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Coming up .. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia says Timothy McVeigh's execution CANNOT be videotaped.
And .. Gubernatorial candidate Mark Earley stopped in Roanoke yesterday as part of his campaign kick-off.
We will have more on those stories coming up in just a few minutes.
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Barring any more surprises, Timothy McVeigh has just two more days to live and his execution won't be videotaped.
The convicted mass murderer will be executed at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Monday morning - for the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building six years ago that killed 168 people.
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has ruled in favor of the Justice Department that Timothy McVeigh's execution cannot be videotaped.
Lawyers in another death-penalty case had wanted to use the tape as evidence that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment.
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Two instructor pilots died when their Navy training plane crashed in a lagoon near Gulf Shores, Alabama.
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It happened yesterday afternoon. The two-seat T-3-4-C Turbo Mentor aircraft was assigned to Pensacola Naval Air Station.
A Navy spokesman confirmed the deaths of the pilots, one Navy and the other Naval Reserve. Their names have not been released.
The plane was part of Training Air Wing 6, which trains navigators and other non-pilot air crew for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and foreign military services.
It's back to the bargaining table for Comair and its pilots.
Yesterday, the Delta-owned airline and its pilots agreed to sit down and talk in order to put an end to a two month-old strike.
Comair has not talked with the pilots since May 12th, when they rejected an offer that did not fulfill union demands.
Both sides will meet Tuesday and try to reach a compromise within the following three days.
A Blairs man is dead after being hit by a car.
Officials say 45-year-old Ben Petty was walking down the middle of Malmaison Road around 11:30 last night.
He apparently would not get out of the way of an oncoming car - and the car could not avoid hitting him.
Petty was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the car will not be charged.
Republican Mark Early's gubernatorial campaign made a stop in the Star City yesterday -
But when supporters of his opponent tried to make their presence known, they say the city burst their bubble.
News 7's Jennifer Miele has the story.
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(( Mark Earley made Roanoke one of five stops across the state Friday as part of his campaign kick-off.
About 50 supporters came to Roanoke Regional Airport to drum-um support for the republican gubernatorial candidate.
((MARK EARLY:WE SPENT SOME MONEY DURING THE CONVENTION CYCLE BUT WE'VE HAD A GREAT OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT HIS WEEK, NOT ONLY IN FINANCIAL RESOURCES, BUT PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO WORK THE PRECINCTS, WORK THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND WORK THEIR STREETS.))
It was a hot and sticky day to hit the trenches, but Early, lieutenant governor candidate Jay Katzen, and attorney general candidate Jerry Kilgore did it anyway.
Just hours before they arrived in Roanoke, another battle was heating up -- this one between supporters of Earley's opponent Mark WARNER and the city of Roanoke.
It was here that Warner supporters say they put up campaign signs, and it was here that Warner supporters say city officials ripped them signs down but left Earley signs up.
((ALLEN HOWZE/WARNER SUPPORTER: ONLY AFTER WE WENT BACK AND ASKED THEM TO REMOVE THE EARLY AND KATZEN SIGNS, DID THEY CALL IN AND CHECK, AND THEN END UP TAKING SIGNS DOWN.))
((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: CITY OFFICIALS SAY THEY WEREN'T PLAYING FAVORITES, AND THAT THEY REMOVED ALL SIGNS ON CITY PROPERTY BECAUSE THEY WERE UPHOLDING THE LAW. IN FACT, CITY OFFICIALS SAY THAT EARLEY SUPPORTERS ACTUALLY HELPED THEM REMOVE ALL SIGNS FROM CITY PROPERTY, AND THAT WARNER SUPPORTERS WERE THE ONLY ONES MAKING A STINK.))
And with supporters like that, Earley hopes his campaign will really take off.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Roanoke.))
Before making a stop in Roanoke -campaign contributions were hot topics for Warner and Early.
Wednesday, Earley returned 47 thousand dollars in donations from an Internet businessman whose company had a contractual relationship with a sex site called SEX-dot-com.
Yesterday, Earley blasted his opponent, Democrat Mark Warner.
It seems Warner's taken and is keeping 75 thousand dollars from the former chairman of a company called CyberCash.
CyberCash provides credit card encryption services for web sites that include adult entertainment and gambling sites.
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The different picture the Warner campaign is painting is that CyberCash handles credit card transactions for the Commonwealth of Virginia... and for the Earley campaign itself.
The Warner campaign says CyberCash did NOT solicit Internet porn clients, as Earley's contributor did.
Warner says his campaign policy is to accept NO money from anyone who "markets or promotes pornography."
Roanoke's Mill Mountain offers much more than a sweeping view of the valley.
Part of the hilltop is set aside for interaction with wildlife.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to the Mill Mountain Zoo.
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It's not quite feeding time and Dave Wood is having trouble waking the animals, especially the leopards, from their early afternoon nap.
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((Everybody loves cats, especially big cats, but alot of times they'll come to the zoo and say, "Well, they're sleeping." Well, that's what cats do.))
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Other creatures, like this red panda, are pacing, perhaps waiting for visitors to arrive.
This is the relaxed atmosphere of Mill Mountain Zoo, 4-acres of wooded hillside atop one of Roanoke's most well-known landmarks.
For the past 49-years the zoo has sought to encourage a relationship between humans and their feathered, furry and fantastical friends.
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((It's hard to become emotionally involved with animals and wildlife by looking at pictures in a book. You need to smell, you need the sound. You need to touch when it's appropriate.))
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((Although you can't get as close to the animals as I am to Bernice here, you can get a whole lot closer to some species you typically wouldn't find in this area.))
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That's because the zoo's changing its focus to become a home primarily to Asian species, instead of the African animals most zoos specialize in.
Plus, Wood says Asian animals, like these snow monkeys, are used to climates like Roanoke's that swing from hot to cold.
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((Alot of times people see them in National Geographic articles and stuff, they're sitting in the hot springs in the snow...this is the species. This is that animal.))
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You may also be familiar with Ruby the tiger, the zoo's most famous resident.
Wood says Mill Mountain will be bringing in still more tigers to keep Ruby company and boost the zoo's big cat population.
Snow leopards Boris and Tasha recently made their own contribution by having cubs.
Look for the babies to make their debut in the coming weeks.
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
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Alcohol and drug addiction among older Americans is at epidemic proportions.
According to the American Medical Association -- older adults are more likely to be admitted to the hospital for alcohol or drug related illness or injuries than for heart disease.
Carol Colleran is the Director of Older Adult Services for the Hanley-Hazelden Center in Florida.
She says denial and lack of awareness are the reasons the problem remains a silent epidemic.
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((CAROL COLLERAN/HANLEY-HAZELDEN CTR.:I KNOW THAT IT'S AT POINT WHERE IT'S AN EPIDEMIC WHEN WE'RE THINKING 3 MILLION ADULTS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT ARE SUFFERING FROM THE DISEASE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION AND WE'RE NOT REALLY LOOKING AT IT))
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Colleran says the abuse by older adults will soon be one the greatest emerging health care challenges facing this nation.
That's why she is working with a national task force to bring the issue to forefront.
If you'd like more information about the warning signs of alcohol or drug abuse or how to talk an older adult about the problem...
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You can contact the Hazelden Foundation
The Lakers redeem themselves last night, tying the NBA Championship series at a game a piece.
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Many thought Los Angeles would sweep the series, but Philadelphia suprised the Lakers in game one.
Shaquille O'Neil had 28 points, 20 rebounds, nine assists and eight blocks last night.
Kobe Bryant scored a game high 31 points in the Lakers 98-89 win.
Allen Iverson put in a 23 point performance for the 76ers.
It was no "Thrilla in Manilla," but it was entertaining.
Laila Ali scored a majority decision over Jacqui Frazier-Lyde.
The daughters of boxing's greats
slugged it out for eight rounds at Turning Stone Casino.
Joe Frazier was at ringside. Muhammad Ali had a prior
Today's 133rd running of the Belmont Stakes is the rubber match between Kentucky Derby winner
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Coming up .. A Japanese boy is stabbed while at school.
Police are now searching for the man who did it.
And .. Timothy McVeigh's execution is in 2 days- but a federal appeals court is not allowing his death to be recorded.
Police in Japan are searching this morning for a man who stabbed and critically injured a sixth grader as he played in a park.
It's the second incident in two days in which Japanese children have been stabbed.
Yesterday a man stormed into an elementary school near Osaka and stabbed nearly two dozen children with a kitchen knife.
The suspect in that incident is in custody.
Police in Osaka are now questioning him. He's a former janitor fired from a nearby school two years ago because of mental illness.
Three Americans are being held captive in the Philippines - and Muslim extremists are threatening to behead them on Sunday.
Government troops have been scouring a southern island - but so far have found no sign of the kidnappers or hostages in the dense jungle.
Three F-B-I agents have arrived in a nearby city for talks with the Philippine police and military.
The Americans - including a missionary couple- were seized two weeks ago at a beach resort along with 17 other hostages.
Nine of them managed to escape last weekend - two were later found hacked to death.
There will be NO videotape of convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh's execution.
A federal appeals court has overturned an order to preserve the moments on tape.
McVeigh meanwhile is preparing to die -
Grethcen Carlson has details.
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A Lynchburg teen will not go to prison for stabbing another boy during a fight -
16- year- old Robert Michael Rivera was convicted in April of aggravated malicious wounding.
Rivera stabbed 20- year- old Eric Beard during a fight in the parking lot of Heritage High School on January 16th.. Rivera claimed he acted in self defense.
He was given a twenty year suspended sentence with supervised probation for two years.
Rivera also must repay Beard's medical costs, estimated to be about 15- thousand dollars.
A former VMI cadet was sentenced yesterday for his role in a barracks fire three years ago.
Twan Redmond got 18 months in prison for lying to a grand jury about the incident.
The judge says that's what sentencing guidelines called for, even though it seemed a bit unfair.
Redmond had been charged with setting fire to the historic building. But the government agreed to drop the arson charge.
Redmond's "brother rat", John Daniel Payne, had helped the government build its case against him.
For that, he avoided any prison time.
A Salem Wal-Mart employee says nothing happened when she complained to management about being sexually harassed.
But a federal jury listened to Lisa LaFranca's testimony and awarded her 750-thousand dollars.
LaFranca says the abuse began when her boss - William Hylton - started making crude remarks and grabbing her breasts and buttocks. She says she complained to a higher boss, and he told her he'd sleep with her if he had half a chance.
Wal-Mart's attorney would not comment on the verdict.
A Botetourt County man is launching his bid for School Board.
Part of the reason ..... his daughter didn't make the cheerleading squad.
Chris Ragone (Ra-GOAN-EE) has allowed Lord Botetourt High School teams, including the cheerleaders, to work out at his gym for FREE for the past few years.
His daughter was a J-V Cheerleader.
But he says when she tried out for varsity, the girls were told they'd have to pay $200 dollars to join the Botetourt Athletic Club.
Ragone complained... and believes his daughter didn't make the squad as a result.
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Athletic director Larry Carter says the tryouts were fair and cuts are just an unfortunate part of the process.
Ragone says he'll still allow all the teams to work out for free at his gym.
He's running for the school board seat that covers the Amsterdam district in November.
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Still to come on News 7 Saturday Morning....... one organization is working to reunite children with their fathers -
The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford has strums the heart of one Nashville songwriter - we'll explain after the break.
But first if you are traveling today........
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Total Action Against Poverty is working to bring non-custodial fathers and their children back together.
TAP is one of only six agencies in the nation to spearhead the program and be awarded 800-thousand dollars in grants from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
The Fathers at Work Initiative tries to get fathers with criminal records back on their feet and involved with their families... although any low-income men can participate in the program.
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With the grant money, TAP will offer men under the age of 30 job training and placement, legal aid, housing and transportation assistance.
Thousands gathered in Bedford for the dedication of the National D-Day Memorial - but one man, Nashville songwriter Michael Huffman, had a special interest in the ceremony.
Huffman is a native of Giles County who has written songs for many well- known country artists. Conway Twitty had a number one hit with "Tight Fittin' Jeans" in 1981.
But he has also written a tribute to his late father, Harold, a veteran of World War II who landed on the beach at Normandy, soon after D-Day.
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((MICHAEL HUFFMAN: MY DADDY WAS MY HERO, AND I SAT DOWN ONE DAY AND IT JUST KEPT RUNNING THROUGH MY MIND, THIS TITLE, THE BOYS OF '44. AND ONE DAY I SAT DOWN AT MY TABLE AND WROTE, THEY CAME FROM TOWNS, WHERE'D HE COME FROM, SUMMERSVILLE VIRGINIA AND FROM BIG CITIES, FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA.))
((MUSIC: THEY CAME FROM TOWNS LIKE SIMMONSVILLE, VIRGINIA. AND BIG CITIES FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA.))
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Huffman has high hopes for another song, "Cold One Coming On," the next single from Montgomery Gentry's latest album.
But he's also hoping, the Boys of '44 will reach a wider audience, especially in western Virginia where so many D-day veterans and their families lived.
The Danville Science Center has a new exhibit that tackles a serious issue with humor and creativity.
It's called Biodiversity 9-1-1: Saving Life on Earth.
The exhibit includes hands on demonstrations of problems like deforestation, pollution from toxic chemicals, and climate change.
The goal is to show how and why loss of biodiversity happens and what you can do about it.
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((GINNY LAUBINGER/DANVILLE SCIENCE CENTER DIRECTOR: ITS SIMPLE THINGS LIKE IN YOUR HOME NOT NECESSARILY TAKING THAT TWENTY MINUTE SHOWER BUT CONSERVING WATER. WHEN CHANGE THE OIL IN YOUR CAR NOT DUMPING THE OIL ON THE GROUND, THINGS YOU CAN DO IN YOUR HOME. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE POLITICALLY ACTIVE ON A GLOBAL LEVEL TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SOME DIFFERENCES.))
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The exhibit is the first of its kind and runs at the Danville Science Center until early September.
Mayberry's Deputy was having a little fun at Lynchburg's Fair by the James last night.
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The Mayberry Deputy handed out some goodies from W-D-B-J-7.
Fair by the James continues through the weekend with bands, rides, food and lots more.
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The weather also seems like it's going to cooperate with the Hot Air Balloon rides at Valleyfest in Green Hill Park today.
The festival begins at 10 AM and runs until 8 o'clock tonight. Tethered hot air balloon rides are available all day. The pilots say a good flying day requires clear skies and light winds... just what we have in the forecast. And in case you we're wondering, a typical hot air balloon like you see here stands about 8 stories high and 20 pick-up trucks could easily fit inside.
A Giles County student is making history by becoming the first person at Narrows High School to graduate 2-years early.
16-year-old Eric Atkins skipped fifth grade and his junior year to graduate with the Class of 2001.
The youngest of three-kids, he says he's already planning for an early retirement.
But before he can do that, Atkins will attend college at the University of Illinois to study business.
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((ERIC ATKINS/GRADUATING EARLY; I CHOSE THE U OF I BECAUSE IT'S A LARGE SCHOOL AND THAT'S KIND OF A BIG CHANGE IN NARROWS WHICH HAS NOTHING, AND, THEY HAVE A GOOD BUSINESS PROGRAM.))
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Graduating early is only one of Atkins' achievements.
More on this local boy with a bright future tomorrow on our Sunday Morning Virginia Profile.