY OUT OF CHINA THERE IS ALWAYS THAT LITTLE BIT OF NOT KNOWING.
(SOT: JAN NIELSEN/OAK HARBOR RESIDENT)
I THINK WE WERE ALL WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF JUST NOT KNOWING WOULD
HAVE ON THE FAMILIES HERE.
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At Mitzels --- where bacon, eggs and military policy is the morning
entri ---theres the question of did the United States do right by
saying it was sorry for landing its plane on a Chinese Island without
permission-but not apologizing for the collision with a Chinese jet.
(TAPE JANE JOHNSON/MILITARY WIFE AND MOTHER)
I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE SAID WHATEVER THEY NEEDED TO SAY TO GET THOSE
(NATSD PLANE IN AIR)
Long ago the people of Oak Harbor opened their hearts to the men and
women of the United States Navy-Saturday theyll open their arms to
welcome 24 of them back home.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Oak Harbor, WA.))
A 12-year old boy visiting relatives in Pittsylvania County was accidentally shot and killed by his 10-year old brother.
The Sheriff's Department says an adult and three young teens were skeet shooting on Ferry Road around two yesterday afternoon.
Thats when Matthew Strange of Charleston, South Carolina was accidentally shot in the head.
Investigators are treating it as an accidental shooting.
((MAJOR GARY GOODSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE STILL GOT A FEW PEOPLE WE WOULD LIKE TO TALK WITH AND OF COURSE WE'VE TALKED WITH THE FAMILY MEMBERS. PLUS THE CASE NEEDS TO BE REVIEWED BY THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY. BUT AT THIS TIME EVERYTHING APPEARS TO BE A TRAGIC ACCIDENT))
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Strange died last night at Duke University Medical Center.
The Commonwealth's Attorney will decide whether any charges will be filed.
Deputies say an argument may have led a Bedford County woman to shoot her ex-husband this morning.
It happened in the home they shared at the Ridgeview Mobile Home Park in Montvale.
Deputies say 32-year-old Angelia Michelle Bowles called authorities and told them she shot her husband in the stomach with a revolver.
46-year-old Walter Lester Morris is in critical condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Bowles is charges with malicious wounding and use of a firearm.
She being held in jail without bond.
There's still NO compromise on a state budget.
But Botetourt Senator Bo Trumbo helped grease the political skids today.
Trumbo got a procedural resolution through his Senate Rules Committee that would allow lawmakers to call themselves into a special budget session next week.
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((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: IT WOULD REQUIRE A MAJORITY VOTE, DOES NOT REQUIRE A TWO THIRDS VOTE, DOES NOT REQUIRE THE GOVERNOR CALLING INTO A SPECIAL SESSION.))
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Virginia Democrats say that's good news, because Governor Jim Gilmore's in Arizona on a golf vacation with his son.
The Capitol Police tried to shut down the party's mock golf tournament in front of the Governor's Mansion, because they did not have a permit.
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((LARRY FRAMME/VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY: THE FIRST ANNUAL KING JAMES THE GONE-MORE, EMPEROR NERO LONGEST DRIVE GOLF TOURNAMENT...RESORTS IN ARIZONA... TAKING CARE OF THE BUDGET CRISES OF THE COMMONWEALTH.))
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Meanwhile, both the House and the Senate signed off on their own redistricting plans today.
The plans passed mostly with the votes of the Republican majority.
Democrats say they're headed to court and to the U-S Justice Department with their appeals.
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A local attorney strikes a plea bargain on charges he deliberately set brush fires. We'll have that story next,
and the U-S Attorney General says he will allow the execution of Timothy McVeigh to be televised.
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Family of those who died in the Oklahoma City Bombing will be allowed to watch the execution of Timothy McVeigh.
So will survivors- Attorney General John Ashcroft today said he'll let more than 200 survivors and victims relatives watch the execution on closed circuit T-V.
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((JOHN ASHCROFT/ATTORNEY GENERAL: WHAT WAS TAKEN FROM THEM CAN NEVER BE REPLACED NOR FULLY RESTORED. THEIR LIVES WERE SHATTERED AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN HELP TO MEET THEIR NEED TO CLOSE THIS CHAPTER OF THEIR LIVES.))
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Ashcroft says he wants to help them close this chapter in their lives.
Officials are not saying much about how the pictures will be transmitted- fearing attempts to steal the signal and record it.
McVeigh will be executed May 16th at a federal prison in Indiana.
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A well-known Blacksburg attorney will NOT serve jail time on charges that he deliberately started brush fires.
As as part of a plea agreement, 54-year-old Joe Painter pled no contest to three misdemeanors and guilty to two others today.
He received a suspended sentence of five-years probation and must submit a letter of apology to victims and officials in the case.
Painter was to stand trial for felony charges that he set brush fires at a subdivision being built near his home last year.
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((KEITH BLANKENSHIP/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; BY ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED MORE THEN WE WOULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED IF WE HAD TAKEN THIS TO TRIAL.))
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Painter must also pay 75-hundred dollars in restitution to the Blacksburg Fire Department, a decision a jury would not have been authorized to make.
In Health Check tonight, it's an exercise routine that originated in New Zealand --and now more than 60 countries are trying it.
It's called Body Pump.
And it recently hit the Roanoke Valley.
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This is the first time Donald Roberts Junior has tried the Body Pump class at the Botetourt Athletic Club.
It's a form of resistance training using barbells and weighted plates.
And if you think it looks easy --think again.
Roberts say there were times when he was ready to give-up.
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((DONALD ROBERTS JUNIOR: IT GOT THE POINT THAT THE PAIN WAS SO INTENSE IN MY UPPER LEG I COULDN'T MOVE. I WAS LIKE OH MY GOD IS SHE GOING TO STAND-UP OR WHAT. I'M SURE SHE COULD SEE IT ON MY FACE AND SHE WAS LOVING IT I IMAGINE))
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Body Pump is a licensed program --all the routines are choreographed --with each song you work on a different muscle group.
And it doesn't take long for many class members --to work up a sweat.
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((TONY ROGERS: I WAS SURPRISED AT HOW TOUGH AND HOW STIFF MY MUSCLES GOT WITH THE LIGHT WEIGHTS. I THOUGHT IT WOULD TAKE MORE WEIGHTS TO DO THAT BUT IT WAS SURPRISING))
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Body Pump Instructor Ashley Wiley says what makes this exercise so great is that it's suited for all fitness levels --and you can adjustment the level by changing the amount of weight on the bar.
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((IT'S VERY SUITED FOR MEN BECAUSE THERE IS NOT A LOT OF COORDINATION BESIDES MOVING THROUGH EXERCISES. AND CALORIES YOU BURN PROBABLY CLOSE TO 500 TO 600 HUNDRED A CLASS DEPENDING ON HOW HARD YOU WORK))
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As far as Roberts, he says he'll take the class again--right now he says his muscles are just trying to recover.
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((DONALD ROBERTS; A LITTLE BIT SORE, ESPECIALLY MY LEGS. IT'S A KILLER ON THE LEGS))
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But he says its seems like a great way to get in shape.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Botetourt County))
Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch goes out on a limb as she shows us a hobby that should appeal to pet owners with a green thumb.
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If you ever wanted to make your plant look like your pet, we've got the hobby for you.
For this week's Growin' It , Jacey Birch headed down to Walter's Greenhouse to learn more about animal topiary.
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Coming up in sports, Steve Mason will join us live as the E-C-H-L playoffs come to the Roanoke Civic Center,
and then a little later, we'll tell you how C-B-S is guarding its biggest secret.
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On Wall Street today, stocks gained ground despite some weak economic reports as investors decided the news increases the chance of another interest rate cut.
Alexis Christoforous explains in today's Marketwatch.
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It's now time for our two minute ticker.
The Roanoke Express is gearing up for game three of it's best of five first round playoff series with the Toledo Storm.
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Steve Mason joins us from the Round House for a pre game report. Steve.
Good afternoon Jean and welcome everybody to your Thursday ticker. The Storm began this series with home ice advantage but since the Express was able to steal one in Toldeo, that edge now goes to Roanoke. In two games, the Express has outscored Toledo 6-5. Joining me now are left winger Adam Dewan and defenseman Anthony Belza. Dewy what are the keys for the Express knowing Toledo is gonna come out with all guns firing.
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Dewy, the Storm was second to last in the league in goals against, have they tightend up defensively and if so, how do you loosen them up?
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On the defensive side, Daniel Berthiaume will start his third game of the playoffs. He and the defense must stop a team that led the league in scoring during the regular season. Toledo scored 262 goals. Anthony Belza, that's alot of goals.
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How key is it to rough up Toledo's Andrew Williamson. He scored 33 of his league leading 52 goals on the road.
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Guys, thanks for joining me. Face off is set for 7:30, as of ____, ___ tickets remained. Coming up at six, Express Head Coach Perry Florio joins us, that's it for the ticker, but don't go away, more News 7 at 5 to come.
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Singer Elton John lost a multimillion dollar court battle yesterday.
The flamboyant singer sued his former accountants and manager for negligence.
John says he was charged with tour expenses that his management should have paid.
The judge disagreed.
Among the items John was charged for.... 420 thousand dollars for flowers over the last two years.
Don't believe anyone if they say they know who wins the million dollars on "Survivor Two."
Not even the winner knows... .yet.
C-B-S says the votes cast during the taping of the last tribal council were sealed and have been kept under lock and key. Jeff Probst will tally the votes live in the May third series finale.
It'll be followed by an hour long reunion show hosted by Bryant Gumbel.