Coming up on News 7-
A Botetourt County school bus ablaze on the interstate- We'll have details.
Fox fires Robert Downey Junior tonight- hours after he's arrested.
Plus teens trying to get on M-T-V instead end up hurt- and facing charges.
And fire at an area college tonight.
News 7 is next.
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((IT WAS PRETTY SCARY, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO EXCEPT OPEN THE DOOR AND JUMP OFF.))
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Panic sets in when a Botetourt County school bus catches fire on Interstate 81.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
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Some scary moments yesterday evening for a group of Lord Botetourt High school students on a school bus.
The teenagers were on their way to watch a college softball game in Salem when they smelled smoke and then saw flames.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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(( This is how it looked at exit 140 in Roanoke County... just minutes after the driver of the school bus noticed she was having mechanical problems with what seemed to be the clutch.
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((NO SOONER THAN I HAD PULLED OFF A BIG PUFF OF SMOKE CAME FROM THE RADIATOR AND THEN THERE WAS A LITTLE FIRE PUMPING UP AND I TURNED IT OFF TO THE SIDE.))
((WE SAW HER PULL OVER AND THEN I WAS IN THE MIDDLE AND THEN THE WHOLE THING JUST BLEW UP.... THE FRONT OF THE BUS.))
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The Lord Botetourt high school students, who were on their way to see a college softball game in Salem, say that's when panic set in.
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((HOW DID YOU ALL MANAGE TO GET OUT?
ME AND HER FLEW THE DOOR OPEN AND WHEN I SAW THE FLAMES..... AS WE CAN.))
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No one was hurt but some of the students were unable to grab their belongings.
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((YEAH, MY NEW CLOTHES, MY NEW SHOES EVERYTHING.
I TOLD THEM LEAVE EVERYTHING OVER HERE, WE CAN REPLACE IT WE CAN'T REPLACE YOU.))
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The students on the bus are members of Lord Botetourt's junior varsity softball team.
The driver of the bus also doubles as their coach.
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((I CAN'T EXPLAIN WHY I'M BEING CALM LIKE THIS... ALL I KNOW IS THAT I'M GLAD THE GIRLS ARE OK AND EVERYBODY'S BSAFE BUT PROBABLY WHEN I GET HOME IT'S GOING TO B E A LONG NIGHT AND IT WILL BE A WHILE BEFORE I DRIVE A BUS AGAIN.))
((STUDENT: I'M NEVER RIDING THE BUS, EVER AGAIN.
STUDENT: NOT WITH A CLUTCH.
STUDENT: AN AUTOMATIC.))
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Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke County.))
Fire tonight at Longwood College in Farmville-
The blaze broke out at about 9:30 tonight- and is still burning.
Farmville Police say of the school's Rotunda is on fire.
Two adjacent buildings-- Grainger Hall and French Dormitory are also ablaze-
The dorm has been evacuated. Police say the Rotunda and the other building house administrative offices.
A college spokesman says the Rotunda was undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation.
Several fire departments are on the scene battling the blaze- No word on what caused the fire-
So far no reports of any injuries.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
He's on the hit show Ally McBeal.
Tonight Fox has fired actor Robert Downey Junior from the show- just hours after his arrest.
As Manuel Gallegus reports- downey is being investigating for being under the influence of drugs.
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((It s the latest brush with the law for a troubled actor.
Police in Culver City California arrested Robert Downey Junior - and booked him for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Lt. Dave Tankenson/Culver City PD:
Police say the Oscar nominated actor was arrested shortly after midnight, and was tested for drug use.
He was held for several hours, and after his release, immediately checked himself into an undisclosed drug rehabilitation center.
Downey s legal problems date back to 1996 when he was stopped for speeding and police found cocaine, heroin and a pistol in his vehicle.
A month later, he was found passed out in a neighbor s home and hospitalized for substance abuse.
And last November he was arrested in Palm Springs, California, for investigation of drug possession.
Police investigators allege they found the prescription drug Valium and cocaine inside his hotel room at a posh resort.
This latest arrest comes at a pivotal time for the Golden Globe winning actor. He faces up to five years in prison if he s convicted of the Palm Springs charges.
Manuel Gallegus CBS News Los Angeles.))
A pair of teenagers who had hopes of making it on M-T-V are instead facing felony charges.
Authorities say these Kentucky high school students were copying the M-T-V show "Jackass"
Two teenagers were in the car while another worked a video camera from the street.
A fourth teen was then supposed to jump over the moving vehicle.
The stunt obviously did not go as planned- but the boy managed to walk away with only cuts, bruises and a broken leg.
The two teens in the car now face charges of wanton endangerment.
M-T-V's web site warns viewers not to recreate stunts or send in home video to the show.
A telemarketing scam is sweeping the area.
The Better Business Bureau says a company called "Peace and Quiet" is charging people for "protection" from other telemarketing firms.
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((JULIE WHEELER/BBB: THEY ARE INTIMIDATING PEOPLE, SAYING YOUR INFO IS OUT THERE ON THE INTERNET. FOR $289, WE'LL PROTECT YOU, GET YOUR INFO OFF THE INTERNET. SO THEY ARE SCARING PEOPLE.))
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Peace and Quiet called Frances Murray last month.
The company charged her even though she told them she wasn't interested in the service.
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((FRANCES MURRAY: WHEN I GOT MY VISA BILL, $289, I COULDN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT THAT WAS ABOUT.))
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The Better Business Bureau says officials are investigating the firm.
If Peace and Quiet calls you -- call your credit card company immediately and tell them you did NOT authorize a payment.
The Science Museum of Roanoke is losing its leader.
After more than eight years as Executive Director-- Ken Schutz is leaving for another job.
He's taking a Director's job with the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.
Schutz says budget problems with the state were a significant factor in his decision to move.
The state allocated zero funding for the Roanoke museum in its upcoming budget.
Schutz says if it weren't for the budget woes and other issues he would have stayed at the Science Museum through retirement.
Will President Bush be in Bedford, or not?
Plans for the D-Day Memorial dedication could change, depending on his decision.
A spokesperson for the memorial says that President Bush hasn't said whether he'll be attending the event June Sixth or not.
Memorial officials are waiting for the release of the President's schedule, which they say might not come more than a couple of days before the dedication.
At the moment, they're planning for the event as if Bush WILL be there, saying that it is much easier to lessen security at the last minute than it is to add security.
They also say they could change the time of the event to fit the President's schedule.
Women joined the corps of cadets four years ago, and five women have already graduated from Virginia Military Institute.
But next month will bring another milestone in the school's history.
The Class of 2001 graduates on May 19th. Among its members, are the first women to complete all four years at VMI.
Today, the group of thirteen posed for photographers, and reflected on the last four years.
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((KELLY SULLIVAN/VMI CADET: I THINK THAT THE CLASS OF 2001 HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB OF ASSIMILATING WOMEN INTO THE CORPS AND I THINK THAT WITH
THE HELP OF THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE HELP OF THE OTHER CLASSES THAT ARE IN BARRACKS RIGHT NOW. I THINK IT IS A POSITIVE PROGRAM NOW, AND I THINK IT CAN REMAIN THAT WAY FOR YEARS TO COME.))
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There are now 64 women in a corps of 1250 cadets. VMI officials hope to increase that figure, and they say they're encouraged by the rising number of female applicants.
Residents spent years fighting for it, v-dot spent years building it.
Now a new bridge over the James River is open for business.
That's still ahead on News 7.
And later, the Mississippi is expected to crest soon... but until it does, residents along its banks will keep fighting to save their homes and businesses.
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with a montage of local diamonds.
Tech and UVa softball is coming up along with another Avalanche win from the yard in Salem.
Alleghany and Salem light up Kiwanis field in a Blue Ridge tussle, and we'll meet a VMI lacrosse player who is deaf. A
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A bill that could let convicted criminals prove their innocence at any time after their original trial is still in limbo in Richmond.
Governor Jim Gilmore left over the weekend for a two week European trade mission.
He has not reacted to state lawmakers stripping all of his changes out of a bill that would greatly expand the use of D-N-A or other biological evidence.
Lieutenant Governor John Hager helped craft the bill.
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((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: I THINK THE BILL WAS A GOOD BILL. AND A BIG STEP FORWARD FOR DEFENDING THE DEATH PENALTY. IT STRENGTHENS THE DEATH PENALTY IN VIRGINIA. AND CERTAINLY, IT'S THE TYPE OF BILL THAT GAINS THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE. IT'S GOOD FOR OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.))
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Current Virginia law bars any new evidence from being introduced 21 days after the original trial.
The General Assembly voted to remove any time limit from biological evidence that could prove an innocent person is in prison.
The Governor had tried to amend the bill to limit the introduction of such evidence to just three years.
His final decision on the bill is expected later this week.
Residents of Eagle Rock are looking forward to the future now that the main artery into town has been rebuilt.
The bridge connecting Routes 220 and 43 was reopened today after 2-years of construction.
But the battle to keep the bridge has been going on even longer.
Residents have been lobbying in the bridge's defense since 1996 when V-DOT announced the structure would be torn down for good.
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((DELEGATE LACEY PUTNEY: THIS IS A LIVING EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN BE DONE WHEN A COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER, WHEN YOU REFUSE TO GIVE UP REGARDLESS OF TH EODDS...))
((BONNIE BRITT/EAGLE ROCK RESIDENT: THE ONLY WAY WE GOT IT WAS BY EVERYONE PULLING TOGETHER, THE WHOLE COMMUNITY'S EFFORTS TOGETHER))
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Some residents hope the addition will allow for more economic growth in Eagle Rock.
The bridge is now open to traffic.
Construction is space is a bit more difficult than it is on earth.
One example- if you drop something it could be hard to get-
That's what happened today. A metal cap floated out of reach- Now NASA officials fear it could cause problems during future space operations.
The two shuttle astronauts successfully hooked up power cables to the new robot arm on the International space station. That's when the metal cap floated away.
The bodies of the American Missionary and her daughter arrived in Chicago today.
Both were killed when the Peruvian Air force opened fire on their single engine plane- mistaking them for drug smugglers.
Now several sources tell C-B-S News the plane was targeted with the help of employees under contract to Virginia Based- Dyn-corp.
The company hires former military and CIA personnel to fight the drug war in Colombia and Peru.
The CIA would neither confirm nor deny whether the company played a role.
Still ahead on News 7, a dog takes a duckling under his wing.
And there probably aren't too many Floyd County residents that can claim an Australian ancestry...
But these two can...
We'll meet the two newest petting farm residents next.
It's a scene from the Australian Outback as a Floyd County farm opens it's home to a pair of Wallaby Kangaroos.
Nearly a month old, Lieutenant and Hot Lips, were brought to the Staples Petting Farm in Check on Easter Sunday.
They will live inside the home and grow to be about 30-inches tall.
Staples first fell in love with the breed when he raised a kangaroo named Captain.
In January, at four-months old, Captain escaped out the front door and died from exposure to the cold.
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((BUDDY STAPLES/STAPLES FARM; WE THOUGH THAT IF WE GOT A NEW VARIETY A SMALLER VARIETY HOPEFULLY WE COULD ATTRACT MORE KIDS HOPEFULLY MAKE THE FARM MORE PROFITABLE BUT THE MAIN REASON FOR THE FARM IS FOR PEOPLE TO SEE THESE ANIMALS.))
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The pair is bottle fed and held often so they will be very comfortable with humans.
Staples says breeding is in the future.
Many eyes in the Midwest are on the Mississippi- The river is expected to crest sometime tonight-
As Terisa Estacio reports- the battle is on to keep the water at bay.
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((There is little that is charming about Enchanted Island right now.
Just up the river from Davenport, Iowa, a popular eating spot is under siege, roads are submerged and some homes are simply uninhabitable. The waters of the Mississippi are close to record highs. The watch is on to
see if the levies will hold.
And as if that is not bad enough, officials say raw sewage is flowing freely through flood waters...after a problem at a nearby treatment facility. Chief Steve Wearth is with the Davenport Search and Rescue
Chief Steve Wearth/Davenport Search and Rescue. There is a potential for some health problems. That is why we are trying to keep everyone out of the water.
For the past few days, Chief Wearth has patrolled these parts..keeping an eye on homes and helping prepare for the worst.
Despite the circumstances, some residents are keeping their sense of humor.
Harold Younger/Enchanged Island Resident; Question. How long are you going to stay out here? Till I find a home in Florida.
WHILE residents STRUGGLED TO KEEP FLOOD WATERS IN CHECK, DAVENPORT'S MAYOR ANSWERED CRITICS WHO SAY... MUCH OF THIS COULD BE AVOIDED... IF THE CITY WERE TO BUILD A PERMANENT FLOOD WALL.
PHIL YERINGTON/DAVENPORT MAYOR
"I THINK IT'S EASY TO SIT A COUPLE OF THOUSAND MILES AWAY AND CLAIM IF YOU DO THIS THE PROBLEM GOING TO GO AWAY, BUT THIS IS WHO WE ARE, WE ARE A RIVERFRONT COMMUNITY THAT THRIVES ON THE FACT THAT WE HAVE AN
UNOBSTRUCTED RIVER VIEW."
THE MAYOR SAYS THAT VIEW IS WORTH A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS IN TOURISM
EACH YEAR. ))
Highlights from tonight's Hokie-Smokey classic are coming up tonight along with Tech-UVa softball, the Avalanche, and a Blue Ridge win on the diamond by Salem.
Plus, we'll meet a deaf lacrosse player from VMI.
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But first in tonight's Extra Point - Sears and the WNBA are teaming up fight Breast cancer.
The league will use a brand new pink and white basketball as the centerpiece of its campaign to raise money and awareness.
League superstar Lisa Leslie helped get things started today along with actor Billy Baldwin.
The WNBA tips off its fifth season on Memorial Day weekend.
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We begin this segment with some Virginia Tech baseball action from Kingsport where the Hokies hooked up with the
University of Tennessee Volunteers in the annual "Hokie-Smokey" Classic from Hunter-Wright Stadium.
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Smokey was working the crowd last night in the Tri-Cities while the Vols were working the long ball as Chris Burke smacks a two run homer off the pole in left in the top of the third. It's 2-to-zip Tennessee.
Still in the third, Hal Bibee will single to left and and chase home another Volunteer run to make it a 3-to-nothing game.
Tech would get on board in the bottom of the inning as Addison Bowman gets an rbi single to left field.
But again the Tech comeback would fall short as the Vols get another homer and win the "Hokie-Smokey" classic 7-to-4.
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The Virginia Tech and UVa softball teams got together last night in Salem at the Moyer complex for a double dip on a gorgeous Southwest Virginia evening.
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We pick up the action in the first inning with Tech at the plate - Amy Voorhees smacks a wicked opposite field double that goes all the way to the fence in right field. Number 11 Shanel Garofalo motors home on the play and Tech takes the one to nothing lead.
The Hokies then got defensive in the second inning. Watch first baseman Mindi Wylie hustle in, scoop up the bunt and get the force at second base to shortstop Carmen Farmer.
UVa would get back in the mix as Ruby Rojas lines one right back up the middle into center field.
The line drive plates Meaghan Young.
UVa comes from behind to beat Tech 4 to 2.
UVa would sweep the doubelheder taking game two 3-to-1.
Kiwanis Field served as the setting for the first place showdown in the Blue Ridge District last night between 7-1 and 1 Alleghany and 8 and 3 Salem.
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Pro scouts are drooling all over Alleghany pitcher Mike Bartley. He has been clocked on the speed gun as high as 88 miles an hour this season. A few Salem batters would strike out against him.
But the Spartans did have some success. Keith Swizer goes up the middle on this hit and Kirby Hamilton is gonna score on what was looking like a close call at the plate, but the throw to the Mountaineer catcher is just off the mark and you can put it on the board.
Salem would then strike again. This time, Jonathan Sheeler triples to center field with a line drive. Swizer and Jacob Davidson will score and we are tied at 6 all in the third.
Sheeler would get a free ticket home on an Alleghany throwing error to make it 7-6 Salem going into the fourth inning.
The Mountaineers even the score when Tyler Friddly reaches home on a Salem error, but the Spartans win it 9-to-8 as Jonathon Wills gets his 5th straight complete game.
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Salem is now in first place in Blue Ridge standings by a half game.
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The Salem Avalanche won its fourth straight game last night beating Potomac 3-to-2, and the Avs had to come from behind to get the win.
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Nothing like a hot grill and steak sub on this chilly night at Salem Memorial.
Potomac opens things up in the second with Bo Hart doubling off the base of the wall in deep center field the Cannons jump on top one to nothing.
Still in the same frame, the Cannons Travis Bailey would smack a double to right center field and chase home another run as the Cannons take a two to nothing advantage.
But defense would turn the tide and the game for Salem in that same inning.
With the bases loaded and the Cannons threatening to blow things wide open - Justin Lincoln snags the frozen rope at third and doubles up the runner at second.
Salem rallies with 3 unanswered to win it 3-to-2.
The VMI lacrosse team picked up another win today by beating St. Andrews College 12-to-9.
Roy Stanley says that perhaps no one appreciates the victories more than Keydet defenseman Scott Brotherton who is deaf.
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An update now on that fire at Longwood College which is still burning.
Officials say 350- students have been evacuated from two dormitories into a gymnasium.
A college official says no one is hurt and the fire is still burning in the Rotunda.
The Rotunda had been under construction and officials believe that the blaze is construction related.
Authorities say classes are expected to resume in the morning.
They say dog is man's best friend- but it appears a duck is one dog's best buddy.
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This is the unique story of a dog in Belgium who's taken a duck under his wing.
You could say Little Spot has adopted the duckling.
He treats his fine feathered friend as if it's a puppy-
Spot shares his meals to make sure the duckling eats.
The pooch even carries the duckling in its mouth- as dogs do with their young.
Then after a quick bath, the two friends settle in for a good nights sleep.
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